President and CEO of ACL, a Vancouver based software company named one of Canada's Top Employers
Laurie Schultz, President and CEO, is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double digit growth. With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multi-million dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, Business Intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and Telus, Laurie has both DOUBLED revenues and DOUBLED profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.”
Laurie has received multiple leadership awards including the YWCA’s 2015 “Women of Distinction” award, Business in Vancouver’s 2014 “Women of Influence” award, and the Minerva Foundation’s 2013 “Excellence in Leadership” award. Laurie has also been featured as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in the IT Channel (2011) and in the Top 100 Women in the North American Channel (2012).
Laurie holds a MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Alberta. She is Chair of the Board for Dress For Success Vancouver—a not for profit organization that helps 2,000 low/no income a year get a job. Laurie also serves on the Board of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) where she Chair’s the BCTIA Software C-Council—a CEO group committed to growing the footprint of software in British Columbia.
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