Our Leadership Team
At Flybits, we believe deeply in our people, who uphold our core values for our employees, our customers, and their customers. This starts at the top with our experienced and passionate Leadership Team.
Meet The Team
Deborah Beatty is a digital strategist and business builder with broad global experience. Before Flybits, Deborah was at Apple Inc in Dubai, as Head of Strategy for Middle East & Africa, driving the company’s long term plans for the region, and responsible for partnerships with financial institutions. Deborah has also been the COO of Monitor Company's Middle East consulting practice and the Vice President of Digital at two of Canada's leading media companies. Deborah started her career as a strategy consultant for Monitor Company in Boston, New York and London. Deborah has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Princeton University.
Jason Davies has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, Digital Payments, and Fintech. As VP of Enterprise Innovation, Jason is responsible for leveraging next generation platforms and technology to solve Flybits’ customers’ business problems and create new growth opportunities for the company. He has held senior positions at Mastercard, including Head of Digital Payments and Labs in Canada, and Global Product Development for Mastercard’s Managed Services division, and has also worked in CPG and Retail. Jason holds Hons. B.A.s in Psychology and Economics, from McGill University and McMaster University, and an MBA from the University of Windsor.
VP, Enterprise Innovation
Mark De Carvalho is an entrepreneurial-minded, agile product development leader. He has over 10 years of experience building B2B and B2C products. As VP of Product Management at Flybits, Mark leads the entire product lifecycle from strategy to tactics. Mark has managed and launched SaaS products at startups and scaleups with $35+ million/year revenue. He has helped several companies transition to an Agile product development methodology. Mark graduated top of his class with a Bachelors of Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Mark De Carvalho
VP, Product Management
With almost 20 years of experience in business strategy and development, Gerti Dervishi is a founding member of the Flybits team. Since 2012, he has served a number of roles including customer success, product management, strategy, implementation, and, most recently, forging international partnerships and consulting with some of the world’s leading brands. Prior to Flybits, Gerti honed his skills at leading organizations such as CIBC and IBM. Gerti holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Ottawa, an MBA from Ryerson University, and a Masters in Management Finance from Harvard University.
VP, Corporate Development & Operations
Sean Frigault has over 15 years of experience in the FinTech sector, mainly in Sales and Business development, as well as key positions in product, engineering, project management and operations. At Flybits, Sean leads the sales and business development team and is responsible for overall revenue growth for the company. Sean has extensive experience managing complex strategic projects at global organizations such as Finastra, FCT (Division of First American Corporation), D+H, and CIBC. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and a certificate with Lean Six Sigma.
Global Head of Sales
Jay Graver leads the Solutions Team at Flybits, responsible for delivering innovations that address business challenges. Prior to joining Flybits he was the Global Solution Sales Director for the Americas at Giesecke & Devrient. He has worked extensively in the payments and information security industries and has brought several mobile payments solutions to market, from pre-sales design through to commercial launch. As a Lead Engineer for an international network security vendor, Jay led cryptography and vulnerability research projects. Jay is a University of Guelph graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Systems and Computing.
Director, Advanced Enterprise Solutions
Brian Jamieson is a dynamic leader and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience leading technology companies through rapid periods of growth. Brian’s focus at Flybits is managing and optimizing the day-to-day operations of the company while ensuring the company scales up to deliver an exceptional customer and partner experience. During his career, Brian has held a variety of general management roles, including COO of Lone Wolf Technologies and SVP of Operations with HighJump Inc.. Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University as well as an MBA from Queen’s University.
Chief Operating Officer
For more than a decade, Petar Kramaric has contributed to ground-breaking work in cloud computing and mobile development. A founding member of the Flybits team since 2008, Petar was part of the initial research group that built the IP for the future of the company. Presently, as VP of Platforms, he is responsible for evolving and developing the platform to meet current and future customer needs. Petar is a graduate of Ryerson University where he completed both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer and Data Science.
