Mike Steckel, born in 1963, emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1981 and became a Canadian citizen. After completing his training as a Technical Engineer, he worked as a senior developer at Krämer + Grebe, Kitchener, Ontario. There he developed since 1987 the first programs for IT-based systems for automatic packaging of e.g. Sausages, fruits etc. The intensive cooperation with various companies from this environment encouraged him in 1990 to found STECKSOFT systems. The collaboration with the packaging specialist Handtmann resulted in many orders, which led among other things to operations in the USA, in Brazil and also in Germany.