Leadership Team

Navigating the complex world of digital media / martech and the global capital markets requires experienced leadership and a clear vision of emerging trends. Our management team consists of industry leaders with a strong track record of proven success. The DGTL leadership functions on a co-axial management model by developing incubation strategies and growth plans for each of its partner companies while collaborating with their management to encourage revenue growth, enhanced profitability, business development, and operational efficiencies.

John Belfontaine
CEO and Chairman
John Belfontaine
CEO and Chairman

+15 years as a serial start-up entrepreneur and corporate development executive for private and publicly traded companies.  Mr. Belfontaine is active in the global capital markets with a track record of successful debt and equity financing for growth stage companies in excess of $50M. Mr. Belfontaine has represented over two dozen publicly traded companies as an officer, director and or capital markets specialist and consultant, in a range of sectors and growth stages. Mr. Belfontaine is the founder of DGTL Holdings Inc. (TSXV: DGTL), and several other start up companies in the health care and marketing, advertising. Mr. Belfontaine is the former CEO and Chairman of Phivida Holdings Inc. (CSE: VIDA) and President, Chairman and Co-Founder of Coachellagro (sold to Mohave Jane (CSE: Jane). He also worked as a Retail Wealth Product Manager, Empire Life Financial, and executive for national and regional CPG brand program management with several Fortune 100 companies.

Phil Frank
Managing Director, #Hashoff LLC
Phil Frank
Managing Director, #Hashoff LLC

With 25 years of experience in digital media and adtech, Mr. Frank’s career has been focused on building global enterprise level advertising and data-driven marketing platforms. Mr. Frank is a first-generation digital marketer, joining Infoseek in early 1995. Mr. Frank’s proven leadership experience includes Vice President of Sales at AOL, as well as Head of Advertiser Relations at Collective, and senior advisor to leading digital marketing firms. Mr. Frank was the former Chief Revenue Officer of Batanga which was acquired by Univision to become the largest multicultural digital platform in the world.

Chris Foster
Chief Financial Officer
Chris Foster
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Foster is an experienced executive providing accounting and financial management services for both public and private companies across a range of industries. Mr. Foster is the former Chief Financial Officer for Perpetua Resources Corp, former Controller for the Ivanhoe Group’s Global Mining Management Corporation and Peregrine Diamonds Ltd, former Controller for Roca Mines Inc and former accountant at Canadian Forest Products Ltd.  Mr. Foster is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

Brendan Purdy, J.D
Independent Director
Brendan Purdy, J.D
Independent Director

Brendan Purdy, J.D., is a practicing securities lawyer focused on the resource, cannabis, and technology sectors. In his private practice, he has developed experience with respect to public companies, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and other facets fundamental to the natural resources, cannabis, and technology sectors. He is also the former CEO of Enforcer Gold Corp. (TSXV: VEIN), High Hampton Holdings Corp. (CSE: HC), and Tidal Royalty (C.RLTY), and director of several public companies.

David Beck
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
David Beck
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

+20 years of experience in the public capital markets, leading TMT investment banking at three boutique investment dealers, and a renowned technology financial analyst in both New York and Toronto. He has been leading and investing in, many private technology companies over the last 25 years. Finally, he worked as a director for several public companies. Director on several public company board of directors, including Quadron Cannatech Corporation (QCC-CSE)Pivot Technology Solutions Inc. (PTG-TSX), Basis100 Inc. (BAS-TSX), and CRS Robotics Corporation (ROB-TSX). MBA from Ivey Business School (UWO) and a B.Sc. Honours (Engineering Physics) from Queen’s University.

Steven Brown
Chief Revenue Officer
Steven Brown
Chief Revenue Officer

As the Chief Commercial Officer of DGTL Holdings Inc., Mr. Brown oversees all business development initiatives for Engagement Labs, Hashoff LLC and future potential subsidiaries of DGTL Holdings Inc. With +30 years of experience in the sector, Mr. Brown joins DGTL Holdings Inc. with a track record of success in the digital media and marketing industry. Throughout his highly successful career, Brown has guided several high-performance business development teams for global industry powerhouse companies, such as United Online, IGN/News Corp, and Viacom/CBS Radio. Previously, Mr. Brown served as Chief Revenue Officer of ViewLift (a global streaming technologies company) and Senior Vice President of Platform Sales and Advertising Solutions for NeuLion (a leading OTT technology company). Under his leadership, NeuLion experienced unprecedented customer growth and was sold to Endeavor in 2018 in an all-cash transaction valued in excess of $300 million.

Bruce Lev
Board Observer, Advisor
Bruce Lev
Board Observer, Advisor

Mr. Lev is the current Managing Director of Loeb Holding Corporation with over 30 years of experience in the global capital markets. Mr. Lev is the former Vice Chairman and Director of USCO Logistics (which was sold to global freight forwarder Kuhne & Nagel in 2001) and former Executive Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs of Micro Warehouse Inc. (NASDAQ: MWHS). Mr. Lev also served as a former director of the Roper Organization. Mr. Lev is also a former Vice Chairman of AirDat, LLC, and a former board member of Integral Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ISYS). Mr. Lev also served as a former board member and Audit Committee Chairman of VirtualScopics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSCP). Mr. Lev is on the board and member of multiple committees of Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX). Mr. Lev is a Graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and University of Virginia School of Law.