Our Team

Meet the faces behind PainWorth

Mike Zouhri - Co Founder

This guy does nothing for us. He got hit by a car⁠—anyone can do that. We're just posting his photo as a PSA in case he tells you he had a more important role with the company, or something.

Chris Trudel - Co Founder

This man is our technical wizard. He can (probably) trace his genealogy back to Merlin, or at least to Charles Babbage. He makes it easy for you to settle your own personal injury case. Fast. Stress-free.

Aaron Budnick, CIP

This is the model T-1000; but we just call him Aaron. His sole purpose is to absolutely crush tasks, documents, sales, corporate materials and other important business stuff. He co-led the team's creation of the adjuster product and he will not slowdown, he will not stop and he will not rest until every objective is terminated.

Bashir Osman, BA

This is Bashir. His first words were "101010" which is binary for 42; which you should know is the answer to 'the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.' People think he writes code. He doesn't. He channels it when he plugs directly into the matrix.

Bryan Saunders, BSc

This is Bryan. He's sort of like a horse whisperer—but for people. He uses neuroscience and psychology to figure out how to make things easier to use. We're still not sure if he works with us or if we unknowingly all work for him.

Justin Macfayden, JD

This is Justin. He wears a suit but he's really not that stuffy. He graduated law school but decided to ditch the profession in favor of the startup life. He might regret that later. In the meantime, he is instrumental to making our product useful in the USA and abroad.

Mathew Blimke, JD

This is Matthew. He is an ageless immortal and also the world's nicest guy. When he's not modelling, he does lawyer things like providing us with legal advice and general counsel. Mostly that just means reminding us to play nice, pick-up our toys, and say sorry when we break things (like an outdated justice system).

James Christie

James is one of our amazing developers as well as being an international man of mystery.

So much so, that we haven't been able to figure out how to write his bio yet (he's just that mysterious). So we just made this all up instead!

Alex Trepanier

Alex brings to the PainWorth team a great eye for backend UX, some seriously impressive full-stack development skills, and the ability to write his 1s and 0s in both English and French—as per The Official Languages Act (1969) of Canada.

Kailey Durante

Kailey is a 4th year Marketing student at MacEwan University. She's our Social Media & Community Outreach Manager, so she'll make sure our Instagram is #hipandtrendy to keep up with the cool kids.

Jacob Cathro, BCom

Jacob hopes he never has to use PainWorth, but given his indulgence in several extreme sports, anything is possible. When he's not producing Kubrick-esque films for PainWorth, you can find Jacob writing copy and translating arcane texts from various dead languages. He is fluent in High Legalese, as well as the jargon branch of the ancient Insuro-Adjusto group of languages.

Our Advisors

Andrew Arruda, JD

Every decent legaltech startup needs a celebrity association, like Andrew. Many of you probably already know all about him. Some of you likely have his posters up on your walls. As the founder of the ultra-hot legal research platform, ROSS intelligence, he has been featured in more gossip magazines than we can count for pioneering the use of artificial intelligence in the law.

Ashif Mawji

When we have a mess we can’t solve, we call Ashif. If Hollywood gave James Bond a knack for tech entrepreneurship and a desire need to give back, Bond might have been named Mawji. He has scaled more tech and participated in more exits, nonprofits and top secret national security briefings than all our founders combined. He’s an international man of excitement but with fewer bullets and much more family time.

Braden Bosch

We accidently started the meme about “sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads” by describing Braden at a public event. Half human, half shark; pure insuretech badass. He’s the guy you want helping you navigate the waters with the big insurance companies. We’re not sure if it’s out of fear of him or respect for him, but we do know that the big guys stopped trying to push us around since he joined.

Colin Lachance, LLM

Colin is a legaltech OG. He’s a rebel who doesn’t colour within the lines. He shook up the legal industry for over 25 years just because he felt like it. And he’s not sorry either. His peers call him “persistent,” “disruptive,” and “an instigator,” but mostly, they just call him “visionary.” When the robots finally take over and then sue everyone, it will be because of his pioneering work opening up legal data and applying Artificial Intelligence.

Ed Walters

Ed has been democratizing the law as the head honcho at Fastcase since 1999.  He’s an advocate for strong coffee, streamlined Keynote presentations, short meetings, open law, and the Oxford comma. Although he couldn’t get admitted to either Georgetown Law or Cornell Law School, he somehow manages to also teach at both schools in alternating semesters — you just never know how things will turn out.

Kyla Sandwith, MPS

A cosmic accident merged the wonderful world of Disney with the stodgy world of law and we got Kyla, the founder of De Novo inc. She is basically an imagineer for legal service delivery. When lawyers, law firms and corporate counsel get tired of living in the dark ages, she injects a little bibbity-bobbity magic, innovation and creative thinking, that makes problems disappear.

Sean Morrow, CIP

Sean is a tech guy, a software guy, an Amazon plus Martini guy, but mostly he’s an expert insurance guy—he’s kind of has to be, as the head of one of western Canada's largest insurance brokerages. He advises in any of those areas where appropriate; though he might advise more, or less, depending on the number of martinis he's had.

Ryan Bencic, JD

This is the legal brain who mapped out the processes to disrupt the personal injury process. Ryan is no longer operationally involved but he continues to cheer from the sidelines while supporting other emerging entrepreneurs in Vancouver, BC.