Through 20 years of experience within the Human Resources and Organizational Development field, Mathieu has held several positions covering change management, employee engagement, succession planning, strategy facilitation and organization design.
Joining Fresche Solutions provided Mathieu with the utmost opportunity to contribute to the company’s evolution by combining his vast range of expertise and bringing a dynamism to the newly founded team of our Center of Excellence. This division blends in all aspects of organizational development from HR to training, change management, business transformation and process alignment on a global scale.
In an effort to redefine the organization’s needs and talent requirements, Mathieu is a dynamic leader looking to consistently improve on the quality of our management as well as the employee engagement level across all global units and teams.
He insists on focusing on the human aspect of the company as a primary foundation to the organization’s success.
Outside of his busy schedule, Mathieu is an artist who likes to paint, and believe it or not, his hobbies even include shoe shopping. As a former ski teacher, Mathieu misses the days where he taught lessons in the beautiful Laurentians region. He says that his comeback as a ski teacher may very well be part of his retirement plan!
Fresche has been Maria’s home for over 28 years now. A true believer of continuous improvement, she has applied her passion for learning in a variety of technical and executive management roles.
Previously, Maria was the VP of customer support, where she learned the ins and outs of customer satisfaction from a product point of view. She was then appointed VP of application services, where she laid the same foundation but from the services side.
These days, as the VP of human resources, she leverages all that she’s learned so far to help our most valuable assets reach their full potential in a culture that she is proud of, in 3 different continents and 17 different time zones.
Garry joined Fresche in 1981, when he was actually doing RPG conversions on IBM System 3, 34s, 36s and 38s and HP 3000! Since then, he has managed development projects through a wide spectrum of technologies, starting with the company’s former fourth- generation language suite in SPL on the HP 3000, though the ‘Windows client-server period’, to BI tools, web development tools, mobile apps, RAD tools and more. Now, he focuses on IBM i discovery, application maintenance and database tools. One of his main pre-occupations is application transformation technology for Synon, RPG and COBOL. Pretty much every software title since the 90s has come out of one of Garry’s teams.
Garry studied business administration at Dawson College, and computer science at Université du Québec à Montréal. When he is not at work, Garry is usually playing guitar and / or singing rock and pop ‘covers’ in a number of music venues in the city. He has a 6 piece band and an acoustic duo that play the Rolling Stones’ most popular tunes.
With more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles within technology and financial investment companies, Patrick is recognized for his results-oriented management style.
As VP, Business Innovation at Fresche Solutions, Patrick is responsible for marketing, business engineering, client solutions advisory and R&D portfolio management. He and his team contribute tactically to business development initiatives and strategically build innovative solutions that allow Fresche to execute against its growth plans.
Previously, Patrick managed and led a team that was responsible for IT infrastructure planning, security and operations at one of Canada’s largest pension investment management organizations. Additionally, he spearheaded an initiative that improved infrastructure outsourcing services, project management and leadership effectiveness at a large IT service provider.
In his own time, Patrick’s love for the outdoors has him designing and building a cottage in Montreal’s Laurentians.
Daniel brings more than 34 years of experience in information technology, system integration and large outsourcing contracts. For more than 20 years, he has held various executive positions at CGI Group Inc.
Daniel was also part of the business engineering team responsible for major outsourcing initiatives. Subsequently, he joined PSP Investments Inc. as Vice President, Information Technology, a Crown corporation responsible for managing the assets of the various Canadian government pension funds. Prior to joining Fresche, he held strategic consulting assignments with financial institutions.
As President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Daniel sets corporate goals, maintains Fresche’s global leadership position in IBM i modernization and management and maximizes the company’s shareholder value. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated the ability to manage fast-growing companies in line with profitability objectives and a commitment to customer service. His leadership has allowed him to form successful teams committed to the success of organizations.
In his spare time, he assists start-up companies to organize themselves to meet market challenges and growth objectives. He sits on several boards of directors, both companies and non-profit organizations. He is also a member of Anges Québec, an organization that provides start-up funds for businesses.
Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of the ecosystem, including all channel partners, VAR’s, CSP’s, ISVs, MSP’s, all aspects of influencers to our community and our strategic relationship with IBM.
Prior to that, she was VP of Global Sales & Marketing where she was responsible for driving IBM i application modernization and management sales and marketing strategies as well as our partnerships with the larger IBM i community. In her 25 plus-year career at Fresche Solutions, Jennifer has held positions that span, business line sales, growth initiatives, marketing and strategic disciplines.
