Leadership Team

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Leadership Team

Brian Hepburn
CEO

Brian Hepburn co-founded Empowered Networks in 1998 and has led Empowered as CEO since 2007.  Prior to Empowered, Brian was with Wandel & Goltermann Canada in sales, management, and executive leadership roles over 12 years. Brian is active with customers, investing significant time developing and maintaining the long-term relationships that have been the cornerstone of Empowered’s business success. Brian is also active in the community, supporting several not-for-profit organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Mervyn Hann
EVP Sales & Business Development

Mervyn Hann has led Sales for Empowered Networks since 2001. Merv was previously with NBTel where he was the Business Unit Owner for Wide Area Network Management. Merv’s decade-long career with NBTel also included positions as Regional Manager of Network Operations, Residential Sales/Service Manager, Major Account Manager and Business Analyst. Mervyn has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University and is actively involved in community sports.

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Michael Ell
Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services

Michael Ell joined the Empowered team in 2001 as a senior solutions consultant and has pre-sales, post-sales delivery, and management experience. His experience before Empowered includes operational, development, architectural, and management roles with Bell Canada and Stentor. Michael has broad expertise in the monitoring and management domains with a special focus on helping organizations translate their tooling investments into true business solutions. Michael is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Biotechnology option.

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Chris Hindy
Vice President, Product Strategy and Innovation

Chris Hindy leads the Product Strategy and Innovation team at Empowered Networks.  Building on Operations and Development experiences at CA Technologies, BlackBerry and Grocery Gateway, he has built a solid 20-year track record of success in the technology industry. His expertise focuses on operating cloud and carrier-scale systems, agile development practices and delightful customer experiences.  Chris attended Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario in Broadcast Operations and Engineering.

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Jonathan Mollon
Vice President, Business Operations and Corporate Counsel

Jonathan started at Empowered Networks in 2008 as a co-op student and re-joined the Empowered team in 2017 as legal counsel.  He is a business first lawyer and is responsible for overseeing Empowered’s legal matters and balancing operational risks.  Jonathan has obtained a Bachelor degree in Arts (Honours) in Business & Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Juris Doctor from Western University and has obtained numerous certificates from CPA Ontario.

Lisa White
Vice President, Finance

Lisa White joined Empowered Networks in 1998, and prior to Empowered was with Wandel & Goltermann Canada for 10 years.  Lisa oversees Empowered’s financial operations, accounting, and tax functions and has led Empowered’s Accounting team since 2002 currently as VP, Finance and previously as Controller.  Prior to that she was Senior Accountant for Empowered and Wandel & Goltermann.   Lisa obtained her CGA designation in 2003 and her CPA, CGA designation in 2014.