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Where it all began​

After launching Ex-Alta 1, the first “made-in-Alberta” satellite, as students at the University of Alberta, Wyvern’s co-founders Chris, Kristen, and Callie were hard-set on bringing the space industry to Alberta.

Once Kurtis joined, the team was set to take on the world.

The Ex-Alta 1 satellite, developed by the AlbertaSat team at the University of Alberta. Image credit: Andy Kale and the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.

Our Vision

Provide actionable intelligence from space anywhere in the solar system to enable a sustainable future for humanity.

Meet the team behind Wyvern

Chris Robson​

CEO and Co-Founder

Callie Lissinna

COO and Co-Founder

Kristen Cote

VP R&D and Co-Founder

Kurtis Broda

VP Product and Co-Founder

Christine Tovee

CTO

Vincent Sauer

R&D Scientist

Taryn Haluza-Delay

Satellite Systems Lead

David Miller

Mechanical Design E.I.T

Pundeep Hundal

Mechanical Engineering Co-op Student

Evan Giese

Software Developer

Chris Stewart

Data Scientist

Taylor Rice

Operations & Finance Manager

Ian Splinter

Product Development Manager

Adam Keith

Strategy and Business Development

Meghan Dear

CGO

Advisors

Stephane Germain

President, GHGSat

Doug Sinclair

CEO/Founder, Sinclair Interplanetary

Dr. Mike Lipsett

Professor at University of Alberta

Dr. Benoit Rivard

Professor at University of Alberta

Will Zaichkowski​

Angel Investor

Arden Tse

Investment Manager, Yaletown Partners

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Chris Robson

CEO

Captains the [space] ship. MSc in orbital design and analysis, former AlbertaSat Project Manager, an expert in all things mechanical.

Callie Lissinna

COO and Co-Founder

Nearly 6 years of experience working on four different satellites at the University of Alberta. People-oriented; background in mechanical engineering and math. In the evenings she teaches jazz and ballet classes for competitive dancers.

Kristen Cote

VP R&D and Co-Founder

Kristen has 7+ years of experience with conceptualization, detailed design, and characterization of optical payloads for space, ranging from laser-based spectroscopy for planetary science, to imaging cameras for Earth observation, to optical atomic clocks for space-based gravitational wave detection. At Wyvern she oversees the development of our in-lab deployable optics prototype. At the same time she is working towards her PhD in physics at the University of Toronto as a Vanier Scholar. 

Kurtis Broda

VP Product and Co-Founder

Kurtis Broda is VP Product and co-founder of Wyvern. Previously, he was a systems engineer at General Dynamics. Kurtis holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering where developed a new way of measuring compounds that influence global climate change.

Christine Tovee

CTO

Christine Tovee has over 15 years in the aerospace and defence sectors both in Europe and North America. Her experience spans engineering management as well as research and development projects and at Airbus Group, she held the position of Chief Technology Officer for the North American division.

Vincent Sauer

R&D Scientist

Dr. Vincent Sauer received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has over 10 years experience in the fields of optics, nanophotonics, and nano-electromechanical systems. He likes to run, and as a result has an unhealthy knowledge about running shoes.

Taryn Haluza-Delay

Satellite Systems Lead

BSc. in Engineering Physics. 4 years as a Systems Engineer with the student group AlbertaSat. Rock climbs and plays competitive Ultimate Frisbee when not designing space hardware.

David Miller

Mechanical Design Engineer

David has 5 years of experience with complex mechanical design and prototyping. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering for designing Stirling engines for Alberta’s geothermal industry. David is always striving to learn more and share his experience by teaching and mentoring in mechanical design and manufacturing. After work, David is in the woods or woodworking.

Pundeep Hundal

Mechanical Engineering - Co-op Student

Pundeep Hundal has finished 2-year of his BSc.-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has 4-years of management experience having worked in the fast food industry as a supervisor. He has a deep rooted interest in space, particularly satellites and launch vehicles. His interest in space as well as his drive to learn led him to join AlbertaSat students project group at the University of Alberta. There, some of his duties include orbital operations, defining satellite properties, testing of ADCS Unit as well as administrative and educational outreach tasks. Pundeep plans to leverage his experience from AlbertaSat and Wyvern towards an eventual career in the aerospace industry.”

Evan Giese

Software Developer

Evan is a business student turned developer after discovering a genuine passion for computer science and science in general. He has received 2 degrees from MacEwan University, one in Accounting/Finance, and another in Computer Science/Economics. Evan was drawn into AlbertaSat by an insatiable curiosity and a passion to build cool things. What is cooler than space? Evan has spent many years reviewing designs, and writing software for Ex-Alta 2, including but not limited to, implementing a CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems) compliant File Delivery Protocol. After being hired as a senior software engineer out of school, evan is genuinely excited to face new and exciting challenges engineering for space.

Chris Stewart

Data Engineer and Data Scientist

Industrial Engineer with a Masters in Clinical Engineering where he worked on data from smart distributed medical devices. Chris has experience spanning the Aerospace, Manufacturing & Healthcare fields and loves diving into all things data. In his spare time he enjoys sailing and the outdoors.

Taylor Rice

Operations & Finance Manager

Taylor has 4 years of experience in corporate accounting, including an internship in public practice (audit). They hold a BComm, Accounting from the University of Alberta, and wrote the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) CFE in September 2021, with designation expected in Spring 2022 after completing the practical experience requirements. They are interested in environmental sustainability and enjoy taking random online courses outside of work.

Ian Splinter

Product Development Manager

Prior to joining Wyvern, Ian Splinter was the CEO of Cocoaburra Chocolates, a company he co-founded that specialized in producing fully custom 3D chocolates. In his free time, he is an avid rock climber and wood carver.

Adam Keith

Strategy and Business Development

Adam Keith brings over 20 years experience in the downstream Earth observation business, working with government, industry and the investment community along the value-chain.

Meghan Dear

Chief Growth Officer

Meghan brings a 20-year career in business and agriculture data commercialization to the Wyvern team. Meghan has worked across the agriculture system from research to product commercialization, as well as fundraising and governance in the industry. Meghan is the previous founder and CEO of Localize. Meghan has been an honouree for North 51’s Woman of Impact in Geospatial Innovation, recognized as a Top 40 Under 40, recipient of NACO’s Most Promising Startup award, winner of the Alberta TEC Venture Prize, received the 2016 AWE Emerging Innovator Award (Alberta), and the 2015 Star Woman of Grocery. Meghan is a Professional Biologist and former soldier (15 Field Ambulance Edmonton, 2001-2008) and her career has developed around agriculture across the world, including in Ghana, Burkina Faso, the United States, and at her home base of Alberta, Canada.