Board of Directors
Susan is a Civil Engineer, business leader and board member of several technology companies. In 1998, Susan founded and is the owner of Sustainable Development & Monitoring Inc. (SDM) where she offers management consulting services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and startup technology companies. She provides mentor coaching and executive leadership to tech companies working with Founders Institute and Communitech.
Susan is a Stakeholder Centered Certified Executive Coach and, in addition to executive coaching, is dedicated to advancing women in technology. Currently, Susan sits on the board of several prestigious companies and believes strong board governance is critical ensuring the coordination of strategies, policies and procedures with key stakeholders. As Chairman of the Board at Value Connect, Susan is committed to board transparency and accountability and incorporating modern tools to ensure key stakeholders have timely information in order to make improved strategic business decisions.
Susan is also a TEC Canada Chair to 8-14 CEOs and executives, providing business management and leadership consulting services. TEC has recognized Susan as one of their “Top Guns.” As part of her consulting efforts, she utilizes her experience and expertise in LIDAR data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and IOT.
Early in her career, Susan focused on modeling and big data, specifically Geospatial Data, LIDAR data and other data sources for better management decisions. She created advanced monitoring programs linked to improved management decisions and approval processes. She led watershed management teams that have awards including a United Nations Award for a Global Good Practice and a Dubai International Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment, Watershed Management.
As a University of Waterloo Alumni with an Honors Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (B.A.Sc.) degree as well as 25+ years in executive leadership, Susan is a respected, technically executive who has led organizations through substantial growth and transformation. She and her team contributed towards securing a billion-dollar investment for a transformational project: a gas-fired steam-assisted electrical generation station for Swift Current. She has represented portfolio owners worth billions of dollars of infrastructure across Canada and understands the value of accurate digital data to optimize design, build, operate and maintain the built world. She is dedicated to finding applied use cases and is an advocate for open Standards and the advancement of BIM. She is an expert at bringing together multidisciplinary teams to advance technology for the betterment of Canada.
Susan has worked across Canada - its cities and municipalities, including Toronto, Ontario, Waterloo and Swift Current - on projects focused on various types of property utilizing real world applications of big data, technology and infrastructure and she knows the time is now for transformational change in designing, building, operating and maintaining the built world. The key to this is BIM. Building Information Models.
Director & Advisor
With 25+ years experience in financial services, David Baldarelli has demonstrated the ability to guide organizations through innovation and extensive business transformation. David possesses exceptional end-to-end business experience with advanced knowledge in risk management, finance, marketing, operations, analytics, product management and digital banking. He has a passion for developing high performing teams and encourages team members to always work hard and have fun as well as be yourself.
In his last role as Chief Digital Officer with Meridian credit union, David was responsible for developing and executing the digital banking strategy as well as serving as Chief Operating Officer for motusbank (National Digital Bank). During his tenure, Meridian was awarded best digital and AI credit union at the Canadian Fintech and AI awards in 2019. Before that, David spent 3 years with Mogo Finance Technology where he served as Chief Operating and Credit Officer. He has also worked for leading and reputable companies including Coast Capital, HSBC, and Bank of Montreal.
David is active in his community where he serves on 2 not-for-profit boards of Nelson Youth Centres and Flamborough Connects. He also volunteers at Acclaim Health of Halton where he provides companionship for elderly and youth in need.
David holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo majoring in Actuarial Science. He also has an MBA from Rotman School of Management and holds a CPA, CMA accounting designation.
Director & Advisor
Dan Putnam is an expert at developing and executing on sales strategies with over 25 years experience in the Canadian residential mortgage industry. His is currently the SVP of Residential Mortgages at CMLS, and previously owned and operated a large regional mortgage brokerage, served as President of two national mortgage brokerage operations, and served as President of Originations for Macquarie Financial. In 2015, Mr. Putnam served as the Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP), now known as Mortgage Professionals Canada.
Director & Technology Advisor
Patrick Wardrop is a senior technical staff member at IBM. He is currently the chief product architect for a cloud security product. Patrick has nearly twenty years experience in enterprise software development and security solutions architecture for a number of industry verticals. He has more than twenty US issued patents and more than forty world-wide issued patents.
Patrick holds a bachelors degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Secretary, Director and Advisor
Brian is currently an Adviser and Secretary to Value Connect's Board of Directors. He advises on the strategic direction of the company in addition to operational and deployment of the company’s information technology resources.
Brian’s business career has spanned thirty years where he has held senior leadership roles in Canada and Europe in areas of strategic planning, information technology, marketing, business development, sales, mergers and acquisitions and government relations. Brian retired from Teranet Inc. after 17 years where he was Vice-President responsible for Marketing and Business Development, Communications, Government Relations, New Business Initiatives and Special Projects. He also held the office of President and Chief Operating Officer for a national e-commerce business.
Brian is active in the community. He is Past-Chair of Innovation Guelph (since 2011-2017), Chair of Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (since 2010), a Director with Cutten Fields, Past President of the Rotary Club of Guelph South and Past Vice-Chair of Guelph Hydro Inc. He has been held the role of Chair on Governance, Finance and Audit and Human Resources and Compensation Committees for these organizations as well.
Brian has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a Chartered Director designation from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business where he is also on the faculty of The Director’s College.
Brian’s approach to business is focusing on customer’s needs and developing solutions that address these needs to build sustainable and profitable enterprises.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chris started his mortgage career at RDM Financial after spending almost five years moving through the corporate ladder at Levi Strauss & Co. (Canada) Inc. He quickly put his sales and customer service skills to good use and grew his mortgage practice to become one of the largest in the region.
He completed a project on Appraisal Management Companies based on his experience in the mortgage industry and is devoting 100% of his time to this new company. Value Connect Inc.’s mission is to change the industry for the betterment of lenders, loan originators, and appraisers.
Chris has extensive background in economics and mortgage public policy. He is regularly asked to guest lecture and sit as an expert panelist for lenders, mortgage insurers, and at industry functions. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.