George is a master of making digital technologies work for business by streamlining operations, improving online presences, creating and reinforcing brands, and selling products and services effectively online. While he’s built a team of experts with ion8 which deploy George’s recommended solutions on time and on budget, George himself is a certified Google AdWords & Analytics professional, a certified Google Educator and a cloud communication technology guru. Additional skill sets include: Clio Certified Consultant and Certified Zoho CRM Consultant.
Our team of experts covers everything
that technology and marketing touches
Chief Operating Officer
Jenna is the glue that binds everything in ion8 together and has been with the agency for many years. She directs all aspects of ion8 operations, from initial contact with clients to putting the finishing touches on a project. Jenna is the second-in-command at ion8 and each of our clients experience the benefit of her vast experience and expert oversight. Jenna’s organizational powers and ability to provide quick solutions to the most complex problems are part of the secret sauce that powers ion8’s excellence.
Chief Technology Officer
Jim’s job at ion8 is to help us leverage, embrace and deploy world-class solutions, and to help us develop an infrastructure to support our growing client base.
Jim has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Nintendo, Nike and Atlantic Records. And, he has also worked with Universities, and several departments of the Government of Canada to help them to innovate and transition from vendor-supplied software to open-source software.
While working for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Jim collaborated with medical educators to design and build award-winning software for the Department of Anesthesiology.
Jim is always reading, always researching, always rethinking how to help clients embrace and adopt tools and technologies that can help them be successful.
Angela West has been providing web wordsmithing services for businesses ranging from large corporations to small companies across Canada, the United States and the UK since 2009. Angela has a knack for translating technical stakeholder-speak into consumer-facing, easily digested web copy that drives conversions and higher search engine rankings. Writing about social media extensively for online publications like PC World Business Center led to Angela managing social media for a number of clients, giving her a wide range of experience with various industry and nonprofit sectors. She takes a measured, logical and results-oriented approach to all of her social media and copywriting projects which shows in final copy and campaigns.
Hamza is one of ion8’s talented consultants, using his training and experience to leverage and apply data-driven solutions to optimize business performance and meet the needs of end users through a combination of operations management, technology integration, business planning, and analytics. Hamza is a recent graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Accounting & Finance, and a minor in Economics.
He previously worked as a Risk Management Consultant at Deloitte, where he was able to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution working within a number of sectors including automotive, oil and gas, government, healthcare, and technology. When he’s not in the office, Hamza loves to spend time in the great outdoors swimming, kayaking, biking, and trail hiking.
Shannon Vander Giessen
Shannon has a career filled with management positions working with top global technology brands, including Panasonic and IBM, and we’re honoured to have her as a member of the ion8 team. She brings her own brand of enthusiasm and a professional touch to each piece of work, as well as the ability to break down large projects into manageable chunks.
Her approach to project management is to keep the momentum going in a healthy, ethical way for everyone involved. She believes in treating everyone with respect and offers support and expertise to ion8 team members and our clients alike. She’s always willing to pitch in alongside team members to get a job done quickly and properly. With Shannon on our team, our ability to deliver excellence to our clients is augmented in a significant and meaningful way.
Director of Professional Services
Susanne has been a project manager for technology teams for nearly two decades and has worked for some of Canada’s leading technology firms, including Research in Motion. She also has extensive corporate in-house IT project management experience. She has helped startups get off the ground and led large teams of developers and sales staff in enterprise-level settings. Her extensive skill set ensures that ion8 projects get done on time, within budget, and exceed client expectations.
She is very personable and easy to work with, and believes that humour and being down-to-earth is just as important as discipline. In her down time, she runs, trains with weights, and entertains her energetic Bernese Mountain Dog, Kiyah.
Zoho Development Lead
Ruben Kannan is ion8’s Zoho Integration Lead, handling everything from customizing Zoho systems to integrations with other frameworks and mobile apps. Ruben spent five years working at Zoho’s head office in Chennai, India, where he provided users with technical applications support. Ruben currently runs a team of 23 people, and in addition to Zoho, works with both PHP and Python. With a proven background in both programming and client communications, which is a very rare combination, Ruben will make your Zoho installation and required integrations seamless. In his spare time, Ruben enjoys playing the piano, and is also an avid volleyball and soccer player.
Legal Practice Lead
Benjamin leads our legal practice consulting division and is also a Clio Certified Consultant. He graduated from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law with a Children and Family Law Concentration and has his own family law practice in Florida. He is an active member of both the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. He has served on various committees with both Associations which address technology, ensuring the affordability of legal services, and more. He is proficient at deploying advanced law firm infrastructure, technology, and cloud communications and has been performing work in this area for small to large corporate firms for a number of years. His practical legal experience enables him to translate tech jargon into clear language which attorneys can understand, making him an ideal choice for any attorney seeking to improve the use of technology in their practice and the efficiency of their firm.
