Abdullahi Adamu Analyst Abdullahi joined the ESTI team as an Analyst in May of 2022 through the Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP) offered by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).
Abdullahi has been interested in computer science since early in high school. This interest elevated when he was accepted to study computer science at the U of S and started developing small individual and group projects both in and out of school. Currently studying computer science at the University of Saskatchewan, his areas of interest includes Data Analysis and Software Programming.
Born and raised in Abuja, Nigeria, Abdullahi now calls Canada home where he came to study and develop his professional career. Away from work, Abdullahi enjoys playing sports, such as soccer, working out and learning new skills. He values his time with friends and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Bryce Allen Partner, Technical Analyst Bryce joined ESTI in January 2005 after completing an Advanced Certificate in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He had previously earned a four-year B.Sc. in Physics.
Bryce\'s background in science and mathematics developed strong analytical and problem solving skills that complement his training in computer science.
Bryce has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients across Canada. His role as a client liaison allows him to develop and grow strong relationships with customers, working closely with them to identify their unique business requirements and develop products and solutions that address their needs. His experience draws from a wide range of the project lifecycle from business analysis and requirements gathering, documentation and system design, to product development, integration, maintenance and user training. Bryce’s commitment to providing on-site support allows him to build more effective and efficient working relationships and increases the value he is able to provide to his clients.
Bryce enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including mountain biking, cross country skiing and fishing, and takes advantage of the opportunity to play the upright and electric bass whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Partner, Technical Analyst
Jeff Banow Partner, Director - IT Service Delivery Jeff joined the ESTI team in April 2001, immediately after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Saskatchewan. He also earned a minor degree in economics.
Having taken a keen interest in project management, in 2012, Jeff earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.
Jeff has spent the majority of his career at ESTI with clients in Saskatchewan, performing business analyst and project management duties, including requirements gathering, solution evaluation, process identification and documentation, scheduling and communication, and both managing and leading new application development projects or third party software installation projects.
In 2018, Jeff took on the role as Service Delivery Manager. This ultimately changed his focus to internally managing all professional services resources and opportunities, along with assisting the Sales Team and Executive Management. Jeff’s project management skills and previous client relationship experience have proven to be strong assets in this role.
Away from work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, marathon training, and following Roughriders football. While originally from Esterhazy, SK, Jeff calls Saskatoon home with his wife, Vanessa, and children, Jack and Julie.
Partner, Director - IT Service Delivery
"I enjoy working on interesting projects with interesting people."
James Bohn Partner, Principal Analyst James Bohn joined ESTI in May of 1992 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in computational science from the University of Saskatchewan in that same year.
James\' duties include: Oracle database administration; Oracle database design; software development; design, and installation; network troubleshooting (LAN / WAN), as well as client interaction. His duties have given him practical experience in the capture, collection, and maintenance of data in large pension plan member databases.
James worked for the department of computational science while attending university providing user support. He also gained experience with IBM mainframe databases while working as a programmer/analyst with Pan Canadian Petroleum in Calgary.
James enjoys the variety of challenging tasks his job with ESTI demands. He particularly enjoys the face-to-face contact provided when working directly with clients. His dedication, focus, and problem solving skills are all important assets to this company. James has two children, Taylor and Jayden.
Partner, Principal Analyst
Dylan Bray Associate, Technical Analyst Dylan joined ESTI in January 2016 as an Analyst after interning in the summers of 2014 and 2015.
Now as a Senior Analyst, Dylan has learned the importance of self-management, and has the confidence to set and exceed goals. He has provided development expertise and IT support while working with clients in a variety of industries including: pension, education, intelligent transport, water security, and recycling management. Dylan looks forward to continually working with his team of talented analysts to serve his clients to the best of his ability.
When he is not working, you will usually find Dylan training or competing in the sport of wrestling. In his last year of university, he finished up his varsity wrestling career as captain for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, capturing the CanWest gold medal and a CIS silver medal.
In his downtime, Dylan also enjoys reading, disc golf, and the art of home-brewing.
Associate, Technical Analyst
Tamara Brunwald Business Analyst Tamara joined the ESTI team in 2023 as a Project Manager/ Business Analyst. She has a degree in Human Resources and a Certificate in Ethics, Justice and Law from the University of Saskatchewan. During her time there she was involved with a Case Competition team that focused on analysis of business processes and providing strategic solutions, placing second in Western Canada, as well as the Great Canadian Sales Competition where she also placed second.
