Mr. Ripplinger is President and CEO of Everlink Payment Services, a leading provider in the highly competitive payments solutions business. Located in Markham, ON, Everlink is a comprehensive payments solutions company, connecting financial institutions, retailers and credit/debit cardholders world-wide.
Everlink provides Payment Network Gateway, transaction processing, settlement and reporting, ATM/POS Acquiring Managed Services, Card Issuance and Management, Fraud Management as well as a wide range of Professional Services.
With a wealth of experience and expertise in business and IT leadership, governance and change execution, Mr. Ripplinger has held key executive positions in several leading companies including: VP Technology & CIO with the Canadian Payments Association in Ottawa, ON; Senior VP & CIO with ATB Financial in Edmonton, AB; VP & CIO at Crown Life in Regina, SK; Vice President of Systems with Co-Operators Financial Services in Guelph, ON; Partner with Sierra Systems in Calgary, AB; Business Development Executive at EDS in Calgary, AB; Solutions Development Manager with Cisco Systems in Calgary, AB; and Director, Sales & Marketing at CDSL/CGI in Mississauga, ON. In addition, Mr. Ripplinger established and operates his own management consulting business, working in both the private and public sectors with organizations of varying size and industry focus.
Mark completed a Bachelor of Administration with Distinction (Honors) at the University of Regina as well as a graduate certificate program in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a present and past member of numerous boards of directors, industry associations and charitable organizations and is a frequent speaker at trade conferences and management groups across North America.
Keith Powell is a retired business executive. He continues to be active in the business world by sitting on a number of Boards in both the Public and Private sectors.
Prior to retirement he was principal in his own consulting company, active on a number of Boards and involved in a broad range of speaking engagements. His clients included companies like BCE, Manulife Financial, Teleglobe, Excel Communications and Group Telecom to name a few.
In his corporate life Keith worked for Nortel where he held ever increasing responsibility over a 20 year period. These roles included Senior Vice President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer, VP Customer Service, North America, VP Quality, VP Manufacturing, Switching, and Director of Supply Chain Management.
Prior to Nortel he held various manufacturing and supply chain management roles at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft of Canada Ltd.
He holds an MBA from McGill University and a B.Sc from Concordia University in Montreal.