At Best Startup Canada we track over 100,000 Canadian startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Alberta based CTO’ operating in the Software space. If you think a CTO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Office of the CTO, Ambassador of VMware
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About VMware: VMware is a software company providing cloud and virtualization services that powers complex digital infrastructure.
CTO, Strategic Enablement Group of TIBCO
Nelson Petracek brings close to 20 years of experience to his customers. A strong technology evangelist, Nelson specializes in the areas of messaging, microservices, cloud and on-premise integration, event-driven architectures, operational intelligence, and event processing. Able to bridge the gap between business and IT, Nelson works with his customers to identify and define the appropriate use of various technologies and architectures. Prior to TIBCO, Nelson acted as a senior director within Informatica Corporation’s Enterprise Technologies group, and has held consulting roles with a number of companies across various verticals – delivering solutions for the next stage of digital business.
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About TIBCO: TIBCO unlocks the potential of real-time data for business to make faster, smarter decisions.
Executive Chairman and CTO of Nureva
Mr. David A. Martin co-founded Smart Technologies, Inc. in 1987 and served as its Chairman from April 30, 2012 to April 17, 2014. Mr. Martin co-founded SMART Technologies ULC in 1987 and served as its Chairman. From 1987 to 2002, he served with Smart Technologies in various other capacities including Chief Executive Office, President and Chairman. He was responsible for establishing and communicating the strategic direction of it, as well as creating and maintaining corporate alliances and partnerships. He is an industry leader with over 30 years’ experience in high-technology management and development. He served as the Chairman of Smart Technology, Inc. Mr. Martin served as the Executive Chairman and a Director of Mercatus Technologies Inc. (formerly Springboard Retail Networks, Inc.). He served as the Executive Chairman of Smart Technologies Inc. since January 2007 until April 30, 2012, and served as its Director from 1987 to April 17, 2014. He served as a Director of Micralyne, Inc. He has served as a member of the Expert Panel on Canada’s Role on International Science and Technology, part of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology. He is a member of the Leaders’ Forum on Innovation organized by the Conference Board of Canada and the Board of Management of the Alberta Economic Development Authority. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in distance collaboration and is the author of a number of articles and papers on the subject of working and learning at a distance. He is the named inventor on a number of U.S. patents and patent applications pending in the U.S. and around the world. He has received many awards for his contributions to the industry, including the Alberta Centennial Medal for High-Tech Innovation. He received the 2004 Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) Award for Private Sector and Leadership in Advanced Technology in recognition of his outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership. Mr. Martin is also a member of the Society of Information Displays. He is a founding member of the Calgary Council of Advanced Technologies (CCAT). He has a degree in applied mathematics.
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About Nureva: Nureva develops innovative audio conferencing systems with microphone mist technology.
Chief Technology Officer of MSP Corp
David Papp is the Chief Technology Officer at MSP Corp. With a degree in computer engineering and numerous industry certifications, David has established his reputation with over 25 years of professional field experience and management.
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About MSP Corp: ACQUIRING AND EMPOWERING MANAGED SERVICE PROVIDERS
Co-Founder, CEO & CTO of Attabotics
Scott is the co-founder, CEO & CTO of ATTAbotics, the world’s first 3D robotics supply chain system for modern commerce. He drives the company’s vision, product design and technical innovation, and has put together a team of relentlessly capable executives to move ATTAbotics forward. Over his 25-year career, Scott has been an innovator in the integration and implementation of digital manufacturing technologies, as well as a machine designer and entrepreneur.
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About Attabotics: Attabotics is a warehouse fulfillment startup that provides robotic warehousing services.
CTO of Discovery Solutions ERP Software
Jamie started Discovery in 1983 as a custom software development company and, after developing similar applications for several Oilfield companies, he created the first iteration of our product, Discovery Management Software® (DMS). Jamie has overseen each of the technology changes that DMS has undergone and keeps an eye on emerging technologies to evaluate their possible integration into DMS.
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About Discovery Solutions ERP Software: Discovery Solutions is an ERP Software for Oilfield and Supply.
CTO of Vivid Theory
Andrew is a talented and creative software developer with a background in statistical learning and data science. Born with a passion for technology, at a young age he had already worked in the innovation departments of several multinational companies building custom IoT and machine learning software. Andrew has competed at international hackathons and won numerous awards for his work and scholastic endeavours. He has created numerous open source projects that contribute to a free and healthy internet. Andrew is the brilliant mind leading Vivid’s talented team of software developers and created much of the innovative technology you’ll find on HeyAuto’s platform today.