Tamara has a wide range of experience from driving 5-ton trucks at Pepsi and being a Human Resources coordinator at Finning, to Project Management and Business Analyst work for the Converged Technology team at Nutrien Potash. During her time there she was introduced to the world of IT and worked on numerous projects creating machine learning-based online applications used throughout potash mines. During these projects she strengthened her skills in communication, project management, planning, scheduling and cost estimation, and working with stakeholders and subject matter experts.
Originally from Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Tamara moved between Saskatoon, Regina and back to Moose Jaw before ultimately settling in Saskatoon. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, playing sports, working out, and baking for her friends.
Terri-lynn Callan Supply Chain Manager Originally from Rosetown, SK, Terri-lynn obtained her Bachelor of Commerce at the Edwards School of Business. She has 13 years of customer service experience obtained from a variety of industries, and is knowledgeable in many aspects of business. With a passion for learning, Terri-lynn has achieved the Supply Chain Management Professional Designation. An entrepreneurial mindset at heart, Terri-lynn was a top finalist in the I3 Business Competition and received the Gordon & Maureen Haddock Entrepreneurship Award.
In her spare time Terri-lynn enjoys reading, swimming, gardening, golfing, and paddle boarding down the river. She is also a current member of the NSBA, YBPW, BPW, and SCMA.
Supply Chain Manager
Greg Czarniewski Principal Solution Architect Greg joined ESTI in 2018 in Edmonton, and brings over 20 years of experience in the IT industry.
Greg’s early career established a unique relationship with application owners, developers and users, helping him to develop insight into both business and operational methodologies. This knowledge has become a critical tool and a strong foundation for developing data center infrastructure solutions that always factor in the business relevance of IT.
With a focus on infrastructure platforms and data protection, Greg provides his clients with broad, multi-vendor solutions, that meet the customers’ technical requirements, financial goals, and demonstrate business value over the long term.
Greg’s approach is predicated on developing trusted advisor relationships and act in partnership with clients to support their unique environment and needs.
Principal Solution Architect
Ash D'Costa Principal Solution Architect Ash joined ESTI in 2017. He earned this Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta in 1991.
Ash has 25 years of experience within the Western Canadian technology marketplace, holding a variety of leadership and executive roles. As senior technology architect and industry expert, Ash has developed and deployed enterprise-scale technology solutions, played a technical advisory role to customers’ lines of business, and fulfilled the role as senior technology industry evangelist.
Ash lives in Calgary, has two lovely daughters and is a total Marvel fan-boy!
Principal Solution Architect
"I am able to further my career through different high level engagements."
Marcos da Silva Junior Analyst Marcos recently joined the ESTI team through the Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP), offered by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), as an Analyst.
While studying for Mechatronic Engineering, Marcos developed an interest in programming and computer science. This interest increased when he was accepted to study electromechanical engineering technician/Robotics and started developing small projects with Arduino. Currently studying computer science at the University of Saskatchewan, one of his areas of interest is Software Engineering.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcos came to Canada to study and develop his professional career. He enjoys biking at the trails by the South Saskatchewan river, reading, camping and hiking. He also enjoys travelling, and one of his favourite places in Canada so far is Banff.
Marcos da Silva Junior
Helen Dadiotis Financial Assistant Helen joined ESTI in January 2011. Helen assists Carla with the duties of the accounting assistant position.
Helen is originally from Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan. She worked several years in health care administration after obtaining an undergraduate degree from the U of S and a graduate degree from the University of Central Michigan. After early retirement, she worked for three years with Canada Post, first as a clerk and then as a letter carrier. Helen is looking forward to her new career in bookkeeping.
Helen is widowed with four adult children and three grandchildren. Helen enjoys genealogy and reading. She lives in Saskatoon with her youngest son, John.
Adam Demkey Senior Analyst Adam joined ESTI in January of 2017 as an Analyst. Prior to ESTI, he worked at Superior Cabinets for over two years where his duties included managing MS SQL databases, SSRS reports, backup and recovery, custom application integrations, and user access management.
Since joining ESTI, Adam has been involved with custom application development, ServiceNow implementation and administration, Oracle database administration, and web application development. Adam is always looking for the next technology to learn about and loves a challenge.
When not working, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley, and son Dean. He also enjoys restoring and modifying vehicles.
Mark Dick CEO, Partner Mark is originally from southern Alberta and moved to Saskatchewan in the mid 80’s. He attended the U of S and received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in computer science. Following graduation, he promptly moved to Ottawa where he began his IT career as an analyst with Revenue Canada. Mark returned to Saskatoon 2 years later and joined the ESTI team as a general analyst and software developer.
