About Us

We are a multidisciplinary team of engineers, software developers, and business consultants — based in Toronto, Ontario. Our diverse slate of experience includes work in a large number of sectors with both large and small companies.
Jeff Seedhouse

Jeff Seedhouse, P.Eng. MBA

CEO

Before starting Avatara, Jeff worked at Enbridge Gas Distribution where he led a number of technology-focused projects. Among other things, he managed Enbridge's natural gas meter repair shop and warehouse centre, developed a company-wide construction budgeting software system, and co-managed the two-year design, planning, and construction of the $40 million York Energy Centre Pipeline. Jeff has also worked on the Engineering team at Ontario Power Generation, and the Business Development team at EnCana Oil & Gas.

Jeff has an engineering degree from Queen's University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Fletcher Johnston

Fletcher Johnston, Hons. BSc (Comp)

CTO

Fletcher received an Honours degree in Computer Science from McMaster University. In his final year, he was part of an elite team that developed highly optimized mathematical functions for IBM's Cell Processor. Fletcher began his professional career at Indellient Inc. writing custom software for large multi-national companies. He again did extensive work for IBM, developing their certification system and building an integrated financial reporting tool. He also co-developed Inktronic, a powerful, highly flexible, web-based document and workflow management system. A custom version of Inktronic was developed and deployed for Hydro One.

Fletcher eventually left Indellient to join the team at Audiobooks.com, a spin-off of the popular audio book site SimplyAudiobooks.com. There he headed up the software development group that took the start-up from concept to launch to 25 K active subscribers.

Our Team

Jenna Sykes

Jenna Sykes, M.Math

Statistics Consultant

Jenna is a Research Biostatistician in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Her current research focus is on predicting the median age of survival in CF and post-transplant survival. Prior to joining the St. Michael’s team, she spent four years working as a statistical consultant in cancer research. She is a co-author of 50 publications to date and is proficient in using both SAS and R statistical programs. In addition, she volunteers as a statistical reviewer for a Toronto research ethics board. Jenna received her M. Math in Statistics-Biostatistics and her B. Math from the University of Waterloo.

Yuhiro Chavez

Yuhiro Chavez

Front-End/UX Consultant

Yuhiro is a passionate Front-End/UX Consultant with an eye for the little things, and a very good friend of Avatara Software. His background as a Software Consultant, providing custom software solutions to industry leaders such as IBM, allows him to dive into backend code when necessary, while his firm grasp of UX principals and eye for aesthetics will take any project to the next level. Yuhiro has provided front-end and UX consultation services to Avatara Software on many occasions, and is a valued member of our consultant team.

Hillary Newkirk

Hillary Newkirk

Product Specialist

Hillary's background is in the rope access industry where she holds both IRATA and SPRAT certifications.  Her diverse experience has seen her inspecting and refurbishing the penstocks at the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Station, and managing the supply chain of a noted rope access vendor.  Her practical, hands on, background in industry gives her a unique insight into the application of software - in particular Avatara's AIM platform - to the Health and Safety industry.

Advisors

Stu Seedhouse

Stu Seedhouse, P.Eng

Senior Advisor, Nuclear

Stu has over 33 years in the nuclear generation industry, with extensive domestic and international experience. A registered professional engineer, he has held key leadership roles in Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Business Transformation at nuclear power plants.

In 2012, Stu was part of a 10-man international team that assessed the World Association of Nuclear Operators's effectiveness at its centers around the world.

David Johnston

David Johnston, P.Eng

Senior Advisor, Telecom & Enterprise Technology

David is a senior telecommunications business leader with a track record of success in strategic planning, technology assessment, business case development, and project management. With over 30 years of industry experience, he drove the evolution of telecommunications from traditional legacy technology platforms to internet based solutions.

He has extensive background in the development, assessment, and leveraging of intellectual property.