We help companies become a destination for neurodivergent talent.

Since 2011, we have partnered with clients wanting a neurodiverse workplace by providing inclusion
and technology solutions that benefit from our autistic DNA.

auticon is an award-winning social innovation company

As an autistic-majority company, we’re a resource for talent. We integrate our technology consultants into client organizations, performing as software developers, data analysts, QA engineers, and more. Client teams work with our outstanding autistic professionals first-hand, opening minds and achieving diversity goals.

Our model supports the autistic community by helping build quality careers, unlocking opportunities, and empowering client organizations through actionable neurodiversity training and advisory services. Our employees build lifelong careers in technology, discover personal autonomy, and improved self-esteem.

Through auticon Labs, we utilize an entrepreneurial mindset to develop commercial technology solutions for social and environmental challenges faced by autistic professionals, helping them succeed in the workplace.

Changing lives together

Results from our annual Impact Report demonstrate auticon’s success through neurodiversity. Most of our team members had been unemployed for an average of two years before being hired by auticon. Despite possessing high-value skills, it is estimated that less than 22% of autistic people are in any form of meaningful employment which aligns with their educational achievements.

auticon taps into this potential by employing autistic adults as technology consultants. Autistic employees are supported by Employment Coordinators and project managers, producing a win-win-win situation for clients, consultants, and society. 

Improved quality of life87%
Feel supported at work92%
Feel more confident79%
Feel they can be their authentic self at work82%

Our mission

As a social enterprise, we are on a mission to improve the employment prospects of neurodivergent people by:

  • providing high-quality technology careers to autistic adults
  • shifting perceptions of autistic people in the workplace
  • acting as a catalyst for change by bringing neurodiversity education to client workforces

Our values

  • We put people first and cultivate our team spirit
  • We prize individual difference
  • We operate a commercially sustainable business
  • We change perceptions by delivering excellence

Autism is not a processing error,
it's a different operating system.

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Global Leadership Team

Garth Johnson

Garth Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Garth Johnson co-founded Canada’s first enterprise to deploy abilities of autistic individuals as technology consultants, Meticulon, in 2013. He became CEO of auticon Canada in 2019 after the acquisition of Meticulon’s technology consulting business by auticon GMBH. Garth has over 25 years’ experience supporting the growth of successful technology companies. Prior to starting Meticulon, Garth served as VP of Business and Community Development for iStockphoto, and President of Fotolia (Adobe Stock) North America before helping to bring both companies to successful exits.

Garth brings his professional passion for building sustainable, disruptive businesses to drive auticon Canada’s mission to create long-term, successful technology careers for autistic Canadians. Garth also serves as Vice President on the Board of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) and serves as Past Board Chair of Between Friends.

Ali Dussault

Ali Dussault (She/Her)

Director, Employment and Recruitment

Ali has been supporting the autistic community in home, academic, and employment settings for over 20 years. Prior to joining auticon, she served as Clinical Director at the Gold Centre and Manager of Services and Programs at ISAND. 

Beth Goswell

Beth Goswell (She/Her)

Employment Coordinator

Beth brings over 17 years professional experience working in and supporting the autistic community. Beth has worked with autistic individuals within the school system and community settings and brings a varied background to the company having trained as a nurse and midwife.

Jean-Julien Guyot

Jean-Julien Guyot

Employment Coordinator

Prior to joining auticon, Jean-Julien worked for 20 years as a marketing strategist holding management positions in large Canadian and international companies. Diagnosed with Asperger’s as an adult, Jean-Julien’s lived experience informs his coaching approach and enables him to understand challenges autistic individuals may encounter in the workplace.

Tonie Minhas

Tonie Minhas (She/Her)

Employment Coordinator

Tonie brings 10 years of experience from the public and private sectors where she worked with both businesses and historically marginalized communities to develop and implement inclusive and trauma-informed workplace solutions. Tonie’s background in adult education, as well as her lived experience as a neurodivergent and racialized woman, drive her passion for inclusion.

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George (She/Her)

Technical Director

Elizabeth brings over 10 years’ experience working in the IT industry and academia leading technical skill assessments, training, upskilling, and professional development of our employees. Prior to auticon, Elizabeth headed advanced computing training and employment activities at C-DAC and was a faculty member at the University of Mumbai.

Nikki Gore

Nikki Gore

Director, Marketing and Business Development

Nikki is a global marketing leader with over 25 years’ experience building high-performance business development and marketing teams for B2B technology companies. Prior to auticon, Nikki founded Siren Marketing, a strategic marketing consulting firm, and held senior roles at Baan Company, Microsoft, Critical Path, QuickPlay Media, InfoBright, and more.

