Executive Team

John McKimm, BBA, MBA, LLB, FCSI

President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer

John McKimm sets corporate direction and business strategy, which includes  an aggressive emphasis on growth through mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. McKimm possesses a deep knowledge in dealing with emerging and growth companies, specifically with respect to providing specialty services in SR&ED claims, strategic and financial restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, operational restructuring and the arrangement of financing.  As the lead visionary of SEB Inc., he is also actively involved in both day-to-day operational and sales and marketing activities of the enterprise and its subsidiary and affiliated companies.

Mr. McKimm’s experience spans over 35 years of  serving as a director and an officer of many public and private companies, where he provided operations, investment banking, and corporate financing expertise.  This experience covers a range of sectors, including financial services, computer hardware, software and services, manufacturing, petrochemical, mining, oil and gas, food processing, telecom, waste management, biotechnology and retail. He has personally identified, negotiated and executed more than 150 individual merger, acquisition and financing transactions, both as a principal and as an agent.

He also founded and was Chairman and CEO of Brainhunter Inc. (TSX: BH), a technology-based service company that he took public after raising more than $70 million in debt and equity capital, growing it from start-up to more than $235 million in annual revenue. Previously, he was executive chairman of Daedalin eSolutions Inc., a firm he recapitalized and reorganized, then took public and sold for $29 million.

Mr. McKimm is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Law. John also has a number of industry certifications and designations. He has published extensively on select investment and financial restructuring topics.

Tim Beaulieu, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer, Maplesoft and SEB Inc.

Tim is responsible for overseeing the accounting, compliance, reporting and financing functions of the company. Since joining Maplesoft in 2008, Tim has helped build and support the finance organization through the company’s aggressive growth and multiple ventures.

Tim shepherded the sale of Maplesoft to Smart Employee Benefits Inc. and then played an instrumental role working with SEB’s Executive Management Team in the restructuring of SEB-Maplesoft’s financing arrangements. Previously, Tim helped see the firm through the successful sale of Maplesoft Technology. He was recently appointed to the role of CFO for the SEB Group of Companies and as such is now responsible for all corporate financial operations and reporting on a consolidated basis.

Since 2010,Tim has also supported the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation management team on various financial related matters and since 2013 has sat on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Previously a manager with BDO Canada, Tim had over 15 years of experience serving both businesses and individuals in the area of assurance and accounting services, business valuation, litigation support, tax planning, due diligence and corporate financing in providing leadership to the Maplesoft Finance and Accounting team.

Tim is an active member of the CICA, the ICAO and the OCAQ. Tim graduated from the University du Québec à Hull in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting. He also obtained a graduate degree in 2002 with a specialization in accounting with the University du Québec en Outaouais.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, coaching minor hockey, mountain biking, skiing, running and hiking.

Cathleen Jing Cao, CPA, CA

Director of Finance, SEB Inc.

Cathleen Jing Cao is a seasoned financial professional with over fifteen years’ experience including a long history of building strong finance organizations within fast growing, customer focused companies. She has expertise in financial reporting, planning and M&A functions. Prior to joining SEB Inc., she was Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a world-renowned international luxury hospitality company headquartered in Toronto. Prior to working at Four Seasons, Cathleen led the international Initial public offerings auditing engagements at SLF LLP. Cathleen began her finance career with the audit department at Ernst & Young LLP. As part of SEB Inc.’s senior leadership team, Cathleen is committed above all to providing a client experience that is second to none.

Cathleen is a Chartered Accountant. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from Concordia University and B.COM Honors in Accounting from McGill University. In her down time, she enjoys travelling around world and has been to more than 30 countries.

Rohan D'SOuza

Senior Vice-President, Chief Information Officer

While maintaining the position of SVP, CIO at SEB, Mr. D’souza is also the Managing Partner at Inforica, an SEB Company, focused in the areas of Enterprise Solutions and Technology Consulting. Mr. D’Souza plays the role Chief Solutions Architect at Inforica, and provides technical solutions leadership on all projects. He has over 25 years of strong IT Systems and Business Solutions experience encompassing requirements analysis, design, development and implementation of business applications. Mr. D’Souza has extensive experience implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM, PeopleSoft CRM and ERP, and has extensive software architecture and development expertise in Java and .NET frameworks. He also has extensive experience working on a number of Enterprise CRM, ERP, Business Intelligence and Business Process Automation projects for customers in Canada, United States, India and the Middle East.  

Prior to joining Inforica, Mr. D’Souza held Senior IT positions at MFP Technology Solutions and Watts Communications. He holds Bachelor of Science from Nagarjuna University, India, and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from Concordia University, Canada. Mr. D’Souza a Microsoft Certified Professional and holds a number of Microsoft product certifications.

