Robert H. Lane, Chairman

laneconsul@sympatico.ca  |  (416) 910-1804

A seasoned business executive, Bob brings many years of C level management with world-class companies such as GE, NORTEL, Commodore Computers and Acklands.

After a successful career, for the past 25 years, Bob has been directing business advisory activities for his own organization, Robert H Lane and Associates Inc., a group that provides innovative, creative problem solving and operational assistance to senior management. Clients include domestic and international groups involved in manufacturing, distribution, utility services, construction of commercial building, providers of communication & computers services, technology start-ups and Government agencies.

Recent projects have been focused upon the role and deployment of ‘smart meters’ for residential and commercial management of electrical energy as well as development and deployment of both residential and commercial intelligence associated with lighting, heating & cooling energy management systems, security and communication platforms for the future. He applies first hand business experience and know how to helping business leaders identify their problems and develop/deploy solutions to move forward. His approach is always to be involved with project from start to finish

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA Trinity) and Ivey School of Business (MBA) and serves on the advisory boards of several North American companies., that includes his role and involvement as chairman of Newport Thomson.



GE Canada Electronic Division - As General Manager moved a financial losing component electronics manufacturing operation into a profitable distribution division. 

NEDCO Canada – as Chairman & CEO grew the operations to be 1st in Canada. Orchestrated the sale to United Westburne when parent company decided to focus on telecom manufacturing.

Northern Telecom – managed the growth and development of Northern Telecom systems in Europe

Commodore Business Machines Inc –served as CEO for the successful introduction of the C64 home computer & Vic 20

Ontario Flower Growers – as interim General Manager salvaged the operations from bank over site to a highly profitable and successful floral supplier

Vineland New Jersey Co-operative – as interim General Manager restructured the major vegetable supplier in the North East USA


Derek A. Lackey, CIPM, Managing Partner   

President - Direct Marketing Association of Canada

dlackey@newportthomson.com   |  416 524 7844

Derek is a private sector expert in CASL - our new Canadian Anti Spam Legislation. He has written "CASL Compliance: A Marketer's Guide to Email Marketing to Canadians" to help organizations with their CASL compliance efforts.

In a distinguished career of well over three decades, he has consistently combined entrepreneurial spirit with street-smart marketing while working with major international brands such as Canon, Air Canada Vacations, Arthur Andersen Co., Pioneer Electronics, AGFA Film, American Express Merchandise Services, and many others.

Derek is Managing Partner of Newport Thomson, a data & privacy compliance firm based in Toronto. Their CASL Keep™ program can bring an organization to full compliance within 60 days by executing the 5 stages of CASL compliance. Derek is also the Publisher of Blazon.Online a curated portal featuring great content for marketers.

Educated in Marketing at University of Toronto, Derek applies creativity to his business strategy while placing a strong emphasis on results. At one point in time, seven of the nine brands handled by his full service ad agency were #1 in their categories in Canada.