|Online Edition: Issue I Volume I 15.NOVEMBER.2000||Owen McShane | Curriculum Vitae | November 2000
Robert Ivan Owen McShane.
Rotorua High School, 1951 -1958.
University of Auckland, 1959 - 1963.
Awarded Harkness Fellowship to study in US 1967-69.
Have attended numerous courses and seminars covering such topics as Technological Forecasting, Strategic Accounting, and Financial Analysis for Managers.
Completed four day course in Venture Capital Management at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, under direction of Professor Brophy of the University of Michigan, in 1984.
Attended Company Chairman's Conference, focusing on Corporate Governance, presented by the Institute of Directors in NZ, at Christchurch, 30 Sept -2 Oct, 1994.
Attended Business Technology Consultant training seminars organised by Tradenz, 2 & 3 October 1995.
Founder Vice President of New Zealand Venture Capital Association and edited The VC Journal, the official newsletter of the Association during its existence.
Member of New Zealand Institute of Directors, and Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Listed as Business Technology Consultant within the "Business Technology Link" programme promoted and managed by Tradenz.
GENERAL WORK EXPERIENCE.
From 1965 to 1968 worked in newly established City Development Division of Auckland City Council, developing policies for Urban Renewal, introducing Town House and infill housing ordinances, and developing Transport Planning and Classified Road Network (bounding and serving environmental areas) for the City. Left City to take up Harkness Fellowship to study City and Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley.
Returned to New Zealand in 1970 as wide ranging consultant to the building industry specializing in industrialized building systems and techniques and environmental matters as well as regular town planning matters and court hearings. For eight years research co-ordinator Industrialised Building Systems Ltd, managing a large multi-disciplinary team of professionals associated with all facets of the building industry and property development.
In 1978 joined Development Finance Corporation, at that time New Zealand's Government owned industrial investment bank, as Technology Licensing Co-ordinator and later became Technology Manager at national level for Corporate Finance Division.
In 1984 joined Challenge Corporate Services (Strada) as Venture Capital Manager for Venturecorp, the publicly listed Venture Capital company.
Have negotiated technology based licences or similar agreements in New Zealand, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Korea and Singapore, in the fields of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, thermophilic enzyme technology, precision engineering, gas compression, electronic instrumentation, and computer control systems. Has developed general expertise in management of biological technologies.
In June 1988 left Venturecorp to set up Restech Venture Management a joint venture with Restech International Ltd formed to attempt to source venture capital for New Zealand from public and private sector sources in Singapore and Hong Kong. In June of 1989 bought Restech share of Restech Venture Management to form McShane Venture Management. Presently owner and Managing Director of McShane Venture Management Ltd.
Until takeover by Rocksprings Ltd, Director/Secretary of Restech International Ltd, a mining and technology development company which listed on the New Zealand and Brisbane stock exchange early in 1987. The company has been active in Australia in base metals and gold, in Canada in oil and gas, and in the USA in diamond exploration. Acted as sole independent director responding to takeover offer and commissioned report on fairness of offer and prepared recommendation to shareholders.
EDUCATION PROJECTS AND ACTIVITY.
Lecturer in Strategic Management and Management of Technology and Intellectual Property within Executive MBA programme at University of Auckland, and at Asia Pacific International Institute (APII).
Contracted to Auckland Institute of Studies as MBA thesis and research project supervisor.
Occasional lecturer at undergraduate and graduate level within Graduate School of Business at University of Auckland.
In 1987 and 1988 member of Steering Committee for New Zealand New Ventures the programme run jointly by the NZVCA, The University of Auckland, and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, to train entrepreneurs in managing innovation and the preparation of business plans.
SAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY RELATED ACTIVITY.
The Committee of Enquiry into the Establishment of Casinos in New Zealand.
Auckland Area Health Board.
Technology Development Schools.
