We are Vendastians, we come in peace.

Here they are: the hardest working bunch of software gurus and business brains this side of the galaxy. Each one of them has 'Work hard, play hard' tattooed on the insides of their eyelids, and if you don't believe it, swing by for a game of foosball.

  • Aaron Chou

    Aaron Chuo is his English name, and Zhihong Zhuo his given name. Aaron is a graduate Computer Science student of U of S. He likes playing soccer, fishing, reading and cooking, and is enjoying his new digs as a software developer here at Vendasta. He’s getting his fishing rod ready in hopes of reeling in the biggest catch at Vendasta’s annual camping trip this summer.

  • Aaron LeBlanc

    Aaron LeBlanc was born in Canada's largest city, Toronto, and like many Canucks has Native American blood running through his veins. Despite his youthful looks, he has been working as a sales professional for over 10 years, selling everything from mortgages to advertising. During his time off, he enjoys reading, learning, and staying active.

  • Adam Bissonnette

    Adam Bissonnette is a father of two and the partner to the most beautiful woman in all of Saskatoon. He has a number of hobbies including but not limited to: flower pressing, trans-media adventures and slam poetry. Before starting in January 2016 he ran his own digital agency and was a partner on the Vendasta platform. He's excited to be working with the marketing team to look at creative ways to make an impact.

  • Adam Stark

    Adam Stark is a die-hard skier who would, hands down, take a trip to the mountains over a trip to the beach any day. In fact, his claim to fame is “winner” of the best face-plant at the Sunshine 2012 Slush Cup. After spending six years as a professional student at the Edwards School of Business, Adam decided it was time to take his degree and get out of there. With a wide range of previous work experience, from accounting firms to golf resorts, and a fondness for electronics and technology, Vendasta is a great fit. Adam works as a digital agent, and is a strong supporter of the play hard, work harder attitude at Vendasta.

  • Aditya Menon

    Aditya Menon graduated from the U of S with a degree in Computer Engineering, and is now a software developer with Vendasta. Though a fan of playing all sorts of sports, Aditya’s easy favourite is soccer. Like 92% of developers, Aditya is also a big fan of video games, and has been playing video games since Sonic the Hedgehog was on the ol’ Sega Genesis. He also enjoys watching movies, especially those of the Marvel variety.

  • Akshay Chauhan

    Akshay Chauhan has learned and experimented with every medium in digital storytelling from directing a 3D animated short film to developing mobile apps. He spent a few years doing graphic design and later switched into user experience and product design. He finds designing apps more satisfying as it serves a purpose, makes things simpler for people, and it's more than just a beautiful visual design. Apart from work, he loves to talk about typography (which is also work), productivity hacks, science fiction movies, and design solutions for solving real world problems and sustainable lifestyles such as tiny houses. He loves voluteering as a videographer at design related events in downtown Vancouver. Most of all he likes to talk about himself in the third person...

  • Ali Saif

    Ali Saif, originally from Pakistan, has been living in Canada for over 13 years. He finished high school in Ottawa and, because he is a mama's boy, moved to Saskatoon when his parents did. Here, Ali finished his studies at Edward School of Business by obtaining a B Comm. degree with a management major. He’s also fallen in love with mixed martial arts, and you can find him practicing nearly every day of the week. Through MMA, Ali has met some great people who he refers to has his "other family." When he’s not MMA-ing, you can find him with his family, watching movies, broadening his business knowledge and reading comics.

  • Ali York

    Ali York strives to travel as often and wear shoes as seldom as possible. Having spent the last two years alternating between teaching English and diving, surfing, hitching and hiking her way around Australasia, she is happy to be back home where the sky goes on forever and the seasons make sense. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Ali is excited to put her commerce degree to work as a Digital Agent for Vendasta.

  • Allan Wolinski

    Allan Wolinski is in charge of office culture. As VP, Operations, he recruits new employees and coaches them in the principles of Agile software development, which he advocates with a fervor bordering on the evangelical. Allan's pastimes include soccer and sailing. For a while, one of his sailboats sat in the middle of the office, which is why (in case you were wondering) our logo is shaped like a sail.

  • Amy Gill

    Amy Gill is happy to join Vendasta as a business development specialist. She comes to Saskatoon by way of Toronto, where she worked in marketing and development for a little car company called Porsche. A self-proclaimed vegetarian foodie, Amy’s interests range from science, tech, culture, fashion, nonprofits and youth initiatives. An avid traveller, she’s lived in Australia and India while finishing her Bachelor of Arts at York University.

  • Andreas Grunewald

    Andreas Grunewald first came to Saskatchewan as a computer science exchange student in 2003-04. A native of Mainz, Germany (hometown of fellow technological innovator Johannes Gutenberg), Andreas earned his master's at Darmstadt University of Technology, then joined the huge multinational IT company CSC, where he was an early advocate for Agile practices. After stints in England and Norway, in 2010 he returned to Saskatoon.

  • Andrew Tremblay

    Andrew Tremblay likes to go fast. He was a sprinter in another life, where he set some new records and ran for the U of S Huskies track and field team. When he isn't a blurry streak, he loves to travel and drink craft beers from around the world. To date, he has sampled over 600 varieties and counting. He is also a geographically inconvenienced baseball fan, as his adopted team is over 2200 km away. Regardless, he has a shrine of Blue Jays memorabilia in his vintage basement bar.

  • Anna Blumenov

    Anna Blumenov joined Vendasta as a QA tester with over seven years of experience. Originally from the Ukraine, Anna has lived in Israel for the past 15 years testing peace. In Israel, she ran a dog kennel, and now she has a cane corso breed dog to keep her warm on our cold winter nights. Anna also loves photography, so she develops photos alongside software.

  • Arielle Devlin

    Arielle Devlin is renowned for her world-class phone etiquette, which makes sense, as Vendasta’s frontline receptionist, she’s always ready to take your call. Go on... Give her a ring! When you get a hold of her, feel free to ask her about her latest trip to BC and which Okanagan vineyard is her favourite. She stays in shape by teaching people Pilates and different styles of dance. She loves salsa dancing and musicals! One time she played a chorus girl in a local production of The Producers. Arielle graduated from the U of C, she holds a degree in co-operation with The School of Alberta Ballet. Her friendly demeanor and enthusiasm to learn is reflected by her 10-year-old dog, “Winston” who is still full of energy and loves to be around good company.

  • Aristo Lam

    Aristo Lam was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and recently graduated from the Edwards School of Business with a B. Comm degree in Marketing. At the age of five, Aristo decided that he wanted to be a frog when he grew up. However, in the cold and harsh light of reality, he's since abandoned that dream and become a Digital Agent at Vendasta which he deems to be the next best thing. His imagination continues to get carried away, usually in the form of ridiculous business ideas and/or inventions. Aristo backpacked around the world and back! He’s swam with dolphins in Cuba, scuba dived at the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef and drank a beer on top of Mt. Doom in New Zealand. He loves to cook, is a film junkie and he secretly aspires to becoming a rap mogul like Jay-Z.

  • Ashley Elder

    Ashley Elder is a small town girl who looks after her family when she’s not working as a Digital Agent. Her passion for cooking and baking keeps friends and families stomachs full and hearts warm. With a strong customer service background and great work ethic she is sure to be an asset to the Vendasta team.

  • Ben Thunderchild

    Ben Thunderchild Bio coming soon!

  • Bill O'Dell

    Bill O'Dell combines years of customer service and writing experience as a Digital Agent at Vendasta. While Saskatoon is now home for him, Canada was not always home for this American citizen (soon to be Canadian!) He tries his best to fit in and fit everything in with a wife, twins, a dream job, not to mention - freelance writing, cooking and writing about spicy gluten free food in one blog, playing and writing about Magic in another blog. Other hobbies include reading fantasy/sci-fi books and trying to get some sleep. If you must know, he like all the fandoms, but if forced to choose: Star Wars and DC!

  • Blair Anton

    Blair Anton is a self-made man. From owning computer companies to nightclubs, from selling network solutions to large brands to starring in Nightclub Confidential, a reality TV show, Blair has done it all — without so much as a high school diploma. At Vendasta, he brings 25+ years of experience in sales, management, and entrepreneurship to his role as Sales Manager. When not at work, Blair can be found buying the latest cell phone or gadget, watching the Patriots play football, keeping up with his interest in Mixed Martial Arts, or spending time with his wife and three kids.

  • Blair Nordstrom

    Blair Nordstrom likes to strap into his snowboard in his basement during the summer, imagining that the gusty air conditioning is the brisk breeze of the Rockies on his face. When he is in a warmer environment, you can find him playing competitive soccer. At Vendasta, Blair is a marketing content specialist who brings with him a B.Comm degree in marketing from the U of S, four years of experience in marketing and sales and eight years in customer service. He’s also a bit of a Movember celebrity.

  • Bo Dong

    Bo Dong comes from a small, chilly town in China called Changchun. He enjoys tabletop role-playing games, post-rock music and tequila. As a result of practicing English through watching episodes of Doctor Who, Bo has developed a unique Chinese-British accent. He received a degree in Marine Engineering and was employed as a shipyard engineer for 2 years. The many hazards (often fatal risks) Bo faced in the shipyard, led to a strong desire to learn new tricks, including learning Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Today, he looks forward to building his career as a Software Developer at Vendasta. Bo is attempting to master a Canadian accent before the next season of Doctor Who is released but we love his sound the way it is.

  • Boniffer Ipac

    Boniffer Ipac, our accounting coordinator, hails from the Philippines. She studied computer science at a college in La Union where, upon graduating, she was promptly hired as an instructor. Later she transferred to the nearby state university, where she acquired her master's in technological education and taught for five years. After a stint doing IT and accounting in Singapore, Boniffer decided to try Canada. We hired her before her suitcase was fully unpacked.

  • Bonnie Clark

    Bonnie Clark is excited to bring a few decades of digital, agency, and start-up experience to the Vendasta team. In her career, she has fulfilled responsibilities across account management, marketing, process improvement and sales, but her first love has always been marketing. When she’s not writing or pitching ideas, you can find Bonnie at an array of cultural events and reunion tours of bands that were hot in the 80s, but nothing makes her happier than spending time with her growing family.

  • Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson has been a computer nerd since elementary school and has always had a passion for building things, be it woodworking, electronic circuits, autobody work, writing and, of course, software development. Brad is also a music lover, keeping a keen eye out for brand new bands before they make it big and trying to catch whatever local shows he can. His fascination with music extends into the technical realm as well: Brad spends a good deal of his time trying out new audio equipment and new installation techniques to make things sound pretty.

  • Braden Bassingthwaite

    Braden Bassingthwaite loves to travel the world (and not just on Warcraft, either). He has visited three countries, six provinces, and seventeen states, and has earned a Computer Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. An avid hunter, fisherman, and cook, Braden is voted 'most likely to survive should our office go camping and get lost in the woods' (for the record, he's also voted 'most mispronounced surname').

  • Braeden Ager

    Braeden Ager (sort of) grew up in Preeceville (also commonly called "Priestville" by fellow Vendastians). Growing up in a small town, he did everything from playing all sports imaginable to attempting the saxophone. Braeden still manages to keep his competitive spirit alive by playing in almost every sport league around the city. When he’s not out playing sports you can find Braeden online competing at video games, or attempting to brew his own masterfully-crafted beer.

