Ronnie spent his early years winning national spelling bees and earning honours as a regional debate champion. However, his career has been spent solving pains and making people’s lives better through technology. Since 2003, he has worked as a technology and management consultant at Workbrain Inc, AT Kearney and Axsium Group, and has served clients in North America, Australia and Europe. In 2011, he founded his first tech startup Veritasq with his three best friends – the startup received honours as a TieQuest 2013 Top 25 Startup.
In 2013, Ronnie co-founded and assumed the role of CEO at Polyform Labs, where his vision, strategic thinking and ability to bring people together drive the team forward. He is also Director of Operations at Stone Soup Innovation Labs – an organization missioned to serve, support and grow a new generation of business builders. The focus is on building sustainable business through service – to the customer, to the team and to the community.
Ronnie devotes a significant portion of his time mentoring and teaching life-skills to individuals recovering from addiction and counseling their families. He holds a Computer Engineering degree from UofT and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Taimur’s early foray into programming saw the creation of the riveting comic action title Cat Attack, which was definitely the precursor to Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, but 10 years earlier! He loves programming and problem solving so much that he developed and patented a system for enhancing the execution performance of program code. Why? Because he could.
Professionally, Taimur has held senior team lead and software development roles at Business Objects and SAP. He was co-founder CTO at the Toronto tech startup Veritasq. At Polyform Labs, he is a mastermind who brings ideas, designs and elegance to reality using his love and extensive knowledge of technology. Taimur holds a BASc (Computer) and an MASc (Computer) degree from the University of Toronto.
Inbae is convinced he invented Artificial Intelligence in 1985. The program he wrote in BASIC 2.0 on a Commodore64 prompted the user for their name with “What’s your name” and responded with “Hello” after the user entered their name … genius : ) Inbae has managed multi-million dollar projects for large enterprise clients such as Telus, Indigo and Madison Square Garden and is the founder of 5 technology companies including Hubba, which was TechVibes Startup of the Year Finalist 2012, as well as a Branham300 Top 25 Startup Award Winner.
In addition to working at Polyform Labs, he is the Managing Partner of a business incubator and instructs a Stanford University based course called StartupWeekend NEXT. He is an advisor to several tech start ups in Toronto and also counsels at-risk youth at the Yonge Street Mission. He has been called on to speak to students and entrepreneurs at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, OCAD and George Brown’s School of Design. Inbae studied science at the University of Waterloo. His personal mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people in his lifetime.
Sasha is a mad scientist at heart, inventing things like the bluetooth glove phone (thumb-in-ear, pinkie-to-mouth), the invisibility hat (which he’s wearing in this picture) and his algae-to-biodiesel experiments. He started writing software by typing-in programs from his Spectrum ZX81’s instruction manual. This soon progressed to writing his own programs, which eventually led him to the University of Waterloo where he studied computers, math and philosophy. Over the past 20 years, he’s designed and built systems for RIM, Workbrain, Hubba and TheServerSide. Sasha has written the book on enterprise Java development… literally… Java Enterprise Best Practices for O’Reilly Press.
At Polyform Labs we rely on Sasha‘s passion for technology, inventiveness, enterprise software experience and humour. In his spare time, he does improv comedy, and works on his plans to conquer the world. He says he still wants to be an astronaut some day.
Justin’s early love was soccer, which saw him play competitively for his home city of Kitchener. But he soon realized that he loved calculators and circuits more than ankle injuries. In his final years of university, his curiosity (and hero worship of Macgyver) led him to design and build an energy efficient LED lighting system that could replace fluorescent tubes – he was awarded the honour of 2003 Student Energy Ambassador of Canada.
Justin has worked as a senior technical consultant for Workbrain Inc in North America and Australia. Justin co-founded his first startup Veritasq and was its lead engineer. Justin’s passion is learning web technologies and at Polyform Labs he creatively applies his knowledge to real world problems. When not at work you’ll find Justin honing his Mortal Kombat 9 skills or sometimes even getting outdoors to play some soccer. Justin holds a Comp. Eng degree from the University of Waterloo.
At the age of 13, Harp was sent off on weekends by his parents to learn how to ‘be handy’. Working alongside his very skilled uncle, by the age of 15 Harp could wire an electrical circuit and install a toilet. His desire to learn and build things led to an education at the University of Waterloo in the Electrical Engineering and Management Studies departments. 15 years of working with the leading minds in technology helped Harp build start ups like Inktomi (acquired by AOL and Yahoo) and Artez (acquired by Front Stream Payments).
For Harp, true happiness comes from learning and building. As V.P. of Infrastructure at Polyform Labs, Harp architects computer networks and data centres. As Director of Community and Growth at Stone Soup Innovation Labs (Polyform Labs’ Incubator), Harp builds human networks in their collaborative coworking space, bringing out his true passion for helping start ups and working on philanthropic endeavours. Who said life has to be boring!
Roop bridges the gap of technology and business, providing our clients with creative, seamless solutions. But don’t get fooled by his young(ish) looks. Trained as a Computer Engineer from the University of Toronto, Roop has worked as a consultant for the City of New York and for Workbrain Inc where he worked for a number of large to small scale clients. He co-founded Veritasq, an online collaboration platform, and is now co-founder at Polyform Labs, where he strives to create inspiring and intuitive products. He is also a co-founder of Stone Soup Innovation Labs, a community and co-working space for young companies.
When not at work, you can find him playing soccer or cricket, or travelling. He’s lived in 7 different cities and counting, and is always ready to take a trip. Roop also mentors university students and is a volunteer guidance counsellor at local high schools.
John started his path in art and design as a boy by copying Andy Capp cartoons from the Sunday funnies at the kitchen table (you’d think at age 6 it would be Peanuts not Andy Capp).
John has been involved in the commercial advertising industry since 1989. He began his career in commercial photography in Toronto, where he was introduced to the world of major brands, agencies, large scale production and process. John later gravitated into graphic design and has been immersed in all aspects of design and creative direction ever since. John is a human-centric designer who embraces simplicity and elegance. He is laser focused on an immersive user experience and delivering to our clients’ strategy and brand requirements. He has designed for a wide variety of clients in the tech sector, government, travel, tourism, hospitality, medical and NFP’s.
Besides family and friends, his biggest passion for the last 20 years has been surfing. John lives on the edge of beautiful west coast Vancouver Island. He is a graduate from Humber College and George Brown College.