Our Leadership

Matt Stein

Chief Executive Officer

Matt has a wealth of experience in telecommunications, information technology and business management and a true passion for developing innovative service offerings. In addition to his leadership and business development skills, Matt has frequently appeared before the CRTC and the Canadian Parliament, as well as the US Senate, on industry matters.
Before joining Distributel as CEO in 2014, Matt was the Chief Technology Officer of Primus Telecommunications Group. Matt’s prior roles include Vice-President at CallNet and Principal Consultant at ArQana Technologies. Matt is also currently the Vice Chair of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC).

Gerry Vanderpost

Chief Financial Officer

With experience earned both within and outside the telecommunications industry, Gerry is responsible for the financial leadership at Distributel. He works to develop and uphold strong financial management and accountability while providing timely, accurate and reliable financial information and enhancing internal controls.
Before joining Distributel in 2016, Gerry was the VP of Finance at Primus Telecommunications where he led the finance group for the Canadian and US operations. Prior roles include Associate Vice President at Canadian Tire Corporation where he held various senior financial positions in corporate finance, treasury, and financial planning & analysis.

Brad Fisher

Chief Revenue Office

Brad leads all revenue generating functions at Distributel, including Sales and Marketing for the residential, commercial, and wholesale markets. Brad joined Distributel in 2017 and brings an extensive background in telecommunications and technology, with 20+ years of experience driving innovation and business growth as a senior executive in both Canada and the USA.
Prior to joining Distributel, Brad served as the President of Primus Canada, where he led all Canadian operations for Birch Communications. Previous roles include SVP Strategy and Marketing at Hawaiian Telecom, as well as VP Consumer Internet and VP Services Development at Bell Canada.

Gayle Padvaiskas

Vice President, Marketing

Gayle leads the Marketing function, with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, product management and marketing communications across all brands and divisions. Gayle is creative by nature and passionate about the magic of storytelling, coupled with the importance of a strong corporate culture.
A marketing professional for over 25 years, Gayle joined Distributel in 2015. Previous roles included Global Director of Marketing at Medicom Inc, Senior Director of Marketing at Molson Coors, as well as 10 years in a variety of senior Marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson.

Don Cavanagh

Vice President, Service Operations

Don has been an asset to Distributel since 1995. His top priority is our customers and partners, with direct responsibility for ensuring service quality, keeping network operations healthy and enabling customer operations.
Don joined Distributel as a Telecommunications Analyst and has advanced through various roles into his current role overseeing Network Operations, Carrier Relations and Service Assurance. During his two decades at Distributel, Don had been instrumental in the company’s transformation from a small switchless long distance reseller, to a national CLEC operating its own network facilities, and to one of Canada’s leading independent ISPs.

Rishi Bahall

Vice President, Network Engineering

Rishi oversees the Network Engineering team, responsible for all network development across telephone and IP networks. He has accountability for network performance, process automation, new product development and establishing the vision for long term technology planning.
Rishi joined Distributel in 2016, his previous role was VP of Network and IT at Globalive Communications Corp, where he held various roles of increasing responsibility in Network Engineering for over 13 years.

Jacqui Irving

Vice President, Human Resources

Jacqui leads the Human Resources function at Distributel, responsible for workplace policies, talent management, workforce planning, recruiting, performance management, employee development and employee engagement.
Jacqui is ideally suited for the role as she has over 22 years of experience at Distributel, having led the Customer Service, Billing, Provisioning and Customer Loyalty groups and has a deep understanding of the talent requirements needed to drive the organization toward achieving the business vision.

Mark Morais

Vice President, Customer Care

Mark serves as Vice President, Customer Care, overseeing both Residential and Business Services customer support organizations, where he and his team work to ensure delivery of an excellent customer service experience. Mark oversees all call center operations including technical support, phone, chat and social media agents, in addition to other key touch points and service channels with our customers.
Before joining Distributel in 2014, Mark led Customer Operations at Sirius XM and was VP of Operations at Inquent Technologies.

Daniel Puckett

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Daniel leverages his vast experience gained over more than 25 years leading the information and technology innovation teams at Distributel in providing leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust and secure IS and IT systems across the Distributel organization and brands.
In addition to telecommunication and computer science, Daniel enjoys being a grandfather twice, plays racquetball regularly as a mediocre over-the- hill player with great serve, and has previously earned his keep through public sector labour relations and property development.

Jim Dawson

Vice President, Enterprise Sales

With over 15 years of sales leadership experience in Commercial Telecom, Jim leads the Sales function for ThinkTel, the Business Services division of Distributel (www.thinktel.ca). He leads a talented team of professionals across Canada, and brings passion to building industry partnerships. Under his leadership, ThinkTel has become the leading Canadian provider of SIP-based voice, video, and data services in the SMB and enterprise markets. ThinkTel was co-founded by Jim, and was acquired by Distributel in 2010.
Jim’s previous positions include Account Executive roles at Bell Canada, C1 Communications, and Sprint Canada.

Jack Santeramo

Vice President, Distributel Wholesale Sales

Jack has been a Senior Sales Executive and leader in Telecommunications for over two decades. Jack manages the Wholesale division of Distributel, where he leads a team of Sales and Support Professionals in delivering the industry’s most comprehensive wholesale product suite for carriers and resellers globally. His unique and collaborative approach to selling and relationship management enables him and his team to uncover the right range of products and services to help clients create differentiation and growth in the wholesale market.
Before joining Distributel, Jack held a variety of Senior Sales leadership roles and gained his extensive voice and data networking experience at Rogers, Comwave, TNW and ACC.

Geoff Batstone

Vice President, General Counsel

Geoff is a senior legal, regulatory and public policy counsel with extensive international experience in leading telecommunications and technology organizations. He brings a highly creative approach to problem solving, as well as a pragmatic but commercially sound approach to legal issues.
Previous to joining Distributel in 2016, Geoff ran his own practice after spending 12 years in various legal roles at Cable & Wireless Communications. Prior to that he served as Legal Counsel to the CRTC.

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