Harry Zarek first developed an interest in computers as an engineering student. In 1981, the same year IBM launched the personal computer, Harry started a small business in the basement of his Toronto home, building and selling PCs and setting them up for customers. He called the company Compugen, short for computer generation.
Under Harry’s stewardship, the small basement-based company has grown to become one of Canada’s largest IT solutions providers, with a track record that consistently exceeds the industry average.
Harry’s core principles have always been customer value and satisfaction.
His focus is on sales and marketing activities and developing long-term business strategies to position the company as a trusted partner to its customers and vendors.
Harry holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto. He is an active investor and a member of the board of directors for a number of early stage technology companies in Canada and the US, and sits on the board of the Electronic Products Recycling Association.
Harry’s weekend hobbies include road biking and home improvement projects.
As the Chief Financial Officer, David is responsible for all aspects of finance, budget, taxes and accounting for Compugen; he also oversees the IT group.
David began his career in finance, first working for a national accounting firm, and then moving on to Superior Propane as the Vice President of Finance and later its Chief Information Officer. He joined Compugen in 1996 as the Director of Finance.
David has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and an MBA from the University of Toronto, and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. David spends his summer weekends fishing and ATVing in Haliburton and French River, and his winter weekends snowmobiling in Haliburton.
As Senior Vice President and Head of Compugen Finance, a subsidiary of Compugen, Steve manages a team of leasing and asset disposition specialists across Canada. This includes: setting up customers’ leases, overseeing the logistics and operations of reselling or recycling used IT equipment, and ensuring data security on all machines that pass through the Compugen warehouse.
Steve started his career in IT in 1974 as a peripheral operator for Royal Bank, where he mounted tapes on tape drives and printer paper on printers in their nascent data centre. He remembers the mainframe computers were enormous, the size of half a small train, and the peripherals were the size of a fridge.
Since then, he has held executive positions at a number of leasing companies and was the owner of CDI Computer Dealers, which he sold just prior to joining Compugen in 2007.
In 2012, Steve was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his volunteer work with the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, a non-profit that focuses on providing support to victims of abuse.
Steve is an amateur musician and plays keyboard and guitar in a pick-up band with his son. Recently they have been playing cover tunes of Crosby Stills & Nash and the Beatles.
As the Vice President of Technology Lifecycle Solutions, Ken oversees the supply chain of products and technical services. This includes introducing new equipment and technology, forecasting, logistics, delivery, and phasing out and replacing used equipment. His team makes sure everyone has the hardware and software they need to do their job and the services to keep it running smoothly.
Ken joined Compugen in 1987 and has held a variety of positions in his 25+ years at the company, including inside sales, sales representative, sales manager, director of sales operations, and vice president and general manager of operations.
Prior to joining Compugen, Ken worked at Memorex, a major player in the early days of large storage (10Mb!) and floppy disks. Ken sits on a number of advisory boards such as the Cisco Partner Operations Advisory. He is a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum.
Ken pursued acting at Vancouver College with Anthony Holland as well as Arts at the University of British Columbia. A devoted audiophile, he spends his weekends playing jazz on his Ariston turntable (with Fidelity Research arm and cartridge – for those that know) and copying his record collection to “hi-res” digital files. Ken’s current favourite artist is Robert Glasper, and his advice is that everyone should listen to Glasper’s new album, Double Booked.
As the Vice President of the Professional and Managed Services division, Marty provides leadership to Compugen’s national team of consultants, business analysts and professional problem solvers, and helps customers make sure their IT environments are helping their businesses perform better than they expect.
Marty got started in the IT industry by accident, when as a summer student he volunteered to write a computer program for his employer. He joined Compugen in 1997 as a professional services consultant and has since held a variety of positions before becoming a member of the executive team in 2011.
Marty is a member of the Technology Professional Services Association, and participates in the Innovation Value Institute to develop best practices for IT. He is also a supporter of the Microsoft Day of Giving and has led a number of strategic initiatives with Frontier College. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Amongst his many passions outside of work are a love of world travel and unwavering support for the Edmonton Oilers.
As the Vice President of Information Technology, Dean Reid oversees Compugen’s assets and infrastructure, telecommunications and business systems. This includes management of the company’s datacentre, networking environment, security, and all enterprise business applications.
Dean started his career as a programmer, using punch cards at his rural Manitoba high school, and has seen how the IT industry has evolved from 30-pound Compaq portable computers and 5 ¼ inch floppy disks, to tablets and cloud computing.
He joined Compugen in 1989 and in his early years with the company, he was an applications developer and a business analyst, responsible for mapping business needs to IT solutions. He was then promoted to IT Director and building on that experience, he joined the leadership team as Vice President of IT in 2012.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University. Outside of the office, Dean enjoys snowboarding and playing golf. His favourite ice cream flavour is rum raisin.
Andrew joined Compugen in 1997 and has served in various executive positions, including VP of Corporate Services and VP of Marketing. Prior to that, he was the Director of Executive Programs for the Rotman School at the University of Toronto. He sits on the Microsoft global SMS&P Partner Advisory Council and is a member of the Dublin-based Innovation Value Institute, a group that develops best practice models for IT. Andrew is also an active member of the Employer Leadership Council of York Region.
He is a board member at Trent University and was previously on the board of Frontier College, a national volunteer-based literacy organization.
Andrew received his MBA from the University of Toronto and also pursued doctoral studies in education at OISE. Andrew loves music and cooking and is currently working on perfecting his home-smoked salmon recipe. He enjoys spending time at the family cottage where he also grows shitake mushrooms.
Compugen was recognized in two categories at the Top 100 IT Solution Providers Event held in Woodbridge, Ontario on 21 April 2016. The Top 100 event recognized 2015 Canadian IT leaders by overall revenue as…