The Executive Team
Paul Seed is co-founder of StarTech.com and responsible for the strategic direction of the company as well as leading the executive leadership team. He guides the strategic planning process which is influenced by ongoing customer research and feedback. Paul is actively engaged in high-level operational aspects of the business and over the years has been involved with all key functional areas at StarTech.com.
Paul has a keen interest in personal and professional development. One of his passions is active membership in TEC Canada, an organization dedicated to “increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives”. In addition, he is a participant in The QuantumShift program at Ivey School of Business, an exclusive developmental program for Canada's most promising entrepreneurs. Paul also serves as an Executive Board member for the London Chamber of Commerce.
Dedicated to giving back to the community, you’ll find Paul acting as both a sponsor and generous donor to the United Way. He has held board of director positions with the United Way and StarTech.com proudly remains among the top companies in overall leadership and employee contributions within the community. Paul has fostered an environment at StarTech.com that encourages all employees to give back to the community by supporting various charities and community organizations. In addition to direct financial contributions, StarTech.com employees are provided a paid day each year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.
Paul earned a degree in Economics from The University of Western Ontario.
Ken Kalopsis is co-founder of StarTech.com and as the company’s most senior ambassador, he maintains strong partnerships with key customers. Ken also spearheads StarTech.com's global customer expansion so you will frequently find him at airports and hotels around the world.
As a key member and contributor to the Executive team, Ken provides critical input and direction to StarTech.com. Having been actively involved with all aspects of the company throughout the years, he knows the business inside and out - with a particular focus in sales and operations. As a member of TEC Canada, Ken provides insights into company best practices and continuous improvement.
Ken has a longstanding record of community involvement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Grand Theatre Foundation and the Greater London International Airport. He also served as Executive Director of the Canadian Economic Development Assistance for South Sudan (CEDASS) after serving as a director for the previous five years.
Ken earned a degree in History & Political Science from The University of Western Ontario.
Lynn joined StarTech.com in 2016. In her role as President, Lynn leads the Executive Team and overall operations of StarTech.com.
Before joining StarTech.com, Lynn previously served as the Executive Vice President at Westcon-Comstor North America where she was responsible for a complex $2.6B, 600 employee and four business unit organization. In this role, she developed a deep knowledge of P&L functions as well as the inner workings of the I.T. supply chain with all of the inherent complexities around navigating an indirect channel model.
Among many critical accomplishments, which included the launch of a global survey, a mentoring program, and employee development, she co-founded a global diversity committee, Women at Westcon, that boasts over 400 members. Her employee satisfaction rated among the highest of the regions as well as the external benchmarks in some key areas.
Lynn has served as a Director of The Halton Children’s Aid Society, working on behalf of the Government of Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth. She also serves on several advisory boards for some of the top I.T. companies in the U.S. as well as Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada.
She has been featured many times as one of U.S. and Canada’s Top I.T. executives including the “Power List”, “Channel Chiefs”, “Top 100 people you should know” and “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” in Computer Reseller News, Computer Dealer News and IT News. Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph.
Chief Technical Officer
Chief Technical Officer
With more than two decades of service to his credit, Ellard Teeple is one of StarTech.com’s longest serving employees. His particular area of expertise is new products and strategic management of StarTech.com’s diverse product lines.
During his long tenure with the company, Ellard has played active roles in the development of the company including supply chain and product marketing. With a deep interest in technology and related trends, Ellard is a major driver behind StarTech.com’s record of launching one new product a day.
Ellard is a member of TEC Canada, an Executive Committee, focused on leadership development.
He is a coach for his children’s soccer and baseball teams as well as an active participant in fundraising activities.
Ellard holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Fanshawe College.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
With almost two decades of experience as a seasoned CFO, Bill Bouwmeester has had a significant and positive impact on StarTech.com since his arrival in 2010. Focused on operational efficiency, Bill manages the traditional finance functions and provides excellent support and analysis to both internal and external business partners.
As a father to three children, Bill has coached local baseball, soccer and hockey teams. He also was a scout leader for many years. Today, he serves as Treasurer for a local non-profit organization.
Bill is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate in Management and Administration from the Canadian Institute of Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff joined StarTech.com in 2013 after more than 17 years leading operations for multinational technology companies. Coupled with broad operational and supply chain experience, Jeff has expertise in lean manufacturing and quality management systems as well as new product introduction and customer support. At StarTech.com, Jeff oversees Supply Chain, Global Warehouse Operations and Customer Service and Support.