  • Branson Perreault

    Branson Perreault is a recent U of S graduate with a degree in Computer Science, and now works as a Product Developer with Vendasta. An unspeakable amount of his free time is spent playing, researching, collecting, and obsessing over games of all sorts. Branson expresses his creativity through home-brewing fancy beer, which is both a hobby and a pastime for him (and it's easy on the wallet, too).

  • Breanne Budz

    Breanne Budz is a recent computer science graduate from the U of S and is excited to join Vendasta as a software developer. She has a bachelor's degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before changing paths into the tech world. In her free time, Breanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and playing a variety of sports. Her more introverted side likes playing video games, reading, watching anime, and training for marathons (on Netflix).

  • Brendan King

    Brendan King is Vendasta's public face, voice, and disconcertingly boisterous laugh. As CEO, he's involved in every aspect of the business. He even sits in on technical meetings, quietly catching up on his email in the darkest corner of the room, then popping his head up to ask the obvious, inconvenient question that everyone has been trying to avoid facing. Brendan is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business, an athletic clothing store, while still in university. It went broke after two years. His subsequent ventures have turned out significantly better.

  • Brent Yates

    Brent Yates worked with a local fleet management company for five years before jumping ship and joining Vendasta's formidable forces. He got his start doing embedded development and then moved on to higher level applications, building on his diploma in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology from SIAST. Now he's responsible for development on some of our consulting code; when he's not busy working, he can be found putting birdies on the golf course, brushing ice at the curling rink, and tuning up his old '57 Merc truck.

  • Brooke Trippel

    Brooke Trippel or 'Triple Threat' as we like to call her (just kidding, nobody calls her that), is a Champion of the People. She speaks for those without a voice, stands for truth and justice for all, and does it in a wide selection of fabulous shoes. Just picture Sailor Moon, only not annoying and in a way better outfit. That is to say, she is our People Operations Specialist, and does a darn fine job of it too! Her name comes from the Old English word for 'stream of water', so based on when that dialect of English was widely spoken, we can assume she was born somewhere around the mid 7th century in what is now modern-day Germany. Although, that's just a rough estimate. Like the meaning of her name, Brooke is as swift and powerful as a rushing stream and also as bubbly and effervescent as a babbling brook, which is why we like to call her Babbling Brooke (just kidding, we don't EVER call her that). There's also a mysterious side of Brooke. A deep, still pool of water side of Brooke, a very Zen side to her and, in times of despair and desperation she reaches deep down into the core of her very being and pulls out some sick yoga moves. She likes dogs, mochas, and has a super-cute dog named Mocha.

  • Bryan Larson

    Bryan Larson spent his twenties indulging his inner traveller, having trekked through New Zealand, Australia, the Nepalese Himalayas, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, and even more. Now, in his thirties, he says that although his wanderlust hasn't vanished, his priorities have shifted towards more domestic adventures, such as, you know, getting a mortgage and other exciting grownup things. Bryan's eye for design and 10+ years in media and design make him the perfect person to tackle our increasingly complex UI elements and create a better experience for our users.

  • Caleigh Simpson

    Caileigh Simpson fell madly in love with Saskatoon after moving here from Toronto in January 2015, and subsequently developed a deep affinity for bridges, The Sheepdogs, and good beer. After graduating from Queen's University with a Kinesiology degree she worked a couple of cool jobs in health and sport, but after some amazing people introduced her to Vendasta she knew she had to get involved. She is pumped to get her hands dirty as a Digital Agent. She digs sports, camping, and live music, and would really appreciate it if you didn’t judge her for being a Leafs fan.

  • Carleigh Durette

    Carleigh Durette joined the Digital Agency Team after 5 years in retail management. She lived abroad in Australia and in the UK and has since traveled to 21 other countries including Dubai, Guatemala and Colombia to name a few. She is a "crazy dog lady" and will show you photos of her puppy at any given opportunity. Feel free to stop her in the office to chat about your recent travels, or show her photos of your dog!

  • Catriona Barcoe

    Catriona Barcoe is from Kilkenny, a city in the Southeast of Ireland. She has a degree in Communication Studies and a Masters of Science in Multimedia from Dublin City University. A lover of travel, she has visited Southeast Asia and South America, and also lived in Australia for a year. Before deciding to settle in Saskatoon, Catriona ventured to China for three weeks on her own. She is loving Saskatoon, and is trying to love our Saskatchewan winters - but that's a work in progress. Catriona enjoys soccer, watching Formula One and the ancient Gaelic sport of hurling!

  • Celine Martin

    Celine Martin is originally from North Battleford, SK. Before joining the Digital Agency team at Vendasta, Celine moved to the big city and attended the Edwards School of Business. Not your average blonde, she completed the Honours Program and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management with great distinction. In her spare time, Celine can be found (usually sunburning) at the lake, making hilarious dad jokes, or just being a social butterfly.

  • Cheryl Kwiatkowski

    Cheryl Kwiatkowski is the most smiley, positive person you'll meet! She's full of energy and is always ready for fun-which also is her favourite word! Cheryl grew up on a grain and cattle farm just South of Prince Albert. As wild as the rolling plains of Saskatchewan can be, Cheryl was craving adventure and something a bit more, well...exotic! She travelled to Asia, Fiji, New Zealand, Thailand and Australia where she lived & worked before returning to the glorious land of Bunnyhugs and Vico. Since returning to SK, Cheryl has continued to pursue her passion in Business Marketing and Media Relations. Outside work you'll find Cheryl spending time with her family, pitching in on the farm, planning her next travel adventure, or Ukrainian dancing - a love of hers for nearly 25 years that she's able to share with others through teaching.

  • Ches Hagen

    Ches Hagen when he's not on the phone with potential partners, can be found exploring the British Columbia backcountry by snowmobile, ATV, or boat. Ches is the only member of the Vendasta management team not based in Saskatoon, but he flies in from Vancouver a few times a year for planning meetings, Brendan's summer pool party, and the November deer hunt.

  • Chris Bernhard

    Chris Bernhard joins the Digital Agency team after a lengthy career in all facets of retail business. A professionally trained screenwriter who never got his chance to pen the sequel to Point Break before it was tragically remade, Chris spends what free time he has wrestling with his kids, planning world domination with his wife and being a General Manager for the Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo. As you might of guessed, he sports a comic and art collection as well as a self deprecating sense of humor.

  • Chris Daviduik

    Chris Daviduik came to us with a dual degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010 his increasingly successful sideline as singer-songwriter for the band Sexy Mathematics motivated him to migrate from Saskatoon to Toronto, where he remains on the Vendasta team, Skyping in every morning from the living room of his condo on trendy King Street West.

  • Chris Unsworth

    Chris Unsworth is a classic jack-of-all trades and master of a few. He previously played on the U of S Huskies basketball team, winning a championship in 2010. Chris has had experiences ranging from driving 18 wheelers, to arms dealing, to jumping out of helicopters and firefighting. A serial entrepreneur who founded his first business in the competitive clothing market by making tall clothes for tall people, Chris loves being active and can't resist a practical joke.

  • Cody Ede

    Cody Ede was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but spent a good part of his childhood living in British Columbia where he developed a love for the outdoors. He’ll jump on any opportunity to adventure outdoors be it camping, hiking or other activities. His childhood also inspired a love for board games. He’ll challenge anyone to any game! He’s even been known to play games that take ten hours! He’s been back in Saskatchewan for a while now and he is currently working towards a degree in Interactive System Design at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a keen interest in combining art, computer science and psychology. He likes art, but loves to computer science! This love of computer science has led him to his current position at Vendasta.

  • Cody Kurz

    Cody Kurz is a jazz bassist and an advocate of polyphasic sleeping, the practice of taking short naps throughout the day in order to gain extra waking hours at night. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan's computer science program, he's handy with hardware, building a classic-style arcade cabinet in his spare time.

  • Colin Gooding

    Colin Gooding earned a computer science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. After that, he spent three years working on the software build and management team at OpenText in the maple syrup version of silicon valley, Waterloo, Ontario. He’s now back on the flatland, and has joined the Vendasta team as a developer. A big time hockey fan, Colin follows the Winnipeg Jets close enough to get cut by a skate blade, and usually wins his fantasy hockey league. Aside from ice and sticks, Colin enjoys golfing, reading, playing board games and, gasp, video games.

  • Conrad Berenik

    Conrad Berenik is a man on a mission: to complete reading all 365 books in the Warhammer 40k series. His love for post-apocalyptic science fiction and a CS course he took at the University of Regina set the tone for his career. Soon he moved to Saskatoon and completed a diploma in CST at SIAST. He currently works as a software developer at Vendasta, and when he is not busy reading a Warhammer book, he's either at his computer navigating dystopian wastelands or at the gym lifting heavy objects.

  • Corey Hickson

    Corey Hickson likes to pull out whatever the latest tabletop game is. A game master at heart, he loves the welcoming seat by a table full of meeples and dice. When not indulging in games or other geeky passions, he likes to balance his life out with teaching (coding especially) or the occasional camping trip. His background in chemical engineering at the U of S indirectly led him to computer science where he found what he was looking for in all those years at university.

  • Craig Kumick

    Craig Kumick grew up in Regina and, after finish University and spending some time travelling the world, he settled in Saskatoon. Prior to joining the Vendasta team he helped write and deploy software that controls satellite antenna ground stations around the world for SED Systems. Most of Craig’s evenings are spent hanging out with his lovely wife and two young daughters (often learning more about My Little Pony then he ever intended). When he has some free time to himself, he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, board gaming, or just having a beer with good people.

  • Craig Taylor

    Craig Taylor has lived all across Canada; from his hometown of Calgary where his love for the Flames was ignited, to the small town of Antigonish Nova Scotia where he met his wife and graduated from St.FX. When Craig is not charming the pants off potential partners, He's exploring his new found home of Saskatoon and rowing on the south Saskatchewan. As a dual citizen of Canada and the UK, Craig loves to hop over to Europe whenever possible to scratch that travel itch.

  • Dale Birtch

    Dale Birtch may have moved to Saskatchewan for love, but this computer systems expert from Haileybury, Ontario has completely embraced Saskatchewan's way of life. With varied interests such as Curling, Golfing and taking motorcycle trips, every change of season for Dale is occasion to indulge in something new. What really got us interested in him—apart from the boring stuff like his 7 years experience in medical IT—was that he has actually built himself a ‘67 VW Beetle for drag racing. After we confirmed that he didn't have any outstanding speeding tickets, we decided to hire him as a QA Tester.

  • Dale Bruce Hopkins

    Dale Bruce Hopkins, with an engineering physics degree from the U of S and several years of software experience under his belt, co-founded LucidHelix Solutions in 2008. The company specialized in diagnostic software for digital television networks, employing seven developers at its peak. Dale is a certified snowboard instructor and a CrossFit cultist who visits the gym at least once a day.

  • Dallas Bobryk

    Dallas Bobryk spends most of the winter at a hockey rink helping coach both of his daughters. During the summer months you can find him sitting on the sidelines watching his daughters play fastball. When not doing one of those two things, he enjoys playing video games and spending time at the cabin with his family.

  • Dan Stumph

    Dan Stumph was born in Yorkton before embarking on a never-ending journey throughout North America. At the age of seven, his family travelled throughout the United States and Canada with a missions organization. In that time he saw five provinces and over 30 states. He then took Visual Communications at Medicine Hat College before moving back to Yorkton and starting his own design and photography business. Dan is thrilled to be part of Vendasta's design team and is excited for life in Saskatoon. He still enjoys doing photography and, in his spare time, you can find him with his wife and kids.

