LYA Founders

Johanne Lemay, B.A.Sc., MBA

Ms. Lemay has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and is a recognized expert in telecommunications and broadcasting. Her expertise covers development of business plans, valuation, due diligence, spectrum matters and market research. Ms. Lemay has supported clients in the US, Europe, North Africa, Latin America and Canada.

Ms. Lemay is the lead consultant for Private Auctions conducted by LYA for clients disposing of spectrum licenses and other assets.

Ms. Lemay is actively involved in consultations for the development of public policy. She has acted as an Expert Witness in regulatory proceedings and litigations. Recent expert evidence mandates were focused on broadband subsidies in rural and remote areas, wireless siting, mid-band 5G spectrum, national roaming, television and over-the-top services, benchmarking investment in broadband and the regulatory framework for MVNOs.

She has supported clients in successfully acquiring subsidy funds for broadband deployment in rural areas.

She is co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platforms that support Combinatorial Clock Auctions (CCA), Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending (SMRA) Auctions, Sealed Bid Auctions as well as Clock Auctions.

Prior to co-founding LYA, Ms. Lemay held a number of positions in marketing and product management with Nortel Networks. Ms. Lemay holds an Engineering Physics degree from Laval University and an MBA, Executive Option, from Concordia University in Montreal.

Robert K. Yates, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., MBA.

Mr. Yates has over 30 years of experience in the telecom industry and is an expert in spectrum auctions, 5G-spectrum and broadband strategy, licensing, financial modeling, telecom and licensing policy and regulation as well as wireless and network technologies. His consulting experience includes projects in the US, Canada, Europe, North Africa and Australia.

Mr. Yates has supported bidders through the entire spectrum auction process, from the initial public consultation, to bidder training, simulations and mock auctions, game analysis, bid tactics and in-bid room support. Mr. Yates is co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platforms that support Combinatorial Clock Auctions (CCA), Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending (SMRA) Auctions, Sealed Bid Auctions as well as Clock Auctions. He has also developed the LYA Auction Management Tools used to manage round-by-round bidding and decision-making.

Mr. Yates has provided regulatory and business planning support to operators and government agencies with respect to broadband investment, regulatory and deployment issues in rural and remote areas.
Prior to co-founding LYA, Mr. Yates held positions with Nortel Networks and Bell Canada. Mr. Yates holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Operations Research/Management Science, both from the University of Toronto. He also has an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Programmer/Analyst

Sam Birnbaum, B.A. (Philosophy and Mathematics)

Sam Birnbaum has been working with LYA since mid-2012 and is an expert programmer in JAVA, C, C++, Python, HTML and Javascript. Sam is also an expert in linear and integer programming, and in implementation of optimization algorithms using tools such as LPSolve. Sam has been the primary programming resource focusing on auction processes and platform “back end” for all of LYA’s platforms. He has implemented the rule sets for the Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending (SMRA) auction, the Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) and the Ascending Clock Auction. He set up the OR bidding feature for the Canadian 2500 MHz auction, the chain bidding feature for a European CCA auction, as well as the GARP revealed preference feature of the Canadian 600 MHz auction. He has fully implemented sequential Assignment Auctions and the related algorithms for five different auction processes. His expertise includes implementation of the core-selecting nearest-Vickrey pricing algorithms, and analyses of core adjustments and base prices.

 

Sam also provides research and analytical support relating to auction design as well as deployment of telecom infrastructure, spectrum licensing and auction prices. He maintains detailed databases and has developed maps of wireless site deployment and spectrum license coverage. He also provides research support for benchmarking including of retail pricing of mobile services globally and market analysis.

Expert Auction Advisor

Adrian Vetta, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Economics and Mathematics)

Adrian Vetta graduated from the London School of Economics with a B.Sc in Economics and an M.Sc. in Mathematics. He obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at McGill University with a joint position in the School of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His research concerns computation in optimization and decision making, with a specific focus on applications in game theory and economics, networks and telecommunications, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Vetta has been collaborating with LYA since 2012. Dr. Vetta’s activities at LYA include auction platform design and rules, as well as auction bidding strategies & tactics.

Expert Spectrum Advisor

Veena Rawat, O.C., Ph.D.

Dr. Rawat is President and CEO of Expert Strategies International, a consulting firm, advising national and international entities on telecommunication policies and regulations. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management”.

Between 2011-14, Dr. Rawat worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, Dr. Rawat was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Dr. Rawat spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum wireless and satellite communication services.

In June 2019, Dr Rawat received an honorary doctorate from University of Ottawa during the convocation held for the engineering graduates.

Key Resources

LYA maintains in-house core expertise in key areas as well as relationships with firms and individuals specialized in areas such as engineering and economics.