Mark has been involved with all facets of IT planning, development, configuration and implementation lifecycles. Projects have included the development and implementation of payment systems, tax calculation modules, web enabled data remittance systems, safety management systems, pension and benefit administration systems and much more. The main question Mark is asked by those considering ESTI is why he has stayed at one place so long – the answer is easy: the IT world continues to change and working at ESTI has allowed him to experience these changes first hand. At ESTI, Mark has been fortunate to act as an Analyst, DBA, Director of Application Development, CIO and since 2004, CEO. He continues to have the opportunity to actively participate on projects in project management and business analyst roles.
With nearly 25 years of direct IT experience behind him, Mark continues to learn and apply his knowledge within projects as well as within ESTI’s daily operations. Although Mark\'s time is concentrated in Saskatoon, he still plays a liaison role with clients in Vancouver and Regina. Additionally, Mark has sat on the Saskatchewan Advanced Technology Association board of directors and the Saskatoon Industry Education Council and is actively involved in his community.
Murray Dietrich Client Account Manager Murray joined the ESTI team in 2019, based out of Edmonton, and accepted the Client Manager duties for Northern Alberta.
He started his career in Unix system administration, and that technical experience has always underpinned Murray’s many years as a delivery manager and account executive. He embraces a ‘delivery-first’ mantra, focusing on how the solution will work in production, not just on the whiteboard. He has worked in large computing environments, including some that support thousands of users and billions of dollars in invoicing.
Murray has previously worked directly for clients as an individual contractor, and for a large consulting company, managing large teams of developers and analysts. He is looking forward to engaging with ESTI clients as a strategic advisor, a partner, and an advocate for all client needs.
Murray lives in Edmonton with his wife Johanna and his children, Rebecca and Stephen.
Client Account Manager
Steven Dionne Vendor Solutions Analyst Steve recently joined the ESTI team as a Vendor Solutions Analyst. He has more than 25 years in the customer service industry but spent the last 15 years of that in technology sales, home automation installation and design. His work ethic is evident in his analytic and problem solving skills while providing excellent service and support. Steve prides himself on his customer service skills and the strong relationships he has built over the years with his clients, many of whom he now calls friends.
Always having an interest in technology, networking, and all things IT based, the career pivot to joining ESTI came at perfect time when his thirst for knowledge had him wanting more challenges and growth. He is excited for the opportunity to progress his skills and gain more experience in this ever changing industry.
While Steve was born in Ontario, he has called Saskatchewan home for the past 30 years. In his free time you’ll find him spending time with his wife Demetra and their three daughters. Other hobbies include playing golf and softball, watching sports and reading.
Vendor Solutions Analyst
"At ESTI I have the opportunity to do what I love with a group of supportive and competent people."
Andrew Dyck Associate, Technical Analyst Andrew joined ESTI in 2013 as an Infrastructure Analyst, and has a Bachelor of Science Engineering (with a major in Computer Engineering). Since joining, he has received multiple certifications in the IT sector, and has recently achieved the designation of Professional Engineer through APEGS.
Andrew was born and raised in Saskatoon, whereupon he quickly developed a keen interest in all things technical and computer related. He pursued his degree in Computer Engineering to further his knowledge and areas of expertise in both the hardware and software fields, as well as gaining valuable knowledge in the areas of design and project management. With the valuable assets he gained throughout his education, and the knowledge and skills he’s acquired while working with ESTI clients, he’s proven to be a strong and valuable member of the ESTI team. He likes to consider himself a jack of all trades, with skills in virtualization, networking, servers, storage, and a strong focus on data protection. These skill-sets allow him to be a versatile asset to ESTI, and to our clients. Andrew is further honing his knowledge by transitioning into a Pre-Sales Architecture role.
In his free time, Andrew prefers to pursue his favorite hobbies such as golf, fishing, hiking and canoeing; in his downtime, he likes to hang out with friends, play games, read, or catch up on his favorite TV shows.
Associate, Technical Analyst
Gord Ermel Partner, Client Account Manager Gord Joined ESTI in 2010, bringing with him more than 20 years of Customer Account Management.
His extensive experiences in working with customers allows Gord to leverage the knowledge that he has gained to continue to evolve his already proven capabilities in supporting customers. Strong leadership, listening, and creativity are just a few skills that Gord\'s clients continue to embrace.
