The NexJ management team includes executive management, product development, technical, and professional services personnel with significant experience in the successful design and delivery of large-scale, distributed, business-critical systems.
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Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, FinanceRead Biography
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Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, TechnologyRead Biography
Senior Vice President of ProductsRead Biography
Vice President of MarketingRead Biography
Senior Vice President Sales, Finance and InsuranceRead Biography
Vice President, Product Application DevelopmentRead Biography
Vice President, Application Architecture, Cloud ApplicationsRead Biography
Senior Vice President of Customer SuccessRead Biography
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William M. Tatham is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of NexJ Systems Inc., providing executive oversight and vision for the company’s enterprise customer management solutions for financial services.
Previously, Mr. Tatham was Founder, Chair and CEO of Janna Systems Inc., an enterprise customer relationship management software company, and Founder and Managing Partner of XJ Partners, a venture capital and advisory services firm. He started his career as a University of Waterloo cooperative education student at IBM and as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Tatham is a past member of the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Arden (RDEN: NASQ), a global prestige beauty products company.
Mr. Tatham is deeply committed to improving the efficacy and efficiency of the healthcare industry through the delivery of person-centred health. He is Chair and Co-founder of the Canadian Association for Person-Centred Health, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote a person-centred model for healthcare. Mr. Tatham is a member of two advisory groups formed by the Council of Canadian Innovators and Health Canada: the Health-Tech Medical Devices and the Health-Tech Digital Infrastructure Advisory Groups. Mr. Tatham is also Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health at York University.
Previously, he was Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors, North York General Hospital and was the Chair of the Quality Committee. Mr. Tatham was the Honorary Co-Chair of the Building the Vision campaign for the Woodstock General Hospital and he is a former Cabinet member of the Capital Campaign for the Michener Institute. Mr. Tatham sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Health and Wellness Project, a collaboration of 19 public, private and academic partners and, who share a common vision for the future of healthcare focused on people-centered health.
Mr. Tatham has a longstanding relationship with the University of Waterloo. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1983, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering with options in Socio-economic Systems and Management Science. In 2012, the University of Waterloo awarded him with the degree of Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa). He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Engineering; a former member of the Advisory Board of the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research; a former member of the Board of Governors; a recipient of the 50th Anniversary Alumni Award; and was awarded the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal for Professional Achievement. Mr. Tatham was a 2005-2006 inductee into the National Commission for Co-operative Education Co-op Hall of Fame. The William M. Tatham Centre for Co-operative Education & Career Action at the University of Waterloo is named in recognition of his support.
Mr. Tatham has received several awards, including the National Angel Organization Distinguished Angel Award in 2006 and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001, with a Special Citation for Business Strategy.
Paul O’Donnell, President & Chief Executive Officer of NexJ Systems, is responsible for NexJ’s strategic operations, driving revenue in the company’s core markets, and building out a strong OEM strategy.
Mr. O’Donnell is a proven strategic operations specialist focused on propelling organic growth through direct sales and partner OEM distribution. Mr. O’Donnell joined NexJ as a strategic advisor in 2017. Prior to that, Mr. O’Donnell held senior executive roles in technology companies including Chief Revenue Officer for 360insights, Chief Revenue Officer of Intelex Technologies, President of OpenText Americas, and Chief Operating Officer for PEAK Technologies Europe.
Richard J. Broley is Chief Operating Officer at NexJ Systems and has a successful track record in Enterprise Customer Management and Corporate Finance.
He is responsible for the successful definition, delivery, and execution of NexJ Systems’ corporate strategy. Prior to NexJ, Mr. Broley served as Vice President & General Manager, Institutional Finance and Vice President, Customer Solutions Group at Siebel Systems; Vice President, Professional Services at Janna Systems and Senior Consultant in Andersen Consulting’s Financial Services practice.
David W. Shepherd, Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at NexJ Systems, is responsible for defining and executing the technology vision of NexJ Systems.
Prior to NexJ Systems, he held the positions of Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Janna Systems; Vice President, Technology, Siebel Systems; Senior Management Consultant in Advanced Technology, Andersen Consulting; and Strategic Technical Advisor at Triple G Systems Group.
