In 1995, El-Ramly joined software development and data analytics company ZE PowerGroup Inc. As one of its first staff members he set up the computer infrastructure, and took on accounting and some human resources duties.
“We started as a consulting firm back then, but as of 2000 we became a software development firm, mostly in the utilities and oil and gas industry,” says El-Ramly, adding that the company’s main focus is data management. “We help businesses do data automation and transformation by collecting data from various sources, like Excel, pdf or the internet,” he explains. “Then we populate it into our database where our clients are able to access this information, complete their analytics and ultimately helps them in determining their pricing.”
He admits, “It’s quite complicated.”
It was in this setting that he discovered his interest for business and decided to complete his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Northern British Columbia graduating in 2000.
Seven years ago, El-Ramly was promoted to Vice President of Client and Corporate Services, which stretched the scope of his responsibilities to include overseeing all aspects of administration, networking, system architecture (including ZE PowerGroup’s newly developed private cloud system), and client support for their software.
“I have a busy schedule,” he laughs.