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About HeyAuto, Vivid Theory: Vivid Theory is a one-of-a-kind product development firm that works on both physical and digital products.
CTO of Aria Solutions
Noel Roberts serves as Aria Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer and VP of Marketing. He co-founded Aria with Robert Church in 1997 . Prior to Aria, Noel founded Synapse, a software development company where he provided senior software development expertise in telecom peripheral equipment and computer telephony systems. At Aria, a big part of his role involves helping enterprise-size contact centers with full assessments, business, IT and CX strategy, roadmap development, and technology and vendor evaluation and selection.
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About Aria Solutions: Aria Solutions offers CX strategy, Cloud Migration, Customer Engagement, Customer Analytics for unified customer engagement solutions.
Co-founder & CTO of Keela
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About Keela: Raise more money. Do more good.
Co-Founder, CEO & CTO of Wedge Networks Inc.
Zhang is a co-founder of Wedge Networks. As Chief Technical Officer, he is instrumental in developing Wedge’s high performance security platform. Zhang holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Calgary; an M.Sc in Computer Engineering from the Institute of Computer Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Fudan University. With more than two decades of high-tech leadership experience, Zhang is a co-inventor and holder of several patents in the area of computing and networking. Prior to establishing Wedge Networks, he was a co-founder of the 24C Group Inc., which pioneered the first digital receipts infrastructure for secure electronic commerce. Zhang was previously principal of Servidium Inc., now ThoughtWorks Canada Inc., a global leader in agile development methodology. A speaker and writer on subjects of cloud, networking, and IT security issues and trends, Zhang chairs the Security Working Group and is a member of the board of directors of Open Cloud Connect, a global cloud computing consortium of leading network service providers and technology vendors.
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About Wedge Networks Inc., Wedge Networks Inc.: Wedge Networks is a cyber security software vendor specializing in Real-time Threat Prevention.
Founder & CTO of SensorUp
Dr. Steve Liang completed a bachelor of science in Surveying Engineering at National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan in 1999, and earned his doctorate in Earth Space Science at York University, Toronto in 2007. During his doctorate studies, he contributed to the development of one of the first virtual globe systems in the world, called GlobeView. GlobeView was later commercialized by GeoTango Corp., and subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2005.
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About SensorUp: GeoAI and IoT Platform for Connected Workers
VP Engineering & Chief Technology Officer of Userful
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About Userful: Userful is the leading visual networking platform for the enterprise
Chief Technology Officer of Eideticom
Stephen Bates is a Chief Technology Officer at Eideticom. He is a world-class expert in performance storage, non-volatile memory, computer networking, signal processing, and error correction coding and has worked on some of the most complicated communication and storage solutions in the industry. Mr. Bates was Senior Technical Director at Microsemi (formerly PMC) where he worked with customers, partners, internal teams and executive to shape and execute on Microsemi’s roadmap for high-performance storage. Previous to Microsemi he was a co-founder and Chief Architect of Rad3 Communications, a communications IP provider which was acquired by PMC Sierra in 2011. Stephen received a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Ph.D. in Signal Processing at the University of Edinburgh.
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About Eideticom: Eideticom is a computational storage platform that develops accelerating data center storage and compute and applications software.
Chief Technology Officer, Founder & Director of mcThings
John has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector. John co-founded a technology company in the Netherlands and eventually became CEO with a staff of 120 people. John leads the engineering team.
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About mcThings: mcThings is a measurement and control platform for the Internet of Things.
CTO of Aware360
Robert Forget currently serves as the CTO for Aware360. In this role, Mr. Forget is key in technology research and integration reviews including both devices and software. Robert also manages technology partners and strategic sales efforts for custom solutions leveraging the Aware360 platform. Previously Mr. Forget worked for Vecima Networks Inc., in positions of increasing responsibility starting in business development and moving through the organization as Director of Sales, AVP of Product Management and finally as VP of Telematics. Robert ran his own consulting firm from 2000-2004, specializing in electronics design and systems implementation. Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA and is a certified Professional Manager. Mr. Forget currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Institute of Management and has been active on the boards of many organizations from such diverse areas as technology associations, housing developments, politics, and not for profits.
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About Aware360: Aware360 is a leading the People IoT movement with solutions which helps hundreds of businesses become more efficient.