As Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) so aptly stated, it’s all about having the right people on the bus. This is our mentality and we’re delightly to showcase our team of experienced and specialized IT professionals.
Carlos Palma - Sales and Marketing Specialist
Carlos brings over seven years of experience working in the sales and marketing industry in Latin and North America. At CanShield Carlos focuses on relationship sales, ensuring customer expectations and requirements are met. Additionally, Carlos oversees brand fit and marketing strategies, safeguarding a company’s image while aligning these initiatives to organizational goals. Carlos earned his bachelor in Integrated Marketing Communications in El Salvador and is currently pursuing a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing at Thompson Rivers University.
Sarah Zeidel - Sales Consultant
Sarah is a sales and marketing consultant at CanShield Solutions, combining over 12 years of demonstrated sales success in multiple industries. Sarah supports CanShield’s sales enablement process, including lead generation, sales pipeline management and advising on sales strategies and initiatives. Prior to this, Sarah was responsible for managing a sales team for independent financial research firms, selling to institutional buy-side money managers globally. Through this team, Sarah was able to signficantly expand the companies book of business year-over-year. Sarah received a Bachelor of Commerce in Montreal.
Mickael Maddison - VP Operations
Mickael has more than 20 years’ experience in the data hosting, networking and IT space. Today Mickael helps operate one of interior BCs most secure and connected data centre facilities. Previously, Mickael was VP Operations of Adgrafix Virtual Server Systems, a Boston based hosting provider that was eventually acquired. In addition to this, Mickael has been heavily involved in delivering innovative solutions in the IoT, private cloud and web hosting industries.
George Emery - President and CEO
As the CEO of CanShield Solutions, George focuses his attention on developing Canada’s premium data centre operations, with an eye on rapid expansion over the next few years. In this role, George has worked with large public and private organizations to support their data hosting needs. Mr. Emery has built security, power, environmental and networking specifications to Tier 3 data centre standards while holding an excellent grasp of data centre trends. Prior to this, George worked and built multimillion-dollar infrastructure projects for close to 10 years, primarily in the telecommunications space. George travelled extensively during this time working with remote First Nations communities across Canada. Additionally, George spent 5 years at a Montreal based consultancy firm, looking at macro and micro economic trends. George earned his BSc. Computer Science and Economics in England followed by an MBA in Montreal.
Mark Damm - Director / CTO
Mr. Damm is a technical expert and skilled system architect with over 25 years’ experience leading the implementation of complex IT systems for critical infrastructure providers. Mark has worked with a range of Fortune 500 companies and large public agencies within this sector, including large facilities, cities and utilities. During this time, Mark developed a deep understanding of the challenges critical infrastructure providers faced when it came to the implementation of complex systems. He invented and patented a new method for improving and automating the delivery of complex IT systems. Mark is responsible for leading the vision, business and technical strategy of the company. Additionally, Mark holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is a certified management consultant.
Wes Mills - Director / CFO
Wes has over 35 years’ experience as an investment professional in finance, portfolio management and asset allocation in both traditional and alternative assets. Today Wes is an Investment Partner of Old Kent Road Financial which lends and invests in companies backed by government funding and long term growth strategies. Wes works with the credit underwriting team to originate loans as well as the Investment Management group as they service the needs of high net worth clients, family offices and institutional accounts. Wes has also undertaken extensive consulting work for Credit Union wealth management groups and was the Chief Investment Officer for the Mutual Fund and Private Client Groups where he was responsible for up to $45 B in assets under management. Wes graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Lindsay Sill - Director
Lindsay has over 20 years of demonstrated history working in the information technology and services industry. Mrs. Sill was the Chief Executive Officer of WestGrid, an organization that works in partnership with Compute Canada | Calcul Canada to provide High Performance Compute (HPC) infrastructure and services to researchers in Western Canada. Beyond supporting CanShield as a company director, Lindsay is currently the Chief Operating Officer & Interim Executive Director of the Quantum Algorithms Institute, a newly incorporated not-for-profit organization bringing industry, academia and government together to harness BC’s growing global reputation as a leader in quantum computing.