Josh Schachnow is a Toronto-based immigration lawyer. After spending 2+ years growing his own practice and helping dozens of companies bring over 100 skilled workers to Canada, he realized there were some big problems – Canadian companies were having a very hard time finding the right skilled workers, and individuals who wanted to move to Canada had a very difficult, stressful and expensive time navigating the journey.
It was then he decided to solve that problem by starting Visto, and after joining forces with Richard and Alex (see below), they have been on a mission to make the immigration journey as smooth as possible, both for immigrants and Canadian companies. Over time, the team has expanded to include even more members who want to reshape the immigration journey from start to finish!
Alex is a full-stack web developer who enjoys working on creating awesome and interesting experiences that make the world a better place. As a childhood friend of Josh, the two connected over the potential that the Visto portal had, and Alex has played a crucial role in building out the technology behind the Visto website and portal.
He also has experience with SEO and UX design, and hopes to continue to help make the immigration journey as smooth as possible leveraging technology like never before.
Andres is a full-stack developer with ninja powers! He is Mexican and was born in Yucatan, Mexico. Andres was the first full-time employee hired by Visto, and recently relocated to Canada so he can continue to help us build more awesome immigration tech. You can find him searching for “zodman” on the internet.
Richard has a long history and passion for marketing, with over 22 years in technology marketing in New York and San Francisco, as a former employment columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and extensive experience advising venture-backed startups and scale-ups.
But when Richard, a US citizen, was sponsored for Canadian permanent residence by his wife in 2018, he truly got a taste of the confusion and stress that comes with the immigration process. He knew there had to be a better solution, and was connected to Josh by a mutual friend in the legal tech space and the two have been working on Visto ever since!
As Co-Chair & Partner of PwC Law LLP, Janet led the North American arm of PwC’s global legal immigration network, accountable for developing and executing the strategy while ensuring alignment to the global immigration practice. She built a high-performance culture, brought a high-touch/high-tech experience to the marketplace, grew the firm six-fold in six years and elevated the firm’s positioning as an industry leader. Prior to that, Janet founded, grew and led Bomza Law Group, a national law firm acquired by PwC LLP.
Janet is passionate about building positive organizational cultures through socially intelligent leadership, diversity and inclusion advocacy, and social and environmental responsibility. She is a purpose-driven advocate of ethical consumerism, sustainability and plant-based living.
Vinay is the founder and CEO of Worldwide EduConnect, a marketing and recruitment services company that supports twelve Canadian public institutions in South Asia and the Middle East. Recently, Vinay founded another company based in Canada, and came to know Josh through the Toronto tech startup network. Considering the strong overlap in their goals of helping immigrants settle in Canada, it was natural that they made a strong connection!
Vinay’s company, Maple Assist Inc., develops mobile applications for student recruitment, engagement and support. In addition, Vinay leads an international student housing company, StuHomz, which provides accommodation to international students in London, Ontario.
Zaki is CEO at Growth Foundry, a product studio in San Francisco that helps fast-growing SaaS startups nail, scale, and automate their go to market strategy in order to grow faster and more profitably. Prior to this he was a Product executive at Influitive, marketing technology SaaS startup in Toronto and founded a sports games studio in Singapore.
Hailing from Pakistan, and having experienced the immigration systems up close in multiple countries, he grew interested in the talent arbitrage opportunities enabled by immigration tech. He helps the team at Visto with product and growth, along with general company building guidance.
Sharad is a highly skilled business leader with over 20 years of international experience in business process consulting, business analysis, product development & specialized staffing. Sharad was assisted by Josh in setting up his company’s operations in Canada, and the two became good friends and have been working together ever since.
In his current role as the director of Pinaki (with offices in India, Singapore, the USA and Canada), he is responsible for managing global operations, including managing more than 200 employees. In this role he partners with senior business leaders in technology & HR to ensure Pinaki fulfills its client requirements & commitments, helping build blockchain product development and deployment strategies for technology companies.