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Learn more about us and why we started Visto

Co-Founder and CEO

Josh Schachnow

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!


    Co-Founder and CTO

    Alex Ghattas

    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.

      Senior Software Developer

      Andres Vargas

      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.

      Andres is also passionate about open-source and created – a tool to help foreigners to land a job in Canada. He has the record for most referrals sent to the Visto portal!

        Talent Acquisition Specialist

        Felipe Michelone

        Felipe is a Talent Acquisition Specialist based in Brazil with more than 6 years of experience working in recruitment, people development and customer success. He works closely with Visto clients to help them find and hire the best developers from around the world!

        Felipe has worked in multinational/national companies, served several clients in a variety of industries and has recruited from Analyst all the way up to Director positions.


          Co-Founder and CMO

          Richard Berman

          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!

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            Strategic Advisor

            Marc Povlopoulos

            Marc spent his first 20 years in sales and business development roles building VC-backed startups in Silicon Valley and Toronto, as well as a year in venture capital. In 2014, he founded Syndesus to build engineering teams in Canada for VC-backed startups in the US.

            In 2019, he founded Path to Canada to help tech workers in the US find jobs in Canada and started working closer with Josh, as many Visto users are in the US looking for better immigration options in Canada.

            Marc also became an investor and strategic partner with Visto as a part of his mission to do everything he can to help those who have left their home country for a better life in North America. As an American who moved to Canada twice (for grad school and for work), he understands the challenges involved in starting a new life in a new country.


              Strategic Advisor

              Vinay Chaudhry

              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.


                Strategic Advisor

                Zaki Mahomed

                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.


                  Strategic Advisor

                  Sharad Srivastava

                  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.

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