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Vanessa Simmons, Director, Business Development

Vanessa is an experienced business development professional with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of the business development and marketing disciplines. She brings endless amounts of energy, drive and a results-oriented approach to creating and delivering Pythian’s strategic business initiatives.

Vanessa holds a Business Marketing Diploma from Algonquin College. She has held numerous marketing management positions at Ottawa software companies including N-able Technologies, Eftia OSS Solutions, Digital Fairway and FastLane Technologies (Quest Software).

Vanessa is an avid volunteer, lending both her time and expertise to organizations such as the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Operation Big Turkey, HOPE, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Center, The Mission, and the Ottawa Food Bank.

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!

Vanessa’s recommended reading:

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murray
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
Who Moved My Cheese?, by Dr. Spencer Johnson

Board memberships

Executive Team Member, Canadian Women In Technology, Ottawa Chapter (CanWIT)
Courage Campaign, Ottawa Regional Cancer Center (ORCC)