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Always moving forward

Since Architech began in 2004, we’ve created 300+ applications and grown to a team of over 150 people spread across three locations. The close partnerships we’ve forged with our clients represent the quality of our work and the dedication of our people, and much like the technology we work with, we’ve come a long way. We never stop innovating and never rest on our laurels; we’re always moving forward.

Our Story

We’ve come
a long way

A lot has changed since we got started, but our mission has remained the same: to unleash the power of modern software to help our clients transform and succeed in their digital transformations.

2004

The beginning

Our CEO and Founder, David Suydam, gathers together a group of the best and brightest technical experts to solve a complex problem for Rogers Wireless, marking the first project of what would become Architech’s dream team.

2006

Establishing values

Our team of 20 establishes a set of core values that put our people and our clients at the center of our business.

2007

Agile leadership

Our team, now 40 experts strong, adopts Agile development capabilities and introduces them to our enterprise clients, allowing them to become more efficient, improve their speed of operation, and deliver higher quality products and projects.

2010

Design leadership

We understand that a strong user experience is at the core of our most successful solutions, so we establish a UX & Design department to better serve our clients.

2013

Moving on up

Our team of over 100 people needs room to grow, and we find it at 70 Bond Street in downtown Toronto. We also become an established North American Microsoft partner for Azure, enabling us to deliver better solutions with superior technologies.

2015

Hello Kraków

We open a second office in Kraków, Poland, in order to deliver additional distributed team solutions to our clients and grow our reach.

2016

Making an impact

Our solutions for Compass Group Canada and a leading Canadian bank win us two Microsoft Partner Impact Awards. We take home the IoT Innovation Award and the Open Source on Azure Award.

2019

Giving back

We give back to our community by sponsoring SheHacks and becoming partners with Black Professionals in Tech Network, #movethedial, and the Toronto Product Management Association.

2020

Recognition & commitment

We win the Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award for our Open Source Software on Azure solution for our client Roto-Rooter.

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we launch our first Diversity & Inclusion survey to ensure our culture benefits our people. While we are always striving for more equal representation, we are proud to have increased the role of women in our technology functions by 200%.

Value Proposition

What we bring
to the table

For nearly two decades we’ve been building a tight-knit and collaborative culture of trust and reliability, ensuring our people come together to deliver complex solutions clients can count on and improved team capabilities.

Each day we grow our knowledge base and train on modern technologies and methodologies. This includes investments in product, design, engineering and architecture, and project delivery certifications to ensure the quality of our solutions. We’re proud recipients of Microsoft’s 2020 Global Partner of the Year award for Azure Open-Source Solutions.
Our clients love working with us because we take a customer-centric approach in delivering reliable, complex, modern solutions, and work seamlessly with their own people as a single, integrated team.
Honours, Awards & Certifications

Our industry
is taking notice

Our innovative approach and dedication to the creation of custom solutions for each client has earned us many of the industry’s most prestigious honours, awards, and certifications.

Our Core Values

The principles
that define us


Never fail a client


Embrace change


Grow our people


Do the right thing


Be open & collaborate


Think big

Our Leadership

The big picture
thinkers

CEO & FOUNDER

David Suydam

With an exemplary reputation in his field, David’s vast experience as a technology consultant and solution architect has spanned more than 20 years in some of the most complex business environments throughout Canada and around the world. David’s focus on creative solutions is based on a strong belief that traditional software development practices are flawed, and his team routinely demonstrates a better approach with open source, agile methods and cloud computing. Prior to founding Architech, David provided consulting services to leading Canadian banks and telcos.

None of us is as smart as all of us.

Ken Blanchard

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ashish Patel

As Architech’s Chief Technology Officer, Ashish is tasked with overseeing and scaling our team providing thought leadership as well as collaborating on innovation with clients as they execute their digital transformation. Ashish has an extensive 16-year track record with various industries applying business acumen and engineering principles to build transformative products from concept to commercialization. His expertise include business, technology & innovation strategy, new product/service development, design thinking & user experience, software engineering, IT architecture & operations, and building high-performing teams. Previous to joining Architech, Ashish was the Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at Grant Thornton and Director of Product Management at TeraGo Networks. He holds a B.Sc in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

CHIEF FINANCIAL & OPERATING OFFICER

Lara Shewchuk

Lara is an accomplished leader with extensive experience guiding operations, finance and administration. At Architech, she is responsible for overseeing the overall financial strategy and direction of the business and ensures the operational health and success of both our Toronto and Krakow offices. Lara leads our Talent & Culture team in building and growing Architech’s “Dream Team” and living our core values each day. Lara is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion and brings a renewed priority to Architech’s goals in this area.

With over 15+ years of experience she has a proven talent in leading and accomplishing unity across cross-functional teams while achieving long-term, strategic growth. Prior to joining Architech Lara held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and VP Operations within private education companies, as well as 10+ years in the entertainment industry. She holds an Ontario CPA, CA designation and a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies from Huron University College.

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

Dolly Parton

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Dan Partington

As Architech’s Head of Business Development, Dan is responsible for managing a team accountable for partnership growth, new client acquisition and existing account success. Dan has over 10 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development, management consulting and digital strategy and has worked extensively in retail, financial services, loyalty and travel. Prior to joining Architech, Dan was the Director, Strategy & Development at Points.com and Senior Manager, Strategy at Sears Canada. He holds a CMA, CPA designation and MBA from Queen’s University.

I believe that great people make successful projects possible.

HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Vikram Singh

As Architech’s Head of Engineering, Vikram is an empowering leader who oversees the overall engineering division. Vikram works closely with our dream team of developers mentoring, inspiring and leveling-up engineers through training, 1:1 support, and workshops. With over 25+ years of IT experience Vikram holds a proven track record in building and leading successful software development operations, enhancement of large-scale applications, strategy implementation, and agile adoption. He also has a wide range of expertise in modern tech stacks. Prior to joining Architech, Vikram held positions as Director Software Engineering at MidAmerica Consulting.

A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.

Rosalynn Carter

HEAD OF DELIVERY

Pralad Rao

Pralad is a key member of the leadership team here at Architech. As our Head of Delivery, Pralad is engaged in continuously improving our project management, product owner, quality assurance, and support disciplines. He also maintains and applies Agile best practices to build and improve upon world-class digital products. In his role, Pralad leads a highly adaptable, collaborative, and accountable team of experts in order to provide the best value for our clients and their customers. In his 17 years of experience, Pralad has assisted in delivering powerful software for startups, scale-ups, and large enterprises. Prior to joining Architech, Pralad was the Vice President Delivery at ICF International.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

Michael Jordan

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER

Daren Hanson

Daren’s roles as the Chief Revenue Officer has him leading the marketing, sales, business development and customer success missions for Architech. Daren is a proven leader and has 25 years of experience driving revenue and market share growth for technology businesses in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion and developing high performing teams that deliver exceptional experiences and transformative business results for clients. Prior to joining Architech, Daren held leadership roles at MyAbilities, TeraGo and IBM. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering.

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

Winston Churchill

David Suydam

CEO & Founder

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Ashish Patel

Chief Technology Officer

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Lara Shewchuk

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

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Daren Hanson

Chief Revenue Officer

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Dan Partington

Head of Business Development & Partnerships

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Vikram Singh

Head of Engineering

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Pralad Rao

Head of Delivery

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