Mr. Shepherd brings more than 20 years of technology experience in enterprise customer management solution leadership to NexJ Systems.
As Senior Vice President of Products at NexJ Systems, Paul DeVriendt leads the product management and product marketing teams.
Previously, Mr. DeVriendt served as Vice President of Product Management at Janna Systems, responsible for the product design of the industry-leading CRM offering later acquired by Siebel. At Siebel, Mr. DeVriendt served as Senior Director Product Marketing, Financial Services and was responsible for the Institutional Finance product design and sales support, in addition to developing and implementing a highly successful Vertical Market business plan.
A seasoned veteran of IT Sales and Marketing, Frank Cianciotta is Senior Vice President of Sales, Financial Services and Insurance at NexJ Systems.
In his current role at NexJ, he is responsible for developing and implementing sales and marketing strategy. Formerly, Mr. Cianciotta held varying positions including Managing Director at Siebel Systems Canada; Vice President, Internet Services at Gensym Corp.; and Vice President Sales & Marketing at SAP Canada.
Matthew Bogart is Vice President of Marketing at NexJ Systems and is recognized for his achievements in assisting businesses advance.
Matthew is responsible for directing the company’s lead generation, brand management, and awareness initiatives. He oversees corporate, product, and content marketing, as well as marketing operations. Prior to NexJ, Matthew was responsible for Marketing at Viigo (acquired by BlackBerry), Bioscrypt (acquired by L1 Identity Solutions), Triple G (acquired by GE) and Janna Systems (acquired by Siebel Systems).
Owen Pond is Vice President, Product Application Development at NexJ Systems and an accomplished software professional with extensive expertise in the conception, development, sales, and delivery of enterprise software.
Owen is responsible for the rapid delivery of high quality applications in support of NexJ’s strategic business objectives. Owen draws upon more than 18 years of experience building and managing development teams, developing complex software solutions, and providing IS consulting services to successfully deliver NexJ’s world-class applications for financial services.
Karen Blakey, Director, Human Resources, is an established HR professional specializing in the fintech industry.
At NexJ, Karen is responsible for the company’s Human Resources strategy, leading the HR team, attracting and retaining top talent, and developing and supporting a high performance work culture. Prior to NexJ, Karen was Senior Manager, Talent Management Services at Questrade, where she managed employee relations, led talent acquisition from technology to the brokerage department and drove employer branding strategies across the firm.
Karen holds her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Human Resources Management from George Brown College, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
Rajneesh Sapra, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, Finance is responsible for NexJ’s financial disclosure, securities matters, taxation and financial operations. With more than 25 years of experience, Rajneesh is a finance professional with international experience who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the management and delivery of NexJ’s fiscal responsibilities and provides an objective voice on issues impacting our operational effectiveness.
Prior to joining NexJ, as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Rajneesh was Senior Manager at KPMG LLP in their technology audit practice in Toronto. Prior to that Rajneesh has held positions with public accounting firms across the globe. Rajneesh currently serves as a Board Member for CPA Ontario’s Public Accounting Licensing Board and Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, respectively.
As Vice President, General Counsel for NexJ Systems, Kenneth Szeto is responsible for leading strategic and tactical legal initiatives for the company and developing key partner relationships.
Kenneth practised law in the technology sector for more than 10 years, advising clients in private practice as well as serving as in-house legal counsel. Prior to NexJ, Kenneth was Senior Legal Counsel for Ingram Micro Canada and was the Global Lead Counsel for Ingram Micro’s SaaS based digital service delivery platform business.
As Vice President, Application Architecture - Cloud Applications at NexJ Systems, Peter Murray is responsible for the overall delivery of an out-of- the box, cloud-based wealth management application for customer management.
Peter brings nearly two decades of fintech development and management experience to this role. Since 2004, Peter has taken on progressively senior roles at NexJ, from Technical Product Manager to Architect to Director/Vice President of Customer Application Development. As a result, Peter has developed extensive expertise in NexJ’s technology and its applications in financial services markets. Prior to NexJ, Peter worked at Siebel Systems and Janna Systems.
Jamie Cappelli is Senior Vice President of Customer Success at NexJ Systems.