  • David Sibley

    David Sibley can be found on the water rowing or keeping warm on rowing machines during the 9 months of SK winters. When he's not rowing he's often playing volleyball, guitar, or volunteering in the city. A product of the Univeristy of Saskatchewan and a morbid curiousity for all things tech related, he's joind Vendasta as Software Developer. David is highly competitive and welcomes the Vendasta Foosball Challenge.

  • Danielle Dale

    Danielle Dale was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her first adventure away from home led her to Halifax while pursuing a degree in Russian Studies through Dalhousie University. This eventually led her to a study abroad in Saint Petersburg where she rediscovered her love for studio art. She is currently working towards her BFA. In her free time, Dani enjoys all forms of art including painting, photography and writing.

  • Devon Hennig

    Devon Hennig used to be a game show host, but now he’s director of demand generation for Vendasta’s marketing department. With a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and experience teaching advertising classes at the University of Toronto, he knows his way around local media and social networks better than he knows his own neighbourhood. He doesn't program, but his favourite chess player is Magnus Carlsen, and he once sold a rare Pez dispenser for $180. How's that for geeky?

  • Devvyn Murphy

    Devvyn Murphy is best described as a cat not yet killed by curiosity. He lives to learn, and began life-long autodidactic endeavours with a childhood goal to literally know everything—which led to taking apart many, many things and putting most of them back together (usually in original form). Lots of LEGO, Capsula, Tinker Toys, Mechano and Radio Shack Electronics Project Kits fostered passion and aptitude for building. By age 8, the programming bug had bitten when the family got a used Commodore 64 with some BASIC reference manuals and back issues of Run magazine. Formerly an Apple Technical Support agent, and then a distributed system developer for OTV Technologies, Devvyn is now part of the Vendasta R&D team. Though it's a piece of information that's totally useless in day-to-day practice, this developer's head houses 333 digits of π—but that increases every week, so ask for a demonstration! Slightly more useful is the uncanny ability to act as a human thesaurus/dictionary/spellchecker—no Internet required. Bad signage and websites make Dev-Dev a sad panda. While unable to play live instruments or sing with any skill, Devvyn still sequenced over a hundred pieces of original electronic music. When it comes to getting around in the physical world, this curious cat eschews elevators and motor vehicles whenever possible—and has completed two CN Tower stair climbs. You can find Dev-Dev voraciously listening to non-fiction podcasts while walking or bicycling around Saskatoon every day.

  • Diane Herron

    Diane Herron comes from a creative & entrepreneurial background. Successfully running her own boudoir & wedding photography business she’s also experienced in office management and administration. An animal lover, Diane is a devoted mom to a cat named Berlios and has volunteered at elephant and wildlife centers. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (her favourite books are about symbolism in movies) and board games.

  • Dustin Walker

    Dustin Walker grew up fascinated by Lego and the ways in which large structures could be formed from many smaller individual pieces. The same sort of patterns in software drive his passion for development. His free time is typically spent playing electric guitar — making the ugliest noises possible — or being absorbed in a book.

  • Dylan Erikson

    Dylan Erikson is a graduate of the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, who previously worked in forestry and commercial real estate appraisal. However, by being employed at Vendasta, he has an opportunity to work in a field that excites him: technology! He is big music fan, and will randomly noodle on his guitar instead of learning actual pieces of music. A football and basketball enthusiast, he also enjoys participating in other activities like croquet, disk golf, fantasy football and board/video games.

  • Ellen Hunks

    Ellen Hunks AKA Ellen Hanks. She likes long walks on the beach and other things that super tall people do. She's the recent widow of <Spoiler Alert> Professor Snape and is valued at 5000 puppies, because that's approximately how many dogs she has. Our records indicate that she has sailed at least one of the seven seas, visiting and presumably conquering strange and exotic lands such as Morroco, France, Mexico and Martensville. Her conquering days behind her, she now works as a Technical Support Specialist here at Vendasta. In her free time, she balances on the delicate edge of motherhood and sanity, coaches rhythmic gymnastics, and expands her literary empire. With a heart bigger than hands could ever hold, she makes friends with all she meets, refusing to be a supporting character in life. She's also probably the cousin of Tom Hanks, based on their similar height and last name.

  • Elia Tarasoff

    Elia Tarasoff — Born and raised in Saskatoon, Elia is a 30-something who muses about the long-term future of humanity. For example, he knows that for Saskatoon to be powered solely by electricity, it would require a flywheel as large as an office building and as heavy as ten office buildings. When in the real world, you may find him lifting weights, biking or shooting targets. He has an honours degree in Computer Science and is happy to be testing for Vendasta!

  • Emily Howe

    Emily Howe, a Saskatoon native, has studied CST at SIAST's Kelsey Campus and has a diploma in basic accounting. She spent three years working in London, England as a programmer for various companies after which she decided to bring her experience and love for all things Muppets back home. Emily's role at Vendasta involves testing software and finding bugs — luckily, they are not the kind that fly around and scare the bejesus out of her.

  • Erik Schick

    Erik Schick has always liked to juggle as many interests as he can manage. He is working towards a degree in Computer Science at the U of S, but when he’s not studying he’s doing his own side projects and researching whatever grabs his interest. Being a singer who can play more instruments than he can count on one hand, Erik spends a lot of his time composing music or collaborating with others. With whatever other time he finds, Erik enjoys doing improv comedy, cooking, and studying language. He’s always happy to hear a joke or strike up a conversation, especially in French or Spanish.

  • Erin Bowman

    Erin Bowman
    Erin /ˈɛrɪn/
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    "The champion emerged from the debate like a victorious Erin."
    1. Win an argument
    "After disproving all of his opponents hypothesis, it was clear he was about to Erin."
    As Manager of the Partner Support department, Erin is both Leader and Spirit Animal to the entire team, much like the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh's who were both diety and leader to their people, only way more Canadian. No one is really sure where Erin came from. Her first appearance was documented in the sleepy town of Saskatoon, where it's rumoured she spent her childhood. However, there have also been sightings in Malaysia, Singapore and Mexico. Some say Erin is a myth, others, a legend. Some say she guards untold riches beyond your wildest dreams, that can only be won by beating her at shinny. A word of warning though, Erin is undefeated.

  • Evan Salter

    Evan Salter is a total nerd when it comes to technology, and has been fascinated by the world of computers for as long as he can remember. It was a no-brainer for him to pursue a computer science degree and a career as a developer, which brought him to an internship with Vendasta. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, his hobbies include spending time at the lake in the summer and shovelling snow the rest of the year. Away from the office, Evan enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and of course, Netflix.

  • George Leith

    George Leith is our VP of Sales. When he heard about our platform, he knew it was THE thing in online reputation management, and he knew he wanted to be the one to sell it. Since then, not only has George massively expanded our sales efforts, but also helped our partners sell our software to thousands of local businesses across a number of verticals. When someone tells him he is a wizard of sales, he good naturedly dismisses it, and then brings $20,000 worth of business for a partner in just three calls.

  • Ginger Domingo

    Ginger Domingo joins Vendasta as an accounting analyst. She moved from the Philippines in 2011 and brought with her a love for swimming, baking, and crafting. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and has explored several different opportunities such as marketing, event management, customer service, and bookkeeping. On the weekends, you will find Ginger cheering on her son in basketball. One day, Ginger dreams of opening her own lakefront pastry shop. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  • Glen Bowie

    Glen Bowie Bio coming soon!

  • Graham Holtslander

    Graham Holtslander is a dedicated student-for-life. He is currently immersed in Javascript, gaining inspiration from JS Conf US 2015 and working to develop his front-end skills. Graham’s passion for tech doesn’t stop when he leaves the office. He has worked on numerous personal projects, from the Rubber Duck Debugger to Pretty Pull Requests, to volunteering as mentor for Ladies Learning Code.

  • Grant Scoular

    Grant Scoular joined us from the University of Saskatchewan where he got a master's degree studying the polar cap ionosphere and a bachelor's degree in engineering physics. Now he's got the long title of "Technical Business Development Specialist." We don’t know what any of it means, but it sounds fancy. In his free time he likes cooking, brewing wine and cider, playing ultimate frisbee and strumming the guitar.

  • Gregory Tomney

    Gregory Tomney is from the east coast originally; born in Halifax, grew up in New Brunswick and returned to Halifax to attend University at Saint Mary's, studying physics. In 2012, he moved to Saskatoon to do his Master's Thesis work on the STOR-M tokamak (a prototype for a nuclear fusion reactor) at the U of S. Greg is an avid skier and was stoked to ski Banff when he moved out west. His more mellower pursuits include playing the piano, although he has been without since trading his Hammond electric organ for a bag of Vietnamese instant coffee. Kijiji is a strange website.

  • Guy Kelsey

    Guy Kelsey rides a longboard. His Ultimate Frisbee team is named after Che Guevara. He's also our VP, X Projects, an experienced executive who has spent twenty years building software for big industrial and agriculture companies. It seems like these personas ought to clash, but Guy has some kind of Zen balance thing going, he makes it work.

  • Heawan Woldermicheal

    Heawan Woldermicheal joined Vendasta after hearing only great things about this growing tech oasis; she saw that it was voted the #1 place to work in Saskatoon by Flow Magazine, and jumped onboard as a Digital Agent. As a killer basketball player and compassionate individual, when she’s not on the court, she works with at risk youth and mothers at a local group home. Her pastimes include enjoying the marvelous tales of JK Rowling, and learning from the likes of Manly P Hall, and Osho, as well as re-watching her extensive collection of Al Pacino movies. Catch her on Snapchat!

  • Heidi Abramyk

    Heidi Abramyk left her Sasky roots to earn a Bachelor of Design in Vancouver and worked as an action sports apparel designer. In a plot twist she herself didn’t see coming, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, returned to Sask, and traded in her design hat for a snazzy marketing one. Her hat at Vendasta is more of a product marketing one. Heidi loves to sew, sing, and take a stab at any kind of art project (she can also wield a sword). She bowls in a league, is 95% crazy cat lady, and loves to geek out over business books, fashion, history... the list goes on.

  • Jacqueline Cook

    Jacqueline Cook has lived in New York, Mexico and Switzerland, and has ventured all over the world. Her bagpiping skills, however, were acquired here in her hometown of Saskatoon. Jacqueline is an alumni of the Next 36 entrepreneurial program, where she honed her enterprising ability and technology skills. She was a Canadian youth ambassador at the G8/G20 Summits in 2010, sporting a blazer rather than a ski mask. She is a former midfielder on the U of S soccer team, and currently sits on the board of Care & Share Saskatoon and Recess Guardians.

  • Jacqueline Gillespie

    Jacqueline Gillespie AKA Jackal AKA Jayquellin AKA The Unburnt Queen of the Prairies, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Drinker of Coffee, Mother of Malamutes. Born and razed in Saskatoon, but a whirl-wind of unforeseen events ripped her away from her homeland. Thrust into the cruel reality of 'not Saskatoon', she has braved the frigid, sun-forsaken winters of the Canadian Arctic and the barren, inferno of the Desert. Made her way through the endless mists of England and spent two treacherous years in the hellish wasteland of Vancouver, finally finding refuge at Vendasta in the warm embrace of Partner Support. She likes to write (novels!), hike through forests, explore ruins, avoid sunlight and do various other things that typically require travelling out of province (or country...or continent), all while taking a billion pictures of moss and stuff.

