Evizone is the tool I wished I had as a public company CEO and CFO – so I could sleep better at night.

Evizone Chairman Bill Wells

About Evizone

Evizone is a privately-held global company with offices in Europe and North America. Evizone’s headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. Founded in 2009 , Evizone was started to address issues related to secure messaging, regulatory compliance and communications governance; particularly the many problems caused by using e mail, texting, chat, instant messaging and similar means to communicate.

Evizone’s marketing partners and services are currently deployed in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Southern Africa and South America.

Evizone provides the strongest commercially available system for the secure exchange of files and copy-protected messages..

History

With extensive experience in corporate governance and financial management, Evizone’s founder and Chairman Bill Wells has been involved in some tough instances of contested governance as well as numerous legal and regulatory processes These experiences caused him to found Evizone. He was impressed with the critical importance of reliable, secure electronic communications and communications governance systems and the extreme risk of not having them.

Instances of reputations destroyed, organizations derailed and millions upon millions of costs caused by improperly handled electronic communications are numerous and increasing in frequency. It is one of the largest risks faced by many organizations and one of the least addressed. Says Wells, “Email and other commonly used messaging systems, even if encrypted, are all inherently insecure and cannot be made secure.

Many people are careless and use these systems for confidential information that should never be in them. Some are also pack rats and tend to use their email and messaging as a filing system, ignoring document retention policies. Others delete everything, causing severe problems when matters arise requiring an official record. In most organizations it is a complete mess, creating enormous risk. My goal is for Evizone to bring order from chaos and to be a key risk management tool for the enterprise.”

Milestones

2009Evizone Founded
2010Evizone development center established, prototype systems developed
2013Beta testing of Evizone Secure Communications and Evizone Communications Governance begins
2014US patent granted
Initial customers, first marketing partners in Africa, Europe, South America
2015Montreal headquarters established
First marketing partners North America
2016Canada patent granted

Team members

William M. (Bill) Wells

Evizone’s Chairman and CEO

Bill is Evizone’s Chairman and CEO. He also serves on the boards of HLS Therapeutics, EnerCare and MedGenesis Therapeutix. As CEO Bill led the turnaround of Biovail, Canada’s largest public pharmaceutical company, and its subsequent merger to create one of the world’s leading specialty pharmaceutical companies.
Prior to joining Biovail, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer of Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw”), Canada’s largest food distributor and Bunge Limited (“Bunge”), a U.S.headquartered company in the global agribusiness, fertilizer and food product industries. In 2001 Bill took Bunge public on the NYSE after 200 years as a private company. Prior to joining Bunge, Bill spent ten years in senior financial management at McDonald’s Corporation in the U.S. and Brazil.

Rodolfo M. Oppenheimer

Strategic advisor

Rodolfo is the strategic advisor to Evizone’s CEO. He is the founding partner at Prospéritas Capital Partners (first VC in Uruguay www.prosperitascp.com) and of Xn Consultores (management consulting firm www.xn-consultores.com) and an active Angel Investor in Uruguay, Brazil and the US. He brought McDonald’s to Uruguay as the local partner, successfully developing the brand and its market penetration (1991-2002). During these years, He also was president of the Technology Board for McDonald’s Latin America and member of its Advisory Board. Prior to moving to Uruguay, he was Director for Finance and Franchising for McDonald’s Corporation in Latin America. Presently he serves and advises in various companies (privately held as well as portfolio companies). He is a board member and prior president of Junior Achievement (Uruguay chapter – DESEM). He belongs to the local Endeavor network of mentors (ex board member of the local and international advisory board), and is a Fulbright Foundation board member. He is a Industrial & Mechanical Engineer (graduated with honors at Purdue University) and has an MSM in International Finance (Krannert School of Business).

Michel de Martigny

Evizone’s COO

Michel de Martigny is Evizone’s COO. He is a seasoned channel sales, marketing and business development professional as well as being a qualified lawyer (Ontario). For the first part of his career Michel worked with large multinationals managing brand and retail advertising and B-2-C marketing of major consumer brands in Canada. He then went global, spending over 20 years creating and managing B-2-B channel sales and partner programs for Europe and Emerging Markets, mostly in IT. He also helped set up two regional businesses based in Dubai – one professional and the other in in the online digital entertainment industry. His industry experience includes Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer marketing in the areas of IT, Automotive, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and aviation law. Michel’s proven skills and deep understanding of the business, legal and cultural environments across many geographies and industries enable him to confidently take leadership of diverse assignments, identify and manage risk, secure the buy-in of the key stakeholders and partners, and deliver results.

Andrew (Andy) Coutts

Chief Product Officer

Andy is Evizone’s Chief Product Officer. He has over 25 years of executive experience in building software companies; public, private and start-up. Mr. Coutts’ strong product management skills combined with his success in the recruitment and development of strong channel partner networks have led to a record of achieving 100% year over year growth several times during his career.
Prior to joining Evizone, Andy served as President at Netsweeper, a SaaS content filtering company, President and CEO at Databeacon (acquired by Cognos) an analytics software company and Chief Operating Officer at Software AG of Canada (acquired by SAGA).

Michael B. (Mike) Marcus

Designer and architect

Mike is the principal designer and architect of Evizone’s systems. He chairs Evizone’s technology committee. For over 40 years, Mike designed and managed large scale IT projects around the world; working with enterprises in over 20 countries and in multiple industries. This includes ten years working for Arthur Andersen & Co (the predecessor to Accenture) before founding Tech Consulting Inc. a highly successful consulting company for over 30 years.

Most recently, Mike was the principal designer, architect and project manager for an agricultural prediction market for Bunge, a large publicly traded multinational agribusiness. As part of this project, he was instrumental in the formation of the Bunge Mathematical Institute Z.o.o in Warsaw, Poland. He sat on this organization’s supervisory board from 2006 through 2009.

Lise Pilon

Global Director of HR

Lise Pilon (CHRA, RCC) recently joined Evizone as Global Director of HR. Lise is a highly qualified HR practitioner with over 35 years’ experience with large, medium and small companies, mostly in high-tech and service industries such as Dorma-Kaba (security), Lavalin (engineering) and Pyradia (aeronautic). For five years, she also ran her own career transition consultancy and strategic recruitment firm. Lise holds a Bachelor of Administration/HR and a Certificate in Psychology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Lise’s mandate will be to improve our HR systems and processes and help us build the best team possible.

What does the name Evizone mean?

The name Evizone is a contraction of “event horizon” – the boundary of a black hole beyond which nothing can escape from within it. Once information is inside Evizone it cannot escape.