Philip Reece


President and CEO

With a background of tech start-up and commercial aviation, the world of unmanned aerial systems was a logical one for Philip Reece, the founder of InDro Robotics. Fresh from the world of commercial general aviation, as the CEO of a seaplane airline flying 16 flights a day with a fleet of De Havilland DhC-2 "Beavers", Philip noticed many of the industry flights for clients in construction, mining, forestry and wildlife could be carried out by UAVs. From there it was a matter of finding the smartest people in the industry and building up a team that could set about bringing the professionalism of commercial aviation to the burgeoning world of "drones".

Prior to his role in aviation, Philip started and successfully built companies in IT, oil & gas and control and instrumentation taking him from one end of the world to the other, opening offices in London, Houston, Toronto and satellite offices in many locations ending in 'stan. Now primarily based at the R&D office on Salt Spring Island, BC he still gets to travel to far flung places when servicing the humanitarian aid clients that InDro Robotics works with, recently completing work in Haiti and Nepal.


George Peat


Director

George joins InDro Robotics with extensive start-up experience, in Canada and abroad, from inception to ongoing operations to project development. George is a professional engineer (retired) with experience in the refining and petrochemical sectors in Canada, the Far East, Europe and the former Soviet Union. He served as general manager for a large engineering company in the Middle East. George sits on the University of British Columbia Chemical/Biological Engineering Industry Advisory Council, the advisory board of SG Biofuels, a developer of renewable biofuels in Latin America and South America, and is a board member of SaltSpring Air, Allied BioScience and St. George’s School Foundation.


Matt Stambaugh


Vice President, UAV Operations

Focusing on the commercial deployment of unmanned-based services, Matt Stambaugh comes to InDro Robotics after successfully launching a western Canadian-based unmanned services company with clients in construction, agriculture, aggregates, and land development. Prior to his role in unmanned services, he enjoyed a ten-year career in information technology, fulfilling multiple technical and managerial roles from deployment engineer to architect and project manager for some of the largest private and public organizations in Canada. As well, he served as a science and technology columnist for over 8 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), appearing on both syndicated radio and national television programs regularly.

In order to further his education in remote sensing, Matt is completing a Masters of GIS (and Remote Sensing) program at the University of Calgary. His research has focused on developing new methods of analyzing the unique datasets available via unmanned systems - as well as combining satellite, manned aerial, and unmanned-based information to leverage recent developments in robotics, remote sensing, and big data analysis in solving business challenges.


Nigel Fisher


Senior Advisor

In his position, Nigel is focused on the development of partnerships within the Canadian and international humanitarian aid organizations. Nigel has more than three decades of experience in international development and crisis response in more than a dozen countries on four continents. Nigel has served with the United Nations, including several posts at the assistant secretary-general level, most recently as Regional UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. He also served for five years as president and CEO of UNICEF Canada. Widely recognized as a Canadian humanitarian, Nigel has received numerous awards and honours, including the Order of Canada (Officer), the Meritorious Service Cross, the Order of Ontario, the Pearson Peace Medal, the Canadian Medical Association Medal of Honour, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater, McMaster University.


Bob Kobierski, M.Eng.


Engineering Manager

Bob Kobierski joined InDro Robotics in the summer of 2014 and initially worked as a Senior Design Specialist completing Human Factors Engineering work items. With the expansion of the company to include an engineering staff, Bob Kobierski took on the role of Engineering Manager and instituted formal engineering processes to the design efforts.

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Prior to Mr. Kobierski's work at InDro Robotics he served as a Senior Design Specialist within the Esterline CMC Human Factors Engineering (HFE) Group since its inception and has a highly successful track record in the following areas: project management, experimental flight testing and evaluation, experimental design / statistical analysis, and flying operations (Naval and T&E), in addition to having a military career as a helicopter test pilot.


Geoff Mullins, Ph.D.


Systems Engineer

Geoff Mullins received a B.A.Sc. degree in engineering physics in 2001 from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and an M.A.Sc degree in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2003. He received his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2010. From 2001 to 2003 Dr. Mullins worked on High Temperature Superconductivity at the University of British Columbia. While in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University he switched fields to underwater acoustics where his doctoral thesis examined bottom estimation using multi-angle swath bathymetry sonar.

After leaving Simon Fraser University, he consulted for government, academia and industry organizations in a number of water based multidisciplinary projects including fisheries research, bathymetry data acquisition and GIS processing for the mining and forestry sectors. In joining InDro, Dr. Mullins hopes to create new automated technology solutions that will improve safety, and help clients expand their ability to remotely map in regions both above and below the water's surface.


Thomas Elliot, Ph.D., P.Geo, A.Ag.


Senior Consultant

The strong geoscience and engineering project experience that Thomas brings to InDro Robotics comes from 14 years of applied academic and consultant services. Originally consulting in hydrology and ecologic restoration, Thomas found that ground and airborne imagery was a valuable tool for both monitoring and evaluation. This opportunity had Thomas develop a capacity through advanced remote sensing, digital image analysis, neural networks and high-capacity computing for resolving multi-dimensional data structures. By applying his remote-sensing and image analysis toolkit, Thomas found use-cases in soil and geologic sciences, biomedical imaging and material engineering. The promising use of remote sensing data saw Thomas develop new approaches to assessing agricultural operations, urban microclimate (aka Heat Islands), thermal efficiency of building envelopes, and engineered material inspection services.

Recently, Thomas has been a practicing hydrogeologist (Professional Geoscientist) and agrologist (Articling Agrologist) whereby he has direct experience with data requirements of both operators and regulators across a diverse range of industry and commercial setors. With InDro Robotics, Thomas has been including UAV use-cases in a wide range of applications in order to establish industry standards and performance metrics that ensure a reliable, repeatable and auditable product is delivered from drone-based platforms.


