Jeff Bender, CPA, CA

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Jeff guides Harris by overseeing all corporate planning and strategic direction. He works with all Harris employees to ensure we continue to deliver on our goals and objectives and create value for all Harris employees, customers and shareholders. Jeff’s continual focus on accountability, responsibility, ownership and understanding continues to drive the Harris performance culture.

Before his appointment as CEO, Jeff made significant contributions to the company by holding various senior management positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Harris, Jeff spent seven years at Deloitte & Touche in their technology business practice. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Carleton University and is a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Todd Richardson, CPA, CA

Chief Financial OfficerAs Chief Financial Officer, Todd works directly with the CEO and the entire executive team to ensure that Harris meets or exceeds employee, customer and shareholder expectations. He oversees all financial, treasury, and information technology functions and plays a key role in business acquisitions.

Todd joined Harris in March 2015 and brings nearly 20 years of industry experience with both private and public companies to the role. Prior to joining Harris, Todd spent over 11 years with Mitel Networks Corporation where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller and had global responsibility for financial planning and analysis along with business operations support.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and in 1996 obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. Todd is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.


Judy Doggett

Chief People Officer

As  Chief People Officer , Judy works with the CEO and the Executive Leadership team to ensure that our “Employees First” Strategy is implemented and top of mind for all Harris leaders and operationalizing HR to be a strategic partner.

Judy joined Harris in December 2012 as an HR Coach and Leadership Consultant for the Utility Group. Since that time she has had the opportunity to manage both the Leadership Development and Human Resources teams.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Queen’s University as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from Humber College. She is a certified Coach in the Lominger framework and an advocate for Leadership and Employee Development. Prior to joining Harris Judy held a variety of roles within Human Resources with a focus on succession planning, performance management and attraction and selection.


Bryce Cooper

President, Harris Utilities Group

As President of Harris Utilities Group, Bryce is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of all Harris business units servicing the utility market sector. Bryce works closely with the Executive Vice Presidents to develop growth strategies; placing emphasis on innovation, long-term customer relationships, and world class service. Before becoming President of Harris Utilities Group, Bryce served Harris as Vice President of Business Development, where he spearheaded acquired growth, lead the business development team and oversaw Harris’ acquisition and integration processes.

Bryce holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and holds an MBA from Queen's University. Prior to joining Harris, Bryce worked with high-growth companies and an early stage venture capital fund. He has also benefited from his engineering background with experiences in the acquisition of businesses in the United States, Canada, and internationally in South Africa, Venezuela, Mexico and Australia.


Jerry Canada

President, Harris Healthcare Group

As President of the HealthCare Group, Jerry is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of Harris’ HealthCare business units.

Jerry joined Harris’ executive team in 2002 with the MCS Spectrum acquisition where he was a founder, serving as its President since 1991. During his tenure with Harris he has held numerous management positions, most recently serving as President, Harris Public Sector & Schools Group, prior to that he was the General Manager of the Spectrum and Schools Divisions. Preceding to founding MCS Spectrum, Jerry worked in a variety of software related positions at Comptek Research, and Barrister Information Systems.

Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Canisius College. He also completed the Entrepreneurial Planning and Management program of the Canisius College Center for Entrepreneurship. He is an initial organizer and past board member of InfoTech Niagara.


Jean Soucy

President, Harris Public Sector & Schools Group

As President of the Public Sector and Schools Group, Jean is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Harris’ local government and schools business units. These operating units provide a wide range of mission critical software in areas such as public safety, student information systems, CAMA and property management, financial management, and community development. Jean and his team are focused on developing strong customer relationships, high quality software and effective customer service.

Jean brings over 20 years of software industry experience from healthcare, retail, manufacturing and public service sectors. Prior to joining Harris, Jean held executive positions in leading technology firms such as DLGL, MediSolution and 20-20 Technologies, where he had responsibility for growing market share in both mature and emerging markets.

Jean holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and an MBA from Concordia University.


Sylvain Gauthier

President, Harris Quebec Public Sector Group

As President of the Quebec Public Sector, Sylvain is responsible for business development. He works with the business unit managers to develop their growth strategies and focuses on our customers, people and solutions. Sylvain also dedicates a significant amount of time to our continued market development and expansion through the acquisition process.

Sylvain joined Harris in 2007 with the PG Govern acquisition where he was the Sales and Marketing Vice President for several years. This role provided him with valuable knowledge of both the PG organization and the municipal market. Sylvain also held the Executive Vice President position for both PG Solutions and MediSolution. Prior to that, he started his own IT company and ran it for several years, which was later acquired by PG Solutions.


Jim Simak

Senior Executive Vice President, Organic Growth Initiatives

As Senior Executive Vice President, Jim is responsible for Harris Computer’s Organic Growth Strategy and Initiatives. Jim works closely with Harris business units to deliver new innovative products and services to market.

Jim brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial software development, innovation, business development and strategy. He joined Harris Computer in 2008 as CEO of System Innovators Inc. Jim continued his leadership role as General Manager within the acquired System Innovators business unit. In 2011, he added responsibility for the Harris’ local government ERP and CAMA business lines. In 2014, Jim led M&A and growth for Harris’ public safety business portfolio as Senior Executive Vice President.

Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and continued graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his MBA from Jacksonville University in 2007, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on Economics. Prior to joining Harris, he worked in several startups as well as Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Computer Science Corporation, ECI Telecom and General Dynamics.