Alex Rodov is the Founder and Managing Partner at QA Consultants, which he founded in 1994. He was one of the first to treat quality assurance as a field of its own, and his enduring contribution to the field has been to establish software testing as a specific skill set. Alex established QA Consultants as a dedicated local testing centre of excellence featuring on-demand local access to professional testers with a wide range of field expertise. Under his leadership, QA Consultants has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a cutting-edge quality assurance company recognized as a market leader and a category killer in the multi-billion-dollar North America software testing industry. Alex has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership, including being selected by Ernst and Young as an Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. His pioneering innovations have resulted in QA Consultants receiving a 2012 Business Excellence Award from the Toronto Board of Trade and a Deloitte designation as one of the best-managed companies in Canada in 2013. Alex Rodov commented, “This achievement reflects our vision of improving the quality of software used by Canadians every day in their work and for their enjoyment. This quality mission derives from our single-minded focus on testing, extensive Canadian operations and market-leading innovation.” Throughout his career, Alex has led some of the largest and most complex North American quality assurance projects and initiatives, and developed new processes and methodologies that became the global standard. One recent result has been the Clutch Directory identifying QAC as an international industry leader when it included QA Consultants in its 2015 report as a top North American software testing firm. To date, QA Consultants has invested millions in R&D to develop new testing methodologies, automation and specialized internal processes to benefit its customers – who are able to show off their development talent knowing that QAC has tested their products until they are flawless. Among other professional accomplishments, Alex has been recognized as an expert in this field by the Quality Assurance Institute of Canada. He speaks frequently at quality assurance conferences, focusing on subjects such as IT re-shoring, best QA practices, IT governance and QA test centres of excellence. Among Alex’s proudest achievements have been repatriating more than 300 technical jobs that otherwise would have been lost to India, and instituting a comprehensive internship program that supports Toronto’s IT cluster by providing valuable entry-level positions for new graduates. If entrepreneurship has been his motivation, corporate social responsibility has been Alex Rodov’s inspiration and his passion. CSR initiatives such as the QAC United Way Challenge and the Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart have given back to the community while increasing employee morale, reducing turnover, and fostering a unique QAC esprit de corps, especially among socially conscious Generation Yers.