One team, one family

Say hello to the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation team.

Mark Cunningham

Founder & CEO

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 Dun & Bradstreet in April 2014, Mark now heads up the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation team. In his spare time, he plays guitar for several local bands, kitesurfs, cycles, and flies planes.

Luke Evans

Chief Technology Officer

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 Dun & Bradstreet 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!

Elizabeth Steward

VP Marketing

With over eight years’ experience at cloud tech companies in London and Vancouver, our VP 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.

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

Chris Demwell, Cloud Operations Manager

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 Dun & Bradstreet’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 here!”

Elizabeth Adams, VP 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 Dun & Bradstreet 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 Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center.

Amin Yazdeni

Senior Software Architect

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 Dun & Bradstreet 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 Dun & Bradstreet.

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.

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. In his spare time, he’s found paint-balling, snowboarding, or hiking.

Rosalinda Sanchez

Office Manager

Rosalinda keeps Mark organized and oversees the Dun & Bradstreet 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 Masters 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 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

Born and raised in India, Vishnu is an Engineering graduate with a specialization in Electronics and Communication. A fondness for finding defects and mistakes inevitably landed her in Quality Assurance. Vishnu has 5+ years of experience in QA and started her career as a test analyst with Wipro Technologies. After moving to Winnipeg in 2011, she worked as an automation developer with Wawanesa Insurance. Being fed up with the weather, she moved to beautiful Vancouver where she worked with ICBC as a contractor before joining the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center. In her spare time she enjoys watching Korean dramas, listening to music and trying out new Indian recipes.

Mohammad Jazayeri

Software Developer

Soon after Mohammad finished his Masters at the University of Calgary in the area of the Internet of Things, he joined the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center as part of the Core Tools team. When not at work, Mohammad spends time with his wife or on the Internet as he loves socializing and networking. Having a Persian background, he engages in many cultural activities and one of his passions is bringing 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

Software Engineer

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

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

Morris Chapdelaine, Community Engagement Manager

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 plenty of agile development experience to the Dun & Bradstreet 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 there is a World Cup going on 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 in Iran. Later, after studying in Canada, he worked at both Fortinet and Amazon. His hobbies include playing football (soccer) and hiking. He is a fan of classic music from Iran and Azerbaijan. He also likes hacking pieces of software—anything from hardware drivers to phones.

Matt 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 the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new places as well as snowboarding, cycling and golf . Matt also 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, one of the worlds leading real estate search engines. When he’s not helping sites run blazingly fast you can often find him keeping fit and active by exploring the backcountry around Vancouver.

Kumar Paladugu

Software Engineer in Test

Kumar has had more than 7 years of experience in Quality Assurance. Before joining the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center, he worked for the Government of Canada and with some major financial institutions. Kumar is originally from India but has happily settled in Canada. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with friends and trying to explore new adventurous places. A love for hiking, trying to learn new sports, as well as skiing and swimming, keeps Kumar active when not in the office.

“The Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center is the most stylish and fashionable tech company I’ve ever seen. I love it!”

Nima Hazar, Software Engineer

Nima Hazar

Software Engineer

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

Arefe Dalvandi

Software Engineer

With a Masters in Interactive Arts and Technology, Arefe is a software engineer with a passion for UX design. She has over 4 years of experience in front-end design and development at SAP and Syscon Justice Systems and is currently working as a full-stack developer in the Applications team. Arefe works really hard in her spare time to have fun, and her special skills include having ‘1 degree of separation’ from everyone in the local tech community.

Colin Johnston

Senior Software Engineer

Colin has more than 10 years experience creating highly valued, well-factored software applications for the web. At the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center, Colin works as part of the Core Tools Team. Outside of the office, he enjoys musical improvisation, running, skiing, swimming with sharks, and jumping out of perfectly functioning airplanes. On a completely unrelated note, he is a strong believer in knowing your team’s bus factor.

