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About Compusense

Vibrant, passionate and committed to your success.

Comprised of over 40 individuals with diverse skillsets and experiences, one thing unites the Compusense team: a sincere commitment to helping our clients succeed.

With backgrounds in sensory and consumer research, as well as statistics, food science, psychology, sociology and behavioural sciences, the Compusense team has the ability to anticipate your requirements – and the expert know-how to make it happen.

 

Leadership

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Christopher James Findlay, PhD, CFS
Chairman

As the Chairman, founder and architect of Compusense, Chris provides a lifetime worth of skill and experience in the sensory and consumer science field. Founding Compusense in 1986, Chris has been an active participant and promoter to the growth of the sensory and consumer science community.  From the beginning, he has been committed to “good science” and has always been reluctant to support dubious sensory methods. In the early days of temporal research, Chris and his colleagues pioneered dual-attribute time intensity and also developed the Feedback Calibration Method for training proficient descriptive analysis panelists—a method that continues to save clients valuable time and budget.

As the company continued to rapidly grow, Chris began to teach Sensory Evaluation at the University of Guelph in the Department of Food Science. During this time, his students would complete their labs at Compusense and gain real-world experience working in a sensory lab.  Chris continues to hold Graduate Faculty appointments in both Food Science and Maths and Statistics.

While teaching, and to this day, Chris remains active and committed to the organizations in the sensory and consumer science field. In 2011 he received the Inaugural Sensory and Consumer Sciences Achievement award from IFT in recognition of his commitment. He is also active in ASTM E-18 and was a founder of the Society of Sensory Professionals. In 2008, Chris had the honour of chairing the 9th Sensometrics Meeting at Brock University and was also one of chairs for the 9th Pangborn Meeting held in Toronto in 2011.

In 2017, ASTM International Committee E18 presented Chris with the David R. Peryam Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the field of sensory science. 

Chris enjoys the ability to conduct independent research with talented and generous collaborators from around the globe, continuing to contribute to the ever-expanding community of sensory and consumer science. 

Karen is President and has been working with Compusense since 1992. Her responsibilities include operational areas of business management, administration and finance, and all aspects of Compusense Sensory Services.

Karen’s background, training and expertise include learner centred skill acquisition, cognitive based training (CBT), and modality based learning styles. She is currently studying mindful leadership strategies and techniques.

When Karen escapes the demands of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and immersing herself in following new food trends, gourmet cooking and practising yoga. Karen’s passion for cooking and entertaining results in many a gathering at her home for fun, food and wine delights.

A lover and ardent supporter of the arts, Karen is often seen attending community fundraising events that include auctions of the works of local artists. Many of the beautiful pieces of art found hanging on the walls of the Compusense office are attestations to the treasures found by Karen at these events and her ongoing support of various community charity initiatives.

Take a moment, breathe. What is needed right now?

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Karen Phipps, MEd
President 

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John Castura
VP Innovation, Research
& Development

John Castura is the VP Innovation, Research & Development at Compusense Inc. His responsibilities include software development and research. Research interests include sensory method development and evaluation, including rapid and efficient sensory methods, temporal sensory methods, sensory discrimination testing, and sensometric applications. His academic background includes a specialized undergraduate degree in Zoology (University of Guelph), an undergraduate certificate in Computing & Information Systems (Athabasca University), a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics (Colorado State University), and a Master's degree in Statistics (University of Guelph).

John developed a taste for sensory evaluation as a trained Scotch whisky panelist on a descriptive sensory panel. He now has more than 15 years' experience in the field, and is an increasingly active contributor. He has several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has given numerous oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings, as well as invited talks, seminars, and tutorials.

John performs reviews for several peer-reviewed journals and serves on the Food Quality and Preference editorial board. He was elected Chair of the Sensometric Society (2016-2020). He serves on ASTM Committee E18 Sensory Evaluation, where he chairs the Equivalence workgroup, and on ASTM Committee E11 Quality and Statistics. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and a member of the American Statistical Association. Previously, he served as Member At Large of the Society of Sensory Professionals Executive Committee 2014-2016, Vice-Chair of the Sensometric Society (2010-2014), and was the Scientific Committee chair of the Sensometrics 2014 meeting.

Monica is the Vice President Operations and Finance and has been with Compusense since 1993. In her role, Monica oversees all operational and administrative support functions throughout Compusense. Monica acquired her diploma in Materials Management from Conestoga College and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Athabasca University. In her spare time, Monica loves to travel.

