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Here are some of the people that lead and power Convergence.

Matthew Housser

Matthew Housser

CEO, Director

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Matthew received his BSc in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, and has been working for Fortune 500 companies and building businesses since the moment he completed his studies. He spent nearly 2 years with Kodak designing sophisticated digital printing press workflow mechanisms, and over 5 years with Western Union’s Business Solutions division, where he rose to the rank of Architect and designed/implemented many of their mission critical, globally accessible financial systems and controls. His entrepreneurial experience includes a software invention that received a US patent and co-founding multiple businesses.

 

Matthew’s specialties include high-level architecture of complex software systems, integrating sophisticated multi-component projects and an overall ability to turn concept into reality.

Howard Louie

Howard Louie

Managing Director

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For over thirty years, Mr. Louie has served as a founder, director or C-Level executive in a wide variety of private and public companies.

 

Experienced in international business development and in the capital markets (primarily at the executive management level), he has been involved in the process of structuring/restructuring and advising both private and public companies through domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, and has successfully concluded multiple joint ventures and exits between micro-caps and multinationals.

 

Historically, Mr. Louie’s primary areas of focus have been business development, early/intermediate-stage venture capital and institutional investment financing.

Milton Gonzalez

Milton Gonzalez

Development Lead

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Milton is a full stack developer with over 10 years’ experience building and leading web and mobile projects for government agencies and startups. He received his Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering and Computer Science in 2006.

 

In 2014 Milton evolved into a very passionate Cloud Solutions Architect, designing, implementing, deploying and managing solutions on leading cloud providers such as AWS and Google Cloud Platform.

 

Outside of work, Milton loves playing tennis, riding his bike and cooking new dishes.

John Becker

John Becker

Project Manager

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Many years of consulting experience in large-scale Agile project environments have given John a comprehensive understanding of a wide variety of industries as well as effortless familiarity with project management methodologies and their real-life applications. During his time as a management consultant John developed a passion for data analysis, and has effectively delivered more than $200M in gains to his clients over the years. By aligning his skill set with a creative mind, he takes pride in finding simple solutions to complex problems.

 

He is an enthusiast photographer in his free time, a life-long learner and an aspiring teacher. Talk to him about science and space and you will become instant friends!

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Marina de Oliveira Lemos

UI/UX Designer Lead

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Marina is a UX/UI designer with years of experience creating visual solutions for web and mobile applications. She specializes in designing intuitive interfaces that address business needs, having always in mind user-centric design best practices and empathy. Some of her experience includes projects for the real estate, food and wellness, financial services and online education industries. She also has an editorial design background with many projects for both digital and printed media. Marina holds a degree in Advertising and a Master’s degree in Digital Design from the Istituto Europeo di Design.

Yinghua Guan

Yinghua Guan

AI Engineer

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Yinghua is a Machine Learning (AI) engineer with a special interest in Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing (NLP).

 

He holds a MSc in Data Science from the University of British Columbia and a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. Previously, Yinghua has been involved in various machine learning projects such as the development of an anomaly detection system, a video game recommendation system, and a customer behavioural segmentation system.

 

In addition to developing AI, Yinghua likes to cook, spend time with family, and embark on sophisticated lego-building projects.

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Traian Talpalaru

Project Manager

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Traian is a bachelor of science in computer science graduate with hands-on experience in design, development, implementation, and validation of software. His previous experience includes leading the development of a handheld application for the log-scaling industry as well as developing a multifaceted application for the Esports industry. During his time as a software developer Traian has developed a passion for scoping, leading and managing software projects.

 

In his spare time, Traian enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, watching Canucks games, and going for hikes with his great dane puppy.

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Pavel Smolov

Software Developer

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Pavel has a solid technical background working with Fortune 500 companies, including a decade with Nokia Corporation. His primary focus has been on delivering complex hardware and software solutions for global customers. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the National Technical University of Ukraine. In 2018, Pavel moved to Canada where he continued to enrich his software knowledge in new technologies such as JavaScript, NodeJS, Ruby on Rails and AWS. He is always keen on delivering solutions that solve a customer’s specific business needs.

 

Outside of work, Pavel likes to spend time with his family and explore nature. He also likes football, jogging, and hiking.

Emi Nishimura

Emi Nishimura

Marketing, NA/APAC

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With over 10 years’ work experience in marketing, Emi has developed great customer relationships through Integrated Marketing Communications; the effective integration of advertising, social media marketing, direct/indirect marketing, sales promotions, public relations, event marketing, and personal selling. She builds marketing strategies based on market research and develops tactics to boost companies’ reputation. Through the creation of successful marketing campaigns and experimenting with various social media channels, Emi leads her clients to digital marketing success.

 

Apart from work, Emi enjoys exploring new places around the world. As a traveler she has visited over 20 countries, and has lived in Toronto and Boston as well as having grown up in Japan.

Tony Xu

Tony Xu

Software Developer

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Tony is a highly-skilled Full Stack Developer with a passion for creative problem solving and logic. He holds a BSc in Math and Computing Science from Simon Fraser University.

 

A dedicated life-long learner, Tony is always eager to discover new things. In his spare time, he likes to play PC games, engaging in outdoor activities, and boating.

