An independent group of Wi-LAN Inc. shareholders and investors are proposing an alternative slate of directors for election at the company’s annual and special meeting of shareholders on April 20.  This alternative list of directors includes the company’s former CEO and founder Hatim Zaghloul. Others up for election are Michel Fattouche, Robert Schulz, David Tilston and Jay Pazos. This group of independent investors, holding approximately 15% of Wi-LAN shares, is being led by Dick Tchairdjian.  In an open letter to all Wi-LAN shareholders, he argues that the company’s needs a new slate of directors that is going to aggressively pursue patent protection opportunities. "Wi-LAN must proceed aggressively with lawsuits against infringers like manufacturers of devices that use WiFi chips IEEE 802.11a/g standards," he writes.  "Semiconductor companies that manufacture these chips and companies that use the chips to manufacture electronic devices such as laptop computers and other relevant wireless devices, are infringing on one or more of Wi-LAN’s patents.  This group of shareholders believes Wi-LAN owns one of the most fundamental portfolios of patents in today’s rapidly growing telecommunications industry.  The potential to collect unpaid licensing fees is even bigger once one includes royalties from third (3G) and fourth (4G) generation cellular devices using CDMA, and WiMAX technologies in the future." (For more developments at WiLAN, see news briefs section.) Bruce Watson, CFO of Digital Dispatch Systems Inc., will be leaving the company in the near future to resume a career in public practice with accounting firm Wolrige Mahon in Vancouver.  He will be replaced in the interim by Brian Yamasaki, corporate controller and a 10-year veteran of the Richmond BC-based firm.