Mario Correia

Senior Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer

Alongside his position as SVP, CTO at SEB, Mr. Correia is currently a Managing Partner at Inforica. He holds a B.Sc in Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering bringing over 22 years of experience from the Information Technology Industry. Mario manages the local and International operations at Inforica and provides the leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the company. His primary responsibilities encompass a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, resource allocation and information technology protocols. He is responsible for delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems, and client support services.

Mario has also been instrumental in architecting, designing, project managing and implementing Customer Relationship Management enabled Contact Center solutions, Custom Application development and Cloud based solutions into a number of industries to include Banking, Mutual Fund, Retail, Non-Profit, Construction, and Car Manufacturing sectors. He has direct experience in the analysis, design, development, testing and implementation of application software.

Mohamad El Chayah

President, SEB Administrative Services Inc.

Mohamad El Chayah has held various leadership positions at several global IT services companies. Bringing extensive experience building, growing and transforming strong teams in organizations such as Atos Origin, Hewlett-Packard, and Aon Hewitt, he has maximized revenue, increased operational effectiveness and improved profitability.

Strategic, aspirational, and driven by a vision for excellence, Mr. El Chayah possesses a deep knowledge of the IT services market and has a proven track record for qualifying business prospects, shaping and developing opportunities, using his persuasive negotiation skills, and managing and closing large complex deal constructs.

He has orchestrated win/win value propositions, closed multi-million dollar sales, and helped Fortune 500 companies grow in mature, developed, and emerging markets. His methodical approach to developing viable and lucrative business cases includes measuring assets, human resources and financial factors among many other credentials.

SEB welcomes Mr. El Chayah as the new President of SEB Administrative Services Inc.

Marc Rancourt

President, Stroma Service Consulting Inc.

Marc Rancourt currently serves as President of Stroma Service Consulting Inc., an IT Services company that helps organizations make significant improvements in the cost, quality and level of IT and business services that they provide to their clients. In this capacity, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, and managing the business operations and business development activities for North America.

Prior to this, Marc held various executive positions at several companies, including Collective Minds Consulting Inc., TELUS and TELUS Health Solutions, as well as Bell Canada, where he led large operations and business development teams in North America and worldwide, significantly grew revenues, profitability, and improved operations delivery, effectiveness and customer satisfaction.

Marc holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Sherbrooke, a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University, and a Network Engineering Program Diploma from the University of Toronto.

Douglas Brian Deeks, CPA, CA

COO, Maplesoft Group
SVP Government Relations, SEB

A Senior Executive who provides leadership across the spectrum of Governance, Marketing and Business Development, Finance and Accounting, Service and Solutions Delivery, Administration, Cyber Security and Information Management. Mr. Deeks is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the professional services sector for over 30 years.

Most recently, Mr. Deeks led the Due Diligence Review related to SEB’s acquisition of the Maplesoft Group, a major consulting firm supporting the Federal Government as well as other levels of the public sector. He currently is the Chief Operating Officer for SEB’s combined Ottawa operations (Maplesoft and SOMOS) and is SEB’s Senior Vice-President, Government Relations.

His early career was spent in public accounting, working for one of the Big 5 Accounting firms in the Calgary, New York, Milan and Ottawa offices of Deloitte Touche. Mr. Deeks then worked for over 25 years in the professional services sector with a focus on the Government of Canada. He gained unique insights into the Defence and Security sector leading a company that supports Army, Navy, Air Force and Joint environments of the Canadian Forces as well as NATO, Canada’s Intelligence and Security community and the Space sector. This included expansion into Europe through a highly successful acquisition initiative in which he played a key leadership role. He was also the point person on an acquisition of an IT consulting firm operating in the GTA.

Mr. Deeks has extensive international experience working in the European region (Italy, Belgium and UK) and has worked with multi-national organizations and off-shore suppliers to the Canadian Defence Sector. He has been responsible for significant marketing and business development initiatives related to technology and professional services aimed at the Public Sector, Defence, Space, Security and Transportation sectors. He has led initiatives related to Programme/Project Management, Cyber and IT Security, Enterprise Architecture, Software and Communications Engineering, Analytics and ERP implementations into these sectors.

Highly respected by clients and partners for his business acumen and integrity; by executive colleagues and technical leaders for his ability to manage the convergence of sales and marketing, operations, finance and human resources; and, by staff for leadership, communications and ability to motivate. Mr. Deeks has an excellent appreciation for the machinery of government with a primary focus on the IT, Defence, Security, Space and Transportation sectors.