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Management Team

Ian Warner
President & CEO

As a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry prior to my involvement with APRIO in 2010, I was chief operating officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union. I spent more than a decade at Vancity's subsidiary Citizens Bank of Canada, including four years as CEO and a board member. Currently I sit on the board of the Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia where I previously graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. I also serve on the Governance Committee, the Executive Committee and Chair the Audit and Finance Committee. I believe in lifelong learning and made efforts to continue my education including attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, as well as through local organizations like the BC Technology Industry Association, where I Chair the C-Suite SASS committee, and as a member of ACETECH.. I am the proud father of three grown children, one of whom I run marathons with, and like to work with wood in my spare time.

Ken Tolmie
VP, Finance & CFO

After about 4 decades of senior management and board experience in a variety of entities and industries (public and private corporations, non-profits), I decided to apply that experience and knowledge gained to improving board administration and governance generally, rather than spend all my time skiing, playing tennis, fly-fishing and travelling.  Attracted by APRIO’s software benefits and obvious potential large market, I became involved in its early days, first as an investor and part-time consultant and then as CFO and a director. My recreational activities, summer place on the Coast and family (including 3 grandchildren now) can’t keep me from always creatively thinking about governance challenges that new features developed in-house can solve, and how we can attract more extremely satisfied customers. No matter what your title is, in a small growing entity your primary role has always to be marketing.  

Federico de Giuli
CIO

I have over 20 years of expertise in Information Systems, Technology, Telecommunications, and Quality Systems. I have managed a variety of technology and management projects at multinational organizations (e.g. IBM, Telefonica, Dana and PMC-Sierra); led digitization and electronic publishing of not-for-profits’ libraries and services; developed web-based solutions; and remodeled research systems. I have a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and a MBA in Management of Technology. During my time at Simon Fraser University, I was intrigued with the challenge of developing governance information software and became an original founder of APRIO. Growing up in South America I was a ranked tennis player and an accomplished tango dancer. Now, other than the priority of tending to my wife and daughters, I spend my non-work time enjoying outdoor activities, travelling and sports.  

Dee Sicklesteel
Sales Manager

Nearly 20 years ago I started my sales career in retail learning how much I enjoy helping people find what fits their need.  Dale Carnegie is where I honed my skills, having completed the Dale Carnegie Course, Sales Advantage and Leadership Training for Managers. I was introduced to APRIO in 2009 and was asked to join the team full time soon thereafter. My love for APRIO is largely due to the strong ROI and the positive ‘green’ benefits that the solution provides. The fact that APRIO and I both have an interest in sustainability economics makes it a great fit. I really enjoy off-roading and thus belong to multiple jeep clubs.  With a loving husband and two adult sons I can often be found spending time with them around a campfire.

Karen Peacey
Director, Customer Relations

My title here is Director, Customer Relations and I am the newest member of the APRIO team. I have over 20 year's administration experience in various industries including Credit Unions, Forestry, Software and the Sports Sector and have over 5 years' experience in providing software training. I take real pleasure in supporting and training our clients and helping to make their jobs easier and more efficient. When not training or supporting clients, I can be found out with friends, amongst other activities, cheering on the Canucks. I have also recently taken up running.  

Our History is Built on Answering Your Needs

The APRIO Boardroom is a document receptacle and tool chest for Directors and Administrators. Increased security and improved access for users means successful implementation of decisions in a collaborative atmosphere.

We created The APRIO Boardroom to work with Boards of all sizes, in a wide variety of business settings, including non-profit organizations.

We carefully examined the needs and requirements of Boards and built a solution that encompasses all of those conditions. We made sure it was mobile – if you can access a Wi-Fi network, you can work on your files and documents – secure and cost effective. In addition, we designed The APRIO Boardroom to be environmentally friendly, reducing the expense and waste of paper and printing.

Our story is one that continues to evolve. We work with you to enhance the functionality of our Board portal solution, we constantly improve our training methods, and we work on the sole idea of producing a solution we can be proud of and our clients can count on.

Board of Directors

John Kidder

Over the last 25 years, Mr. Kidder has been a Director or Secretary of numerous boards in various sectors, including public and private businesses, business, technical and political associations and cultural not profits. In addition, he has run public and private technology companies, has managed two organizations through ISO-9001 quality certifications and US Food and Drug Administration approvals, and has led one company through an IPO. Mr. Kidder founded APRIO to bring modern technologies to board work, to assist to systematize processes and quality control for governance management. Mr. Kidder is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries. He is a Director of APRIO Inc. Past Board service includes Coldswitch Technologies Inc. (Chair), the Canadian Photonics Consortium (Vice-Chair), the Vancouver Quadra Federal Liberal Riding Association (President), the Employee Ownership Incentives Association of Canada, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society (Chair), the British Columbia Medical Device Development Association, and the Canadian Advanced Technology Association. He holds 5 patents in fibre optic technology.

