Our Vision

To be first to market, provide end-to-end solutions, and to be constant innovators in the products and services we provide.

Our Mission

  • Increasing responsiveness in everything we do
  • Reliability in everything we do
  • Quality in everything we do

OUR NAME TELLS YOU JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

When our founder Clive Dias set out to find a name for his latest venture, he wrote down what he saw as the key elements of the business.

Systems

Reliable, secure, and robust communication products designed for OT.

Services

Comprehensive training, maintenance, and commissioning.

Solutions

Secure end-to-end solutions for customers.

Security

Products that are secure from cyber-attacks.

Support

Best-in-class support for our customers.

PUTTING IT ALL IN OUR NAME

Clive quickly noticed that all the elements started with an ‘S’ and there were 5 of them. Coming from a background in Operations and Lean Manufacturing, the Five S’s (aka Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke) – Japanese terms used as quality tools – stood out to Clive.

BUT ‘5S’ DIDN’T QUITE WORK…

So he flipped it to S5, added the ‘i’ as a nod to Steve Jobs, and also to signify that the elements were ‘intelligent’ – as in ‘intelligent systems’, ‘intelligent services’, and so on. The last part, Communications, was relatively easy because, in Clive’s words:

“That’s what we do and that’s what we are great at.”

What We Do & What We’re Great At

Today, iS5 Communications is an integrated global provider of advanced solutions for cybersecure digital energy cloud platforms. Platforms in which our customers demand high reliability, performance, modularity, scalability, and security.

OUR SERVICES & PRODUCTS

We design and build future-proof, state-of-the-art platforms to meet the stringent requirements of utility substations, roadside transportation, rail, and industrial applications.

Our complete suite of comprehensive, tailored services guides our customers, from assessing their needs and designing solutions, to deployment, training and 24/7/365 support.

iS5 solutions enable digital transformation in critical infrastructures such as the power grid, industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT.

our team

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, CEO, & BOARD DIRECTOR

Clive Dias

Clive is a seasoned entrepreneur and the Founder, President and CEO of iS5 Communications Inc. He has well over 25 years’ experience in the Power, Transmission and Distribution, and Communications industries with GE Multilin and RuggedCom. At RuggedCom, Clive was the Chief Operations Officer where he provided short and long term growth strategies while spearheading the expansion of the company operations locally and internationally. He provided hands on leadership and engagement through various cross functional departments while maintaining and optimizing P&L responsibilities. He participated in the company’s successful M&A activity, integration activities, and instrumental in the overall growth of the company since inception. He succeeded in meeting the demands of the company’s increasing revenues year over year leading to the eventual sale of the company. Prior to RuggedCom, he worked at GE Multilin as the Manager of Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Test. He was integral in the design of products and solutions and in the sale of the company to GE. Clive is a CMET from Ryerson University, has a Six Sigma Blackbelt, and holds 6 patents.

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Chief Financial Officer

Maurizio Milani

Maurizio joined iS5 Communications in March 2021, bringing 20 years of combined experience across finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and corporate development. Prior to iS5Com, Maurizio served as CFO and strategic partner to entrepreneurs and management teams of a number of technology start-up and scale up companies where he played a key role in enterprise value creation through financial and business strategy, fundraising and finance function leadership. CFO roles have included Strongpoint (acquired by Netwrix) a compliance management software company, Daisy Intelligence an applied artificial intelligence SaaS business, Alpha Recon an ESRM software company and Epik Networks a unified communication service provider. Previously, Maurizio held roles with various investment banks, including as the National Co-Head of Corporate Finance and M&A Advisory for the Technology, Media and Telecommunication sector at Deloitte Canada. Maurizio has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BComm (Hons) from the Catholic University of Milan. He speaks 5 languages.