Marc came to Fresche Solutions as part of the Quadrant and BCD Software acquisition. He cut his teeth 25 years ago developing BCD products on an old B10 above a garage. Today, he leads the Fresche development teams in the Sidney, Franklin, and Asheville offices.
Marc is passionate about software development and problem solving, and has taken multiple products from conception to successful launch.
As a serial tinkerer, Marc is always exploring new ways to bring value to customers and is constantly seeking to improve development processes. Outside of work, Marc and his wife manage a three ring circus – life with five kids! He also coaches a FIRST Robotics team.
Brendan has over 30 years of experience with midrange, mainframe, cloud and desktop computing. Since starting in 1985 as a mainframe computer operator, he has worked exclusively in business computing.
Initially, Brendan worked with large industry players, but then co-founded looksoftware in 1996. He helped build looksoftware from zero revenue to sustained and significant success and was closely involved in technical direction, business development, sales, marketing and governance. In 2014, looksoftware was acquired by Fresche Solutions and Brendan was appointed an executive VP focusing on business and technical strategy before becoming the company’s first CTO in 2016.
Brendan’s success was built upon the belief that the best solutions are simple, effective and sustainable. In addition to many years as director of development, he has worked as customer support manager, head of sales and marketing, chief architect of business strategy and CEO of looksoftware.
Today, Brendan uses his broad experience and his deep understanding of the IBM i market to ensure that Fresche is entirely aligned to provide effective and practical solutions to IBM i customers.
Michael has been in IBM i industry since 1987, the year the AS/400 was born. His passion is working with the Fresche team and providing consultative guidance to teammates and clients to ensure that they can turn possibilities into valuable results. He has a varied educational and professional background; he’s gone from being involved in the travel to finance to tech industries, from working in collections to marketing positions, from paragliding certifications to an MBA, and from sales to more sales!
Michael is not as successful with his other passion, his two spoiled-rotten pups; he has yet to get them to do anything productive other than reminding him when it is feeding time!
Chris is widely recognized as a thought leader in IBM i modernization and is a regular speaker at conferences, events, and in webinars. Since joining Fresche 26 years ago, he has helped hundreds of companies worldwide develop and execute successful IBM i management and modernization strategies, across a variety of platforms, languages, databases, and technologies.
This insight has allowed Chris to accumulate a wealth of best practice expertise that covers everything from planning to deployment, project governance, audit and recovery for large-scale IBM i management projects.
Andy recently celebrated his 30th year at Fresche! Over the years, he has held a series of senior positions in customer service and call center management, including Vice President of Customer Support and Product Services, and Chief Operating Officer.
As Founder, Andy spends his time supporting the company's growth by developing and maintaining relationships with clients, partners and the overall business community.
He also finds pride in building an all-star management team, cultivating a strong company culture, and he constantly strives to build a thriving work environment. When he’s not working hard at Fresche, he’s working hard on his extraordinary, yet fictional, NHL career.
After accumulating 30 years of work experience in software development, consulting and project management, Michel happily joined Fresche knowing it is an organization where collaboration and team work are true core values.
With extensive knowledge in development life cycles, application integration, B2B, B2C and various web environments, Michel now represents a great resource to our global teams of developers and project architects.
His background as a Director of Engineering for a rising FinTech and Director for a large North American IT software firm, amongst many other high-level software and system engineering roles he has held in both the private and public sectors have shaped his perspective on management and agility. From small to large organizations, Michel has had the opportunity to apply a variety of processes and development methods throughout his teams and projects. He is a versatile, agile individual with a keen desire for ongoing improvement, communication and adaptation.
Outside of Fresche and the software development world, Michel stays active and trains for his yearly triathlons and Ironman races. He also loves to ski and travel. He likes to inspire others to keep prioritizing health and physical activity by saying that if he can do it, you surely can too!
Jeff joined SoftBase in 1999. His extensive experience in the software industry has been integral to the company’s growth and ability to maintain high profitability. With his ability to nurture and grow key partnerships and other industry relationships, Jeff continues to expand the company’s footprint globally.
Through multiple mergers and acquisitions, Jeff has gained years of experience in creating strategic visions for growth.
Jeff has a B.Sc in Business Administration, major in Computer Information Systems from Western Carolina University. Outside of work, Jeff spends every minute he can with his wife and two sons enjoying life. He also enjoys hiking, camping, and golfing.
