The Team

Richard G. Williams
Richard G. Williams

President & Co-Founder

Rich has been instrumental in the design and development of several learning management and knowledge certification systems over his career for large organizations like Prudential Insurance and the Royal Bank of Canada. He's a professional engineer with a B.App.Sc. from the Univerity of Waterloo.

Rich spends his winters coaching skiing to 12-year-old future ski champions and the rest of the year putting far too many miles on a bike than is healthy.

Stefan Leyhane
Stefan Leyhane

Co-Founder

Stefan devours all things Web and wears many hats at Firmwater. He leads the product development but also plays a role in sales, marketing, and customer service. He holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Stefan loves all sports and, until running into concussion issues, spent much of his time playing violent ones. He now devotes his time to marvelling at his young daughters.

Jan Vopalensky
Jan Vopalensky

Co-Founder

Jan is the scientist of the group. He has worked at some of the largest labs such as Nortel Networks and Bell-Northern Research. Along with advising on company direction, he often finds himself knee-deep in code and XML Schemas. Jan holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Jan lives much of his free time outdoors. He somehow finds pleasure in Nordic skiing and also loves hiking, camping, and x-country running.

Arsalan Beg Menhaj
Arsalan Beg Menhaj

Full-Stack Web Developer

Arsalan is one of the rockstars of our developer team. Growing up in Bangladesh, USA, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada, Arsalan brings a world of knowledge, languages, and food inspiration to our team. Arsalan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering. His love of tech led him to a local Web Development program and eventually to Firmwater.

When Arsalan is not over-analyzing pop culture, he spends his free time lifting weights, creating pencil sketches, and pretending to play the guitar. As a Bruno Mars doppleganger, Arsalan helps the Firmwater team to get the best table in any restaurant in downtown Toronto.

Matt Chidley
Matt Chidley

Full-Stack Web Developer

Matt is one of Firmwater's programming superstars. Growing up in nearby Hamilton, he is happy to be back in the area after four years of studying Computer Engineering Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

When Matt isn't hitting new personal records in the gym or split-screening the Toronto Maple Leafs and Overwatch League games, we have him slaving away on a lunch ratings app for the Firmwater team so that we know where to eat.

Josephine Huschmann
Josephine Huschmann

Customer Success Specialist

Josie is our marketing expert and keeps our customers informed with news and updates. She's also there to help with any LMS questions. After growing up in Germany and spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Josie completed the Business Administration Program at Toronto's Humber College. She has earned the reputation of being a problem solving wizard after her front-line experience in the customer experience industry.

An avid reader and member of a fun book club, Josie can also be found exploring and taking pictures of the great Canadian outdoors with her active dog, who has his own Instagram account.

Diane Miziolek
Diane Miziolek

Director of Business Development

Diane loves to create business partnerships and be the go-to person. As a former high school teacher, with a background in sales, she is ideally suited to lead our business development. Diane holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.

A huge San Diego Chargers fan, Diane loves sports of all kinds. With three teenagers and two dogs in the house, she escapes to the lake at her cottage whenever she can.

Kinda Nehlawi
Kinda Nehlawi

Customer Success Specialist

Kinda has all of the answers to your Firmwater LMS questions. Hailing from the prestigious Concordia University in Montreal and armed with previous experience in customer service and e-learning, Kinda knows how to help our customers succeed in online training. Kinda holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently completing her Bachelor of Adult Education.

In her free time, Kinda enjoys spending time outside exploring Toronto's many waterfront trails, often walking (and being pulled by) her 60 pound Husky puppy.