As CEO at Blackspark, Ray Tavares is responsible for strategic oversight, as well as ongoing corporate operations. Ray is a veteran of the high technology industry, with a successful track record of growing innovative organizations. Prior to co-founding Blackspark, Ray co-founded Epoch Integration, an enterprise wireless company that helped customers manage their widespread mobile handheld deployments and infrastructure. Serving as President & CEO and Director of Marketing, Ray helped grow the company to hundreds of customer organizations and secured its position as the dominant leader in a highly competitive industry. This success culminated in the sale of Epoch Integration to BlackBerry in 2006. Ray is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western University, a husband, a father and an avid fan of motorsports and electric guitars.
Managing Director, Client Services
Vic Arora oversees all client services at Blackspark. Vic has extensive experience in both global mobility tax and enterprise technology automation. Vic qualified as a Canadian Chartered Accountant in 1997 with Ernst & Young where he was a member of the Human Capital practice. At Ernst & Young, Vic worked with clients on tax related aspects of employee movement including coordination of tax compliance, compensation reporting, and tax planning. In 2001, Vic left Ernst & Young to co-found Epoch Integration Inc., an enterprise wireless company whose success led to its to acquisition by BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) in 2006. Subsequent to the sale of Epoch, Vic served as consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ International Assignment Services practice before co-founding Blackspark Corporation.
Chief Technology Officer
Charles Baptiste is responsible for technology strategy, research and development at Blackspark. Charles is a seasoned technologist, having spent the majority of his career in software development and management positions at innovative, high-tech companies. Before joining Blackspark, he most recently lead a development team at BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion), responsible for various components of the widely deployed BlackBerry Enterprise Server architecture. Prior to his position at BlackBerry, Charles was the Director of Software Development at Epoch Integration.