Our team

Our multi-disciplined team is experienced in developing, deploying, and operating business-critical, always-on digital platforms at a global scale for companies like BlackBerry, Interac, Shopify, TD Canada Trust, UbiSoft, and more. Our team contains experts in software platforms, mobile, data analytics, machine learning, cryptography, identity, networking and security. Our Board of Directors brings together financial services industry leaders, backed by both OMERS and Purpose Financial.

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Avinash Chidambaram

CEO & Co-Founder

At Interac, Avinash led the launch of Interac Debit on Apple Pay in Canada while growing the Interac e-Transfer business greater than 50% year-over-year.

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Brian McBride

COO & Co-Founder

At BlackBerry, Brian led the global BlackBerry Identity platform, supporting over 140 million users and 300 million secure API transactions a day.

Omar Sahyoun is Ario’s Chief Business Officer.

Omar Sahyoun


Co-founder of Canada’s first and largest independent daily deal sites TeamBuy & Dealfind, with over 3M members, understands how to scale marketplaces.

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Som Seif

Board Member

Som is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Investments Inc., which he formed following the sale of Claymore Investments to BlackRock Inc. in March 2012.


Security first, and always

We treat security problems as engineering problems and employ world-class engineers to solve these problems. We’ve implemented security controls inspired by NIST, DISA, CSE, CIS, OWASP, ISO, PCI and from the collective years of security experience and best practices of our world-class team.

At Ario, security is our top priority. We know we’re dealing with important banking and personal information. That’s why we take our security cues from NIST, DISA, CSE, CIS, OWASP, PCI, and ISO (logos shown here).

Our investors

Ario is backed by industry leading experts in banking, finance, and investments.


Purpose Financial

Purpose Financial is a diversified financial services company with an unrelenting focus on customer-centric innovation and technology solutions to widen the market for financial services. Purpose runs a diversified product platform aimed at addressing historically underserved segments of the market.



OMERS Platform Investments, including OMERS Ventures, is the innovation arm of OMERS. They invest in and partner with the best and brightest entrepreneurs in tech to build a prosperous future and a vibrant and successful knowledge economy.

Ario's offices are located in Ottawa's West end and in downtown Toronto.

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