  • James McKay

    James McKay was born in Edmonton, moved to a small town up north called Shellbrook and eventually to Saskatoon to complete his degree. Currently he is his third year of a Software Engineering degree and is participating in a 16-month internship at Vendasta as a software developer intern. Aside from a few short summer jobs, working at Vendasta is James' first "real" job and it's much better than university classes. He loves learning, so a fast paced technology company is the perfect fit for him. He is pretty competitive so naturally he enjoys real-time strategy games, chess, first person shooters and any kind of team based games outside like kickball, soccer and dodgeball. Aside from that, he likes to watch UFC, NBA and the occasional competitive Battlefield match. He has never been outside of Saskatchewan/Alberta so travelling it definitely on the list, and now that he actually has some free time he has been learning to speak German. He also loves listening to music, watching "The Office" and of course programming.

  • Jamie Playford

    Jamie Playford was born in Queensland, Australia. He moved to Canada at a young age and has adapted well to Canadian life. He’s enjoys snowboarding and casual games of hockey at his neighbourhood rink. Jamie also enjoys fishing, biking, playing guitar and singing (his skill at the latter are in question). He’s a Digital Agent who is still not 100% convinced that Vendasta is some sort of wonderful hallucination. Either way, Jamie's happy to be here.

  • Jamie Taylor

    Jamie Taylor comes to Vendasta from Burlington Ontario as our Content Marketing Strategist. Prior to joining us, Jamie was an NLL lacrosse player, ad copywriter and produced screenwriter. When he's not mulling over words, chess or fitness regimes, Jamie takes to his true passion in raising a Siberian Forest cat from a melodramatic feline to the true beast he naturally is.

  • Janessa Yeomans

    Janessa Yeomans, AKA Iron Butterfly was raised on a small farm in Saskatchewan, and if you've ever met her, it's obvious what they were farming - awesomeness. Comprised of equal parts discipline and grace, Janessa's expertise in synchronized swimming and in raising young, toddler-sized mini-Janessa's is unsurprising, and she has rightfully earned her prestigious alias. Janessa is ever the voice of encouragement, especially if she is trying to get you to do something for her, but she is quick to drop everything at a moments notice to lend a hand where needed. If you ever need to go shopping for bathing suits, she's your woman, armed with little-known, helpful tips such as 'you should get a 100% polyester swim suit because polyester doesn't stretch." Did you know that? I didn't know that!

  • Jaret Martens

    Jaret Martens (AKA Janet, Jared, and Karet) spent his first life in the forsaken realm of Hepburn, Saskatchewan. A few lines of code later, he found himself in the promised land of Saskatoon where he was reincarnated as a Technical Support Specialist. While he does spend much of his time troubleshooting, his heart of hearts is drawn to a different cause: writing. He is the author of several novels, all of which are almost as dramatic as he is. Other notable feats include scaling mountains, slaying demons, and laughing at a doge meme or two. Described as pensive, sarcastic, modest, and -- above all -- perfect, Jaret is a firm believer in first being kind, then being kinder.

  • Jason Coutu

    Jason Coutu is a busy man. A former heavy equipment operator and northern fishing guide, he raised three kids while simultaneously working full-time as a software tester and acquiring his master's in computer science from the University of Saskatchewan. Jason coaches mini-soccer and speed skating and, in what's left of his spare time, tinkers with radio-controlled aircraft.

  • Jason Dahl

    Jason Dahl completed an internship for IBM and graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science from the U of S. He is now a software developer at Vendasta. He enjoys video games. No, in fact, he loves them! He also enjoys home brewing beer and sharing it with his friends. When he’s not programming at work, Jason likes to dabble in game development. Jason considers himself to be a pretty decent cook, and loves catering for his friends, especially when they’re at the lake or out by the BBQ.

  • Jason Prokop

    Jason Prokop used to do chemical engineering, but decided he preferred pipelines that carried data rather than oil and gas. Now Jason is pursuing his lifelong interest in computer science as a software developer intern here at Vendasta. Some of his favourite things include canoeing, exploring strange new music genres and dreaming about the future of human-computer interactions.

  • Jean Parchewsky

    Jean Parchewsky Jean is passionate about where the people and the operations collide in business. Spending the last 15 years growing and developing retail brands throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, she values how people make all the difference in a company. Jean is responsible for driving a phenomenal culture where employees are engaged, rewarded and perform at their best. Encouraging personal development, effective communication and performance from our teams while recruiting and bringing on board the best new talent, Jean strives to maintain Vendasta's recognition as the best place to work in Saskatoon. Jean graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Psychology, focusing on the socialization of groups and how people learn. Growing up in Saskatoon with three brothers means that in her down time she can be found cheering for hockey in the winter and out on the boat in the summer with her husband and two children.

  • Jed Williams

    Jed Williams leads Vendasta’s efforts to design strategies and programs for large media companies. A veteran of the media space, Jed is adept at analyzing and forecasting new trends in digital marketing, and helping partners generate new and recurring revenue. Well known in the industry, Jed’s work has been cited in widely read publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Jed previously held positions as the Director of Business Development at Main Street Hub and as a Senior Analyst and Vice President of Strategic Consulting at BIA/Kelsey. He has led strategic consulting projects for AT&T, NAA, NBC, Time-Warner Cable and Yahoo!, where he’s helped clients build business strategies that drastically impact their bottom line. Although Jed will be heading up a satellite office in Texas, he’ll need those lattes he loves so much to keep warm on the mandatory trips to headquarters here in sunny Saskatoon.

  • Jeff Davis

    Jeff Davis — Since receiving a degree in journalism from Carleton University, Jeff's career has taken him around the world and back. He's lived in six foreign countries, speaks a smattering of languages and has been published in virtually every newspaper in Canada. He's also been an adventure tour guide, an African Union peacekeeping trainer and is an "honorary grandson" of Kenya's Kamba tribe (ask him about it). Born in the Maritimes, Jeff is an avid squash and badminton player. At Vendasta, Jeff is an account executive, spreading the gospel of reputation management to the world.

  • Jeff Tomlin

    Jeff Tomlin holds the title of Chief Marketing Officer, and also takes responsibility for long-term planning and dreaming big. Jeff tends to stand back and look at the whole picture while his co-workers are hunched over the canvas with magnifying glasses. He's the go-to guy for questions like 'How did we get here?' and 'What's the next step?' and, of course, 'Who the heck do we think we are, anyway?'.

  • Jenna Boese

    Jenna Boese grew up in a rural setting that contained lots of potatoes and cats. Pursuing an interest in art and technology, Jenna asked for graphic-editing software for her 14th birthday and has been doing a mix of design and front-end web development ever since. Left to her own devices, she enjoys knitting, camping and the occasional video game.

  • Jenna Fingler

    Jenna Fingler is our resident pianist with a Grade 8 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Born and raised in Meadow Lake, SK, she moved to Saskatoon in 2005 and earned a BSc with High Honours in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. As a Software Developer at Vendasta, Jenna's role involves working on our core services architecture, monitoring for and squashing bugs, and testing. When she's not at work, she is busy playing her piano, working on mastering the guitar, and biking around the city.

  • Jenn Freeze

    Jenn Freeze used to be cool; she hosted a Sunday night radio show on CFCR 90.5 FM for a few years, spreading the word about her favourite bands to the masses (mostly her mom). That all ended in 2013 when she turned all of her attention to the world's most time-consuming book club - the English program at the University of Saskatchewan. This turns out to have been a good move, because now she's a writer with Vendasta's Digital Agency. Other than Tweeting a lot, Jenn enjoys reading, drinking tea, and watching entire seasons of television shows in as few days as possible.

  • Jeremy Rans

    Jeremy Rans would be one of the people to blame if tiny BattleBots enslaved humanity in the future. To do our part in preventing this catastrophe, we have hired him as a software developer and try to keep him busy with all kinds of projects. Besides, somebody had to put his BSc in Computer Science, four years of enterprise programming experience, and competitive foosball skills to good use.

  • Jesse Redl

    Jesse Redl possesses a rare balance of tech skills and business smarts (which, combined, make him a pretty darn good poker player). Since dabbling in engineering back in university, he's worked as a software developer and business analyst, as well as a product manager at Point2 Technologies. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and slo-pitch - all of which come in handy at the annual Vendasta camping trip.

  • Jesse Rolheiser

    Jesse Rolheiser grew up on a farm outside of Allan, Saskatchewan, and has only left our rectangular province a handful of times. He prefers to stick around home and watch the cows come home and the code flood in. A Computer Science graduate from the U of S, Jesse previously did research on multi surface applications in the Human Computer Interactions lab at the U of S. Jesse plays a wide variety of sports and video games, and is willing to try pretty much anything. He has more than a dozen Rubik’s cubes, which is frustrating to even picture.

  • Jesse Webb

    Jesse Webb lives with his wife and two cats. A graduate of Computer Systems Technology (CST) from SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon, he spent the last six years working for Point2 as a Software Developer and Scrum Master. His other passion is video games, having owned a Nintendo before he could walk, and currently plays several online multiplayer games at a competitive level, while also spending heaps of time streaming on Twitch. He recently built a web-based Buy Bind Generator for the popular PC game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

  • Jodie Bahrey

    Jodie Bahrey was born and raised in Saskatoon. The day after graduating from highschool, she drove straight to the mountains. The travel bug took a big bite and she didn't return to the land of the living skies for 8 exciting (and broke) years. Jodie found her way back to the cold winters of Saskatoon and she’s now raising her two beautiful daughters, aged 9 and 13. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, drinking wine in the winter and beer in the summer. Jodie is happiest when she is spending time outdoors and she loves trying new things. She has just taken up paddleboarding with her daughters and they having a blast. Jodie is so grateful that her mother’s love of gardening has been passed down to her. This summer she managed to pickle carrots and beans! Jodie finds live music exciting and likes to attend as many concerts as possible, her all time favorite concert being Santana.

  • John Mason

    John Mason has been extremely lucky and blessed to have been surrounded by wonderful and supportive people his entire life. With the help and support of many teammates, his family, and several incredible coaches he attended three years of college on a volleyball scholarship. After college he went to the UofS to sprint through his Computer Science degree while moonlighting as a bartender. He continues to play volleyball 2-4 times a week on various rec teams. When he isn't hopping around batting at inflated spherical objects he can usually be found reading, writing, cooking, or drawing through various mediums (crayon preferred). He used to play copious amounts of LoL and COD but has been gradually redirected to more 'productive' activities by the loving guidance of his girlfriend.

  • Jon Miller

    Jon Miller believes variety is the spice of life...and he likes it spicy. Jon holds a Computer Systems Technology diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, but it was his self taught video and photo work that caught Vendasta’s eye. His photo work has been featured on National Geographic’s website, and he has video work with millions of views online. Aside from his visual creation and IT pursuits, Jon is always looking for a new adventure. He has been skydiving, hiked the Chillkoot in Alaska, rode 2000km on his motorcycle to hike the Skyline in Jasper, and snorkeled in Iceland. In his spare time, Jon can be found playing soccer, flying his drone, or planning his next adventure.