Justin Lam is one of the founding members of Flybits, having joined the team prior to incorporation as a Blackberry Developer. Currently, Justin is Director of Software Tools and Applications. During his time at Flybits, Justin has been a mobile and web specialist and a software engineer on the Product team. He has focused his effort and skills on web development and has contributed to advancing the Android and iOS capabilities of the platform. He has also worked on development teams at Bell Mobility and AstraZeneca in areas of information systems and product realization. Justin has a Bachelor of Science from Ryerson University.
Director, Software Tools & Applications
Sheldon Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and the digital economy. An instrumental figure in the recent growth of Toronto’s innovation ecosystem, his roles have included President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University (2005-15), Ontario Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (2015-17), CEO of NEXT Canada (2017-18), and founder of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship. In December 2018, Sheldon was appointed Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.
Special Executive Advisor
Justine Melman has two decades of experience delivering cutting-edge marketing and digital initiatives for major global and Canadian brands. As VP of Marketing & Communications at Flybits, Justine leads efforts to advance brand, marketing and customer experience strategies. Justine began her career launching an innovative entertainment/loyalty startup, after which she led consumer marketing efforts at Holt Renfrew, The Globe and Mail, eBay Canada, Ally, and Yahoo! Canada. At Cineplex she focused on digital transformation to enhance the customer experience. Justine has a B.A. in Psychology from Western University.
VP, Marketing & Communications
Dr. Hossein Rahnama, founder and CEO of Flybits, is recognized globally as a leader in AI, mobile human-computer interaction and the effective design of data-driven services. He is a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and professor at Ryerson University. Rahnama has written 30 publications and received 10 patents in ubiquitous computing. He was a co-founder of the #1 university-based incubator in the world, The Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University. In 2012, MIT Technology Review selected him as one of the Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35 globally. In 2017, he became one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.
Dr. Hossein Rahnama
Founder & CEO
Andrew Smith has over 15 years experience engineering industry-leading enterprise software for government agencies and highly-regulated industries including Financial Services, Life Sciences, and others. He is an inventor on 10 granted or pending patents. As Head of Engineering Operations, Andrew is currently responsible for positioning the engineering organization for scale while also overseeing engineering on our back-end platform. Prior to joining Flybits, Andrew has held positions in software engineering, architecture, and quality assurance at BlackBerry and Veeva Systems. Andrew has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
Head of Engineering Operations
Dr. Matt Stroud has 12 years of experience in data and strategy for startups and established corporations. Leading the EMEA team at Flybits, Matt is responsible for driving growth in the region. Previously, Matt focused on using personal data to drive commercial outcomes, and led the UK’s Personal Data and Trust program at the Digital Catapult, bringing together hundreds of innovators on the use of personal data. Matt was Head of Strategy for the UK’s largest mobile phone operator. He’s committed to ethical data ecosystems and is co-founder of the Data Sharing Principles Group. Matt has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from UCL.
Dr. Matt Stroud
Managing Director, Europe
Hannah Yardley is a seasoned talent advisor, focusing on helping organizations forge the connection between great strategy and great talent. After a decade advising Fortune 500 clients on how to best solve their toughest talent challenges, Hannah joined the Flybits leadership team as VP, People and Culture. She spends most of her day helping Flybits scale its growth journey, while continuing to make the organization a hive for great talent in Toronto and across the globe. Hannah has an honours degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
VP, People & Organizational Design
Amir Yazdanpanah is an entrepreneurial IT executive with extensive experience in software product development, product sales & marketing, business operations and P/L management. In his 20+ years career he has held CEO/COO/CIO positions in the US, UK and UAE. Amir started his career at large corporations and subsequently founded a telecom software company, Telarix, in 1996. After moving to Dubai in 2011, Amir became COO of Voicetrust, an international identity and digital payment solutions provider. Amir also founded a technology education company in UAE focusing on providing Innovation and STEM education to K-12 institutions and students.