On the field and behind the scenes.
We've built an incredible team of industry professionals who excel in everything they do.
Instructional designers, animators, developers, designers, audio/video producers – together we're constantly learning, teaching and sharing our insights with each other and the people we serve.
Our corporate and personal values and beliefs build a strong business foundation of individuals who continually strive for nothing short of the best professionally and personally. Let us be your Imagination Makers.
Ron Thiele - Founder and President
Ron Thiele is the founder of Xpan and since 2001, has led a team of instructional designers, artists, writers, designers, programmers and managers in developing online training solutions for large corporations. Ron's experience lies in developing authentic, consistent and stunning online communications, primarily through eLearning and multimedia.
As a volunteer Ron is a senior advisor to the Vermillion Institute, an independent policy institute dedicated to advancing the vision that sustainability means caring for people, planet and prosperity. Ron sat on the Board of Directors and is Past President of Digital Alberta, an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the local thriving digital media community. He was also on the board of Alberta's ICT Council, Calgary Downtown Association and chaired the Calgary Urban Development Committee.
A popular presenter and speaker, he has been at the podium for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Austin's SXSW, The Banff Centre, the Banff New Media Institute, Calgary and Alberta Economic Development, and the American Public Transportation Association.
Ron studied geophysics at the University of British Columbia and graphic design at Simon Fraser University. He spent the first ten years of his career as a photojournalist specializing in adventure travel, environmental issues and corporate communications.
He currently lives in Alberta next to the Rocky Mountains where he lives and works with his wife, two daughters and a wannabe mountain dog Mud.
René Smid - Chief Operating Officer
René Smid is Xpan's Chief Operating Officer and oversees the day to day operations of Xpan's stellar team. She brings over 20 years of experience in managing projects in multi-stakeholder environments in the technology industry. René is usually the first sounding board for innovative ideas and brings them to fruition through skillful and dynamic execution. She has a clear understanding of the eLearning process and how to deliver engaging online training. She currently oversees projects for several of Xpan's largest clients where she draws on her exceptional ability to establish excellent working relationships with clients, while expertly juggling project management, budgeting, and resource scheduling. René's can-do attitude and uplifting encouragement is always a fan favorite of customers and Xpan employees alike.
Carrie Lucas is Xpan's Office Manager extraordinaire. She handles a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, accounting, answering phones, and providing administration to all the staff. Carrie joined the Xpan team over 2 years ago and is thoroughly enjoying herself. Carrie has over 12 years of experience in all aspects of accounting, payroll, and general admin duties. Building a good rapport with all of Xpan's clients and contacts is an important goal for Carrie, and she strives to deliver first class professional service with every interaction.
Brett Hendricks - Production Manager
As a Multimedia Developer, Brett spends most of his days doodling in Photoshop, trying to push Storyline past its limits and writing romantic prose for his computer with ActionScript. To the untrained eye it's all fun and games, but deadlines and challenges beware! With a solid background in most authoring tools and animation, Brett has the unique ability to problem-solve on the fly and forge a winning solution for our clients. Brett is Xpan's official unofficial long distance running champion, and in his spare time, he attacks Calgary's pathways and trails with his competitive nature, a pair of runners, and some motivational tunes.
Curtis Mulatz - Creative Director
Curtis Mulatz is Xpan's Creative Director. His passion lies in all things interactive, from wind up clocks to the latest in digital motion sensing input devices – and of course everything in between. He believes that interacting with the world around us should be natural, intuitive, and - whenever possible – fun. Whether embarking on a new digital endeavor or analyzing the mug holding his beer, he's always looking to combine function with purpose and packaging in style.
Rick Dang - Lead IT / LMS
Rick Dang is a programmer with over 15 years of experience under his belt, with 10 of those years dedicated to building custom applications, including Xpan's own Learning Management System. He is an enthusiastic project leader, devoted to quality and delivering promptly on client expectations. As a valuable member of the Xpan team, he continues to be the go to guy for all things web. Client challenges of all sizes beware, Rick has the solution, and he knows how to make it happen!
Our clients say...
"Xpan produces high-quality and imaginative work that focuses the learner on the information that they need to know. Course content is enhanced and developed without the risk of losing the importance of the original voice. The wealth of knowledge and experience at Xpan is evident in everything they do."
Scott McRae – Program Development Lead