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TEEMA Solutions in Support of #ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States.
Below you will find some of our TEEMA members in support of the #StrikeOutALS #IceBucketChallenge. If you wish to donate to the #ALS Association, please click here.































Welcome New TEEMA Member – Tony Carter


Coming from the catering industry where he owned a catering business, Tony understands the importance of serving the customer. He joined the staffing business in 1989 with a strong commitment to helping others. This has been true on both the client and candidate sides. Furthermore, making a positive impact in people’s lives helps them to be both happy and successful, and Tony is honored to be a part of that.

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Gavin Audagnotti


It usually takes people a couple of guesses to work out Gavin’s South African accent and has always been a fun way for him to break the ice with people he talks to. Gavin was recruited from technology sales into recruiting business development and he really enjoys the various facets of recruiting, people sourcing and business development. His strongest quality, the one that underpins his whole approach to business is honesty. It’s a privilege to be an interface between candidates and clients with 100% transparency. Sometimes candidates thank Gavin for providing them with honest feedback that they can apply to their resume and/or their career path, even if it means they did not get the job. Gavin has spent the last 7 years recruiting engineering, executive level sales and technical sales roles.

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Janice Dixon


Janice prides herself on really getting to know what her candidates are looking for in a role, and in an employer, and making the right match for them. She knows that professional satisfaction comes from loving not only what you do, but also the people you work with. Janice stays on top of the employment market in Calgary by regularly checking in with clients and candidates, as well as attending conferences and networking events. Opportunities can be found everywhere when your network is strong!

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Sara Curto


Sara is very passionate about recruitment – the thrill of connecting the right person with the right job is addictive!  She has been recruiting for over 10 years in both the corporate and staffing worlds, recruiting the full spectrum of roles – student summer positions all the way to President and CEO opportunities. She specializes in IT, Engineering and Executive recruitment but is experienced in many industries.  She has also worked as an Employment Advisor so is skilled in giving candidates the tools to wow TEEMA’s clients with their resumes and their interview ability!

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Mike Chan


Mike has been recruiting for over 1 year and has a total of 8 years experience in the industry as a Desktop Support/ Junior System Admin. He has a wide range of experience in regards to sourcing and recruiting candidates for clients in multiple industries most recently as Technical Recruiter at Robert Half Technology. He is very skilled in finding candidates to meet the needs of his clients and his recent experience working within Information Technology field has helped his transition over to Technical Recruiter.

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Judi Wannamaker


Judi Wannamaker is a driven and enthusiastic, self-professed Professional “Match-maker”. A former engineer herself (chemical engineer), Judi has been a leader in engineering and technical recruiting in Western Canada for years. She offers deep network-based recruiting via her expansive professional network, in addition to a talent for marrying key business objectives to the appropriate and exceptional candidates who increase bottom-line results to her clients.

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Cindy Greenbaum


Cindy is experienced in Management, Sales, Recruiting industries such as: IT Solutions, Semiconductor, Aerospace, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, Banking , across National and Global accounts. She maintains awareness of industry trends, impacts of issues likely to affect customers and consultants.

Cindy’s specialties include: Building and Maintaining relationships with clients and vendors, delivery of staffing for contract and direct hire positions, negotiating, mentoring and training, and operations support.

Cindy is an aggressive performer demonstrating strong abilities in fast paced environments, while maintaining a proven track record of being a top performer, team player, and creative thinker “Thinking outside the box”.

Welcome New TEEMA Member – Christine Blanchard


Christine has established herself as a top recruiter multiple years running, offering 18 years of progressive responsibility in corporate and agency IT Recruitment. She has built a solid network based on loyal and trusted business relations with clients and candidates. Christine has worked with some of the Top Canadian/Global companies in the Financial, Government, Telecom industries as well as Software Development and Professional/IT services companies. She has a varied background which includes Management, HR, IT Recruitment and Sales. In her spare time she enjoys outdoors and spending time with her family.



By Vaclav Vincalek, CIO

the-scope-creepThink about the apps you use most on your smartphone: Instagram, Foursquare, etc. You probably only use a small number of features in them and have never bothered to find out what the rest of them do. It’s standard human behavior – but then, if we’re not using most of these features, why do they build them?

It’s scope creep. It’s endemic to app development – and this kind of thing has been hurting companies and consumers for as long as humans have been inventing things and managing projects.

To be fair, the impetus for adding features to products doesn’t come out of nowhere; often, companies that do their proper market research and pay attention to product reviews want to meet a perceived demand. Even if the feature isn’t really part of the core of the product, or it seems like only a small part of the overall market is really interested, the company gives in – because they figure that since they’re already building something, why not add in a few extras that would be “nice to have”, as the reviewers eloquently put it.

Many times, though, we’re dealing with scope creep right out of the gate. The customer starts with a pie-in-the-sky solution that’s going to include everything including the kitchen sink – and naturally, everyone in the world is going to buy it. Our development team comes at it from a more realistic direction: focusing in on where the value really is. In other words, what is the core of your solution?

There’s a simple process for figuring out what’s really important. First, identify the features you say you want in a product. Next, identify the benefit – which of course demands that you understand the difference between features and benefits (eg. “This photo app syncs photos with your account on the cloud; a big benefit is that the user’s honeymoon vacation photos are safe and sound in cyberspace, even if the phone gets stolen”). In other words, the benefit should mean something tangible, not just that it’s “very cool”. Finally, what’s the value of this benefit? Would customers buy your app because of it? Or would they pay more than what they’re shelling out for your existing product? Or does adding this feature actually help your company reduce the cost of doing business, for instance by removing hosting costs?

Name the core features. Quantify the benefits. Verify the value. When you’ve done that, the development team can focus their efforts where they’re needed, completing the project on time and on budget.

Developing the next app that’s going to solve the world’s problems? Let us help you stay on track and avoid scope creep.