In 1999, most companies were still relying solely on resumes to screen employees, prior to interviewing them. Ben knew that there had to be a better way to understand their candidates and predict their success. So he started a business that helped Fortune 500 companies with hiring employees based on the science of personality assessment.
Ben’s small business was hired by companies like GlaxoSmithKline, Nike, Merrill Lynch, Eli Lilly, 3M and Xerox to implement the use of personality assessment in predicting job candidate success. His clientele expanded across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
While Ben was applying for patents on his new inventions, he saw that small businesses (just like his own) couldn’t afford this technology, despite the fact that they were the ones that needed it the most. As Ben set his mind to solving this problem, he met Jamie and together they created ClearFit™.
Jamie has a great resume, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming frustrated with his options. You’d think an MBA from Harvard, with Fortune 500 experience (including Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola) would be living the dream, but Jamie needed something different.
After trying his hand at big company life, Jamie worked at several small businesses and noticed that it didn’t matter how big the company was or how qualified the employees were, some people were a better fit for their jobs than others. Choosing to find the small business that fit him best, Jamie met Ben.
Jamie adapted Ben’s technology to help small businesses achieve dramatic improvements with hiring employees – at a price any small business owner could love.
ClearFit™ was born.
Dr. Jerry is a recognized industrial-organizational PhD, with over 20 years experience developing candidate and employee assessment tools for both Fortune 500 and small businesses. In particular, Jerry has worked with his profession to revise standards for such assessments and has served as Associate Editor for the premier applied psychology journal. Jerry’s specialty is designing assessment methods that select the right people for organizations.
One day, Ben and Jamie presented Jerry an opportunity to use his experience in a creative way to help many, many organizations choose their people.
Their challenge to Jerry was to help create an assessment process that was easy to use, useful for both the candidate and organization – including small organizations – and, at the same time, rigorously reflected the state of the art and science of selecting effective people.Jerry as helped ClearFit™ transform the complex science of employment assessment into something that anyone can access on their laptop and easily use without help from an expert. Hmmm, when you think about it, Jerry has helped ClearFit™ give away this valuable expertise. Nice going, Jerry.
Heather is a dynamic financial and legal expert with extensive experience supporting the profitable growth of early stage technology companies.
Already a civil engineer with an MBA, Heather will have her LLM in business law this year. Having spent the last 15 years working for growing technology companies, Heather excels in all places of a company’s back office—accounting, legal, HR, finance, and administration.
If she isn’t building bridges or saving the day at ClearFit, Heather is busy being the mother of twins. If that’s not enough, she is also the former president of the Toronto twins’ association.
How does she do it all? Rumor has it that Heather has a twin herself.
Derek joined ClearFit Inc. in November 2012 as VP, Engineering. His commitment to product excellence and delightful client experiences has since made him an invaluable part of the ClearFit team.
Prior to joining the ClearFit ranks, Derek led product and engineering at Syncapse, which included the creation of the Analytics Suite product along with building the customer care organization, as well as being responsible for technical services delivery for large enterprise clients, including L’Oréal Canada, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Research in Motion. Derek also formerly led the digital engineering and operations departments at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Astral Media, and Rogers Digital Media.
Derek’s start in the software industry came when he left his music and humanities studies at York University for the opportunity to work in computer animation. He worked on several live production projects, an animated television series, and an art film with renowned Canadian artist Michael Snow.
Derek lives in Stouffville with his wife and two lovely children. He is an avid technologist, musician, sometime golfer, and lead guitarist in the ClearFit band.
Head of Product
Kim joined ClearFit Inc. in January 2013 as Head of Product. In this role, she is a major player in making ClearFit effective, intuitive, and easy-to-understand for each and every customer.
Prior to joining ClearFit, Kim created all content (for technology entrepreneurs) for the Mars Entrepreneur’s toolkit for Product Management, as well as held senior product positions at Achievers (formerly “I Love Rewards”) and well-known Internet services company, Tucows.
Kim is also the owner of and principal designer at Down to Earth Decor, an innovative interior design company. Given our office is always in need of some change, both ClearFit and its customers are happy to have Kim in the fold.
Director of Business Development
Matt joined ClearFit in December of 2012 as director of business development. In this role, he generates new business and grows existing accounts through strategic one-on-one consulation.
Prior to ClearFit, Matt was the senior business development manager at I Love Rewards, where he worked directly with companies to implement rewards and recognition programs for their employees, customers, and dealer channels.
However, when he’s not developing business, you’ll find him eating bowl after bowl of frozen yogurt. Why? Matt is also the owner of popular local establishment Gurts Bakery and Frozen Yogurt in Roncesvalles.
Justin leads the marketing team at ClearFit, where he helps bring the ClearFit message to the world.
He’s steeped in digital marketing, copywriting, web analytics, and market research, making him equally comfortable developing creative for an integrated marketing campaign or data mining in Excel. This powerful combination of left-brain and right-brain makes for a lively internal conversation — and the occasional great idea.
Justin studied English at the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia before diving into marketing and web analytics at the Sauder School of Business. A longstanding rumor holds that every word of ClearFit’s marketing material is taken straight from obscure works of modernist poetry.
Somehow, whenever this comes up, Justin always manages to change the subject.
Sean is the lead developer and software architect at ClearFit: he eats impossible code problems for breakfast and something rather more sensible for lunch.
His experience of Java and Ruby extends over ten years and two separate continents, and he has worked on and led a variety of projects.
His lifelong love of elegant code was enhanced by reading and taking a doctorate in Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. After mastering thousand-year-dead Germanic languages, picking up new computer syntax becomes trivial.
