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Ed Karsai

Advisor Vancouver, Canada Area, CA

Ed is a business coach with Shirlaws, an organisation that advises private enterprise on how to grow, fund, exit and enjoy the journey.

Ed is a business coach with Shirlaws, an organisation that advises private enterprise on how to grow, fund, exit and enjoy the journey.

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Involved In


Business Coach Shirlaws Group January 2015 - present
Business and Personal Coach Self Employed November 2013 - present
Product Manager IBM Canada Ltd. January 2012 - November 2013
Product Management Director i2 Group October 2010 - December 2011
Head of Professional Services, Vancouver i2 Group March 2010 - November 2010
Group Lead, Program Management Knowledge Computing Corporation Canada March 2009 - March 2010
Product Manager Visiphor July 2005 - March 2009
Manager R&D Autoprise Inc. March 2003 - July 2005
Consultant eLoyalty July 2000 - September 2001
Director Minds Edge Productions Inc. 1992 - 1996


University of Victoria Computer Science 1996 - 2000
The University of British Columbia Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1991 - 1995
The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Coach Training Program 2013 - 2013

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Ed brings over 10 years of experience in leadership and management roles in both large and small businesses. The diversity of his experience includes management consulting, software development management, heading up professional services and product management.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I work in a hybrid coaching and consulting style, providing knowledge and frameworks while giving room for clients to discover their next steps. The relationship allows for self-discovery and learning. My clients are smart and capable, self motivated and primary need tools to help them shift their thinking in a "contextual" space.

Vouches Received

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Paul Bailey
We worked together  •  Software Development Manager, IBM. Previously Software Development Manager, i2, inc.. University of Virginia grad.
Ed has a lot of experience working in various sized companies and can bring that experience to any venture he undertakes. He's "seen it all" ... and knows how to create and leverage the positive aspects of each while helping to avoid the pitfalls. He is also extremely professional and always remains cool under pressure while still delivering results.
Karl Davis
We worked together  •  Team Lead, Advisory Software Engineer, IBM. Previously Principal Software Engineer, Ridgetop Group.
While working together at IBM, Ed was always incredibly helpful. His thoughtful and detail-oriented work always impressed.
Jason Barba
We worked together at i2 Group  •  Technical Director Professional Services, IBM and Technical Project Manager, i2 Group. University of Arizona grad.
Ed is an outstanding engineer and manager, he excels in every project he takes on and drives it to completion.

Josh Sorokin
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, Enjeera Interactive, Inc.
I remember when Josh first started talking about his ideas, and I must admit I wasn't sure what would transpire. About a month ago he showed ... me the website (product) he developed and how far he had come. While there are areas for improvement, I was able to share my thoughts and experience with Josh which he graciously accepted. I see him as a very ambitious, resourceful and focused entrepreneur. He takes input from many people and craves to grow and be successful. He has the hunger and attitude necessary to succeed. Given the resources and support he needs to develop, I can see Josh has the potential to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Harry White
They're my mentor  •  Hybrid technical & business development entrepreneur based out of Vancouver.
Harry has a good sense of business, he is resourceful and a doer. He has also proven himself with past business ventures.

Craig Slagel
Founder / Technical Art Director, Leaping Coyote Interactive Inc. Simon Fraser grad.
Craig is a dedicated leader who is very knowledgeable and experienced. He knows how to accomplish his goals and get results.

Claude Schneider
They're my friends  •  Founder, Portfora and Web Product Manager,
Claude is driven by values and making a difference. He is clear about what matters to him and is focused on making an impact. He is intellig ... ent, resourceful and has the capacity to accomplish what he sets out to do.

Mariano Tan
President and CEO, Prosodica. Previously President, TeleTech Government Solutions LLC.
Mariano is bright, knowledgeable, experienced and has a great sense of humour. He has a deep understanding of business and you'll learn a gr ... eat deal from him.

Alan Oishi
Global Partner & Board Director, Shirlaws Group and Business Strategy Coach and Founder of Canadian Operations, Shirlaws Canada.
Alan is not only very experienced in business, he is a good person. He cares deeply about his clients and their outcomes. He provides perspe ... ctive while supporting them through their business journey.