President & CEO
As President and CEO of Cortex, Joel provides overall corporate leadership and strategic vision, with a focus on advancing the development of service offerings, new market expansion, and managing key client relationships.
Joel came onboard in 2015 to lead the company’s continued growth as an international e-invoicing player, bringing with him more than 25 years of leadership experience within technology companies in both Canada and the United States. Joel’s tenacity and drive fuel his relentless passion for empowering a brilliant idea, taking it to market, and seeing industries and businesses change as a result. Prior to joining Cortex, Joel served as the President of Scancode, a Toronto-based software company that was acquired by Descartes Systems Group in 2009.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Billing is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in various senior management roles such as the President and CEO of Superior Plus Corp, Norcen Energy Resources Ltd and Sceptre Resources Limited.
Mr. Billing has served as a director of many public companies including Chairman of Provident Energy, Chairman of Capitol Energy Ltd and Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Mr. Billing is currently Chairman of the Board of Superior Plus Corp and a Director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation. He is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary.
Since 2015, Mr. Gutman has been Chairman of the Board of BSM Technologies (TSX: GPS) and also serves as a member on their Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Gutman has more than 10 years’ experience in private equity/venture capital, as well as more than 20 years of experience in managing and advising profitable, growth and acquisition oriented software companies. In addition to his role as the prior Chief Executive Officer of Webtech Wireless Inc., Mr. Gutman was also the Chief Executive Officer of Speedware Corporation from 2001 – 2005, TSB Corporation from 1999 – 2000, and Mobile Computing Corporation from 1999 – 2008. He was President of the Park City Lacrosse Organization and Founder and President of the Park City Angel Investing Network.
Mr. Ripplinger is President and CEO of Everlink Payment Services, a leading provider in the highly competitive payments solutions business. Located in Markham, ON, Everlink is a comprehensive payments solutions company, connecting financial institutions, retailers and credit/debit cardholders world-wide.
Everlink provides Payment Network Gateway, transaction processing, settlement and reporting, ATM/POS Acquiring Managed Services, Card Issuance and Management, Fraud Management as well as a wide range of Professional Services.
With a wealth of experience and expertise in business and IT leadership, governance and change execution, Mr. Ripplinger has held key executive positions in several leading companies including: VP Technology & CIO with the Canadian Payments Association in Ottawa, ON; Senior VP & CIO with ATB Financial in Edmonton, AB; VP & CIO at Crown Life in Regina, SK; Vice President of Systems with Co-Operators Financial Services in Guelph, ON; Partner with Sierra Systems in Calgary, AB; Business Development Executive at EDS in Calgary, AB; Solutions Development Manager with Cisco Systems in Calgary, AB; and Director, Sales & Marketing at CDSL/CGI in Mississauga, ON. In addition, Mr. Ripplinger established and operates his own management consulting business, working in both the private and public sectors with organizations of varying size and industry focus.
Mark completed a Bachelor of Administration with Distinction (Honors) at the University of Regina as well as a graduate certificate program in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a present and past member of numerous boards of directors, industry associations and charitable organizations and is a frequent speaker at trade conferences and management groups across North America.
Randy Henderson, CA CF ICD.D
Mr. Henderson (CA CF ICD.D) is a senior finance executive and corporate director who serves as a corporate financial advisor to the board of directors and executive management teams of both publicly-traded and private entities.
He is President of Henderson Corporate Financial Consulting Inc. and a director of PGNX Capital Corp. (NEX) and Harvest Operations Corp. (TSX). Mr. Henderson is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Province of Alberta.
From 2001-2013, Mr. Henderson served in either a full-time or consulting capacity as the Chief Financial Officer of several significant public and private entities, including Blackline GPS Corp., Paragon Pharmacies Ltd., High Arctic Energy Services Inc., CE Franklin Ltd., Emera Inc., and ENMAX Corporation.
In 2003, he was nominated for Canada's CFO of the Year Award. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and is an executive leadership program alumnus of the Stanford Business School of Stanford University. In 2008, he was awarded the Corporate Finance (CF) designation by the CICA. In 2009, he successfully completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and was awarded its designation of ICD.D.
Mr. Mark has over 35 years' experience creating, transforming, and growing global technology companies. Prior to joining the Cortex Board, Mr. Mark was CEO and Chairman of the Board at Hubwoo, SA, a French publicly traded company providing B2B eCommerce solutions to large global corporations. Mr. Mark has held senior executive leadership positions at Perfect Commerce and Commerce One and was a founding member of The Indus Group (IGRP), the leader in asset management software for highly regulated process manufacturing industries.
Mr. Mark's area of expertise include B2B platforms, procurement and accounts payable process automation, plant/asset maintenance and operations and supply chain management.