Jeff spends his free time coaching his daughter’s soccer team and tinkering with technology. An active fitness enthusiast, he enjoys running and spending time in the gym. He is a single malt scotch aficionado and an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking and camping in Northern Ontario.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree with distinction from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. Jeff has been a Registered Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario since 2000.
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Shailja joined StarTech.com in 2015 after more than 16 years of experience in leading expansive, profitable growth in cutting-edge technology and medical-devices markets in various roles from design to executive marketing. Shailja is a seasoned marketer and a specialist in analytical and technical marketing with a reputation for innovation and extensive experiences in both North American and international markets at top tier organizations.
Shailja enjoys the intersection of technology, engineering and business. She has been responsible for leading the development and successful launches of numerous pioneering solutions including the development of the first pervasive digital hearing aid ASIC.
Shailja holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Prior to joining StarTech.com, Shailja was Senior Director of Marketing at FUJIFILM SonoSite.
The Advisory Team
With more than 25 years of experience as a financial professional, Brian Burden is a senior corporate executive with eight years’ experience as a public company Chief Financial Officer and a further eight years as a director on various private and public company boards. He’s worked with a range of respected global companies such as Transalta Corporation, Molson Inc., Diageo plc and Guinness plc.
Brian brings management strength in such areas as strategy, corporate development, risk management and capital allocation. Actively involved in a number of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, he is skilled at finance, treasury, logistics, manufacturing and business planning.
Brian, who originally hails from the UK, now lives in Calgary, Alberta. He holds diploma in Business Studies and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts. He is also accredited by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
He currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Soccer Association, Trinidad Drilling and Crius Energy Trust and LLC.
Mike Cardiff currently serves as SVP, Office of the CFO and Financial Solutions for Infor. Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both.
Prior to Infor, Mike served as National Vice President responsible for General Business at SAP Canada. This included all companies in Canada with revenue of one billion dollars or less as well as all channels and partners. Mike’s responsibilities included the development of strategic relationships with large and midsized companies as well as the development of large strategic revenue and transformational partnership opportunities. Prior to heading General Business he was Chief Operating Officer and prior to that ran all Government business.
Before SAP, Mike accrued over 20 years of experience in the creation, development and growth of companies in the technology, telecommunications financial services and biotechnology sectors. He has extensive sales and operational experience as CEO and senior management of large multinational companies, including EDS, IBM and Inea Corporation. With his entrepreneurial spirit, Mike also has a strong track record of founding information technology, consulting and biotechnology companies.
Mike is a recipient of the Canadian Export Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of Canada’s ‘Top 40 under 40’. He has served on many public and non-profit Boards including Husky Injection Molding, Hydrogenics Corporation as well as the Toronto International Film Festival and Medic Alert Foundation.
David Kincaid is among the most recognized and respected opinion leaders in the marketing industry. He is the founder, Managing Partner, and CEO of LEVEL5 Strategy Group (www.level5strategy.com), one of Canada’s leading strategic brand consultancies. Prior to starting LEVEL5, he was Chief Marketing Officer, and one of the founding members at Corus Entertainment.
Before Corus, David was senior vice-president of marketing and director of strategic planning at Labatt Breweries of Canada, where he led the strategic brand planning for the company’s expansion into the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. In the mid 1980s, he was director of marketing and sales at American Express Canada Inc where he launched their premium cards.
A frequent lecturer and speaker at some of Canada’s leading business conferences and schools, he has written on marketing for a range of publications, including Marketing, The Globe and Mail and Strategy. In 2014, David was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, as an Enabler.
He sits on the Boards of St. Joseph's Health Centre.
Based in Miami, Florida, Alain Maquet is Senior Executive Vice President Corporate for global technology distributor Ingram Micro, Inc.
Alain has been a member of the Ingram Micro executive management team since March 2005. He co-founded IT distribution company ISE International in 1982 and was Managing Director from 1987 to 1992 before joining Ingram Micro in 1993 as Managing Director, France. His roles since have ranged from Senior Vice President Western & Southern Europe to President Latin America and President EMEA.
A well-rounded management professional, Alain has expertise in logistics, e-commerce, and distribution. He is adept at developing new market segments and driving large-scale, complex cost-reduction programs such as intelligent downsizing, process optimization, drive centralization and globalized operations.
Alain is a French national who is married and has four daughters. Of his many accomplishments, a notable one includes carrying the Olympic torch in London`s 2012 Summer Olympics.