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Clive is a seasoned entrepreneur and the Founder, President and CEO of iS5 Communications Inc. He has well over 25 years’ experience in the Power, Transmission and Distribution, and Communications industries with GE Multilin and RuggedCom. At RuggedCom, Clive was the Chief Operations Officer where he provided short and long term growth strategies while spearheading the expansion of the company operations locally and internationally. He provided hands on leadership and engagement through various cross functional departments while maintaining and optimizing P&L responsibilities. He participated in the company’s successful M&A activity, integration activities, and instrumental in the overall growth of the company since inception. He succeeded in meeting the demands of the company’s increasing revenues year over year leading to the eventual sale of the company. Prior to RuggedCom, he worked at GE Multilin as the Manager of Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Test. He was integral in the design of products and solutions and in the sale of the company to GE. Clive is a CMET from Ryerson University, has a Six Sigma Blackbelt, and holds 6 patents.

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Maurizio joined iS5 Communications in March 2021, bringing 20 years of combined experience across finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and corporate development. Prior to iS5Com, Maurizio served as CFO and strategic partner to entrepreneurs and management teams of a number of technology start-up and scale up companies where he played a key role in enterprise value creation through financial and business strategy, fundraising and finance function leadership. CFO roles have included Strongpoint (acquired by Netwrix) a compliance management software company, Daisy Intelligence an applied artificial intelligence SaaS business, Alpha Recon an ESRM software company and Epik Networks a unified communication service provider. Previously, Maurizio held roles with various investment banks, including as the National Co-Head of Corporate Finance and M&A Advisory for the Technology, Media and Telecommunication sector at Deloitte Canada. Maurizio has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BComm (Hons) from the Catholic University of Milan. He speaks 5 languages.

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CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

Pino Porciello

Pino Porciello joined iS5 Communications in May 2019 as the Chief Innovations Officer. He is responsible for IS5’s innovation and product portfolio strategy, and leads the technology and engineering development teams. Prior to iS5, Pino worked as the Director of Product Management and Strategic Marketing at ESCRYPT (Canada). ESCRYPT, part of the BOSCH group, is a leading global provider of embedded cyber security solutions developing highly secure products and solutions tailored to the specific requirements of Automotive, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Smart City markets. He was responsible for all strategic activities (product and market) at ESCRYPT (Canada) helping drive adoption of end-end enterprise class security for connected vehicle, ITS, and Smart City applications. Pino also worked as the Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Marketing at TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, a technology company focused on developing innovative cyber security solutions for the Internet of Things. TrustPoint was subsequently acquired by ESCRYPT. Pino has also held senior commercial and technical roles at RuggedCom (VP – Strategic Marketing), General Electric (Product Management) and several early stage technology companies (Corporate and Engineering Management). He has over 25 years experience in embedded systems, industrial automation, and communication systems, and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. His interests lie in technology product strategy, new product introductions, and helping to bring to market impactful innovation. Outside of work, Pino is an avid mountain biker, enjoys hiking and the outdoors, is known to enjoy a cocktail every now and then, and is a closet foodie.

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EVP MARKETING & CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Jonathan Azarcon

Jonathan Azarcon possesses a culmination of over 19 years’ experience in Telecommunications and IT Technology, driving Technical and Operational initiatives in start-ups and fortune 500 companies. Previously, he served as RuggedCom’s VP of Global Services & Support where he was instrumental in leading the successful launch, development and growth of the Services & Support Business before it was acquired by Siemens in 2012. Prior to that he was also a Senior Consultant at Alcatel, architecting solutions for its Global customers.

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VP OF ADVANCED SOLUTIONS

Deryk Yuill

Deryk Yuill has over 30 years of experience leading teams in the creation of innovative hardware and software solutions for electric utility and telecommunications markets. Past positions include R&D manager for the GE Substation Automation division, and VP of Technology at Bow Networks, which later became part of RuggedCom, and in turn Siemens. At Bow, Mr Yuill conceived of and led the development of CrossBow, which was the first and most widely deployed product to address NERC CIP compliance and cybersecurity for remote access to electric substation IEDs. Since 2016, he has worked as an independent consultant, helping Utilities and Vendors with issues of technology planning, cybersecurity, compliance, automation, and data communications. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as DistribuTech, and currently serves on the DNP technical committee and test management committees.

