Meet the team behind Wyvern.

Leadership

Chris Robson Wyvern Headshot

Chris Robson

CEO and Co-Founder

Callie Lissinna Wyvern Headshot

Callie Lissinna

COO and Co-Founder

Kristen Cote Wyvern Headshot

Kristen Cote

VP R&D and Co-Founder

Kurtis Broda Wyvern Headshot

Kurtis Broda

VP Product and Co-Founder

Christine Tovee Wyvern Headshot

Christine Tovee

CTO

Meghan Dear Wyvern Headshot

Meghan Dear

CGO

Adam Brown Wyvern Headshot

Adam Brown

Strategic Initiatives Lead

Chad Bryant Wyvern Headshot

Chad Bryant

Director of Data Applications

Ross Blakeney

Technology Program Manager

Alex Doknjas

Satellite Electrical Systems Specialist

Evan Giese Wyvern Headshot

Evan Giese

Software Developer

Taryn Haluza Wyvern Headshot

Taryn Haluza-Delay

Satellite Systems Lead

Dylan Hilman

Thermal Design Intern

Ellie Jones

Product Development Lead

Adam Keith Wyvern Headshot

Adam Keith

Strategy and Business Development

Scott MacPhee Wyvern Headshot

Scott MacPhee

Business Development Lead

David Miller Wyvern Headshot

David Miller

Mechanical Design Lead

Taylor Rice Wyvern Headshot

Taylor Rice

Operations & Finance Manager

Vincent Sauer Wyvern Headshot

Vincent Sauer

Director of Research Projects

Rebecca Nicole Wyvern Headshot

Rebecca Smyth

Communications Specialist

Ian Splinter Wyvern Headshot

Ian Splinter

Product Development Manager

Christ Stewart Headshot

Chris Stewart

Data Scientist

Harrison Thurgood Wyvern Headshot

Harrison Thurgood

Operations Coordinator

Daren Trinh

ECE Intern

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Ray Zhang

Senior Control Systems Developer

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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.

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.

Adam Brown

Strategic Initiatives Lead

Adam Brown was the former CEO at Nanolog Audio, where he oversaw the commercialization of Nanolog’s quantum semiconductor technology for audio and photosensor applications. During his time at Nanolog, he was recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for the NASA iTech Challenge and was a Top 30 finalist for the Korean Startup Grand Challenge. Prior to Nanolog, Adam was the drummer in Striker, a Juno winning band, where he helped build an international brand and bring Canadian music to the global stage. He received his MBA (’18) and BComm (’12) from the University of Alberta, and was recognized as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019. Most recently, Adam ran as a candidate in the 2021 Canadian election in Edmonton West and received his PMP certification.

Chad Bryant

Director of Data Applications

Chad has a PhD in Space Physics from the University of Calgary and was a post-doc and research associate at the University of Saskatchewan with the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies. He has worked for numerous companies in different industries and has 15+ years in the software development lifecycle in varying environments and 18+ years in data analysis including 8+ years in machine learning. He is familiar with satellite imagery from space in multi-spectral and UV in EOS as well as incorporating ground and other satellite data for measurement. He has 4 patents pending related to satellite imagery.

Ross Blakeney

Technology Program Manager

Ross brings extensive industry experience leading teams developing and building complex electromechanical and software systems to the Wyvern team.  His engineering and management work in organizations across the aerospace and defense sector includes significant contributions to many spaceflight systems on orbit today.  Ross maintains a strong focus on organizing complex programs and working collaboratively with teams to enable the achievement of challenging objectives. Ross has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University, has been registered as a Professional Engineer in Canada since 2002, and has been a Project Management Professional for over 15 years.