  • Joshua Baker

    Joshua Baker Joshua Baker is a professional filmmaker & musician, specializing in digital media storytelling. He helps people reach new audiences through engaging video. The founder of Sica Films video production studio with his wife Jessica, Josh is now applying his "analog" filmmaking instincts to communicating modern *digital* marketing solutions with Vendasta. Josh will gleefully talk shop, music, N64, Star Wars, and karaoke.

  • Julia Epp

    Julia Epp is a born and raised Saskatonian, with the exception of a stint in Winnipeg where she did her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Winnipeg has a special place in her heart, but she felt the beckoning of her people and came crawling back to Saskatchewan. Not a fan of idleness or twiddling her thumbs, Julia loves the constant business of the Digital Agency department where she resides, and feels very at home at Vendasta (the vast supply of food and candy may be a large factor in this feeling). Outside of work, Julia enjoys parenting an overweight golden retriever, reading non-fiction, running and exercising to offset her love of unhealthy food, and balancing her heavy Netlifx schedule with a social life.

  • Julia Payzant

    Julia Payzant is a machinist by trade and can bore your engine cylinders. She would like think that most machinists aren’t as creepy as Christian Bail in The Machinist. In winter Julia likes snowboarding in the mountains and in summer she enjoys relaxing on sandbars around the city and tossing an Aerobie around. She also likes trying out new recipes in her spare time. Julia will play you in any Smash Bros game, if you’re up for the challenge.

  • Justin Babiy

    Justin Babiy is a New Business Account Executive with the Vendasta Sales team. He comes to Vendasta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan. Justin is an avid golfer and enjoys watching and playing hockey. He’s also a big Blue Jays fan and loves to travel.

  • Justin Guenther

    Justin Guenther is a Software Developer at Vendasta who graduated from the U of S with an honours degree in bioinformatics, and continued his education in graduate school at the U of S in the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. His passion for software development started with QBASIC in elementary school, and has continued with his contributions to open-source software and the software development component of his M.Sc. program. During the Summer Justin enjoys camping, fishing and slow-smoking meat in his backyard, where he also tries to maintain a lush garden. In Winter Justin occupies himself by reading science fiction and playing video games.

  • Justin Ziola

    Justin Ziola graduated from the Edwards school of Business with a specialization in HR, and also holds a degree in Sociology. He is joining Vendasta as a Digital Agent with 6+ years of customer service experience. His interests usually have anything to do with music, film, photography, traveling and just hanging out with friends and having a good time. He also has a series of names that has followed him around since highschool; Juice, Juicy J, Juice-tin, Juice Newton, Newton… Call him by any of these and he is sure to respond.

  • Karson Braaten

    Karson Braaten has travelled to many different places. From the Eiffel Tower, to the top of an active stratovolcano (Mount Merapi, Indonesia), he feels lucky to have experienced so many different cultures in his life so far. Karson has grown to love baseball and has been to more than a handful of MLB ballparks. He also plays in a slopitch league in Saskatoon. It wasn't until attending the University of Saskatchewan that he developed (no pun intended) his love for programming and graduated from computer science there. Karson has worked as a mobile developer since then. He reads a lot of books and loves to talk about them. He also enjoy writing and his first book "Remember the Good Times" is available on Amazon.

  • Kassigan Naicker

    Kassigan Naicker doesn’t know what exactly moved him towards a career in sales, but he jumped into it nine years ago and has never looked back. Despite his one-track career profile, Kassigan is no one-trick pony: an avid golfer and a huge Edmonton Oiler’s fan, this South African-born Canadian is also an A+ certified network and Internet support specialist, and a children’s soccer coach. As Account Manager at Vendasta, he is a part of our rapidly-growing all-star sales team.

  • Kathleen Kelly

    Kathleen Kelly has a positive mindset and zest for life that are hard to miss: she firmly believes that almost anything in life can be remedied with a hot cup of tea and a blanket. As a hobbyist writer and proud owner of a BA in English, she's excited to be able to engage in her passion as a Digital Agency Writer with Vendasta. Imaginative and creative, she enjoys plummeting into various forms of art, including writing fantasy, drawing, and painting (traditionally and digitally). When she does climb out of the her art cave, you can find her indulging her inner geek - playing video games, reading novels, or playing a little D&D with her friends - as well as doing yoga and AcroYoga, or enjoying craft beer (but not all at the same time).

  • Katie Salmers

    Katie Salmers graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While her seven-year jaunt through university should have been fatal, she managed to not only survive but thrive in a variety of customer service environments. With a passion for people, she has navigated multiple fields including personal fitness, chocolate, radio, tea, and denim. After ten years in retail, she decided to try something new with the Digital Agency team at Vendasta.

  • Keshan Huang

    Keshan Huang was born in Fuzhou, the capital of southeastern China's Fujian province and close to Northern Tropic. He finished his first bachelor degree in Pharmacy, but an internship in a drug store, he decided pharmacy was not for him. He chose Computer Science for his second degree, because he was intrigued how 1s and 0s could describe the world. He also decided he wanted to live in a country that is not quite so hot in summer - so, Canada it is! He started with Newfoundland, but was horrified with their winter. It snowed more than 330cm that year, and the campus was closed 5 times due to the severe winter storm. So Keshan decided to give Saskatoon a try for the remainder of his Computer Science degree. He has since fallen in love with this clean and peaceful city, and he is very excited to be working in an intern position as a software developer at Vendasta. In his spare time, Keshan plays a lot of video games such as League of Legends and World of Warcraft. He is also getting pretty good at cooking, especially Fujian cuisine.

  • Kevin Hanna

    Kevin Hanna claims his hobby is building Scandinavian-style furniture, but the jury is still out — his wife says it’s all about collecting fancy tools. We are more certain of his 15 years of IT experience with roles such as solutions architect, development manager, and project manager. We also have proof that he owned a software consultancy in Toronto for 3 years and has worked with large brands including Warner Music Group, Ernst & Young, and Rogers. At Vendasta, Kevin is a product owner.

  • Kevin Harder

    Kevin Harder is a meatatarian. He can’t eat raw fruits or vegetables and generally feels that even if he could he doesn't understand why people eat salads. He plays ball hockey when he can, but most of his spare time is spent with his three daughters and shuttling them to their countless activities. At Vendasta, Kevin is the Finance Manager who brings with him a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and almost a decade of experience in financial management, internal controls and financial reporting.

  • Kristin Van Esch

    Kristin Van Esch was an acclaimed Furniture Repair Technician, before joining the Digital Agency team at Vendasta. She spends her evenings either playing video games, or preparing for the next upcoming Comic Convention. She is always willing to have a comic book or Star Wars friendly debate. Kristin’s weekends tend to be filled with charity work with her husband, or maintaining one of her many small businesses including Interior Painter and Toy Maker. Her three kids are proof that she can manage to hang onto her last thread of sanity - though she has no problem taking them down a peg in Mario Kart!

  • Kristofor Amundson

    Kristofor Amundson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to joining Vendasta as a developer, he worked for the local book store, McNally Robinson, where he was granted first access to some of his favourite fiction classics including A Song of Ice and Fire and Twilight. In addition to being an avid reader, Kristofor is a board game enthusiast and gets his kicks from coming up with terrible puns. He might tell you a joke about chemistry but he would be afraid of not getting a reaction.

  • Kyle Sheasby

    Kyle Sheasby graduated from the U of S with a BSc in Computer Engineering, and joined Vendasta as a Developer. Ever since he was a kid he has been interested in electronics and computer coding; he started by building Lego Mindstorms robots. From there the progression took him into Computer Engineering. Kyle was a member and coordinator of the U of S Robotics Club. They programmed microcontrollers and built mini sumo-bots. Kyle is from Calgary and has always had a love for the outdoors, especially the mountains. He enjoys running, hiking, camping, downhill and cross-country skiing whenever he gets the time. He is also an avid sports fan and nary an evening goes by when he is not found watching some game of hockey, baseball or football. He also played hockey and soccer starting in elementary school until he graduated high school.

  • Landon McTavish

    Landon McTavish graduated from Edwards School of Business with a B.Comm Degree, majoring in Marketing. For the past four years he’s focused on growing his online retail store Koalalogic.ca. For fun he likes to snowboard, wakeboard and surf, and recently returned home from a five month backpacking journey through Central America. While there Landon got his scuba diving certification and jumped off some huge waterfalls. Now he’s on our sales team looking for new adventures, closing deals that surface as much adrenaline.

  • Lavinia Lee

    Lavinia Lee may be a die hard, born and raised Torontonian but she has embraced her move to Saskatoon with open arms. The sense of adventure that has taken her all over the globe motivates her to explore all that her new home has to offer. Whether it’s in another country or in her own backyard, she loves meeting new people and enjoying unique local delights. When she’s not letting her wanderlust take over, she loves playing individual and team sports, bingeing on Netflix and The Food Network, catching up with friends and cheering for all of Toronto’s sports teams (Go Leafs! Go Jays! Go Raps! Go TFC!). She considers herself quite outdoorsy...in the sense that she spends a lot of time on patios in the summer. Holding a Honours B.Sc from the University of Toronto, a Master’s from Queen’s and a diverse work history, she is excited to carve out her role as a Business Analyst for Vendasta’s Product Team.

  • Lee Clark

    Lee Clark: superstar sales person by day, superstar rec league athlete by night. Lee comes to Vendasta with 10 years sales experience and in his free time loves to play sports, listen to music or spend time with his friends. Word on the street is that Lee has been challenged to approximately 25 dance battles and has never lost. Lee also loves to write, particularly his own bios, where he can exaggerate his dancing skills and athletic talent.

  • Leo Melnyk

    Leo Melnyk graduated from Computer Systems Technology at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon. Playing around with game editors at a young age made for an easy transition into software development. He had played far too much World of Warcraft in his younger years, but made many lasting friendships along the way. He can be found improving his billiards skills at the Snooker Shack nearly every Saturday.

  • Leonard LaRochelle

    Leonard LaRochelle is the first to admit that he’s the worst foosball player at Vendasta. A product of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Leonard is involved in his sons’ extracurricular activities, serving as both a Beaver scout leader and assistant soccer coach. Before coming to work as a quality assurance tester at Vendasta, Leonard worked in Saskatoon at iTracks as a recruit/account specialist as well as a resident computer technician at Staples. He’s played far too much World of Warcraft in his life and currently enjoys spending time with his family and working on the completion of his basement.

  • Levi Paradis

    Levi Paradis is from Bengough Saskatchewan, a town with less than 300 people. He grew up on his family's cattle ranch and ran a welding business on the side with his Dad. He left for the bright lights of Saskatoon in 2012 to attend U of S for geology. He eventually got bored of looking at rocks all day, decided that the exciting world of technology suited him better, and switched to Computer Science. In his spare time, Levi enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting and golfing. He is excited to be working at Vendasta on a Computer Science internship.

  • Lorie Willms

    Lorie Willms is the Last Unicorn. It is rumoured that she will never die because she might not even exist in earthly form. The mere fact that we can even perceive her in this world of agony and despair is an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in glitter with rainbow sprinkles. There is even an old saying about her: "not all that glitters is Lorie".
    Those who encounter Lorie are instantly bestowed with happiness and laughter. Lorie's personality powers the Sun and her laughter creates the winds that blow over the earth. By the way, those Northern Lights you sometimes see? That's her personality glinting off her earrings. If humankind could harness the power of Lorie, we would have enough clean energy to power the galaxy for eternity (because she can't die)! Alas, Lorie is a wild spirit and can never be captured or tamed. You can catch a glimpse of her in the early hours at the office, if you're lucky, but don't expect her to stick around long enough for a picture. This woman is always on the run, which is a feat in itself because she's always in the most stylish heels!

