Shane Spraggs | Virtira CEO

Shane Spraggs

Shane is an advocate for understanding “why.” He works with organizations to unlock the potential of their teams and is passionate about improving how people work.

As a leader in his community, he formed the 700-person Okanagan Product and Project Management group, which allows regional businesses to share project & product management, business strategy, and operations best practices. Shane also teaches and mentors project management at the local university.


Shane co-founded and was COO of Acro Media in 1998, a web development company that earned a Mid-Sized Company of the Year award from the local Chamber of Commerce in 2007. Later, with Disney Interactive, he oversaw studio operations, where he led teams to overcome the challenges of multi-studio software development through blending traditional project management and Agile.

He helped found Minga in 2016, serving as VP of Product. Minga is now a successful social platform across many Canadian schools. More recently, Shane worked as the Director of Operations at Komixstream, a startup bringing interactive comic books to the mobile platform.

In early 2020, Shane joined Virtira to challenge and scale its operational capabilities, strengthen team building and implement more robust Lean/Agile methodologies. As COO, he transformed all solution and practice areas, Operations, HR, IT, and the PMO. More recently, with his promotion to CEO, Shane’s vast experience in project management, entrepreneurship, and team leadership will allow Virtira to continue exploring new areas of growth and achieve results for customers and partners.

Shane lives in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia with his wife, two daughters, and two cats: Pancake and Bagel.

His first book with Forbes Books, The Power of Remote, is co-authored with Cynthia Watson.

The Power of Remote

With increased demand for hybrid and fully remote work styles, most firms understand that some form of distance work is here to stay – and have put some remote protocols in place. But are they the right ones?

It’s time to take advantage of the many opportunities remote work presents. Stop saying “we’re not there yet,” and start saying “we’ve arrived!”

This book will show you how.

“If you’re looking for a playbook to harness the power of remote work, look no further.”

Karin M. Reed

Speaker Dynamics CEO & award-winning author of Suddenly Virtual

“A brilliant read that drills down to the core of the challenges and opportunities of remote work.”

Ryan Fahey

Bestselling author of How To Thrive In Remote Working Environments

“A valuable nuts and bolts review of the remote work revolution that could become essential reading as the remote work trend dominates the future of work.”

Derek Gallimore

Bestselling author of Inside Outsourcing

“Offer tools and insights that will help expand your leadership toolkit to meet the changing needs and demands arising from this new world of work.”

Tanveer Naseer

Inc. 100 Leadership Speaker

“It contains context for the changes we’re going through, from people who’ve been there and done that.”

Wayne Turmel

Co-founder of the Remote Leadership Institute and co-author of the bestselling The Long-Distance Leader

“With so much misunderstanding around the shift from in-person to remote work, The Power of Remote comes at the perfect time – and with all the right information.”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times’ bestselling author of The Earned Life and other books

“The Power of Remote will give you the tools to navigate this new territory and create, support and manage a thriving remote team.”

Jason Vale

CEO Juice Master Ltd

“Drawing on rigorous research, relevant cases, and personal experiences, Cynthia and Shane offer insights, practices, and actions that enable remote work to work.”

Dave Ulrich

BusinessWeek’s #1 Management Educator

“A detailed roadmap for evolving into a high-performing virtual team.”

Lisette Sutherland

Author of award-winning Work Together Anywhere

“The best guide yet for those moving to a more remote operating model.”

Peter Cappelli

Author of bestselling The Future of the Office