One team, one family

Say hello to the D&B Cloud Innovation team.

Mark Cunningham

President & Founder

Mark began his career in 1992, when his family company began building the world’s first Windows-based reporting tool Crystal Reports. With more than 20 years’ experience in the business intelligence industry, he has been on the founding team of four successful startups in Vancouver, including cloud BI company Indicee. Following Indicee’s acquisition by D&B in April 2014, Mark now heads up the D&B Cloud Innovation team. In his spare time, he plays guitar for several local bands, kitesurfs, cycles, and flies planes.

Luke Evans

Chief Scientist

For over 20 years, Luke has been one of the leading architects in the business intelligence industry. Luke began his career at UK-based Holistic Systems, pioneering multidimensional modelling and reporting. Following the company’s acquisition by Seagate Software, Luke relocated to Vancouver and continued to lead the technology roadmap as the company became Crystal Decisions, then Business Objects and eventually SAP/Business Objects. Luke provides technical leadership at the D&B Cloud Innovation Center, heading up Engineering, QA and Operations. He remains hands-on with architecture and project planning and has even been known to write code on occasion!

“I love working here because I'm working with people who are really at the top of their field.”

Chris Demwell, Cloud Operations Manager

Elizabeth Adams

Director of Marketing

With over eight years’ experience at cloud tech companies in London and Vancouver, our Director of Marketing is a staunch cloud evangelist. Liz drives thought leadership and educational activities at the Cloud Innovation Center. A british expat, she loves the great Canadian wilderness and is happiest on top of a mountain or hiking in the middle of nowhere without phone signal.

Graham Ross

VP Product Management

Graham is a fierce customer advocate who combines 14 years of leadership experience in technology with 10 years of manufacturing expertise in roles ranging from Operations Manager to Plant Manager to Software Engineer. He speaks fluent French, loves to sail, and when not at work, is most commonly found on the slopes at Whistler, BC—skiing in winter, and biking in summer.

Craig Todd

VP Customer Success

Craig is passionate about making our customers wildly successful. With over 20 years’ experience, including Head of PreSales for the OEM Division at Crystal, and WorldWide Director of PreSales at 90 Degree Software, Craig is a veteran of the industry. He loves skiing, camping, swimming and buying donuts for the office… we don’t call him Chief Happiness Monitor for nothing!

Chris Demwell

Cloud Operations Manager

Chris brings 10 years’ experience in managing agile technical operations to D&B’s Cloud Operations team. As Cloud Operations Manager, Chris is responsible for the architecture and management of our cloud infrastructure and is passionate about making the Cloud Innovation Center a devops cultural leader in Vancouver’s technical community. Chris loves motorcycle touring, sailing keelboats, and scuba diving in ice-free waters.

“One of the great things about working within Dun and Bradstreet is that we haven't lost any of our startup vibe. People often think that working for a large company is the death of innovation but it's the exact opposite!”

Elizabeth Adams, Director of Marketing

Simona Hera

Quality Assurance Lead

Having spent more than 15 years’ in quality assurance roles, Simona brings a wealth of experience in agile development practices to the team. Her journey to the D&B Cloud Innovation Center began in 1999 when she landed a QA job at NCompass Labs, a company later acquired by Microsoft. She then joined Axonwave, a startup that specialized in natural language processing before joining yet another startup called Actenum. She joined Indicee in 2010 and now leads the QA team at the D&B Cloud Innovation Center.

Tom Haggie

Senior Software Architect

Tom has been building business intelligence software for over 15 years. His first job was at UK-based startup Holistic Systems. Following Holistic’s acquisition by Seagate Software, Tom relocated to Vancouver, then to Paris, then back to Vancouver. Tom stayed at the company as it became Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, and eventually SAP. Working in the cloud excited Tom so much, he eventually left to join a few former colleagues at Indicee. At the D&B Cloud Innovation Center, Tom leads our Front End Applications Development team. With 2 young kids, he is unfamiliar with the term “free time”.

Amin Yazdeni

Senior Software Engineer

Born and raised in Iran, Amin moved to Vancouver 5 years ago to continue his studies in Computer Science. Following graduation, Amin took on a 6 month R&D internship before joining the Indicee team as a Solutions Engineer. At the D&B Cloud Innovation Center, Amin works as part of the Front End Applications Development team and is current COO of the Ministry of Fun.

John Keinanen

Senior Software Architect

As Team Lead for Core Tools, John oversees the creation of the tools that support the core functionality of our platform. These tools address a range of customer needs, from modeling business data to designing reports and dashboards. John has been developing web software for 20 years, and has worked in a variety of environments including two successful startups, Microsoft, and now D&B.

