Executive Team

Bart CopelandBart Copeland: President & CEO

As ActiveState Software’s President and CEO since 2006, Bart Copeland brings more than 25 years of leadership, management, finance, and technology business experience to his role. With a passion for technologies that help people lead more productive and enjoyable lives, Bart is also an active angel investor and serves as a director for a number of other tech companies. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia.

Maria ChuMaria Chu: VP, Finance, HR & Admin

Maria has almost 20 years of experience in senior financial management roles, including 10 at ActiveState Software. She has experience surrounding all financial reporting aspects, analysis, planning, systems implementation, internal controls, cash management and operational mandates in diverse companies from IT, general aviation, real estate property development and manufacturing in both unionized and privately held companies. Maria holds her B.Sc. in Accounting and CMA designation.

Tom RadcliffeTom Radcliffe: Director of Engineering

Tom Radcliffe has over 20 years experience in software development and management in both academia and industry. He is a professional engineer (PEO and APEGBC) and holds a PhD in physics from Queen's University at Kingston. Tom brings a passion for quantitative, data-driven processes to ActiveState. He is deeply committed to the ideas of Bayesian probability theory, and assigns a high Bayesian plausibility to the idea that putting the best software tools in the hands of the most creative and capable people will make the world a better place..


Sheila LouisSheila Louis: Director of Marketing & SMB Sales

Sheila Louis brings over 15 years of experience in the software technology industry to ActiveState, including almost five in varied roles within ActiveState. She's just as comfortable discussing technology with developers as she is discussing business drivers with management, and her focus is on marketing, technology, and customer service to bring ActiveState's developer tools and languages to the next level. Her education includes an accounting diploma from Thompson Rivers University, and software systems development certification from BCIT.

Jeff RouseJeff Rouse: Director of Product Management

Jeff is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and building great products. With over 20 years’ of experience in the IT industry, from startups to publicly traded technology firms, Jeff has led development teams and business operations, created products, and taken them to market. Jeff earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Calgary where he ignited his long-standing interest in software technology. At ActiveState, Jeff oversees product strategy and innovation across all product lines.


Jennifer LawlerJennifer Lawler: Senior Enterprise & OEM Account Executive

Jennifer brings 16 years of professional experience in the open source IT market to ActiveState, and for the last 4 has held the title of Senior Account Executive. Her primary areas of focus include evangelizing ActiveState technologies to the masses, driving new sales, managing as well as growing existing Enterprise and OEM customer accounts related to ActiveState’s dynamic language distributions (ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl). Jennifer is keenly adept at managing relationships with multiple technology champions inside development, IT, procurement and legal teams. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees (English Literature and Scandinavian Studies) from Concordia College in MN.