About Us

Our Story

Founded in 2014, Connected Lab is the leading and fastest growing connected software company in North America. We are a world-class team of Software & Firmware Engineers, UI/UX designers and Product Strategists. We’re proud to say that we have a 98% employee retention rate.

Our vision is a well-connected world: designed, engineered and delivered. Our mission is to work with the world's most ambitious companies to build the best connected software experiences.


Mike SternCEO & Co-Founder

Mike is the founder and CEO of Connected Lab. Mike upholds the vision and mission for the organization, where he focuses on building world-class experiences for the team and customers. Previously, Mike helped grow Xtreme Labs to 350 people before it was acquired by Pivotal in 2013. He has worked with dozens of world-class brands including AMEX, Facebook, Salesforce, MasterCard, and the NFL. Mike holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill, and an MBA from UBC. His work has been featured in the Financial Times, Globe and Mail, and CBC.

Damian McCabeVP Engineering & Co-Founder

Damian is the co-founder and VP Engineering at Connected Lab. Past clients include RBC, Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Target and Walmart. During his time at IBM, Damian’s work in mobile was recognized with several awards. Damian is passionate about building the world’s best technical and design teams and solving extremely ambitious problems. Damian’s work has been featured in CBC and the Globe and Mail.

Ally ContardiDirector of Finance & Operations

Ally is the Director of Finance and Operations at Connected Lab. She has worked in mobile and web development for the past five years, specializing in sales, finance, and operations. From resourcing projects to providing industry insights, she has overseen the strategy and execution of many well-known mobile applications for brands such as Viacom, Turner Sports, Shaw Media, and ABC News. Ally holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Rob PriceSenior Director of Product

Rob is the Director of Product at Connected Lab, where he oversees product planning and development on behalf of ambitious brands. He has guided product strategy and execution for a variety of companies including Disney, Marvel, Mattel, RBC, NexJ, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, Age of Learning, and Beatport. His work has been featured in Forbes, BNN, MTV, and Kotaku. Rob holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier.

Jackson McConnellHead of Design

Jackson is the Head of Design at Connected Lab. Previously Jackson was a researcher at the Social Body Lab, where he worked on wearable technology initiatives funded by Intel. In addition to managing the design practice at Connected Lab, Jackson teaches design courses on emerging technologies at OCAD University. Jackson holds an MA in Interaction Design from OCAD.

Will PateHead of Strategy

Will leads strategy at Connected Lab. He helps organizations understand and adapt to emerging technologies. He has overseen $100M of digital investment. Will has worked around the world with organizations like the World Bank, Google, Bloomberg, GE, GM and the MoMA. His work has been twice recognized by the White House, and once by the Secretary-General of the UN. He regularly speaks to organizations like RBC Capital Markets, Google, Yahoo!, iMedia, mesh, the Red Cross, NYU, UofT and Ryerson. He has been featured in CNN, the Globe and Mail, CTV and CBC.

Marc De PapeProduct Management Lead

Marc leads product management at Connected Lab. He works with the delivery team to create great connected software experiences. Marc was formerly a senior consultant at ThoughtWorks and video producer for the Royal Ontario Museum. Once upon a time, he also directed a music video for Tegan & Sara. His work has been featured in Creative Applications, Mashable, and Designboom. Marc holds an MA in Digital Futures from OCAD.

Farhan NomaniProduct Management Lead

Farhan leads product management at Connected Lab. He works with the delivery team to create great connected software experiences. Previously, Farhan was an electromechanical designer at Idea Couture where he helped design and prototype IoT and wearable devices, and a system designer at NVIDIA. Past clients include LG, Samsung, HTC and AT&T. Farhan holds a BA of Applied Science (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering from Waterloo.

Dan LeeDirector of Quality Assurance

Dan is the Director of Quality Assurance at Connected Lab. He manages test teams and uses automated tools to deliver the highest possible quality in every product. Previously, he spearheaded Pivotal Lab’s automated quality assurance team and established many of the testing practices there. His processes were used during the development of some of the world’s most widely-used apps, including Facebook Messenger, Uber, CIBC, Bloomberg and many others. Dan holds a BA in Applied Science in Computer Engineering from Waterloo.

Josh AllenEngineering Lead

Josh Allen is an Engineering Lead at Connected Lab. He guides the development of the fast-growing engineering team through mentoring and a foundation of deep technical knowledge. Josh won the Google Global Startup Battle and is passionate about solving large problems with attention to unit testing, software craftsmanship, and scalable architecture. He brings prior experience from financial services, PointClickCare, mobile video streaming, government, and Xtreme Labs. Josh holds a BS of Computer Science (Honors) from Trent.

Alex ChristodoulouEngineering Lead

Alex is an Engineering Lead at Connected Lab. He empowers the engineering team to build user-centric connected experiences with a focus on architecture, software quality, and agile process. He is passionate about hackathons and atypical solutions to complex problems. He brings prior experience from Xtreme Labs and Pivotal, where he built products for companies such as Salesforce, NFL, and Frank & Oak. Alex holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Waterloo.

Daniel AlmerEngineering Lead

Daniel is an Engineering Lead at Connected Lab. He works with the engineering team to ensure high code quality and standards. He also helps guide the technical direction of the company. His experience ranges from web front-end, back-end server, cloud infrastructure and databases. Daniel has overseen agile development on several front and back-end projects at Connected Lab. Daniel has previously worked with companies such as OANDA, BMO Financial Group, and IBM. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honors) from Waterloo.

Heather ConneryEngineering Onboarding Lead

Heather is the Engineering Onboarding Lead at Connected Lab. She builds connected experiences and leads the onboarding of new engineers. Heather has prior experience in military and education. Her past research projects include determining the Antarctic’s contribution to global sea level rise and algorithmically isolating signals within the Earth’s magnetic field. Heather holds a MSc. in Physics and has a background in computational science.

Emily GreenBusiness Development Lead

Emily is a Business Development Lead at Connected Lab, responsible for leading sales and client partnerships to launch innovative products. Previous to Connected Lab, Emily worked as an Account Executive at Rogers Media and Cisco Systems. Emily holds a BA in Psychology and English Literature from McGill.

Ali MurtazaBusiness Development Lead

Ali is a Business Development Lead at Connected Lab, responsible for leading sales and client partnerships to launch innovative products. Prior to joining Connected Lab, Ali led different organizations in launching innovative mobile/IoT solutions in sales, consulting and product management roles. He has worked at Deloitte, CGI, Sprint Nextel and TELUS. Ali studied Computer Engineering (Honours) at University of Waterloo and holds an MBA from UCLA.

Joel ZienAccount Executive

Joel is an Account Executive at Connected Lab, and works with the business development and product teams. He collaborates with ambitious companies to identify business problems and discover opportunities. Joel brings prior experience working with some of the world’s most prominent telco, media, and entertainment companies at Xtreme Labs and Pivotal.


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