Rachel Oldring

Rachel Oldring

Director, Finance

Rachel is a finance professional with over a decade of senior leadership experience. Her ability to provide financial clarity facilitates impactful business strategies. Rachel is the Practice Lead of Oldring Professional Corporation, an integrated business solutions firm. Prior to this and before joining auticon, Rachel worked with PwC, Husky and Tournigan Energy.

Gioia Anelli

Gioia Anelli

Finance and Operations

As a graduate of Champlain’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program, Gioia brings her varied skillset to support the auticon Canada operations team in numerous areas including finance, marketing, and administration.

Teresa VanLoon

Teresa Van Loon (She/Her)

HR and Administration

Teresa brings over 20 years’ experience in executive administration to the auticon Canada team. Prior to joining auticon, Teresa held roles in both the private and public sectors including real estate, politics and technology and has expanded her skills to include HR delivery.

International investors

"Businesses like auticon are true trailblazers!" - Sir Richard Branson

Investors include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group Ltd., Felix and Susanne Porsche, Ananda Impact Ventures, Ferd AS, Autism Impact Fund, and Ferst Capital Partners.

Our story

auticon was founded in Berlin in 2011 by a father wanting better employment opportunities for his autistic son. Autistic professionals were employed as quality assurance consultants, debugging Websites and applications. As Managing Director of a small investment firm, Kurt Schöffer was approached by Ananda Social Venture Fund, who invited him to partner in creating Germany’s first social impact fund. The fund’s first investment was in auticon, where Kurt served as an advisor on the fund’s behalf. For Kurt, this was an opportunity to apply his business acumen to solve the social issue of rising unemployment among autistic adults, who often possess STEM skills applicable in a range of technology careers. After three months as an advisor, Kurt accepted a role as auticon’s Group CEO, later developing its 6 German office locations and expanding into Paris and London. The company added major clients such as BMW and Allianz, and new technology consulting services.

In 2016, Sir Richard Branson’s investment brought international attention to the company as it expanded into Italy and Switzerland. In 2018 auticon acquired two North American autism employers: MindSpark in Los Angeles and Meticulon in Calgary, later adding clients such as Salesforce and Deloitte and surpassing 200+ autistic employees globally. In 2019, auticon opened in Australia with one of the island’s largest employers: Woolworths.

Today, the company operates as the world’s largest autistic-majority IT company, with approximately 400 employees in 8 countries, including 300 on the spectrum.

Land Acknowledgement

auticon Canada recognizes the unique relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories across Turtle Island. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we wish to acknowledge the traditional lands we operate on, now known as Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, and the stewards of these lands since time immemorial.

We honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, the traditional Treaty 7 territory of the Blackfoot confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations, and the Metis Nation (Region 3).

We also acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat peoples, and the traditional territories covered by Treaty 13 and the Williams Treaties.

Tiohtià:ke is the historic gathering place for many First Nations. We honour the historic and ongoing stewardship of these unceded territories by the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.

We also recognize and respect the cultural diversity that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people bring to all our cities and across Canada. We acknowledge that we are all treaty people and accept responsibility to honour all our relations.

Connect with one of our global offices

Australia

Level 35, Tower One Barangaroo Int. Towers Sydney, 100 Barangaroo Ave,
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Ph: +61 (0) 2 8046 3904

Email: info-aus@auticon.com

Canada

Suite 300, 3820 – 24th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 2X9, Canada
Tel +1 403-660-2819

Email: info@auticon.ca

France

38 Rue des Mathurins, 75008,
Paris, France
Tel +33 (0)1 77 93 25 42

Email: contact@auticonsult.fr

Germany

Baierbrunner Str. 15,
81379 München, Germany
Tel+49 89 20060680

Email: info@auticon.de

Italy

Via Antonio Stradivari, 4
(ang. Piazza Argentina) 20131 Milano, Italia
Tel +39 02 4770 9056

Email: info@auticon.it

Switzerland

Löwenstrasse 42, 8001
Zürich, Switzerland
Tel +41 44 597 77 71
Email: info@auticon.ch

United Kingdom

18 Crucifix Lane, London, England SE1 3JW
Tel +44 (0) 2032 9090 28

Email: info@auticon.co.uk

United States

21021 Ventura Blvd. Suite 220, 
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel +1 310 396-9292

Email: info@auticon.us

Announcements

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