Michael Sabia, president and CEO of BCE Inc., has been named to its board of directors. Sabia is also CEO of Bell Canada and a director of the subsidiary. Tony Cassetta has been appointed VP of the information and communications division of Siemens Canada Limited. He will be responsible for overall business and marketing strategies for the communications market segment, including mobile products, enterprise systems and carrier network services. Cassetta was president/CEO of now-defunct CLEC C1 Communications. Before that he was president/COO of New Brunswick cableco Fundy Communications Inc. and is a former executive of Bell Canada. Imark Corp. has appointed Brian Neill, CEO, as chair of the board of directors, replacing Senator Jerry Grafstein effective October 15. Before joining Imark, Neill was chair and CEO of Star Choice Communications Inc., a Canadian provider of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television services. Imark’s LinCsat Communications Inc. subsidiary is a provider of high-speed Internet by satellite service to government, commercial, residential and small office/home office customers in Canada. Gilles Patry, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of Ottawa, has been appointed to the National Research Council for a three-year term. Patry began his career as a civil engineer and ultimately became a professor at l’École polytechnique de Montréal and at McMaster University. He has been rector and vice-chancellor at Ottawa U. since August 2001. Contec Innovations Inc. has opened two new sales offices. The Middle East office will be headed up by Robert Abbink, while Shafiq Mumani will lead the company’s European location. Abbink will serve as director of business development for the region. Abbink has more than 20 years of sales experience in the mobile infrastructure and high-tech arenas. He spent 11 years at Glenayre Electronics having most recently served as director of sales for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Mumani will serve as business development director for Europe and Africa. He has more than seven years experience in sales of infrastructure to mobile operators. He also previously worked at Glenayre as a design engineer and in international sales. Voice Mobility International Inc. has announced the departures of David Grinstead, executive VP of sales and business development, and Jim Hewett, CFO. Marco Pacelli, executive VP of sales, will take over for Grinstead, while the company’s controller Harry Chan will assume Hewett’s position. Sierra Wireless Inc.’s board of directors has appointed Peter Ciceri, a board member since February 2000, as lead independent director. In this role, he will provide leadership to enhance the board’s effectiveness and act as liaison between the board and management. He has previous senior-level business experience with Rogers Telecom, Compaq Computers, Hewlett-Packard and Tandem Computer. Canadian IT veterans William Train, Stanley Tyo and George Harvey have joined the board of directors of Avema Corp., a provider of cost savings systems to the telecommunications services and equipment markets. Rogers Wireless Inc. has made some staff changes. Howard Slawner has been appointed manager, economics in the government and intercarrier relations unit. He replaces Mary Coates, who becomes a proposal writer at Rogers Wireless. Also, Diane Gilbert, formerly manager of regulatory policy, becomes manager of corporate marketing in the business marketing group.