Our Management Team

Heath Freel

Heath Freel

Strategy

In his role as President, Heath focuses his energies on the profitable growth of End to End Networks and delivering a superior customer service experience. Heath is also the Technology thought leader in the company, researching new technologies and anticipating IT trends.

As one of the original five employees who founded End to End Networks in 1993, Heath has worked his way through the ranks, from Tech Support to Projects, to Sales Engineering and then into management where he leads a group of developers who created and are evolving the eView Network Management System.

Heath believes that actions are stronger than words and encourages his team to make decisions independently.

Recognising that students leaving college sometimes have a difficult time finding a job that suits their learned skills, Heath is Chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee at George Brown College, to help facilitate and ensure that the skills students are learning closely represent real world requirements.

Heath’s philosophy that “you should never give up” is embodied in his favourite quote by Winston Churchill:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts

Outside of the workplace, Heath enjoys a number of activities including Soccer, Fishing, and playing the guitar.


Wayne Cook

Beverly Gagan

Finance

In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Bev is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of End to End Networks, including the development of financial strategies, metrics tied to those strategies, and on-going development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.

Bev spent the early years of her career working with professional engineers and land surveyors. Through a chance meeting with an employee from End to End Networks, she learned that the company was expanding the Finance Department and required a hands-on person to develop policies and procedures; Bev subsequently joined the company in May 1998.

Bev believes that business decisions should be based on facts and administered with a sense of competitive urgency.

Embracing the concept of participating in the wider business community, Bev is an active supporter of TechConnex, and participates and supports a variety of TechConnex events and Peer Groups in the GTA.

Bev’s philosophy that “anything is possible” is embodied in her favourite quote by Audrey Hepburn:

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says “I’m possible”

Outside of the workplace, Bev values her time with her family and travelling with her husband Jim (30 countries in the last 15 years and counting!), as well as gardening.

Cathy Vankesteren

Cathy Vankesteren

Client Services

In her role as Senior Vice President, Cathy works in partnership with our valued Clients and Business Partners to define key business strategies and objectives, drive technology solutions, and deliver Best-in-Class results.

Cathy Vankesteren has distinguished herself during her two decade career in the IT industry in Canada. As a senior vice president of End to End Networks, Vankesteren spearheaded initiatives that helped the company be recognized as an innovator and leader in the Canadian IT community.

Since joining End to End Networks in 1993, she has held several leadership positions and is currently responsible for strategic partnerships, major inside sales opportunities, and product management. Cathy brings her practical business analytics and industry experience to the End to End Executive Team. She plays a prominent role in bringing innovation forward and aligning it with corporate strategies.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Toronto. In 2012, she was named to CDN’s Top Women in the IT Channel. The advancement of Women in Technology is near and dear to Cathy’s heart. She has served as a mentor to women in the IT industry and a co-facilitator for the TechConnex Women in Technology Peer Group. Cathy also currently serves as an Advisory Council Member for the VentureTech Network (VTN).

Cathy’s believes that leadership is a commitment to personal excellence and that it is the responsibility of every member of a successful team to challenge the status quo and to keep “raising the bar”. This philosophy is espoused in one of Cathy’s favourite books “The Leader Who Had No Title” by Robin Sharma.

It’s fine to be content, but never satisfied. So improve everything. Improve it daily, relentlessly, and passionately.

Outside of the workplace, Cathy enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, kayaking and snorkeling.

Pete Needham

Pete Needham

Talent

Pete is responsible for all talent management activities at End to End Networks. He combines this with a passion for measurement and metrics to ensure the company is managing towards our vision, goals and business strategy.

In Pete’s early career, spent in Finance in the UK with Unilever, he learned to appreciate that “what gets measured gets done!” Moving to North America at the turn of the century he transitioned into Human Resources roles with Unilever Canada, joining End to End Networks as HR Manager in 2012.

Pete believes that leadership is critical for companies, teams and individuals, and actively promotes “Leadership at all Levels” in both his professional and personal life. His leadership heroes include Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs.

Advocating that every organisation, no matter how big or small, should give to their community, tangibly and consistently, Pete has embraced this through his facilitation of the TechConnex HR and Leadership Development Peer Groups, serving technology companies in the GTA.

Pete’s philosophy that “change is inevitable” is embodied in his favourite quote by Alvin Toffler:

The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, un-learn, and re-learn.

Outside of the workplace Pete supports the charities of UNICEF and Food Banks Canada, and is a passionate supporter of Manchester United FC and Oshawa Vikings RFC!