The Artemis Update – May 2017

The Artemis Update – May 2017

Letter from Kristina – Founder, Artemis Canada

In today’s blogpost I talk about how values-based organizations are winning the war for talent. As tech leaders focus on speed to market, increasing valuations and wooing investors, it can be tempting to sacrifice the best interests of great employees for short term delivery goals.

We Canadians have a reputation for being nice – polite to a fault. In markets where customer and employee experience are critical, our inclusive and caring nature is starting to set our tech companies apart. When companies that proudly uphold values, it is this that motivates employees to delivery truly exception results.

This month our update is filled with stories of these great Canadian tech companies and the leaders who are making a difference.

Kristina McDougall
Founder, Artemis Canada


Bart Piwowar formerly a Product & Innovation Lead at the Deloitte Innovation Lab recently moved to post of Director, Analytics at the CIBC Innovation Outpost.

Oliver Fisher previously Director of Engineering at Shopify recently moved to the post of VP Engineering at Freshbooks.

Ian McDonald former AVP at the TD Innovation Lab is now the Managing Director, Strategy & Marketing at InFlight.

Simwave announced that Steven McCartney, former VP of Strategic Growth at Communitech, will be joining the company as President.

Greg Barratt, former strategic sales leader at Miovision will fill in McCartney’s role at Communitech. Barratt formerly served as president of Communitech between 2000 to 2003, and has acted as an entrepreneur in residence.


Congratulations to our partner companies that are featured on the Top 250 Canadian ICT Companies of the Branham Group Inc!

Waterloo health tech company Medicalis has been acquired by the health-care unit of Siemens.

Thalmic labs recently expanded into a former furniture store and has grown from 40 people in 2013 to over 200. They are working on products that “reinvent how humans interact with technology”.

After a “record-breaking year of growth,” VarageSale has added Kijiji founder Janet Bannister—now a partner at venture capital firm Real Ventures—to its board.

SweetTooth has rebranded to and has added a new dimension of rewards to the existing point based loyalty solution.

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Waterloo’s GainX to deliver a platform so that large enterprises can monitor and manage their innovation investments.

Messaging app Kik will be the first mainstream application to integrate a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency.

Shopify announced that it is bringing “A Day with Shopify” to five cities in five countries later this year including Vancouver. The company is looking for speakers who want to share advice and insights with other Shopify Partners about industry related topics.

Vector Capital is set to acquire Sandvine for $483 million. In March 2016, Sandvine received $15 million from the Ontario government, which it used to expand R&D and grow the team. Shortly after, Sandvine partnered with TextNow to power the company’s wireless services in the US.

SaaS North is returning for the second year in a row to celebrate all things SaaS on 29-30th November.


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Brad Bierman is the Manager of Security Engineering at Arctic Wolf Networks. As a technical security consultant with deep experience in the industry, Brad is now responsible for a team of 11 security engineers at this California and Waterloo-based startup. We caught up with Brad recently to hear about their growth and the ever-evolving security industry…which is top of mind for everyone these days!
Read about it here



The Artemis Canada Connect program is a confidential and curated introduction service aimed at connecting returning tech talent with innovative tech companies in Canada. By flipping traditional recruiting upside down, we help individuals return to great jobs in Canada by giving our partners a first look at the best returning talent.

Here’s a preview of the senior talent looking to come home.
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#1 This VP, SaaS Operations led the AWS migration strategy, drove product automation and managed 30 engineers internationally. He has previous experience as Director of Data Operations for an online gaming platform with 1M simultaneous users. Strong in scaling data systems, analytics redesign and managing teams.
I’d like to learn more

#2 This Group Product Manager has grown his career at a software company (web and mobile based) in the financial space that sells into the SMB segment. He’s played a pivotal role in helping them define their go-to-market strategy for new markets to shift from a US-centric company to a major global player. He currently manages a team of 4-7 product managers.
I’d like to learn more

#3 An accomplished Senior VP, Sales & Business Development who has experience raising over $75M from VCs and strategic investors and is familiar with creating partnerships and managing complex ecosystems. He’s been the CEO of a startup, and has experience across ecommerce, IoT, financial technology, media & entertainment and security.
I’d like to learn more

#4 SVP Engineering/Product who has built and managed distributed engineering teams of 125, budgets of $25M and grew operations of a yearly run rate of $200M. He has been through IPOs/acquisitions and has experience across content delivery, media and telecom.
I’d like to learn more


Here are a handful of the roles we’re currently working on:

Head of Marketing – Enterprise Messaging
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Director of Customer Experience
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Engineering Leader – GTA Scale-up
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Data Savvy Marketing Manager – Toronto
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