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Monica Healey
Vice President, Operations & Finance

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Michael Plater Findlay
Vice President, Client Success

Michael, Vice President of Client Success, has been with Compusense since 2009. In his role, Michael is responsible for all client-facing components of the business, with a focus on building long-term client relationships. With the support of his team, Michael is committed to delivering an excellent level of customer service, doing so with a great focus on clients’ priorities. Michael also contributes to Compusense’s research efforts, in particular, his work on data visualization with temporal methods. He is a reviewer for Food Quality and Preference. In 2017, he contributed a book chapter, "The Future of Sensory Discrimination Testing" to the book, Discrimination Testing in Sensory Science: A Practical Handbook. Michael is an ardent supporter of the sensory community, and was a member of the 2017 Pangborn Symposium Organizing Committee.

Prior to Compusense, Michael worked at Leo Burnett Toronto in interactive advertising. In his teen years and during his undergraduate degree he worked in many roles at Compusense, from serving samples, to answering phones, to training and providing technical support to early Compusense five and Compusense Paper users.

Michael earned his B.Sc. in Biology with a focus in Neuroscience from the University of Guelph, which included a semester at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, and a Business Management diploma from Queen’s University.

Michael has been in a number of bands throughout the years, and has been a member of the stalwart Canadian rock band, The Kramdens, since 2000.

Client Success
Client Success Account Management 

Jacqueline is the Director of Client Success and has been with Compusense since 2007. In her role, Jacqueline oversees the Client Success team. She works closely with clients to assist with test development, one-on-one support, and helps clients utilize our software to achieve their sensory and consumer goals. Jacqueline attended the University of Guelph where she earned her B.Sc. in Physical Sciences with a minor in Computer Science. Outside of Compusense, Jacqueline loves a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, and hockey.

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Jacqueline Dysart
Director, Client Success

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Miranda Kuijper-Robb
Client Success Account Manager

Miranda is a Client Success Account Manager and has been with Compusense since 2012. As part of the Client Success team, she works closely with our clients to discover their sensory objectives to help define and achieve successful outcomes. Miranda earned her Honours BA from the University of Guelph in European Studies. She has a true passion for travelling; she worked for a year in France and also spent a year studying in Spain and exploring Europe. She also has a love of languages and speaks Spanish, French, and is currently learning Dutch.

Jessica joined Compusense in June 2013 soon after earning her B.Comm. from the University of Guelph. In her role of Client Success Account Manager, she works closely with clients to help understand their sensory objects and achieve successful outcomes. Jessica’s endless energy is evident from her active hobbies, including track & field, soccer and participating in demolition derbies.

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Jessica May
Client Success Account Manager

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Tiffany Redwood
Client Success Account Manager

Tiffany is a Client Success Account Manager and has been with Compusense since 2012. As part of the Client Success team, she works directly with clients to discover needs, solutions, and successful results. Tiffany graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Business where she specialized in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In her spare time Tiffany loves baking and decorating delicious cakes and often shares her newest creations with the office.

Radmila is a member of the Client Success team as a Senior Support Specialist and has been with Compusense since 2007. In her role, she assists clients technical inquires, and helps to ensure their daily software use is consistent and efficient. Radmila received her Computer Programmer/Analyst Diploma and Technical Writer Cerificate, both from Conestoga College. In her spare time, Radmila loves reading, gardening, music, woodworking and has a passion for art. She especially enjoys spending time with her family. 

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Radmila Stupar
Senior Support Specialist 

Client Success
Client Advisors

With Compusense since 1999, Mark has had a front row seat in the growth and development of Compusense’s software for over 15 years. In his role of Senior Client Advisor, Mark works with current and potential clients to understand their Sensory and Consumer data collection needs. Mark earned his A.O.C.A from the Ontario College of Art, followed by BA from the University of Guelph. Mark has a passion for travel and enjoys the opportunity to meet Compusense clients around the globe.  

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Mark Laird
Senior Client Advisor

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Ryan Corrick
Client Advisor 

Ryan is a Client Advisor and has been with Compusense since July 2014. In his role, Ryan works with prospective clients to help determine their sensory and consumer software needs and objectives. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he earned his degree in Marketing Management. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing a variety of sports throughout the seasons including golf, hockey, volleyball and basketball.

Anna works as a Client Advisor and joined the Compusense team in December 2014. In her role, she works with clients to help determine their sensory software needs, objectives, and future aspirations. Anna earned her Bachelor’s Degree from York University, followed by certificates in Project Management and Social Media for Business Performance from the University of Waterloo. Anna’s recently new to Guelph and has been recognized as a “Guelph Top 40 under 40” recipient in 2014. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and outside of the office, enjoys sports, meeting new people, and volunteering for local Guelph organizations.