Leo spent the last 24 years of his career equal parts developer and manager, where he combines his IT skills with a passion for working with people. At Fresche he helps look after Expertise Resourcing engagements focused around providing staffing value to customers running on the IBM i but also other platforms such as HP and Mainframe.
He loves to get technical at every opportunity and continues to stay up-to-date with the latest industry development trends, processes and tools.
He has two children and coaches minor hockey, feel free to inquire about the latest tournament winning drills.
As VP of Corporate Marketing, Christine provides innovative solutions, products and services that improve the quality, productivity and sustainability of IBM i applications.
Fresche has spent 40 years developing and evolving our solutions, technologies and skills to offer the most complete application modernization and management portfolio that includes everything from concept to maintenance and delivers value with successful business outcomes... And that's exactly what Christine's passion has been for so long now.
With more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles within financial and investment companies, Robert is recognized for his approach of putting the team members at the center by involving them every step along the way, making everybody accountable for the entire team’s success. Robert is a results-oriented individual who is always on the lookout for new ways to improve the quality and the effectiveness of the end product.
As VP of Tools Automation, Robert is responsible, with his growing team, for the delivery and the evolution of the modernization and conversion tools. His colleagues describe him as a compassionate, fun leader who always takes the time to communicate, help and guide his teams!
During his free time, he stays active and enjoys skiing during the winter, and cycling in the summer.
Rob joined Fresche in 2012 as the director of application services and is enjoying every minute of it. He was recently appointed VP, thanks to the experience he gained working at IBM for 18 years. While at IBM, he worked in a variety of management and IBM i support roles.
He was an ISO auditor at IBM for 10 years, and his last years there were spent working as the iSeries team coordinator at IBM Rochester, MN.
In university, Rob studied computer management and while at IBM, he completed a variety of IBM i skills training, and even got his ITIL foundation certification. Rob has two beautiful teenage daughters who are the center of his life. When he’s not working, he enjoys running and every kind of skiing – water, cross-country and downhill.
Gavin wrote the very first version of Newlook back in 1995 from pictures of screens in an IBM CUA manual with initially no live access to an IBM i (they were called AS/400’s then). He co-founded Looksoftware in 1996 and since then, we haven’t been able to get rid of him.
He currently manages the Melbourne development team, but still loves to keep his hands dirty in code. He has a passion for UI/UX interface design and Artificial Intelligence -Newlook’s recognition engine itself was an early attempt to categorize a screen’s components how a human would see it. Gavin is a firm believer in simplicity and prefers to get things done rather than talking about them. He also has a very bad memory, which the other developers make the most of.
Gavin is an active member of the local S.E.S (State Emergency Service) and can regularly be seen running around in orange wielding a chainsaw. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, camping, not cooking, watching movies/documentaries and spending time with his family. He has three grown-up children and plays a mean game of chess.
Marcel came to Fresche Solutions as part of the Quadrant Software and BCD acquisition where he was the VP of marketing and business development. He adds a deep understanding of the IBM i market to the executive team from his 15 years in the midrange market.
Marcel filled many roles with BCD including product manager, technical support manager and trainer and uses that experience to help ensure we are delivering value to our clients.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree with a double major in MIS and marketing from the University of Manitoba. He coaches soccer and enjoys playing hockey and mountain biking.
With over 20 years of experience in IT, Robert has held various executive positions including CIO for a large financial institution. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive expertise as a corporate executive, strategic consultant, organizational development manager as well as products and systems delivery manager.
He is well known for his knowledge and expertise in enabling clients to surpass objectives while identifying additional areas of potential, exemplified by a variety of small to large scale transformation programs.
Mani is a software engineer with extensive experience in leading roles in sales, engineering, customer support and delivering services and solutions to clients across the globe.
Mani joined Fresche Solutions in 1988 and pioneered several key positions including product support specialist, escalation center manager, and project manager. He introduced the Project Management Institute’s professional practices to Fresche’s services delivery methodology.
Today, Mani leads a global team of pre-sales specialists who help our clients find creative solutions to meet their business, technology and organizational goals. As an IT strategist, he works with our clients and facilitates visioning, strategizing, and planning for their mission-critical IBM i business applications to maximize organization impact, value creation and ROI.
Mani is passionate about working collaboratively with people to maximize their personal value, achievement and happiness.