Our Team

The viiz team delivers voice solutions to the global marketplace.  We have 200+ team members serving our customers in the United States, Canada and internationally. Meet our leadership team below. 


James MacKenzie

Co-Founder, President & CEO

James continues to lead the growth and ongoing evolution of viiz’s business. Through investment in resources, customer relationships and over 15 acquisitions, James nurtured the company from a provider of telephony hardware to a multi-faceted technology and communications company. James maintains a business culture of perpetual start-up mode to drive ongoing business innovation and reinvention. In his 30+ years of industry experience, James has held senior roles in Business Leadership, Sales and Marketing and R&D. Prior to viiz, James was Group Vice-President at Gores Technology Group and Vice-President & General Manager at Nortel Networks.


John Wilson

Co-Founder, Executive Vice-President & CTO

John leads the implementation and ongoing evolution of the viiz technology and network architectures. The viiz platforms and development teams are recognized as being leading edge, designing solutions to fit the current and long-term needs of our diverse customer base. John is a technology visionary – with over his 25+ years of industry experience he has also held senior technology roles with Gores Technology Group and Nortel Networks.

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Othello Tuason

Chief Corporate Officer

Othello Tuason joined viiz in September 2019 as Chief Corporate Officer. This role places Othello at the center of viiz’s growth and success, leveraging his expertise in finance and strategy to promote the continued evolution of the business. Specifically, Othello will drive corporate strategic planning for viiz, with additional responsibility for corporate development, budgeting and capital allocation, investor and external financial relationships, human resources, and contract management. Prior to joining viiz, Othello held various senior roles at KPMG, BMO Bank of Montreal and TD Securities, and worked as a corporate finance consultant serving borrowers, lenders and governments.


Gail Strickland

Vice-President, Telecom Services

Gail joined viiz after spending the past nine years as Director of her own Telecommunications consulting firm and she now leads viiz’s Telecom Services organization. While running her own consulting firm, she gained extensive experience in performance analysis, financial management, business development and industry dynamics management. Gail also has over 11 years of experience with TELUS, where prior to managing her consulting firm, she led the TELUS clearinghouse business and both defined and launched the TELUS Wholesale Operator Services Business.


Ken Pillow

Vice-President, Customer Care Operations

viiz welcomed Ken to the team on June 4, 2018. Ken originally joined viiz as the Senior Director of Call Center Operations, however, has since been promoted to Vice-President of Customer Care Operations. Ken has a strong background as a contact center executive with broad experience in all aspects of operations and customer care. Prior to joining viiz, he held senior roles with kgb, 118 118, TEKsystems and SunPower Corporation. Ken also brings to viiz his global experience managing centers in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Philippines, France, Poland and Morocco.

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Bill Whisenhunt

Vice-President, Technology

Bill was recently appointed to Vice President of Technology after joining viiz as Director of Technology in 2017.  Bill has an extensive background with a wealth of diverse experience in the Telecom Industry and has held senior roles with Spoken, Yantrasoft, Bhrigus, RedBox, e-talk and Texas Instruments. Bill is a passionate visionary and is a key member of our executive leadership as viiz continues evolving the future of voice services to our broad North American Customer base.