LYA Founders

Johanne Lemay, B.A.Sc., MBA

Johanne Lemay is Co-President of LYA. She is a recognized expert in telecommunications and broadcasting ranging from the development of strategy and business plans, due diligence and market research, to spectrum related matters such as spectrum valuation, licensing and auctions.

Ms. Lemay is actively involved in consultations for the development of public policy. She has acted as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings on numerous occasions. Recent expert evidence mandates were focused on the evolution of television and over-the-top services, benchmarking investment in broadband infrastructure and regulatory framework for MVNOs.

Ms. Lemay’s international experience includes leading mandates on spectrum licensing and auctions as well as investment due diligence in mobile services and broadband networks in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the US and Canada.

Ms. Lemay is co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platforms. She brings expertise in all types of auction formats from SMRA to Clock auctions including Combinatorial Clock Auctions (CCA) and the clock format of the US Incentive Auction. Ms. Lemay has conducted spectrum license sales on behalf of clients. Ms. Lemay also delivers strategy seminars and auction workshops to both private and public clients including telecommunications regulatory agencies in Europe, Canada and the US.

Ms. Lemay holds an Engineering Physics Degree from Laval University (Quebec City) and an MBA from Concordia University (Montreal).

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

Mr. Yates is Co-President of LYA and has over 30 years of experience in the telecom industry. Mr. Yates is an expert in spectrum auctions, telecom regulation and licensing policy, business case development, wireless and network technologies, strategic marketing and product management, market and demand forecasting, segmentation analysis, and enterprise valuation.

Mr. Yates has participated in many licensing processes, developed auction strategy and bidding tactics including game analysis, valued licenses and assessed the financial viability of mobile and fixed wireless services. Mr. Yates has provided bid room support and analyses for clients in a number of clock and SMRA auctions.

Mr. Yates has been instrumental in the development of in-depth business cases including for wireless and mobile broadband networks driving spectrum usage based on subscriber demand characteristics. He has worked closely with clients on the assessment of competitive entry, forecasting of spectrum demand and in the development of policy proposals in public consultations.

Mr. Yates also supports clients via expert testimony in regulatory proceedings and public consultations. His expertise includes industry competitive structure, spectrum licensing, technologies and deployment in various fixed and mobile bands, auction policy and framework rules, foreign ownership, broadband network evolution, interconnection, cost structures and business economics.

Mr. Yates has contributed to LYA’s published reports and has provided many customized analyses to clients.

Mr. Yates holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (1979) and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering – Management Science/Operations Research (1983), both from the University of Toronto. He completed Concordia University’s Executive MBA Program in Montreal in 1992 and has a Certificate of Competency in French from McGill University. Prior to embarking on a career as a consultant, Mr. Yates spent 10 years with Bell Canada and Nortel Networks in engineering, product management and marketing roles.


Peter Curnow-Ford, MIoD, MCIM

Peter Curnow-Ford graduated from De Montfort University with B.Sc Honors in Electronic Engineering. He is the founder of Viatec Associates, Executive Chairman at Growth Innovators group, and a Non-Exec Director at Plasma Antennas. He has held various non-executive roles with many SMEs and mentored many start-up CEOs. Peter is Chair of the Spectrum Access and Use cluster of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum. Viatec Associates assists organizations with decision making in the cellular & wireless infrastructure and device space, including towers, spectrum and public safety networks.

Mr. Curnow-Ford has worked with various companies (entrepreneurs, executives and investors) to build and grow business to deliver maximum return and value in technology-focused organizations in the Telecoms and Wireless space. He has many years of experience building European operations for EU and US organizations in the cellular device, infrastructure and wireless markets, including previous experience with Nortel Networks, Arqiva, LCC International Inc., Logica (CGI) and ICL (Fujitsu).

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