director and ceo
Mr. Paddick is the chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus International Inc., a Barbados-based corporation that holds investments in retail triple-play broadband providers in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada, Curacao and Barbados, all of which operate under the brand name FLOW. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity & IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 25 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region.
Prior to founding Columbus in 2004, Mr. Paddick was President & CEO of Persona Communications Inc. Persona was a TSX listed company that provided digital cable television, high speed Internet, commercial data and telecom services to a diverse base of residential and commercial customers in 1,200 communities in seven Canadian provinces. Persona, was the largest and controlling shareholder of Cable Bahamas Ltd., and as such, also provided similar services throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He served as CEO of Cable Bahamas Ltd. from 2001 to 2005 and as Chairman and CEO from 2005 to 2010.
Mr. Paddick has extensive capital market experience having raised in excess of US$5 Billion in debt and equity financing through transactions ranging from the initial public offering, private placements of debentures, rights offerings, private equity placements, syndicated banking facilities, subordinated debt, public bond issues and preferred share offerings.
Brendan Paddick was born and raised in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada. He holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2000, he graduated from the prestigious Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard University in Boston.
In addition to sitting on Columbus’ board, Mr. Paddick serves on the Board of Directors and the audit committee of Clearwater Seafoods Inc., a public Canadian company that is the world’s largest harvester and processor of shell fish and Atlantic Lobster. He is also a director of Summit Broadband Inc. and its operating subsidiary, the Orlando Telephone Company. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Caribbean Cable Television Cooperative since 2005 and is the Past-Chairman of the Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association. He was also a member of Industry Canada’s National Broadband Task Force in 2001, a government initiative to shape the country’s roll out of ubiquitous broadband access.
In 2000, Mr. Paddick was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by Caldwell Partners and the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. Canada's Top 40 Under 40TM is a national program founded to honor Canadians leaders who have reached a significant level of success but have not yet reached the age of 40. He has also been named one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEO's by Atlantic Canadian Business Magazine on three occasions, and was Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Alumnus of the Year for 2002. In 2006, he was appointed Honorary Consul for Canada to the Bahamas by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 2011, Brendan was named Ernst & Young's Atlantic Canadian Business-to-Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mr. Paddick is a Canadian citizen and a permanent resident of The Bahamas.