Executive Chairman and Founder of Kognitiv; formerly Chairman and CEO of Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ.DSGX, DSG.TO); co-founded Laurence Capital, which has invested in some of Canada’s greatest entrepreneurs; co-founded Communitech, a Waterloo regional technology hub; and was named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 at the age of 31.
Willem enjoys a career in digital technology innovation in global travel and logistics. His accomplishments include implementing the first deregulated airline service in Europe, pioneering the first intermodal global shipment tracking system using the Internet architecture as startup CEO. He was the COO of Descartes Systems Group. Willem is responsible for the design and implementation of Kognitiv’s strategy as CEO.
With over 20 years of experience in establishing and building businesses across Asia, Todd leads Kognitiv’s sales operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific regions as EMEA & APAC President. Before joining Kognitiv, Todd was Asia Pacific CEO and Global CMO for Williams Lea Tag and has also held a number of executive roles in the consumer, design, information technology and outsourcing industries, including as Asia Pacific COO for British Telecom, Asia Pacific VP for Descartes Systems Group, Regional MD for Cott Corporation, and Asia Pacific CMO for Equinix. Todd is a Board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and is a Founding Member of the Marketing Society in Asia.
As General Counsel and VP, Corporate Development, Adam is responsible for overseeing Kognitiv’s legal matters and the execution of strategic transactions, including acquisitions and key partnerships. Adam previously practiced corporate law at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a top Canadian law firm specializing in complex transactions and mergers & acquisitions, corporate/commercial, financing and capital markets matters.
As CTO, Robert is responsible for overseeing the architecture, development, and delivery of the Kognitiv Collaborative Commerce Network. Robert previously was SVP, Enterprise Software, Architecture and Development at BlackBerry where he was instrumental in rebuilding its enterprise software portfolio. Throughout his career, he has focused on the realization of large scale network and SaaS software. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Max is the managing director of KogX, Kognitiv’s advanced R&D team, which is building collaborative commerce technologies. Previously, Max was CTO of ComQi Corporation, a leader in delivering in-store digital marketing and IoT solutions for global brands including Ford, Victoria’s Secret, Gap and H&M. Also, as a technology and management consultant, he worked with a broad range of enterprise customers in financial services, retail, transportation and logistics. Earlier in his career, Max co-founded Maptuit Corporation, a SaaS provider of location based and logistics solutions, since acquired by Verizon Telematics. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Management Consultant.