We're Here to Help You Stay On Top of What's Topical
We build tools that help you navigate what’s new and important from local government organizations.
In the Search for What's Relevant,
A Lot Gets Lost or Overlooked
You need to cut through the noise to get ahead.
There is a lot of information out there about new or emerging initiatives from local government organizations. The problem is, the majority of this information is disorganized. It’s hard to sift through these reams of updates, agendas, announcements and session recordings for kernels of valuable insight, and a lot can slip through the cracks.
Our team specializes in business intelligence solutions. So when we realized how much critical information was being released from local government organizations across North America every day, only to get lost in the shuffle of bad UI, we knew there had to be a better way.
We Have a Few Tricks Up Our Sleeves
—And We Want To Share Them
Ontopical uses the innovative capabilities of machine learning to help you build new revenue streams, increase efficiency and stay on-top of current and future government developments.
We created Ontopical because we wanted to enable businesses like yours to access important public information quickly and easily. Because when you can identify potential opportunities and issues, you can make more informed business decisions. These better business decisions become successful business outcomes and stronger more resilient communities.
Meet the Ontopical Team
Founder and CEO
Derrick is the Founder and CEO of Ontopical. As an engineer, his passion lies in improving the efficiency of teams and entire industries through access to information, especially that which is buried in highly unstructured data sets. He is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of building strong teams that accelerate company growth through solving real world customer problems. Prior to founding Ontopical, Derrick founded Ridgeline Engineering, a highly successful engineering firm that was acquired by a reputable international firm in 2014.
Co-Founder and CTO
Chris is an experienced product manager of cross-functional teams with an emphasis on data. Experienced in machine learning, deep learning, NLP, statistics, visualizations, fastai, Skrum/Google Sprints, and UI/UX/User Feedback analysis. Chris is highly educated with a Masters in Data Science and a Ph.D. in Physiology.
Chief Technology Officer
Spence is a self-taught programmer with a rich background in startups and entrepreneurship. He has worked in a number of roles that have ranged from web development and data engineering to technical writing and cloud platform architecture. As Chief Technology Officer, Spencer ensures that Ontopical products always solve meaningful and valuable problems for our Customers. Spencer’s tremendous natural leadership capacity is evident in the industry-leading technical team behind our products.
Head of Revenue Growth
Henning is a sales and marketing leader with 20 years experience growing sales globally for leading Canadian and international technology and SaaS companies. Skilled at creating a high-performance culture and developing processes that increase profitability. His focus is growing sales by ensuring value for our customers. Henning brings people together to succeed and inspires them to over-achieve.
Chief Financial Officer
Annie’s area of expertise lies in helping startups set themselves up for success by providing business and financial leadership. She is a recurrent speaker at several accelerators and universities in Canada and the US. In addition to supporting the Ontopical team, Annie works with many accelerators, incubators and universities by providing mentorship and engaging workshops for entrepreneurs.
Why People Love Working With Ontopical
Ontopical has saved our team hours upon hours of cruising Council minutes searching for projects, budgets or motions that may impact our business or projects. We are excited to build Ontopical into our weekly process for both project identification and alerts regarding our ongoing projects. Lastly, being able to keep our finger on the pulse of Council meetings means being able to keep our finger on the pulse of our key market, which is invaluable
MBA, Ec.D Chief Executive Officer, TSI
There are huge opportunities in the municipal space and Ontopical helps us find these opportunities faster and easier than ever before.