As chance would have it, Jason and Ella were both introduced to Xpan at Ella’s minor soccer BBQ gathering.
“I used to play soccer with Ron’s daughter, Piper. That’s where my dad met (Xpan Founder and President) Ron (Thiele), and had I not switched soccer clubs and joined Piper’s team, my dad might have never met Ron!” shares Ella.
“I was already thinking that I needed a change, when by chance I met Ron at the final gathering of our daughters’ minor soccer careers. It was the end of season BBQ and I got talking to Ron and René (Thiele). We discovered that we had mutual friends and Ron told me about his growing company. There was a Project Manager opening in the coming months, so we decided to have lunch to discuss if there was a fit. Ron’s ambition, demeanor, and kindness instantly resonated with me. A few months later in Nov 2017, an offer was on the table and I took it!” says Jason.
Ella’s inspiration for Multimedia development came from when she visited her dad at Xpan headquarters to see what the team does.
“I really loved getting to see the creative side of the job, getting to design, and bring ideas to life really caught my attention,” says Ella. “ After spending time with the devs and becoming more interested in the job, I decided to apply to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)’s New Media Production and Design program. At the end of the summer in 2019 I received an acceptance letter and enrolled that fall. I worked part time with Xpan in school and eventually completed a practicum with the company at the end of my second year.”
Both Ella and Jason during their time at Xpan found enjoyment in their work and time spent together.
“I love collaborating with the Project Managers and Instructional Designers, and it’s great being able to bounce ideas off each other to create works of art(Graphics, videos, e-learning courses).” beamed Ella. “Most of our daily tasks don’t overlap, as we work in different departments, but it is really nice to be able to talk with my dad more often. Since I moved out and prior to Lucas being born, we only connect once a week or so.”
Jason says “I mostly enjoy the people that I get to work with on a daily basis. We have a great leadership team who supports each other and incredibly caring and empathetic owners in Ron and Rene. Everyone at Xpan cares about the work they do and believe in each other. I’m especially proud of my team on the software side who continually rise to the challenge and produce amazing features in our applications. Working in software can be very challenging, but I couldn’t imagine taking on those challenges with anyone else.
“I never imagined that one of my kids would be at the same company as me, but it was meant to be. When I first saw Ella in a virtual town hall meeting, there was a tear in my eye, no doubt about it.” Jason exclaimed. “I enjoy having her around during our Xpan events and it sure makes it easy to show off my cute grandson, Lucas!”