Bryce Allen Partner, IT Solutions Development Manager 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, IT Solutions Development Manager
Michelle Banman Senior HR Analyst Michelle joined ESTI in May 2018, coordinating various aspects of HR activities, and truly enjoys the challenges and opportunities this position brings.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Michelle brings a wide variety of experience to ESTI, having worked in the areas of semi-conductors, the U of S, mining, and health insurance. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 with a B.A. in English.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys going for walks on the Meewasin trails, reading, going to movies, trying new recipes, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.
Senior HR Analyst
Jeff Banow Partner, Manager - 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 Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. Following that, Jeff also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.
Currently, and for the past number of years, Jeff spends the majority of his time 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. Prior to that, Jeff had been involved in many different projects where he performed maintenance and development on Oracle Forms and Reports. He has also been involved in database design, data conversion, and database development. Wherever Jeff is, you can be assured he is onsite, working closely with the client.
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, Manager - IT Service Delivery
"I enjoy working on interesting projects with interesting people."
Dallas Belsher Senior Infrastructure Analyst Dallas joined ESTI in July of 2019. With him, he brings 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Dallas got his start as a desktop support analyst at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. For the past 12 years, Dallas worked as a System Administrator where he had the opportunity to work with a wide range of server hardware, software, and networking technology. Dallas’ experience in a smaller IT shop has afforded him the opportunity to be an IT jack of all trades. He was integral in the architecting and deployment of a complete network and server infrastructure that has resiliency and fault tolerance to keep system downtime to a maximum of approximately one hour over the course of a year.
In joining the ESTI team, Dallas is excited to be moving to the other side of the table and offer his expertise to ESTI’s clientele. His past experience will help him to understand the needs and position of his customers.
Dallas grew up on a farm just outside the small town of McCord, about 300 km south-west of Regina. However, he has made Regina home for the past 20 years. He values spending time with his family when they are home. In his free time, Dallas enjoys working on vehicles and motorbikes, as well as doing maintenance and renovation work around home.
Senior Infrastructure Analyst
Kelly Bendig Senior Business Analyst Kelly joined ESTI in November 2018 with over 25 years of experience in IT governance and business process design. In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Computer Science, Kelly has also obtained certifications in IT audit (CISA), IT risk management (CRISC), project management (CAPM), Lean process improvement (Green Belt), and ITIL Service Management.
Kelly has experience in multiple aspects of IT service delivery including project management, software development, data analytics, vendor management, and infrastructure services. He has led process improvement initiatives for large multi-national organizations which delivered improved operational efficiencies while tightening internal controls and generating better alignment between IT services and organizations strategic goals. His strong business acumen, coupled with a comprehensive understanding of technology, has resulted in the ability to effectively exchange ideas and generate clearer communication with both technical staff and business personnel.
Kelly lives in Saskatoon with his wife Veronica, and their three sons, Adam, Michael, and Tristen. Kelly enjoys spending his spare time around a pool table or playing board games with family and friends.
Senior Business Analyst
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, Senior 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, Senior Analyst
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."
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. His projects at Superior Cabinets also included performing updates to the database, customizing existing reports and applications to work with the new database and Reporting Server.
In his spare time, Adam likes fixing and modifying vehicles, learning about new technologies, and spending time with his wife.
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.
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.
"At ESTI I have the opportunity to do what I love with a group of supportive and competent people."
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
Josh Haley Project Manager Josh joined ESTI in 2018 to continue building his career in project management. Josh is in the midst of pursuing his PMP designation, and recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Marketing. Josh has experience across many industries including telecommunications, banking, and commercial real estate.
Josh started in the IT industry as a telecommunications technician and later accepted a role as a project manager focusing on software and infrastructure implementation. It was after 3 years in his project management role that Josh moved to the sales side and went back to university for his business degree. Through his educational experience and career thus far, Josh has been able to uncover and develop his passion for leadership, problem-solving, and business analysis.
Josh was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and now resides in Saskatoon with his wife Amanda, and their dog, Goose. Josh enjoys anything that challenges him physically or mentally and finds satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals. When he isn’t in a hockey rink coaching or playing, you can find Josh in the mountains or at the lake.
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
Gary Harasymchuk Client Account Manager Gary was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and his career in Information Technology started in the early days of PC’s and DOS. He was on the ground floor when innovations like Novell, Windows and the Internet were must have’s in the business world. As technology innovation grew, his consulting role took him across Canada and into the US where he enjoyed helping clients implement solutions that benefited their businesses.
Gary moved into the world of ERP and Financial solutions as well as a position selling content, records, document management, high volume scanning and portal solutions. Wanting to stay closer to home he worked in the custom software development arena helping organizations translate their business needs into applications and technology solutions.
He is driven to maintain strong relationships and build loyalty one customer at a time. ESTI affords Gary the opportunity to support these qualities with a team of qualified like-minded professionals.
Client Account Manager
"I am constantly improving my technical skills."
Josh Herman Project Manager Josh joined the ESTI team in January 2017. While the first stages of his career focused on working technically and earning accreditation in the IT field, Josh grew an interest in leading others.
With this interest he shifted his focus towards project management and was able to gain experience leading a variety of projects to success.
