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"I think of my failures as a gift. My experience is that we learn much more from failure than we do from success."
―A.G. Lafley, CEO P&G
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Gerry Pond

As Chairman of Mariner, Gerry brings over 40 years of in-depth experience in the information and communications technology industry and is the driving force behind the formation of Mariner. Having been the President of Aliant Gerry PondTelecom and CEO of NBTel during a period of significant deregulation in the Canadian industry, Gerry continues to demonstrate his ability to successfully restructure companies, while delivering revenue growth and strong operating results. Gerry has also proven to be an innovator with such start-up IT companies as Q1Labs, iMagicTV, Brovada Technologies and Radian6.

Recently, in 2012 , Gerry was the was the recipient of the Red Cross Humanitarian Award for New Brunswick, and in 2011, Gerry was recognized at the First Annual Canadian Startup Awards with the Canadian Angel Award 2011. Over the years, he has been instrumental in the success of many local start-ups and his knowledge leadership has made him an inspiring mentor to many companies and individuals in the IT Community of Atlantic Canada.

Gerry has also been recognized both nationally and regionally, including the prestigious 1997 Canadian Information Productivity Association (CIPA) Innovator of the Year and Hall of Fame, Knowledge Industry Person of the Year 2002, the 2003 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Top 50 CEO Award in Atlantic Canada in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University Of New Brunswick – Saint John. Educational achievements to the credit of this former Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (1997) include a BA from the University of New Brunswick; Organizational Effectiveness Program, Harvard University; and Senior Executive’s Program, University of Western Ontario. Gerry was also recognized as a top 50 CEO by the Atlantic Business Magazine in 2005. Recognized for his tireless contribution to the region’s economic development, Gerry was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame in October, 2007. Gerry is the co-founder of the Pond-Deshpande Centre with Desh Deshpande and is Chair of the PDC Advisory Board.

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