Jesse Chahal

Software Developer

As a Software Engineer in Test, Jesse spends most of his time testing our server side code, especially our RESTful APIs. Like a lot of his colleagues, Jesse has spent time at SAP, specifically working as a Software Engineer in Test creating automated Selenium tests and testing RESTful APIs. He also has worked as a Software Developer for Canada Border Services Agency, designing J2EE applications. When he isn’t working, he is either spending his time snowboarding on the local mountains or working on personal software projects.

Sebastian Kazenbroot-Guppy

Software Developer

Sebastian is a UBC graduate with experience in web design in start-up and university research environments. He is fascinated by new technologies and programming languages, and looks to find new ways to solve hard problems. Sebastian works on the Report Engine team and is an avid functional programmer. He hopes that his Haskell-based contributions will be one more step in furthering the adoption of functional concepts in the technology industry.

“I love having the opportunity to work with the latest and best technologies—and the trust that’s placed in us to make important decisions.”

Matt Holland, Senior Software Engineer

Frederik Kuehn

Software Developer

With more than 5 years of experience in software development, Frederik has worked in Germany, Switzerland, and now Vancouver. His former work experiences include working in the automotive sector, on linguistic software, and writing software for property management. He is now part of the Server Side Development team. In Switzerland, he also found his passion for snowboarding and hiking—two things he is happy to continue pursuing here in beautiful Vancouver.

Zhiyu Dai

Software Developer

Zhiyu is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and a proud member of the Platform team, where he works as a software developer. Besides advanced technology, he enjoys playing badminton, swimming and hiking. Sometimes you can even find Zhiyu playing guitar or dancing hip-hop, neither of which is very good at, although he firmly believes that success at such endeavours are all about the effort you put in!

Kevin Chen

Senior Software Engineer

Kevin specializes in server side development. Kevin has worked in Australia, the U.S., and Toronto before moving to Vancouver. He has worked on large scale Internet systems and international financial applications since the early Internet boom days. Outside of work, Kevin can be found playing squash, practicing yoga, and enjoying the outdoor BC lifestyle. He yearns for good Mexican food in Vancouver.

Jeremy Karlson

Senior Software Engineer

Jeremy is an experienced Software Engineer who has spent the better part of the last decade working on highly available and reliable systems, but also often finds himself involved in supporting build pipeline and operations matters. In addition, Jeremy has an interest in teaching and learning that he exercises as a motorcycle skills instructor. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys a variety of activities including motorcycling, ice hockey, and board games.

“The people I work with are awesome to hang out with and are truly concerned with my personal growth and success.”

Andrea Yeo, Software Developer – CO-OP

Ishita Jain

Software Engineer

Ishita is a member of our Front End Applications team. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Masters degree in Computer Science in 2013. She is passionate about context-aware computing and the latest trends in web design and development. In her spare time, she plays badminton and chess, swims, and volunteers for events that promote health awareness and human rights.

Chris Howard

Project Manager

Eight or nine years into his career as a software developer at Nortel, MDSI, and UBC, Chris came to the realization that while he was a pretty good developer, he really liked bridging the gap between customers and the development team. So for most of the last 10 years he’s worked as a Project Manager for UBC, Amazon, and now the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center, exclusively on software development projects. He feels strongly that truly agile development is better than the alternatives and makes for much better products. Also, having once worked as a banker he hopes he never has to wear a tie to work again (sorry, Tie Friday).

Arian Hosseinzadeh

Software Engineer

Arian is passionate about discovering innovative ways to use data, whether it’s finding a pattern in data to predict the future, or visualizing data in an accurate and understandable way. He used to be a futurist (obviously with the help of machine learning methods!) while studying his Masters of Computer Science at McGill University, and is now a member of the Core Tools team here at the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center. His main areas of interest are software development, machine learning, and algorithm design. Arian enjoys travelling, reading political memoirs, and hanging out with his friends and family.

Anshul Malpani

Software Engineer

Anshul is passionate about building innovative software, and has worked in many technologies and languages over the years. He is self-motivated, loves working in small driven teams and is a proponent of open-source software and test-driven development.  Always interested in working with new technologies, Anshul has more than ten years of experience in software management, development, architecture and design. He has expertise in conceptualizing, designing and coding solutions using Java/J2EE technology stacks.

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