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Pino Porciello joined iS5 Communications in May 2019 as the Chief Innovations Officer. He is responsible for IS5’s innovation and product portfolio strategy, and leads the technology and engineering development teams. Prior to iS5, Pino worked as the Director of Product Management and Strategic Marketing at ESCRYPT (Canada). ESCRYPT, part of the BOSCH group, is a leading global provider of embedded cyber security solutions developing highly secure products and solutions tailored to the specific requirements of Automotive, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Smart City markets. He was responsible for all strategic activities (product and market) at ESCRYPT (Canada) helping drive adoption of end-end enterprise class security for connected vehicle, ITS, and Smart City applications. Pino also worked as the Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Marketing at TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, a technology company focused on developing innovative cyber security solutions for the Internet of Things. TrustPoint was subsequently acquired by ESCRYPT. Pino has also held senior commercial and technical roles at RuggedCom (VP – Strategic Marketing), General Electric (Product Management) and several early stage technology companies (Corporate and Engineering Management). He has over 25 years experience in embedded systems, industrial automation, and communication systems, and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. His interests lie in technology product strategy, new product introductions, and helping to bring to market impactful innovation. Outside of work, Pino is an avid mountain biker, enjoys hiking and the outdoors, is known to enjoy a cocktail every now and then, and is a closet foodie.

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Jonathan Azarcon possesses a culmination of over 19 years’ experience in Telecommunications and IT Technology, driving Technical and Operational initiatives in start-ups and fortune 500 companies. Previously, he served as RuggedCom’s VP of Global Services & Support where he was instrumental in leading the successful launch, development and growth of the Services & Support Business before it was acquired by Siemens in 2012. Prior to that he was also a Senior Consultant at Alcatel, architecting solutions for its Global customers.

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Deryk Yuill has over 30 years of experience leading teams in the creation of innovative hardware and software solutions for electric utility and telecommunications markets. Past positions include R&D manager for the GE Substation Automation division, and VP of Technology at Bow Networks, which later became part of RuggedCom, and in turn Siemens. At Bow, Mr Yuill conceived of and led the development of CrossBow, which was the first and most widely deployed product to address NERC CIP compliance and cybersecurity for remote access to electric substation IEDs. Since 2016, he has worked as an independent consultant, helping Utilities and Vendors with issues of technology planning, cybersecurity, compliance, automation, and data communications. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as DistribuTech, and currently serves on the DNP technical committee and test management committees.

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Director of Operations

Stephen Dias

Stephen Dias has over 14 years of experience in Operations with an emphasis on the production of Industrial Based Communications products. Throughout his career, Stephen has been instrumental in building Operations that involve supply chain management, production logistics, quality control, customer relations and export control regulations. He played an integral role in the successful ISO9001:2015 registration of iS5 Communications with a focus on Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement. A results driven individual, Stephen is committed to the delivery of world class products to customers. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his children and cheering on the Toronto Raptors. Stephen earned his BA from York University and studied Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Seneca College.

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DIRECTOR OF QA

Boris Tseitin

Boris Tseitin joined iS5 Communications in 2014 as a QA Team Manager. He established and spearheaded the QA team activities and firmware version management of all products at the company and introduced automation testing as a part of the software development process. Boris is an ISTQB certified professional with over 22 years of experience in QA and 18+ years managing mid and large size QA teams. His major accomplishments as a Sr. QA Manager at Avaya Inc. were managing multiple teams of QA engineers and automation developers in data networking and IP telephony areas through entire projects life cycle. Prior to iS5, he was a QA Team Manager for Sangoma Inc., where he led the automation development for the company’s product line and managed the QA automation developers. When Boris started as a QA Engineer at Lucent Technologies/Avaya Inc., his responsibilities included integration and testing of different data networking solutions. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, roller blading, and ice skating. Boris Tseitin has a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Management and Computer Sciences and an ISTQB certificate from Software QA Analyst Certificate Program. He also qualified as an ASP.NET WEB Developer and is a holder of few patents related to OT and data networking.

