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ABOUT

Pythian is a global leader in data consulting and managed services. Since 1997, we have specialized in planning, deploying, and managing business-critical data systems for large and mid-market enterprises. From staff augmentation to full enterprise data management, our small, dedicated teams of highly trained and experienced data experts help companies increase responsiveness, services levels, and innovation to deliver advanced, secure data capabilities. We combine the world’s top data talent with mature methodologies and flexible, month-to-month contracts to ensure our clients receive a level of service that cannot be found anywhere else.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Paul Vallée
Paul Vallée
Paul Vallée
Executive Chairman & Founder
Paul Vallée

Paul Vallée

Executive Chairman & Founder
Paul Vallée is an experienced entrepreneur whose passion for data and for excellence led to the foundation of Pythian in 1997. Paul started his career as a data scientist, continued as a systems architect, and by the age of 25 had started his fourth company—Pythian. From two employees and a couple of laptops, Pythian has now grown to more than 250 people with offices in North America, Europe, Asia. As Executive Chairman, Paul continues to guide Pythian’s brand as a center of excellence for expert, outsourced data services for the world’s mission-critical data infrastructures.
Andrew Waitman
Andrew Waitman
Andrew Waitman
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Waitman

Andrew Waitman

Chief Executive Officer
Since 2008, CEO Andrew Waitman has driven Pythian’s success by balancing the needs of the company’s three core constituents—employees, clients, and shareholders. His ability to select, coach, and inspire the Pythian team has fueled the company’s exponential growth and assembled one of the strongest leadership teams in the country. Andrew drives Pythian’s strategy and execution by fostering a culture of collaboration and curiosity, and by simplifying the complex, transforming the company into a highly adaptive and deeply knowledgeable organization.

Andrew brings broad and diverse experiences to his role, drawing on his background in technology, investment banking, venture capital, board stewardship, and angel investing. Andrew is an active leader in the business community, sitting on the boards of Fidus Systems and the Advisory Board of Genesys Capital. He is also a Charted Financial Analyst and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Alex Gorbachev
Alex Gorbachev
Alex Gorbachev
Chief Technology Officer
Alex Gorbachev

Alex Gorbachev

Chief Technology Officer
Alex Gorbachev is a highly sought-after speaker and a well-recognized and respected figure in both the Oracle and big data communities. Alex holds the prestigious Oracle ACE Director designation from Oracle Corporation and was recently named Big Data Champion by Cloudera. His deep technological expertise and vision have helped put Pythian at the forefront of emerging data markets. Today, the CTO office is an incubator of new services and technologies. Most recently, Alex built Pythian’s Big Data Engineering services team and established a Data Science practice.
Siobhan Devlin
Siobhan Devlin
Siobhan Devlin
General Counsel
Siobhan Devlin

Siobhan Devlin

General Counsel
Siobhan is a seasoned lawyer who has extensive experience gained from her early career as both an Associate and Partner in private practice and more recently in senior in-house counsel positions in multiple industries. She has been providing legal advice to her corporate clients for over 20 years. Prior to joining Pythian, Siobhan was General Counsel with Protus IP Solutions (Protus). While with Protus, she played a key role in the sale of the company to j2 Global Communications Inc. for $213M, the largest Canadian venture capital-backed exit in 2010. Siobhan holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from Carleton University and a LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Rob Hamel
Rob Hamel
Rob Hamel
Vice President, Service Delivery
Rob Hamel

Rob Hamel

Vice President, Service Delivery
As head of both the Advanced Technology Consulting Group and Service Delivery team, Rob keeps Pythian’s leadership culture strong with his superior technical knowledge, strong team-building skills, and customer-first orientation. Rob draws on more than 20 years’ experience in the data management industry to provide strategic direction to Pythian and his team. His leadership skills coupled with extensive experience in production engineering and data architecture have proved invaluable in solving complex customer issues and in establishing Pythian as a global leader in the data consulting and managed services industry.
Raj Thukral
Raj Thukral
Raj Thukral
Vice President, Infrastructure and Development
Raj Thukral

