Carmen holds a Canadian CPA, CGA designation; an Applied BBA in Accounting & IT from SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) and a Management Certificate in Professional Accounting, with Honours, from BCIT (BC Institute of Technology).
Prior to joining Explorer in 2016, Carmen was Construction Controller for one of Western Canada’s largest private developers. She previously held Controller positions at two Lower Mainland heavy-construction firms where she was also a customer of Explorer’s. She has over 13 years’ senior experience in the construction industry. Prior to this, she gained valuable financial experience working in higher education, not-for-profit, manufacturing, and public practice sectors.
Carmen was appointed President of Explorer Software in August, 2019, where she will continue to focus on the ongoing success of Explorer Software.
Steve MaughanVP, Operations
With over 20 years of experience in leadership and technology, Steve has brought a level of technological expertise that has helped keep Explorer at the forefront of IT best practices. His career prior to Explorer, started after he obtained his Bachelor of Computer Science in Technical Project Management degree. Today, Steve serves as the Director of Information Technology for Explorer and is responsible for North American and South American IT operations.
Persis AhrestaniDirector, Finance
Persis was designated a Certified General Accountant in 2008 and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and a Diploma in Accounting. During her college years she acquired numerous awards including the University of British Columbia Science Scholar award, Governor General’s Academic Medal, and Youth Recognition Award for District of North Vancouver.
Prior to joining Explorer, she worked for several boutique Chartered Account firms. Persis has a passion for teaching and is involved in academia at both the University of British Columbia and the CGA Association of BC. She joined the Explorer team in September 2012 and now serves as the Director of Finance for North America.
Ryan LissDirector, Marketing
Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and has been with Explorer Software since 2014. Prior to working for Explorer, he worked as a cinematographer for Ballistic Entertainment and in operations for Wells Fargo. Today, he oversees Explorer Software’s marketing efforts, including company communications, public relations, and events. He works closely with the sales team on lead generation and business development.