Our team members are unique and from all walks of life and nationalities having chosen to work together to achieve our collective goals. Our professional and technical expertise and experiences allow us to render competent, sound advice to our partners and clients for the greater good of the projects and ventures we serve. Objectives such as maximizing value in businesses and asset growth are more easily accomplished as our team works cohesively and seamlessly to meet and overcome the challenges of each of the industry sectors and geographic regions in which we operate and advise.
Chairman / Advisor
Mr. Robert Griffin, as Chairman, Director and Strategic Advisor to the Pulsat executive management team, has a career spanning 50 plus years conceptualizing, structuring and developing numerous corporations over a broad range of sectors including food, cosmetics, radio & tv, plastics, yachting, hospitality, finance, petrochemical, mining and energy. Mr. Griffin, with over 40 plus years in the Capital Development Business, has primarily focused for the past 12 years on the financial sector, energy sector, mining sector and the trading of crude and refined petroleum products as well as project management. He has owned and operated coal mining operations in south-eastern United States and has extensive experience with corporate start-ups, acquisitions, mergers and reverse shell takeovers as well as owning a number of other companies. Mr. Griffin’s previous experience includes acting as consultant to the government of a Latin American country in the nationalizing/privatizing of their financial institutions. Over his long entrepreneurial career, he has conceptualized, structured and incorporated numerous corporations over a broad range of sectors. Robert’s broad-based experience has given him a unique perspective regarding corporate start-ups, operations and direction. In addition, he serves as president of several other companies, directs the operations of a number of others, and sits on multiple boards. Having lived in numerous countries has given Robert much insight into geo-political issues.
Mr. Branko Sarcanin is a key member of the executive management team. Branko is an accomplished senior executive and corporate director of private and public companies. He assesses large scale operations defining management risk and developing management success strategy for businesses and International Diplomatic Missions and Government missions critical. Branko represents the BSH Group at the US Presidents Club and in 2006 was chosen as one of most influential Canadians by Ottawa Life magazine. He is involved in the development of a number of capital projects in energy, IT/security, commercial and residential sector. As architect, developer and key member of M&A teams he was involved in restructuring, acquisitions and diversifications. He has memberships in a number of organisation such as ISO. Branko’s involvement in policy and security in the financial industry, including the development of international accords, is an asset that he now employs in corporate and project structuring. His expertise is in the area of compliance with such modern legislation as the Patriot Act, USA HIPAA, Gramm-Leitch-Bliley Acts, the Canadian PIPEDA/Bill C-6, the European Union (EU) and also other privacy and data protection legislation in Australia Japan and elsewhere. Branko’s business leadership and expertise in data protection for financial institutions and governments using secure digital exchange of impersonalized data services and data management has enabled him to create strategic alliances with Bearing Point formerly KPMG Consulting, Soltrus formerly CIBC-Verisign. As well, he was consulting to the OSCE, European Union Diplomatic Mission (EUMM/ECMM), UN in Zagreb and worked with their state members, Motorola, Trane & Trane, AudioVox, Harris Bank Chicago. Branko is also VP of Financing and an authorized trade officer of Gryphon Capital Development Corporation where his responsibilities include structured finance, trading of financial instruments in the international financial markets as well as the establishment of substantial credit lines to facilitate trading. His knowledge of banking procedures, regulations and accords such as Basel-III and RDLC continue to allow him to deal with banking and government officials at the highest levels.
