Executive Team

Don Bialik

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Don was the original founder of Long View in 1998. As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Don’s current role involves providing strategic direction, and leadership to the executive teams with an eye towards ensuring sustainability and continued growth.

Interestingly enough, Long View is Don’s second success story in the entrepreneurship world. His first venture was an IT company called SysGold and under his leadership took only six short years to become the largest privately owned information technology solutions provider in Calgary. He sold SysGold, and shortly thereafter went on to found Long View. Prior to his IT leadership days, Don held management roles in a variety of sectors including, construction, government, and mining. Don has a degree in engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Calgary.

When he’s not busy at Long View, you can find Don practicing his three-pointer, biking, and spending time with his two daughters, and two granddaughters.

Don McLean

Executive Vice President, People & Corporate Services

Don’s years of coaching, developing and leading staff from senior management positions makes him the perfect fit for Executive Vice President of People and Corporate Services. His expertise has driven those teams to better facilitate the necessities of Long View’s 1000 plus employees. In addition to those roles, Don is also responsible for the company’s Facilities, the Health, Safety and Environment Program, Internal Communications, and is involved in numerous other company initiatives.

Prior to his time at Long View, Don held positions as Canadian General Manager for a Multinational Company, President of a Manufacturing Firm and CEO of a Manufacturing & Marketing Firm.

When Don isn’t proving sage-like guidance to the Long View staff, he enjoys time with his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as working on his dunk shot.

Rhonda Bashnick

Chief Financial Officer

Rhonda is a Senior Financial professional with over 25 years of experience. Rhonda has earned various designations including her CPA, CA, ICD.D and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Ms. Bashnick previously was employed with a major telecom company for over 17 years in an executive financial position. Rhonda’s passion and leadership in the finance area will serve Long View in the continued excellence of the Finance team and the Company’s overall profitability.

Due to Rhonda’s strong passion in supporting children and a commitment to give back to society she is also a board member and Chair of the Finance Committee for Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

Rhonda and her husband Kirby lead a very active life with their 3 children, and Jackson, their Yorkie-Poo.

Kent MacDonald

Senior Vice President, Business Development

In his role as Senior Vice President, Business Development, Kent’s primary responsibilities include leading Long View’s CI portfolio and maintaining relationships with the industry’s leading vendors such as Cisco, EMC, HP, NetApp, VCE and VMware. He keeps a pulse on their existing and emerging technologies and acts as a passionate advocate for our clients.

Over his many years in the IT industry Kent has held various roles including Regional Vice President and Branch Manager. In every instance he demonstrated the kind of outstanding leadership that has become the cornerstone of his relationships with our strategic partners. Kent also lends his time to numerous vendor advisory boards and councils and is a go to for the IT media.

In his spare time, Kent can be found savouring the bouquet of a nice cab or shiraz, entertaining friends with his signature dish, an authentic Spanish Paella, or recruiting visitors to join him at his summer home in PEI.

Dave Frederickson

Executive Vice President, Sales

Dave Frederickson is Executive Vice President of Sales for North America. When Dave joined the Long View team he brought with him more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. His focus is to lead the sales organization and assist to build strong business relationships with our clients. He is also responsible for the creation of strategic partnerships across North America that can enhance the business outcomes for our clients while acting as the executive sponsor for the Eastern Canadian office. He is also Long View’s executive sponsor for many of our national and international vendors.

Prior to joining Long View Dave spent many years at HP Canada in a variety of senior management roles. Most recently he was the Vice President and General Manager of HP Canada’s Enterprise Server, Storage and Network business. Before that Dave was CMO, and VP of Channels. Throughout his time with HP, Dave’s strong focus on employee development along with his track record of growth was widely recognized throughout the company. Under his stewardship, HP’s channel partner program was hailed as number one in the IT industry for several years. And that was only one of the many accolades he received in his time with HP. He was also presented with the HP President’s Club award, the HP High Achiever award eight times, and was a two-time victor at HP’s Winners summit. Dave was also named Computer Dealer News (CDN) magazine’s top newsmaker of the year multiple times.

He is a graduate of the joint International Executive Master of Business Administration program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and York University’s, Schulich School of Business. He is also an advisory board member of Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB) and is a Board member of the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Association.

