Solink empowers brick and mortar businesses to use data to reinvent their entire operations. What differentiates us from other data-analytics software companies is that we’ve successfully made surveillance video a source of insight. We focus on security applications that combat fraud proactively. In the future, we see every department using video to make data-driven decisions: marketing, operations, even HR.
Surveillance cameras are ubiquitous – every store, bank, restaurant, airport has dozens to thousands of cameras throughout their footprint. But video is treated as an afterthought, like an insurance policy. When an incident happens, the footage is passed on to law-enforcement or security personnel – the remaining 99% of the time it’s ignored.
The realization that this rich data is at our disposal but seldom used is baffling.
We decided to fundamentally change the function of surveillance video – by paying attention to the video content and data around video rather than the hardware required to simply view video. In the same way that Google can cater content based on your interests, geolocation, previously viewed content- we aim to narrow the information from thousands of hours of video to a consumable subset that a user can use to answer important questions. That’s a transformative thought and could redefine brick & mortar businesses, as we know them.
“Solink has a high-powered team behind it. The company’s board includes Mr. Matthews, Wesley Clover president Paul Chiarelli and former Mitel CEO Don Smith. Its staff includes talented coders from around the world, working through problems seen as too difficult by the established security industry.”
Mike has been with Solink since 2010, and CEO since 2013. Prior to Solink, Mike worked at Bell Canada Enterprise (BCE) in Corporate Strategy where he guided the company during its corporate restructuring in 2008. He also facilitated the execution and integration of key transactions at Bell including the acquisition of Virgin Mobile Canada and The Source. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Rob comes to Solink with more than 20 years’ experience in bringing new technology to the forefront of the electronic security world. His extensive experience ranges from playing a vital role in the introduction of the first ATM DVR to spearheading extensive sales efforts for a global security conglomerate. Prior to joining Solink, Rob was part of the start-up team of Lanex, which introduced the first embedded DVR for the financial marketplace in 1996. As Vice President of Lanex, he was instrumental in leading the company after it was acquired by Verint Systems. Rob assumed the role of Vice President of Sales at Verint when the company went public in 2002 and continued to lead sales efforts, eventually growing Verint into the leading provider of video and analytics management systems worldwide with a market cap over 2 Billion dollars.
Cory handles administrative and operational activities at Solink, and joined the company in 2014. Prior to Solink, Cory was Corporate Controller for Optelian Access Networks, an optical technology manufacturer, and from 2007 to 2013 worked in high-tech audit with Deloitte, providing tech start-up and venture capital advisory and audit services. Cory holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queens University, and is a CPA, CA.
Norm has over twenty-five years of experience building and delivering software solutions to telecom, enterprise, and consumer market. At Solink, Norman is responsible for the company’s technology strategy and for leading a first class development team. Prior to Solink, Norm founded MyLocalAppStore which provide mobile application development services to Ottawa area technology companies. Norm co-founded webHancer, a SaaS company whose customers included Microsoft, MSN, Amazon, Orbitz, FedEx, and Classmates. webHancer’s technology was acquired by Microsoft. Norm has held senior positions building telecom applications at fast-paced, high-growth startups such as Newbridge Networks, CrossKeys, and Atreus Systems. Norm holds a B.Eng. from McGill University.
After joining Solink in 2013, Christopher’s focus is on generating new business through marketing and business development activities. Christopher came to Solink after working in sales and growth roles at technology-driven startups. With a budding background in digital marketing and analytics, Christopher is always looking for unique ways to bring our disruptive solution to market. Some people call him Chuck.
Chelsea joined Solink in the spring of 2016 to head up the Customer Success team. Prior to working at Solink, Chelsea worked in IT for 5 years in the federal political arena. During her tenure in politics, Chelsea filled a variety of positions, including help desk agent , IT support supervisor, and business analyst. Chelsea holds a degree in Communications (Honours) with a minor in English Literature and earned her BA00 Certificate in Business Analysis from CTE Solutions in 2014. In her spare time, Chelsea tries to practise her novice coding skills and keep on top of the latest Start-Up buzz.
Drawing on 20+ years high-tech experience, Guy focuses on providing the best possible user experience for all of Solink’s installed customer base and integration partners. Prior to joining Solink, Guy worked with some of Ottawa’s most innovative companies in a variety of management roles spanning from R&D, Sales, Marketing and Product Management. Guy has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.