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About Rise

 

The way we work is changing at an incredible pace, as more and more forward-thinking companies embrace technology to create a world where work improves life and life improves work. Cue Rise. We’re changing the way companies perform complicated HR processes by making them effortless and personal. Imagine HR that empowers a rewarding employee experience, payroll that brings peace of mind, and employee benefits that help people lead better lives.

A revolution in HR is coming. We’ll help you rise to the challenge.

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Our Story

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    Rise makes its debut in Canada as Paysavvy

    Rise launched under the name Paysavvy in October of 2011 when our founders rolled out the Paysavvy Payroll app. Our goal was to create a client-focused payroll solution that offered an intuitive software and unparalleled client support.

  • 2-hired

    The team begins to grow

    Rise (then Paysavvy) hired our first full-time employee in October 2011. Today the company employs over 40 full-time staff in Vancouver.

  • 3-first-client

    Rise secures first client

    After a lot of hard work getting the first version of our Payroll app up and running, Rise (then Paysavvy) secured our first client in November 2011.

  • 4-cra-regonized

    Rise becomes CRA recognized

    Rise (then still Paysavvy) was officially recognized by the CRA in March of 2011. We’re currently one of only ten payroll software providers with this distinction.

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    Paysavvy rebrands to Rise

    In February 2016, we revealed our rebrand as Rise, and publicly declared our shift from payroll software to HR for the new era.

Meet the Team

  • Faiz Abdulla
    Faiz Abdulla

    CEO

    CEO

  • Julie Bevacqua
    Julie Bevacqua

    CRO

    CRO

  • Ash Anil
    Ash Anil

    VP of Customer Experience

    VP of Customer Experience

  • Jesse McNeil
    Nessman

    Director, Group Benefits

    I wish I had gills

  • Joe Kitos
    Joe Kitos

    Director, Demand Generation

    Director, Demand Generation

  • Kim Bonner
    Kim Bonner

    Customer Support Team Lead

    Customer Support Team Lead

  • Alecia Cruz

    Customer Support Representative

  • Eunice Santos
    Eunice Santos

    Customer Support Representative

    Customer Support Representative

  • Kobe Asumadu
    Kobe Asumadu

    Customer Success Report Specialist

    Customer Success Report Specialist

  • Leah Schnackenberg
    Leah Schnackenberg

    Customer Support Representative

    Customer Support Representative

  • Kelvin Kwok
    K Dog

    Customer Success Team Lead

    R1C1 Advocate

  • Stephanie Mrakovich
    Stephanie Mrakovich

    Customer Success Specialist

    Customer Success Specialist

  • Monica Singh
    Monique

    Client Service Representative, Group Benefits

    Queen of the Castle

  • Lissa Zimmer
    Lissa Zimmer

    Onboarding Specialist

    Onboarding Specialist

  • Ed Budden
    Ed Budden

    Onboarding Specialist

    Onboarding Specialist

  • Rory Newitt
    Rory Newitt

    Onboarding Specialist

    Onboarding Specialist

  • Maulin Mansuri
    Maulin Mansuri

    Onboarding Specialist

    Onboarding Specialist

  • Nathan Mah
    Nate Dogg

    Account Executive

    Bag of Snacks

  • Josh McBride
    Josh McBride

    Account Executive

    Account Executive

  • Jeff Park
    Jeff Park

    Account Executive

    Account Executive

  • Lukas Tanasiuk
    Lukas Tanasiuk

    Account Executive

    Account Executive

  • Kate Zivkovic
    Kate Zivkovic

    Sales Development Representative

    Sales Development Representative

  • Melissa Montoril
    Rice Bowl

    Manager of Client Service, Group Benefits

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  • Evan Scotney
    Evan Scotney

    Benefits Analyst, Group Benefits

    Benefits Analyst, Group Benefits

  • Pinder Pooni
    SuperMathematician

    Staff Accountant

    Cruncher of All Numbers

  • David Graham
    David Graham

    Senior Designer

    Senior Designer

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    Join Our Team!

    Careers

Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe in putting people before profit. Always. Here are some of the ways we’re making a difference in our community.

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    Tech's Got Talent

    Rise (then Paysavvy) was among 20 Vancouver tech companies who participated in Tech’s Got Talent 2015. Aimed at raising funds for youth in the community, Tech’s Got Talent is a lip-synching competition organized by Vancouver businesses Plenty of Fish and Chimp.

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    Neighborhood Lunch Program

    The Neighborhood Lunch Program began on February 16, 2013. Since that time, dozens of generous volunteers and benefactors have come together to facilitate the lunch program. To date, Rise has distributed over 10,000 lunches to those in need in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

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    Ronald McDonald House

    Rise has a long-standing relationship with the Ronald McDonald House. Our team volunteers every year for McHappy Day to raise money for the facilities and regularly cooks dinner for the families staying in the house. Rise is also proud to be a committed sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House BC, donating $5,000 each year.

  • startups care

    Startups Care

    In December 2014 and 2015 the Rise (then Paysavvy) team participated in the Startups Care initiative. The team joined other members of the Vancouver tech community in collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Vancouver Food Bank.

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    Tech Pong

    For the past two years the Rise team (then Paysavvy) collectively volunteered their efforts for TechPong, a ping pong competition to help raise funds for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside charities. They partnered with 20 other local tech companies to raise over $71,500 for charity.

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    Holiday Toy Drive

    Rise organizes an annual holiday toy drive. Instead of having a typical Secret Santa gift exchange, team members at Rise purchase a new toy they feel represents the person they drew. Afterward, all the gifts are donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.