In his free time Dave enjoys spending time with his wife and son, especially if it involves skiing, golfing or a great meal accompanied by some fantastic wine.

Kevin Crowe

Executive Vice President, Strategy

Kevin Crowe, Executive Vice President, Strategy joined Long View in 2000. He led the Managed Services division from the startup phase to being recognized as the “#1 MSP in the world” by MSP Mentor and “one of the most innovative MSPs” by CDN Magazine. In 2010 Kevin led the development of Long View’s Cloud division and defined the go to market strategy. In 2014 Kevin took on the role of Vice President for Procurement Services.

Kevin is focused on leading innovation and is proficient in combining business offerings and emerging technologies in such critical areas as Cloud, Managed Services, Mobility, IT acquisition and outsourcing. Kevin comes from a technology background where he has worked with such operational standards as ITIL since 1998 and is a former CISSP professional, he also has his MBA.

Sarah Morreau

Vice President, Licensing and Software Asset Management

Sarah Morreau has been in the IT industry for nearly 20 years. Sarah’s IT career began early, starting her own computer resale and support business in 1998 with a focus in IT security. She rapidly grew and sold the business in 2000. Later joining some of Canada’s most influential IT solutions companies. Sarah has spent years specializing in IT asset management, software asset management, software licensing optimization, compliance, intellectual property and contract negotiation. Sarah has extensive experience with large corporations’ complex licensing requirements and unique legal and financial requirements. Sarah is recognized industry wide as skilled negotiator and unequaled licensing expert. The organizations who have worked with her give her high praise not only for her knowledge but her unfailing confidentiality and integrity.

Sarah continues to win numerous awards year after year for her leadership in the IT industry and her ability to recognize the trends of the future. A three time Women of the Channel Top 50 award winner and an entrepreneur at heart, Sarah serves on the boards of emerging technology companies like Safehouse CyberTrust and Cloud Cover IT. Sarah is an advocate for gender equality and eliminating child poverty, she sponsors 8 children and 2 elderly persons through the Canadian based, Chalice Sponsorship Program.

In Memory Of

Dan Sottile

Chief Marketing Officer

Dan Sottile was one of Long View’s very first employees. During his thirteen years at Long View, Dan’s talent and enthusiasm helped create incredible momentum driving our growth from 10 people to more than 1000. In that time he won countless industry awards, sat on various advisory councils and was instrumental in helping Long View become the company it is today. Despite the tremendous success he created, it is only a small part of what he will be remembered for. Dan’s memory will forever be held close in the hearts of many because he gave the best of himself to those around him and in turn brought out the best in them. Every time he walked into a room he brought enthusiasm, energy and optimism along with him. The impossible seemed possible, and the seemingly ordinary took on a previously invisible luster of excitement. Many of us at Long View simply thought of Dan as a little bit magic. As we move forward, we do so with a commitment to honouring the life Dan lived and the lessons he taught us.

Senior Management

Robin Bell

Chief Technology Officer

Robin was one of the first three employees at Long View and he’s been instrumental in growing that small start-up into the success-story it is today. As CTO, Robin defines Long View’s technology strategy. Robin’s responsibilities also involve overseeing our Research and Development program ensuring new offerings are thoroughly mastered before offering them to our clients. He is also the major player in Long View’s relationship with Gartner. He holds an Executive Program seat, and sits on Gartner’s Symposium and IT Expo advisory board.

Outside of the office, Robin and his wife are kept busy with their four kids, enjoying life on their acreage, and at their condo in BC, where they spend time biking and skiing.

Garry Hawkings

Chief Information Security Officer

Garry is responsible for Long View’s security vision and practice, providing leadership and oversight while coordinating the development and management of Long View’s security practice. Garry has extensive experience building security consulting businesses through various positions held at Telus and Bell. He brings to Long View over 20 years of security experience and executive engagement having held the responsibility for key accounts across several industries. In his previous roles, Garry has demonstrated his leadership ability, created security operational models for large enterprise accounts, managed technical support teams, and developed managed security services infrastructure.

As Long View’s Information Security Officer, Garry sees his primary role as a business enabler, focusing on understanding our customers’ business requirements and expectations, to ensure their security services are appropriately aligned.

Board of Directors

Don Bialik

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Don was the original founder of Long View in 1998. As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Don’s current role involves providing strategic direction, and leadership to the executive teams with an eye towards ensuring sustainability and continued growth.