Gord has worked with many clients across western Canada in support of their Information Technology requirements. Prior to joining ESTI, Gord spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems, where he was the President of Sun Microsystems Independent Marketing Organization as well was responsible for Customer Account Management. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Gord spent 10 years at Systemhouse where he was a Client Relationship Manager.
Gord and his wife Laura reside in Regina, SK. They have five children, Zach, Katie, Taylor, Eric and Brayden.
Partner, Client Account Manager
Dana Freistadt Project Manager Dana joined ESTI November 2018. She has diplomas in Computer Engineering Technology along with Instrumentation Engineering Technology.
Dana brings many years of experience from design and implementation of instrumentation and electrical for industrial projects, to maintenance planning and CMMS system design and integration. For the past several years, Dana has been focused on industrial maintenance, leading projects to successful completion. She has developed her project management skills with planning, scheduling, cost control, resource management, communication, procurement, and client relations.
Originally from Hudson Bay SK, Dana lives in Allan SK with her husband Richard and children Robert & Tessa. Dana enjoys spending time with family, curling, golfing and volunteering.
Simon Gadd VP Sales, Partner Simon joined ESTI in 1989 while still a student. While working, he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with great distinction in computational science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Throughout his extensive career with ESTI, Simon has completed a variety of projects in software development, business consulting, and IT infrastructure development; the three major services practices at ESTI.
Simon’s current role is to lead the deployment of IT infrastructure solutions for ESTI’s clients. Simon works directly with all of our Saskatoon based clients as well as addressing strategic projects in other markets.
A native of Moosomin, Simon is married and has two lovely daughters. He is a citizen of both Canada and Great Britain.
VP Sales, Partner
Ryan Gerstmar Partner, Principal Analyst Strong analytical skills acquired while earning both an Advanced Certificate in computer science and a four-year Bachelor of Science (major in physics / minor in astronomy) from the University of Saskatchewan have proven invaluable to our clients.
This educational background is complemented by communication, management, and team-work skills Ryan fostered while a grain farmer, referee, lab instructor, varsity athlete, and coach.
Ryan developed the Strategic Analysis curriculum for the University of Regina’s Business Analysis Certificate program and is instructing this course.
With nearly two decades of experience, Ryan has a broad range of business experience in sectors such as Pension & Benefits, Education, Environment, Mining, Information Communications Technology, and Telephony. His duties at ESTI have included application development, business analysis, data conversion, database maintenance & design, planning, project management, quality assurance, and reporting & business intelligence.
Ryan is actively involved in projects for clients in Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. He resides in Lumsden with his wife Denise and their children Mykah and Magnus.
Partner, Principal Analyst
Earl Gosick Partner, Storage Specialist Earl Joined ESTI in 2010, bringing with him a strong competence in data storage technologies. He has an extensive background in enterprise storage with a strong emphasis on storage consolidation, data protection, and service oriented architectures.
Earl has worked with many clients across western Canada to support their corporate data initiatives. A strong understanding of data storage and protection architecture help Earl develop solutions to meet the storage objectives of ESTI’s clients. This understanding is coupled with considerable experience managing enterprise storage environments, ensuring each solution is reliable and easily managed.
Earl can be relied on to provide valuable insights into technologies that help gain control of rapid data growth, simplify storage provisioning, and reduce the costs associated with housing and protecting data. He will work with you to develop and implement a data storage solution to meet your specific requirements, providing a framework designed to meet current objectives while following a strategic plan into the future.
Partner, Storage Specialist
"I am constantly improving my technical skills."
Nicholas Hamilton Associate, Enterprise IT Architect Nick joined ESTI in September of 2014 as an Enterprise IT Architect. Nick was born and raised in Calgary and attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to complete the Computer Engineering Technologist program. Nick has developed his expertise over the years by immersing himself in the EMC, Cisco and VMware worlds. He achieved this by deploying VBlock’s and maintaining large scale Enterprise storage environments.
Nick’s passion for enterprise consulting has kept his interest in emerging technology including flash, virtual infrastructure, and creative solutions. Nick is an active member in the community and volunteers his time with a local Scout group and is an avid fisherman.
Associate, Enterprise IT Architect
Shaun Herron Partner, Principal Analyst Shaun was the first staff member to join ESTI in 1989. Shaun has the sort of skills and versatile approach to problem solving that makes him a strong analyst.
