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Jordan Banks

Jordan Banks is currently the managing director of Facebook Canada. Jordan co-founded Thunder Road Capital in 2008 to provide investment and advisory services to early stage technology companies.

Before launching Thunder Road Capital, Jordan was the chief executive officer of JumpTV (TSX: NLN), a leading broadcaster of sports and international television over the Internet. Hired in 2007, Jordan was a key architect of the merger in 2008 of JumpTV and NeuLion Inc., a company owned by former Computer Associates founder and CEO Charles Wang.

Prior to joining JumpTV, Jordan served as the managing director of eBay Canada. Jordan helped launch eBay Canada in 2000 and was the second employee of the Canadian office of eBay Inc.

In his role of managing director at eBay Canada, Jordan had overall responsibility for the ongoing development of eBay Canada including operations, strategy, and marketing, as well as building the eBay brand and community of users in Canada. Jordan and his team were responsible for growing the activity of Canadians on eBay to over one billion dollars in 2007 which accounted for approximately 25% of all Canadian e-commerce activity.

Before joining eBay Canada, Jordan managed the Licensing and International Business group at the National Hockey League Players’ Association. In this role, he was responsible for supervising and managing global retail product licensees, negotiating license and international event agreements, and identifying and pursuing new areas of business for the organization. A lawyer by profession, Jordan also practiced corporate law at Goodmans in Toronto.

Jordan is the founder of the recently launched Twitter movement called “A Million Tweets to Remember” which seeks to digitally memorialize a million people globally who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Jordan is also the founder and chairman of Sportsfest, a non-profit organization focused on raising funds for Alzheimer's research and care which, to date, has raised over one million dollars. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Well.ca, Peerset and the Baycrest Centre, as well as sitting on the Advisory Boards of The Mark News, Polar Mobile and the Canadian Innovation Exchange. Jordan is also one of seven business leaders who form the Canadian Football League’s “Commissioner's Council", dedicated to the future growth of the CFL and he is also a member of the Globe and Mail’s Small Business Advisory Panel as well as the Corporate Advisory Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jordan is a member of the Young President’s Organization and, in 2006, Jordan was named one of Canada's “Top 40 Under 40” honorees – a celebrated, national program that honors leaders for their achievements in leadership, vision, innovation, community involvement and contribution. In 2006, Jordan was also named one of the four inaugural winners of the Hugo Boss “Leave a Mark Award” celebrating “men of excellence” in Canada.



Eric Weisz

Eric Weisz co-founded Thunder Road Capital in 2008 to provide investment and advisory services to early stage technology companies.

Eric is the Managing Director of the Effort Trust Company in Toronto. Founded in 1978 by the Weisz family, Effort Trust specializes in financial services, real estate and asset management. Eric expanded the company to Toronto in 2004 and in his role, Eric is responsible for the ongoing development of Effort Trust including the financial services operations, strategy and marketing as well as building and expanding the Effort Trust brand and asset base in Ontario.

Prior to joining Effort Trust, Eric worked at the National Hockey League Players’ Association as Manager of Licensing and International Business. In this role, he was responsible for managing and expanding the NHLPA’s global retail product licensees and organizing international events including European pre-season training camp and Olympic games. A lawyer by profession, Eric also practiced securities and corporate law at Goodmans in Toronto. Eric received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his M.B.A./LL.B. from the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Eric is the co-founder of Fallen Rock Productions, a theatrical company dedicated to bringing quality musical theatre to Toronto audiences while also benefiting important causes. Performances have included Moulin Rouge, West Side Story, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty & The Beast, The Wizard of Oz, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and RENT. To date, Fallen Rock has donated approximately half a million dollars to various charities, most recently the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) who’s goal is to help children living with the daily struggles of childhood cancer and to provide financial assistance to their families.

Eric is a member of the Young Presidents’ Association (YPO) and is on the Board of Directors at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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