Meet the Team!

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

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 #00A7EF

Important Fact

My real name is Sokunthearith and I can speak Khmer

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about helping the team grow and growing the business through my role of procurement & production management. I strive to ensure that things run as smooth as possible on the job.

My Life Outside Nix

I enjoy playing competitive video games, I like to paint and sketch, and I love all music genres

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:January 2017

Director of Software Development

Brian Viverios

Color of Choice

The combo of Black/Red/White. Reminds me of vampires and fast cars, it’s also the color of my Cervelo.

Important Fact

Four years ago I could barely swim one length of a 25 metre pool. I went on to teach myself how to swim, starting training with a coach, and this summer I will be completing my first Ironman (Ironman events start with a 3.8km swim).

What Makes me Tick

I love participating in endurance events including triathlon and long distance mountain biking. Being mostly self-coached in these sports has taught me to be very disciplined and self driven. The time commitment required for training, working a busy job and having a family with three young kids has forced me to be a master of time management. It has also definitely taught me to pace myself, and to always consider the longer term vision.

My Life Outside Nix

Partaking in triathlon and long distance mountain biking.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:April 2019

Production Team Lead

Carmen Guevara

Color of Choice

My two favorite paint colors are “Bone White” from PPG (1085-2), and “Gray Stone” 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

Production Technician

David Reyes

Color of Choice

Hex #7c040e

Important Fact

I’ve attended 4 high schools, 2 middle schools, and I have lived in 3 different countries.

What Makes me Tick

I enjoy productivity! I feel fulfilled after completing tasks, and here at Nix I always have something new to do or complete. Everyday comes with different goals and tasks that make each day a unique one.

My Life Outside Nix

I love listening to music and looking for new sounds to add to my library. Above all else, I love to travel and explore new places and cultures.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:October 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.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:June 2015

Marketing Manager

Elaina Klimek

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 favorites are my lemon tree, mimosa (or touch plant), and pineapple.

What Makes me Tick

I really enjoy baking, and more specifically baking bread. I find baking bread rewarding and humbling – even though the ingredients are simple (flour, water, yeast, and salt) it can take some trial and error to get a beautiful loaf of bread. Sometimes the room is too warm and it poofs too fast, or your oven runs hot and it bakes too quickly. It’s all about finding out what the best method is for you – and sometimes, even if you follow the recipe to a tee, things just don’t turn out. And that’s okay too.

My Life Outside Nix

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 favorites are my lemon tree, mimosa (or touch plant), and pineapple plant.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:February 2016

Test Engineer

James Strack

Color of Choice

Yacht Blue (Behr S490-4)

Important Fact

I was highly involved with the electrical team of the McMaster Solar Car Project during my years at McMaster University. We participated in the 2009 World Solar Challenge which followed a route across Australia through the Outback and I was one of the solar car drivers for the team.

What Makes me Tick

Coming from an engineering background, I am passionate about problem solving and this is involved in nearly all of my work at Nix in one form or another. This could be trying to find a solution to an obvious issue (like finding the root cause of a bug in the app), or striving to improve existing solutions. Whenever I am completing a task I like to ask myself if there is a better, more efficient way to reach the goal, and if there is I work towards that improvement.

My Life Outside Nix

I have been an avid collector of music across many genres on vinyl records for the past 18 years. I also enjoy amateur photography; I have recently started to dabble in 35mm film after a long time of working in digital only and have started to develop my own film at home.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:September 2014

Director of Marketing

Katie Myciak

Color of Choice

Stunning by Benjamin Moore. The perfect dramatic neutral that’s sophisticated yet has a touch of whimsy.

Important Fact

I love planning parties- from creating balloon garland decorations to setting up epic charcuterie boards and personalized take home gifts, I’m a true party animal.

Bio Coming Soon!

With Nix Since:April 2019

Finance & Operations 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

After university I took 5 months off to travel through south east Asia, Africa, and Europe; in total I travelled 31 countries. Highlights: I ate a tarantula in Cambodia, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I bungee jumped off the Zimbabwe/Zambia border bridge, I went shark cage diving in South Africa, I visited the highest point in Europe.

What Makes me Tick

Efficiency. Finding faster and better ways to pull, filter, and use data. Using those same skills to create better processes around day-to-day accounting and financial reporting. Organization. Whether it’s maintaining organized records or restocking the fridge the perfect way, organization is apart of everything I do.

My Life Outside Nix

I’m an incredibly keen traveler; I’ve visited 38 countries, and intend to reach 45 countries by the age of 30. I also enjoy food, movies, and books.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:July 2018

Customer Experience Specialist

Matt McCutcheon

Color of Choice

Burnt Orange, #BF5700

Important Fact

I adopted a gray Netherland Dwarf rabbit back in February 2018 named Gandalf who will be soon turning 4.

What Makes me Tick

I’ve always felt the need to help and to be of service to others in my daily life. Through my roles here at Nix, I’ve been able to help many of our customers learn about the company and solve any issues that arise. Being the first point of contact for our customers, I always ensure that they are taken care of to the best of my extent.