Raj Thukral

Vice President, Infrastructure and Development
Raj has been managing and guiding highly effective teams for over 20 years. Raj combines strong leadership skills with a deeply technical background in IT consulting to bring tailored and efficient technology solutions to Pythian. Additionally, his focus on data security has helped Pythian meet and often exceed client and regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Pythian in 2003, Raj held various leadership positions with a proven record of success. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering and has worked in multiple IT and engineering fields.
Alain Tardif
Alain Tardif
Alain Tardif
Vice President, Finance
Alain Tardif

Alain Tardif

Vice President, Finance
Alain’s fast track through the world of accounting can be attributed to his focus and dedication. Alain began his career in 1996 when he joined Ernst & Young as a Junior Auditor. In 2004, he left Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager to become Controller of Quake Technologies, Inc and later Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC), two semi-conductor companies. While with Quake, he played a key role in the sale of the company to AMCC. Alain is a Chartered Accountant (CA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Gregg Kitaeff
Gregg Kitaeff
Gregg Kitaeff
Vice President, Global Sales
Gregg Kitaeff

Gregg Kitaeff

Vice President, Global Sales
Gregg Kitaeff began his career in technology sales in 1998 and joined Pythian in 2010. With more than 16 years’ experience in the managed services industry, Gregg has had great success as an individual contributor and a player coach. He now leads Pythian’s sales team as Vice President of Global Sales, working out of Pythian’s New York City office. Prior to joining Pythian, Gregg spent 11 years at a small ISP in New York called Digital Telemedia, Inc. (DTI) and helped lead its rebranding to Logicworks, a managed hosting provider where he built a sales team that increased revenue 400%. Gregg holds a Master's Degree from New York University and spends his spare time with his family and keeping fit.
Samer Forzley
Samer Forzley
Samer Forzley
Vice President, Marketing
Samer Forzley

Samer Forzley

Vice President, Marketing
Samer Forzley is a veteran marketing practitioner. Prior to joining Pythian, Samer was the Managing Director of Market Drum Corp, an online marketing strategy firm where he developed and managed marketing strategies and programs. Samer was also the VP of Marketing and Merchant Relations at eBillme (since acquired by Western Union). He holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management where he is a part-time lecturer. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Math in Computer Mathematics from Carleton University.
Heidi Hauver
Heidi Hauver
Heidi Hauver
Director, Human Resources
Heidi Hauver

Heidi Hauver

Director, Human Resources
Heidi Hauver is an experienced Human Resources leader who has worked in multiple industries, including a decade in technology. She creates positive, innovative, and progressive HR programs that attract, retain, and engage Pythian’s stellar employees. Her dedication has positioned Pythian as a world-class employer. Heidi holds Applied Management & Human Resource Management Certificates from Algonquin College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources & Labour Relations with Athabasca University. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP).
Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Simmons
Director, Business Development
Vanessa Simmons

Vanessa Simmons

Director, Business Development
Vanessa is an experienced business development professional with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the business development and marketing disciplines. She brings endless energy, drive, and a results-oriented approach to creating Pythian’s strategic partnerships and business initiatives. In her spare time, Vanessa pursues her passion for great food, wine, and artisan cheeses as an accredited Cheese Sommelier and Cordon Bleu-trained chef. Her weekly Friday afternoon cheese tastings at Pythian’s Ottawa office aren’t to be missed!

PARTNERS

Partnering with Pythian guarantees your customers’ valuable data is in good hands.

The industry’s leading technology companies—independent software vendors, value-added resellers, hosting providers, and consultancies—partner with Pythian to accelerate their sales cycles, add unbiased third-party credibility to their offerings, strengthen their value proposition, and create a turnkey services practice. For more information on our Partner Program, please contact: partners@pythian.com or call +1-613-565-8696 x1208.


