Board of Directors

Charles Vidal

Charles Vidal emerged as a leader in the unmanned systems field in 2004 when he founded the highly successful UAS student competition team VAMUdeS, at Université de Sherbrooke. During his studies, he led the group, developed UAVs and won competitions worldwide. Today, Charles continues to play a significant leadership role in the unmanned systems sector. […]

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Derek Scott

Derek is the Vice President of Program Development for Provincial Aerospace and joined the Company in 1988, some 26 years ago after majoring in Computer Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland; a background which was used during his initial years to develop tactical data management systems for surveillance aircraft. During this tenure with the Company, […]

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Calvin Reich

Calvin Reich has been involved in aviation since 1992. After always dreaming of being a pilot, he decided to get his private pilots license and then went on to complete his commercial license as well as his float, multi engine and IFR ratings. He has worked with companies such as Harbour Air Seaplanes, Alta flights […]

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Frédérique Pivot

Frédérique Pivot (http://everywhere.athabascau.ca/pivot/) grew up in France, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Since her early childhood, she dedicated great passion for the Polar region, which largely influenced her coming to Canada and career choice as a remote sensing of snow scientist. Dr. Pivot is a tenured Assistant Professor of physical geography and remote […]

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Siu O’Young

Dr. Siu O’Young is the President of Seamatica Aerospace Limited in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Seamatica develops detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems to enable beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) missions for unmanned aircraft. He pioneered BVLOS flights over sparse airspace in 2007, participated in harsh-environment operations including the North Atlantic and the Canadian high Arctic, and have conducted 5+ […]

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Alexander Harmsen

The last few years have seen Alexander Harmsen go from being the first programmer at Matternet, Silicon Valley’s medical drone package delivery start-up, to working for Airbus in Germany, MDA in Vancouver, Defence Research & Development Canada in Quebec and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Los Angeles. Fascinated by the intersections of aerial robotics, autonomous […]

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Diana Marina Cooper

Diana has recently joined PrecisionHawk as the Senior Director, Legal and Policy Affairs. Previously, she led the UAS & Robotics Practice Group at LaBarge Weinstein, a Canadian law firm specializing in the technology sector. Her practice there involved assisting clients in the UAS ecosystem including hardware manufacturers, software developers and service providers in navigating the […]

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Curtis Parks

Curtis Parks is the General Manager of the Geomatics division for Rocky Mountain Equipment Canada Ltd, RME Geomatics.  He is a Professional Engineer in Ontario with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.  In 2011, after experience working at Defence R&D Canada, an agency of the Department of National Defence, […]

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Pierre Peppin

Vice President Sales & Marketing, I have been in the unmanned system industry for 12 years. Prior to that, I had a 34 year career with Kodak Canada, retiring as Sales Manager, Easter Canada. I have been flying since 1966 and hold both aircraft and glider licenses. I was active with the Soaring Association of […]

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Barrie Kirk

Barrie Kirk is the Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE), and has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., including senior management positions in Ottawa-area companies. He has been a consultant since 1982. His projects over the last few years have focused on autonomous vehicles, […]

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Kristopher Ellis

Mr. Ellis received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in 1997,and since then has been working as a Research Officer at the National Research Council’s (NRC) Flight Research Laboratory. His areas of specialization include flight controls automation and handling qualities, as well as ‘sense and avoid’ for unmanned aircraft (and other airspace integration […]

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Mark Aruja

Mark Aruja has diverse experience in defence, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector spanning over 40 years, characterized by leading change. His boyhood dreams of flying were fulfilled with a 32 year aviation career in the Canadian Armed Forces ending with a number of senior appointments including Wing Commander. His first transformational change opportunity came […]

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Paul Bennett

For 21 years Paul has been working in emerging technology integration for large enterprises in the mining, oil and gas, agriculture, and telecommunications sectors since 1995 with a focus on solving business problems with next generation solutions. With his experience and education in this area, he is armed with a strong toolset in planning, development, […]

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