My Life Outside Nix

You can find me at local rock/punk shows supporting my favourite bands or at home playing games on my PC

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:May 2017

Inside Sales Representative

Mike Turmel

Color of Choice

#035096 Electric Blue

Important Fact

My favourite hobby is bird photography

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:June 2019

Director of Sales

Nicolas Theriault

Color of Choice

Charcoal Slate by Benjamin Moore

Important Fact

I was born in a car in Edmonton, Alberta

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:May 2019

Systems Engineering Technology Intern

Patrick Grzybowski

Color of Choice

#217773

Important Fact

One interesting fact about myself is that I enjoy spending my winter skiing and snowboarding.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about programming. It ties into my role in R&D, as programming is a key fundamental in the projects that are conducted. Nix allows me to practice my passions as part of the research and development team. I like that working at Nix challenges my problem solving skills, tests my knowledge, strengthens my interpersonal skills and provides a fantastic working environment that nurtures mentorship.

My Life Outside Nix

My hobbies are biking, camping and playing soccer.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:January 2018

Inside Sales Representative

Ryan Bili

Color of Choice

My favourite colour is a deep red, Dulux Paints calls it “Flaming Sword” and I think thats pretty cool too.

Important Fact

I’m very passionate about sports and cars. I was enrolled in the Hockey Canada Skills Academy through most of High School.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:May 2019

Office Assistant

Sarah Williams

Color of Choice

Dragon Fruit (Sherwin-Williams 6855)

Important Fact

I have a strict Britney-only karaoke policy.

What Makes me Tick

I’ve always been a talker. I love to write, sing, act — anything where I get to connect with an audience, and truthfully, be the centre of attention. Performance is communicative, and my role sees overlap with all departments at Nix making my ability to collaborate with team members integral.

My Life Outside Nix

I traveled for four years through South East Asia and Australia before moving to Hamilton. I also like buying books without reading them, #dogspotting, and finding the best pizza in the city.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:April 2019

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.

What Makes me Tick

Is it too nerdy if I say I’m passionate about organization? Nothing makes me happier than when everything is neat and tidy and has its own place. I think that’s really what drives my passion for design, which to me is about organizing information in a way that makes sense.

My Life Outside Nix

I enjoy photography (especially landscapes) and being anywhere near the water. I also have to list “the Office” as an interest, having watched it from beginning to end at least seven times in the last four years (it was my background show while doing homework in the wee hours of the morning).

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:August 2017

UX/UI Designer

Tara Smith

Color of Choice

“A Rich Teal” from Farrow&Ball (No. 288)

Important Fact

I trained to be a chef, so I would never be a starving artist.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about making technology more accessible and here at Nix we create color measurement tools for a seamless user experience.

My Life Outside Nix

In no particular order, these are a few of my favorite things: running, snowboarding, painting, and cooking.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:November 2018

Test Engineer

Thomas Langille

Color of Choice

My favourite paint colour is Envy by Sherwin Williams. I love green, and often test our devices using this specific colour.

Important Fact

I recently finished rebuilding a 1981 BMW that had been sitting for over 10 years. It may never be complete but it is now mechanically sound and ready

What Makes me Tick

My love for cars inspired my interest in mechanical systems. It blows my mind that someone designed the world’s most complicated systems, like car engines, by hand. At Nix the same drive is put to use when we design and build our in-house robots. We need to make systems that can do jobs, efficiently and reliably, while constantly making improvements to our own designs.

My Life Outside Nix

I am a big fan of F1 racing, and moreover a general motorsport enthusiast. I have always wanted to be a racing driver and take my own cars to as many local events as I can. I am also very active and participate in a handful of sports; hockey, soccer, golf, rock climbing, as well as playing some competitive video games.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:June 2016

Scientific Application Specialist

Will Sheridan

Color of Choice

#00205B

Important Fact

I was the TIME person of the year in 2006.

What Makes me Tick

I’m passionate about science and the role it plays in our everyday life. Working at Nix has offered me the opportunity to use my scientific expertise to help facilitate partnerships in a wide range of fascinating industries where color is important, such as food and agriculture, and cosmetics.

My Life Outside Nix

I love watching and playing hockey, hiking on Hamilton’s many trails, trying out new restaurants, and traveling.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:October 2013

Mobile App Developer

Yuge Zhang

Color of Choice

My favorite color is purple, especially the Lakers Purple (#552583)

Important Fact

I once hit a buzzer beater in the final basketball game which brought our school team the championship.

What Makes me Tick

I am most passionate about conquering obstacles, and completing tasks that are deemed ‘impossible’. For instance, when I’m playing sports I am constantly thinking of ways to win big! No matter the circumstance, I never quit on what I’ve started. As a developer you have to have the same mindset. Often, working smart is just as important as working hard.

My Life Outside Nix

Cooking, travelling and playing basketball.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:April 2019