Our team of nearly 400 staff is led by a diverse group of seasoned executives with backgrounds in corporate security, alarm monitoring, police services, management consulting, investment banking, private equity, corporate accounting, and aerospace.
Global Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cherun manages UCIT’s strategy, finances, and operations. Under his leadership, UCIT has grown to become the industry leader in video surveillance, remote monitoring technologies, and remote concierge services. Mr. Cherun has been profiled in numerous publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg, BNN, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Security, and Profit. His investment firm (Auxo Management) purchased a stake in UCIT Online Security in April, 2011. Prior to UCIT, Rob worked in strategy and business management at Morgan Stanley in New York. At Morgan Stanley, he managed a team of professionals to aid management in a successful turnaround effort in the Global Wealth Management Division, with a specific focus on market planning, compensation, client experience, talent management, cost-cutting, and real-estate. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, where he served Canadian and international clients in financial services, retail, payments, and technology.
Rob has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is currently Stanford GSB’s Toronto Chapter President. He also received an Honours Business Administration (HBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he was an Ivey Scholar (top 10% every year). He grew up in Ottawa, Canada.
Global President & Chief Revenue Officer
Erik manages UCIT’s marketing and business development. His investment firm (Auxo Management) purchased a stake in UCIT Online Security in April, 2011. Prior to UCIT, Erik gained professional business experience in private equity, investment banking, and start-ups.
Throughout his career he has worked on over $30 billion of executed transactions, ranging in size from under a million dollars to several billion. Erik was previously in the acquisitions group at Regent Properties, a real estate private equity firm in Los Angeles. Prior to Regent, he was an investment banker in the Leveraged Finance Group at Barclays Capital in New York.
Before moving to New York, Erik co-led the Business Development department of Ink Media, a new media development company he co-founded. At Ink Media, Erik was responsible for attaining over 50 advertising clients and growing the online membership base by leveraging a team of over 100 volunteers he recruited and managed.
Erik graduated with Distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his Honours Business Administration (HBA). He has advised for several start-ups and is an active community volunteer. Erik was born in London, England and grew up in Western Canada where he was an ice hockey and lacrosse player.
In 2003 he founded UCIT as an innovative idea that has since developed into the largest and most experienced security video monitoring company in Canada. With over a decade of experience in the security/surveillance industry, he began his career working for Vidair AG, a German aerospace company specializing in onboard video surveillance systems. While working at Vidair, Sidney successfully launched the North American Sales and Marketing operations in Toronto, Canada (1999) as well as the Sales and Technical Support Centre in San Antonio, Texas (2001).
In 2002 Sidney moved back to Toronto where he transformed his digital video knowledge he acquired in the aerospace industry into a business that would revolutionize the physical security industry. UCIT’s “live video monitoring” solution quickly got approval from major insurance companies as a reliable replacement for on-site security guards.
Sidney’s original focus on the construction industry catapulted the company into a multimillion dollar business; today UCIT is a dominant force in Manufacturing, Industrial, Commercial, Property Management and Construction Security. Sidney’s innovative business idea earned him the BDC’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Ontario in 2008. Under his leadership UCIT has been ranked #19 on Profit Magazine’s list of fasted growing companies in Canada for both 2010 and 2011.
In early 2011 Sidney partnered with Auxo Management, a private investment firm based out of Toronto, to help take UCIT to the next level. Sidney attended Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec where he received a BA in Criminology. He is originally from Basel, Switzerland and grew up in Toronto, Ontario.
Chief Operating Officer
As UCIT’s chief operating officer, Hugh is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations. He also plays a leading role in new business development and sales. Since joining UCIT in 2009, Hugh has helped grow the company from a local hi-tech security service provider to a national leader in remote monitored security. He has been instrumental in the company’s recent expansion during which time their work force has grown exponentially and they were recognized in both 2010 and 2011 as the 19th fastest growing company in Canada by Profit 100 magazine.
Hugh’s current position comes after 21 years of experience in law enforcement with the Toronto Police Service. Throughout his policing career, Hugh managed several teams of officers in different departments focused on crime reduction, best business practices and risk management.
Hugh graduated from the Ontario Police College in the top quartile and achieved multiple awards and certifications during his time in the law enforcement field. In 2005, he was awarded the Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award for Canada by the Department of Justice in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, for his role in developing a community based youth focused restorative justice program.
Hugh’s policing experience has aided him in better servicing the company’s clients by identifying weaknesses and potential for concern and thereby developing strategies aimed at increasing employee safety, heightening corporate security as well as reducing costs.
Chief Financial Officer
As UCIT’s Chief Financial Officer, Rob is responsible for the management of the Company’s finance activities. Since joining in 2011, Rob has been responsible for managing the Company’s banking relationship, overseeing the Company’s annual budget process and financial reporting to investors.
Prior to joining UCIT, Rob worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in Toronto where he worked in their Technology & Media client audit practice. Prior to Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, Rob worked at CityWide Software in London, ON where he was responsible for new business development in Central & Western Canada.
Rob has his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he received his BA in Management & Organizational Studies. He grew up in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys soccer, golf, squash & water skiing.
Chris O' Rourke
VP Sales & Business Development
As UCIT’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Chris is responsible for leading the company’s field sales organization, business development, and marketing. Chris joined UCIT in 2012 and has played a critical role in recruiting, training, and developing the UCIT sales team.
Chris has also led the development and optimization of the UCIT sales processes, CRM, and Value Added Reseller program/partnerships. Prior to joining UCIT, Chris was a VP of Sales for a large service business. Chris has also held several senior sales roles in companies like Canon and Tyco Healthcare.
Chris has a BBA in Business Administration from Brock University. He grew up just north of Toronto and enjoys the outdoors, golf & downhill skiing.
Chief Technology Officer
As UCIT’s Chief Technology Officer, Colin is responsible for managing the Company’s technology architecture. Since joining in 2015, Colin has been responsible for reducing Capex, implementing UCIT’s ERP system, and developing a scalable technology strategy through the consolidation of UCIT’s different platforms.
Prior to joining UCIT, Colin owned and operated Zeecure Inc., a product consulting firm specializing in video surveillance products. Prior to Zeecure, Colin was a partner at Sonitrol of South Central Ontario where he was in charge of technology and operations.
Colin studied at the University of Toronto. He is a sought after industry expert, a member of the UL Standards Technical Panel 2802, and a regular contributor to multiple trade publications. Colin grew up in South Africa and enjoys fishing, golf, and spending time with his family.