An experienced veteran of the web’s startup world, Garth Johnson has an infectious and memorable style that can be attributed to his breadth of experience. In the early days, Johnson developed his unique approach through television writing and production, copy editing, and market research. Garth is bringing us his experience as an executive at Fotolia and iStockphoto, both leaders in the ever-changing, dynamic microstock industry with a relatively straightforward approach: business and community are linked at all levels – something Meticulon is about as well.
Embracing this philosophy, coupled with his trademark humorous twist, Johnson develops business relations and strategic partnerships as our CEO. Because of his business experience owning and managing several entrepreneurial businesses and his personal experience having a child with disabilities, Johnson became inspired to build the team that would make Meticulon’s vision of being not only the first but also the best IT Consulting firm in Canada to employ the unique abilities of our consultants with autism.
Joy brings her vast experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer at Meticulon. Besides Joy’s education in psychology and counselling, she’s also an accomplished facilitator who’s passionate about creating awareness, acceptance, and appreciation about autism.
Furthermore, Joy’s insight was key in the development of a Job Coaching curriculum for Canadian colleges. Joy was the Chief Employment Coach with Meticulon from its start and created Meticulon’s toolkit, assessment process and job coaching system. Joy was also an integral part of the Meticulon Assessment Services (MAS) development and led that project as the National Director monitoring 4 sites across Canada, during its pilot phase. Joy is also the National Director of Employment for Auticon Canada where she leads the assessment and coaching programs, manages the Employment Coordinator Team, and works closely with their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Belonging initiatives to help increase neurodiversity across the nation.
Al Bhanji, Meticulon’s Director of Training, is a true “people person” and he uses his innovation, creativity, and dedication, to find ways to improve the quality of life for the people Meticulon supports. Al’s passion about his work is evident, whether by his negotiating the best rate for our next state-of-the-art digital training program, with business clients discussing how diversity, equity and inclusion brings value to their companies, or by developing training sessions for our site partners. Al doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk, as he also coaches young neurodiverse adults towards reaching their individual goals.
Al has many years of experience educating young adults, parents, as well as professional staff. His background as Senior Development Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, as a Program Coordinator at Employment Works Canada, and as the Social Program Specialist for the City of Calgary, have enhanced Al’s skillset to be a great fit for Meticulon. Having also been a business owner himself, helps Al to easily connect with business clients and effortlessly builds our clientele.
Outside of work, Al loves spending time with his wonderful family, including his amazing wife, his two young children, and his two super dogs!
Danielle oversees the success of Meticulon’s MAS project. As the project manager she is focused on keeping our team organized, managing deadlines, and meeting our goals. She aims to reach the many lives of neurodiverse individuals and people with disabilities. She brings an encouraging energy and a bright smile to the day while remaining observant of each team member’s needs. Danielle ensures all voices are heard; she is the glue that holds our team together.
With a master’s in museum studies from the University of Toronto, Danielle is skilled at balancing the many values and objectives of each stakeholder involved in a project. She understands the bigger picture as well as the small details which makes her excel at providing a clear direction for our team.
Outside of work, Danielle spends her free time tending to her beehives with her partner, playing frisbee with her dog, gardening, or sewing clothes while listening to her favourite music.
Director of IT for Pursuit since 2015, Russ has more than 25 years of IT leadership experience in tourism and tech industries. He previously led the IT division at Canadian Mountain Holidays, one of the largest heli-skiing and summer adventure operators in the world.
Prior to his work at CMH’s aviation, hospitality and travel business, Russ founded and later sold a software development business used by 500 Canadian physicians to run their healthcare practices. He has also provided consulting services to a wide variety of industries including energy, banking, insurance, telecommunications and media in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Russ has a passion for teaching, starting early in his career on the Computer Science faculty at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, and later developing and delivering commercial courses for software language vendors. Russ is the founder and Board chair of the non-profit enterprise Meticulon, which provides employment opportunities in software testing to individuals on the autism spectrum.
Russ enjoys skiing, cycling and paddling of all kinds, and especially loves playing clarinet and trombone with his Dixieland combo. He lives in Canmore, Alberta, Canada with his wife Norine.
Lyndon Parakin is currently Executive Director for Autism Calgary Association. He has been in this role since 2006. Through his leadership and the collective dedication of Autism Calgary Board, Staff, and Volunteers, Autism Calgary supports individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the lifespan. As a father of four children, two with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Lyndon is sincere and compassionate about the role of Autism Calgary as the unity of families, caregivers, and supportive professionals striving for a supportive, accepting and understanding community. Beyond his experience as a leader in the ASD community, and his volunteer work in other non-profit organizations and academic committees, Lyndon entered the charitable sector with a unique education and employment background. Lyndon holds degrees in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science. He previously worked as a software scientist, most recently working on a development team for products used in computer simulation and 3-D modelling. For many reasons Meticulon sparks a personal curiosity.
