We believe in using math and science to better people’s lives and improve the success of their companies.
Daisy started with a vision…
That vision was to fulfill the unmet promise of big data by using math and science to help companies make better business decisions.
Our founder, Gary Saarenvirta, has over 20 years of experience in architecting data management and data warehousing solutions which led him to create Daisy’s A.I.-as-a-Service platform. Gary saw the application of Moore’s Law and GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) computing exponentially accelerate computing speeds and processing power, while driving down the costs- meaning artificial intelligence could finally become a reality for all businesses, not just those with the deepest pockets.
The Daisy team love math and science and whole-heartedly believe in its ability to better people’s lives and improve the success of their companies. Our team of some of the best data scientists and computational math experts dedicate themselves to solving our client’s most challenging data problems and finding opportunities to make their businesses better.
Ultimately, what Daisy is about and what A.I. delivers, is results. In today’s increasingly competitive environment, it is imperative to understand that your underleveraged data is also your most profitable, customer centric asset and primary source of competitive advantage. Ensuring your business is realizing the same operational efficiencies as your competitors and that you are fully leveraging your data in the new world of retail is what Daisy does best. Every day we deliver value to our clients and continue on our path to revolutionize the future of analytics using artificial intelligence.
If they wouldn’t let you play math flash cards games in school, then this is the place for you!
Gary Saarenvirta, MASc
Founder & CEO
Gary evangelizes about the societal benefits of machine learning and leads Daisy Intelligence Corporation’s research and development team.
His love of math and science began in public school where he was called motor mouth and was banned from playing math flash cards because none of the other kids got a turn. Flash cards turned into punch cards (yes he’s that old!) and parallel computing meant driving back and forth to computers at all his friend’s houses to run jobs and get his computational aerospace assignments done. Thanks to Moore’s Law, all of our computers are in one spot now. He still has a motor mouth that rarely stops.
Gary is the former head of IBM Canada’s analytics and data warehousing practices. He was also at the helm of Loyalty Consulting Group, providing analytical services for one of the world’s most successful coalition loyalty programs, the AIR MILES® Reward Program. Prior to his leadership role at Loyalty Consulting Group, Gary built the company’s first generation data warehouse and BI platform.
Gary holds both a BASc and MASc in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto.
Partner, VP Business Development
Dean grew up in a family grocery business in Northern Ontario where he freaked out customers by adding up grocery bills in his head and making change faster than most adults could believe. He liked money and math so he went off to business school and ended up working in a few large technology/telecommunications companies in progressive sales and marketing roles. Along the way, he co-founded an internet-based prepaid long-distance company and had a few other entrepreneurial adventures. In 2000, he joined Blackberry and rose to become a Global VP responsible for sales, marketing, retail and enterprise channels managing carriers groups including AT&T, Rogers and Deutsche Telekom/ T-Mobile . As part of his adventure, he lived in Europe for a number of years and was responsible for expanding Blackberry into several European countries including Germany, the UK, Austria and Eastern Europe. He left Blackberry in 2010 and has been an active investor, mentor and consultant as well as a part-time lecturer in the business school at Wilfrid Laurier University. He joined Daisy Intelligence Corporation’s Board in 2014 and is now operational as a Partner and VP of Business Development.
Maurizio is a technology sector focused senior executive, investor and investment banker with over 15 years of experience advising entrepreneurs and privately held corporations as well as management and boards of publicly traded companies. He has advised on matters including divestitures, M&A strategy, acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity capital raising, take private transactions, strategic reviews and valuations. Throughout his career, Maurizio has worked for a number of investment banks and was more recently National Co-head of M&A Advisory and Corporate Finance for the Technology Media and Telecom sector for Deloitte Canada.
A team leader with strong deal structuring and execution skills, Maurizio brings financial acumen and discipline, a creative mind to solve challenges, and extensive knowledge of investment and capital markets dynamics. At Daisy, his focus is on aligning business and financial strategy to shareholder value creation.
Maurizio has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BComm (Hons) from the Catholic University of Milan.
