Alumni

SalesChoice acknowledges and thanks past contributors to our startup and emerging business efforts:

AJ Byers, President – JEDTech Group
Former Advisor to SalesChoice

JEDTech Group assists emerging technology organizations with accelerating growth and scaling businesses operationally.  Prior to this role, AJ was President of Rogers Data Centres, where he assembled one of Canada largest Data Centre services organizations, and President of BlackIron Data, Canada’s most certified data centre company.

As an executive at Primus, AJ assisted them in transitioning their business from a legacy telecom provider to a full solution technology services organization.

Accomplishments while running Magma Communications include one of Canada’s first Internet Data Centres and the first to offer DSL services to the business market.

AJ currently sits as a board advisor and coach for 3 technology start-ups He holds a Masters of Technology and Undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Julien Sauvage, Director of Product Marketing – Salesforce

Julien’s responsibilities include developing and executing the product go-to-market strategies, including all outbound product communication, market segmentation, sales enablement tools, analyst relations, competitive analysis and all content related to Salesforce Analytics Cloud.

Prior to joining Salesforce Julien was Director of Product Marketing at Talend, where he was responsible for Talend’s Big Data and Cloud offerings.  Before that, he was Director of Product Marketing for the Advanced Analytics portfolio at SAP, and responsible for Product Marketing globally at KXEN, a Predictive Analytics start-up company, before its acquisition by SAP in October 2013.

Julien’s technical background includes work as presales engineer at KXEN for the EMEA region and as a data scientist at various French companies including Airbus, Peugeot and Renault Formula 1.

With over 15 years’ experience in predictive analytics and data science, he has become a specialist in turning data into value! Julien has worked on proof of concepts, pilots and go-live deployments at 50+ customers across a spectrum of industries, including communications, finance, retail and e-Business, where he has built business solutions for CRM, fraud detection, product recommendations and operational optimization.

Jeff Thompson, CTO and SVP Engineering – LiveOps
Former Advisor to SalesChoice

Jeff brings over 20 years of expertise in developing innovative solutions for the global Fortune 500 to improve customer service and engagement. Jeff currently is the CTO and SVP Engineering at LiveOps, a pioneer in cloud contact center solutions. Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of UserEvents Inc. acquired by LiveOps in 2014, the founder and CEO of Conseros Software acquired by Genesys in 2009 and held a variety of leadership positions with NBTel (innovator and telecom industry leader), PowerTel (now Telecom New Zealand), Exigen Software (pioneer in cloud / industry utility applications), and iQor (a multi-national BPO provider & InformationWeek technology innovator).

Jeff’s passion is developing innovative customer service and engagement solutions.”

David Toms – Vice President Sales – Americas at CloudFX Pte Ltd,
Past VP Global Sales at SalesChoice

Dave in his role of VP Sales was responsible for the overall Sales strategy and execution. Dave brought over 25 years of technology sector experience spanning hardware, software, services organizations in Canada, USA and Asia Pacific regions.

Dave is a graduate of Ryerson University with a business major, and makes his home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with his 4 children, and is an avid golfer and musician.

Andrew Weir – Sr Analyst, Cloud First Applications at Accenture,
Past Director of Customer Experience at SalesChoice

Andrew led the product and technical roadmap planning at SalesChoice. Andrew had previously worked with Helix Commerce, Invest Crowdfund Canada, the Centre for Independant Journalism Malaysia and Off the Map Webzine.

Andrew has a Masters from the Institute on Globalization at University of McMaster in addition to an Honors BA specializing in Media & Technoculture. Andrew’s passion is building memorable results that change people’s lives.

Bernie Schmidt – Now Retired,
Past VP of Global Marketing at SalesChoice

Bernie led the marketing planning strategy development and spearheaded the marketing tools implementation. He also helped in planning marketing events & communications.

Bernie’s passions and personal interests include music composition, solo long-distance cycling and juggling (the latter metaphorically handy in today’s world of marketing).”

Rohit Mathur – Technical Sales Consultant, IBM,
Past Business Development Executive at SalesChoice

Rohit led the Sales Team, provided Sales Pipeline & Account Management support. He also helped in planning marketing events & communications.

Rohit has a Masters from the Smith’s School of Business at Queen’s University in addition to a Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering. Rohit is very tech savvy and passionate about bringing positive disruption in the way of doing business by the use of technology.