Decades of growth supplying technology to educators
CDI was started in 1981 at the dawn of the age of microcomputers. That was the year the IBM PC was launched with 64KB of RAM running the operating system MS-DOS, which required the user to type precise commands to do the simplest of tasks, such as open a program.
At the start CDI was a general computer dealer selling to anyone that needed hardware and software. We became experts in refurbishing used computers and grew steadily, making a number of acquisitions, and over time began specializing in the educational market. We continued to supply schools with recertified computer equipment at a fraction of the price of new systems and, as we focused on the unique needs of schools, we became a successful and happy company.
We are ready to change student lives with you
CDI recognizes the complexity and growing challenges faced by educators. We provide classroom-ready ecosystems and support proven best-in-class technologies that connect students to others and develop the skills to face the future with confidence.
We champion educators who inspire students, celebrating their successes, because their efforts make possible a world that is more peaceful, sustainable and productive.
CDI stands for Connect, Deploy, Inspire.
We help schools engage students with a love of learning and set them on the path of lifelong achievement.
Teachers are entrusted with preparing the next generation in a world where human knowledge is exploding and the future is unknowable. Their task is becoming more demanding. Our mission is to support them by deploying classroom-ready technologies that connect students to others and develop the skills to face the future with confidence.
Our role is to understand the complexities faced by educators and empower them to create inspiring educational experiences.
We promote products that are best suited to educators’ needs, supporting proven, best-in-class classroom technologies.
Meet our team
Starting off as Director of Operations in 2006, Erez played a key role in the strategic direction of CDI. In 2010 Erez was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Erez continued to drive CDI’s growth and in 2018 was named President by CDI’s board of directors.
Naipaul has over 20 years of financial and operational management experience. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) and has earned his Master of Business Administration degree
Sarah has over ten years of experience in Human Resources. She joined CDI in 2011 as the HR Manager and was promoted to SVP, HR in 2016. Her role expanded to include the Compliance and Solutions teams as part of the promotion. In 2018 Sarah was named COO.
Michael joined CDI in 2006 as an Account Manager. Within two years, he was promoted to Sales Team Lead with over twelve staff members under his supervision. After showing remarkable leadership, he was named Sales Manager.
VP of Business Development
James is an Economics graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has been active in the technology marketplace since 1983. James is responsible for managing CDI’s Asset Recovery Services division (LifeSpan) and CDI’s rental division (Vernon Technology Solutions).
VP of Purchasing
Fred has over twenty years of experience in the I.T. industry and a background in business and economics from his studies at the University of Western Ontario. In 2007, Fred joined the CDI family bringing his wealth of experience. In 2013, he was promoted to VP of Purchasing.