Our Story

Connected's founders, Mike Stern and Damian McCabe standing together proudly

Founders

Damian McCabe & Mike Stern

We founded Connected in 2014 because we believed that a new category of firm was needed to help ambitious companies leverage the power of product: not a dev shop, or a design agency, or a strategic consultancy, but a uniquely integrated product development firm, built for the long-term, and driven by a singular focus on realizing business impact through software-powered products.

Our Values

From how we hire to the way we work with clients, our values guide everything we do.

Smart

Impact is the result of a million small decisions made wisely. We prize informed and considered judgment before all else.

Kind

Progress only happens when we listen carefully and speak conscientiously. Intelligence without kindness leads nowhere.

Reliable

Knowing someone’s there to catch the ball makes you more willing to throw it. Reliability makes work go faster, smoother, and smarter.

Teachers & Learners

Knowledge transfer is the name of the game. Teaching and learning ensure that you, the team, and the product are continuously getting better.

Our Values

Smart

Impact is the result of a million small decisions made wisely. We prize informed and considered judgment before all else.

Kind

Progress only happens when we listen carefully and speak conscientiously. Intelligence without kindness leads nowhere.

Reliable

Knowing someone’s there to catch the ball makes you more willing to throw it. Reliability makes work go faster, smoother, and smarter.

Teachers & Learners

Knowing someone’s there to catch the ball makes you more willing to throw it. Reliability makes work go faster, smoother, and smarter.

Our Culture

Before all else, we pride ourselves on our people. Composed of world-class engineers, designers, and product and business strategists, Connected was born to fit the current business climate. United by a single passion—to build impactful software products—we’re as obsessed with transformative user experiences as we are with the technologies that make them possible.

Our People

152
Trusted Product Builders
34
Languages Spoken
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Proudly Headquartered in Toronto

Mike Stern

CEO

Mike upholds the vision and mission for the organization, where he focuses on building world-class experiences for the team and customers. Previously, Mike helped grow Xtreme Labs to 350 people before it was acquired by Pivotal in 2013. He has worked with dozens of world-class brands including AMEX, Facebook, Salesforce, MasterCard, and the NFL. His work has been featured in the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, and on CBC.

Ally Contardi

VP, Operations

Ally has over eight years of experience in sales, finance, and operations, making her start in tech during the rise of mobile. Her background in the industry is unique, ranging from sourcing and managing million-dollar partnerships with Fortune 500 companies to implementing operational frameworks for rapidly growing startups. It’s thanks to her and the Operations team that Connected was announced as the Top 100 Small and Medium Employers in Canada, two years running.

Damian McCabe

VP, Engineering

Damian is passionate about building the world’s best technical teams and pushing them to solve extremely ambitious problems. During his time at IBM, Damian’s work in mobile was recognized with several awards. Past clients include RBC, Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Target, and Walmart. Damian’s work has been featured on CBC and in the Globe and Mail.

Jeremy Bell

VP, Design

With over 20 years of experience, Jeremy has spent the majority of his career at the intersection of design and technology. Formerly a partner at Teehan+Lax, he has been influential in the creation of digital products for such iconic brands as Google and Coca-Cola. At Connected, Jeremy is focused on nurturing a culture of design and craftsmanship to help our clients build better products.

Tammy Chiasson

VP, Marketing

An accomplished marketing leader with over 15 years experience in brand and client strategy for world-class organizations, Tammy sees the world through the eyes of the customer. Prior to joining Connected, Tammy was at Tangerine leading a project to reinvent the banking experience after having worked on their brand transition from ING Direct during her tenure at john st. At Connected, Tammy leads a small but mighty team of Marketers.

Jonathan Savage

VP, Product

Jonathan joins Connected from theScore, a global sports app with over 9 million users, where he led the product, engineering, and design teams for over 10 years. Jonathan’s mission at Connected is to work collaboratively with clients in order to deliver true product impact and foster an understanding of how to build better.

Chris Krzyzanowski

Chief of Staff

Chris helps bridge big picture strategy to detailed work and is the ultimate accountability driver among the executive team. In his role, Chris works closely with the CEO and aims to make him 10x more effective through being a trusted confidant and “get-stuff-done” operator. Chris also oversees allocations for the entire company to ensure that Connected's team of trusted builders are working on the most impactful projects.

Aaron Koenderman

VP, Growth

Aaron works with our clients to realize the business impact of building better products. With over 20 years of business strategy and technology delivery experience across industry verticals and platforms, Aaron’s passion lies in bringing products to market that unite the digital and physical worlds to drive significant results.