President / Director
Samuel R. Baker, Q.C. is President and a Director of Pulsat. Sam obtained BA and LLB Degrees from the University of Alberta and a Master of Laws Degree in international law from Stanford University where he was also a Teaching Fellow. Sam is also a Fellow of the Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada. Sam is a senior lawyer in the field of domestic and international commercial transactions. He began his career in oil and gas law with McLeod Dixon (now Norton Rose), then established and led, with others, the Canadian presence of global law firm Baker & McKenzie for more than 25 years. Sam has been Canadian counsel to a host of multi-national corporations and ventures including, among others: Canpotex (Canada), Amway, Federal Express, Mars Inc., Raytheon, Milton Bradley, Estee Lauder, Cray, Leco, Federal Mogul, Emerson Electric (United States); Embraer (Brazil); Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Tomy Toys, Sokkia, Daifuku (Japan); Minmetals (China); Tech Mahindra, Synechron (India). His practice has included corporate organization/reorganization, joint ventures, acquisitions/mergers, industrial and energy infrastructure projects, international tax planning, technology transfers, import/export, customs/anti-dumping, marketing and distribution, trade-marks and immigration.
Sam is a frequent speaker and author of books and papers on international transactions, international taxation, joint ventures and technology transfers. He has held senior leadership positions in charitable and business organizations including: President, Scandinavian-Canadian Business Association, President, Canada-Korea Society Ontario; Director, Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce and Finnish-Canadian Business Association and Canadian representative to the Asia Pacific Lawyers’ Association.
Director of Finance
Ms. Eva Grossman Hollander joined Pulsat in 2013 and is head of Pulsat funding syndication. Eva is a member of the Pulsat executive team leading the corporate finance and M&A functions, coordinating with partners, various businesses, stakeholders and government organizations. Her career has included public accounting in Canada with a specialization in taxation, M&A and corporate finance with a leading Canadian valuation and investment banking firm and international M&A and corporate finance with a firm she founded. Her practice has included corporate organization /reorganizations, joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions /mergers/ divestitures, automotive, medical, software and technology, retail and distribution, real estate, industrial and energy infrastructure projects, international tax planning, technology transfers, import/export, valuations of assets, IPs, goodwill and businesses, and spin-offs. Eva holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting) and Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of CPA Canada, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Ordre of Chartered Accountants of Quebec. She is also a Chartered Business Valuator with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Eva has served on several boards including a hospital and library and is active in charitable organizations.
Advisor Energy Law & Policy
Ms. Ljuba Djurdjevic is a senior energy lawyer and advises the Pulsat Global Capital Inc. executive team in areas of energy law, policy and regulatory affairs. Ljuba has worked as in-house counsel for some of the largest electricity transmission and distribution companies in North America as well as one of the largest energy regulatory agencies in North America. Ljuba has extensive experience with legal, regulatory and commercial aspects of electricity and gas markets in North America during periods of market restructurings that included “market opening” and renewables initiatives. Ljuba has worked on numerous cases involving electricity and gas rates; export transmission fees (electricity); mergers, acquisitions and amalgamations among electricity and gas distributors; leave to construct applications for new electricity transmission and gas pipelines; and licensing for all market participants. Ljuba has also been involved in various working groups and policy papers on Natural Gas Markets and Smart Grid development. Ljuba holds an Honours B.A. (Philosophy and German), an LL.B. / J.D. (law degree), Master of Laws (LL.M) specializing in Corporate Securities Law and is working on another LL.M. specializing in Energy and Infrastructure Law. Ljuba is a director of the board of Alma Matris Croatia Alumni (Toronto chapter); former director of the Canadian-Croatian Library; member of the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and several other cultural and professional associations ; and has been a board member and volunteer with a number of charities dedicated to children with special needs.
Ms. Lynda Zugec has extensive experience in Human Resource positions throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. She recognized a need to combine the teaching and research expertise of highly qualified behavioral psychology academics with the management teams responsible for human resource policy throughout the business community. This inspired her to create the organizational strategy of The Workforce Consultants. Prior to creating her own Company, Lynda was a Human Capital Advisory Services Consultant with Mercer Human Resources Consulting Ltd., one of the world’s premier human resources consulting firms.
