CEO & Founder
A life-long entrepreneur and 20-year veteran in the information technology sector, Warren worked in the architecture, engineering and construction industries during the transition to computer-aided design (CAD). In 1999, he founded Global Relay to offer one of the first hosted email archiving services, making Global Relay one of the true global pioneers of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology model that today is popularly known as the "cloud." Warren's vision has always been to create and build incredible technology that redefines communications and the way the world leverages data. more info
Warren drives the overall strategic direction for Global Relay — focusing on the design and development of multi-lingual, enterprise-class cloud-based messaging, collaboration, and archiving solutions to address compliance requirements for the financial sector. Today, Global Relay provides services to more than 20,000 financial firms globally — including 22 of the world's top 25 banks.
Under Warren's leadership, Global Relay has become an internationally recognized leader in compliance archiving and Thomson Reuters' exclusive Strategic Partner for messaging compliance worldwide. Global Relay has received numerous awards, including Canada’s Best Managed Companies (2014, 2013), Best Companies to Work for in BC (2011, 2012), BC Business' Most Innovative Companies (2013), ITAC Ingenious Award (2014), BCTIA Community Engagement Award (2013), and the City of Vancouver’s Award of Excellence for Business Innovation (2014). Global Relay has also won positions on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50/500 and Profit 500 lists — annual rankings of the fastest growing companies in Canada and North America.
In 2012, Warren was celebrated as BC CEO of the Year by Business in Vancouver Magazine for his outstanding vision, strategy and leadership at Global Relay. He was also honored as the BC Technology Industry Association’s (BCTIA) Person of the Year for 2013 for his contributions to the BC technology community and named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013 in the Business-to-Business Products and Services Category for the Pacific Region.close x
President & General Counsel
As President & General Counsel, Shannon provides Global Relay with a unique combination of legal expertise and business acumen. Responsible for Global Relay’s business strategy and development, Shannon has been integral in establishing Global Relay's strong business relationships and global distribution network. Shannon oversees the business as it relates to the archiving compliance, surveillance, eDiscovery, privacy and business continuity requirements of highly regulated industries. With Global Relay's international focus, Shannon plays a pivotal role in privacy and international jurisdictional issues related to data protection. more info
Ranked #1 on the Profit W100 “Top Female Entrepreneurs in Canada” three times (2015, 2014, 2011), Shannon has also been awarded: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Business-to-Business (2013 Pacific), WXN “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” (2014, 2013), YWCA Women of Distinction – Entrepreneurship (2014), RBC Women Entrepreneur - Trailblazer (2013), BIV “Influential Women in Business” (2013), the Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement (2015), Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2014), "50 most Influential Women in BC" (2015), "Top 10 Influential Women in BC Tech" (BC Tech Magazine 2013), BIV Top Forty under 40 (2007), and Lexpert’s “Top 40 Lawyers under 40” (2006). Global Relay has won positions in the Canada’s Best Managed Companies (2014, 2013), and Deloitte Technology Fast 50/ Fast 500 (2011 - 2014) programs.
Shannon holds both a common law (LLB) degree and a civil law degree (BCL) from McGill University, and a Bachelor degree in Political Science from University of Victoria. She began her career as a business and securities lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto and Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver before leaving large law firm practice to join Global Relay as its fourth employee.close x