We’re an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs who understand how tough it is to successfully create and grow a company.
StratPad is our way of giving back, of making things simpler for people like you who work so hard to bring your ideas to life. Drop us a line to let us know how you’re doing.
Alex is the founder and CEO of StratPad Inc. StratPad’s award-winning software represents the best of what Alex has learned in his 30+ years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and advisor to small and medium-sized businesses. StratPad provides a simple, practical approach to business planning that makes sense for entrepreneurs.
Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, Alex is a former “big five” management consultant turned entrepreneur with four successful startups to his credit. Over the years, he has advised hundreds of small businesses on growth and innovation strategies. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Alex presents to business groups worldwide and offers workshops and video-based training on strategy and business planning.
Alex is an adjunct professor in the entrepreneurial program at Royal Roads University in Victoria. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Alex’s dream is to buy a boat and sail BC’s Inside Passage to Haida Gwaii. Go StratPad!
Julian is the architect and lead software developer for StratPad. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Julian is an entrepreneur and the co-owner for the Noodle Box franchise in Alberta. He and his partners recently opened their first Noodle Box restaurant in Airdrie, Alberta.
Julian started his career in medical research and went on earn a master’s degree in Molecular Genetics. Bitten by entrepreneurial bug, he founded or co-founded a series of tech ventures, including Mobilesce Inc., the mobile applications company that began development on StratPad. He joined the StratPad team as CTO in 2012.
In his spare time, Julian plays Ultimate Frisbee, soccer and hockey. He also volunteers with the Canadian Ski Patrol System, which rescues and treats injured skiers and snowboarders at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC.
Sam owns Faction 23, a graphic design and front-end development agency for Web, mobile and software applications. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, Sam’s clients include Modern Tribe, the Victoria Symphony, Warmland Films and the Belfry Theatre.
Manuela manages the marketing and promotion of StratPad’s software, workshops and other resources to educational institutions, accelerators/incubators/foundries and nonprofit organizations that mentor startups and small businesses. She is also a registered clinical counsellor with a private practice in Victoria, BC called Write Life Therapy.
Manuela has a diverse background in adult education, mental health and communications and public relations. She began her career as a writer and editor for a variety of publications in Toronto and Vancouver. With a move to Victoria in 2001, her career shifted to educational program development and academic advising. After earning her MSc in couple and family therapy, she worked for several mental health agencies and then started her own counselling practice.
Victor is a freelance software developer, specializing in Java programming. He is originally from France, where he worked for IT companies for seven years. Five years ago, he took a holiday in Peru that changed his life. He now lives in Peru where he is married and the father of two young boys. He enjoys travelling, hiking and spending time with his family.
Lewis develops and manages online marketing and social media for StratPad, as well as our Affiliate program. He also contributes to the StratPad blog and provides customer support. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Lewis now lives in Victoria, BC.
Lewis is a Red Seal certified chef and graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Vancouver Island University. He has worked at restaurants in Canada, Australia and Europe.