In addition to building the eye-popping magic behind our hiring software, he’s writing tests for all the code in Old English.
Hospitality Vertical Marketing Manager
Not only experienced, but also passionate about all things marketing, Erin is an exciting addition to the ClearFit team, bringing a very “think outside of the box” approach.
Combining a qualified background in Brand Marketing, Event Management, Radio/TV Broadcasting, and Public Relations, Erin is always up for any challenge, any venture, any obstacle.
Often referred to as a “professional enthusiast”, she has a unique passion for building relationships with clients, colleagues… and strangers.
Consistently striving to make big ideas BIGGER and good ideas GREAT, her constant motivation stems from the late great Dr. Seuss:
And will you succeed?
Retail Vertical Marketing Manager
Hailing from the East Coast and a graduate of Saint Mary’s University, Simon joined the ClearFit team in December of 2012 as director of retail.
Prior to joining ClearFit, Simon was CFO and Co-Founder of Talem Health Solutions, a tech-health company focused on bridging healthcare professionals and individuals requiring physical therapy. Simon is also an alumnus of “The Next 36,” an organization focused on developing Canada’s next generation of high impact entrepreneurs.
In his spare time, you can always find him on the basketball court shooting hoops. Fun fact: back in 2007, Simon was a member of the Canadian Juniors Basketball Team!
Construction Vertical Marketing Manager
Fabien joined ClearFit in February of 2013 as the construction vertical marketing manager. In this role, he works closely with the heads of each vertical department to ensure that the ClearFit solution is related effectively to each specific industry.
Prior to ClearFit, Fabien has worked as a marketing and business consultant specializing in innovation management for a plethora of startups and established businesses in the four corners of the world.
Fabien hails from France and is very tall, thereby leading some here at ClearFit to suspect he is the second coming of Andre the Giant. To date, he remains unchallenged and therefore the Undisputed Champion of the office.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Sydney joined ClearFit in 2013 as a digital marketing specialist. In this role, she helps ClearFit reach new customers through search engine marketing and new campaigns, as well as helps to analyze all the figures to see what works and what doesn’t.
After graduating with an Information Technology Management degree from Ryerson in 2011, Sydney worked as a digital campaign specialist for Rogers, helping put together search engine marketing for popular brands such as Sportsnet, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent.
Sydney’s also a huge animal lover, which makes for an interesting dynamic in the office — she owns a rabbit while Fab from France likes to eat them!
Marco is a philosophy nerd turned marketer. For this reason, he finds a strange joy in making abstract problems clear and solvable; it keeps him grounded.
Marco started off as a marketer in the fitness industry, and soon after made the leap to entrepreneurship. On this path, he filled his days by finding fun ways to build quality web traffic using market research, affiliate marketing, content strategy, link-building, and anything else he could think up. His favorite way to spread ClearFit’s message is by delivering thoughtful content, when it’s needed the most.
While majoring in both philosophy and history at the University of Toronto, Marco was also trained as a personal trainer. If he isn’t busy at his desk, or playing jazz guitar, ask him for fitness tips!
Noam was born and raised in Toronto, went off to McGill University to pursue a major in International Development, and after graduating, he just knew he wanted to help people in some capacity. Couple that with his innate interest in the internet and start-ups, and he might just be the perfect “fit” here at ClearFit.
As a Hiring Coach, Noam’s job is to assist employers of small and medium sized businesses through all steps of the hiring process — for example, creating a job posting and finding applicants, and of course evaluating who is the right fit for the job. He also helps with general inquiries and lends a hand on other various projects around the office.
In his spare time, you can find him carrying out shut downs on the basketball court or picking up earworms at a concert.
A strong believer that the future will be provided by web technologies — looking at you native apps — Matt is a supporter of web standards, best practices in security, and lean methodology.
When he isn’t basking in the glow of a computer screen Matt can be found running, snowboarding, or cooking up something delicious.
Andrew has been developing custom business software since 1995. He was part of the Groupware Practice at Origin Technology in Business in Columbus Ohio, between 1997 and 1999, and provided applications and support for a number of large corporate clients across North America. Andrew has built applications with Lotus Notes/Domino, Visual Basic, Java, and PHP, but almost all of his work is now done with Ruby on Rails … ClearFit’s “secret sauce” – well, I guess it’s not a secret any more.
Growing up, Andrew (like any nerd) was interested in computers. He used HyperCard and some BASIC to do Science Fair projects in High School. Despite his being an English student, first at Oberlin College (Honors English, 1994), then at the University of Toronto (M.A. in English 1994-1995), he overcame his English addiction and started programming HTML. The rest is obviously history.
Copyeditor and Project Manager
The Stickler has been editing since a very young age, achieving such notoriety and reputation in his craft that even as early as grade one, his teacher put him to work marking his classmates’ tests!
He completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English at the University of Toronto, and later trained and spent time as an ESL instructor, as well as spending ten years as a library clerk—all the while working as a freelance editor. From this, he eventually created his own business, Stickler Editing, and this is how he comes to work for us.
Rumor has it that errors and typos literally send him up a tree, and as such, at ClearFit, the Stickler ensures that not even a single letter is out of place. He’s responsible for ensuring fresh content is created and uploaded regularly to the website, and also helps out with a wide variety of odds and ends such as training videos, special reports, research projects, advertising materials, emails, and more.
He gives his clients $1 off for every mistake he doesn’t catch, so let us know if you see anything wrong on the website and we’ll split the bounty!
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