Alex Doknjas

Satellite Electrical Systems Specialist

Alexander Doknjas has four years of experience in small satellite design as the Optical Reference Calibration Satellite (ORCASat) Project Manager at University of Victoria Centre for Aerospace Research (UVic CfAR). Alexander led a team of students and full-time researchers to develop British Columbia’s first academic satellite. He has technical experience in small satellite power systems by developing, testing, and manufacturing the power electronics, battery pack, and solar array for the ORCASat satellite. Alexander developed a new battery pack for space flight with improved recharge efficiency at below freezing temperatures. The time spent outside managing the ORCASat project and designing electronics, Alexander developed the required CubeSat manufacturing, assembly, and testing facilities/processes at UVic CfAR. Alexander has a BEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Victoria.

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.

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.

Dylan Hilman

Thermal Design Intern

Dylan Hilman is currently in his final year of his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Previous co-op placements gave him hands-on project experience in the field working on gas and steam turbine outages. More recently, Dylan completed a research project in Thermal-Elastic Modeling of Large Parts at RWTH University in Germany. He is looking forward to learning from the experienced Wyvern team and being a part of this company.

Ellie Jones

Product Development Lead

Ellie has a background in artificial intelligence and upstream oil & gas.  She has a bachelors of mechanical engineering from Lakehead University, and a diploma of mechanical engineering technology from NSCC. Prior to joining Wyvern, Ellie worked on applied machine learning solutions for industry & government.  They are passionate about building beautiful, interactive dashboards and applications.  Outside of Wyvern, Ellie keeps busy with a gigantic greyhound and two cats in a tiny condo.

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.

Scott MacPhee

Business Development Lead

Scott has a varied academic background including an MBA from the University of Surrey (UK) and an MSc. Space Studies from the International Space University (FR). He has spent the last few years honing his business development skills working in the maritime domain, leading and winning multiple pursuits to support the development of artificial intelligence solutions using global space-based datasets. Scott has an inherent passion for all things “space”, and has many other areas of interest including robotics, AI, computer vision, electric vehicles, renewable energy, 3D printing and exoplanetary astronomy. He is excited by the potential of space-based Hyperspectral data and is thrilled to be involved in the company’s next phase of growth.

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Smyth

Communications Specialist

Rebecca Smyth is a University of Alberta alumni, holding a Bachelor of Commerce and Leadership Certificate from the Alberta School of Business. Majoring in marketing, she has ample experience in high level marketing roles in both B2B and B2C settings. At Wyvern, Rebecca is the Communications Specialist responsible for supporting the team with internal and external communications along with outward-facing marketing needs. Passionate about writing, she is beyond excited to play a small role in helping Wyvern achieve its mission of enabling a sustainable future for humanity through giving the company a voice.

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.

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.

Harrison Thurgood

Operations Coordinator

Prior to joining Wyvern, Harrison’s most recent project involved managing inventory on a fleet of mobile service vehicles. After completing his Parts Technician Red Seal designation, Harrison began post-secondary studies with a focus on Business Administration. During this time, Harrison began a small business providing bookkeeping services to commercial & non-profit organizations. He is passionate about music, learning all aspects of business and the environment. In his spare time, Harrison enjoys playing drums for a couple swing/jazz bands as well as continues his studies part-time.

Daren Trinh

ECE Intern

Daren Trinh is in his final year of a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He did his capstone project with TELUS, creating a website and algorithm to predict time of failures during outages at different plants. Recently, Daren has worked on a startup called MecSimCalc, which is a website that allows users to create web applications using only Python. He looks forward to learning new skills and being a part of the Wyvern team.

Ray Zhang

Senior Control System Developer

Ray completed a BASc in Mining Engineering and is currently finishing his MEng in Electrical Computer Engineering with a specialty in control systems. Ray’s area of interest lies in contributing to the next generation of autonomous systems for the benefit of society. Having worked in mining and construction, the disruptive effect of autonomous and remote equipment became apparent to him. As the adoption of automation becomes increasingly pervasive and the demands on these systems becomes more sophisticated, there is no shortage of interesting problems and areas of improvement to pursue.