Lifelong entrepreneur and investor Amin Lalani lead the acquisition of Avanti in September 2016.
It was the perfect marriage of his expertise in finance and his passion for people. Since then, alongside his Co-CEO, David, he has helped to shape the culture and build the team that brings Avanti’s powerful people management tools to hundreds of thousands of employees across Canada.
Amin started out in financial services working for Goldman Sachs where he learned from senior executives at companies like Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Nike. He later joined Hellman & Friedman, a preeminent private equity firm with an impressive track record of investing in enterprise software companies. Importantly, the firm’s focused pursuit of excellence and prioritization of strong values are traits found in Avanti today.
Like his Co-CEO, Amin is focused on developing Avanti to be a market leader. Through their collaborative partnership, Amin and David are building a company to be proud of. One that is not measured by market share or revenue, but rather by the positive outcomes driven by great people, in a cohesive culture, working toward realizing a singular long-term vision.
When not working you can probably find Amin planning his next culinary adventure whether it’s in his own kitchen, at the local hotspot, or across the pond. He serves on two boards including 1907 Research, a public charity organization for mental health research, and volunteers in his local community by providing guidance and mentorship to small business owners.
David began his career in investment banking, working at Credit Suisse’s Technology group in San Francisco, before moving to private equity firm Onex in Toronto. At Onex, he evaluated investment opportunities across a multitude of industries and was actively involved in the acquisition of SIG - a leading global carton packaging provider – where he took a Secondment position in Europe working closely with its CEO and CFO and built upon his passion for operations.
In 2018, David was ready to leverage his experience in finance and operations and focus on building a company. Having recently returned from working abroad, David and his friend Amin decided to partner together in leading Avanti.
As Co-CEO with Avanti, David’s focus is Client Experience, which is delivered through Avanti’s Client Support, Client Implementation, and Client Success teams. With the goal of being considered a partner to clients, both David and Amin know that delivering on Avanti’s brand promise starts with its people.
And that’s the plan for moving forward. Developing and progressing the Avanti team to help facilitate client goals through smooth interactions and intuitive product offerings.
Outside the boardroom, you’ll likely find David catching up on a good book or snowboarding in the Rockies. That, or trying out the latest dish at a local hotspot.
Greg leads Avanti’s product team. With nearly 20 years of experience leading product and technical teams in companies of varying sizes, Greg has been successful in solving customer problems, driving innovation, and developing transformative strategies for a variety of industries and technologies.
Greg’s background includes a BMath in Computer Science and he’s also held roles in software development, UX and design, and product management. Passionate about solving problems and supporting user needs, Greg has spent his career using technology and data to design creative solutions for big challenges. That passion has previously found a home in Enterprise-scale SaaS products at OpenText, and consumer brands like CARFAX Canada – and now, Avanti.
In his free time, Greg loves a good movie at the theatre, spending time with his wife and kids, and saving the world with his two golden retrievers – Bruce and Clark.
Matt ensures Avanti’s technical delivery is flawlessly smooth, predictable, and of the highest caliber. With over 20 years of experience leading cross-functional technical teams in both startup and enterprise environments, Matt is accomplished in delivering projects that range from marketing websites and CRM programs, to mobile apps, custom intranet and workflow applications.
Matt has held roles in product management, systems architecture, software development, quality assurance and service operations. Beginning his career at UK-based SaaS provider MessageLabs, Matt moved onto leadership roles with Katalyst, Symantec and Klick and now, Avanti. He also holds a BSc Hons in Applied Computing, from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
In his downtime, Matt enjoys building and flying radio-controlled aircraft and spends most of his weekends outdoors – trail running, climbing mountains and biking.
Elisha leads Avanti’s Implementation, Client Success, Client Enablement and Client Operations teams. A natural strategic leader with over a decade of experience in B2B tech environments, Elisha is passionate about building and maintaining authentic relationships.
Working from the belief that client satisfaction the key differentiator for successful organizations, Elisha doesn’t just build relationships, she creates brand advocates. When not helping her team and clients succeed, you can find Elisha reading, binging on reality TV and spending time with her two daughters, husband and their pup.
Lindsay’s come-as-you-are philosophy welcomes diverse ways of thinking and open-mindedness to form meaningful people programs. Combining her values with a data-driven approach to business needs, Lindsay loves weaving people experience and insight into impactful decision-making.
With 20 years of experience developing high-performing teams at WestJet, Husky, and Solium, Lindsay was drawn to Avanti’s agile pace, culture of innovation, and the opportunities that lie ahead. And when she’s not solving people challenges, Lindsay can be found skiing and hiking in the Rockies or travelling with her husband and two awesome girls.
Leslie empowers finance teams to “do things the right way”, with an approach to business that balances technical and strategic focus. Operating through the lens that a solid finance function allows companies to scale, unlocks insights for growth, and underpins strategic and creative conversations, she strives to set strong financial practices with an emphasis on partnership. Leslie brings her whole self to work – sharing and applying insights from her diverse career in amateur athletics, investment banking, public policy, private equity, and corporate finance to Avanti. She loves a job well-done and is keen to learn new things and support her team and colleagues.
In her downtime, Leslie loves developing new hobbies, interests and passion projects (driving her husband crazy) in education, public policy, art, health, fitness and just about anything else. As a former Canadian national team athlete in kayaking, when Leslie isn’t online, you’ll find her on the water in Toronto or in her home province of Nova Scotia.
Developer Experience Specialist
“Working with the latest technologies and tools in an agile, inclusive atmosphere and being part of a diverse team of awesome people are just some of my favorite parts of my role. Collaboration, togetherness and innovation is encouraged across the organization. The opportunities of continuous learning and training on any level are just few of benefits that every Avantian experiences.”
“Avanti’s values align with mine and the company’s forward-thinking approach in all aspects including work-life balance encourages professional development. The most important lesson that I have learned at Avanti is to not be afraid of asking questions. I have found that no matter which skill-level I may find myself on a particular day, I’m able to seek advice and bounce ideas with those around me.”
“The people at Avanti are what make coming to work great. Every week the development team faces new challenges and I enjoy working through them with my team. From management down, everyone at Avanti is accessible, supportive and awesome to work with. And I love that Avanti encourages continuous education. Avanti supports my educational goals whether that be through external courses or internal training.”
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