EXO U Managers

Founded in 2010, EXO U (TSX-V: EXO) is an enterprise software company headquartered in Montreal, QC with additional offices in Palo Alto, CA. Our mission is to enable enterprises and educational institutions to securely manage information and empower people to communicate their best ideas.

We believe technology should be breaking down barriers not building them up. We eliminate silos created by people’s technology choices and manage application interoperability across desktop and mobile computing environments. With EXO U, you’re able to give people secure access to the applications and the information they need when they need it across different operating systems and devices. You’re also able to forget about today’s devices and deliver a Collaborative Workspace to all that will also work with tomorrow’s devices as they’re realized.

For enterprise IT organizations, we simplify the management of the entire application lifecycle. This helps our clients manage enterprise mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, ensure the security and privacy of information, increase productivity, and reduce ongoing IT costs. Learn more.

For educational organizations, we empower educators to leverage technologies that enable a better education experience. This helps our clients effectively use the technologies they already have, take advantage of the latest in digital and mobile technologies, and engage students in exciting new ways inside and outside of the classroom. Learn more.

Our Values

We’re client-focused. To have the greatest impact, we need to focus on building products that make our clients’ lives better. We know that if our products don’t work for our clients, they don’t work for us.

We’re innovative. We’re unapologetically optimistic, tackling and solving challenging problems. We iterate quickly, seeking feedback along the way, constantly learning, and pushing technology further.

We deliver a great experience to employees and clients. We believe a great client experience begins with our employees. We insist on an open, curious culture where everyone has a voice and collaborates on a shared mission.

We act with honesty, integrity, and respect. We value diversity of ideas and skills. Each employee has a voice and a chance to make a difference.

Shan Ahdoot

Shan Ahdoot

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Shan Ahdoot serves as EXO U’s Chief Executive Officer and co-founder. Shan brings more than 15 years of management experience building and leading technology companies.

Prior to EXO U, Shan was at Ciara Technologies as Executive Vice-President and General Manager. Under Shan’s leadership, Ciara Technologies experienced greater than 20% year-over-year growth and became a leading integrator in Canada. Shan joined Ciara Technologies from Hypertec Systems.

Jean-Baptiste Martinoli

Jean-Baptiste Martinoli

Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder

Jean-Baptiste Martinoli serves as EXO U’s Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder. Coding since the age of 11, Jean-Baptiste has started a number of successful technology firms and holds numerous patents related to physical motion simulation on touch screen displays. He is passionate about breaking the traditional limits of web-centric applications and delivering new levels of user experience.

Prior to EXO U, Jean-Baptiste served as Chief Technology Officer at Mioplanet, KanariWorld, and Groupware Unlimited.

Douglas McCollam

Douglas McCollam

Chief Financial Officer

Doug McCollam serves as EXO U’s Chief Financial Officer. Doug brings more than 30 years of strong financial leadership through a variety of significant milestones, such as IPOs and acquisitions, as well as development of Caribbean and Latin American markets.

Prior to EXO U, Doug was the Chief Financial Officer of ARISE Technologies Corp and the Chief Financial Officer of Corel Corporation as well as its Principal Accounting Officer. Before Corel, he held positions with NORDX/ CDT, Northern Telecom, and Nortel Networks. Doug is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Honors Finance from Concordia University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Ken Chen

Ken Chen

Vice President of Product Management

Ken Chen serves as EXO U's Vice President of Product Management. Ken brings 17 years of expertise in mobility, Software as a Service (SaaS), and collaboration software. He has successfully assembled productive teams and launched market-leading solutions.

Prior to EXO U, Ken was Senior Product Manager, Mobile and Cloud Applications, at Cisco, responsible for products such as WebEx Meetings for iPhone, Cisco Jabber, Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi with millions of users. While at Intel, he was one of the original founders of Bluetooth wireless technology and built and executed the go-to-market strategy for this ubiquitous technology. He also mentors and advises mobile enterprise startups. Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from The Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Rene Marquis

    Rene Marquis

    Vice President, Education Sales

    Rene Marquis serves as EXO U’s Vice President, Education. Rene has over 22 years of experience implementing advanced technologies and securing innovative partnerships and has held several senior management positions in IT and education.

    Prior to EXO U, Rene was Director Information Technology at Commission scolaire de Laval and held senior positions at DMR, division of Fujitsu, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Burroughs, Inc. Rene holds a Diploma in Management from McGill University and a Master Degree in Information Technology from HEC Montreal.