With experience working in industries from construction to railway and mining, Jodie DesRoschers is our versatile Human Resources Consultant. With an Honours Bachelor of Arts, certification in Human Resource Management, and CHRL designation, Jodie is more than able to deliver expert human resource consultancy to provide any sector with HR and health and safety policies and procedures, advice on complex matters, restructuring, and much more. When she’s not in the office, Jodie can be found watching reruns of Seinfeld and enjoying the great outdoors.
Senior Cloud Architect
Fausto has an engineering background and has been involved with computers and networks since the punch card era, evolving into a cloud computing expert. Fausto is a well-rounded IT professional with a sharp focus on Google for Work. He deploys and customizes solutions within and around Google for Work technologies using Google Apps Script. Additional skill sets include: Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist and Clio Certified Consultant.
Senior Designer & Developer
Jason is a web designer and SEO specialist located in Vancouver, BC. After spending a decade working in a design firm in Toronto, Jason knows how to motivate customers and drive conversions. He specializes in event marketing and has a talent for growing brands through strategy and lead generation. Jason’s personal mantra is to “Push the Rock” and reserves time every week for networking. Jason holds a B.A. in Technology from Ryerson University.
Senior Designer & Developer
Matt is a versatile web developer with expertise that includes web development, design, and marketing. With such a diverse skill set, he is able to efficiently complete a wide variety of complex custom websites for many partners. Matt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a specialization in Technology Management, and previously ran a startup company called GettingGives which partnered with leading non-governmental organizations like the World Wild Fund for Nature and Plan International. Outside of the office, Matt loves spending time with his family and keeping up with his favourite NBA team, the Toronto Raptors.
Senior Zoho Developer
With more than four years of Zoho expertise under his belt, Abdul is ion8’s Zoho Developer. Abdul has completed a number of major Zoho development projects for various firms, and is an expert in a variety of Zoho products including CRM, Books, Creator, Projects, People. He also has extensive knowledge of working with third-party integrations including Right Signature, DocuSign, Workmarket, Twilio, and others. In his free time, Abdul enjoys surfing the Internet in search of the latest tech news and information.
Bruce Elliot began his career working in IT before the dawn of mass use of the Internet. When more businesses started using the web to do business in the early 00’s, he transitioned into doing search engine optimization (SEO) to help businesses get to the top of search engine results.
This long experience with search engine optimization has given Bruce specialized expertise in how search engine algorithms work, and more importantly where businesses should and shouldn’t spend their money to be found online.
While Bruce still performs SEO services, he is also an expert in paid digital advertising, which spans the scope of Google Ads, Facebook, Instagram, and any platform or digital service your business should be on to boost visibility. His certifications with Google include Display Advertising, Search Advertising, Video Ads, and Mobile Advertising. Simply put – if you want to attract more qualified visitors to your website, Bruce will deliver them to you.
Adam is a highly sought after digital strategist, bringing a no-nonsense business approach to digital and social strategies. Adam works with our clients to plan, design, and manage successful performance marketing campaigns which deliver solid ROI. Adam is an expert in analytics and quantifies his results with transparent, customized reports for each client.
Haziel is a problem solver with excellent critical thinking skills. Haziel is currently enrolled at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) as a Software Engineering Major, and also holds an Associate’s degree in Software Development. The highlight of his development experience is working at Express Parcel Service International (EPS), one of the largest courier services in the Dominican Republic. While there, he and his team were tasked with upgrading software solutions to more advanced processes like Microsoft’s C# .NET, with Haziel handling most of the regional deployment of the new desktop application. With experience and education at his disposal, Haziel is a highly effective Web Developer capable of handling tasks of any size.
Web Designer and Developer
Seema is a web developer and designer that ion8 clients will enjoy working with on web design or code development projects which require an experienced programmer. Seema is a rarity in the tech world, being both a designer and a coder.
Seema started doing web design after obtaining a Masters degree from the Technical University of Berlin in Computer Science, where she majored in Database and Information systems and studied backend coding. She has developed several popular themes for ThemeForest, a site which specializes in WordPress themes.
Seema moved to Barrie in 2019 to teach at Georgian College, resuming her teaching career of 7 years. When she’s not working, she can be found playing and exploring the city with her energetic daughter. She reads, writes and is working on a new found passion; abstract painting. We are proud to have Seema and her very unique skill set on the ion8 team.
Jessica has significant experience in digital marketing, video editing, and graphic design. She’s always had a passion for video, forcing her parents and brother to act in her short films when she was younger. Armed with a business degree with a specialization in marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, she can contextualize her creative work with the practical goals of any business.
In addition, Jessica has Google Ads certification and experience with social media management and search engine optimization. Her digital marketing expertise and flawless execution of client projects make Jessica an essential part of the ion8 team.
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