Jamie has been focused on Customer Success for 10 of the 20 years that he has been working in software. He has held successive software leadership roles such as COO of Nightingale Informatix, SVP of Customer Success at Intelex Technologies, and VP of Client Success at 360insights.
Jamie is responsible for ensuring that NexJ partners with our customers so that our products align with and support their objectives. Jamie is also overseeing NexJ’s expansion of our product suite on a cloud-based platform.
Mr. Cardiff was most recently the SaaS Leader Canada for IBM. Prior to holding that position, Mr. Cardiff was Global Senior Vice President for the Office of the CFO Business Unit at INFOR, a large privately held US based enterprise software corporation.
Mr. Cardiff has held numerous senior positions in a number of technology companies including large multinationals such as SAP and IBM and also has deep experience in financial services as he was Executive Vice President, Financial Services at EDS, CEO of Fincentric and CEO of INEA Corporation. Mr. Cardiff is currently a director of Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a NASDAQ and TSX listed corporation, and Startech.Com.
Mr. Cardiff has also served as a director of other publicly traded companies, including Hydrogenics Corporation, Husky Injection Molding, Descartes Systems Group, Visible Genetics and Burntsand Inc. He has also been a director of private companies, including Solcorp, Spectra Security Software and Visible Decisions and not-for-profit organizations such as The Toronto Film Festival, Roy Thomson Hall and Medic Alert Foundation. He has also been recognized with a Canadian Export Life Time Achievement Award as well as “Top 40 under 40 Award”.
Ian McPhee graduated from the University of Waterloo (UW) with a BMath (Hons) 1973 and MMath 1979 in Mathematics and Computer Science. UW’s Math Faculty awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011. He worked at UW under Wes Graham in the Computer Systems Group (1973-1981) as a software developer and manager.
Ian was co-founder and President of the first UW software spin-off company, WATCOM (1981-1995) and VP & GM of Sybase Waterloo (1995-1997) after Sybase acquired WATCOM. Ian assisted with the $1.8B mergers of LivePage (UW spin-off), Janna Systems (Toronto) and Siebel Systems (California), the then largest software acquisition in Canadian history (1998-2001). At UW, Ian served on the Board of Governors (1998-2004 & 2005-2011), including roles as Vice Chair of the Board (2001-2004 & 2005-2011) and Chair of the Building & Properties committee (2000-04).
Ian served as Board Chair of the Waterloo R&T Park Accelerator Centre (2006-2012), which assists early-stage technology companies, and he was founding Chair of its Entrepreneurship Council of volunteer industry mentors (2004-2006). Ian was a Director of TSX-listed companies, DALSA Corporation (1998-2005) and Janna Systems (2000-2001), and was a Director of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (2000-2003). He is a Director of NexJ Systems (TSX:NXJ), a new venture of Janna founder Bill Tatham (2006-). Ian was the first recipient of UW’s J.W. Graham Medal for Computing and Innovation (1995), and was a charter member of Atlas Group, the forerunner of Communitech (1992-1999). He has three daughters and eight grandchildren, and is an active member of his church.
David Yach is Chief Technology Officer of Auvik Networks, a Canadian enterprise networking startup. He is the former Chief Technology Officer at Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of the popular BlackBerry wireless solution. At RIM (now BlackBerry) David had overall responsibility for their full range of software, which included low level signal processing on DSP’s, handheld device real-time operating system, handheld-based Java Virtual Machine, Java-based handheld applications, Windows NT based corporate servers, all the way through to a fully redundant distributed server network operating centre.
David received his B. Math from the University of Waterloo in 1983 and an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University in 1988. After completing his undergraduate degree, David went to work for Watcom, an early UW spinoff, developing language interpreters and compilers. His work there included the design and development on Watcom C/C, the Watcom SQL databases (more popularly known as SQL Anywhere), and the industry’s first complete ODBC implementation. David has been at RIM since 1998, and in addition to his management responsibilities has continued to be involved in the design (and sometimes implementation) of the end-to-end BlackBerry solution.
Mr. Yach is the inventor or co-inventor on numerous patents and patent applications. He is the recipient of the 2004 J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation.