The Datifex Team

Datifex is on a mission to completely change the way enterprises use big data. We bring together data analytics, film and game technologies, content management and social collaboration into a single cloud-based platform that enables everyone in an organization to see and discuss ever-growing amounts of data and come together to make better decisions. With a focused board of directors and advisors who are subject matter experts, and strong team of people with Hollywood and enterprise experience, Datifex is revolutionizing the way we find meaning in and make better decisions from vast amounts of data.

Chris Erickson

Founder and CEO

Chris is an entrepreneur with a background as a lawyer and professional engineer. He was the cofounder and President of 724 Solutions which developed the first platform that gave consumers access to their banks through mobile phones and other wireless devices. 724 Solutions listed on the TSX and NASDAQ and eventually reached a market cap of more than $10b. Chris has also been involved with a number of companies as an investor, director and acting executive. He is a trustee of the MaRS Innovation Investment Trust and a mentor to startup companies including those coming out of Canada’s Next36 program.

Chris has degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and Law from the University of Toronto. He has started and operated a number of companies while at Waterloo and law school and during his time as a lawyer at Faskens, Canada’s largest law firm. He has won a number of awards, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and the silver medal in Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Joyce Janczyn


Joyce brings to Datifex a strong background in 3D graphics and animation. She spent many years working with Maya in senior management roles in development, product management and business development for Alias and later Autodesk after its acquisition of Alias. Autodesk is the world leader in 3D graphics, animation and rendering technology whose products have received numerous Academy Awards.

Joyce has over 25 years of experience in the software industry at both early stage start-ups and large enterprises. She began her career in software development and research at IBM where she co-authored a patent in compiler optimization technology.

Most recently she was COO at Fixmo Inc. a mobile security software company that was that was named one of the “Top 10 Mobile Start- Ups to Watch in 2013” by Network World. At Fixmo, Joyce was responsible for product development, delivery of services, and day-to-day operations.

Joyce has a B. Sc. Honours Computer Science from the University of Manitoba.

Paul Salvini

Board of Directors, Cofounder

Paul’s deep experience in both data science and 3D graphics technologies gives him unique insight into Datifex’ objectives. He was instrumental in supporting Chris’ vision of combining state-of-the-art analytics and 3D graphics technologies to enable people to find vastly greater meaning in their big data.

Paul is CEO of the Stratford Accelerator Centre (AC), a world-renowned facility dedicated to developing technology-based businesses and is Associate VP of Research Commercialization at the Univeristy of Waterloo. Previously, Paul was CTO at Christie Digital, a company specializing in high end visual display technologies and CTO at Side Effects Software, whose Houdini product has won several Academy Awards and is one of Hollywood’s leading 3D animation and visual effects tools.

Paul is an adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He has a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, MASc and PhD degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

David Cox

Board of Directors

Dave is Datifex’ expert in enterprises that create and rely on massive amounts of information and data. He has a long and impressive career, and is well known for his work as CIO and a senior level executive for some of the world’s largest technology companies. He has been CIO for Motorola of two separate occasions, EVP and CSO of the Bank of Montreal, CIO of Bell Canada and CIO of Nortel.

Dave has been instrumental in bringing to Datifex the perspective of data analytics, being personally challenged to find better stories in and make better decisions with what is an impossible amount of enterprise data.

Alain Chesnais

Advisory Board Member

As the former president of ACM and ACM SIGGRAPH, and former Director of Engineering for Autodesk Maya (at the time Alias|wavefront), Alain brings significant domain expertise and technical experience in the field of 3D graphics to Datifex.

Since Alias|wavefront, Alain has held senior management roles including as CTO at SceneCaster, which developed a 3D visualization platform for social media. Today, Alain is the co-founder of TrendSpottr which develops web services that do predictive analytics and identify real time trends in social media.

Alain studied at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique and l’Université de Paris VII and XI, where he earned a Maîtrise de Mathématiques, a Maîtrise de Structure Mathématique de l’Informatique, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in Computer Science.

Eugene Fiume

Advisory Board Member

Eugene Fiume has a long and highly-regarded association with the computer graphics. His research contributions are international and include most aspects of realistic computer graphics, including computer animation and modelling natural phenomena, as well as extensive experience in internet based imaging and software systems.

Among his many academic and industry accomplishments, Eugene has been a member of several boards, including the Max Planck Centre for Visual Computing and Communication and the Executive Advisory Board of the IBM Toronto Laboratory. He is currently on the Board of Advisors for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing and the Scientific Director of the GRAND NCE in 2015.

Eugene is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he co-directs the Dynamic Graphics Project. He is also Director of the Masters of Science in Applied Computing program.

Richard Kerris

Advisory Board Member

Richard Kerris brings to Datifex a strong background in the film and visual effects industries. As former CTO of Lucasfilm, Richard oversaw the company’s global technical operations, and was responsible for development and execution of the technology strategy for renown studios Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and LucasArts.

Richard was most recently an executive at Nokia, where as VP of Global Developer Relations, he led teams to provide differentiated mobile products for consumers. Prior to Nokia, Richard was VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at HP, Director of Product Management for Maya at Alias|wavefront and a Senior Director at Apple.

Today Richard is an advisor to companies, artists and developers focused on emerging technologies and market strategies for products, platforms, cloud services, and mobile devices.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fitchburg State College, MA and is a member of the Visual Effects Society.