Business Technology Management Board Bios
The final 3 teams may select opportunities with senior managers from some of the top companies in the Lower Mainland. Here are a few of the individuals you may have a chance to job shadow, coffee chat with, and/or receive a personalized company tour from. These individuals are members of the Business Technology Management Board.
Camelia Cirjoi has over 20 years of experience in the software development and Information Technology industry. As a Senior Director in IT Services, she is in charge of a global team primarily located in Canada and France, and is responsible for implementing business solutions that enable SAP to manage its growing number of Partners.
Camelia joined SAP in January of 2008 as a result of the acquisition of Business Objects, of which she had been a part of since 1998.
Passionate about leadership, people development and team building, Camelia promotes a high performance, results-oriented culture in her organization. Camelia drives collaboration and transparency across organizational boundaries to deliver customer value by leveraging diversity, inclusiveness, and partnership within and across SAP.
Carlos Leal is a Beedie School of Business alumnus who graduated with a First Class Honours in MIS and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He also received Certificates in Business Technology Management, Innovative Leadership, International Experiential Learning after completing two exchange terms in Finland (HSE) and Singapore (NUS), and the Co-op Designation after completing four work terms with BlackBerry and HSBC.
At SFU, Carlos received numerous awards for his community service and academic excellence. Engaged with the student community, Carlos was the elected president of the SFU Chapter of Golden Key International Honours Society and president of the Association of Latin American Students, and was the founder of Simon Fraser Consulting. Upon graduation, he joined Ernst & Young’s Advisory practice where he currently works on technology-enablement and business strategy projects. He has recently completed his CPA, CMA designation. On the side, Carlos volunteers as a mentor at SFU’s MIB program and the LOT program of the Vancouver Board of Trade and is active member of several organizations, including the Advisory Committee of the Small Business Council at Vancouver Board of Trade, the BTM Advisory Board at SFU, as well as the People Advisory Forum, Rewards & Recognition Committee, and Advisory Recruiting Committee at EY.
Diraj Goel is the Vice President of Business Technology for Vision Critical. Diraj champions a people-first ethos where understanding how people use and interact with information systems and technology is more important than the technology itself. During his time at Vision Critical, Diraj has been instrumental in the adoption of an All Cloud Enterprise Strategy (ACE); an initiative created to empower and enable a global community of employees to use any device at their disposal while remaining compliant to Vision Critical’s standards for confidentiality and privacy.
The majority of Diraj’s experience has been focused enterprise-sized transformations of business and technology. However, he has an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped him play a pivotal role in fostering Vision Critical’s growth from a Vancouver based tech-startup to a global customer intelligence leader with nearly 1000 employees and $150m in annual revenue.
Fernand Wong is the Director of Technologies and Services at HSBC Bank Canada. Fernand has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of global roles at HSBC ranging from programming, applications support, solution architecture, enterprise architecture to IT finance, organizational design and governance. Latest responsibilities include building out the Data Architecture and running major Group level Data programs for modernizing HSBC’s operating process, application and data capabilities.
Frank Chin is the Support and Education Director at Elastic Path Software Inc. Frank has led and motivated passionate teams through growth and change with more than 20 years in the software industry. Served in key roles like Developer, Business Analyst, Architect, Manager and Director in consulting, services, education and support teams, Frank’s areas of focus include business analysis, project management, people management, client vendor and partner relations, leadership and mentoring, education and support, ecommerce, and software development processes.
Nelson Lah has held executive leadership positions in the British Columbia provincial government for over 20 years, including being the Chief Information Officer at the former Ministry of Forests and the first Chief Technology Officer for Shared Services BC. He has worked on several IT Strategic Plans, major funding submissions, and critical briefing notes to Deputy Ministers and boards. Under his strategic leadership, innovative approach, and business acumen the ministries won numerous awards including multiple GTEC, CIPA, and BC Premier’s awards.
In the private sector, Nelson has led major pursuits over $500M, created partnership agreements with key product vendors in foreign markets, and delivered mission critical projects to client satisfaction. He is a trusted advisor on acquisitions, strategic partnerships and linkages with other government, academia and industry alliances.
Nelson chairs the Simon Fraser University’s Business Technology Management (BTM) Advisory Board and is a mentor at both UVic’s Gustavson Mentor Program (BComm and MBA students) and SFU Beedie School of Business, winning Mentor of the Year.
Shari Wallace is CIO for the City of Burnaby with responsibility for IT strategy, business transformation projects, asset lifecycle management and day-to-day operations.
Prior to assuming this role in 2013, she worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in a variety of roles, including Acting CIO and Director of Strategic Planning and Program Management. Shari also spent 15 years in the private sector in a number of IT positions across a wide-range of industries including telecommunications, banking and oil and gas.
Shari is involved with a number of boards, committees and volunteer organizations, including the Advisory Board for the SFU Business Technology Management (BTM) program and the CIO Association of Canada.
Steve Grywul is an accomplished professional with more than 14 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry. Over the course of his career, Steve has held sales and management positions across different segments and markets while always maintaining a high performance standard and exceptional client satisfaction. Prior to leading a direct sales team, Steve also spent time both as a Solutions Consultant and leading a Solutions Sales Team where he played a key role in introducing and implementing many new problem solving or value adding wireless solutions to our clients.
Steve’s strategic approach and proven leadership abilities have led to his current role as Director, Corporate Sales for BC. In this role Steve is committed to enabling the team to provide industry leading client experience levels and building lasting business relationships.
Steve Pentin is an accomplished software professional with over 30 years’ experience in the delivery of complex IT solutions to governments and Fortune 500 companies. As a practical manager of people, teams, and projects, Steve focuses on delivering high quality results through collaboration, smart goal setting, coaching, mentoring, and risk management.
Steve is a Director of Consulting at CGI with responsibility for account management, client services, account delivery, and business development in the Greater Vancouver area. Steve has over 10 years of experience in bringing innovative financial software products to market at software vendors such as FINCAD, Asset Control, and Fincentric. Prior to this Steve spent 15 years as a consultant in the City of London in technical leadership roles at LIFFE, Barclays, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Steve studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Kingston University in the U.K.
Tim Botham is a graduate of SFU’s Engineering Science program (1993). Since graduating, Tim has worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the Vancouver high-tech community, including at companies Spectrum Signal Processing, Ventyx (now ABB), and LightHaus Logic. Tim is currently VP Strategic Development at MDA, one of Vancouver’s largest high-tech companies, where he is responsible for developing new businesses for the company. Tim is the father of three, is fluent in Japanese, and enjoys playing hockey in his spare time.
William Waung is the Senior Director, Intellectual Property at Sierra Wireless, Inc. In the past 12 years, William’s focus has been on intellectual property and is tasked with the establishment and management of the patent program. His responsibilities include management of the patent prosecution activities and the support of IP licensing and litigation activities within Sierra Wireless.
William has worked in the mobile data communications industry for over 35 years. He was a key member of the Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) specification team, the first cellular wireless data standard. He further served as the Technical Liaison of the Wireless Data Forum (later CTIA, the Wireless Association). William also co-authored Internetwork Mobility, the CDPD Approach, a book on wireless data. William holds multiple patents in wireless mobile data technologies.
William received his B. A. Sc. (Elec.) from University of British Columbia, his M. A. Sc. (Elec.) from University of Toronto, and his Master of Business Administration from University of British Columbia.