  • John-Wharton

    John Wharton

    Vice President of Business Development

    John Wharton serves as EXO U's Vice President of Business Development. John brings a wealth of transaction and business development expertise in Mobility, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Collaboration Software. He has successfully executed domestic and cross-border transactions with emerging companies during his time with large technology organizations and financial institutions.

    Prior to EXO U, John was Senior Corporate Development Manager covering Collaboration Software at Cisco, responsible for M&A, Investment, and Strategy related to key products such as Jabber, WebEx, Contact Center, Telepresence, and VoIP telephony with millions of users. While at Oppenheimer, he was one of the original members of the banking team that launched the firm's Asia Pacific coverage with responsibility for software companies located in China, Hong Kong, and India. He is also an advisor to several startups and non-profit institutions. John holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering and Economics from University of Delaware, Masters of Sciences degree in Engineering from Cal Poly University, and an Executive M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Management in New York.

  • Albert Dang

    Albert Dang

    Director of Software Development

    Albert Dang serves as EXO U's Director of Software Development. Albert brings ten years of development experience in mobile games & applications, cross-platform portability and productivity enhancements ranging from code-level optimizations to development team direction.

    Prior to EXO U, Albert was Development Manager at Electronic Arts, responsible for worldwide feature phone development and BU leadership for Android at EA, with over fifty developers spread across five studios developing content under his leadership. Before EA, Albert worked at Tira Wireless, where he led development for embedded applications and supported general business operations.

Shan Ahdoot

Shan Ahdoot

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Shan Ahdoot serves as EXO U’s Chief Executive Officer and co-founder. Shan brings more than 15 years of management experience building and leading technology companies.

Prior to EXO U, Shan was at Ciara Technologies as Executive Vice-President and General Manager. Under Shan’s leadership, Ciara Technologies experienced greater than 20% year-over-year growth and became a leading integrator in Canada. Shan joined Ciara Technologies from Hypertec Systems.

Jean-Baptiste Martinoli

Jean-Baptiste Martinoli

Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder

Jean-Baptiste Martinoli serves as EXO U’s Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder. Coding since the age of 11, Jean-Baptiste has started a number of successful technology firms and holds numerous patents related to physical motion simulation on touch screen displays. He is passionate about breaking the traditional limits of web-centric applications and delivering new levels of user experience.

Prior to EXO U, Jean-Baptiste served as Chief Technology Officer at Mioplanet, KanariWorld, and Groupware Unlimited.

Robert Fortier

Robert Fortier

Director, EXO U since 2013

Robert Fortier is Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Astral. Prior to Astral, Robert held the position of Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at Microcell Telecommunications, Inc., a national wireless telecommunication company operation under the brand name Fido. Before Microcell, Robert was Vice President of Finance with the advertising agency Léveillé, Vickers & Benson.

Robert has held the position of Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. Robert is a member of the Ordre des Comptables Agréés (Chartered Accountants) of Québec and holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières.

Jonathan Ahdoot

Jonathan Ahdoot

Director, EXO U since 2013

Jonathan Ahdoot is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hypertec Group. Jonathan commenced his employment within the Hypertec Group in 1999 as an intern and during the course of his career has acquired in-depth knowledge of the North American hosting and disaster recovery markets.

Prior to his current position, Jonathan was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hypertec BCDR. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Arthur Gerald Howarth

Arthur (Art) Howarth

Director, EXO U since 2013

Arthur (Art) Howarth is the Director of Architecture in the office of the CTO for the Video & Collaboration Group (VCG) for Cisco Systems, Inc. Art is forming this newly chartered group, which is responsible for identifying strategic architecture challenges & working across functional entities to deliver business and customer impacting solutions. In addition to this, Art works with Canadian venture and technology communities and top tier universities to develop, mature and deliver next generation technologies to Cisco’s customers and partners.

Art has held positions in several different parts of Cisco. Prior to his current position, Art was Director, Corporate Development Technology Group; Principal Engineer, Technology Center; Senior Engineering Manager Technology Center, and Technical Marketing Manager for the Service Provider Line of Business for Dial / ISDN, DSL, Cable, Voice over IP and Remote Branch Solutions. Art has worked on various technologies during his tenure at Cisco, including RFID & Wireless Sensor Networks, Streaming Audio, Video over IP, Voice over IP, Home Networking, dial/ISDN and cable/DSL networking. Before joining Cisco in 1995, Art was the Technical Services Manager, Novell Business Unit at Eicon Technology, based in Montreal. Art holds a Computer Science degree from Concordia University.