Jay’s career began in sport, event and sponsorship marketing. He spent 10 years with the National Football League, building the brand and fan base in Canada, while working with some of Canada’s best marketers like Labatt, Pepsi, and EA Sports.
As digital emerged, Jay was drawn to disruptive marketing technologies. He led teams at Yahoo! and Tenzing Interactive, working with blue chip customers such as Molson, Best Buy, and Apple. Recognizing the impact of mobile on the retail shopping experience, Jay led Sales and Marketing at Mercatus Technologies where he helped build a client roster of some of North America’s multi-billion dollar grocers. With his strategic vision and deep understanding of emerging and legacy technologies, he helped retail clients craft their digital visions and build omni-channel, digital commerce experiences.
A sales & marketing technologist, Jay is excited to join Daisy Intelligence as we usher in a new way decisions are made and results are delivered in retail through A.I. Jay grew up in Toronto, earned a B.A. from the University of Guelph and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Director, Information Technology
Chuck is a senior business and technology executive with a rich background in IT & Business Operations in the financial services & retail industries. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated expertise in designing, planning, developing and implementing cutting edge IT solutions to help businesses take advantage of profitable growth opportunities; address and comply with strict, regulatory compliance regimes; and streamline and optimize their business operations.
Always at the forefront of change in the organizations and teams he’s worked with, Chuck has extensive expertise, gained through various roles over 20+ years, as a line-of-business and technology executive, technology specialist, application development director, technology procurement negotiator, data center manager and project manager.
Fundamental to his success has been working with great people and growing and developing members of his teams for future success in both business and technical leadership roles.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Gord is a human resources leader who thrives in partnering with growth-oriented, innovative organization that believe in, support and develop its people. He has diverse business and industry experience working for organizations like LoyaltyOne, American Express, and HRG Canada. Gord has an ability to develop and implement human capital strategies in support of business issues. He has an in-depth experience with human capital strategy, building talent and strong teams, building corporate cultures, employee engagement, leading change, and employee communications.
Gord has a Bachelor of Administration from Concordia University and holds SRHR and GPHR designations. He is also a member of the Strategic Capability Network.
Board of Directors
President, JSM Capital Inc.
John has 30 years experience as a senior leader, innovator and investor in early stage technology companies. After a corporate career with Northern Telecom/Nortel Networks in the 1990’s, John co-founded several technology startups including the Teligence Group. His entrepreneurial spirit helped grow the business to 500 employees, $125+M in annual revenues, 40+ consecutive profitable quarters, and expand operations across North America, India and the Philippines. Teligence accolades included the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, BCTIA Technology Company of the Year and Purdue University Call Centre Excellence Award.
John’s core strengths are in strategic planning, operational excellence and building strong teams that deliver undeniable business results.
John is the recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award, an active member in Young Presidents Organization, an Honours Business Administration graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and an annual attendee in the executive education program at Harvard University.
Partner, VP Business Development
Angel Investor, Technology Consultant
Garry has 25 years of combined sales, marketing, engagement, delivery and leadership experience serving the sustainability, business and information management needs of private and public organizations. He has founded and lead 4 service organizations for 16 years of successful P&L responsibility. Garry’s highly adept at developing actionable business strategies, engaging stakeholders, provides valuable common purposes and consistently exceeded goals.
Vice President, Alliances and Business Development, SAS Canada
Pat has extensive executive management experience defining, implementing, monitoring and achieving strategic plans and objectives having been immersed in data mining, analytics and artificial intelligence technology management since 1992. Throughout a career as a technologist, management consultant and executive with 3 different enterprise software vendors, Pat has understood and advised organizations how to best leverage analytical insight and data driven strategy. Pat has worked extensively with business leaders in Financial Services, Retail, Telecommunications and Health Care on this topic. With the rapid progress underway in the A.I. space Pat no longer sees A.I. as an opportunity for business, but a critical necessity to adapt and adopt into their core business processes and strategic plans. His work has spanned the America’s and Europe. Pat received his Honours Bachelor of Business from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Financial and Investment Advisor
Partner, Managing Director at Giants & Gentlemen