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Our Team

Andrea Pagani

Chief Executive Officer / Upco International Inc. / Upco Systems Inc.

Andrea Pagani, age 39, is the founder of Upco Systems Inc. and has been its CEO since 2014. From September 2011 until March 2014 Mr. Pagani was a solution enterprise architect for Verizon Business. Verizon is a global company which delivers communications and technology solutions to its customers. Mr. Pagani has also held positions with IBM, Telecom Italia and France Telecom. Mr. Pagani holds a Bachelor of Computer Science in Nanotechnology from the Politecnico of Milano.

Gert-Jan Geels

Chief Financial Officer / Upco International Inc.

Gert-Jan Geels has been a finance professional for 27 years. He was a private banker at Delta Lloyd Bank from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2012 he was an asset manager at Eureffect Asset Management where he was the co-owner and managed one of the largest independent asset management companies in Amsterdam for over a decade. Mr. Geels has extensive experience in financing small and medium-sized companies and helping them restructure their balance sheet and improve their use of working capital. Mr Geels is the CEO of Bullfinch BV. where he advises wealthy individuals from The Netherlands and Belgium in their investment strategies. Mr. Geels also served as a compliance officer for one of the largest Dutch precious metal traders. Mr. Geels obtained his bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the Amsterdam Academy.

Kim Ying Lee

Chairman of the Board of Directors / Upco International Inc.

Mr. Kim Ying Lee is a senior advisor to small and mid-size companies in the industrial and technology industries.  He has extensive Board level experience working with public and private companies in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America/Caribbean.  He has extensive experience in five industries: (1) consulting (i.e. hospitality, transportation, technical industries and management buyouts), (2) plastic packaging materials, (3) food processing, (4) financial brokerage and asset management and (5) real estate development and construction.

He has developed and implemented turnaround and growth strategies for medium-sized companies. Mr Lee has been strategically as well as operationally involved with sales, marketing, production, logistics, financial, legal, tax and human resource issues. He also hired new management teams and handled bank credit lines and negotiated with trade unions. Furthermore he implemented several times new financial, logistics and management information systems. He has a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago.

Jag Sandhu

Corporate Development / Upco International Inc.

Jag Sandhu a specialist in corporate finance and development and has over 18 years of experience in the capital markets. Mr. Sandhu has assisted domestic and international companies in raising multi million dollars for expansion and development. He has dealt extensively with strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, financings and operations for companies in various industries. Mr. Sandhu has held various senior level executive positions in a number of listed companies. He received his Bachelor of Economics from Simon Fraser University in 1990.

Paul Grewal, B.Com., CPA, CA

Financial Consultant / Upco International Inc.

Mr. Grewal is currently a Partner with Heming, Wyborn & Grewal Chartered Accountants in Surrey, BC. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from UNBC in 1998, received his CA designation in 1998 and has completed Parts I & II of the CICA In-Depth Tax Course. Mr. Grewal joined Heming, Wyborn & Grewal in 2005 and was promoted to Partner on January 1, 2009. Mr Grewal has extensive experience in the financial management of corporations that are doing business in a variety of industries.

Franco Zanichelli

Director / Upco International Inc.

Franco Zanichelli, age 63,  is director of Upco International Inc. and currently works as a foreign finance consultant for several companies and groups in Italy and abroad. Mr. Zanichelli also held several positions as financial director and client relations working with major European and international banks. Mr. Zanichelli holds a Bachelor in Parma, Italy.

Dominic da Assuncao

Head of Fintech Development Team / Upco International Inc.

Dominic da Assuncao is a senior business system consultant and full-stack software engineer with over 27 years of development experience. Dominic is a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology, Capilano University, and DigiPen Institute of Technology, with specialization in international business, operations management, computer systems management, and computer games programming.

Since 1991, Dominic has led teams in the delivery of world-class shrink-wrapped software, and has designed and delivered customized ERP systems, multi-media kiosk applications, and internet enabled auction and medical systems.  In recent years, Dominic has been  working extensively on heterogeneous blockchain technology for critical networked applications.  He is presently engaged in upgrading a major clinical system at a prominent Canadian hospital using blockchain technology.

Don Blackadar

Fintech Payment Application Project Lead / Upco International Inc.

Mr. Don Blackadar is a graduate of the University of Alberta (MSc) and a highly experienced professional with more than 25 years of experience in information technology. As a senior business analyst and project facilitator, Mr. Blackadar’s focus and core expertise is in the areas of strategic business analysis, and custom software delivery, with a strong focus on requirements definition and documentation, project planning and coordination, and quality assurance. His work in Information Technology has encompassed diverse engagements in public sector legal support and education, healthcare, recreation and tourism, shipping, land development, benefits administration, utilities, municipal government, retail, manufacturing, and other areas. Don has worked closely with Dominic daAssuncao since 2000, collaborating on the delivery and support of a complex clinical application operating at a prominent Canadian Hospital, including several upgrades. They are presently working on a major new release of clinical enterprise software invoking Blockchain technology.

Behind this Team

Our Team is strengthened by further 10 people from United States, Italy, Germany and Romania in the fields of Marketing & Sales, Backoffice & Accounting, Client Relations, IT & Maintenance and further Technical Support.