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.
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.
Director (Parent Company)
Angela is an entrepreneur and investor with businesses in both North America and China. She graduated from Peking University’s prestigious Health Science Center and continued her studies in Peking University’s MBA program.
Angela started her career in the Institute of Materia Medica (IMM), a Chinese science academy of significant reputation in the field of medical R&D. She then moved into the marketing side of the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, working for large companies such as CMS Pharma Co.
Moving into entrepreneurship, Angela subsequently started her own company which specializes in medical devices – a collaborative business between Germany and China – as well as opening up (and investing in) several businesses in North America. Angela maintains an impressive global network of associates and contacts.
Design & User Experience Lead
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.
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!
Wataru is a passionate mobile app developer with years of experience developing for the iOS ecosystem. He’s enthusiastic about learning new technical skills and thrives in international environments. Wataru’s professional and educational experience has brought him to Japan, Australia and, finally, Canada, while his personal travel experiences have brought him to fifteen different countries.
Wataru is the organiser of an iOS Meetup group with over 1,800 members across Japan and Canada, and teaches beginners how to develop iOS apps.
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.
UI/UX Designer Lead
Mako is a creative and detail-oriented UI designer with 6+ years of experience, specializing in web design for manufacturing and industrial companies. She is self-motivated, well-versed in negotiations, planning and development, relationship management, operations, and logistics coordination and scheduling. Her proven experiences and responsibilities in creative process stages include conceptualizing, searching, creating wireframes, prototypes, mockups, and working closely with developers and marketing teams. Mako is passionate about solving design problems and asking herself what the best solution is.
She enjoys going above and beyond when it comes to learning new skills and techniques! Mako hosts Meetup events to mentor new designers and share her design skills.
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.
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.
In her free time, she enjoys taking ballet classes, playing acoustic guitar and going to musicals, plays and concerts.
Outside of work, Pavel likes to spend time with his family and explore nature. He also likes football, jogging, and hiking.
Sayaka is a bilingual UI/UX designer from Japan who is fascinated with creating emotional connections between users and products. She specializes in branding, graphic design as well as user-centric design. Aside from her life as a designer, Sayaka has experience as a professional translator, assisting business operations between Japanese and foreigners since 2011.
In her free time, Sayaka likes to check out new restaurants and sweets cafés, and has proudly tried most of the ice cream shops in Vancouver.
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 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’ 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.
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!
Viacheslav – or Slava, for short – is a programmer with over 10 years’ experience building web and mobile applications for both startups and enterprises. His experience has been focused on developing competitive web and mobile products for large customer bases – from IoT platforms to citizen-facing services for the municipal government. He specializes in delivering highly-available NodeJS applications/APIs with rich ReactJS client interfaces.
Since 2010, Slava has worked in cross-functional Agile teams, functioning in a multitude of roles both technical and leadership-oriented.
Outside of work, Slava’s interests include functional programming, building bots and trading stocks.
Accounting / Admin
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.
Kevin is a mobile developer with a special interest in healthcare and blockchain technologies.
In addition to obtaining a MSc in eHealth from McMaster University and a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, Kevin has engaged with regional clients such as the BC Children’s Hospital as well as spun off start-up projects in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada. From the planning and procurement of large scale data systems for the Clinical Systems Transformation project (a $900M joint initiative of VCH, PHSA, and PHC), to knowledge translation for the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, Kevin is well-versed in navigating the convoluted landscape that the healthcare world resides in and is an expert at creating simple solutions to complex problems.
Outside of work, Kevin’s interests include attempting triathlons, rock climbing, and diving down the rabbit hole known as the blockchain!
Advisor, Rich Media Productions
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.
Brendan received his M.B.A. in 2015, his J.D. in 2016 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2017.
Brendan advises on a broad range of legal issues and is passionate about crafting flexible legal solutions that reflect the way we live and do business today. Outside of the practice of law, Brendan is interested in how new technologies, such as blockchain, can modify our local and global legal ecosystems.
In his free time, Brendan likes to follow advancements in space exploration, play poker, and swim.