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About Us 2019-07-10T11:54:35-04:00

About big river

We created big river to be the boutique client-centric firm we always wanted to work for, truly focused on client success and valued business outcomes. We tackle today’s toughest challenges by developing technology solutions that deliver measurable business value. We are battle hardened developers, passionate about what we do. Our business-driven development methodology underpins our three practices: FinTech, User Experience Discovery, and Enterprise Computing. Our work spans end-to-end solution ideation, architecture, design, software development, DevOps, quality assurance and overall delivery. We are your trusted software development partner.

John Free

Chief Executive Officer

John Free has been designing and delivering enterprise scale solutions to a global client base for more than 25 years. John’s career has been evenly divided between software start-ups and boutique consultancies, so he understands deeply what it takes to be successful in each of these contexts. At big river technologies, John’s focus is on building a close-knit family of software delivery experts that are passionate about teamwork, technology, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and most importantly, enabling client success.

Rob McGeachy

Chief Operating Officer

As a business and technology consultant with over 20 years of experience, Rob is known for expertly guiding large enterprise application development projects. he has been responsible for professional service delivery, led operations and had overall P&L accountability. He enjoys working with clients and organizations across the globe and is excited to build and grow high performing agile teams. Having held delivery leadership positions in top consulting firms and agencies, his passion is to help people and organizations rapidly deliver on business goals in a balanced and sustainable way.

Doug Girvin

Chief Revenue Officer

Over 30 years in Enterprise IT sales, sales management and consulting – 25 years as Founder and CEO of Stantive Technologies Group Inc. Stantive delivers Digital Transformation solutions to mid-size and Global 1000 clients around the world with our flagship OrchestraCMS Digital Experience Platform (DXP). In March 2019, Stantive was sold to Bridgeline Digital and Doug took on the the role of CRO for big river technologies inc.

Doug has served on the boards of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund (ORDCF), Presidents Advisory Council for the Royal Society of Canada, Queen’s University Innovation Council, Kingston Economic Development Corporation, and was awarded the Kingston Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Person of the Year’ award in 2000 and the Kingston Whig-Standard Businessman of the Year award in 2010.

Angela McGovern

Program Manager

At big river, Angela leads the Analysis & Change practice and is an expert in applying Agile methodologies to project management & delivery. With more than 20 years of broad business experience and senior leadership, Angela has delivered numerous consumer facing technology products and business launches. She has extensive experience in business analysis and change management. She has analyzed and implemented complex technology migrations with globally distributed technology companies.

Harvey Rand

Director of Business Development

Harvey Rand guides our client relationships with 25+ years of direct sales, management, marketing and leadership experience in the Capital Markets and Financial Services sector. He has successfully initiated, grown and managed global sales organizations in a number of software product and financial consulting services firms. Harvey oversees big river’s growing client base as well as new sales opportunities. His fundamental strength is in aligning current and evolving client requirements with the professional services and strategic software solutions the firm provides.

Lobna Eslim

Business Analyst and Project Manager

With more than 15 years of experience in business analysis and project management, Lobna has delivered numerous projects across a variety of industries. In Healthcare, she has consulted on large-scale, time-sensitive technical projects. With government enterprises and international business partners, she led multiple teams to deliver success. She provides value to clients by applying innovative approaches to business analysis and project management – within aggressive timelines and budgets. Lobna has a PhD in Computer Science and applies Agile and waterfall methodologies to project management.

Tom Vint

Talent Acquisition Lead

Tom drives recruitment at big river and assembles world-class teams to deliver successful business outcomes for our clients. He has 20 years of experience of recruitment in finance, technology and other sectors, with a strong emphasis in staffing for software product and consulting companies.

Utilizing a collaborative and strategic approach, he successfully builds global distributed teams to continually meet client deliverables and exceed targets. Within the next year, Tom and his team will grow big river to 200 employees by leading successful recruitment campaigns and company-wide initiatives.

Kade Medd

Director of Marketing

Kade Medd supports the Director of Business Development in ensuring and enabling success for big river clients. They are passionate about creating collateral that brings value to the challenging decisions leaders make in business. Kade began their technology career in 2011 as a Workforce Development Manager with Minnesota Computers for Schools and created robust training programs and developed community partnerships aimed to create diverse tech talent and funnel into the technology sector.

Our Purpose & Core Values

We are building a great company by enabling client success and personal fulfillment. This focus drives everything we do.

Our Core Values guide all our decisions and actions. Our behaviors are how we demonstrate those core values, and create a foundation for our culture. We look for these core values in the people we hire, and you see our values reflected in how we work and communicate.

Client Focused: Provide extraordinary experiences and unprecedented outcomes for our clients and their customers.
Creativity: Innovate by creating new sources of value and identifying opportunities that exploit the intersection of business and technology.
Leadership: Focus, inspire, motivate, and grow our clients and ourselves to achieve exceptional results.
Openness: Be open, honest, and direct to build trust and get the right answers with our clients and each other.
Growth: Rapidly and continuously grow ourselves and others to build a great company and a high-performance culture.
Relationships: Build long-term, trusted, and valuable relationships with our clients, our people, and our partners.