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Anna Nguyen
Client Advisor

Client Success
Marketing and Communications

Jessica is the Marketing and Communications Lead, and has been with Compusense since June 2013. In her role, she works with the Client Success and Leadership teams to develop client communication, web and social media content, and promotional materials. Jessica graduated with her Honours BA in English Language and Literature from Western University, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys outdoor activities including camping, running, and hiking.

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Jessica Anselmini
Marketing and Communications Lead

Client Success
Training and Outreach

Elona joined Compusense in July 2014 and occupies the role of Training and Client Outreach Lead. In her role, she conducts on-site and virtual trainings and Users' Groups for new, as well as existing Compusense Cloud users. She earned her BA in Honours English and Literature with a minor in French from Brock University and her M.Sc. in Education from Niagara University. Elona has a keen interest in the performing arts and is a professional actor, singer, and competitive dancer. 

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Elona Finlay
Training and Client Outreach Lead

Client Success
Technical Support Team 

Peter is the Technical Manager and has been with Compusense since Spring 2009. In his role, Peter oversees all functions within the Technical Support Team to ensure clients receive prompt, accurate, and friendly software support. Peter graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc.(Eng) in Engineering Systems and Computing. As a self-proclaimed outdoorsman and adventurer, Peter can often be found rock climbing, canoeing/portaging in the northern Canadian wilderness, or playing pond hockey.

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Peter Love
Technical Manager 

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Michael Anderson
Technical Support Specialist

Michael joined Compusense in January 2017 in the role of Technical Support Specialist. With his team, he works one-on-one with Compusense Cloud users to provide proactive software support. Michael attended Ryerson University where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Business Technology Management. In his free time, Michael enjoys photography and playing the trumpet. 

With Compusense since 2010, Ty works alongside the Technical Support team in the role of Senior Technical Support Specialist. In his role, he acts as the primary contact for Compusense five and Compusense Cloud client support and inquiries. Ty graduated from Conestoga College in Business Administration and Management. As an avid golfer, if the sun is shining, you’re likely to find him on the green for a round of 9 holes or spending time with his family.

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Ty Chisholm
Senior Technical Support Specialist

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Kelvin Jodhie
Technical Support Specialist 

Kelvin has been a part of Compusense’s Client Success team in the role of Technical Support Specialist since January 2017. With the team, Kelvin provides daily software support to Compusense Cloud clients. Kelvin is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Food Science. Outside of the office, Kelvin enjoys playing the drums and keeping up with the newest releases from Netflix.

Slava joined Compusense in June 2017 in the role of Technical Support Specialist. Slava works alongside the Technical Support team to provide daily Compusense Cloud support to clients. He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he earned his Honours BA in Financial Mathematics with a Business Management option. Slava loves sports, and in his free time he stays active by biking and playing soccer.

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Slava Kostin
Technical Support Specialist 

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Sage Koh
Technical Support Specialist 

Sage began at Compusense in June 2017 as a Technical Support Specialist. In his role, he provides daily technical support to Compusense Cloud users. He graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Film Studies and Anthropology. Sage is new to Guelph, and in his spare time he enjoys cycling, travel, song writing, and cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Kelly joined Compusense in June 2017 in the role of Technical Support Specialist where she works one-on-one with Compusense Cloud users to provide prompt and proactive technical support. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing Management. Outside of the office, Kelly loves to keep active and enjoys hiking and coaching soccer.

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Kelly Nagelmakers
Technical Support Specialist 

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Suraj Sukumar
Technical Support Specialist

Suraj joined the Compusense team in January 2017 in the role of Technical Support Specialist. With the Technical Support team, he works to provide software support and solutions to Compusense Cloud clients. Suraj is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where he majored in Political Science, and minored in French and Economics. Suraj has a deep passion for sports and as a proud Torontonian, always supports the Raptors, Blue Jays, and Maple Leafs. In his spare time, he also writes for various online sports publications. 

Nancy has been with Compusense since January 2017 as a Technical Support Specialist. With her team, Nancy works with Compusense Cloud clients to provide technical support and effective software solutions. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a diploma in Food Science. Outside of Compusense, Nancy has a passion for food and enjoys staying active with weight lifting. 

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Nancy Tagorda
Technical Support Specialist

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Kevin Veilleux
Technical Support Specialist 

Kevin joined Compusense in June 2017 in the role of Technical Support Specialist. He works closely with the rest of the Technical team to help find solutions to clients' technical inquires on a daily basis. Kevin earned his BA in English from the  University of Guelph, followed by a certificate in Marketing Management from Ryerson University. Outside of the office he enjoys playing boardgames, catching the newest release on Netflix, and spending time with his family and dog.

