Bring Life To Work

Bring life to work

It’s the rise of people engagement

Happiness at work isn’t the cause of employee engagement. It’s the result.

At Rise, we know it, we feel it and it’s what drives us.

Engaged employees are change agents. They inspire others, view failure as an opportunity for learning, and achieve more in their role and for their company.

We’re changing how work happens—and how people work—through people management solutions that seamlessly integrate and can scale up with a company as they rise up.

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Businesses power the Canadian economy—but it’s the people that power businesses, both as consumers and employees. We built Rise to help companies and their people thrive, no matter where the work takes place.

Julie Bevacqua, President, Rise People

2012

We become the fastest-growing Canadian payroll provider.

2013

We have a growth spurt, tripling the number of our clients.

2016

Our name changes to Rise People to reflect our values.

2017

We launch Rise HR, forever changing the people and culture space.

2018

We partner with our investor Sun Life to reinvent benefits admin.

2019

We go where you go, with the launch of our mobile app.

2019

We disrupt the market with an integrated benefits experience.

2019

Bonjour! We become bilingual and offer support from coast to coast.

2019

We add career coaching to our platform.

2020

We set a new benchmark with a record year.

2021

Time to embark on the next phase of our journey: HR 4.0.

Leadership Team

Faiz

Faiz Abdulla
CEO

Faiz

Faiz Abdulla
CEO

Faiz has over 25 years of extensive financial, operational, and leadership experience as well as consulting experience. He holds CPA, CMA, and PMP designations and has been involved in the successful restructuring of several multi-million-dollar organizations. An active member in his community, Faiz is the recipient of a number of awards for his entrepreneurial efforts, including the Economic Development of Southern Manitoba Regional Entrepreneur Award. Faiz also pioneered “The Breakfast Club” at Rise, where he demonstrates his love for getting to know everyone he works with. 

Julie

Julie Bevacqua
President

Julie

Julie Bevacqua
President

With extensive experience generating value and high growth at SaaS organizations, Julie is driving the next phase of Rise’s expansion with a focus on enhancing employee engagement and work wellness initiatives. She brings more than 20 years of experience in operational efficiencies, governance, and strategies that expand market share and drive revenue generation. Julie is also a successful entrepreneur, having started Yocale, a wellness platform for small businesses. Julie’s leadership style emphasizes her vision of “Bring Life to Work”, where employees are given the tools to not only be the best employees they can be, but also the best versions of themselves. 

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Naim Husaini
Chief Financial Officer

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Naim Husaini
Chief Financial Officer

Naim has over 15 years of comprehensive and diverse experience in finance, with expertise in digital and financial technology, startups, and financial services. Naim previously worked at Finance360 Inc. and prides himself on his unique ability to create a story behind the numbers that everyone can understand. Through strong communication, collaboration, and team building, Naim’s track record proves how thought-leadership, innovation, and transformational change helps create sound business decisions. 

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Tim Abdulla
Chief Technology Officer

TimAbdulla

Tim Abdulla
Chief Technology Officer

Tim is a technologist and entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience building products and leading software engineering teams. Tim co-founded the award-winning people management app Hazel, which was later acquired by Rise. Tim thrives on building great things and great teams, shipping good and small things fast, and embodies empathy and kindness in all the work he does. 

John

John Wigboldus
SVP, Sales

John

John Wigboldus
SVP, Sales

John is an entrepreneurial veteran of the technology industry, with sales, marketing, and business development experience. John was previously sales lead at Vancouver based software company CounterPath. Prior to CounterPath, he worked at Icron Technologies, Allstream, and Sutus. John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia as well as accreditations from the sales and marketing program at BCIT. John values collaboration and understands the need to “roll up the sleeves” in order to lead by example.

Misha

Misha Abasov
VP, Product

Misha

Misha Abasov
VP, Product

Misha is an operationally minded business leader and entrepreneur. Over the past decade, he's helped entrench go-to-market and product excellence at fast-growing SaaS companies. Misha co-founded the award-winning people management app Hazel, which was later acquired by Rise. He’s worked at a number of successful software companies, such as Allocadia, Mobify, and Hootsuite. Misha’s passion is building great products and orchestrating delightful customer experiences. 

Suzi

Suzi Beckett
Sr. Director, Group Benefits

Suzi

Suzi Beckett
Sr. Director, Group Benefits

Suzi has over 18 years of benefits consulting and client management experience for private and not-for-profit firms. Her goal is to lead teams and leverage industry partnerships and professional alliances to help businesses maximize their employees' health, engagement, and productivity. She is passionate about empowering organizations’ collective business and talent health. She is described as a driven and motivated leader by her peers and is a constant source of positivity on the Rise team.

JimYupangco

Jim Yupangco
Sr. Director, Client Services & Support

JimYupangco

Jim Yupangco
Sr. Director, Client Services & Support

Jim has more than 20 years of customer service experience and is solutions-focused with a “win as a village” attitude. He co-founded Vancouver-based learning solutions company Lambda Solutions, where he held various roles for more than 18 years to provide high-quality strategic leadership. Jim believes that relationships with clients and partners extend beyond the sales process, but rather pervade the entire client lifecycle. He strives to always be self-aware, acknowledging that he doesn’t know everything and that there is always something new to learn every day.

Brent

Brent Christie
Director, Customer Success

Brent

Brent Christie
Director, Customer Success

Brent is a self-described veteran of the software industry, having managed implementation and client services teams in the HR, payroll, and information technology industries. He is passionate about creating customer loyalty through great customer experiences. At Rise, Brent’s focus is on building an incredible team of implementation and client services professionals to help our clients make managing HR, payroll, and benefits more personal and effortless than ever before. He is proud to be elevating our service to new levels, ensuring that top class support and guidance becomes an integral part of the Rise brand.

That’s our story. What’s yours?

We want to learn more about your people goals and help you create the absolute best employee experience from onboarding onwards.

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