Leadership

Ash Agarwal
Chief Executive Officer

Ash serves as the President and CEO of Symboticware, a premier Industrial IoT company that has been serving the natural resource industries for over a decade. Symboticware leverages intelligence as its operating system to amplify the performance of mobile assets and personnel. Before Symboticware, Ash constructed and scaled Uptake’s mining business from the ground up, establishing one of the earliest AI-enabled Asset Performance Management software solutions for the resource industry.

With his broad experience spanning process plant operations, strategic planning, start-ups, and digital technologies, Ash has advised numerous C-level executives in the mining and manufacturing sectors on optimal digital transformation practices for their organizations over the past several years.

Ash earned his master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he mentored several start-ups on business planning, product-market fit, and public speaking. He is also a guest faculty member at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Lucinda Reynolds
Director of Product

Lucy is the Director of Product at Symboticware. With over 40 years of experience, she has extensive knowledge of machine operations and failures.  Before joining Symboticware, Lucy was a Reliability Engineering Manager at Uptake. She also held roles at Exelon, gaining significant experience in preventative maintenance coordination.

Lucy began her career in the US Navy, serving as an Engineering Watch Supervisor onboard a nuclear submarine.

She completed her studies at the US Navy Nuclear Power School and holds the Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional designation.

Saikat Prabhakar
Senior Director of Engineering

With over 19 years of experience across domains such as telecom, data-com, core networking and big data, Saikat is leading Symboticware’s Software and Data Platform teams.

Before joining Symboticware, he was a Director of Engineering at Guavas (a Thales company), working towards delivering their big data products across major telecom vendors globally. He started his career as a software engineer at Infosys and worked in various roles at leading software companies.

Saikat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Comm Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur. During his career, he has been speaking extensively across tech conferences.

Ajaypal Sandhu
Product Manager Hardware

Ajaypal is an experienced Embedded Systems Design Engineer with a track record spanning over a decade in product development. His expertise encompasses cutting-edge hardware and firmware. Ajaypal has a strong history of successfully delivering world-class products to diverse customers in the communication, consumer, and automotive industries.

Before joining Symboticware, Ajaypal was a Senior Embedded Developer at an IIoT company. In addition, he held the role of a Hardware Design Engineer, contributing to the design of the next-generation ePaper based digital writing device.

Ajaypal received his Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor. He also holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Guru Nanak Dev University in India.

Maria McNeil
Director of Product Firmware

Maria is a seasoned software development manager with an accomplished track record in the mining technology sector. Prior to joining Symboticware, Maria served in various capacities within technology firms, focusing on software for both long-range and short-range planning optimization. She also has considerable experience leading equipment telemetry development, overseeing the design, development, testing, and maintenance of diverse software projects.

Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Laurentian University.

Bashir Chalabi
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Bashir serves as the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Symboticware. Prior to joining the company, he was vital in designing a Natural Resources Canada-backed energy efficiency benchmarking program for the mining industry. Before that, as a consultant with public affairs firms, including Hill & Knowlton, he led successful initiatives for clients such as Duracell, Tetra Pak and Kinross Gold, achieving reputational growth and recognition for environmental transparency.

Bashir holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the State and Law Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Amit Patel
Senior Project Manager

Amit is the Senior Project Manager at Symboticware, where he applies his extensive experience in the telecom and IoT industry to manage high-priority projects. His background includes working for a major telemetry company, where he managed projects for large construction, rail, and oil & gas companies. Prior to joining Symboticware, he filled project management roles at leading tech companies such as Rogers Communications and IBM.

Amit holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto and a Project Management Certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Board of Directors

Kirk Petroski
Founder, Chairman of The Board

Kirk’s journey in the mining industry began in 1993 as a Field Technician for Falconbridge Exploration. Progressing with technological advancements, he founded ERE Services in 1996, introducing GPS surveying to Northern Ontario’s exploration landscape. After completing his MBA cum laude from Laurentian University in 1999, Kirk cemented his network within the Sudbury basin by offering technical services to the mining supply sector starting in 2001.

In 2008, he co-founded Symboticware, envisioning an open wireless platform that connects to mobile assets, facilitating real-time data flow and reporting on safety, production, and maintenance for informed decision-making. This innovation has since been commercialized in Canada, the USA, and Latin America, both directly and through an expanding network of high-profile global partners.

Besides being a founding contributor, past Director, Treasurer, and President of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association, Kirk contributes to the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group. He frequently speaks at community-based events promoting technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Additionally, Kirk served as a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Sudbury.

