Decades of diverse experience and a history of success
Combining business acumen with technical savvy, these executives guide the talented team of Kivuto employees to create innovative software distribution solutions for some of the biggest names in today's software industry.
Ram Raju, President & CEO
President and founder of Kivuto Solutions Inc., Ram has over 25 years of experience in the software license management industry. Ram spent 12 years at Dalhousie as a professor of information systems, running the computing department and managing the university computer store. In 1995 he went on to become Vice President at the Canadian Association of Campus Computer Stores. Two years later he founded Kivuto. Ram is one of the board of directors for Telefilm Canada as well as SimplyCast.com, a leading online multi-channel marketing solution. He holds three degrees from Dalhousie University: a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration.
Richard White, Vice President & COO
Richard has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies. He was formerly CEO of Elliptic Technologies, Solidum and Accelerix and acted as a contract CEO to Intelligent Photonics Control and Spectalis. Richard began his career as a semiconductor engineer during the early days of Mitel and moved on to a variety of senior management roles with NovAtel Communications, Extreme Packet Devices and Enhance Systems. He has also provided consultant services to a number of technology companies, including Seaway Networks, Wavesat and Ad Opt. Richard holds a B. Eng Electrical Engineering degree from Carleton University and an Executive MBA (PMD60) from Harvard University.
Ryan Peatt, Vice President, Business Development
Ryan has been with Kivuto Solutions since 2006. Ryan’s strong contributions and dedication to excellence have made him progress through several managerial roles within the company culminating in his most recent capacity of VP Business Development. His comprehensive knowledge of volume licensing programs and experience developing & implementing digital distribution solutions has led to a number of key accomplishments within the organization in recent years. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria.
Gustavo Sanchez, Director, Marketing
Gustavo leads the global marketing and communication efforts at Kivuto. His responsibilities include defining and executing the marketing strategy for Kivuto and OnTheHub brands, overseeing the product marketing for the ELMS platform and supporting the many partnerships in place. Since 2002, Gustavo has held various leadership roles at Kivuto from Operations to IT to Product Management and now Marketing where his team has been recognized by the marketing and advertising industry with multiple Davey’s, Communicator and W3 awards. His strong background in computer systems, web analytics, product management and e-commerce along with his creative talent provide a sound foundation for leading Kivuto’s digital initiatives and incredible growth. Gustavo has a Computer Systems Diploma from Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology, a Certificate in Analytics from University of British Columbia and an Advertising Certificate from University of Toronto.
Maya Chikaishi, Director, Customer and Product Support
Maya was appointed Director of Customer and Product Support in 2011. She is responsible for ensuring that Kivuto Solutions provides outstanding customer support and that its WebStores remain up to date, reliable and easy to use. Since her appointment as Director, Maya has led a significant modernization of the Customer Support call-centre system and talent-acquisition strategy. Her innovative hiring practices were instrumental in Kivuto Solutions winning a 2013 Employer Excellence Award and a Community Impact Award. Maya has held various positions of increasing responsibility since she joined Kivuto Solutions in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in International Business from Carleton University.
Ed Ensing, Sr. Director, Product Development
Ed joined Kivuto in 2013 as leader of the Product Development and I.T. teams. Surrounded by a talented and dedicated team, they ensure Kivuto's 25,000+ customer-branded websites deliver quality services worldwide all day and every day. Recently Ed worked in the e-commerce services industry for 5 years at Cactus Commerce (now SMITH). He has held Product Development leadership roles with data communications firms: Spirent Communications, Avesta Technologies, Newbridge Networks, and Mitel. He holds a Bachelor of Science - Computer Science degree from Western University.
Abeer Saba, Financial Controller
Abeer has over 15 years of experience in financial and managerial accounting. She has been with Kivuto Solutions Inc. since 2004 leading all financial activities of the company. Her experience includes financial management, financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and financial auditing.
Prior to this, Abeer held a financial auditor position for four years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the assurance and advisory division. Abeer holds a bachelor of commerce degree in accountancy from Concordia University and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Board of Directors
Ram Raju, Chairman
Bill Ritchie, Board Member
Bill is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SimplyCast, a leading online multi-channel marketing solution company. He has recently been inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. He was the Chairman and CEO of Scotia Bond Ltd. and has served on various company boards, including Empire Company Ltd., Sobeys Inc., Keltic Inc., DHX Media Ltd. and King Insurance.
Brian MacEachen, Board Member
Brian is the Executive Vice President and Secretary of Brigus Gold Corp and has served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Linear Gold Corp. and Linear Metals Corporation. Prior to this, Brian held senior positions with Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation and Aur Resources Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.
Patrick Keefe, Board Member
Patrick has diverse experience as an angel investor and seasoned entrepreneur. As manager of the Atlantic Regional Venture Fund he is currently focusing on early stage technology investments. Prior to this, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, principal at Atlas Venture and, most recently, a co-founder of Coffee Vision Atlantic Inc. Patrick received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Charley Baxter, Board Member
Charley Baxter has been with Innovacorp since its inception, having previously worked for seven years as the controller with the Nova Scotia Research Foundation, one of the entities that merged to create Innovacorp. Charley earned his bachelor of commerce (major - finance, 2nd major - accounting) from Saint Mary's University. He attained his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia in 1986.