Donald McCreesh brings a business-oriented human resources focus to his work which culminated in 11 years as the corporate officer responsible for human resources and the global head of human resources at three of Canada’s major corporations, Celestica, CIBC and Nortel Networks. His business experience spans a number of sectors throughout North America, Europe and Asia including technology, financial services, manufacturing, natural resources, logistics and nonprofits.
Of note, Donald is an experienced board director and management consultant with 30 years serving as a Board Chair, Lead Director, Committee Chair and Director of a number of corporate, nonprofit and charitable organizations. As such, he is experienced in human resources and compensation, audit, governance, nominating, and special committee roles in corporate and nonprofit organizations.
Donald has long been an active member of the community, holding a variety of governance roles. This includes serving the YMCA at a local, national and global level, the United Way and Imagine Canada.
Donald holds a BA, Psychology from McMaster University and a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster.
Eric Morse, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean - Programs, at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. He is the founder of and the Academic Director for, Ivey and KPMG Enterprise’s QuantumShift Program which has inspired more than 400 of Canada’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and companies onto even greater success.
Eric has served on the board, been an advisor to, founded, or been an investor in a variety of entrepreneurial start-ups. His research has been published in top journals around the world and his work with entrepreneurs has been widely cited by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Financial Post Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Business London.
Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. Eric worked for several years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and post Ph.D. has worked to create entrepreneurship institutes at two Business Schools including Ivey. He actively consults with both private and public enterprises across Canada and around the world.
Barry Reiter is a senior partner of Bennett Jones LLP, based in the firm's Toronto office. His practice focuses on corporate development and governance.
As Chair of the Technology, Media & Entertainment Group, Barry represents start-up, growth and mature companies and private equity sources, international distribution arrangements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, international corporate structuring, private and public financings, stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and the protection of intellectual property rights. As leader of the Director Protection and Corporate Governance practice, Barry advises boards, directors and management on governance and director protection issues.
Barry’s current board roles include: Baylin Wireless Technologies (Lead Director), NexgenRx Inc., HUB International (Advisory Board), and the Executive Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ontario Chapter). Former board roles include: 724 Solutions Inc., Algorithmics Inc., Alliance Atlantis Communications, Inc., Avotus Corporation, Battery Technologies Inc., Craig Wireless Systems Ltd., Delta Hotels, Eco Waste Solutions Inc., Efos Inc., Lava Systems Inc., Lorus Therapeutics Inc., MOSAID Technologies Inc., Pharos Life Corporation, RBC Technology Ventures Inc., SkyPower Corporation, Syncapse Corp. and Telepanel Systems Inc. Barry speaks regularly at director education and certification programs.
Formerly a law professor at the University of Toronto (1974-1982), Barry is also lead author of Directors' Duties in Canada, 5th Edition and co-author of Joint Ventures: Legal and Business Perspectives. Lexpert® magazine named him one of Canada's 100 Most Creative Lawyers.
Recognized as a business leader and with a reputation for entrepreneurialism, Barry Tissenbaum is an accomplished strategic advisor to senior managers.
Following a successful career with Ernst & Young LLP and predecessor firm, Zittrer Siblin, Barry has acted as a strategy consultant to numerous private companies over the past decade. A leader with a keen grasp of diverse business issues, he has a strong track record of providing innovative, practical advice and hands on implementation.
As an auditor, board member and private company advisory board member, Barry has had extensive experience with board director’s responsibilities. He has served in various capacities with Medworxx Solutions, Noranda Income Fund and Corel Corporation amongst other. He is also an experienced agent of change and a creative marketer.
Barry has long valued making a contribution to community. He has been a supporter of the United Jewish Appeal/Toronto Jewish Federation, been a director of the Canadian Cancer Prostate Foundation, and a board member of Toronto Free Loans and Theatre Plus.
Currently CEO of the Bermuda Regulatory Authority, Mr. Watson was President and CEO of SaskPower from 2010 to 2014 and President and CEO of SaskTel from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that, he held several senior executive positions in the Canadian communications industry. Mr. Watson is a graduate in electrical technologies from Ryerson University. He has attended the International Executive Development Program at the INSEAD Centre in Fontainebleau, France as well as the Executive Management Program at Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. He also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Watson currently serves as a Board Member for Tbaytel and is on the Advisory Board for StarTech.com. In the community, Robert is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Ryerson Alumni Award of Distinction, serves on the Deans Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson, the Prostate Cancer Canada Board and on the board of One Life Makes A Difference.