James Dahl

James Dahl

Software Developer

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James’ dynamic background in design, advertising and animation brings a unique perspective and skillset to the development team. James has over 10 years experience in web development. Prior to joining Convergence, James worked at McCann Canada developing web applications and rich media advertising for GM, Nespresso and Coca-Cola.

 

James studied Game Design & Development at the Art Institute of Vancouver-Burnaby before transitioning into web and application development.

 

When he’s not working, James likes to study history and geopolitics.

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Jonny Luan Nguyen

Software Developer

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With years of professional experience in the industry, Jonny is a passionate and ambitious software developer specializing in the development of mobile applications. He has an unwavering commitment to developing his skills in order to stay up-to-date with the latest languages, platforms and technologies.

 

Jonny received his BSc in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University. His skills have been proven by the successful and timely completion of many projects for major companies, such as Adobe, Proteus, Shutterfly, Lionsgate, HSBC, and the National Film Board of Canada.

 

In his spare time, Jonny loves to spend time with his family, cook, play soccer, play tennis, and explore how IoT can make life better!

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Tausif Khan

Software Developer

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Tausif is a full stack web developer with a passion for creating web applications that combine functionality and the best user experience. He is well-versed in writing modular code and an expert with collaborative development efforts. JavaScript is his favourite coding language, and he typically builds in React and Node.js.

 

Holding a Master’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (M.A.Sc, UBC), Tausif brings together engineering knowledge from both the software and hardware worlds.

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Chris Ren

Software Developer

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Chris Ren is a full-stack Software Developer holding a degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.

 

His comprehensive training and experience strengthens the Convergence team and development ecosystem. Outside of work, Chris enjoys DJing, discovering new music, and staying active through playing Ultimate and hitting the gym.

Gustavo Brunetto

Gustavo Brunetto

Software Developer

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Gustavo holds a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics with subsequent education in Software Engineering. His passion for software development has led him to focus on building performant web applications, using technologies such as React, Redux, NodeJS and more. In his free time, Gustavo enjoys exploring Canada’s parks and trying out new foods and beers with his friends.

Tamara Smith

Software Developer

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Tamara is a full-stack software developer who originally entered the scene out of a strong interest in IoT. She has a diverse background in software development, teaching, Fine Arts and technical lighting. Outside of work, Tamara enjoys geocaching, reading, travelling and playing board games.

Chloe Bui

UI/UX Designer

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Chloe is a UI/UX Designer specializing in the creation of visual solutions for businesses, including identifying design problems and taking a user-centric design approach to create engaging customer experiences. Previously, Chloe worked for renowned advertising agencies such as Dentsu and MullenLowe.

 

With a solid background in graphic design and visual communication, her goal is to create a positive impact beyond the screen by infusing innovative technologies with captivating experiences and bringing artistry to everything she does.

 

Chloe loves experimenting with different illustration styles in her spare time. Sometimes she illustrates book covers and children’s books – other times she reads Manga until the morning!

Angela Kim

Angela Kim

Software Developer

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Angela holds both a B.A in Psychology and a Minor in Music from the University of British Columbia, as well as a diploma in Web Development. Her curiosity has led her through multiple career pivots, eventually discovering her passion for creating web applications. In her spare time, you can find her bouldering, playing soccer, or plating everything like she’s on MasterChef.

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Gabriel Santos

QA Specialist

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Gabriel began his programming life early; as a teenager he was already coding basic games and applications, eventually developing iOS product experiences. He started his studies in Applied Mathematics in Brazil, before transitioning into Computer Science/Software Engineering and continuing his education in Canada. In pursuing his dream to work with AI and discovering the universe through astrophysics and cosmology, Gabriel plans to later obtain a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering. Besides studying the cosmos, Gabriel’s hobbies include basketball, cooking and experiencing new cuisine.

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Kitty Chen

Accounting / Admin

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Kitty holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia in addition to a diploma in Accounting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has a deep interest in both accounting and mathematics. Prior to joining Convergence, Kitty worked for non-profit organizations, and is passionate about helping minority and under-represented groups. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and practicing calligraphy.

Michael Robson

Michael Robson

Associate

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Michael’s earliest digital work was founding a university textbook exchange portal supporting a range of schools back in 2001. Since studying Business in Asia in college, he’s worked throughout Asia, mainly with Environmental and International Trade companies.

 

In 2013, after working on a tech startup in Shanghai, he returned to Vancouver to focus more on digital design. From illustration to digital design on a deadline, he loves the creative problem solving process. Michael’s proud to be part of a passionate, hard-working team that cares about the client while valiantly standing up for the user.

 

When he’s not geeking out in Sketch, he’s probably learning a new language or hitting the gym.

Farhan Umedaly

Farhan Umedaly

Advisor, Rich Media Productions

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With a diverse background in neurobiology, renewable energy, sales & marketing and as a multi-instrumentalist music producer with over 17+ years experience in digital audio and video production, Farhan heads up VoVo Productions, a multimedia production studio that focuses on the creation of advertising videos & commercials for technology companies.

 

Farhan is an expert at conveying complex subjects in a simple and effective way. With access for the freshest talent in the film, animation & visual effects, Farhan employs a small team of multi-faceted experts to ensure the highest production quality while maintaining the focus and integrity of each project.

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