A Kingston software firm is hoping a scaleup guru from a Terry Matthews-backed investment firm can help it capitalize on growing demand for its education management platform.
Elentra said Monday it’s hired Greg Vanclief as its new chief executive. Vanclief spent more than two decades as a senior executive at Ottawa-based Wesley Clover, where he served the past six years as the firm’s managing director of global investment after a 10-year stint as vice-president of business development.
Elentra chairman Jim Roche called Vanclief – who advised and mentored more than 100 startups at Wesley Clover – a “fabulous fit” for his new job.
“With his record of successful commercialization of startups, our prestigious customer base, and our best-in-class product, Elentra is perfectly positioned for rapid growth and spectacular success,” Roche said in a statement.
Founded in 2004, Elentra specializes in an all-in-one platform that helps university health-sciences departments design and manage courses, deliver online exams, track faculty accreditation and schedule activities such as clinical training. Its customers include universities in Canada and the U.S. as well as schools in the Caribbean and Asia.
The move is a homecoming of sorts for Vanclief. The veteran executive earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science as well as an MBA in Kingston at Queen’s, where Elentra’s platform was originally developed nearly two decades ago by a consortium of academic institutions that also included the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto.
Vanclief said the company is poised for a breakout in the rapidly evolving education technology space, adding his goal is to help Elentra “rapidly scale up” as it continues to develop its products.
“There is much for us to do as we build our business and establish our brand as a market-leading provider of educational technology on the international stage,” he said. “There is so much this platform has to offer. I can’t wait to join this team and help to take Elentra to new heights.”