About Us

The Joule Group is led by a team of seasoned telecommunication professionals.

Francis Syms
Managing Partner & Chairman of the Board

Francis has worked in telecommunications for over 20 years. His education includes a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and Masters of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.  Over the course of his career, Francis has completed long-term assignments in Latin America, Europe and Asia. He has managed development teams, test teams and project management teams. Francis has served in engineering & leadership roles in start-ups and large multinational firms. In his spare time, Francis enjoys playing Ultimate and the piano.


Joe Pellegrino
Senior Partner & Board Director

Joseph is a highly experienced manager of programs and teams, with over 35 years of experience across Canada and the globe. The most recent 28 years have been focused in the Telecommunications Industry with major telecommunications equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. Joseph has successfully managed programs and teams ranging from skunk work product development teams to large international hardware and software development teams. Joseph is a PMP and a member of good standing with the PMI organization since 1990.  He enjoys golfing and bike riding in the summer and wood working in the winter.


David J Smith
Board Director

David is an experienced telecom/datacom executive with over 20 years of industry experience. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and the Chartered Director designation from McMaster University. David is currently the CTO at ORION, a not-for-profit corporation providing network infrastructure in support of research, education and innovation in Ontario. David is an avid runner, sailor and downhill skier.


Joe Caci
Board Director

Joe has held senior and executive positions with BlackBerry, Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola along with several start up companies in Canada and the US. Joe was the Senior Vice President for HW at BlackBerry where he built a world class R&D team in several sites around the globe that executed on multiple iconic BlackBerry smart phones. More recently Joe has held executive positions and has consulted for companies in the cellular phone, IOT, consumer audio, and VR/AR headset industries. Joe holds an MBA from Florida International University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.