Magnus Byne

Senior Software Architect

Magnus has a PhD in computer science and has worked in a wide variety of different technical roles throughout his career. His work experience includes analyzing peoples’ golf swings to help them improve their game, recognizing human gestures to control computer interfaces, and natural language processing to extract meaning from unstructured data. Like many of the Cloud Innovation team, Magnus also worked in R&D at Business Objects/SAP before joining Indicee. As our Server Side Development Team Lead, Magnus oversees the design and implementation of the server side code that supports our platform’s UI and manages the customer data store and reporting engine.

Richard Webster

Senior Software Architect

Richard’s career began in the mid-1990s when he joined the QA team at Crystal Reports. Moving through various development leadership and architect roles (as well as working on some special research projects along the way), he now has more than 20 years experience building reporting and analytics products. Today, Richard leads our Report Engine Development team.

Maryam Khezrzadeh

Software Developer

Maryam has been developing software professionally for more than 5 years. Before joining Indicee in 2012, Maryam was Lead Engineer at Foodtree and part of the Development team for the Innovation Center at Business Objects. With innovation in her blood, Maryam today works on our Server Side Development team but also loves helping out with front end development when needed. Maryam currently holds the prestigious title of President of the Ministry of Fun.

Masoud Harati

Software Developer

Having previously worked at companies such as D-Wave and SAP, Masoud is currently part of our Front End Applications Development team. He also works closely with the Customer Success team, providing technical support as needed, and is the Cloud Innovation Center’s Chief Photography Officer. In his spare time he takes (other) photos, paints, practices calligraphy and music, invents new drinks he cannot replicate, and when it snows, he skis.

“The ability to work with such a wonderful group of intelligent, understanding, and pleasant people on challenging tasks is what keeps me smiling every day!”

Maryam Khezrzadeh, Software Developer

Phil Dufault

Cloud Operations Engineer

As a Cloud Operations Engineer, Phil specializes in substrate automation, operations visibility and tactics and keeping the development infrastructure purring.  Phil has been creating and supporting public and private cloud infrastructures for over 8 years.  He’s found paintballing, snowboarding, or hiking at his leisure.

Helmut Hager

Director of Talent Acquisition

Helmut has over 15 years of international recruitment and strategic sourcing experience in the hi-tech industry. A bona fide globetrotter, Helmut has worked in Austria, Ottawa, Hong Kong and now in Vancouver. As Director of Talent Acquisition, Helmut is responsible for recruitment and strategy with a focus on finding great people for the Cloud Innovation team. When not doing that, he enjoys a variety of sports and is planning his next adventure with his family.

Rosalinda Sanchez

Office Manager

Rosalinda keeps Mark organized and oversees the Cloud Innovation Center’s day-to-day office operations. She has worked in government, non-profit and tech companies as an office administrator and event, conference and meeting planner. When she’s not keeping order at work, Rosalinda can be found hiking in the woods while simultaneously planning her next meal.

Alex Hammel

Software Developer

While completing his master's in computational biology, Alex decided he preferred programming to biology. Before joining the Cloud Innovation team, he worked as an analyst and developer at the Michael Smith Genome Science Centre. As part of the Report Engine Development team, Alex
enjoys thinking very deeply about Haskell. He is passionate about functional programming, and is very excited about about all the cool things the Cloud Innovation Center builds. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, reading sci-fi books, and trying new recipes.

Vishnu Priya

Software Engineer in Test

I was born and brought up in India. I'm an Engineering graduate with a specialization in Electronics and Communication. I love finding defects, which landed me in Quality Assurance. I carry 5+ years of experience in QA. I started my career as Test Analyst with Wipro Technologies, India. After moving to Winnipeg Canada in 2011 I worked as an Automation Developer with Wawanesa Insurance. Being fed-up with the weather, I moved to beautiful Vancouver where I worked with ICBC as a contractor before joining D&B Cloud Innovation Center. In my spare time I enjoy watching Korean dramas, listening to music and trying out new Indian recipes .

Mohammad Jazayeri

Software Developer

Mohammad finished his Masters at the University of Calgary in the area of the Internet of Things and soon after he joined D&B Cloud Innovation Centerworking with the Core Tools team. When not at work, Mohammad spends time with his wife or on the Internet as he really loves socializing and networking. Having a Persian background, he engages in cultural activities and one of his passions is to bring various cultures together.

Morris Chapdelaine

Community Engagement Manager

Morris is a champion of community engagement, both online and off. Having worked in technology and new media for several years he is also a professional filmmaker, writer, editor, and social media junkie. When not outside running the sea wall or playing tennis, you'll find him at home in beautiful Vancouver with his adorable dog…usually in the kitchen or opening a great bottle of wine.

