March 05, 2009 11:31 ET

Former ATI Technologies and Alias Research Chairman, Dr. James D. Fleck, Joins NGRAIN Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - NGRAIN, a leading provider of interactive 3D equipment simulation solutions that maximize the effectiveness of training programs and maintenance support systems, today announced Dr. James D. Fleck, an established leader in the 3D graphics industry, has joined the NGRAIN Board of Directors. Dr. Fleck was Chairman of ATI Technologies until its multi-billion dollar acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in 2006, and Chairman of AMD (Canada) until May 2008. Before ATI Technologies, Dr. Fleck was Chairman of Alias Research for five years, driving significant revenue growth that resulted in its acquisition by Silicon Graphics in 1995.

"It is a privilege to have a leader with such experience in the 3D graphics space join the NGRAIN Board," said Mr. Robert (Bob) Lord, FCA, Chairman, NGRAIN Board of Directors. "This past year NGRAIN has seen tremendous growth across every aspect of the business-from a dramatic increase in sales, to new and extended contracts with key US and Canadian customers. Dr. Fleck's significant 3D graphics industry expertise and exceptional experience in growing market share will be of great value to our team."

Holding a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University, Dr. Fleck has taught and published extensively on business and government issues in major universities worldwide, including the Harvard Business School; the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Keio University, Tokyo; and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

"It was an easy decision for me to join the NGRAIN Board of Directors," says Dr. Fleck. "NGRAIN's incredible market traction, the enthusiasm NGRAIN customers show for its solutions, and the quality of the NGRAIN management team and Board are clear indicators of NGRAIN's growing success as a leader in 3D simulation. As word continues to spread about NGRAIN solutions and the return on investment they deliver, I am confident we will see more great things from the company."

Dr. Fleck has held several senior positions with the Government of Ontario in Canada, including Secretary to the Cabinet. He is the emeritus M. Wallace McCutcheon Professor of Business Government Relations at the Faculty of Management, University of Toronto; a Senior Fellow, Massey College; and was awarded a degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Toronto in June 2002. Additionally, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997, and is currently Chairman of Business for the Arts in Canada and Chairman of the Minister's Advisory Council for Arts and Culture with the Ontario Government.

Earlier this week, Dr. Fleck was awarded the 2009 Governor General's Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts. Dr. Fleck is one of Canada's most active cultural philanthropists.

The NGRAIN Board of Directors also includes United States Army (Retired) General George A. Joulwan, United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General Michael A. Hough (Retired), Robert Lord, Paul Lindahl, Terry Cunningham, Carl Brandes, and Christopher E.M. Payne, whose biographies can be found at


Sixty-five cents of every dollar spent on a piece of equipment goes towards sustainment. NGRAIN enables organizations to dramatically reduce these costs by maximizing the effectiveness of equipment training programs and maintenance support systems with interactive 3D equipment simulations. With NGRAIN's breakthrough 3D simulation capabilities, customers have been able to accelerate the communication of knowledge by 60%, and improve operational efficiency by 30%.

NGRAIN makes 3D attainable. With NGRAIN, Subject Matter Experts can easily produce, integrate, and distribute 3D simulations, delivering unparalleled real-time 3D interactivity over the web to everyday desktop, laptop, and tablet computers. NGRAIN makes it possible for organizations to transform how they share information, making complex ideas simpler and more accessible to all.

NGRAIN delivers solutions to a host of industries worldwide, including Aerospace & Defense, Energy, and Technology. With its proven, award-winning solutions, NGRAIN has proved to be one of the most trusted names in the realm of 3D technology. NGRAIN's customer base includes all branches of the United States and Canadian militaries, Lockheed Martin, Standard Aero, CAE and other industry leaders.

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