CTO & Co-Founder, Iversoft
Vicki Iverson’s entrepreneurial journey began back in 2006 at the University of Waterloo, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science. She then went on to attend the University of Toronto, where she earned a Master of Science specializing in Artificial Intelligence.
No stranger to mathematics and computer science, Vicki is the granddaughter of noted Canadian computer scientist Kenneth Iverson. The senior Iverson was honoured with the prestigious Turing Award in 1979, “for his pioneering effort in programming languages and mathematical notation resulting in the computing field now known as APL; for his contributions to the implementation of interactive systems, to educational uses of APL, and to programming language theory and practice.”
Vicki Iverson is the CTO and co-founder of Iversoft, an innovative Ottawa-based technology firm. Since its inception in 2009, Iversoft has become a recognized name in all things digital media and has effectively positioned itself as one of North America’s premiere mobile development studios. Founded during a period of economic recession, Vicki transformed Iversoft from a small app development company into a major player in the international mobile app scene, and a multi-million dollar agency. With more than 25 full-time employees, Iversoft has shown consistent growth in both size and profitability with a portfolio of over 100 published apps and 15 original IP games. Most recently, Iversoft acquired local game studio Jelly Smeared Games. Together, they aim to launch more original game titles in 2017, as well as attract and recruit new talent to the Ottawa tech scene. Iversoft has built an extensive portfolio of clients by providing mobile business solutions to globally recognized brands such as Bell, Audi, Manulife, Harper-Collins, Tribute Publishing, Random House, Tamarack Homes, Health Canada, among others.
In addition to agency work, Iversoft has a portfolio of successful mobile games titles, where Vicki continues to maintain close relationships with high-profile companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Google, initially fostered when Vicki developed Iversoft’s early game releases.
Today Iversoft's expertise encompasses technologies such as web, mobile, touchscreen, beacons, and emerging technologies such as VR. As CTO, Vicki continues to provide hands-on mentorship to the development team, often vetting and adopting new technologies and processes in order to help the team remain nimble.
In her free time, Vicki offers professional mentorship and volunteers time with groups such as Microsoft Youthspark, TECDE, and Founder Institute. She is a strong advocate for women in technology and actively encourages youth to pursue careers in STEM. In recognition of her works, Vicki has received a Forty Under 40 2016 award from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, along with the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 award for from Women in Communications and Technology.