Leanne Zhang

Front End Developer

Leanne graduated from SFU in 2012. Before joining D&B, she has worked as a Salesforce Developer at a consulting firm that provided Salesforce solutions. Leanne is deeply passionate about building beautiful web applications that deliver a great user experience. At the D&B Cloud Innovation Centre, she is part of the Front End Applications Development team. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting, and hiking.

“Over and above the incredibly smart and beautiful software we are developing here, we have a unique, cooperative, and rich company culture which encourages constant personal development, idea exchange, and learning. We truly enjoy spending time with each other both in and outside of the office.”

Morris Chapdelaine, Community Engagement Manager

Jonas VanDenBossche

Software Developer

Shortly after graduating from the University of Ghent (Belgium) with a Master in Applied Engineering and Computer Science in January 2011, Jonas moved to Vancouver and worked as the Lead Software Engineer at Skunkwerks Software. He worked on various projects including a real-time multiplayer strategy game for the iPad. Currently he works for our Front End Applications Development team and is excited to dive into the HTML5 technologies. Aside from a passion for software development (and chocolate) he enjoys spending time with his son, hiking, camping and snowboarding.

Neelesh Jain

Senior Software Engineer

Neelesh started his career in 1997 and has worked in India, USA, Canada, and Mexico, in both the networking and banking industry.
He currently works on the server side team and brings agile development experience to the D&B Cloud Innovation Center.
Neelesh enjoys travelling and has been to all 7 continents, so when not working, he is planning his next big trip, especially if it’s a World Cup somewhere. His future adventures may include the North Pole.

Oleg Titov

Software Engineer

Oleg is part of our Front End Applications Development Team. He has been developing software for over 7 years in a variety of frameworks and languages. Outside of work, Oleg loves to be outdoors: hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, as well as travelling and riding his motorcycle.

Amir Hedayaty

Software Engineer

Amir started his professional life with part time jobs at Procom Technology and Lian Systems while doing his Masters studies in Iran. Later, after studying in Canada, he worked at both Fortinet and Amazon. His typical hobbies involve playing football(soccer) and hiking. He is a fan of classic music from Iran and Azerbaijan. He also likes hacking pieces of software from hardware drivers to phones.

Matthew Holland

Senior Software Engineer

Matt moved to Vancouver from the UK in 2010 intending to stay for a year, but never left. Over the past 15 years he has written software for a diverse range of companies, including a giant telecommunications provider, a travel website, an investment bank and now on the Core Tools team at D&B Cloud Innovation Center. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new places as well as snowboarding, cycling and golf when our beautiful weather allows, and volunteers at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Kristian Van der Hoek

Lead Performance Engineer

With over 14 years experience in Performance Testing and Performance Engineering, Kristian is a passionate advocate for the responsiveness and scalability of large enterprise-level web applications. Kristian learned the fundamentals of performance while working at Microsoft and followed that up by taking ownership of Performance Engineering at Move Inc. Here, he built a performance engineering team from the ground up, while owning performance for dozens of SAAS products including realtor.com, one of the worlds leading real estate search engines. When he’s not helping sites run blazing fast you can often find him keeping fit and active by exploring the backcountry around Vancouver.

Kumar Paladugu

Software Engineer in Test

I have had more than 7 years of experience in Quality Assurance. Before joining D&B Cloud Innovation Center, I worked for the Government of Canada and with some major financial institutions. I am originally from India but have happily settled in Canada. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with friends and trying to explore new adventurous places. I love hiking, trying to learn new sports, as well as skiing and swimming.

Michael Nikles

Senior Software Engineer

Mike started his software engineering career in Switzerland when he was 16. He completed his studies four years later and moved to Canada. Once he learned English, he worked for an e-commerce company and in the API Management & Security Industry, as well as a freelancer. Before joining the D&B Cloud Innovation Center, Mike spent two years working on a startup, where he enjoyed the advantages of a cloud-based business by working from different places around the world. When he’s not at work, he enjoys traveling, languages (he speaks a few fluently) and experiencing places few tourists have ever been.

“D&B Cloud Innovation Center is the most stylish and fashionable tech company that I’ve ever seen and I love it.”

Nima Hazar, Software Engineer

Nima Hazar

Software Engineer

Nima likes his data BIG and Beautiful, and loves technology and computer science combined with real-world problems. After a couple of internships here  and there , a Masters in Computer Science, a job as a computational neuroscientist and a lead engineer role at a start-up , he finally joined our Core Tools team. He’s fond of all ball games (pool included, baseball excluded) and would join a snowboard-ball team if it existed.

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