CoolIT’s executive team is a group of dynamic individuals with a shared vision. This team of experts work together with the belief that one departments success is a shared success for the company as a whole. It is their leadership combined with the ability to hire the right people, that makes CoolIT Systems an exceptionally dedicated group of individuals that foster a culture based on respect, mutual appreciation and a “One CoolIT” attitude.
Bachelor of Finance, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), MBA in Finance & Strategy
Responsible for both long term and short term strategic planning and execution of the business, Steve is a strategy-driven, results-oriented leader. Steve is focused on scaling CoolIT at a rapid pace, day-to-day management, as well as being the lead in defining and evolving CoolIT’s company culture.
Before joining CoolIT Systems, Steve led AC Photonics through significant growth while also introducing solutions to increase operational efficiency and exceeding the corporation’s financial objectives. Steve has also held several executive roles at MicroTechnologies, Huntington Capital PE Group, and WFM. With over 20 years of international experience scaling technology companies, streamlining their operations, and increasing global and regional market share, he brings significant growth and value to CoolIT operations.
Some guiding values that Steve stands by include integrity and ethics. He also strongly believes that business is a team sport.
Bachelor’s in International Business
Patrick McGinn is responsible for CoolIT’s marketing, sales, product development, engineering, and customer service solutions. Having been with the company since 2012, Patrick has held various leadership roles within the product, business development, and marketing areas and has been a primary driver of CoolIT’s growth in both the consumer and data center markets.
With his team, they are responsible for developing and executing business strategies that ensure CoolIT continues as the global market share leader for Direct Liquid Cooling. They are also involved in advanced technology research and new market analysis; an exciting part of the groups work that Patrick particularly enjoys.
Patrick is a passionate leader and believes that with the right dream, people, and culture that CoolIT is well poised to continue with aggressive growth in coming years.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting, Master of Science (MS) in Accounting, CPA
With over 20 years of international experience managing technology companies, implementing effective financial policies, and developing go-to-market strategies, Adam brings a plethora of senior skills to the team. Before joining CoolIT Systems, Adam was the CFO at AC Photonics, leading the company through several technology transformations and managing the organization’s financial models and budgets.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computer Engineering, Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
As a key driver on the CoolIT team for over 15 years, Mike effectively collaborates across the organization on all quality matters and strategic development and execution of quality assurance and controls. As an agile leader, he oversees and cultivates the quality team to foster innovation process solutions.
He is an engineering executive team member with over 20 years of experience in engineering management, quality management, computer engineering, thermal/mechanical engineering, and PCB design consulting.
As a collaborative leader with a proven track record of excelling in demanding, fast-paced start-up environments, Mike believes in developing best-in-class products while building and motivating high performing multi-disciplinary teams.
Brydon Gierl has been working in the liquid cooling field for over 20 years and has been aggressively innovating since starting CoolIT. Possessing the ability to create and implement a vision, he has captured the future of data center technology and continues to plan and develop high-quality solutions.
Prior to co-founding CoolIT Systems he worked in various capacities in construction and fabrication industries learning valuable lessons as a first-time business owner operator.
Currently in his position as SVP of Product Development at CoolIT Systems he is back to where his creative talents are best exploited. With a work ethic born on the family farm, Brydon is a driver for CoolIT’s productivity and cutting-edge automation.
Professional Engineer (P. Eng.), MBA Candidate (2023)
Delivering industry-leading technology that enables our customers to push new limits, Brandon is Sr. Vice President of Product at CoolIT Systems. Starting at CoolIT in 2016 as a Field Application Engineer, he now leads business development, product development and customer service functions, including strategy, processes, products, people, and growth.
Innovation, problem-solving and the ability to adapt are driving forces behind Brandon’s collaboration with customers and his team. He is a big picture thinker committed to strategizing and leading CoolIT’s data center and desktop businesses.
Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Management, CPHR
Evelyn is an entrepreneurial, business focused HR professional with over 15 years of experience specializing in building the Talent Management function within both global organizations as well as small, high growth businesses. Evelyn has a proven track record of developing effective talent management programs that promote career growth, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, recruitment strategies, and learning & development.
