Over the last 20 years Jeff has built his career by challenging the status quo in financial services. Before it was labelled as Fintech, Jeff worked from a belief that products and services that have been offered the same way for decades were due for a change. Recognizing the gap between what was needed vs. what was being offered, Jeff was set on building businesses focused on those who were underserved. First in ATMs and then in Card payments, the impact of his work can be seen through many of the changes in how these products are consumed today. At Thinking Capital, Jeff and the team are focused on redefining how small businesses borrow. Driven by a vision that Lending should be Smarter not Harder, he continues to drive new products and has cultivated many of TC’s partnerships including CIBC, Staples and Moneris. Jeff is a graduate of McGill University and a proud recipient of the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award.
As President of Thinking Capital, Peter wears many hats. He is responsible for the overall operation of the business, and also serves as the Chief Risk Officer. His main focus is ensuring that Thinking Capital has the necessary resources it needs to scale and grow, as well as ensuring that our corporate culture continues to evolve in synergy with the business growth. In prior lifetimes, Peter was a management consultant focusing on strategy and pricing and start-up experiences. He currently sits on the CIO Advisory Board for SalesForce.com. He received his Bachelor of Commerce Hon. Economics and Finance degree from McGill University and completed his Master of Business Administration at Babson College. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Forte was appointed as Thinking Capital’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Mr. Forte has over 15 years of finance leadership experience. From 2005 to 2015, he held various finance leadership positions of increasing responsibilities including, most recently, as Canadian head of finance for a Fortune 500 company in the retail sector and as Vice-president of Finance for a multinational private-equity backed pharmaceutical company. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Forte worked in public accounting at Deloitte and PwC. He is a chartered public accountant in the Province of Quebec and a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Chief Revenue Officer
Lauren joined Thinking Capital in 2006. She is a graduate of Concordia University's Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program where her work experience included marketing projects for Johnson & Johnson. Prior to working with Thinking Capital, Lauren worked for Cardex Financial, helping to develop the company's corporate and product websites as well as other marketing efforts. Lauren has assumed many roles at Thinking Capital including Funding Specialist, Operations Manager and Director of Sales, developing, managing and training the internal sales team. As Chief Revenue Officer since December 2012, Lauren is a member of the Executive Management Team and is responsible for all sales related functions at Thinking Capital's Montreal and Toronto offices, as well as with third parties.
Chief Talent Officer
Geneviève is responsible for all strategies related to human capital development at Thinking Capital: from talent attraction and retention to talent development and the performance of teams and individuals. Passionate about talent management for over twenty years, Geneviève worked in particularly dynamic environments and entrepreneurial cultures. She began her career at Diesel Marketing (now Sid Lee), where she built the HR function by contributing to the development of cutting-edge practices for ten years. She was also responsible for managing talent for the creative units at MEGA Brands International Design Center. Prior to joining Thinking Capital, she spent six years as Vice President Human Resources at Behavior Interactive, the largest independent video game development studio in Canada. Geneviève is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec (CHRP). She is Certified Professional Coach (CPCC, ACC) and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Chief Technology Officer
Jean-Luc is a senior executive leader with over 20 years of experience in software engineering, general management, and strategic planning. He graduated from École Polytechnique in Electrical Engineering with a mini-MBA from McGill University. Jean-Luc is passionate about technology and working in a performance driven and innovative environment. He spent 16 years at Autodesk leading product development in the Media and Entertainment division, before shifting focus to the digital economy at Lightspeed where he was Vice President of Engineering. Leading the Global Engineering department, he delivered industry leading Omni-Channel eCommerce and POS cloud based solutions. Jean-Luc is excited to join the Thinking Capital leadership team taking on the role as Chief Technology Officer where he leads the Development, Support and IT departments.
Greg has had a long and storied career around the notion of being a first mover. In 1995, he founded ATMS (acquired by Frisco-Bay /Stanley) and was among the first to deploy non-bank ATMs into the Canadian market. In 2001, he founded Cardex (acquired by Pivotal Payments) and forever changed the market for point of sale systems. While at Cardex, Greg came up with the idea for Advanceit (now Thinking Capital) and played an integral role in developing it into what it is today. Greg acts as a mentor to the current management team and a thought leader in the industry.