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Here. We. Grow.

How do you become the world’s most trusted virtual data room? One satisfied customer at a time. Today, we start 15,000 new projects a year for our customers. And we’re just getting started!

Our Story

In 2006, Firmex saw an opportunity to provide a cloud-based solution for sharing large volumes of confidential documents. Professionals were frustrated with hard-to-use technology, obsolete ‘per page’ pricing, and steep overage fees. They wanted a simple, robust and fairly priced virtual data room subscription service they could trust.

Our first customers were law firms, investments banks, and corporations that needed to share sensitive documents on an ongoing basis for due diligence, litigation and compliance.

We’re All Business

Today, over 120,000 companies in 144 countries have trusted our service, making Firmex one of the most widely used virtual data rooms in the world. Millions of documents are exchanged using Firmex, supporting a range of mission-critical processes including financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, litigation and procurement.

Our steady “up and to the right” growth has earned Firmex recognition in the Deloitte Fast 50 and Deloitte Fast 500 Awards, as well as a ranking in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™. We continue to innovate, expand our operations, and grow our customer base globally.

Meet our leadership team.

Our seasoned management team uses data to drive strategic decision-making and build the business. They empower employees to innovate and ensure that every customer receives the best data room experience.

Joel Lessem,
President & CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Joel Lessem is responsible for leading Firmex’s strategy and growth.

Joel has over 25 years’ experience in successfully accelerating revenues of growth businesses. Under his leadership, Firmex is rapidly becoming a standard for sharing large volumes of highly confidential and sensitive documents for corporate transactions, litigation and compliance.

Prior to co-founding Firmex in 2006, Joel drove the US growth of PointForce Inc., leading to the company’s acquisition in 2004. In 1999, Joel co-founded Crescent Logic, a software company that provided online equity research publishing tools for investment banks.

A frequent speaker at CEO forums and industry events, Joel studied History of Philosophy & Science and holds a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Montreal.

Randy Rosenberg,
CTO & Co-Founder

As Chief Technology Officer, Randy leads the Firmex development and quality assurance teams, guiding them on how to approach new designs and solve technical Challenges.

Randy has over 25 years of software development experience and proven success in architecting for growth. Prior to co-founding Firmex, he co-founded V51 Consulting Inc. where he designed Lexicon, a popular application development environment.

Randy attended University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and Ryerson University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts studying Media Arts, Physics, and Math.

Mark Wright,

As Chief Marketing Officer, Mark leads Firmex’s marketing and communications strategy. Mark comes to Firmex from Adenyo, where he led the development of the global Marketing team through to the company`s sale to Motricity in 2011.

Prior to joining Adenyo, Mark was the Director of Global Marketing Operations at Research in Motion, where he drove the expansion of RIM’s global field marketing and training programs, led the direct marketing practice, and pioneered RIM’s web and social media analytics discipline.

Mark holds a degree in film studies from Queen’s University and a master of business administration with a concentration in strategic marketing from McMaster University.

Lori Valentini,

As Chief Financial Officer, Lori leads Firmex’s financial, operational and investment strategies. Lori comes to Firmex from MedAvail Technologies Inc, where she was head of finance for seven years through several rounds of private equity raises, new market launches, corporate growth and commercialization. Prior to MedAvail, Lori was Director of Finance for seven years at Autoliv Electronics, a contract manufacturer in the automotive industry.

Lori has over 25 years of experience in both private, public and multinational corporations in the technology, automotive and banking sectors with a focus on enterprise value creation and growth strategies, through establishing effective internal and external partnerships at all levels.

Lori has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and began her career with E&Y earning her CA/CPA designation.

Kyle Bardsley,
VP of Customer Operations and Growth

As the VP of Customer Operations and Growth, Kyle Bardsley is for responsible customer retention, growth, and service. He joined Firmex in 2010, helping to build and lead its Account Management team.

He has continued his focus on post-sales customer service by streamlining Firmex’s Customer Success and Client Services teams so they can continue to deliver award-winning support.

Prior to joining Firmex, Kyle spent six years running his own business as a third party distributor for a major Canadian cable operator, winning top sales awards nationwide. Kyle is a graduate of Durham College for Business, Human Resources, and Marketing.

Maria Hristova,
VP of Engineering

As VP of Engineering, Maria leads the Firmex development team and is responsible for the technical deliverables of the organization.

Maria has over 15 years of software development experience ranging from quality assurance to operations and development. Prior to Firmex, she worked at Microsoft, Blue Yonder and a number of startups. Maria focuses on building diverse organizations and works on attracting and retaining talent from groups that are under-represented in the tech world.

Maria holds degrees in Computer Science and Math from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, USA.

Sarah Fulton,
Senior Director of Human Resources

As the Senior Director of Human Resources, Sarah Fulton leads Firmex’s recruiting, retention, and employee relations.

She joined Firmex in 2014 and has since played a central role in fostering company culture, which prides itself on the core values of humour, collaboration, respect and success of all employees.

As a leader in the development and growth of Firmex, she also takes an active role in management coaching and employee engagement initiatives. Sarah attended Western University, where she completed a BA in Sociology.

We’re different, in a good way.

We’re on a mission to transform the virtual data room industry — and delight our customers — by providing an easy to use service that people love at a fair price.

How can we help you?

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