Geotab's Security Leadership Team
Neil Cawse - CEO
Neil is an accomplished business leader, entrepreneur and engineer who has been founding and running his own businesses since 1992. In 1998, Neil sold his software development company with over 100 engineers to Datatec. In 2000, Neil founded Geotab Inc., which is now the largest telematics company in the world, as measured by new vehicle subscriptions on a yearly basis. Geotab has been voted one of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in Canada and has been ranked in the top 200 in North America for the last four years. Neil at heart is an engineer and this passion keeps him involved in the day-to-day engineering and design of Geotab's systems. Neil believes that Geotab's success stems from the company's integrity, its forward thinking ideals and foremost the customer receiving the right solution. In 2015, Neil Cawse was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario.
Alan Cawse - CSO
Alan is the Executive Vice President of Technical Services and has been part of the Geotab team since its inception. He has over 20 years of information technology experience. Alan's primary responsibilities include overseeing technical support and its team of engineers; IT operations, including all internal, network, server, hosting services and security for Geotab; and all ERP and reseller portal systems. Alan has always had a passion for technology and software development. After spending a few years in the financial services industry as a credit manager, and then as a software engineer for a large software company, he then co-founded and ran a software consulting company that rapidly grew to be a successful, international company. Having both business and technical expertise and experience has allowed Alan to help Geotab grow to the great company it is today.
Dirk Schlimm - CPO
Dirk has been a member of the Geotab Advisory Board since 2010 and has helped advance Geotab’s global strategy, corporate practices and risk management. Dirk oversees legal and policy frameworks for data privacy, data usage and data access as a source of innovation and value for users of connected car platform services. He previously was a member of the senior executive team at Husky Injection Molding Systems. Dirk holds a law degree from Bonn University, Germany, and a doctorate in comparative law (United States/Germany) from Konstanz University, Germany. Dirk also teaches board room effectiveness in the ICD/Rotman Directors Education Program across Canada and consults with corporations in various industries. Dirk is the author of Influencing Powerful People (McGraw Hill, New York and authorized Chinese translation). With Neil Cawse, he published the white paper "Preserving Privacy and Security in the Connected Vehicle: The OBD Port on the Road Ahead.
Laurence Prystawski - General Counsel
Laurence joined Geotab in March 2015 as its first in-house legal resource. Laurence holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science) degree from the University of Waterloo and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Laurence's practice has focused on corporate commercial, intellectual property, and technology law for close to 20 years. He has worked in private practice at a national Canadian law firm and has been legal counsel at major Canadian technology companies, including Research In Motion (BlackBerry) and IBM.
Glenn Atkinson - P.Eng. VP Product Safety
Glenn began working with Geotab as a consultant in March 2014 and joined as an employee Jan 2016. Glenn has over 25 years experience that includes; proactive safety design analysis, product safety/company risk mitigation techniques and product safety litigation defense. He is currently working with Universities, Industry Associations, and Authorities to proactively advance telematics product safety and cyber security at Geotab and more broadly within the industry. Glenn has a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.Eng. from McGill University. Glenn was also Director EHS and Product Safety for Husky Injection Molding systems (global). He was chair of the ANSI SPI committee for 7 years, harmonizing EU and North American HIMM standards. (horizontal injection molding machines).
Ryan Brander - Manager, Product & Cybersecurity
Ryan began working with Geotab in September 2017. With over sixteen years of security experience from National Defense, Public Safety (Police, Fire, Ambulance), Telecommunications, and Online Sports Betting industries, Ryan brings a multifaceted perspective to the Geotab Product Security Team. Ryan examines possible security vulnerabilities in supply chain, hardware, firmware and applications, as well as end user and enterprise services. Prior to Geotab, Ryan worked in BlackBerry’s Product Security and Cybersecurity Services for about six years. Ryan holds a BSc. with an Advanced Major in Computer Science from Saint Francis Xavier University. Also, he holds a CISSP and CSSLP from ISC2, along with a CSTM from the UK CHECK penetration testing standard.