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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.

Bernie Schmidt – Now Retired,
Former 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).”

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.”

Julien Sauvage, Director of Product Marketing – Salesforce

Former Director of Product Marketing at SalesChoice

Julien’s responsibilities included 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.

Julien has formerly been the 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.

Michael Weinberg, Chief Architect – HoneyBee Financial Wellness

Former CTO & Chief Architect at SalesChoice

Michael brings extensive professional software R&D experience with emphasis on Cloud and BigData Technologies. Michael is also founder of Radscale Systems Inc.,a certified Amazon Cloud Consulting Partner specializing in Cloud and Big Data applications.

Michael is also a co-founder of Kenlo Group, a web and mobile applications developer.  His contributions at NDS Group (a worldwide leader in digital pay-TV solutions acquired by Cisco) were recognized by a 2005 CEO Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from The Hebrew University in Israel and has conducted research and published scientific papers in the area of distributed artificial intelligence.

Michael also volunteers in community computer classes helping kids and senior citizens acquire computer and Internet skills. Michael’s passions include: photography, snowboarding & camping ~ and of course, innovating with Big Data and SaaS.

Dr. Pramod Gupta, Former Senior Data Scientist at SalesChoice

Dr. Pramod Gupta was a Senior Data Scientist with SalesChoice, with more than 15 years of experience as a researcher and academician in various organizations including work with: NASA, GE, VISA, as well as in a number of academic positions involving Big Data strategies and solutions.

His research areas include: neural networks, machine learning algorithms, modeling and robotics, data modeling, and data mining. He has more than 40 publications on these subjects in various conferences and journals and has won several awards for his research and academic achievements.

Pramod obtained his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada and is also currently teaching part-time at UCSC Silicon Valley Extention. He is passionate about working with new technologies solving innovative data science and machine learning problems, particularly in CRM.

Purnima Bihari, Technical Product Manager at Security Compass

Former Chief Product Officer at SalesChoice

Purnima was responsible for setting the direction of SalesChoice product development to achieve business objectives and maximize market share by designing cost-effective high quality product solutions.

She is a seasoned IT management professional with experience in managing and deploying multiple business solutions in Healthcare, Insurance, E-commerce, Online Publishing and Media and Entertainment domains.

She has previously lead engineering teams for large enterprises including: Infosys, Best Buy, Wellpoint and Quest Pathologies. She possesses first-rate Agile management experience across SCRUM, XP, and KANBAN methodologies.

Purnima holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, where she specialized in Technology Management and B2B marketing. She also holds a Computer Science Degree. Her personal interests include script-writing, graphic design and painting.

Her passion lies in building a self-sustaining Canadian technology ecosystem and making it the next hub of global innovation and social change.

Sohil Dadwani, Head of Sales Operations – Jobber

Former Director of Sales Operations at SalesChoice

Sohil’s responsibilities at SalesChoice included: leading the indirect Lead Generation Sales Team, providing Sales Pipeline & Account Management support and planning marketing events & communications. He leads a team of Sales resources. 

Sohil brought six years of diverse experiences to SalesChoice. He has formerly demonstrated excellence and strong business acumen in his professional endeavors at Mahindra and as a Management Consultant.

He has an MBA from Queen’s School of Business, where he specialized in Marketing. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India.

Sohil is very tech savvy and passionate about bringing positive disruption in the way of doing business from the use of innovative technology approaches.

Tom Kane, VP Global Sales – Virtek Vision International

Former Board Advisor at SalesChoice

Tom currently resides in Waterloo Ontario where he heads up a global team of sales professionals that bring solutions to the advanced manufacturing industry using lasers, in a form of augmented reality. Throughout his career, he has held various senior positions in sales, manufacturing and operations with high growth companies such as: Igloo Software, D2L, OpenText and others. Tom also owned his own sales and distribution business to satisfy his entrepreneurial spirit. He has crossed over many industries including enterprise software, aerospace and medical devices. His years of experience implementing business systems in both SME and large organizations has given him a unique insight in realization of value for software investments. Tom also gives his time to coaching and mentoring both startups and new managers through Communitech in Waterloo Ontario.

Tom holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.