Brian Badesso


Unmanned Systems Engineer

Brian is a recent graduate of UBC’s Engineering Physics program: a five-year, multi-disciplinary engineering program with an added emphasis on physics and mathematics, notorious for being one of most difficult undergraduate programs at the school. Through technical coursework and co-op work placements at organizations including the BC Cancer Research Centre, MDA, Recon Instruments, and TRIUMF, Brian has developed a varied skill set in electrical design & analysis, mechanical modelling & prototyping, and software/firmware development. Brian has an entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for learning new skills and tackling new and exciting problems.

Now a pilot-in-training himself, Brian is drawn to the UAV industry for its fast pace, varied hands-on work, and ever-increasing opportunities for innovation.


Troy Newton


Software Engineer

Troy Newton is a software systems professional with extensive background in systems integration with an emphasis on helping Fortune 100 companies integrate disparate and distributed systems. Having graduated from SFU with a major focus on remote sensing, he is excited about building innovative software systems at InDro Robotics.
Prior to joining InDro, he enjoyed an entrepreneurial role in the electro-mechanical field. In joining InDro he looks forward to the development of complete UAV systems and the exciting opportunities for providing business and social solutions.


Liam Johnston, B.A.Sc.


Unmanned Systems Engineer

Liam Johnston received his B.A.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, graduating from their Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering program. While at university, Liam was exposed to a spectrum of cutting edge autonomous marine vehicles ranging from deep diving submersibles to iceberg chasing surface craft. Motivated by their potential, Liam tailored his skill set to the development of autonomous surface craft, leading him to becoming team captain of Memorial's Autonomous Sailing team. A such, Liam oversaw the construction and deployment of the team's first vessel to operate autonomously.

As part of the Indro Robotics team, Liam works on systems integration of both aerial and marine drones, currently focusing on the development of a quick-deploy marine surface craft.


David Charlton


Unmanned Systems Technician

David has a wealth of experience in the field of multi-rotor aircraft design, construction, and flight. Originally a FPV aerobatics pilot, David has built, flown and rebuilt more high speed racing drones than he can remember. This constant building, testing and maintaining UAVs of all shapes and sizes keeps his knowledge at the cutting edge of the industry on both the hobby and commercial side. His lifelong passion for electronics and engineering led him to his current job at InDro Robotics where he plays a key role in piloting missions and keeping the UAV fleet running smoothly.


Brad Billwiller


Unmanned Systems Technician

Brad has recently graduated from the Electronics Engineering Technologies program at Okanagan College in Kelowna, specializing in analog control theory and automation. He likes to apply his electronics education to previously worked industries by designing projects such as a Twitter enabled plant monitoring system and an automated meat smoker system. When Brad is not tinkering with his own projects he is often helping his younger brother take apart things around the house or out exploring the coastal scenery with camera in hand.


Greg Galloway, B.Sc.


Business Development

Greg is a geologist and financial analyst. Greg received his B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Alberta in 2010 and has completed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program (CFA). In addition to Greg’s four and a half years progressive experience as an exploration geologist and consulting experience as a business analyst, he has strong interests in agriculture, remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicles. Greg’s work with the InDro Robotics team is focused on assessing and developing market opportunities, connecting with end users to understand their requirements and how these requirements can be translated into InDro services, establishing service standards and metrics, and developing use-cases for UAV market entry and growth.


Mark Shumski


Remote Sensing Specialist

Mark comes to InDro Robotics with a rich knowledge of archaeology, earth sciences, and geospatial technologies. He is currently completing his Masters of GIS at the University of Calgary with interests revolving around modeling glacio-fluvial processes in braided river beds, and creating an automated approach for shape analysis of river cobbles. When Mark manages to get some free time he can usually be found doing something mischievous or learning a new obscure skill, such as clock making, lock picking, wood turning, or straight razor restoration, in order to remove himself from the burden of technology.


Terry Currell


UAV Pilot

Terry Curell, semi-retired pilot after flying helicopters on the BC coast, Yukon, Spain and the Persian Gulf, isn’t quite ready to stop flying altogether. Terry has embraced UAVs as an exciting new challenge and eager to share his experience.


Jonathan King


Jr. Autonomous Systems Engineer

Jonathan is a third-year electrical engineering student from the University of British Columbia. Jonathan is engaged in developing the electrical and communication systems of the TALOS ASV, allowing him to apply his strong interest in PCB design and firmware development. In his free time, he often goes hiking and loves spending time in the outdoors.


Kate Mason


Jr. Autonomous Systems Engineer

Kate is a third-year Integrated Engineering student at the University of British Columbia specializing in mechanical and electrical engineering. Her multidisciplinary skillset has been gained through many hands-on electro-mechanical projects in school, such as an automatic shifting bike and bionic hand using shape memory alloys. As part of the UAV team, Kate works on the research and development of payload integration for the aerial vehicles.


Aaron Elsser


Jr. Autonomous Systems Engineer

Aaron is a second-year software engineering student at the University of Victoria. Aaron has always been a RC enthusiast, recently completing several design projects at UVic that sparked his interest in autonomous software development. Outside of programming, Aaron enjoys playing sports, tinkering on his car and exploring beautiful BC.


Sam Swerhone


Jr. Autonomous Systems Engineer

Sam hails from Portland, Oregon, entering his final year at Simon Fraser University. He studies Systems Engineering with a minor Computing Science. His program has emphasized robotics and digital design, with coursework involving FPGAs and other programmable logic devices- all of which will be applied while working with InDro Robotics. Sam recently completed his senior year with the SFU Clansmen football team. He enjoys fishing, reading, and working on electronics projects in his spare time.