Ryan is the President and CEO of Whipcord. He received a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in geography from the University of Lethbridge. In 2000 he started a small geomatics company in Lethbridge that, through his leadership, grew to the third largest imaging company in the world – BlackBridge Geomatics. Ryan’s commitment to Lethbridge has continued through his ownership of Whipcord, founded in 2009. He was the founding president of the U of L Graduate Students’ Association and in 2005 was inducted into the U of L “Alumni Honour Society.” In 2005 Ryan was recognized by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of 13 leaders of the next generation and again in 2012 as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential people.
Godard is the Chief Operating Officer & General Manager of Whipcord and oversees all aspects of the core products, including sales, marketing, technology, and operations functions. He received his Ph.D, Master's, and Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto. He has over 10 years of leadership and strategy execution experience specializing in program management and M&A execution. Prior to joining Whipcord, Godard served as the Vice President PMO for the BlackBridge group of companies for 4 years. He was responsible for managing BlackBridge's project portfolio and future space systems program.
Paul leads the sales and customer experience teams at Whipcord, bringing 25 years of sales and marketing experience to our team through his various senior roles in the IT, Telecommunications and data centre industries. Paul is currently enrolled in the Agile MBA program at the Australian Institute of Business.
Dan brings more than 20 years of very diverse experience from hardware and software development to critical facility infrastructure, and is responsible for Whipcord’s overall IT strategy and direction. With Dan’s wide range of technological experience, he unites diverse IT specialists and keep the big picture in mind while managing complex multi-disciplinary projects.
As the Customer Success Manger at Whipcord, Nudrat actively manages client relationships from deal closing to customer onboarding. As an experienced IT specialist, Nudrat brings 15 years of experience with extensive knowledge in research, profit map analysis, financial data, pricing and internal business tools and software. She received her degree in Management Information Systems from Central Connecticut State University, US and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from National University of Bangladesh.
Chris received his B.Sc in Computer Science from Arizona State University in Phoenix AZ and a completed the Operational Leadership Program from Queens University in Kingston, ON. With 20 years of technical expertise encompassing the areas such as data centres, cloud and disaster recovery, Chris has a passion for building teams that deliver increased performance.
Steph is the Finance and Corporate Services Manager at Whipcord, obtaining her Business Diploma from Grant MacEwan University in 2011 and a degree in Finance with a minor in International Management from the University of Lethbridge in 2014. She is the information hub between our various departments and customers, overseeing all billing inquires. She also sits on the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Audit and Finance Committee, as well as the HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Excel) Committee. Steph is currently working towards her CPA designation.
Melanie was born and raised in the Lethbridge area and graduated from Lethbridge College from both the Communication Arts – Print Journalism and Multimedia programs. She worked as a reporter and photographer for several local newspapers and magazines before becoming involved in marketing and graphic design. Melanie spent four years working in marketing for the non-profit sector, focussing on promoting growth and economic development within the city through several successful marketing campaigns, before starting at Whipcord in 2016.
Ron has worked in strategic business development and marketing roles with several industry leaders and has experience in managed services, software and Telecom. As the Regional Sales Manager of British Columbia, Ron thrives on learning his customers’ business challenges and creating successful solutions. Prior to joining Whipcord in 2016 he gained expertise in the retail, manufacturing and public sectors.
Mike Ricci is Whipcord’s Regional Sales Manager of Ontario, bringing over 15 years of experience in the financial, telecom and software fields, with a diploma in Civil Engineering from Canadore College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nipissing University. Previously Mike worked as an Account Executive with Rogers Communications looking after the Federal and Provincial Government, Corporate and SMB Space. He’s also held the title of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a document management software company. Mike’s expertise in building relationships with both partners and end customers support his consultative approach and long-term outlook.