LeadershipTeam

Peter O'Blenis

Co-Founder | Chief Executive Officer

Peter is a pioneer in literature review automation and since 2001, he has worked with 250 research groups around the globe.

Peter has previously held senior management roles with Oracle, TrialStat, WebGain, Mitel, and Flick Software. He has an MBA from Queen’s and a BSc in Computer Science from Carleton.

Peter is an active volunteer and chairs Race the Runway, an annual event that raises money for local charities.

Ian Stefanison

Co-Founder | Chief Technology Officer

Ian helped create SRS, the world’s first commercially available systematic review software, back in 2001 and he’s been at it ever since. He is dedicated to working with the research community to improve the review process for everyone.

Ian is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys snowboarding and de-stresses by participating in mixed martial arts.

Jonathan Barker

Co-Founder | Chairman & General Counsel

Jonathan co-founded Evidence Partners with Peter and Ian to focus on software to make systematic literature reviews easier and faster.

Jonathan previously served as a litigation lawyer, applying IT to multi-million record lawsuits. He also worked at Price Waterhouse specializing in the application of IT in healthcare and clinical research.

Genetics research, photography, and cycling are keen interests of Jonathan’s.

Susan Richards

Chief Financial Officer

Susan Richards, FCPA, FCMA has over two decades of financial leadership experience in the tech sector and has helped over 40 start-ups.

Susan enjoys breaking down financial complexities into simple concepts that enable management alignment driving better financial performance outcomes.

Susan currently serving as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at Invest Ottawa and Director at the Kanata North Business Association.

Bob Barclay

Vice President, Human Resources

Bob brings over two decades of HR and business leadership experience having worked and interacted effectively with all levels of an organization.

Bob held senior leadership, management, and operational positions in the Medical Device, IT Sector, and healthcare sectors.

An avid reader and sports enthusiast, he played varsity football at university and competitive hockey throughout. He currently enjoys golf, though he cannot figure out why!

Chris Wright

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Chris brings a unique blend of agency, marketing and communications experience to growing and Fortune 1000 high-tech firms.

His more than 18 years experience combines agency consulting for Commvault, HP, Oracle and BCE, global marketing and strategy at IBM and Atos North America and start-up roles at TrialStat and Privacy Analytics.

When he is not working, Chris enjoys traveling and the quiet solitude of reading.

Marc Dufresne

Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth

For more than 20 years, Marc has led results-oriented teams and initiatives to consistently exceed targets with an emphasis on building long-term relationships.

Marc has been instrumental in accelerating the adoption of DistillerSR by identifying new market opportunities.

Marc was a OBJ Top 40 under 40 recipient in 2008 and holds a BA from Laurentian University.

Jean-François Pouliotte

Vice President, Customer Success

Jean-François has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. Prior to joining Evidence Partners, Jean-François was the VP of Customer Success for Assent Compliance.

Over the years, he has successfully managed the enterprise rollout of SaaS solutions to hundreds of large corporations.

Jean-François has a BA and MA in Canadian Military History from McGill and the Université du Québec in Montréal.

Jennifer Tetzlaff

Epidemiologist in Residence

Jennifer is an experienced healthcare research professional whose work is focused on systematic review conduct and transparency.

She was a member of the core team for the PRISMA Statement: a reporting guideline for systematic reviews of healthcare interventions.

In her current role Jennifer works with the research community to develop and promote software-enabled best practices for scalable systematic reviews.

Katy McFee

Executive Vice President, Sales

Katy has 20 years experience in sales leadership and brings a deep knowledge of the research and medical device industry.

She’s held senior management roles at Genotek, Spartan Bioscience and Fullscript. Katy has built sales organizations from scratch and scaled a team to drive 9-digit revenue growth.

She holds a BSc in Biopharmaceutical Science from the University of Ottawa and received the OBJ Forty under 40 award in 2014.

Mark Priatel

Vice President, Software Engineering

With over 20 years of experience designing and delivering software, Mark’s expertise in multi-tenant SaaS makes him an invaluable part of our executive team.

Prior to Evidence Partners, Mark was the CTO at Klipfolio, his passion for leadership, efficiency, and scalability empowers our engineering team to strive for excellence.

He is also passionate about mentoring developers and creating a culture of positivity, curiosity, and continuous learning on his team.