Andrea Hatzinikolas is currently Vice President, Corporate at Alvopetro Energy Ltd., a Calgary-based oil and gas company. Andrea has 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having served in a variety of legal and business focused positions. She brings experience across a broad range of organizations, from startup phase to large publicly traded corporations and encompassing both domestic and international operations. Andrea began her career as an associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, with a practice focusing on securities and corporate law. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Bachelor of Laws degree.
Bill Trafford has over 35 years of experience in the IT industry and the health sector. Bill began his career as a developer and systems programmer. He worked on early versions of commercializing relational databases for high performance systems. Bill moved from that to a role shifting his company from pure consulting/project work to transformational outsourcing – a build/operate/maintain model. This business was very successful growing to over $2 Billion in annual sales and was eventually acquired by a large U.S. Telco. He remained with the Telco integrating their Network Management with the acquired business and then running the combined business Subsequently MCI was acquired and Bill acted as the business lead for the sale of his unit to EDS.
After the outsourcing business business was sold, Bill moved to Calgary and took on an executive role with TransAlta as part of their merger/integration team developing and implementing a common SAP platform for all Finance/HR and operational areas.
Bill was attracted to the heath sector both because of the obvious need for successful use of modern IT systems and a personal desire to give back to the community. He joined the Calgary Health Region as Executive Vice-President responsible for large and difficult initiatives. These included the largest implementation of a clinical support system in North America for the entire city of Calgary. This encompassed transforming the clinical work of 3,000 physicians, 10,000 nurses and 5 major hospitals. Other major accomplishments included developing and implementing province wide systems for sharing health information – lab results, DI results and numerous other capabilities.
Bill carried on this role with the creation of Alberta Health Services as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. In this role Bill was responsible for a portfolio of services including IT, Procurement, Support Services and major projects. The initial function was to lead the integration of the 13 distinct organizations encompassing over 120,000 staff. The end objective of optimizing common functions and services was successful with annual savings in the 100’s of millions of dollars.
Bill continues to work in the health sector as a consultant to large health organizations and working with smaller companies in the health sector.
Roland is a Calgary based Technology Partner responsible for leading the Oil and Gas Operations Excellence Technology practice as well as Deloitte’s Alberta Information Management and Analytics practices. He has over 25 years of large-scale business transformation experience in the Energy and Resources sectors.
With a background that includes President, Director and founder roles in a diverse range of Energy and Technology profit and non-profit firms, Roland is an innovation and growth focused executive.
Roland has an MBA from University of British Columbia and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program (ICD.D).
Jan has spent most of his 25 year career seeking interesting problems, exciting companies, and a little bit of adventure along the way. The first half was in the heli-skiing industry, working for Canadian Mountain Holidays designing software, managing a diverse IT team, and contributing his IT skills to the broader avalanche safety community. After this he was off to Europe and spent 4 years working for Amplex, a Danish technology company in the green technology field designing distributed monitoring solutions for the electricity network’s “smart grid”. Most recently, Jan is managing development efforts in large scale, high performance storage and computing for Seagate Technologies.
In his free time, Jan loves spending time with his family in the outdoors cross-country skiing, mountain biking, kayaking or just exploring the world.
Having worked with Meticulon’s founder, Russ Peardon, in various capacities, he was very excited to get involved with his idea of starting a social enterprise in the IT field based on a concept stemming from his native Denmark.
John Gulak is Vice President, Legal & Fun with Prairie Merchant Corporation, a Calgary private equity firm. Prior to 2005, John was a partner at Bennett Jones LLP where he practiced corporate commercial and securities law for 20 years. He has a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
John has served on the board of directors of a number of not-for-profit organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, Outward Bound Canada, the Calgary Drug Treatment Court, the Calgary Arts Academy, and the Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society.
He has recently written a book, Sick to Death of the Silence, together with photographer Cole Grey, that chronicles the personal stories of 15 Calgarians with lived experience of mental illness.
John enjoys photography, writing, cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, and whistling.
Nigel brings with him 20 years of experience working in California’s Silicon Valley software industry. Most recently he was chief operating officer at Perforce Software, a company that revolutionized the ideas behind the version management of source code and all forms of digital assets. Nigel joined Perforce when it was a garage start-up and went on to help bootstrap the company to an organization with offices around the world and a marquee customer list that included Google, Salesforce.com, SAP, Electronic Arts, Samsung, and Pixar. Currently he is embarking on another software start up, VersionRocket, which introduces a new technology for SCM backed file-sync. The Snirt Labs team hope it will simplify document collaboration for millions of people including governments who are starting down the road of legislative collaboration with the public.
Nigel got involved with Meticulon through a long association with founder Russ Peardon and was excited to try and bring a little of his Silicon Valley experience to the table. Away from technology Nigel enjoys skiing, flying, but more often doing the school run with daughter Alice on the back of his Vespa scooter.