Sensory Services

Lis is the Manager of the Sensory Services team and has been with Compusense since 2007. In her role, she manages and supervises all functions of the Sensory team, which includes managing and directing trained and consumer panels in the Compusense lab. Lis earned her B.Sc. from University of Toronto, specializing in Nutrition and Food Science. Lis has a passion for food; she loves experimenting in the kitchen and even earned her Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu.

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Lis Valeriote
Manager, Sensory Services 

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Juan Du, CFS
Sensory Technologist  

Juan has been with Compusense for over three years in the role of Sensory Technologist. In her role she works with the Sensory Services team to screen and schedule panelists, develop Compusense Cloud questionnaires, analyze collected results and administer sensory and consumer tests. Juan is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she earned a B.Sc. in Food Science. She is also a CFS (Certified Food Scientist), having earned her credentials in May 2017. Juan's passion for food extends outside of the walls of Compusense. She completed the required culinary courses to earn her Culinary Arts Certificate from George Brown College.

Joining Compusense’s Sensory team in 2012 as a Sensory Technologist, Pamela conducts and analyses the results of Compusense’s trained descriptive panels and consumer studies. Pamela brings valuable knowledge and experience, having graduated from Ryerson University with a B.Sc in Public Health and Safety. She is a sports lover and enjoys playing and watching baseball and hockey. 

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Pamela Wigglesworth
Sensory Technologist 

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Sara King
Research Associate 

Sara joined the Compusense team in January 2015 as a Research Associate. In her role, Sara works closely with the Sensory Services department as well as Chairman, Chris Findlay, and VP of Innovation, R&D, John Castura, helping to continue to foster Compusense's commitment to research in Sensory and Consumer Science. Sara received her Bachelor of Science and a minor in French and Biology from the University of Waterloo in 2009, followed by her Masters of Medical Sciences with a Specialization in Applied Public Health Nutrition from Karolinska Institute of Stockholm, Sweden. Sara is an avid world traveller and global volunteer and has lived in France, Sweden and Honduras. Sara also has a passion for languages and speaks French, Swedish and Spanish fluently. 

Julie joined the Compusense team in early 2016. In her role, Julie is responsible for managing the Rapid Response Panels (RRP), which are designed to accelerate consumer testing of products and prototypes, and our Sensory and Consumer Research Services. Julie is a graduate of Universite Laval in Quebec City where she earned her B.A.Sc. in Food Science. In her spare time, Julie enjoys combining her love of food and travel, trying new and exotic dishes everywhere she goes. She also likes to keep active, including rowing with her dragon boat team. 

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Julie Côté
Director, Sensory and Consumer
Research Services

Development

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Mackenzie Armstrong
Front End Developer 

Mackenzie joined the Compusense Development team in October 2013 in the role of Front End Developer. Mackenzie earned his diploma in Multimedia Production & Development from Fanshaw College and brings his exceptional skills in web design, coding and programming to Compusense. His role involves assisting with the design and functionality of the Compusense Cloud software as well as Cloud client websites. Outside of Compusense, Mackenzie can always be found cheering on his favourite hockey team, The Montreal Canadiens. 

James, Senior Architect & .NET Developer, has been with Compusense since 2005. As a valued member of the Development team, James’ role involves the programming and development of the Compusense Cloud software, including new features and software functionalities. James graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Programming and Mathematics from McMaster University. James also has a love for food. He attended George Brown College for Italian Culinary Arts and even spent three months training in Italy as a chef.

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James Castura
Senior Architect / .NET Developer 

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Hua Chen
.NET Developer 

Hua joined Compusense in early 2014 as a .NET Developer. As a member of the Development team, Hua assists in developing and maintaining the Compusense Cloud software. Hua earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Windsor and his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Trent University. In his spare time Hua enjoys photography and watching movies. 

Matt began at Compusense in early 2016, joining the Development team in the role of Junior .NET Developer. In his role, Matt supports the Development team in developing and maintaining the Compusense Cloud software. Matt graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University where he earned his Honours B.Sc in Computer Science. Outside of the office, he can often be found playing video games, watching e-sports and watching documentaries.

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Matt Erickson
Junior .NET Developer

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Mike Fleming
.NET Developer 

Mike joined Compusense in June 2014 as a .NET Developer. He works alongside the Development Team to develop and maintain Compusense Cloud software and acts as an internal technical resource. Mike graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. Outside of Compusense, he enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports. 