Lynda holds an Honours Degree in Psychology along with a specialization in Human Resources Management from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph. Her Professional Affiliations include: Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and Canadian Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (CSIOP), Academy of Management (AOM), Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Major General Alan Pickering (Ret'd) served Canada for thirty-six years in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces (1949-1985), retiring with the rank of Major General. His flying assignments included operational flying as pilot-in-command of air transport (C-119 and Yukon) and anti-submarine warfare aircraft (Argus and Aurora). He also filled several command positions included; Commanding Officer of VP 404 (1969-72), Base Commander CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia (1974-76), and Commander Maritime Air Group (1979-82). Mr. Pickering’s staff positions included; Engineering Manager of the U.S. Gemini-Agena Space Program, U.S. Air Force (1962-65), Director of Cadets and Military Training, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario (1967- 69), Base Operations Officer, CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia (1972-73), Manager of the Aurora Long Range Patrol Aircraft project, Burbank, California (1976-79), and Chief Intelligence and Security, National Defence Headquarters (1982-85). After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Mr. Pickering served for 11 years as Director General Information Technology Security at the Communications Security Establishment Canada, Ottawa. During this period he was responsible for providing advice, guidance, services, and products to enable federal government departments and agencies to effectively protect their communications and electronic information systems and networks. While at CSEC, he led the creation of the Canadian Criteria for evaluating the security of products, supported the development of the international Common Criteria, and worked with the U.S. National Institute of Science and Technology to develop an internationally recognized FIPS 140 standard. Mr. Pickering retired in 1996. Since then he has been actively involved as Director EWA Canada; Director Cell Block USA (no longer operating); Director TCW Research Canada (no longer operating); Director Seniors Outreach Services; Senior Advisor to NSIP3 Canada; Advisor to Cyberun Canada; Member of Executive Committee, Royal Military College, Kingston Branch; Chair of Board and Council, Chair of Worship Committee, Chair of Stewardship Committee.
Mr. Hugh Andrew is a highly successful, proactive, challenge driven and industrious leader with track record of success in variety of national, international, government and private industry, security related assignments. Exemplary qualifications and background with unique scope and depth, having national and international recognition. Outstanding results developing and leading businesses, programs and projects through design, reengineering, expansion and growth. Collaborative, motivational and inspirational leader; instills confidence in others to deliver and succeed. Consensus builder, acts with integrity and fairness when dealing with persons of all cultures, levels and backgrounds. Core business strengths include: serving as Director and VP Provided specialist guidance to ADGA Consulting development of a Maritime Security Risk Assessment methodology related to new international maritime security standards (ISPS).Selected and worked as a security industry expert advisor in The Council of Experts with the Gerson Lehrman Group, USA. Consulted to USA investors on the security industry, company and product viability. Advised a Canadian Federal Government funded Non-Governmental Organization in the creation of an inventory of Canadian Security and Counter Terrorism resources for use by international authorities. Hugh contributed as a member of a working group to the writing of a Defence and Security Policy for a major Canadian federal political party. As Managing Executive VP of Scintrex Trace he was responsible for company that develop technologies to detect explosives, weapons and narcotics. As Chief Security manger he was responsible for Physical Policy at Transport Canada to managing physical security programs for the department and multi modal (marine ports and harbors, surface rail and aviation airports) national transportation system, preparing a draft program for the upgrade of security screening equipment at Canadian airport after completion of his military service in Canadian Forces previously responsible to led security and police resources during Canada’s terrorist (FLQ) crises.
Consultant – Austria
Mr. Kurt Wallensteiner is an international business consultant working with the Pulsat Global Capital Inc. executive management team for central Europe, and is situated in Austria. Kurt holds a MBA degree from the University of Innsbruck - Tyrol, and an executive MBA degree from the MCI ( Management Center Innsbruck).
He has over 30 years working experience serving 10 years as an officer and director in the Austrian banking system and 20 years as an entrepreneur in the fields of finance, property and inovative projects.
Kurt has a good working knowledge of German, English, Italian and Spanish.