Doug Brownridge

Doug Brownridge is an accredited Board Director, c-level executive, and successful entrepreneur with extensive experience from global technology and consumer organizations. He graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto with a B.Comm. and the Rotman / SFU Director's Education Program with an ICD.D. Doug serves as a Corporate Director on a number of Boards, including Coast Capital Savings in BC, Polar Windows, based in Winnipeg, and joined the Aprio Board in June 2014. Doug also Chairs CEO Forums with MacKay Forums, National Sponsor of Canada's Best Managed Companies. Doug is the Founder of SherpaQuest Consulting, and franchisee of IJL Canada. Doug began his career with Procter & Gamble in brand management, and has held senior executive roles with Cadbury Schweppes, Rogers Wireless, Motorola, PMC-Sierra, Intrawest, and ACL. Doug has been involved in technology industries since 1994 in global Marketing, Product Marketing and Sales Development capacities. He is skilled in Lean 6 Sigma and disruptive innovation, has led the development and launch of a number of game changing technologies, and successfully developed global markets. As a seasoned Director, he is a strong advocate of the productivity and security benefits of Aprio's governance solutions, and contributes to the solid governance process at Aprio.

Eric Sorensen

Eric Sorensen has had an accomplished career—particularly in consumer packaged goods—with a number of prominent Canadian and international brands. Most recently he was CEO and President of Sun-Rype Products Ltd., a leading juice and food company trading on the TSX, and APRIO client. He was President of Warner-Lambert Canada (now Pfizer), one of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical, health and confectionery organizations and held executive positions with Kraft Canada and the Nabob Coffee Company. He is currently the CEO and managing partner of Del Sur Brands, a consulting firm enabling foreign brands to develop business in Canada. Respected for his business acumen, leadership and commitment to improved corporate governance, he has served in a number of director roles including with BC Lottery Corporation and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. An avid sportsman and active community supporter, he was Chairman of the Penticton Vees BC Junior ‘A’ Hockey League franchise. Mr. Sorensen was also appointed by the Province of British Columbia to the UBC Okanagan President’s Advisory Council. As a graduate in marketing management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), he was recognized by the Alumni Association in 2009 with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership. He also completed the Executive Program for Smaller Companies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Isabel Meharry

Isabel Meharry is the Chief Financial Officer for Green Shield Canada that specializes in group and individual health and dental programs administration. A Chartered Accountant since 1980, Ms. Meharry has more than 25 years in senior financial and operating roles. Prior to joining Green Shield Canada, she held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Executive International Canada. She has also served as the Executive Consultant to the Chairman and CEO of Sun Life Financial of Canada in Hong Kong, as an Executive Vice President Operations of Aviva Insurance Company, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and as the Chief Auditor at North American Life Insurance Company (now part of Manulife). Ms. Meharry is a frequent speaker and panelist at financial and governance conferences and meetings. She is a faculty member of Director's College in Niagara-on-the-Lake and has served as an instructor at several academic institutions. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and chairs both the Audit Committee and Credit Committee of Infrastructure Ontario. She has been elected to and serves on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Active in her community, Ms. Meharry is the Chair of the Board of Director's of Kerry's Place Autism Services and sits on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough General Hospital. She holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business and was recently awarded her FCA.

Ken Tolmie

After about 4 decades of senior management and board experience in a variety of entities and industries (public and private corporations, non-profits), I decided to apply that experience and knowledge gained to improving board administration and governance generally, rather than spend all my time skiing, playing tennis, fly-fishing and travelling. Attracted by APRIO’s software benefits and obvious potential large market, I became involved in its early days, first as an investor and part-time consultant and then as CFO and a director. My recreational activities, summer place on the Coast and family (including 3 grandchildren now) can’t keep me from always creatively thinking about governance challenges that new features developed in-house can solve, and how we can attract more extremely satisfied customers. No matter what your title is, in a small growing entity your primary role has always to be marketing.

Ian Warner

As a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry prior to my involvement with APRIO in 2010, I was chief operating officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union. I spent more than a decade at Vancity's subsidiary Citizens Bank of Canada, including four years as CEO and a board member. Currently I sit on the board of the Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia where I previously graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. I also serve on the Governance Committee, the Executive Committee and Chair the Audit and Finance Committee. I believe in lifelong learning and made efforts to continue my education including attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, as well as through local organizations like the BC Technology Industry Association, where I Chair the C-Suite SASS committee, and as a member of ACETECH.. I am the proud father of three grown children, one of whom I run marathons with, and like to work with wood in my spare time.

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