  • Magdalena Dickinson

    Magdalena Dickinson was born in Poland, raised in Chicago, and is now living in Warman. A woman of many interests, she once rescued a chipmunk. She has since moved on to bigger critters, and will gladly whip out her phone to show you her gallery of photos of her two cats. Her "go for it" attitude has led her to move from the Windy City to the City of Bridges shortly after college. She graduated from DePaul University with a degree in communications, and came here to live with her husband. Shortly after unpacking her bags, she decided to follow her passion, and that has lead her to Vendasta's Digital Agency team.

  • Mandi Newman

    Mandi Newman is a typical Type A personality. She’s a lover of lists, calendars and organization — even her closet is color-coded. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Regina in 2010, she joined the sales and finance world with Scotiabank. She is now the Sales Operations & Enablement Manager for the Vendasta sales team and looks forward to building relationships and, of course, making many lists. A majority of her free time is taken up by Crossfit and her adorable Dachshund Cali.

  • Manveer Poonian

    Manveer Poonian has a Bachelors of Engineering from India’s silicon valley, in Bangalore. After university, he joined one of the biggest IT companies in India, INFOSYS Limited, as Systems Engineer . While working there, he took up salsa dancing and developed a passion for it. He also became involved in initiatives to build schools and provide food to people in need. Following his move to Canada, Manveer joined the SIAST Moose Jaw campus to study business which led him to a job at CIBC Bank as a Financial Service Representative and finally to Vendasta, as a Business Operations Data Analyst(we’re keeping him). Manveer loves to travel and his dream is to visit Europe. He also enjoys riding motorbikes.

  • Mara Selanders

    Mara Selanders got used to living out of a backpack, but is thrilled to be back in her home province (with her home closet). Fresh out of graduate school in Ottawa and a 6-month communications internship at a non-profit in Sri Lanka, she can't believe her luck at landing a job she'll actually be paid to do. Vendasta has taken her on as a Digital Agent, and she can only hope her dancehall skills are applicable. She is also very food literate, dedicated to yoga, and demonstrates a healthy obsession with Beyoncé and politics, probably in that order (#beyonceforpresident).

  • Matthew Fyfe

    Matthew Fyfe is a graduate of the Computer Systems Technology course at the institution formerly known as SIAST. One of his proudest achievements there was winning the intramural dodgeball league! His interests are as varied as the work he does at Vendasta as our newest maintenance administrator. When not at work, you can find him trying to cook foreign food, taming neighborhood cats, longboarding around the city, or even dungeon mastering his own home brew board games. Every day is something new!

  • Merridew Smith

    Merridew Smith A.K.A Dew, is a young creative who thrives in the digital world. She has been an active member of online communities since the age of 6, and an avid gamer since coming home to a new N64 when she was 5. Her role at Vendasta as a Content Strategist perfectly fits her personality as a lover of the digital world and creative arts. Dew spends a lot of time masquerading as an amateur illustrator, painting digital and traditional portraits in her down time, and she is pursuing an English degree part-time at the U of S. When she isn't creating interesting content, Dew can often be found playing indie and retro games, spiraling deep into the internet abyss, or binging Netflix shows.

  • Meghan Folnovic

    Meghan Folnovic was born and raised in Regina, SK (hold the groans). She recently completed her B.A. Honours in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan where she analysed light-hearted topics like terrorism and genocide on a daily basis. When she is not at work, she is either catching up on the latest brain-numbing reality TV series or aimlessly cruising around the city to Frank Ocean. Her true love, though, is travelling. She is excited to challenge herself in the land of technology as the newest Partner Education & Support Specialist at Vendasta.

  • Michael Brennan

    Michael Brennan is our bean counter, ledger lover, penny processor. He’s our numbers guy. Michael began his career at Deloitte & Touche in Saskatoon, and then made a spontaneous mid-winter decision to join Ernst & Young in Bermuda. He has worked overseas for 17 years, many of those with Bacardi Limited. Michael held executive positions at Bacardi in Bermuda and Switzerland, including global treasurer and VP finance and corporate controller. Michael and his family returned to Saskatoon in July, a time much easier to picture living in Saskatchewan.

  • Michael Bullock

    Michael Bullock graduated with a masters degree from the U of S, where he studied video delivery over the web. Now, Michael’s joining the Vendasta team as a software developer. In his free time you’ll find him on the lake floating around in a boat or water skiing. When the lakes are frozen solid, as tends to happen here, Michael likes to shoot pool and sip on fine homemade wines.

  • Michael Geeraert

    Michael Geeraert is a software engineering student hailing from a land overflowing with Cowboys and Hydrocarbons. He is here on a 16 month internship and intends on learning as much as he can from his watermelon hat wearing brethren, as well as enjoying the beautiful city of Saskatoon. When he is not writing binary laden with sweet logical poetry, he enjoys tinkering in his garage on DIY projects. Welding, woodworking, microcontrollers/electronics and mechanics are usually large components of these projects. He is always looking for new things to learn and try.

  • Michael Patola

    Michael Patola is an account executive here at Vendasta. An eastside Saskatoon man who graduated from the U of S with a BA in Political Studies, Michael found an instant connection with the sales profession. Since then, he’s been a sales machine, decimating anything that swerves into his lane. Michael also manages a photo blog that centers around pro sports photography and mid-century modern architecture. An easy going spirit who fancies himself as a massage therapist/Qi-gong master, when he’s not working, you can usually find him daydreaming about potentially brilliant/stupid ideas.

  • Michael Reimer

    Michael Reimer spent 6 years in the web design industry and he’s now happy to be one of Vendasta’s UX/UI designers. He couldn't convince his wife to move to Alberta (where he’s from), so he came to Saskatchewan 4 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Michael has recently moved to Martensville to raise his family. When he’s not designing you can find him playing ball hockey in the SBHL, getting a crossfit WOD in or spending some quality time with his wife and two daughters.

  • Michael Tastad

    Michael Tastad is a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. If you don't catch him drinking truck loads of coffee and green tea, he's most likely making calls and closing deals as one of Vendasta's account executives. Michael has a highly competitive spirit going all the way back to his Mixed Martial Arts and JDC West days. Michael is a political junkie, as well as a proud captain of the Edwards School of Business JDC West team in the 2014 year. Not to mention a fanatical George St. Pierre fan.

  • Michele Kerr

    Michele Kerr grew up in lil’ ol’ Oxbow, Saskatchewan. After school she moved to Scotland and then traveled around Europe for a year. This gave Michele a deep appreciation for siesta-ing and wine. She loves to cook for friends and family and travel as often as possible. When she's not at the gym, Michele likes to play pretty much any sport, jump off cliffs, read, or lie in the sun. Michele has her education in Business Management with Human Resources, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is bringing her secret ninja skills and putting them to work for Vendasta’s Digital Agency.

  • Micheline Gaudet

    Micheline Gaudet left her small town of Bellevue, Saskatchewan behind to pursue a degree in Commerce from the U of S in “the big city” after high school. Despite her new city digs, she is still but a country girl at heart. This is very evident when the country music starts playing, as she cannot help but slip on her boots and dance, even sometimes embarrassingly so. She is constantly trying new fitness classes and becomes obsessed with them... for about three weeks before ditching it and starting something new. She may be small, but her vibrant laugh and fiery liveliness make her to be a mighty friend to have in your corner.

  • Michelle Groden

    Michelle Groden was born and raised in Saskatoon. Even as a little girl, Michelle has spent her entire life in sales. As most girls were playing house, wedding or dress up, Michelle played store. A couple years after graduation, she picked up and moved to Montreal with her now husband to pursue, you guessed it, sales! She now spends her free time with her husband, and two beautiful children. Her youngest, a girl, and her son. A million dollar family, if you will. With her extensive sales experience, awesome fashion sense and unfathomable wit, Michelle is bringing her A game to our sales team.

  • Myron Kindrachuck

    Myron Kindrachuck graduated from the Edwards School of Business with a B.Comm Degree, majoring in Operations Management. The past three years he worked as an Outside Sales rep for a multi billion dollar corporation specializing in the fluid transport industry, and wholesale sales to mechanical contractors. When he's not working as an evening bartender or a weekend DJ, you can find him outside enjoying a good swing of the golf clubs and relaxing at his family cabin. Myron has always had a passion for extreme sports whether its wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding or mountain biking, you can find him outdoors getting injured. But a broken neck and a torn ACL didn't slow him down as he recently returned home from a trip to the middle east. After a month in Abu Dhabi and Dubai riding camels and driving super cars (Sheikh and Bake) its time to come back to reality and get back to the grind starting with the sales team.

  • Naresh LaBar

    Naresh LaBar will forever be known as the Vendastian with the broken wing, but he didn't let that get in the way starting his new job (it only takes one hand to click the mouse). Growing up in a multi-cultural family has allowed Naresh to experience everything from driving tractors around his Grandparent's prairie farm, to snorkeling among the coral reefs off the beach of a Malaysian island. Naresh spent his University career at the U of S obtaining a degree in Toxicology. After some time, he decided a career studying poisons was a little too doom and gloom. Naresh has a strong background in sales and service. On his down time, you'll probably find Naresh playing Nintendo games, getting his dance on at large music festivals, or cruising the streets in his babied Integra from the 90's.

  • Nathan Poellet

    Nathan Poellet has always loved making things. Self-motivated and largely self-taught, in his free time Nathan runs his own video game company, Monoclesoft. While waiting for his career as a game designer to take off, he's worked at a variety of Saskatoon tech companies, always maintaining his focus on usability and design.

  • Nathan Rhodes

    Nathan Rhodes is a Saskatchewan farmboy, a graduate of the Edwards School of Business, and a Certified International Trade Professional. He previously worked at Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership, where he helped local companies reach deals with buyers all over the world. With his experience as a business intelligence analyst, Nathan claims he can find out 'almost anything about anybody', a superpower which he chivalrously declines to use for blackmailing purposes.

  • Navdeep Kaur

    Navdeep Kaur, originally from India, went on to obtain computer system tech certification from Sheridan College in Ontario. She has a hard time dealing with Saskatchewan winters, but is still loving being here. Someone who enjoys her work as a quality assurance tester, Navdeep already loves Vendasta like a family and wants to contribute as much as she can. She’s not a fan of sports, but likes meeting new people and visiting different places. She hopes to one day travel to many different countries in Europe.

  • Nelson Vo

    Nelson Vo is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, with a degree in Commerce from the Edwards School of Business, majoring in Human Resources. During his studies, he quickly realized that he would never be cut out for a typical career in HR (seriously, this guy is never negative...it's pretty weird. Feeling a bit down today? Go find Nelson, he guarantees you'll leave with a smile on your face.) This is what brought him to Vendasta as a Sales Development Representative. Nelson is extremely passionate about two things: fashion and mental health. When he's not working you can usually find Nelson shopping or doing his part to end the silence and break the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

  • Nik Winnitowy

    Nik Winnitowy is a Digital Agent with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan. He likes to spend his evenings making music and his weekends skiing or camping in the mountains. He also finds the time to teach drums at local music store Long & McQuade and sell outdoor gear at Atmosphere. He’s an easy going guy who enjoys a good pint of beer with friends.

