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ABOUT

Pythian is a global IT services company that specializes in designing, implementing, and managing systems that directly contribute to revenue and business success. We help companies adopt disruptive technologies to advance innovation and increase agility. Our highly skilled technical teams work as an integrated extension of our clients’ organizations to deliver continuous transformation and uninterrupted operational excellence using our expertise in cloud, DevOps, big data infrastructure, advanced analytics, infrastructure management, and databases.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Paul Vallée
Paul Vallée
Paul Vallée
President & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Vallée

Paul Vallée

President & Chief Executive Officer
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, and Asia. As Chief Executive Officer, Paul continues to lead Pythian as a center of excellence for expert, outsourced data services for the world’s mission-critical data infrastructures.
Don Gibbs
Don Gibbs
Don Gibbs
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Don Gibbs

Don Gibbs

Chief Operations Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Keith Millar
Keith Millar
Keith Millar
Chief Revenue Officer
Keith Millar

Keith Millar

Chief Revenue Officer
Keith Millar has been helping clients optimize their data centers and businesses for 20 years. Today, as Chief Revenue Officer, Keith leads Pythian’s sales, marketing, business development, service delivery, and CTO office. Keith’s focus is on optimizing the Pythian client experience to build durable, valuable relationships. Prior to Pythian, at Quest Software, Keith led the product teams for all new and existing products for the Microsoft platform. Revenues grew from $10 to $50 million during the 3 years prior to his departure. Stand-out clients included Boeing, Motorola, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Keith has been published in industry magazines and speaks at events every year.
Keith holds an Engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from University of British Columbia.
Myles Trachtenberg
Myles Trachtenberg
Myles Trachtenberg
Chief Information Officer - Interim
Myles Trachtenberg

Myles Trachtenberg

Chief Information Officer - Interim
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.
Aaron Lee
Aaron Lee
Aaron Lee
Chief Digital Officer
Aaron Lee

Aaron Lee

Chief Digital Officer
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.
Lynda Partner
Lynda Partner
Lynda Partner
Vice President, Marketing
Lynda Partner

Lynda Partner

Vice President, Marketing
With more than two decades of experience, Lynda Partner is a veteran sales and marketing executive with an exceptional record of leading businesses to financial, operational, and market success. Throughout her career, Lynda has consistently delivered results in high-growth and start up organizations, positioning her well to build Pythian’s brand through marketing and corporate communications. Before joining Pythian, Lynda was Vice President, Marketing and Chief Communications Officer at Redline Communications where she and her team returned the company to profitability after 15 straight years of losses. As an entrepreneur, Lynda has led and founded several successful start ups, including In-Touch Survey Systems, Caravelle, and GotMarketing. Lynda was recently named WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
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.
Francisco Alvarez
Francisco Alvarez
Francisco Alvarez
Vice President, Asia Pacific
Francisco Alvarez

Francisco Alvarez

Vice President, Asia Pacific
As VP Asia Pacific, Francisco is responsible for sales, marketing, Service Delivery and Operations in the Asia Pacific region. Francisco who joined Pythian in early 2014 was most recently responsible for Service Delivery for all of Asia Pacific for Pythian, and before that served as Chief Technology Officer at DBIS. He has more than two decades’ experience in Oracle databases, is an Oracle ACE Director and published author, has been the President of the Chilean Oracle Users Group and founder of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) tours in Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is well known for his evangelist work with the Oracle community. His primary focus at Pythian is market expansion, community involvement and maintaining his ongoing commitment to delivering services of exceptional quality.
Heidi Hauver
Heidi Hauver
Heidi Hauver
Vice President, Human Resources
Heidi Hauver

Heidi Hauver

Vice President, 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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Pythia Program

The Pythia program is about finding, retaining and advancing the top female minds in tech to increase the diversity of our talent base. Pythian is introducing a new glass ceiling metric called the “Pythia Index”.   

Inspired by Microsoft, Twitter, and Google, Pythian is the first technology company headquartered in Canada to announce its gender stats: 24 percent of Pythian employees are women, 35 percent of the company’s executive leadership team are women, 27 percent of managers are women, and only 9 percent of technical roles at Pythian are held by women.

 

“The Pythia program is central to how we realize the best possible talent mix. By acknowledging and strengthening our deliberate talent blending practices, we hope not only to garner interest from potential employees, but to encourage other businesses to set similar diversity goals. This is not just good corporate social responsibility. It’s good for business. And it’s good for the technology sector.”

– Paul Vallee, CEO Pythian and Pythia Program Executive Sponsor

   

The Pythia Program focuses on:

  • Increasing the percentage of talented women who work and thrive at Pythian, especially in tech roles
  • Encouraging and supporting the participation of girls and women in STEM fields to ensure a growing pipeline of talent

The Pythia Program is attracting and retaining top female talent because:

  • Pythian offers a female-friendly workplace with flexible hours, and work-from-home options
  • In-house role models and mentors actively offer ongoing support and encouragement
  • Pythian’s CEO, a self-identified feminist, leads the diversity charge
  • Our hiring practices support diversity with non-biased job descriptions and anonymized CVs and evaluations during hiring
  • We invest in ongoing education to eliminate unconscious bias in our practices.


 

We know that increasing the pipeline of technical women in tech is critical to the long term success of our diversity program so we also provide financial support for programs such as Technovation and associations such WTC, both doing great work to support and encourage more women to enter and thrive in IT careers.

We also believe in metrics over rhetoric – we measure and track everything by gender – from number of female applicants through to advancement stats.

We’re serious about this program and it’s showing results. But we want more women to join our ranks. If you’re a woman in tech looking for a place where you’ll thrive, reach out to us. We want you.

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Pythia Index

While Pythian measures well known indicators of gender diversity such as % of women employees overall and % of women who hold management and leadership positions, we have also created and actively use an additional measure called the Pythia Index.

The Pythia Index is a representation of the degree of influence held by women leaders in an organization. It is a measure of the number of of employees who are themselves women leaders or who have in their upward reporting line at least one woman leader – as a percentage of total employees.

Unlike a simple measure such as % of leadership positions held by women, it recognizes that women leaders who have influence over larger numbers of employees are more influential than those who have smaller spheres of influence.

Pythian’s Pythia Index score is 56, reflecting that 56% of employees at Pythian are themselves women leaders or report up to a woman leaders somewhere in their reporting structure. This excludes the person at the top of the organization such as President and CEO. At Pythian, the founder of the company, Paul Vallée is also the CEO. Our goal is to increase our Pythia Index to a number close to 100.

How?

1. Hiring more women increases the probability that management promoted from within will be women

2. Offering support in the form of mentors and encouraging sponsors to support up and coming women

3. Ensuring that any unconscious bias is eliminated from our practices around promoting women into leadership roles

4. Coaching team leaders whose Pythia Index is low or zero to actively recruit and promote for gender diversity

We are encouraging all tech firms to evaluate themselves on this diversity scale, and we have recruited WCT (Women in Communications and Technology) as the keeper of these stats for the entire industry so we can all benchmark ourselves against each other. Send you Pythian Index score and other diversity metrics to info@wct-fct.com.

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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.

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