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DIRECTOR OF HR

Natalie Zavaglia

Natalie Zavaglia joined iS5 Communications in April 2018 as a H&R Manager. She is instrumental in establishing and managing the HR function at the company and fostering the company corporate culture. Natalie brings to iS5 Communications more than 10 years of HR expertise in different industries including telecommunications, travel, and insurance. Prior to iS5, she was a HR Manager for Solar Provider Group LLC, a global renewable energy company, where she excelled in managing the full spectrum of HR programs and services. Previously, Natalie Zavaglia held multiple HR roles at Ruggedcom / Siemens Canada Limited. Outside of work, she is an avid gardener and enjoys running with her chocolate Labrador. Natalie has a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in History from York University and attended Humber College for the Human Resources Management postgraduate program.

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DIRECTOR OF IT

Stephen Mazzuca

Stephen Mazzuca in his 15 years of experience in Information Technology, has provided support in the capacity of help desk, applications specialist, network infrastructure and Security for the IT space. He has lead teams of IT Specialists and provided direction on standards for implementing best practice methodologies for companies. As Infrastructure Lead with Siemens, he assisted in the successful integration of RuggedCom’s Network into Siemens Network, which included the applications and infrastructure requirements following the acquisition in 2012. He remained on, managing global solution implementations and providing services as the Information Security Contact. He continues to keep himself updated on the newest technologies, applications and threats in the IT space to ensure a proper implementation and integration in both start-ups and large corporations. Stephen graduated from Humber College with a diploma in Computer and Network Support.

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Stephen Dias has over 14 years of experience in Operations with an emphasis on the production of Industrial Based Communications products. Throughout his career, Stephen has been instrumental in building Operations that involve supply chain management, production logistics, quality control, customer relations and export control regulations. He played an integral role in the successful ISO9001:2015 registration of iS5 Communications with a focus on Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement. A results driven individual, Stephen is committed to the delivery of world class products to customers. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his children and cheering on the Toronto Raptors. Stephen earned his BA from York University and studied Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Seneca College.

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Boris Tseitin joined iS5 Communications in 2014 as a QA Team Manager. He established and spearheaded the QA team activities and firmware version management of all products at the company and introduced automation testing as a part of the software development process. Boris is an ISTQB certified professional with over 22 years of experience in QA and 18+ years managing mid and large size QA teams. His major accomplishments as a Sr. QA Manager at Avaya Inc. were managing multiple teams of QA engineers and automation developers in data networking and IP telephony areas through entire projects life cycle. Prior to iS5, he was a QA Team Manager for Sangoma Inc., where he led the automation development for the company’s product line and managed the QA automation developers. When Boris started as a QA Engineer at Lucent Technologies/Avaya Inc., his responsibilities included integration and testing of different data networking solutions. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, roller blading, and ice skating. Boris Tseitin has a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Management and Computer Sciences and an ISTQB certificate from Software QA Analyst Certificate Program. He also qualified as an ASP.NET WEB Developer and is a holder of few patents related to OT and data networking.

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Natalie Zavaglia joined iS5 Communications in April 2018 as a H&R Manager. She is instrumental in establishing and managing the HR function at the company and fostering the company corporate culture. Natalie brings to iS5 Communications more than 10 years of HR expertise in different industries including telecommunications, travel, and insurance. Prior to iS5, she was a HR Manager for Solar Provider Group LLC, a global renewable energy company, where she excelled in managing the full spectrum of HR programs and services. Previously, Natalie Zavaglia held multiple HR roles at Ruggedcom / Siemens Canada Limited. Outside of work, she is an avid gardener and enjoys running with her chocolate Labrador. Natalie has a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in History from York University and attended Humber College for the Human Resources Management postgraduate program.