  • Nolan Cline

    Nolan Cline sees himself as a geek, arts and athletic hybrid. An avid dancer with the U of S ballroom club, he likes to keep in shape and take up challenges in any sport. He loves tinkering with both mechanical and electrical systems. He rocks out on the drums with his Church's worship band and also tinkles the ivories occasionally. In his spare time he enjoys reading a good book, keeping up with the latest Bioware games and cheering on the Riders. A recent graduate of SIAST Computer Systems Technology program, Nolan is very excited to be joining Vendasta in Partner Development and Support.

  • Nykea Behiel

    Nykea Behiel was born and somewhat raised in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. She has lived in Regina, Calgary, Toronto and Bangkok, but in true prairie girl fashion, she's returned to Saskatoon (and loves it). Growing up with four brothers and a bazillion cousins, Nykea feels at home in our rowdy office. As part of the marketing team at Vendasta, Nykea gets to do many of the things she loves - writing, reading, creating. Nykea is the social outreach director on her riding association, sits on the board for some women's' groups, plays sports, travels and laughs (excessively and loudly). She tends to get noise complaints wherever she goes.

  • Oleg Tkhoryk

    Oleg Tkhoryk come from Ukraine (not “the Ukraine”) and has just survived his first winter in Saskatoon. He has a B.A. in economic cybernetics and an M.A. in economics with concentration in econometrics. Those fancy names mean that here at Vendasta, Oleg helps make sense of our numbers and come to meaningful conclusions to help us increase our efficiency. When he’s not analyzing data, Oleg bikes, does photography, plays guitar and loves music. If you want to see him go a little crazy, throw down a Pink Floyd or Eric Clapton record. Or call it “the Ukraine.”

  • Pascal Dimnik

    Pascal Dimnik recently received his Bachelors of Fine Arts (studio Art) from the University of Saskatchewan, which comes in close second for life achievements after having completely wrapped Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (without realizing fast travel was an option). Juggling art, games and the woes of being slightly too tall, Pascal is always ready for a challenge. With over 12 years experience in sales and customer service in every job imaginable, Pascal is excited to join the Digital Agency team and roam the halls at Vendasta, quietly lecturing fellow staff on the merits of David Lynch's vision of Dune.

  • Peter Guo

    Peter Guo was born and raised in China. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and worked as an engineer for two years in China. His love of programming and western culture brought him to Canada where he began studying Computer Science at University of Saskatchewan. After 3 years and an internship, Peter got his degree and scored a sweet job as a Software Developer at Vendasta. He loves video games, movies and cats. Peter says he’s a good cook and specializes in Chinese style BBQ. We’re looking forward to sampling some of his cooking here at Vendasta!

  • Phil Mainville

    Phil Mainville is a Francophone who used to be in a Top 20 US World of Warcraft Guild. A regular DJ at the city's bars and restaurants, Phil knows local business marketing from the inside and he's excited to help us launch our own fulfilment center and DIFM Reputation Management program. His favorite bands include Muse, Arcade Fire, Alexisonfire, Daft Punk, and Justice.

  • Rafael Pavlovic

    Rafael Pavlovic was born in Belgrade Serbia, and moved here at the age of two with his family as a refugee. A lover of most forms of physical activity, Rafael especially enjoys snowboarding, longboarding, boxing and swimming. Along this note, he is also hugely interested in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and can get a little rowdy, which ensures most of us keep a wide berth. His role at Vendasta is forming business partnerships and ensuring digital revenue growth for clients.

  • Rameez Virji

    Rameez Virji is best known for his patent-pending invention of an oral vaccine delivery system, and for his software and web design company he created when he was 13. Recognized as one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 in 2012, his main hope is for his pill to reach the developing world. In his spare time, Rameez likes to play (or at least try to play) his guitar, go camping, write code, and read. He looks forward to developing some amazing things here at Vendasta!

  • Renee Elder

    Renee Elder received her Pharmacy Technical Certificate but soon realized that testing pharmacy software was more fun. A Scrum Master Certificate followed soon after and so did complex software projects with lots of moving parts. Having emerged victorious in her trials and tribulations as Product Manager, Renee is now testing her mettle with Vendasta's multiple teams that develop our awesome reputation management platform. In her spare time she likes to go camping, play the piano, or travel to a scuba diving destination.

  • Riana Back

    Riana Back is best known amoung her friends for DIY'ing everything, from bunk-beds to patio furniture, if she can dream it, she can build it. With her own custom wood working shop set up in her basement (or outside in the summer) she would disappear for days if her kids would let her. In her downtime she enjoys sketching wild animals with either charcoal or graphite pencils, and every once in a while dabbles in oil painting on canvas. Joining the Vendasta Digital Agency team has been an exciting change for her as she gets to have conversations with adults on a daily basis, which were scarce when staying at home to raise two young boys.

  • Rich Seaward

    Rich Seaward can usually be found planning ways to win from behind the bench as a head coach for his home town's senior hockey team, making that key defensive play in the infield, punching out a timely hit on the baseball diamonds or on the golf course trying to hit "that shot." Rich brings that same focus to his role as an Account Manager here at Vendasta, ensuring partner success.. An avid reader, Rich likes to add to his growing library with autobiographies, historical events, poker strategies, sports events and sales focused material. Rich is eager to put his planning and coaching skills to work helping current partners grow their existing business in the online presence and reputation management space.

  • Riley Wiebe

    Riley Wiebe has always had an interest in technology and how it works. He decided to turn his interests into his career and got himself a degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He’s now a software developer in the best tech shop in town. In his free time, Riley enjoys listening to music, playing guitar and playing video games. His love for The Office is second to none.

  • Rory Lawford

    Rory Lawford spent the latter part of the 1980’s touring Canada as lead singer of a heavy metal band - which he still does (but only on weekends, after his nap time). With multiple international design awards to his credit, Rory brings nearly two decades of professional graphic design experience to Vendasta. Also a devoted husband and father of three, what little spare time he has is spent on personal design projects, performing shows either with his band or solo with his acoustic guitar, and maniacally obsessing over Star Wars and Iron Maiden.

  • Ryan Holaday

    Ryan Holaday asks the tough questions, tells it how it is and doesn't mess around - probably. He's your average Vendastian astronaut-doctor-supergenius...or is he? Sure, he has the chiseled jawbone and rippling muscles of an Adonis. Sure, his mind is as keen and quick as the sharpest blade and sure, he can guide you through your hearts-and-minds most tempestuous of tempests with his sweet guitar playing skills. Yet, there is something else, isn't there? Something dark, almost sinister lurking below the surface. Something dangerous is smoldering within those eyes, like a fire just before it rages out of control and consumes everything in its path, leaving nothing but carnage and destruction in its wake. And what's that book he keeps on his desk, that he's always scribbling fervently in on the rare occasion he looks up from his work? We may never know, but one thing we do know. One thing is for sure: Ryan super likes those little Aussie Bite™ cookies.

  • Ryan Sutton

    Ryan Sutton is a BC native who likes to run half-marathons to justify eating Hawaiian pizzas whenever he feels like it. His interest in computers dates back to when they had turbo buttons, so as an enthusiast of both computers and old things, he graduated with dual Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and History from Vancouver Island University. Being a huge fan of rain, Ryan works out of Vancouver.

  • Rylan Morris

    Rylan Morris comes to Vendasta with a background in consumer tech. He joined the team after hearing that there's free breakfast on Thursdays... oh, and also because it's a pretty awesome company to work for. Fun fact: Apple Music seems to think his favourite musician is Moby; having a strong interest in music production, Rylan definitely respects Moby as an artist, but would not consider himself a Moby fan. Again, to be perfectly clear, he is not a Moby fan. Another fun fact: his secret talent is flare bartending. He can shoot an 11' fireball! Some say he's like Todd Roberts from Vendasta, only taller and better looking.

  • Rylan Spencer

    Rylan Spencer is a New Business Account Executive at Vendasta. It has been said that Rylan was the best guy to never make it to the NHL....as a water boy. Chunky yet funky Rylan enjoys watching the Toronto Maple Leafs come close to making the playoffs every year. When he isn't watching sports you can find him outdoors hunting or fishing. Rylan is a loving husband and a father to two great kids.

  • Sam Huckerby

    Sam Huckerby is a firm believer that there are too many wonderful things in life to go through it just focusing on one part. Sam has been reading, writing, and drawing her whole life. She is proud to say she's addicted to tea, buying books (sometimes getting around to reading them), and Saskatchewan skies. While Sam loves to travel and experience new things, nothing beats a quiet weekend at the cabin, in her opinion. Her Grumpy Cat page-a-day calendar is her sole sustenance besides vegan food and Futurama. Weird and random opinions are a must for this Digital Agent, as is learning as much as humanly possible. After all, her middle name is "Challenge Accepted." Just kidding, it's something far nerdier than that.

  • Sandern Wang

    Sander Wang has lived all across China, growing up in the mid-east, completing university in the northeast and starting his career in the northwest. He enjoys programming, working as a Software Engineer in China for a few years before moving to Canada to begin a completely new life. Sander is a big fan of ice fishing—his favourite activity to get him through Saskatoon’s long, cold winters. Don’t be surprised to find him in a fishing store. He loves trying new things but sometime needs an extra little push, help him out by challenging him to a game of foosball or table tennis!

  • Scott Bechdholt

    Scott Bechdholt is an ex-pro video gamer who has travelled all over the US and Korea (twice) to compete at an international level. Eventually he decided it was time to grow up and go to school, so he moved to Saskatoon from Edmonton to pursue his education. Scott has worked as a market intelligence specialist, helped entrepreneurs start local businesses and in an Apple call centre (can you restart your computer for me?). He also likes traveling, reading and fishing, and more than anything, Scott loves the Oilers. Luckily, he likes to golf as well.

  • Sean Schroeder

    Sean Schroeder has a unique claim to fame: he has helped print tickets for pretty much every major sports team in North America. He is also a huge fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, enjoys Rodeo, Golf, and everything summer. When winter hits, he is either coaching his daughter’s hockey team or skiing down the slopes himself. At Vendasta, he is in charge of our Digital Agency, where he brings over 15 years of industry experience.

  • Seyi Abe

    Seyi Abe graduated from the U of S with a BSc in Geological Sciences. He went on to work as a Geologist for 4yrs with a wellsite geology company in Calgary, geosteering oil wells across Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. His prior background in sales is as a product expert with Futureshop in the information product group department. Seyi made the decision to join the Vendasta Sales team as a Sales Development Representative; a position he pursued for a greater value in fulfilling his passion. He was also a team leader in the U of S "Thinking the World of Our Furure Campaign" where he was part of the Annual Fund Call Centre and raised four million dollars during his 6 year tenure. Seyi's hobbies include chess, squash, basketball, swimming and dancing. He is an active member of the U of S Ballroom Dancing Club.

  • Shakya Abeywickrama

    Shakya Abeywickrama hails from the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka where she lived until obtaining her Bachelors of Business Administration. Trading deep blue ocean for golden prairies, Shakya moved to Saskatoon to earn her Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing from the U of S. A tech geek long before joining Vendasta, Shakya came to us from the Future Shop family where she placed in the top five of more than 300 salespeople. She wins in our hearts too. Her passion for tech is met only by her passion for travel—you can often find Shakya on a plane seeking out her next adventure. Already she’s been from Tokyo to London, often with Above and Beyond in her headphones. At Vendasta, Shakya is the team lead of our best in class Digital Agency.

