Our Team

The Team

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Jeff Cairns, P. Eng.

Vice President Operations & Engineering (Age: 58)

Jeff Cairns manages our Operations and Creative departments and is a co-founder of AFS. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta and an APEGA “Life Member” – having earned his B.Sc. in Engineering (1981) from Queen’s University. He is a serial entrepreneur with numerous years of start-up venture experience in both the petroleum and software industries.

Jeff was a co-founder and Sr. Vice President of Cityhues Corporation, a private company founded in 1997, involved in the development of community-focused Web portals and business-to-consumer e-commerce initiatives. He was the Vice President of Product Development for VerticalBuilder Solutions from 2000 to 2003 where he led the development of cloud-based collaboration and procurement software tools focused on the energy industry.

In 2003 he founded the AutoHunter network of online automotive portals which had a wide footprint across Canada from 2003 until 2007. In 2005, he co-founded and was the Chief Operating Officer of Peace Oil Corp, a private oilsands development company that was sold to a group of US investors in mid 2007.

Jeff has significant experience managing and leading teams in the development of thin-client web delivered applications, mobile data solutions, custom engineered Content Management Systems, graphic design, website development and corporate digital strategy leadership. Additionally, Jeff has over 20 years experience in the international and Canadian upstream petroleum industries and has significant direct experience in corporate financing, business development, production operations, project management and facilities engineering.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys working on home renovations, downhill skiing, golfing (which he is horrid at) and travelling. He hangs his hat in Calgary with his wife and their Golden Retriever.

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Matthew Cairns

Developer (Age: 25)

Matthew is a developer currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Victoria. His main areas of focus being machine learning in artificial intelligence and computer graphics. Matthew has been studying programming for several years and is proficient in numerous languages, notably Java, Python, C++, PHP and front end languages such as HTML and CSS.

Matthew enjoys solving complex problems and learning new skills in order to solve them. He also has extensive knowledge of building, configuring and repairing many computing systems and has experience working with operating systems such as Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Mac OS and Windows.

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Don Carruthers

Vice President Client Services (Age: 59)

Don heads up and manages our Client Services department and is an AFS co-founder. After graduating from McMaster University in 1979 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Don spent a few years working as a Professional Engineer for larger organizations before deciding to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. Since the mid 1980’s, Don has successfully started and grown several small private companies in the construction and mechanical industries. He has a strong business acumen and understands the distinct challenges faced by entrepreneurs.

Don is an avid motorcycle enthusiast during the summer months and a keen downhill skier during the winter. He is a level one ski instructor and has spent several seasons as a Ski Patroller at Lake Louise.

Don resides in Calgary with his wife, two children, a Labrador Retriever and several cats.

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Judy Ferguson

Director – Finance and Administration (Age: 54)

Judy has a number of years of finance, accounting and administration experience in both the “start-up” and “corporate” environments.

When not working, she enjoys, reading, shopping and frequent trips to Hawaii.

We have lots of history

We’re older than most folks in this business. We have a lot of grey hair. But – we are very good at what we do and we understand the challenges small business entrepreneurs face.

We're Professionals

The founders of AvidForm are both Professional Engineers. We are serious about professional integrity and doing the right thing for our clients. Our word is our bond.

We like coffee

We thrive on our morning coffee. But, we’ve also been known to enjoy a cold beer. The former helps us develop strategy and write code – the latter, not so much.

we consult. we mentor. we advise. we design. we craft.