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Our People

Leaders, thinkers, dreamers & doers

We’ve said it before, our strongest asset is our people, but it bears repeating. Teamwork will get you everywhere, and for us it usually does. Our breadth of knowledge, our innovative solutions, our knack for complex problem solving, our understanding of our partners’ industries – these are all reflections on the individual leaders, thinkers, dreamers, and doers who make up our team.

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

BOARD MEMBER

Corby Fine

Corby is Vice President of Simplii Financial, senior executive dedicated exclusively to the brand, reporting to the head of digital and direct banking within CIBC and responsibility for the overall P&L of a division. He’s done extensive work in developing strategic growth opportunities and has a successful track record of exceeding revenue, operational and net promoter score targets. He brings diverse industry experience in financial services, automotive, telecommunications, retail, and utilities. Before joining Simplii Financial, Corby served as Vice President Digital Commerce at CIBC, Vice President Customer Intelligence at Rogers Communications. He holds a BBA and an MBA.

BOARD MEMBER

Harp Gahunia

Harp is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience since graduating from the School of Accountancy at University of Waterloo with a Masters in Accounting. Harp started his career at Deloitte, working in the Telecommunications teams of both Toronto, Canada and Sydney Australia offices. In late 2012 he left his most recent full-time role as CFO at Virgin Gaming for the past 4 years, where he spent the last 6 months of his tenure as the acting-CEO, managing all aspects of this global web-based tournament gaming platform. Harp’s last eight years were spent providing fractional CFO services for various start-ups in and around Toronto. His portfolio of clients or work experience include Bell New Ventures (corporate venturing arm of Bell), EnStream & Suretap Wallet (mobile payments joint venture owned by Bell, Rogers, Telus), Virgin Mobile, Virgin Money (online banking), Virgin Gaming (online tournament gaming platform), Versapay Corporation (publicly traded B2B Fintech specializing in Accounts Receivable automation), TribalScale Venture Studios (hybrid startup accelerator and VC), Optiva Inc (cloud based billing solution for telcos around the world), and NuAi (B2B AI Operating System Platform). Harp also holds patents related to wearable technologies (Kharaband.com).

Harp has completed over $150M in various debt and/or equity financings for various public and private companies.

BOARD MEMBER

Georgia Woods

Georgia Woods is currently EVP & CIO, Canada Life with responsibility for application delivery, infrastructure, information security and enterprise architecture for the Canada region. Georgia’s career spans more than 30 years in Financial Services where she has had roles in Application Development, IT Operations and has served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Georgia’s experience is in a wide variety of technologies supporting banking and insurance product development, enterprise fraud capabilities, retail payments and digital and contact centres. Georgia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Financial Services from Dalhousie University. Georgia was a past Board Chair of a community services agency in Scarborough and currently sits on an industry council representing CIBC for Homeward Bound, an organization that supports single mothers as they transition from living in a shelter to getting on the path of meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. Georgia is a strong advocate for diversity and founded the XX Design Challenge, a hackathon-type event, designed to create opportunities for women to design financial services solutions for women. Georgia relaxes by running, reading and spending weekends with her family north of Toronto at her farm.

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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Advisory Board

Corby Fine

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Harp Gahunia

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Georgia Woods

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Our team

The minds that
make it happen

Abdullah Ahmed

Software Engineer

Abhishek Wadhwa

Senior Software Engineer

Ajith Menon

Product Owner

Ajit Mediratta

Senior Software Engineer

Alex Chang

Software Engineer

Alex Pau

Strategic Project Analyst

Ally Hui

Senior Software Engineer

Andreas Iosifelis

Senior Software Engineer

Andrew Van

Support Engineer

Axel Galicia

Senior Software Engineer

Azmain Shayakh

Product Owner

Candy Huo

Controller

Carley Cooper

UX/UI Designer

Chidinma Onuorah

Talent Specialist

Cody Johnson-Uppal

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Dalbert Ang

Senior Software Engineer

Damiano Wong

Software Engineer

Darcy Reaume

Design Lead

Darrin Jackson

Client partner

Deepthi Gottumukkala

Talent & Culture Lead

Dominik Flisak

Development Manager

Eric Zhao

Software Engineer

Erol Kavas

TechOps Lead

Frank Yang

Senior Software Engineer

Gaby Douglas

People Operations Specialist

Henry Hoang

DevOps Engineer

Jaskaran Singh

Software Engineer

Jeevan Varughese

Cloud Architect

Jifeng Jiang

Software Engineer

Joe Balasubramaniam

Program Manager

Karen Marrello

Program Manager

Katarzyna Orecka

Talent & Operations Manager

Krzysztof Fornagiel

Software Engineer

Lei Xie

Software Engineer

Ling Xing

Technical Lead

Logan Li

Software Engineer

Mahedi Polara

Technical Solution Architect

Manisha Shetty

QA Engineer

Mayil Kumar

Technical Lead

Marcelina Szwacz

Facilities & Administration Manager

Marcin Pyra

Software Engineer – Consultant

Marima Van Walsh

Business Operations Lead

Molly Puddister

Experience Design Manager

Nafi Haque

Senior Software Engineer

Niyati Dhandhukia

Talent & People Development Specialist

Noel John Bosco

QA Engineer

Paul Mooney

Technical Solution Architect

Paweł Bełza

Software Engineer – Consultant

Paweł Kurdziel

Technical Lead – Consultant

Rajitha Vempati

QA Engineer

Radosław Kapłoniak

Technical Lead

Rafał Pasiut

Senior Software Engineer

Rahul Tiwari

Product Owner

Rasheed Khan

Senior Software Engineer

Said Zaman

QA Engineer

Shagilton D’couth

Software Engineer

Siddharth Sharma

Technical Solution Architect

Steven Lawler

Senior Software Engineer

Reubia Perera

Project Manager

Rosie Moffat

Talent Marketing & Corporate Social Impact Specialist

Rowena Samuel

QA Engineer

Saeed Alam

Software Engineer

Steven Mucci

Senior Software Engineer

Sudeshna Phukan

Product Owner

Suniel Sahi

Pre-Sales Solution Architect

Sushmitha Rajasekar

Product Owner

Tai Ha

Accountant

Tomasz Homoncik

Junior QA Engineer

Vaibhav Sabharwal

Senior Product Owner

Varinder Singh

Support Engineer

Yevhenii Herasymchuk

Senior Software Engineer

Zachary Munich

Software Engineer

Sadhana Bheemreddy

QA Engineer

Marylou Santos

Product Owner

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