Meet the Team!

Get to know the Nix team. A group of experts with personalities more colorful than any fan deck!

Blocks of the Nix team's favorite colors.
CEO & Founder

Matt Sheridan

Color of Choice

My favorite color is #112358, I call it “Fibonacci Blue”

Important Fact

I have once had the great honor of sharing a plate of chicken wings at a party with Al Gore.

What Makes me Tick

I absolutely love problem-solving, no matter how big or small. Problem-solving is what keeps me up at night and keeps me motivated. They really should change CEO to CPO for Chief Problem Solver.

My Life Outside Nix

The one thing I love more than problem-solving is sailing. I once was a professional sailing coach and sailed in the Canadian University championship. Now I race my J24 boat with some other members of the Nix team. My ultimate goal is to eventually sail across the ocean. I am also a nerd for alternative energy and environmentalism.

Read my full bio here!

Founded Nix in:September 2012

Chief Operating Officer

Marc Directo

Color of Choice

Tangy Orange (Benjamin Moore 2014-30)

Important Fact

I’ve been part of many of Nix’s most memorable firsts, including… our first hire outside of our network, first huge sale, first million in revenue, and first team retreat.

What Makes me Tick

These days, it’s all about family. My wife and I are having a blast seeing our young kids grow up. I draw a lot of parallels with Nix. They’re learning new things every day, growing into phenomenal little members of society; much like our entire team is learning new things every day and building this amazing company. So with my kids, it’s about channeling their energy, their strengths and weaknesses and motivating them to go beyond what they think their limit is. I view my role at Nix in a similar way; how can we make this business perform better than the sum of its parts? How can I motivate the team to deliver excellence by balancing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses?

My Life Outside Nix

My hobbies seem to change with the seasons… I’ve been known to dabble in photography, vinyls, rock climbing, biking, and more recently wristwatches. But for the most part I’m a chauffeur.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:October 2015

Production Coordinator

Andy Saem

Color of Choice

Bright blue

Important Fact

My real name is Sokunthearith.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:January 2017

Systems Engineering Technology Co-op

Austin Melnyk

Color of Choice

Turquoise, something like AkzoNobel 70GG 60/251

Important Fact

Proud to be Mohawk’s two-time intramural volleyball champ! Team name: Kiss my Ace!

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:January 2018

Production Assistant

Carmen Guevara

Color of Choice

My two favorite paint colors are Bone White PPG1085-2, and Gray Stone color from Dulux. My family is a big fan of Dulux paint!

Important Fact

When I began working at Nix, I was trained under the students working here! It was such a pleasure to learn from them, and have conversations in both English and Spanish.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about designing, painting, building, and color. I have always loved building and making things from scratch. I enjoy being the Nix Production Assistant because I can create, learn new ways to do things, and utilize my previous work experiences to improve the company.

My Life Outside Nix

Beyond production, I am also a journalist. I enjoy writing, designing, media, and I love working with the community.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:March 2018

Lead Hardware Engineer

Dixon Paez

Color of Choice

I like three colors in particular: #F5C400, #005394 and #C61E29. These are the colors of “la tierra que me vio nacer, mi querida Colombia.”

Important Fact

I was with Nix when we moved out of the apartment (our initial headquarters) into an actual office space at McMaster Innovation Park. It made me realize how much we have accomplished in such a small time frame.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about night photography. Understanding how light behaves and how a sensor can capture it to make it a memorable moment.

My Life Outside Nix

Moving out of the apartment (initial headquarters) into an actual office space at the McMaster Innovation Park. It made me realize how much we have accomplished in such a small time frame.

Important Fact

Moving out of the apartment (our initial headquarters) into an actual office space at McMaster Innovation Park. It made me realize how much we have accomplished in such a small time frame.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:June 2015

Marketing Coordinator

Elaina Principato

Color of Choice

Bayberry Blue (Benjamin Moore 790), and Thermal Spring (Sherwin Williams 6761)

Important Fact

Plants are kind of my thing. I currently have over 50 plants and growing (pun intended) in my apartment, most of which were grown from seed. Some of my favourites are my lemon tree, mimosa (or touch plant), and pineapple.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:February 2016

Marketing Intern

Gabby Espejo

Color of Choice

Viking Yellow, Benjamin Moore #321

Important Fact

I’ve been involved in the arts my whole life. My first gig was playing Dora in a Spinmaster dance-along toy. I’ve also gotten to work with dance choreographers Travis Wall and Mandy Moore.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:July 2018

Test Engineer

James Strack

Color of Choice

Yacht Blue (Behr S490-4)

Important Fact

I’m currently completing my PhD in engineering physics.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:September 2014

Production Assistant

James Sheridan

Color of Choice

Irish Moss (Benjamin Moore 2036-20)

Important Fact

I like hiking, camping, and basically anything that involves the outdoors.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:January 2018

Sales Executive

Jeremy Redmond

Color of Choice

Grey, specifically #C4C4C2

Important Fact

I hiked and portaged 40km in Algonquin park over a period of 7 days.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:February 2018

Systems Engineering Technology Co-op

Kennedy Tran

Color of Choice

#07113d

Important Fact

I enjoy rock-climbing in my free time.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:January 2018

Finance Manager

Korina Kaur

Color of Choice

Favorite color is Shamrock (Sherwin Williams 6454). This color reminds me of the rainforests in Malaysia and the deep green woodlands of Malawi and Ireland.

Important Fact

I’m an incredibly keen traveler; I’ve visited 38 countries, 31 of which were in one trip, and intend to reach 45 countries by the age of 30.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:July 2018

Product Specialist

Matt McCutcheon

Color of Choice

Burnt Orange, #BF5700

Important Fact

I’m the owner of a 3-year-old adopted dwarf rabbit named Gandalf.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:May 2017

Systems Engineering Technology Co-op

Patrick Grzybowski

Color of Choice

#217773

Important Fact

I enjoy skiing and snowboarding.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:January 2018

Project Manager

Ryan Turkienicz

Color of Choice

#002233

Important Fact

I’m in the top 500 Minesweeper players of all time.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:July 2017

Graphic Designer

Steph Hoekstra

Color of Choice

#005238 (the color of an old forest), with #9dbedd being a close second (the color of the sky). These two colors together remind me of some of my favorite places on Earth.

Important Fact

I was deemed June’s “Cutest Kid of the Month” in 1991 at our local photo studio.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:August 2017

Test Engineer

Thomas Langille

Color of Choice

Direct Green (Sherwin Williams 6761)

Important Fact

I am rebuilding a 1981 BMW is my spare time.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:June 2016

Product Specialist

Will Sheridan

Color of Choice

#00205B

Important Fact

I was the TIME person of the year in 2006.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:October 2013