For the past several years, Josh has spent the majority of his time with clients in Saskatchewan, where he focused on project management. He has been able to utilize his strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills in areas such as communication, scheduling, planning, client relations and resource management in a complex work environment leading infrastructure and telecommunication projects. Prior to that, Josh was involved in many different projects where he installed and maintained networks, servers and telecommunication devices.
Josh was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. Away from work, he enjoys outdoor activities and playing a variety of sports. On any hot summer day (or even cold winter evening) you will most likely find Josh on a ball diamond.
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
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 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.
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
Ben Korol Analyst Ben joined ESTI in May as part of the University of Saskatchewan\'s Computer Science Professional Internship Program.
Ben started studying Computer Science after a year studying Engineering when he remembered how much fun Computer Science courses were in high school. He started tinkering with Linux and has and enjoyed Computer Science ever since. His areas of interest are Software Engineering and Functional Programming and hopes to expand his skill set while working at ESTI.
Ben was born and raised in Saskatoon. In his free time he likes to enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.
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 investment managers, pension plan sponsors, and private equity investors in the investments technology area throughout his tenure at ESTI. The development and implementation of investments data warehouses has been a particular focus in Stacy\'s work. In particular, Stacy has created a number of investment related applications including: custom investments analytics & modelling; compliance monitoring & reporting tools, and performance monitoring.
Stacy is involved in project management, investments data warehousing, and systems integration. He is the team leader for a data warehouse implementation that incorporates 33 separate data feeds for an ESTI client. 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.
His diverse experience, combined with a high degree of personal innovation and creativity, make Stacy the ideal candidate to help clients. These skills enhance his involvement in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of software applications for a host of clients.
Stacy and wife Janice have two sons, Riley and Andy.
Partner, Principal Analyst
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 Analyst Brett recently joined ESTI as part of the University of Saskatchewan’s Computer Science Professional Internship program (CSPIP) after completing his third year.
Brett has been interested in Computer Science since early in high school. Since then he has been building computers, creating projects using an Arduino and building small software projects in his spare time. His areas of interest range from low level operating system programming, to cyber security.
Brett is originally from Yorkton, but has been living in Saskatoon since starting university. He enjoys watching and participating in hockey and football. Brett is also fond of outdoors activities like camping and fishing.
Terri-lynn Minish 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 is in the process of completing a 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
"Designing a solution for a customer that makes a positive difference, one customer at a time."
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
Trent Norman Finance Manager Trent Norman joined ESTI in February of 2019, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience and expertise in financial, business & project management.
Trent attained his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997. Over the next 15 years, he and his partners built and managed a successful wealth management practice through to the sale of their firm to National Bank Financial. This was a wonderful inflection point that allowed Trent to take a step back, stick his head up, and look around to see what else the world may have to offer. This led to his decision to pursue a “real life MBA” by taking on a variety of targeted roles in which he could apply his skills and knowledge, while becoming educated about previously unknown sectors, industries & companies. Having spent the last 7 years in senior executive positions focusing on financial and business management roles, Trent is excited to apply his experiences and knowledge to help ESTI grow across all its client segments and product categories.
Having been born and raised in Saskatoon, his wife Magel, daughter Ava, and son Luke are proud to call this city home. Trent is active in the community helping coach his children’s many sporting endeavors, a committee member and Chair of the Gold Medal Plates/Great Canadian Kitchen Party, a Mentor with the Edwards School of Business, and a committee member with the Saskatoon Community Foundation.
As a self-declared “car guy”, Trent founded, and serves as the President of, the Saskatchewan chapter of the Porsche Club of America. When not driving his car (at the speed limit!), he can be found on his road bike putting in miles on the blacktop, or surfing behind the boat with his family at Waskesiu.
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.
Evan Olynuk Associate, Senior Analyst, 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.
Associate, Senior Analyst, 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
"I enjoy the potential to do varied work as a consultant."
Collin Provost Associate, Data Protection Specialist Collin joined ESTI in February 2010 as an Analyst and brings with him extensive experience in Systems Administration, primarily with the Linux OS.
Collin has a strong interest in the administration of operating systems and cutting edge server hardware. One of Collin’s goals is to become a Sun Certified Systems Administrator specializing in Sun Virtual Containers.
Collin was born in Saskatoon, but grew up in Ottawa, ON and Arlington, VA, USA, moving back to Saskatoon in 1998. His free time interests include travelling abroad, shark diving, reading and staying abreast of changes in the IT industry.
Collin is also a diehard Riders fan who bleeds green and white; Go Riders!
Associate, Data Protection Specialist
Todd Rae Associate, Principal Solutions Architect Todd joined ESTI in October 2011. He brings with him over 20 years of IT experience, 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 & 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 deployment of an Enterprise Class web based auction infrastructure based around Oracle RAC. 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 with his wife Diane and children, Matthew and Brooklyn, to be closer to their extended family.
Associate, Principal Solutions Architect
Sandesh Shakya Analyst Sandesh joined the ESTI team in May 2018 after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Computer Engineering.
Sandesh discovered his passion for problem solving using computer technology after his first year in Engineering, and pursued Computer Engineering as it allows him to develop expertise on both hardware and software fields. He hopes to apply what he has learned from his courses in University and past work experience to design innovative solutions for ESTI clients.
Originally from Nepal, Sandesh moved to Canada when he was 16. In his spare time, he likes to improve his guitar playing skills, play soccer and dabble in game development.
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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