Interestingly enough, Long View is Don’s second success story in the entrepreneurship world. His first venture was an IT company called SysGold and under his leadership took only six short years to become the largest privately owned information technology solutions provider in Calgary. He sold SysGold, and shortly thereafter went on to found Long View. Prior to his IT leadership days, Don held management roles in a variety of sectors including, construction, government, and mining. Don has a degree in engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Calgary.

When he’s not busy at Long View, you can find Don practicing his three-pointer, biking, and spending time with his two daughters, and two granddaughters.

Kim McConnell

Director

Kim McConnell is the founder and former CEO of AdFarm, an agriculture-focused marketing and communications firm with clients throughout Canada and the United States. AdFarm is one of the largest agricultural marketing communications firms in North America with offices Calgary, Guelph, Kansas City, St. Louis, Fargo and Sacramento.

Over the years, Kim has led many national and international brand and marketing assignments for many respected companies including Farm Credit Canada, Bayer, Dow, RBC Royal Bank, Agrium and Canada Beef Inc. He also played a lead role in branding the City of Calgary and the naming and international branding of EnCana.

In addition to numerous creative and marketing awards, under Kim’s leadership AdFarm was recognized for three years as one of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies” and by Canadian Business magazine as one of the “Best Places to Work in Canada”.

Kim has led national and international brand and marketing assignments for many companies and played a lead role in branding the City of Calgary and the naming and international branding of EnCana. He mentors a number of entrepreneurs and provides volunteer leadership to many organizations.  Currently, Kim is a director on the Canadian 4-H Council and former Chairman of the Canadian 4-H Foundation. He has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his leadership in promoting Canada’s agricultural industry and for his extensive engagement in causes supporting youth, entrepreneurship, and rural communities.

Raised on a mixed farm in Manitoba, Kim and his family live on an acreage south of Calgary. Kim is passionate about Canada, agriculture, food and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Steve Bower

Board Member

Steve Bower is a financial executive with a track record of delivering outstanding results in leadership positions on corporate boards in a range of businesses. Steve has more than a decade of experience serving on public and private company boards. He is currently Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Long View Systems. At Long View and Invest Toronto, as well as Enablence Technologies (optical components and systems) and FisherCast Global (tool and diecasting), Steve helped the Board and management deal successfully with a full range of opportunities and challenges, including improved governance, CEO replacement, financing needs, M&A and restructuring.

Steve has also been active in professional and not-for-profit organizations, at the board and in other leadership roles at FEI Canada as well as CPA Canada’s Accounting Standards Board. He served as a member of the Board, Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee of Parkinson Society Canada. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, an honour recognizing his significant contributions professionally and personally. Steve has two amazing daughters and recently celebrated the arrival of his fourth grandchild.

Stephanie Bialik

Board Member

Stephanie Kochorek has been a professional writer and marketing professional since ’04. After graduating with honours from the Miami Ad school she started work at Venables Bell & Partners in San Francisco. During her time there she helped create multi-faceted campaigns across their client roster, including A&E, HBO, Audi, Conagra, and PG&E. After three years and a notable encounter with Gene Simmons she said goodbye to the Golden Gate Bridge and headed north. She relocated to Calgary where she worked at WAX creating award-winning creative campaigns for clients like SAIT, Fas Gas and the Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities. From there she went to Rethink, an agency which has consistently been recognized as one of the best in Canada. At Rethink she was responsible for the creation and execution of many campaigns including award-winning work for Science World and Coast Capital Savings. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Long View, one of North America’s largest privately-owned IT companies, and also works as a freelancer writer and marketing advisor for a variety of Canadian businesses.

Christina Bialik

Board Member

Coming soon.

Corporate Secretary

Sheri Porter

Corporate Secretary

Sheri joined Long View in 2003 not long after receiving her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. During her time at Long View she has held roles in people services, recruiting, resourcing, executive support, management and most recently as Corporate Secretary. She was with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Calgary for eight years and during that time served on the Board of Directors in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Membership, Director of Communication and she served two terms as the President. In 2007, she was honored to receive the President of the Year award for JCI Canada.

Outside of Long View, Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband and their labradoodle, travelling and being active both indoors and outdoors.