Business Roundtable (Contract)
Business Roundtable. (Subcontract)
Gibbs Securities Ltd
Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Law and Economics Association of Australia
Minister for the Environment
Papers on sustainable cities, RMA, land transport, etc to several conferences for Federated Farmers, EECA, BOMA and others.
SAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES IN STRATEGIC PLANNING, MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.
Biotech 82, London 82. Presented paper Commercializing an Ecosystem. (Note: at this important Biotechnology Conference, was the sole speaker from the Southern hemisphere.)
LES 1984 Biotechnology Seminar - How to market, Sell, and Distribute Biotechnology in the USA and elsewhere.
LES Conference Sydney 1986: The Commercialization of Industrial Microbiology - Opportunities, Problems and Uncertainties
Licensing Executives Society International Conference in Sydney 1988. Two papers - The Klasse Experience in the Peoples Republic of China, and Commercializing Innovation in the Pacific Region.
I.I.R Tourism Investment Conference, Auckland, 1992. Casinos as Tourism Magnets Myth or Reality.
Quest & Associates Inc of US.
SAMPLE OF OTHER BUSINESS-CONSULTANCY PROJECTS.
Over the years has given advice to many small and medium sized companies especially in the management of intellectual property and new business development. Some recent projects include:
Kiwi Pacific Records - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa of London, and John Ruffell now living in Boston recently purchased this company. Adviser to this company on general marketing strategy, public relations, and project funding.
Advised Christchurch Casinos Ltd on their application for the South Island Premises Licence. Wrote the descriptive document supporting the application for their Parkroyal Casino proposal. They won the licence.
Advised Klasse Manufacturing Ltd, on setting up operation to export door-knobs etc for export (over 2,000,000 knobs per year).
Advised Carter Holt Fibre division on how to resolve their difficulties with Waitakere City in maintaining access to waste paper collection to maintain ongoing supplies for their recycling plant. Was able to undo a complex and vexatious situation within just a few hours of discussion with Mayor and CEO.
Advised New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Rotorua on development of strategy for further development of the Institute, on managing their intellectual property and on restructuring necessary to deal with end of current lease and with the need for joint venture funding from private sector.
SAMPLES OF WRITING, RADIO AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE.
From 1983 to 1994 contributed a regular column to Metro magazine titled Speculations, a column focusing on issues of current changes in New Zealand business and society.
Has contributed regularly to numerous other publications including National Business Review, The Examiner, Tomorrow magazine, New Zealand Wine Glass, Les Nouvelles, and the New Zealand Herald, the Christchurch Press and the Dominion.
While BBC World Service New Zealand incorporated New Zealand content was regular contributor to the morning news and current affairs programme. Producer of, and major contributor to, Soap-box, a series of opinion pieces broadcast daily at 7.40 am.
In August 1994, appointed regional advisor supplying ideas, researched topics, and articles to Breaking the Mould, a magazine published in London and Ireland. As regional advisor co-ordinate a small team of advisors in New Zealand and Australia.
In September 1994, appointed editor of The NZ Skeptic,the quarterly publication of the NZ Skeptics Society.
In October 1994, McShane Venture Management launched monthly magazine STRAIGHT THINKING, which challenges conventional wisdom wherever it may be found.
During 1995 a contributor to "Fifth Column" of Far Eastern Economic Review and to the US, Asia and European editions of The Wall Street Journal. Letters published in The Economist, the Times Literary Supplement, and other prestigious journals.
OTHER PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS.
Has made numerous presentations on a wide range of subjects to conferences and seminars over the years including:
Attended 1972 United Nations Human Environment Conference at Stockholm as "citizens' observer".
Annual conference of Skeptics Society, Auckland, 1995 -Presentation comparing the Industrial Society of the Enlightenment tradition with The Risk Society of the new Romanticism. This presentation drew on the work of the German, Ulrich Beck, who has been developing his concept of the Risk Society over the last few years.
Has given other conference papers at numerous venues including:
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