Shaun\'s credentials include:
• Information Systems Professional (I.S.P) (2005)
• Certified Computer Professional (CCP) (2005)
• Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management (ITIL)(2005)
• Project Management Professional (PMP) (2002)
• Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) (1996)
• Bachelor of Education degree, U of S (1987)
Shaun has been able to combine his technical skills and experience into all areas of IT including: system analysis / design, systems planning, service support, service delivery, IT project management, database administration, as well as strategic, tactical, and operational direction of IT related activities. Shaun has also been a long term Client Relationship Manager for ESTI\'s Regina based clients and has participated in several upgrade projects involving Oracle based pension systems.
Shaun is able to use his knowledge of systems and project management to provide a high level of service to clients in: Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg.
Shaun and his wife Bevi-Lynn have twin daughters, Taylor and Teneille. Shaun and his family reside in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Partner, Principal Analyst
Ryan Hodgson Senior Analyst Ryan re-joined ESTI in April 2022 as a Senior Analyst upon returning to Saskatoon. Ryan obtained a Bachelor\'s degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan and has been in the technology industry for 5 years. Most recently, Ryan completed the Professional Scrum Master I(PSMI) certification.
Ryan has enjoyed success working on an enterprise .Net software project where he gained experience working as both a full stack agile developer as well as Scrum Master helping to provide leadership for a team of 10. Previously, Ryan experienced working with the Oracle technology stack during his initial experience with ESTI.
Born and raised in Prince Albert, Ryan now calls Saskatoon home. While not working, Ryan enjoys playing video games, playing any kind of sports, and spending time with family and friends
Trudy Hovdestad Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Trudy joined ESTI in November of 2019, and provides administrative support to ensure the smooth daily operations of ESTI.
Trudy is originally from Brock, Saskatchewan. She worked for several years in the financial services industry, and is excited about this new chapter at ESTI.
Trudy and her husband have 2 sons, Justin and Brady. Trudy enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and walking in this beautiful city.
Brandon Hudy Senior Analyst Brandon joined ESTI in May 2018 after earning a B.ASc. from the University of Regina, majoring in Software Systems Engineering. He brings a strong background in software development process to the team.
Passionate about learning, he enjoyed the time spent completing his degree and is eager to apply what he has learned in his time at school. His technical interests range from PLC automation to discrete mathematics, and he hopes to further his knowledge as he begins his career at ESTI.
Brandon was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. In his spare time he enjoys playing recreational sports with his friends, reading, and volunteering.
Kunle Kadri Business Analyst Kunle joined ESTI in January of 2023, bringing with him extensive experience from both the banking and consulting spaces. He has provided business analysis, IT audit services, and project management at various engagements in the past 15 years. In addition, he has worked with cross-functional teams within the Banking sector. In the last 4 years, Kunle was the Lead Business Analyst and Data Engineer in Barrie, Ontario, where he facilitated delivery of major applications, implemented data management projects, and supported incident management processes.
Kunle is excited at the opportunity to expand his knowledge of the businesses for which ESTI works. In his spare time, he likes to learn new skills, spend time with family and friends, and volunteer whenever opportunities come up to give back to the local community.
Varneetpal Kaur Analyst Varneetpal recently joined the ESTI team as an Analyst through the Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP) offered by the University of Saskatchewan.
Varneetpal has always been passionate about exploring various fields, and it was just a matter of time before she developed a deep interest in computer science. She loves working with interactive user interfaces and aspires to explore, get experience and develop her skills in the fields of computer science.
Born in India, Varneetpal moved to Canada for her further studies and looks forward to developing her career in Canada. She enjoys going for long walks, playing pool, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Carla Kirkham Associate, Accounting Assistant Carla joined the ESTI team in September 2006. Carla handles all the duties of an Accounting Assistant and is enjoying this exciting and challenging position.
Originally from Melfort, SK, Carla obtained her office training in Prince Albert. Carla has more than 10 years office experience, primarily in the insurance and service industry. Always looking to expand her horizons, Carla is currently in the process of continuing her education and training by attending evening classes.
Carla and her husband Larry have three children; Kayle, Taylor and Kennedy. The family calls Saskatoon home.
In addition to her passion for her family and their well-being, Carla enjoys camping, gardening, and has recently added slow pitch to her list.
Associate, Accounting Assistant
Dwayne Lehouillier Senior Network Analyst Dwayne recently joined ESTI after spending 13 years with managed services providers specializing in SMB IT support. Born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, Dwayne has spent a number of years in Calgary, obtaining a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology as well as a Bachelor in Computer Information Systems.
