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