Raymond leads i-Open Group, a Canadian leader in spatially enabled applications. Raymond also guides XLRator, a social enterprise with a goal to build a thriving tech ecosystem in Fraser Valley.
Recently representing the Fraser Valley region, Ray spoke at Globe 2020, a sustainable business summit and innovation showcase saying, "Going forward, everything we develop as an organization will focus on delivering real and sustainable high-tech solutions for a better planet. Our focus excites me because, as a high-tech firm, we hold a substantial position to make a very positive impact; it is our attempt at non-invasive, clean industrialization for our region."
Ray is also demonstrating his leadership and influence as the driving force behind XLRator, a social enterprise that Ray founded and has personally funded over the past ten years. By reaching out to the industry, local schools and colleges and creating a greater focus on the importance of technology, XLRator is extending valuable training and mentorship to those wanting to speed up their role in digital transformation and a knowledge-based economy.
Still, his primary focus is on the planet. He explains, "It is crucial to create solutions that will improve our planet. From our continued exposure delivering solutions to the resources sector, we realize technology's role with regards to damage prevention, protection of the environment, safety regulations, and reporting. In essence, our company is a citizen that lives, works, and shares the planet. Ultimately, we can define our identity in the form of a 'Good Citizen'. As a 'Good Company', we will leverage machine learning, change detection and the latest technologies for deploying artificial intelligence. This interaction and management of solutions will be our corporate theme – CitizenAi."
Ray is fearlessly taking technology to new places by bringing his vision to life and never compromising on principles and values. He drives his passion for changing the world on what he knows best – delivering technology products. The journey toward understanding the role of innovation is laying down the proper foundations so that together, we can work toward a knowledge-based and clean digital economy.
Colin Schmidt is a seasoned founder, COO, and CEO with a diverse background in technology companies and expertise as a system architect for a range of clients, including non-profits, startups, mid-sized companies, and global enterprises.
While serving as COO of i-Open Group, he oversaw planning and operations for 30+ staff, launched eight new lines of business in three years, and managed the architecture and development of all systems using a wide range of technologies with in-house and outsource HR.
Colin is also an accomplished equestrian vaulter who has competed, coached, and judges at the international level and has led or served various boards and committees across equestrian sport.
Miika Makela is an experienced financial analyst with deep knowledge of financial markets, capital services, funding structures. and building business strategies for companies.
Ashley Mackinnon was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia. Her journey from a local business program graduate to her current position as Controller/Finance Manager is a testament to her commitment and passion for her work.
After graduating from a local business program in 2013, Ashley embarked on her professional journey by joining Raymond Szabada's group of companies. While her initial role was that of an Administrative Assistant, it was clear that she possessed exceptional talent and potential, as is reflective in her advancement to her current role as the Controller/Finance Manager.
Throughout her tenure with Raymond Szabada's group of companies, Ashley has served as the Executive Assistant to Mr. Szabada himself. This dual role requires that she manage her responsibilities in both capacities, showcasing her multitasking ability and adaptability.
While Ashley's official title may have evolved over the years, her impact on the group's ventures have remained consistent. She has been supportive in numerous successful projects, working diligently behind the scenes alongside management to ensure the success of the group.