The Leadership Team
CEO and Owner
CEO and Owner
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.
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 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 Revenue Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Adrian joined StarTech.com in 2010, bringing over 10 years of leadership experience from several multinational organizations across multiple high tech industries with areas of focus in growth, customer understanding, and relationship development.
During his tenure at StarTech.com, Adrian has held progressive leadership positions in the areas of Sales, Product Management and Marketing. Initially serving as Manager, North American Sales & Global Support, he transitioned to lead StarTech.com’s Product team first as Director and then VP of Product Management in 2012. In 2016, Adrian moved back to Sales to lead the growth of our North American and Global Amazon business as VP, North American Sales. In 2018, Adrian was promoted to the role of Chief Marketing Officer and in January 2020 Adrian took on the role of Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing StarTech.com’s Global Sales organization.
Adrian earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from McMaster University. He enjoys spending time with his wife & son, travelling and outdoor pursuits including camping, fishing, ATVs, and mountain biking.
Chief Information Officer
Chief Information Officer
Walter joined StarTech.com in 2017 as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining StarTech.com, Walter served as the Vice President of IT consulting where he provided strategic advisory, project management, and interim IT leadership and services to mid-market clients. His expertise includes improving business and IT alignment through effective IT Governance and supporting enterprise growth and decision-making by leveraging technologies such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Business Intelligence/Analytics.
In his spare time, Walter enjoys golfing with his family and relaxing at their summer retreat in Muskoka.
Walter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also a past member of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario.
Vice President, Amazon
Rodney joined StarTech.com in 2014 as Vice President, Finance. Prior to StarTech.com, Rodney held various leadership roles in finance and operations at multinational corporations. During his time with StarTech.com, Rodney has taken on the leadership of the Finance team as well as a corporate risk management program. Rodney has also been responsible for overseeing the introduction of a new ERP system. In 2020, Rodney moved into the role of Vice-President, Amazon. In this role Rodney provides executive leadership to our global business with Amazon, a key strategic partner for StarTech.com.
Rodney has earned his Chartered Accountant (CPA) designation. He also holds a Master of Accounting and an Honours Degree in Science with a Minor in Biology from the University of Waterloo.
Rodney is a husband and proud father of two. He enjoys travelling and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Some of his favourite pastimes include sports like hockey and golf, as well as road biking and going to the gym.
Vice President, International Sales
Xiomara joined StarTech.com in 2003 as Business Development Manager and was responsible for expanding StarTech.com’s market reach outside of North America. Beginning with the United Kingdom, Xiomara led an aggressive strategy to develop distribution partnerships in Europe. She was later promoted to Vice President of Global Distribution and Business Development, during which time she led StarTech.com’s expansion into Japan, Australia and South America.
In her current role as Vice President, International Sales, Xiomara leads StarTech.com’s European and Emerging Markets Sales teams. As a member of StarTech.com’s Executive Team, Xiomara is credited with guiding technology sales growth and managing change as a visionary and revenue leader in highly competitive computer and technology markets. With over 20 years of experience and a track record of success in developing and winning business, Xiomara utilizes industry awareness to build strategies that grow market share and exceed customer needs.
Xiomara holds several degrees and certificates including a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Université de Sherbrooke, a Master of Business Administration in International Commerce from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce Et de Management -ESCEM in Poitier, France, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Université de Sherbrooke and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Universidad de Costa Rica. She is also fluent is several languages including Spanish, French and English. In her spare time, Xiomara enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly canoeing, camping, exploring the rainforest and cross-country skiing
Vice President, Product Development
Nirav joined StarTech.com in 2012 as Product Development Manager. Nirav has held progressive leadership positions at StarTech.com and most recently as Vice President of Product Development. As the Vice President of Product Development, Nirav provides leadership to the Research and Development, Product Development, Product Verification and Product Compliance teams. His broad knowledge of technology and his relentless research into its ever-growing applications help drive both StarTech.com’s high-level portfolio strategy and product-level roadmaps.
Throughout his 18 years in this rapidly-evolving industry, Nirav has cultivated a passion for technology which he brings to every offering in our diverse product portfolio to enable an exceptional customer experience. He focuses his research on emerging technology and understanding solutions to solve customer pain points. This often involves taking many complex and interrelated requirements and turning them into products, while in parallel improving processes and procedures to drive revenue, profitability, and market share.
Nirav has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Earlier in his career, Nirav held various engineering and leadership roles in the design, development and delivery of IT connectivity, Storage Area Networking and Wireless Antenna solutions. In his spare time, Nirav likes to tinker with technology and his interests include system level architecture, embedded hardware and firmware development.
Nirav is passionate about providing mentorship and coaching to new graduates and youth in his community. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, travelling the world, experimenting with international cuisines and spending time outdoors.
North America Sales
Vice President, North America Sales
John joined StarTech.com in 2016 as Director, North American Sales, DMR. In 2018 he was promoted to Vice President, North American Sales where he is responsible for continuing to evolve and execute StarTech.com’s strategic growth plan, centred around our customers and partners.
A diversified business leader, John has a proven track record of success in high growth environments and is result driven and customer focused. He has more than 20 years of experience in Senior Leadership positions with multinational technology corporations including LG Electronics, Ingram Micro and Hisense. Having worked for both distributors and vendors, he has a unique inside perspective of how the IT channel works and what our partners expect.
John has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is the former Chair for the Executive Committee of the Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada. In his spare time, John enjoys golf, weight training, hiking with his family and collecting rare Single Malt Whisky.
Tamiko joined StarTech.com in 2018 as General Counsel. She has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1996 and became a member of the Law Society of Ontario in 2018.
Before joining StarTech.com, Tamiko served as a Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Secretary at an international upstream energy company. Prior to this, she was a partner (and previously an associate) in a national law firm and predecessors. Tamiko brings with her a wide portfolio of experience including involvement in corporate and commercial law transactions, governance, regulatory compliance and ethical frameworks, litigation strategy, employee compensation, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.
Tamiko has a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from University of Manitoba, an LL.B from Dalhousie University and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, and Women General Counsel of Canada. She received her Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D. designation in 2015 and has served as a sessional instructor in the Directors’ Education Program. Tamiko loves travel and hikes with her husband and children, practicing yoga and Pilates and cooking seasonally inspired foods. She is a passionate advocate for outdoor time and the visual arts.
The Advisory Team
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.
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.
A current board member of the Giant Tiger Stores Board and the Nordstrom Credit Card Advisory Board, Marco Marrone has had a successful career holding several senior and executive leadership roles throughout. He has served in numerous functional areas including marketing, information technology, finance, credit risk management and operations.
Marco was the Chief Operating officer of Canadian Tire Retail and Executive Vice President of Canadian Tire Corporation. In this role, he oversaw three retail organizations; Canadian Tire Retail, Canadian Tire Petroleum and PartSource. In addition, he has served in several Finance leadership roles including Canadian Tire Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance. He was also the President of Canadian Tire Financial Services and President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Tire Bank.
In 2009 he was recognized with the Business Excellence award from the Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association and in 2010, was presented with the Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni award from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.
In addition to his MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from McMaster University, Marco Marrone also holds a Chartered Director Designation and has been selected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, FCPA.
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.