By utilizing other areas of experience in strategic talent management, recruitment, performance management, workforce planning, immigration and health and safety, Evelyn has been able to help drive business success while developing Employer Brand & Culture.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
As VP of Information Technology, Ian is responsible for providing business and technical leadership to the CoolIT team. He ensures the delivery of an integrated technology platform that aligns with the organization’s goals and objectives. By working with CoolIT business partners, he provides innovative, robust, and secure information technology solutions to enable the organization for today and the future.
Ian has over 20 years of leadership experience spanning a wide range of industries including Oil & Gas, Container Shipping, Cyber Security, and several High-Tech Startup’s. His experience in these organizations includes the development of commercial software with a worldwide client base, development of leading-edge software and IT infrastructures for multinational companies.
Ian believes and maintains that not only is the function of Information Technology to deliver innovative solutions but ensure it is delivered with a positive customer experience.
Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering
He leads a cross-functional engineering team supporting feasibility studies, R&D, design, analysis and simulation, verification and validation, system deployment and production support activities for all lines of CoolIT products. As part of his responsibilities, he develops and maintains strategic direction for technology and life cycle product development across all platforms.
Kamal has a broad and in-depth range of valuable experiences including teaching CATIA courses in Iran, working as a Technical Manager focused on designing medical device components, and many roles in Mechanical Engineering. Kamal was involved in a new hydro plant mechanical design project and designed a 3DOF leader robot capable of loading/unloading saw blades.
Kamal leads his team with these 5 engineering principles: uniformity (consistent designs), integrity (meeting customer requirements with quality), cost-driven (price-competitive products), communication, and innovation.
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
As the Vice President of Manufacturing, Hamid drives production and manufacturing engineering teams for new product, process introductions, and integrated automation ensuring a smooth and efficient transition from design engineering to manufacturing production. His valuable leadership to his team guides the efficient development and implementation of product and process improvements of new and existing DLC products.
Hamid is focused on a continuous improvement mindset. He firmly believes in measuring the effectiveness of processes, studying trends, and improving the manufacturing process for the journey towards zero defects & perfect on-time performance.
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, P.Eng.
Neil has been an significant leader in developing new programs to support the strategic direction of data center cooling. Neil joined CoolIT in 2019 as a Program Manager and quickly became a trusted resource for our customers and a strong cross-functional collaborator internally.
As Vice President of Product & Programs, Neil enjoys close interaction and engagement with customers, while also taking on broader responsibilities across Commercial & Consumer Program and Product Management in addition to his current areas of responsibility in Programs.
Neil completed his BASc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and went on to achieve his MASc at the University of Toronto in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Neil also holds a certification as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng). Spending most of his career working in start-up and emerging growth companies, Neil has a sharpness for strategic thinking and resilience.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Industrial Engineering, MBA Candidate (2025)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Physics, Master of Science (M.Sc.) Industrial Engineering Specializing in Information Management Systems
Jerry is the Regional Director for our APAC team. As such, he is responsible for overseeing CoolIT’s presence in Asia. Boasting deep experience in the IT sector having held positions in sales and management, Jerry has been a foundational element of CoolIT’s overseas footprint.
Originally a Physics grad, Jerry earned his Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering, before working at a thermal solutions company where he honed his skills for several years. He loves the challenge of managing accounts and is driven to see them grow and flourish.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), CPA, CMA
With roots dating back to 2008, Doug was an early investor in CoolIT and joined the team for 4 years during the start-up phase. Returning in 2020 to provide his experience and support, Doug is now Financial Controller, the companies lead accountant, responsible for overseeing all accounting activities. With the primary objective of delivering accurate and timely financial statements and reports, Doug is a driver of CoolIT’s financial success. He leads his team to handle all accounts payable and receivable transactions while managing the company’s cash flow. Much of his attention is invested in monitoring revenues, cost of goods sold and inventory levels. Doug also touches on the financial consolidation of the various company entities in Canada, China, Taiwan, and the USA.
Value is a fundamental goal for Doug in his role with a focus on attention to detail, initiative, persistence, and dependability. When it comes to working with his coworkers he values cooperation, integrity, honesty, excellent performance, and mentorship.