Dwayne has worked in a variety of positions supporting IT requirements in the SMB segment, including server and network support and administration. Starting as a IT generalist, he has gradually migrated to where his interests lie - specifically network infrastructure and support. He is excited for the varied opportunities to contribute to the ESTI team in the service and support of its enterprise clients.
Outside of work, Dwayne enjoys reading, watching space documentaries, walking his dog and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Network Analyst
Stacy Lloyd Partner, Principal Analyst Stacy joined the ESTI technical team in 1993 after receiving his Bachelor of Science Advanced Certificate in Computational Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Stacy has worked with public sector clients, investment managers, pension plan sponsors, and private equity investors in pension and investment technology areas throughout his tenure at ESTI.
Blessed with strong analytical abilities, Stacy is particularly adept when it comes to finding business solutions relating to the design and implementation of complex technology.
Client relationship management, project management, business analysis, and solution implementations have been particular foci in Stacy\'s work.
Partner, Principal Analyst
"Designing a solution for a customer that makes a positive difference, one customer at a time."
Ryan Mazenc Cloud Solutions Architect Ryan joined the ESTI team in June 2018, bringing with him a strong competence in IT automation, solutions architecture and operational excellence. For the past several years, Ryan has spent the majority of his time working with clients across Western Canada, involved with all facets of IT lifecycle, including governance, solutions architecture, implementation and operations.
Ryan has worked in IT for over 15 years. He achieved a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Regina and credits his education with developing his analytical skills as well as developing strong communication skills. While completing his degrees, Ryan continued his IT career and has now worked with customers in almost every business sector and from large enterprise to small business. Ryan brings a strong understanding of the principles of automation in IT operations and led all automation, monitoring and management efforts at one of Canada’s largest Managed IT Service Providers. Coming from years in the trenches of IT operations, Ryan is excited by the new possibilities that cloud computing is offering to businesses today.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys learning new things, spending time outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Cloud Solutions Architect
Brett Melnychuk Senior Analyst Brett joined ESTI via the University of Saskatchewan Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP) in May of 2019. During his 16-month internship Brett handled multiple duties for ESTI ranging from web development to assisting with enterprise network deployments, where he took a keen interest. Brett continued to work in a part time capacity for ESTI while completing the fourth and final year of his Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science, which he earned with distinction in April of 2020.
Now a Senior Analyst, Brett has continued to build his skill set by specializing in network automation, Wi-Fi, and wireless technologies. He has provided wireless design and deployment expertise to multiple clients in varying industries including health care and mining. In addition, he has successfully leveraged his computer science background and combined those skills with his enterprise networking experience to save clients time and money by creating automation tools to aid in day-to-day network administration and deployments. Brett looks forward to continuing his work in these regards and expanding his knowledge base further.
Originally from Yorkton Saskatchewan, Brett grew up playing sports like hockey and football. However, he has called Saskatoon home since starting university in 2016. Away from work Brett enjoys spending time outdoors and pursuing his favorite pastimes such as hunting, fishing, or watching and/or playing sports.
AJ Nargang Sales Operations Associate AJ Nargang joined ESTI in May of 2021 after earning his B.A. degree with distinction, he was honoured with the Most Outstanding Graduate Award in Interactive Systems Design from the University of Saskatchewan. His time at university honed his skills in graphical design, game development, usability & human computer interaction, and software development.
AJ started working at a young age on his family farm, and got his first job at fourteen years old. AJ has had experience in various labour industries such as the oilfield, landscaping, and land surveying in his late teens and early twenties. These experiences have engrained a strong work ethic as one of his core values.
AJ moved into retail sales management during the span of 5 years coinciding with his studies at university. Sales experience has instilled a “client first” mentality and gave him the skills to develop and maintain strong client relationships. He also has experience implementing user interfaces and developing user experiences for the University of Saskatchewan’s Shared Spaces application.
AJ was born and raised in Kindersley, SK and made Saskatoon his home in early 2015. When away from work, AJ enjoys learning new things, playing basketball and slow pitch, cooking, playing games with friends, and spending time with his nieces, nephew, and his two cats.
Sales Operations Associate
Greg Netzel Partner, Technical Architect Greg Netzel began working in IT with the Government of Saskatchewan gaining a wide range of experience from the desktop to servers, networking and architecture.
