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BoxOfDocs believes what you believe. That the world is a better place when communities share knowledge and work together.

Our Story

This government technology company headquartered in Calgary Canada, is a first of it’s kind team of experienced government, administration and technology professionals building and designing a knowledge sharing platform specifically for local governments.  

Leading the government service sector with their intelligent search engine portal, and now with a repository of government only non-published documents, BoxOfDocs aims to become the world’s largest secure library of municipal documents – and unite communities around the globe so they can solve problems together. 
 
Governments have needed these tools for a long time and now with the help of a prestigious accelerator program BoxOfDocs is confidently positioned to deliver them.
 
In March 2020, founder Derrick Koenig received news that only two other Canadian companies had ever received – that his company BoxOfDocs, had been accepted into the spring cohort at University of California, Berkely SkyDeck – the tech hub of Silicon Valley. This meant Koenig would be joining 23 other startups working with advisors and investors in this world class program – and propel his way to revolutionizing the way governments find and use day-to-day documents that help them improve policies.

Meet the Team. These are the motivated people dedicated to the belief that sharing knowledge makes the world a better place. They are a perfect combination of government, technology and administration professionals. 

Derrick Koenig

Founder & CEO

Derrick is the Founder and CEO of BoxOfDocs. As an engineer, his passion lies in improving the efficiency of teams and entire industries through knowledge sharing and collaboration. He is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of building strong teams that accelerate company growth. Prior to founding BoxOfDocs,  Derrick was the founder of Ridgeline Engineering, a highly successful engineering firm that was acquired by a reputable international firm in 2014.  Prior to that, Derrick was the Canadian Director of Engineering for WorleyParsons.

Derrick obtained his B. Sci. in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a passionate mountain biker. When not competing in Enduro racing events in Alberta or British Columbia, you can find him out on the trails riding with his friends or his teenage boys.

Cristina Gomez

VP Product Management

As the Co-Founder and COO, Cristina brings to BoxOfDocs over 22 years of Information Systems experience in the areas of Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Data Integration for large scale applications. Her passion and expertise lie in the areas of Project and Program Management, strategy development, process redesign and stakeholder management.

Cristina received her Associate Certificate and Master Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business and her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Major in Management Information Systems from Concordia University in Montreal.

On stage since the age of 7, Cristina has taught Flamenco and Latin dance in Calgary and has performed in many shows across Canada. When not dancing she is out camping with her children and tiny dog.

Leslie Hastman

VP Sales & Marketing

Leslie has over fifteen years of business development and client relationship management experience in a variety of settings. Her expertise lies in identifying viable products, services, and partnerships, which provide significant value to organizations. She joined our team from one of the largest training institutes of technology in Canada. While there, Leslie worked as an Account Manager on the Corporate and International Training team which served clients across Canada, and around the globe, providing customized training and workforce development solutions to meet the needs of business, industry and municipalities.

Leslie obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management. She has extensive experience in solution-oriented strategies resulting in the best product/service/program delivered to meet and exceed the needs of her clients. Leslie has also served as a member of the Institute for Performance and Learning as a Director on the Executive Board for the Edmonton Chapter.

Leslie is a high-energy, results-driven professional, who believes that strong relationships in business are essential for an in-depth understanding of client requirements. She is a skilled communicator and is persuasive, adaptable and possesses keen insight into client needs and views.

David Fawcett

VP Product Development

David brings over a decade of in-depth, full-stack technical experience to share with his clients and teams. With a primary interest in emerging web technologies, David is always working to ensure the smooth operation of the entire digital pipeline; from initial meetings to robust releases, and all the details in between.

When he’s not working, David enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing with a good book or podcast, and disconnecting from tech and enjoying the outdoors.

Ron Leaf

Product Advisor

Ron has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience working in rural and urban municipal governments. His experience includes municipal finance and corporate planning, land use planning, community services (i.e. recreation, culture, fire, emergency management), and economic development. Ron also has extensive experience developing or enhancing regional service and cost-share agreements related to wastewater, solid waste, recreation and cultural services, and emergency services.

Ron’s formal education includes public administration, strategic planning, group facilitation, community engagement, and mediation. He holds a certificate in local government administration from the University of Alberta and is certified in the PROSCI change management system.

When not enjoying the great outdoors with his wife, Bonnie, Ron spends his time woodworking.

Sam Litowski

Software Engineer

Sam recently completed his Master of Software Engineering at the University of Calgary where he focused on machine learning. He discovered his passion for software while completing his B. Sci. in Mechanical Engineering and looks forward to an exciting future career in software engineering.

It’s not all mathematics and code with Sam. When weather allows, he is in the wood shop honing his creative side producing custom wood furniture and decor.

Sam is a born-and-raised Calgarian and he feels most at home in the mountains, whether its skiing in the winter, or rock climbing in the summer.

Ashley Knowles

Customer Relations

Ashley brings over 10 years of experience in communications, sales, marketing, and customer relations. An entrepreneur by heart, she has worked in a municipal environment for over 12 years gaining valuable experience in the sector.

Ashley received her associate degree from Lethbridge College in Business Administration and her Bachelor’s of Management with a major in Marketing from Athabasca University. She then went on to Iowa State University receiving an associate’s certificate in Public Works Management.

Growing up in Saskatchewan, Ashley moved to Alberta to pursue further education. She enjoys the lifestyle of living close to the mountains. When possible, Ashley heads out to Canmore to indulge in some skiing or R&R with her son, Austin.

Monica Diaz

Document Administrator

Monica was born in El Salvador and moved to Calgary 6 months ago. She is a Computer Science Engineer, graduated from the University of El Salvador. She has work and volunteer experience in database administration, software development, and website design.

In her spare time, she improves her skills by taking online software development courses in order to keep up with the latest technology. An avid reader, she tries to read one book per month, as well as enjoys painting, drawing, sculpting polymer clay figures, and quilling.

Suzanne Gaida

Industry Advisor

Suzanne is an authentic leader with over 30 years of progressive experience in operations management, community services, budgeting, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement in municipal government. She is a big picture thinker who prioritizes people and is always looking to develop strong and effective relationships. Suzanne’s key areas of expertise include coaching and mentorship – with a track record of fostering, guiding and developing talent; stakeholder engagement – working effectively with elected officials, community members and employees to find alignment on opportunities and challenges; and community development – creating effective programs through collaboration that improve and enhance the quality of life for the community.

Suzanne’s formal education includes training in leadership, municipal administration, project management, organizational culture, community engagement, facilitation, human resources, emergency management, coaching and mentoring. She holds a certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership from the University of Alberta and certificates in Human Resources and in Leadership from the University of Calgary.

Suzanne has strong family values and enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and friends. Her and her husband Stuart enjoy traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Our advisory board is comprised of outside experts that offer independent business expertise and mentorship to BOD. They help the team as a sounding board, to fill gaps in expertise and to help steer new growth and strategic decisions. We are grateful for their help and contribution to the success of our company.
The partnerships we have built represent a national network of government professionals. These are partnerships with local government associations as well as government service providers across the country. Strength in numbers offers more value to the local governments we serve, and our core belief is to strengthen communities by sharing knowledge – so we demonstrate that in building these strong partnerships.