PMP (Project Management Professional)
As Director of Desktop Solutions Sean has a 14-year track record at CoolIT of effective leadership and management of exploratory projects. With a role focused on supporting development, new product introduction (NPI) and sustainment for consumer-focused active liquid cooling solutions, he is investigating the next big steps in desktop innovations.
His career path started out with a technology company focused on conducting business online in the late ’90s; he became the fourth employee at FreeRealTime.com. Sean dove headfirst into the technology and as the company grew, moved into the software product team performing quality control, revision control and release management duties. Following the dot com bubble burst of the early 2000s, he took on several IT roles that expanded his hardware experience.
Sean believes in serving CoolIT clients by maintaining customer intimacy no matter the scale and strongly supports that this value ensures a focus on customer needs, driving quality and performance to guarantee lasting competitive advantage.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), MBA, Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
As a top member of the CoolIT team, Steven is responsible for the design, implementation and effectiveness of the Quality Management System and its compliance with ISO 9001:2015. He also guides the strategic focus of quality by ensuring CoolIT meets the regulatory, customer and internal requirements for products and services. Complimenting quality management at CoolIT, Steven has also developed and maintained frameworks for information management and document control, continuous improvement and enterprise risk management.
Steven holds over 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering, including 24 years of military service as an Engineering Officer in HM Forces worldwide and 7 years in oil and gas developing pressure and structural welding and fabrication systems to ASME and CSA standards.
The integrity of solutions as well as the efficiency of processes is at the forefront of everything Steven develops and provides guidance on. He believes quality assurance and the culture of continuous improvement at CoolIT tempered by risk-based thinking enables him to be customer-focused while never compromising quality standards.
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Professional Engineer (P. Eng.)
Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering
As Director of Advanced Technology at CoolIT, Cam and his team are focused on industry thought leadership and finding the next great innovative products through research and collaboration with our trusted partners. Advanced Technology is the incubator for future product strategies at CoolIT.
Before working at CoolIT, Cam was an Embedded Software Developer and managed a product development team at Mentor Engineering. They designed and manufactured mobile data terminals for transit industries (Taxi, Buses, Ambulance, etc.). He has spent over 13 years in R&D roles and has over 4 years of experience in liquid cooling, bringing crucial knowledge and value to the team.
Cam believes in focusing on the “why” of a project to ensure that the result addresses the original problem. By following a simple process of “research, develop, test and iterate” his team can take blue ocean ideas from a napkin drawing to a minimum viable product to validate concepts in a brief period of time.
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Professional Engineer (P. Eng.)
Brad Zakaib, Director of Product Development at CoolIT Systems, is set on making strides to develop the highest quality product in a timeframe suited to meet our ever-growing customer needs. Brad has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University where he specialized in Biomechanical Technology and founded a student-led Biomechanical Innovation Team. Brad began his career at CoolIT Systems as a Mechanical Engineering Intern back in 2014. He enjoys spending time outside with his friends and canines.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Certified Amazon Cloud Practitioner
He leads product testing and qualification, regulatory, and compliance certification at CoolIT Systems. He also leads all efforts when it comes to reliability of CoolIT products.
Nassim has passion for leadership development, technology, and automation, and is the main author of 3 Engineering books with Springer and Elsevier. He has 35 US patents in the field of automotive, artificial intelligence, controls, and diagnostics. He also has published one children’s book and one novelette. Before joining CoolIT in 2021, he led engineering teams in Cummins and Dover corporation, USA.
Lorrie has extensive experience as a senior financial and accounting professional contributing to the senior management team working in a variety of industry sectors, in both private and public company environments. She has been instrumental in improvements to processes, internal controls and ERP systems, working with small, medium and large sized companies. Her passion has always resided in the manufacturing sector, contributing to growth-oriented organizations.
Lorrie’s key manufacturing knowledge was acquired while working for Jayman MasterBUILT, one of Western Canada’s largest home builders, as well as with Graf Canada Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of full-line elite hockey equipment and figure skates for the North American market. With Jayman MasterBUILT, she held the position of Divisional Controller for both the multi-family construction and land development divisions, working closely with the COO’s to put in place all of the finance and accounting systems necessary to run the two Divisions from their inception. With Graf Canada Ltd., she was quickly promoted to VP Finance/CFO from the Controllership role for her contribution to building up and managing the finance, accounting, administration and information technology divisions, while experiencing high growth. She participated in the private equity recapitalization of the company and was the lead on implementing SAP, a fully integrated ERP system, linking together customer service, sales, manufacturing, inventory, distribution, finance and accounting.