In 2000, Greg joined an Independent Marketing Organization as a technical architect where he applied Sun Microsystems based technology solutions to business requirements, including hardware and software. After Greg became a partner with the IMO in 2005, the organization joined ESTI Consulting Services in 2010. With ESTI Greg continues to provide valuable experience to client business challenges.
Through day-to-day operations and project delivery, Greg has been involved in technology guidance, solution design for enterprise clients including 200K+ mailbox solutions, Oracle DB consolidation, virtualization planning & delivery, mainframe migrations, system monitoring / management, and thin client virtualized desktops. Working intimately with many clients through his career, Greg has gained a comprehensive understanding of a vast number of different business challenges and efficient solutions to address them.
Partner, Technical Architect
Jim Nickel Partner, Technical Analyst Jim joined ESTI in May 2009 as a Technical Analyst. Jim brings significant experience in the areas of relational databases, application development, infrastructure design, development and maintenance.
Since 2005, Jim has worked extensively with virtualization products focusing on VMware and has attained VMware Certified Professional status. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including:
• system analysis & design, service delivery and support
• disaster recovery and business continuity
• NAS/SAN storage design and configuration (NetApp ASAP)
• infrastructure planning and implementation
• web-based application development
While he enjoys technical challenges, Jim always keeps business goals, and more specifically the business goals of his clients, at the forefront of his mind.
From 1993-2001, Jim owned/operated DLC-West Internet, Saskatchewan\'s first and largest independent ISP and hosting provider.
Having lived and worked in Saskatchewan his whole life, he has strong local ties and bleeds Green (Go Riders!). Jim and his wife Heather reside in Regina. They have a daughter Kara and son Jordan.
Partner, Technical Analyst
George Odegard Founder George founded ES Technology Inc. in 1989 and steered it to its present position as one of the leading Oracle and systems consulting companies in Canada.
George envisioned a highly mobile consulting company with the expertise to deliver appropriate solutions to the technological problems facing today\'s corporations. Over the past 30 years ESTI has grown from a two-man firm operated in his basement to an organization with nearly 50 staff members and clients in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg.
George has experience in both the computer industry and in the public education sector. He spent 11 years as an educator in the Saskatoon public education system. George then joined SaskComp in the Saskatoon office from 1981 to 1989.
George combines his experience in structured business analysis and his ability to promote discussion with end-users to quickly identify the requirements of the client as well as facilitate the necessary consensus on functional and design issues.
George provides a variety of services to our clients:
• Project management for numerous multi-million dollar technology projects.
• Development and implementation of strategic corporate technological planning.
• Selection / implementation of associated applications and systems.
• Supervision and communication.
• Client reporting through monthly reviews.
• Progress reports for on-going projects.
Odegard\'s foresight and leadership are responsible for ESTI\'s success. George is married to Marilyn; both have two children: Kris & Karina, Ben & Samantha.
"I enjoy the potential to do varied work as a consultant."
Toyin Olayinka Network Analyst Oluwatoyin (TY) joined ESTI as a network analyst in June 2022. Born and raised in the southwestern part of Nigeria, he had a heightened interest in basic computer knowledge while growing up. Shortly after he completed a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, Oluwatoyin ignited his IT career, starting out as a network support technician.
Over the years, Oluwatoyin has accumulated a quantum of experience in IT Infrastructure, spanning from effectively managing and overseeing optimal network services for organizations to configuring, upgrading, and maintaining network devices and systems. Oluwatoyin is always committed to advancing his knowledge of relevant technologies.
Away from work, Oluwatoyin enjoys playing guitar, developing his interest in soccer analysis and learning new skills. He values his time with family and friends.
Evan Olynuk Partner, Client Account Manager Holding a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, Evan has academic and applied experience in management consulting, market research, and business planning. These skills have been valuable in Evan’s career in information technology.
Evan has served ESTI and its customers in a variety of roles with an emphasis on back office management, software licencing, and IT asset management. Evan works with ESTI’s Saskatoon-based clients to solve business and technology problems.
Raised in rural Saskatchewan, Evan comes from an agricultural and mechanical background. Evan enjoys dabbling in more hobbies than he could ever hope to master.
Partner, Client Account Manager
Maureen Perepelkin Partner, Senior Analyst Helping to train others has become second nature for Maureen, a responsibility that she previously had at the MicroAge Computer Store and at the City of Saskatoon.
Maureen has the unique ability to make the complex world of computers easy to understand. Her knowledge combined with her enthusiasm and energy makes Maureen a superb instructor. ESTI has capitalized on these skills by having Maureen provide training courses on a variety of software applications for our clients. She is equally at home whether providing advanced individualized instruction or in a large classroom of novices.
