Each year, the Raj Manek Mentorship Program features a large-scale, city-wide banquet of 250 to 350 guests to recognize the contributions of our mentors, celebrate the many accomplishments of our protégés, and to honour the “Above and Beyond Award recipient.
Open to the entire business community and featuring a keynote speaker prominent in the business world, it is one of the city’s premiere events for appreciation and networking. Past keynote speakers include Arlene Dickinson (CEO of Venture Communications), Sean O'Dea (Founder of Second Cup), John Stanton (CEO of Running Room), and Vikram Vij (Canadian chef, cookbook author, and owner of Indian cuisine restaurants).
Also announced at this event is the recipient of the Raj Manek Memorial Prize in Entrepreneurship Award.
The evening, held at one of Saskatoon's prestigious venues, is emceed by our Board Member Paul Martin of Martin Charlton Communications. It is the Program’s only fundraising event of the year.
The 2017 Banquet
THE 21ST ANNUAL RAJ MANEK BANQUET
Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Mr. Woods holds a Ph.D and M. Math from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo] in Canada and a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan. He was the first Ph.D student of Professor Qiang Yang. Mr. Woods' Ph. D was published in 1997 as a book co-written with Alex Quilici and Qiang Yang entitled "Constraint-Based Design Recovery for Software Reengineering: Theory and Experiments". He then worked for Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute on product line development and practical software architectural reconstruction and analysis.
In 1998 Woods co-founded Pittsburgh-based voice-portal infrastructure company Quackware with Jeromy Carriere and Alex Quilici. Quackware became Quack.com in 1999 and moved headquarters to Silicon Valley. It was funded September 1, 1999, and acquired August 31, 2000 by America Online. Quack.com claimed to be the first Voice Portal, and held patents around interactive voice applications, including "System and method for voice access to internet-based information".
Woods was vice president of voice services for America Online and Netscape after the acquisition of Quack.com in September, 2000.
He founded NeoEdge in 2002 under the name Kinitos along with former America Online, Netscape, and Quack.com colleagues including Jeromy Carriere. He served as an officer and on the board of directors from 2001 through 2010 in Palo Alto, California.
As of 2013 Woods has been the Engineering Director for Google in Canada.