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WesternIM is an information management consulting company offering a wide range of services for solving every day as well as unique and challenging unusual issues raised by our clients.

WesternIM is a recognized leader in the Records and Information Management industry, and has participated in the development of many of today’s information management and governance standards.

Within the many facets of Information Management and Governance, we work with our clients to achieve their goals using our unparalleled knowledge and experience in both modern digital information as well as physical records.

We research innovative solutions and strive to bring this vision of the future through practical information management applications for our clients.

We understand Information Governance and are very adept at putting the pieces together for our clients.

Our Team

Rick Stirling


Information Governance Consultant
Information Management Consultant
Records Management Consultant

Experience: 30+ Years

Email: rick.stirling@westernim.com 

Rick Stirling is a recognized expert and pioneer in the Information Management community in both Canada and the United States.  Rick has extensive business experience in both the public and private sectors, possesses a comprehensive knowledge of information technology, infrastructure, enterprise software, and an in depth understanding of the integration required for today’s Information Management solutions.

Rick was involved in the first content management and electronic records management software solutions ever created, and with over forty years in the Information Technology (IT) field, Rick is one of Canada’s most respected authorities on the subject.

Rick has always been a strong influence with the ARMA community, serving ARMA Canada as Region Manager, President, Marketing Director, Chapter President and the ARMA International Board of Directors.  Rick always supported the development of industry standards and takes great pride in being an inaugural Task force member for the ARMA “Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles”.

In recent years Rick saw the need for more involvement with strategic and business development within the information management profession.   Rick was easily convinced to participate in the development and ongoing review of ARMA Information Governance initiatives, serving on the Information Governance Professional task force, and the Information Governance Professional Board.

Business involvement with senior level management personnel in a wide variety of business settings has enabled Rick to formulate a clear view of the existing information management issues and the potential for Information governance to bring significant value to organizations.

Rick is frequently called to assist in the positioning of technology projects and information management within an organization and deliver the business value message to the Executive/Board level.  Rick is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at public events in both Canada and USA and is available for personalized corporate sessions as well.

Brian Heinz, I.S.P., ITCP

General Manager

Information Management Consultant
Project Management Office (PMO)

Experience: 30+ Years

Email: brian.heinz@westernim.com

Brian has a diverse background in information management spanning over forty years, including experience in planning, design, system development, programming, analysis, solution implementation, geographic information systems, drafting, educator, health services, mining, banking, strategic planning and audit.  Brian has worked for a diverse group including both private and public industry:

  • Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology, Standards of Practice project team
  • Capilano Community College, North Vancouver BC, instructor
  • City of Saskatoon, manager IT financial systems, internal auditor, GIS coordinator
  • District of Coquitlam, IT analyst and developer, IT operations
  • Kanotech Information Systems, Edmonton, GIS consultant
  • Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, IT Programmer Analyst
  • Laurentide Financial /National Bank, analyst
  • Philips Data Division, Winnipeg/Vancouver, developer
  • Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, consultant, IT manager
  • Teranet International Corporation, GIS consultant

Development of excellent organizational skills and the ability to view projects from various perspectives enables Brian to apply best practice project management to maximize client value.

Brian maintains his Information Systems Professional of Canada (I.S.P.) and internationally recognized Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP) designations.

Involvement in community includes:

  • Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Board Member and local section President, CIPS Saskatchewan Director-at-Large
  • Saskatchewan Advanced Technology Association, founding member
  • Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), member
  • Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA), member
  • Canadian Diabetes Association, local Board member
  • Lawson Heights Community Association, local Board member

Darrell Schroeder, P.Eng., M.Sc., BAC, ECMm

Director of Professional Services & Lead Systems Architect

System Engineer and Architect
Integration and Implementation Specialist

Experience: 20+ Years

Email: darrell.schroeder@westernim.com

Darrell is a registered Professional Engineer and has been certified at the Master level for Enterprise Content Management by AIIM and has been vendor certified on Tier 1 content management solutions.

Darrell has been a long serving member of:

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geophysicists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
  • International Association of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)

With over thirty years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry, Darrell has an extensive background across the IT spectrum including: networking, operating systems, databases, imaging systems, application development and client PCs and mobile devices and has spent the last twelve years implementing Enterprise Content Management systems across Canada and the United States.

As the WesternIM team lead Darrell reviews the current state of client systems, collaborates with the client to determine where the client wants to be, identifies discrepancies and activities required to effect the change, assists in setting priorities to achieve the desired results.

As owner of his own technology company for over 20 years, Darrell has accumulated considerable experience and technical competency which has enables him to bring together technology components to best serve tangible business needs and deliver superior value to the client. Darrell Schroeder is the Director of Systems Integration and the lead Systems Architect for WesternIM.

Troy Sawyer, BSc.

Director of Development

Senior Developer
Systems Analyst

Experience: 21 Years

Email: troy.sawyer@westernim.com

Partner and Lead Developer of Western Information Management. Troy has a diverse background in and out of the Information and Records Management world. Troy is the architect and lead developer for WesternIM’s software applications including AgileIM, a highly flexible records and information management tool and EmailPointer, an Outlook email management tool, as well as many custom solutions for integration and software customization.

Troy’s background spans physics and technology, chemistry, system development, programming for many platforms and industries, data and system analysis, education and teaching, energy and environmental air emissions. With project experience of over 20 years going back to my first IT company, ranging from independent contractors to large international shipping companies, and in both the private and public sectors.

We work with industry experts all across the globe.
Whether big or small, we are happy to help you with your project.