Arjen Visser
CEO & CTO Dbvisit Software Limited

Pythian is not only recognized as one of the worldwide experts and professionals in databases, they are also the most passionate people when it comes to sharing this information with the database community around the world. We know the Pythian people well through this community and are privileged to be partnering with Pythian to deliver first-class implementation and services capability around our database products.quotation marks


SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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Community Involvement

Pythian’s Love Your Community program is proud to support the active community participation of our employees through our Volunteer Day and Employee Sponsorship programs. Our employees donate their time as coaches, mentors, volunteers, and board members by contributing to fundraising initiatives, and lending their skills and talent to local community and industry organizations. To recognize the importance of giving back to the community, Pythian grants employees one paid volunteer day per calendar year to participate in a community event with a charity or non-profit organization of their choice, and we sponsor individual and group participation in a variety of community-based events. The aim of this program is to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to helping our employees make their local communities safer, stronger, and better places to live and work.

In addition to supporting individual contributions to the community, Pythian also:

  • Supports a number of team-based community initiatives throughout the year.
  • Participates in the cooperative education programs of local colleges and universities by providing placements for students each semester.
  • Partners with the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management’s Management Information Systems (MIS) Program. Since 2012, Pythian has provided scholarships and paid internships to four MIS students per year.
  • Sits on local councils. Pythian founder, Paul Vallee, forms part of Hire Immigrants Ottawa’s “Employer Council of Champions” (ECC), which features leading local employers who are committed to championing the issue of skilled immigrant employment.
  • Works with Hire Immigrants Ottawa and is a member of the Information Technology Sector Working Group. We work with a team of professionals attempting to tackle barriers and systemic challenges that employers face in their efforts to hire and integrate internationally trained professionals into the workplace.
  • Builds relationships and supports the services of organizations, such as World Skills (Ottawa Job Match Network), Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, and ITO.
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Ethical Labor Practices

Pythian is an equal opportunity employer. We hire global talent, and we focus on the expertise and experience a candidate brings, not where they gained it. We have always supported the inclusion of skilled immigrants in our talent pool. It allows us to engage and retain top industry talent and diversify our workforce (both culturally and technically). Pythian is proud to have employees in over 25 countries and in the Ottawa office alone, Pythian team members speak over 20 languages.

We provide generous annual leave to all Pythian employees, including vacation and sick leave. When employees welcome new additions to their family we provide them with extended parental vacation leave. We also provide generous bereavement leave for those employees dealing with the difficult loss of a family member.

Pythian recognizes that the continued success of our company is dependent on the knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise of our employees. Through our Learning & Development programs, employees have access to extensive learning opportunities both internally and externally.

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Environment

As a global organization, it is important that Pythian continues to minimize its environmental impact. Currently, Pythian employees use laptop computers (a typical laptop uses 20–90 watts, compared to 100–800 watts for desktops) and over 45% of Pythian employees telecommute 100% of the time.

Pythian encourages telecommuting by conducting, where possible, virtual meetings with colleagues and clients, through Google Connect, Skype, WebEx, etc. When possible, Pythian conducts meetings, employee Mash Ups, and on-boards employees from satellite offices to reduce emissions from traveling to headquarters.

We support international environmental awareness events, such as Earth Hour, and attempt to work with suppliers and vendors who are committed to sustainability.

James Gardiner
James Gardiner
SQL Server Database Consultant
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James Gardiner , SQL Server Database Consultant

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Everyday, we're working on solving these complex problems and if you get stuck, we have this network of people with skills and experience from across the globe. And that kind of environment is really great for sharing ideas and coming up with creative ways to solve issues. As someone who is new to the field, having that kind of support that fosters learning is really just invaluable.
Fahd Mirza
Fahd Mirza
Database Consultant, Oracle ACE
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Fahd Mirza , Database Consultant, Oracle ACE

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I am an Exadata consultant at Pythian. I love to enable our clients to love their data. I make their databases sing like never before, smoothly and flawlessly.
Raj Thukral
Raj Thukral
VP, Infrastructure and Development
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Raj Thukral , VP, Infrastructure and Development

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I've been with Pythian for over 10 years now and there's never a dull moment. Every day brings new challenges and new learning experiences. Being surrounded by some of the smartest people in the world, makes it a pleasure to come to work every day. I began my career at Pythian as a database administrator and over the years have worked as a team lead, service delivery manager, as well as a senior consultant. Today I lead the Infrastructure and Development team.

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