Stephen is the Senior VB Developer at Compusense and has been with the company since 2007. In the role, Stephen oversees the development and maintenance of Compusense five software and its related products. He plays an active role on the Compusense social committee, organizing charitable office initiatives and social activities for the Compusense team and their families. As a proud Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Stephen can always be seen wearing blue during playoff season.

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Stephen Given
Senior VB Developer 

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Tim Jackson
Software Application Manager

Tim, Software Application Manager, began at Compusense in 2013. In his role, Tim works with the Development team to build and deploy the Compusense Cloud application, monitor the production environment and acts as a technical liaison between departments. Tim earned his B.Math in Computer Science and Statistic and his BA in Geography from the University of Waterloo. His primary hobby is with the local theatre community. He can often be found behind the scenes producing, managing or directing productions in the Waterloo and Wellington regions. He is also an organizer for the Waterloo-Wellington IT Pro Users’ Group. 

Philip joined Compusense's Development team in February 2016 in the role of .NET Developer where he assists in developing and maintaining the Compusense Cloud software. Philip is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where he earned his B.Sc in Computer Science. Outside of the office, Philip likes to keep active playing a variety of team sports. 

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Philip Kingston
.NET Developer

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Minh Truong
.NET Developer 

Minh began at Compusense in 2013, joining the Development team in the role of Stats .NET Developer. In his position, Minh develops statistical analysis solutions, UI design and assists in developing and maintaining all components of the Compusense Cloud software. Minh attended the University of Guelph where he earned his Honours B.Comp., followed by his M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence. Minh enjoys playing piano and Go, an ancient Chinese board game.

Brandon, Software Development Manager, has been with Compusense since 2008. Leading the Compusense Cloud Development team, Brandon manages and oversees all Compusense Cloud tasks, including software maintenance and the development of new features and functionalities. Brandon graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Comp. and a minor in Business Administration. He is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic, as both player and spectator. He especially loves baseball, Ultimate Frisbee, golf and playing outfield for the Compusense Slo Pitch team.

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Brandon Turgeon
Software Development Manager

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Patrick Francisco
Quality Lead 

Patrick joined the Compusense team in the role of Quality Lead in January 2015. Leading Quality Assurance testing, Patrick's key responsibility is to ensure the quality and integrity of the Compusense Cloud application through rigorous scenario-based and user experience testing. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where he received his B.A.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering. When Patrick isn't at home playing guitar, catching up on Netflix or playing video games, he can be found outside running or biking. 

Alan is the User Experience Lead and has been with the Compusense team since 2011. In his role, Alan’s key responsibilities include web design, data visualization, UX and UI. A passionate Torontonian, Alan is an avid runner and cyclist and can whip up a mean vegan tofu scramble.

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Alan Leonard
User Experience Lead

SaaS

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Dominic Tso
Manager, Software as a Service
CISSP Certified

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Terry joined Compusense in 2001 and is currently in the role of Database Developer/Administrator. In his role, Terry is responsible for the installation, maintenance and performance of the production databases, all Compusense Cloud SaaS application installations, database development for new software features. He is also responsible for keeping the staff's bellies full running the office Tuck Shop. Terry obtained his B.E.S. from the University of Waterloo, followed by his M.Sc. from Dalhousie University. Outside of the office, Terry has an eclectic array of hobbies, including botany, hiking, biking, tai chi and writing science fiction and fantasy novels.

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Terry Grignon
Database Developer / Administrator

Alex Kostin
Database Developer / Administrator

Alex joined the Compusense team April 2016. In his role as Database Developer/Administrator, Alex works alongside our SaaS team maintaining Compusense Cloud client databases. He is a graduate of Kiev University, located in Kiev, Ukraine, where he earned his degree in Computers and Electronics. In his spare time, he enjoys being outside where he can indulge in one of his favourite hobbies, flying remote controlled planes.

Operations

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Kendra Horst
Manager, Operations Systems

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Trina Burt
Manager, Operations Team

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Laci Braganca
Operations Administrative Support  

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Sabrina Headley
Operations Administrative Assistant 

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Carrie Olscamp
Operations Administrative Support





 

 

 

 

 

Heather Schirmer
Operations Administrative Assistant 

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Sarah Yip Choy
Operations Administrative Assistant 

Panelists

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Our trusted, trained panelists

For over 20 years we have trained hundreds of panelists for sensory analysis panels. Many of them have more than a decade of experience working on our panels and are a proud part of the Compusense community.

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