Maureen is also on hand to provide support for individual PC users who need to unravel their computer maladies. She also customizes software package installation on individual workstations and does a variety of associated and follow-up services for the clients of ESTI.
At present, Maureen is working on the development of software that regression tests applications before enhancements or upgrades are promoted to production.
Maureen has one son, Mark, and three stepsons through her marriage to John. Maureen is originally from Kirkland Lake.
Partner, Senior Analyst
Todd Rae Associate, Principal Solutions Architect Todd joined ESTI in October 2011. During his 25 plus years of IT experience, he has held Senior Management roles in several focused areas of IT including Retail Operations, Corporate IT Support, and the Storage VAR community. His past roles have involved technical services and support, product education, and solutions design.
Todd’s direct ownership of projects have ranged from the acquisition and deployment of Open System retail environments for over 70 "Big Box" retail sites across North America, to the design and the deployment of an Enterprise Class web based auction infrastructure based around Oracle RAC, in addition to several Data Center relocations for Enterprise sized companies. Todd adds his skills as a Project Manager, Solutions Architect, and Storage Expert to the team, helping ESTI continue to offer a well-rounded solution based approach to our customers.
Todd was born and raised in Saskatchewan. After living in several cities across Canada, he returned to Saskatoon in 2007 where he lives with his wife Tami, and children, Matthew, Brooklyn, Leonard, and Danielle.
Associate, Principal Solutions Architect
Vince Ruiz Analyst Vince joined the ESTI team in May of 2022 as an Analyst through the Engineering Co-operative Internship Program (ECIP), offered by the University of Saskatchewan.
Vince\'s first experience with ESTI was immediately following his graduation from high school, with a two-month summer internship through the Youth Summer Internship Program in 2019. Immediately after completing his summer internship, Vince began his degree in Computer Engineering, studying both the Digital Systems and Software focus areas. He recently completed his third year of studies and he looks forward to developing his skills in the diverse fields of computer engineering.
Born in Cebu in the Philippines, Vince moved to Canada where has grown up in a multicultural environment. He speaks English, Filipino (Cebuano), and French, having graduated high school with a French Immersion bilingual diploma. Outside of his work and studies, Vince values his time with his friends and family, playing video games, tinkering with analog and digital circuitry, and performing with his band in which he plays the guitar and sings.
Geoffrey Shaw Senior Analyst Geoffrey “Geo” Shaw joined ESTI in April of 2022 having previously worked as an Application Developer for ITRAK 365, a Health and Safety company in Calgary. He has five years of experience using the Agile Methodology, and over seven years of delivering solutions on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM framework. Geo is also a member of the SAIT Information Technology - Software Development Advisory Committee, having annually met with educators regarding the future of the IT industry for over four years.
Since joining ESTI, Geo has been involved with custom application development on an enterprise level project for a Saskatchewan Crown. He is excited at the opportunity to expand his knowledge of the businesses that ESTI works for.
In his spare time, Geo puts together and paints plastic miniatures. He also has been practicing the electric guitar for a few years.
"What initially attracted me to ESTI was the opportunity to grow"
Daniel Spilchuk Analyst Daniel joined the ESTI team in May 2022 via the Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP), offered by the University of Saskatchewan, as an Analyst.
Daniel developed an interest in Computer Science during high school and enjoys understanding and solving problems. His programming interests range from small assembly projects to larger web projects. Daniel is eager to work with ESTI and learn new ideas.
Born and raised on a farm outside of Ituna, Saskatchewan, Daniel moved to Saskatoon to go to university beginning in 2019. His interests outside of work include football, hockey, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Raj Thakore Network Engineer Raj joined ESTI in 2018, and has been interested in the field of computer networks since he completed his B.E. in Computer Science in 2011. Raj has been working in the field of network and network security since that time. To build on his skills, Raj took the Computer Networking Technician program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and has been steadily gaining experience in the IT industry.
The majority of Raj’s time in the past years has been spent designing, implementing, and troubleshooting networks, as well as providing small and medium businesses with edge network security. Raj has had the opportunity to learn and work with a multitude of platforms and vendors. He has also had the opportunity to design and implement and operationalize various network and edge security projects. He is constantly growing, learning, and expanding his horizons.
Raj’s outside work interests include further developing various technical skill-sets, movies, road trips, hiking, biking, and spending time with family.
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