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Stephen Mazzuca in his 15 years of experience in Information Technology, has provided support in the capacity of help desk, applications specialist, network infrastructure and Security for the IT space. He has lead teams of IT Specialists and provided direction on standards for implementing best practice methodologies for companies. As Infrastructure Lead with Siemens, he assisted in the successful integration of RuggedCom’s Network into Siemens Network, which included the applications and infrastructure requirements following the acquisition in 2012. He remained on, managing global solution implementations and providing services as the Information Security Contact. He continues to keep himself updated on the newest technologies, applications and threats in the IT space to ensure a proper implementation and integration in both start-ups and large corporations. Stephen graduated from Humber College with a diploma in Computer and Network Support.

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Board of Directors

Marcus Böker

Managing Director of Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures the Corporate Venture Capital Company of Phoenix Contact and Senior Director M&A of Phoenix Contact Group. Responsible for all investments and M&A activities worldwide and in different board of directors. Marcus was acting former for a public listed utility and machine builder in the department of Corporate Development and M&A.

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James Huff

Mr. Huff is a co-founder and Managing Partner of ClearSky. ClearSky is a venture capital/growth equity firm focused on investments in transformative technologies disrupting the power and security sectors. Mr. Huff is also Vice President of Emerging Technologies of a Fortune 200 energy company. He has extensive financial experience including structuring, due diligence and execution of debt and equity transactions in the power, technology, and security spaces. Mr. Huff has served on the Boards of Directors of multiple ClearSky portfolio companies, seeing several through to successful exits.

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Robert Foster

Mr. Foster has a B.A, M.A. (Economics), CFA, is Founder, President and CEO of Capital Canada Limited, an independent investment banking firm. Mr. Foster serves on various corporate boards as a member and Chair and serves as Chair of two not-for-profit arts & culture organizations.

Capital Canada focuses on private, entrepreneurially driven enterprises providing M&A, private capital funding and principal investment services.

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Managing Director of Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures the Corporate Venture Capital Company of Phoenix Contact and Senior Director M&A of Phoenix Contact Group. Responsible for all investments and M&A activities worldwide and in different board of directors. Marcus was acting former for a public listed utility and machine builder in the department of Corporate Development and M&A.

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Mr. Huff is a co-founder and Managing Partner of ClearSky. ClearSky is a venture capital/growth equity firm focused on investments in transformative technologies disrupting the power and security sectors. Mr. Huff is also Vice President of Emerging Technologies of a Fortune 200 energy company. He has extensive financial experience including structuring, due diligence and execution of debt and equity transactions in the power, technology, and security spaces. Mr. Huff has served on the Boards of Directors of multiple ClearSky portfolio companies, seeing several through to successful exits.

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Mr. Foster has a B.A, M.A. (Economics), CFA, is Founder, President and CEO of Capital Canada Limited, an independent investment banking firm. Mr. Foster serves on various corporate boards as a member and Chair and serves as Chair of two not-for-profit arts & culture organizations.

Capital Canada focuses on private, entrepreneurially driven enterprises providing M&A, private capital funding and principal investment services.

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what our clients say

Thank you again for working with us to enable this functionality on a one‐off situation. Your willingness to develop a new version of the iDMS software just to support us is greatly appreciated and shows that iS5Com is willing and able to go above and beyond the status quo. Please extend our appreciated thanks to all of your team who assisted in this development.

Travis Phifer, Projects Manager

It was our pleasure to meet with you guys and get excellent information on your company and capabilities! I feel really confident that we'll have an excellent working relationship as we strive to use your products as our standard offering.

Patrick Avery, General Manager, Automation

We, NASMA TELECOMMUNICATIONS LLC, Oman, have installed various models of iS5 Communications Inc. networking devices in our projects and are pleased with their performance and interoperability.

Naresh Pai, Regional Head, Telecom & Security

We had a chance to test the updated switches this morning. It’s a night and day difference. Performance is much better. We’re ready to head out to the field.

Andrew Spurgeon, Manager, Product Management

iS5 provides a solid, hardened product that meets my utilities needs for a very competitive price. Features such as 1000BaseT Ethernet, fiber optic uplink options, POE, secure protocols for administration, standards-based management and solid user interface provide excellent value for the money. So far, all the units have been working perfectly with no issues, some of them have been in place for over a year.

Rett D. Walters, Manager of Information Technology

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