John Bradley, CEO and Chief Software Architect.
SiQuest Corporation is a privately owned Canadian business that was founded in 2001 by John Bradley.
In addition to being well versed in Visual C#, .NET Framework, Visual Basic, C/C++, MS Access, SQLite, SQL Server, ASP.NET, ASP and HTML, John is also a former 17-year veteran (1988-2006) of the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), one of the largest regional police services in Canada. For 9 of those years, John was involved in numerous homicide, robbery, serious sexual assault, and theft and fraud investigations.
In 1993, John expanded his existing skills and knowledge in the field of software development by creating CasePrep, a Windows-based program that allowed police officers to complete essential court documents in just a few minutes instead of a few hours. The DRPS became the first user of this program and still uses it today.
In 2000, John was selected to form a Technology Crime Unit within the Major Crime Branch of DRPS to respond to the increasing presence of electronic evidence in investigations. Over the next few years, John became involved in many high-profile cases where computer evidence was a vital component of the trial process in establishing mens rea (criminal intent). He has been recognized as an expert in the field of computer forensic examination and analysis in provincial courtrooms and by the Supreme Court of Ontario.
John formed SiQuest in 2001, originally under the name Armor Data Inc., in a bid to distribute his software to law enforcement agencies. John's focus on software was entirely centred around computer forensics and improving the way data is discovered and presented to a jury. One of his earliest forensic tools was a program called NetDigger, an Internet Explorer history parser and reporting program that utilized an Access database -- which even predates another popular history parsing tool.
In 2004, John began developing the first generation of "CacheBack", SiQuest's present-day, leading Internet cache and history analysis tool. This flagship program would officially launch in 2007.
In the meantime, in 2005, John was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred out of Major Crime and back to uniform patrol. He was assigned supervisory responsibilities for a platoon of officers in a smaller police division. While his promotion was a welcomed acknowledgement of his years of experience and leadership qualities, it was difficult to leave behind the Technology Crime Unit that he had built and led for the past six years, but it did afford him the time to appreciate what he had accumulated in skills and knowledge.
With the tools and the vision to do something different with his life, John left the DRPS in April 2006 and accepted a director's position with Scotiabank where he was responsible for Technology Crime and Investigations for the bank's worldwide operations. This move was the critical stepping stone to venturing away from the safety net of policing, but John very quickly found that banking did not provide the challenge he longed for. So, later that year, he left Scotiabank and started his own forensics consulting practice with a secondary focus on software development.
Operating under the new name Digital Investigations Group, Inc., John became successfully engaged in many forensic investigations, including many relating to civil litigation, employment, and trademark and copyright infringement, including theft of intellectual property. Some of this clients included prominent law firms and well-known international corporations. By 2008, one year after its launch, CacheBack was becoming known to the forensic industry, and John set his mind to developing training courses.
John remains the lead product developer, trainer and visionary for SiQuest. He has laid a solid foundation for continual growth of the company's product line and services for the foreseeable future. His unique set of computer skills and forensic investigative experience has been a vital component to the company's quick to market strategy.
As the CEO and Chief Software Architect, John remains hands-on in directing SiQuest's journey into the future of computer forensic investigations.