Lorrie is passionate and dedicated to adding value to the organization with the help of her team, while providing coaching and mentorship.
Lorrie is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. Outside of her professional career she enjoys outdoor activities and has volunteered in various Board positions with local societies.
Peggy joins CoolIT as the Director of CoolIT Next. This new program office owns bridging between our Advanced Technology Group, Product Management, Industry Partners, and Customers.
Before working at CoolIT, Peggy was a Strategic Program Manager in Intel’s Data Center Business Innovation Office, concentrating on sustainability in the data center. Prior to that role, she has held positions in Global Supply Chain at Intel, Kyocera-Wireless, and Qualcomm. She brings a passion for innovation and continued learning as well as a wealth of experience in data center thermal technology, market intelligence, and global supplier management. Peggy excels at forging a collaborative environment and building long-term relationships amongst teams and in the industry.
In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and cheering on her kids at their games, traveling, and cooking.
Master of Business Administration, Queen’s Accelerated MBA For Business Graduates
As Director of Business Development at CoolIT, Caroline and her team are focused on supporting clients’ needs through a constantly changing industry. As a leader, Caroline believes in direct communication, and commitment to her team and key stakeholders while enabling growth and a drive for results.
Before working at CoolIT, Caroline was an oil and gas leader with over 16 years of progressive experience in Supply Chain and Project Management. She has a foundation of collaboration and communication and establishes and implements positive long-term relationships among stakeholders across various business units. At a cross-functional level, drives to influence and motivate individuals and teams to deliver quickly and positively. Leverage best practices in developing strategies to successfully execute the overall implementation within projects. A motivational and empowerment management style with a record of delivering results through developing and mentoring professionals.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, running, and cooking with friends.
Supply Chain Management professional. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA); Master in International Management (MIM).
As Director of Supply Chain at CoolIT, Alberto and his team are focused on developing and sustaining material readiness from a large, multi-region supply base for production and NPI projects supporting CIT’s commercial and consumer business segments.
Alberto’s journey in SCM, across various industries, includes managing (on-site and remotely) diverse teams in North America, South America, Europe, and China. Leading transformation towards category management, strategic sourcing, contract formation, supplier performance management, and supplier quality & development has been a constant challenge with rewarding results. Before joining CoolIT, Alberto’s experience includes roles in automotive, oil & gas, and aerospace/civil aviation industries.
Alberto has a passion for sharing learnings and mentoring his teams and the satisfaction of seeing individuals grow in their careers.
Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), M. Eng – Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.
As Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Taran and his team are focused on implementing new in-house manufacturing capabilities while enhancing quality, efficiency and capacity of current processes. With PDCA methodology and collaborative leadership at the core of workings, Taran leads continuous improvement for manufacturing automation and standardization.
Taran has a Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from University of Calgary and holds Professional Engineer designation. He honed his skills in lean manufacturing, new process introductions and change management with over 14 years’ experience in various roles at a global manufacturing organization for Oil & Gas Industry.
As an experienced innovator with over 60 patents and more than four million liquid cooling units deployed, CoolIT Systems is the leading liquid cooling solution provider for HPC, Cloud and Enterprise markets worldwide.
CoolIT Systems (CoolIT) was founded in 2001 and began designing and distributing superior direct liquid cooling products for the desktop gaming industry. As the company grew, so did the need for direct liquid cooling in the data center industry. CoolIT began designing products for datacenters and server OEMs in 2014 and is today the most trusted direct liquid cooling solution in the market. The company has headquarters in both Calgary, Canada and Connecticut, USA, three manufacturing warehouses in Canada and China and sales teams located around the globe.
At CoolIT, innovation and a tight-knit team are what sets us apart. We are a pioneering industry leader that looks for the top employees who share our culture and values to make CoolIT the most trusted direct liquid cooling company in the world.