  • Shane Williamson

    Shane Williamson is currently working on a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at the U of S, where they make the students solemnly swear to not build Skynet. He has been graciously invited to join Vendasta on an internship to build on his skills and knowledge. When he is not developing software, he can be found playing the drums, shooting pool, or nerd-ing out over some new game.

  • Shawn Gryschuk

    Shawn Gryschuk graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in computer science. He and his wife like to escape the rectangular ice box by traveling to places where the mercury in their thermometer rises above “ridiculous and scarcely livable” levels. For the time that he does spend here in winter, Shawn likes to play hockey and volleyball, and during drought season, he plays Slo-Pitch and beach volleyball. He is also an avid reader and board gamer.

  • Sian Molloy

    Sian Molloy is in the process of completing a degree in Computer Science at the U of S. She was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. After living in the north for 17 years she decided that the weather just wasn't harsh enough and moved to Saskatchewan. She enjoys watching and playing curling, riding her bike, and reading just about any type of book.

  • Simon Papadopoulos

    Simon Papadopoulos graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Computational Science, from the University of Saskatchewan. He went straight to work in the IT department at Federated Co-op and spent the next fourteen years there. Simon is a multifaceted guy and has also been an entrepreneur of several businesses in the past. We are delighted that he brought his many skills and out-going personality to the Vendasta sales team. Simon loves volunteering, and has volunteered for Sask Abilities and was a Big Brother to twin boys for ten years. He plays, and is a fan of any kind of sport and even works as a personal trainer on evenings and weekends.

  • Song Rattanavong

    Song Rattanavong has been selling B2B solutions since 2005 with a simple mantra: if you do what's best for your clients, increased sales will follow. Having worked with a number of A list brands such as MTV, Puma, and VISA, this Canadian with a Laos ancestry and a Thai name has acquired a sales approach that is just as multidimensional. When he is not on a sales call helping his clients make money — yep, we see the irony in that, but hey, that's how we roll — he can be found either on a golf course or a soccer pitch.

  • Stephan Tarulli

    Stephan Tarulli can be found making magic happen behind the scenes as a software developer. When he does crawl out from behind the curtain, however, he can be found hunting down rare video games or conducting intense pre-training for mountaineering. A lover of binge-watching TV series on Netflix and playing sports, Stephan is a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan — no easy task most of the time.

  • Stephanie Dilsner

    Stephanie Dilsner has a Computer Science degree in Interactive Systems Design from the University of Saskatchewan. Growing up in a hi-tech home; her favorite toy as a baby was an old computer keyboard and has been working on web design projects since her first pimple. Now, she has embraced her inner geek and is pumped about everything related to creating beautiful and innovative things. When she isn’t jumping up and down about design, she enjoys swimming, driving a tractor, traveling to new places, and eating sour foods…especially pickles. Her high energy and design skills are sure to be an asset to Vendasta.

  • Stephanie Goertzen

    Stephanie Goertzen is a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan where she earned her M.Sc. in Physics studying topological superconductivity. Stephanie loves to see her data come to life and prides herself in making fabulous plots for her research. In her free time, Stephanie studies Japanese and plays far too much Binding of Isaac. She also enjoys honing her skills in cake decorating and is always searching for ideas for fun, new creations. Needless to say, Stephanie is looking forward to her future in Business Operations at Vendasta.

  • Stephanie Melnyk

    Stephanie Melnyk is an artist of her own making, practicing the art of Pyrography, also known Woodburning. Originating from Domremy, Saskatchewan, she's a small town girl who loves to be creative. She went to Siast and took the Computer Systems Technology course, which started her enjoyment of working with computers. Before coming to work as a quality assurance tester at Vendasta, Stephanie worked in Saskatoon at iTracks as an account specialist/lead survey quality assurance tester. She spends her free time playing way too much Minecraft, or whatever game is currently piquing her interest.

  • Steven Hancock

    Steven Hancock likes to run marathons. When that's not possible, he can settle with long distance cycling. If that doesn't work either, he can make do with a book. As you can see, Steven is quite flexible in his approach, which is also reflected in his career choices — he took up BCom and worked in business-related roles for a few years, and then he completed a BSc. At Vendasta, we like people with flexible approaches, so we hired him as a developer in the marketing team.

  • Sunny Sharma

    Sunny Sharma turned down a couple of job offers in India to pursue higher studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Turns out, it was the right move, allowing Sunny to work on some cutting edge research in access control for REST Web Services. Having completed his Masters degree, he now works at Vendasta on our own cutting edge reputation management platform. In his spare time, he likes to play racquetball, volleyball or badminton, or watch one of his favourite films from the Star Trek, The Matrix, or Batman franchises.

  • Taylor Bolin

    Taylor Bolin joins Vendasta as an enterprise account executive. With experience selling furnishings, vehicles and cell phones, Taylor is ready to try his hand at peddling software. When he’s not at work, you can find Taylor goofing around with his kids, playing video games and enjoying time with friends. Or reading, but that’s less interesting.

  • Taylor Galipeau

    Taylor Galipeau is a recent graduate and Saskatchewan convert, travelling all the way from Lethbridge, AB. With a Bachelor's in Finance and background in Sales, she has found herself a home as the Junior Marketing Analyst at Vendasta. Taylor admits that she has a slightly unhealthy addiction to Netflix and online shopping but balances that out with MasterChef inspired stints in the kitchen and an appetite for world travel.

  • Taylor Mills

    Taylor Mills has a passion for knowing how things work, which led him to pursue a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. After completing his degree he switched gears to co-found a technology company, where he led the engineering team developing software for the transportation and entertainment industries. While he has a passion for all engineering disciplines, he has decided to stick with software, and has joined Vendasta as a developer. In his spare time he enjoys building things, learning new skills, and spending time outdoors.

  • Terrance Hand

    Terrance Hand is one of Vendasta’s biggest video game fanatics. When he is not working or coaching his son’s hockey team, he is wading through his library of 100 Steam titles to figure out which one to play next. In his previous life, Terrance worked as a teller at Scotiabank for 5 years before someone explained to him that the next logical step for his career would be software testing. After five years in the QA business, he has fully embraced his new life and is now a part of Vendasta’s growing development team.

  • Thomas Seto

    Thomas Seto was born and raised in Saskatoon, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in business in 2015, with a major in marketing. If he's not at work you can probably find him and his wife at the dog park with their two Westies or watching a baseball game during the season.

  • Tiffany Pennycook

    Tiffany Pennycook has a lot of unusual collections. Her most noticeable being glasses—she's got 15 pairs! It's not uncommon to have her come in to work with a brand new pair. But nothing quite tops her love of cats. She has two and has a hard time resisting any sort of cat themed item. In fact, when we ordered posters for the office she created an entire cat-themed wall which, honestly, creeped everyone else out. Tiffany has worn many hats at Vendasta but now manages the Partner Success team. She is responsible for ensuring that all of our partners are happy campers. Her deep product knowledge and love of organization is a great asset that helps Vendasta run smoothly!

  • Tim Johnson

    Tim Johnson brings with him 20 plus years of experience developing and positioning targeted products and services. He also survived the dot.com implosion, and that combination has heavily influenced and molded his skillset. He has a unique understanding of how to integrate conventional marketing into the digital space with high conversion rates. Tim has formerly served as President of Brand Development at FranConnect, VP of Marketing for a California based Coaching franchise, and he also founded and ran Process Peak. His time as VP of Marketing led to the realization that the industry was ripe for a fresh approach and a new technology. Thus, Process Peak was born. His team at PP focused on achieving client success through service and software solutions at the brand and local level. Tim is excited to apply his treasure trove of knowledge and experience to continue the impressive growth at Vendasta.

  • Tim Lawrence

    Tim Lawrence was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. He played several different sports growing up. This led to his love for health and fitness and spurred him on to pursue a career in the field. However, lucky for us, Tim has always loved the fast paced world of sales and the thrill of closing a deal. He is now working as a Sales Development Representative with Vendasta’s killer sale team.

  • Todd Roberts

    Todd Roberts is a member of our all-star sales team. When he's not wowing potential partners into signing up for our platform, he is also a master bartender with Tom Cruise skills (except taller, better looking and not as crazy), who hunts and fishes at every opportunity. Smiling with bugs in his teeth, Todd travels the world on his Harley. He likes to work with wood building things that sometimes look like the things he’s trying to build, play online games and spend time with his super model (inside joke) girlfriend.

  • Tonia Laird

    Tonia Laird Tonia Laird joins Vendasta as a Digital Agency Writer. Having worked and trained in a variety of entertainment companies across the country, she has credits as a stop-motion animator, a storyboard artist, and a video game writer. If you’ve played Bioware’s Dragon Age 2 or Dragon Age: Inquisition, you’ve probably seen her work. Tonia is also trained in comic book illustration and scriptwriting, and works on sequentials in her downtime when she isn’t causing trouble alongside her husband and young son.

  • Tony Bathgate

    Tony Bathgate grew up in Yellow Grass, SK, then moved to Saskatoon for his Engineering Physics, Computer Science, and MSc in Physics degrees (FYI: he's got more degrees than Yellow Grass has people). As a rugby champ and Ultimate Frisbee player, Tony defies all sorts of programmer/geek stereotypes - the real question is, how well will he fare in office Foosball?

  • Udeep Tandukar

    Udeep Tandukar got more than he bargained for when he moved to Saskatoon: a Masters in Computer Science, a job at the coolest tech shop in town, and the love of his life. Born and raised near the scenic hills of Nepal, Udeep’s love for camping and landscape photography has also found a home here in the prairies. At Vendasta, he looks forward to building his career as a software developer and sharing his passion for martial arts films with fellow nerds.

  • William Eveleigh

    William Eveleigh started IT school at the age of 38 and graduated at the age of 41. This experience is indicative of his determination and his technical aptitude. The hobby he most enjoys is working on cars, as he finds it a therapeutic, solo venture. William has two daughters and a granddaughter, Amelia, who lives with him and his wife, and he loves taking her to Toys R Us (though he can build half of what stocks the shelves). Known to Vendastians as the Tuesday savior, William makes highly coveted fruit cups sprinkled with hidden treats every week. As our maintenance administrator and general everything man, William has gotten to know all of our quickly growing staff, and always makes everyone smile.

  • Yue Gao

    Yue Gao hails from a small coastal town in China, where she took up computer science and realized early on that programming wasn't really her thing. Her quest to do something different led her to Canada, where she found not only her passion for UX design, but also respite from her longing for the seaside in our lakes. Having learned everything the Masters program had to offer, she now practices her skill at Vendasta helping make our software both functional and beautiful. And in whatever free time she has left, she likes to kick back with a warm cup of Oolong tea.

  • Zack Meredith

    Zack Meredith moved all the way from Alberta to be part of our writing team! With his Bachelor’s of English, Zack’s creativity drives him to exciting (and sometimes dangerous) places. When he is not at work, you will find Zack either playing videogames, or outdoors hiking and exploring. Whether alone or with his family and friends, Zack remains high energy and welcomes the challenges in life. In the wise words of his personal hero Sonic the Hedgehog, “C’mon step it up!”.

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