About ActiveState


ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy, and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology.

Founded in 1997, ActiveState is a global leader providing software application development and management solutions. The Company’s products include: ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl dynamic language distributions and developer tools such as the popular Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, ActiveState is trusted by customers and partners worldwide, across many industries including telecommunications, aerospace, software, and financial services.

ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies use ActiveState's solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications. Global customers like Bank of America, CA, Cisco, HP, Lockheed Martin and Siemens rely on ActiveState for faster development, ensuring IT governance and compliance, and accelerating time to market.

Our Team at ActiveState

Meet Our Team

Bart Copeland

President and CEO. 
Bart Copeland is our CEO and president. He's passionate about ensuring that everyone at ActiveState has a lot of fun while solving complex problems with applications that provide real benefit to our customers. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia.

Maria 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 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 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 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 Lawler

Senior Enterprise & OEM Account Executive.
Jennifer brings 16 years of professional experience in the open source IT market to ActiveState, where she holds 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.

Join ActiveState

Why Choose Us?

Our Values

We have a mindset for growth and play an active role growing the use of Perl, Python, and Tcl in communities and within enterprises.

We value working with others and work cooperatively as a team, with our customers and partners, and with the open source community.

We are passionate about learning to grow, expand our horizons, and innovate.

We are driven to make a difference in the communities we serve.

Our Commitment to Open Source

We are firmly rooted and committed to the open source dynamic language as supporters and contributors.

Our technical leaders and engineers are core contributors to open source, including the Perl, Python, and Tcl language distributions. With this deep expertise, they provide technical support and services to our enterprise customers. We provide many of our solutions free to the community, including the Community Edition language distributions of ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl, and Komodo Edit, a multi-language editor built on the Mozilla framework.

Our Customers

ActiveState customers include leading companies in high-tech, financial services, aerospace and defense such as CA, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, and more. Read case studies from ActiveState customers.

Our Investors

ActiveState is owned by its employees and Pender Financial Group, a private merchant bank focused on technology in British Columbia.

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