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InitLive

The InitLive Leadership Team

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Chris Courneya
CEO

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Debbie Pinard
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer

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Melissa Pinard
Co-Founder, Director of Product Management & Customer Success

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Jason Copp

Jason Copp
Director of R&D

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Adam Seguin

Adam Seguin 
Head of Sales 

 

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Cassandra

Cassandra Smallman 
Head of Marketing 

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Chris

Chris Courneya
CEO

Chris Courneya is the CEO of InitLive and has over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology sector.

Prior to InitLive, Chris co-founded prairieFyre software, delivering one of the first real-time, web-based contact center software solutions available in the market. Under Chris’ leadership, prairieFyre’s revenue grew an average of 20% per year, with its contact center management software being found in 8,000+ installations worldwide. Mitel acquired prairieFyre in 2013.

In 2005, Chris was the recipient of Ottawa Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Chris is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is also a member of Capital Angels Network where he actively invests and coaches startup companies in the Ottawa High Tech community.

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Debbie Pinard
Co-Founder, Head of Strategy

Debbie Pinard is the Co-Founder and Head of Strategy at InitLive and has 38 years of experience in high-tech and communications. She is a recognized software architect and inventor, and has almost 50 granted patents, including 2 for InitLive (with 2 more pending).

Prior to InitLive, Debbie’s roles have included Software Designer, Product Manager, Director of Strategic Technology and VP of Innovation.

Debbie graduated from Ottawa University with a BSc in Math and a BSc in Physics.

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Melissa Pinard
Co-Founder, Director of Product Management & Customer Success 

Melissa is the Director of Product Management & Customer Success at InitLive and has two patents granted in the US and Canada.

Prior to co-founding InitLive, Melissa spent 11 years working at the YMCA as a staff coordinator and social media manager. There, Melissa experienced firsthand the pains and challenges of coordinating and communicating with dynamic groups of people, which helped inspire the idea of InitLive.

Melissa graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Media Communications, and a diploma in Image Arts from Humber College.

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Jason Copp
Director of R&D

Jason is the Director of R&D at InitLive. By bringing his skills in integration and innovation, his role allows the business team to move forward while unburdened by the technical details.

Jason is also a liaison between the technical to the non-technical, simplifying communication. His experience brings the ability to grow safely and rapidly in a forward-thinking manner.

Prior to InitLive, Jason was the Chief Technology Officer at SingSnap Corp. where he was accountable for all product development and direction.

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Adam Seguin 
Head of Sales

Adam is the Head of Sales at InitLive. He brings his experience as a sales leader and entrepreneur to the team to help accelerate growth in existing and new verticals.

Prior to InitLive, Adam spent 8 years as a sales executive, sales leader, and entrepreneur in start-ups, boutiques, and multinational organizations. Through the last 8 years, Adam has gained tremendous amounts of experience growing organizations in both niche and new markets.

 

 

Cassandra Smallman

Cassandra Smallman
Head Of Marketing 

Cassandra is the Head of Marketing at InitLive. She brings a wide range of digital marketing and communications experience to the team to expand InitLive into new and existing markets. 

Prior to InitLive, Cassandra was the Marketing Communications Specialist and Head of Customer Success at OrderEase. There, Cassandra acquired a wide range of skills and experience in marketing B2B technology. 

Cassandra graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.