Ash Agarwal
CEO, Symboticware

Ash serves as the President and CEO of Symboticware, a premier Industrial IoT company that has been serving the natural resource industries for over a decade. Symboticware leverages intelligence as its operating system to amplify the performance of mobile assets and personnel. Before Symboticware, Ash constructed and scaled Uptake’s mining business from the ground up, establishing one of the earliest AI-enabled Asset Performance Management software solutions for the resource industry.

With his broad experience spanning process plant operations, strategic planning, start-ups, and digital technologies, Ash has advised numerous C-level executives in the mining and manufacturing sectors on optimal digital transformation practices for their organizations over the past several years.

Ash earned his master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he mentored several start-ups on business planning, product-market fit, and public speaking. He is also a guest faculty member at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Kurtis McBride
CEO, Miovision

In 2005 Curtis co-founded Miovision, a rapidly growing company based in Kitchener that uses computer vision, AI, and advanced modeling to assist cities in modernizing their traffic management strategies, making roads safer and more efficient. Curtis is a serial entrepreneur who, during Miovision’s expansion, realized the necessity for superior tools to help innovative companies scale their startup culture. To commercialize the organizational software tools developed for Miovision’s growth, he co-founded Meddo.

As Miovision grew, the need for a larger space emerged. In response to the team’s desire for a location close to downtown, trails, transit, and parking, Curtis co-founded Catalyst137 when an appropriate space was unavailable. Catalyst137 transformed a former tire warehouse into a 475,000-square-foot space that brings innovative companies together with the services they need to flourish.

Curtis graduated from the University of Waterloo, where he earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Design in 2004, and his Master of Engineering in Systems Design in 2007.

Board of Advisors

Peter Bryant
Board Chair, Clareo

Peter Bryant is the Board Chair of Clareo, a firm that provides expert advice to the mining and energy sectors, and Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Development Partner Institute, a nonprofit focused on improved social, economic, and environmental outcomes for communities from resource development projects. He sits on the Board of Advisors for two leading VC Funds, Chrysalix and Foundamental, along with various emerging tech companies, including Lilac Solutions, Symboticware, and Safe.AI. In addition, he has served on the Innovation Councils for multiple mining and energy companies.

He has advised many leading companies around the world, including Anglo American, BHP, Rio Tinto, Teck Resources, JCI, BP, GE O&G, Baker Hughes, Castrol, Edison International, and Goldcorp. He is an invited participant in the joint Rockefeller Foundation and Brookings Institute 17 Rooms program, focused on accelerating the 17 UN-established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also a regular advisor and participant at the Future Mineral Forum’s Ministerial Roundtable. Peter co-authored The Growth Champions –The Battle for Sustained Innovation Leadership, published in 2012.

Peter’s opinion pieces have been published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology, Mining Global, and Chief Executive, and he is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal. He has also been interviewed by Bloomberg and CNBC Arabia.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a CA from the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a co-founder of The World Innovation Network (formerly The Kellogg Innovation Network).

John Carpenter
Independent Consultant

John Carpenter is a turnaround leader and builder of successful business entities, with a 33-year global track record in delivering new and sustainable revenue and business models at Caterpillar. John joined Caterpillar in 1984 and, over the course of his career, held a variety of executive positions within the company, including international postings in Chile and Singapore. His last position was Director of Digital & Technology at Caterpillar, leading the global construction industry’s digital transformation.

John graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and completed the Northwestern University-Kellogg Advanced Executive Program in 2000. He holds an advisory board position with Tada Cognitive Solutions and Freshwater Advisors. John also holds charitable board positions with the Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club and Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation of South Carolina.

Matthew Pickard
Independent Consultant

Matthew Pickard is a Professional Geoscientist with over 20 years of experience in Environmental & Social Governance within the Canadian mining industry. Matthew holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration, both from Laurentian University. He also retains the designations of certified Environmental Practitioner, Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and Professional Geoscientist. During his career Matthew has spent time advancing safety, environment and indigenous relations within Falconbridge, De Beers Canada, Baffinland Iron Mines and Sabina Gold and Silver, most recently as its Vice President, Environment & Sustainability. He also sits on the board of the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and is a previous board member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.

Anna Christine Sgro
President, Reesink Canada Holdings

Senior Executive Leader with 25+ years of expertise in domestic and international marketplaces. An effective facilitator and builder of world-class teams with a specialty in both start-up and scaled growth technology and product management. Proven networking skills, building fruitful partnerships with hundreds of clients and delivering multimillion-dollar bottom-line growth.

Board Member of the Canadian Association of Equipment Distribution (CAED), Board Member of ORBA, and Board Member of Holy Trinity School. Keynote Speaker at various Universities for Women in Business and Women in Construction groups. Honored with the 2018 Premier Global Award – Silver Stevie Award Winner in the Female Executive of the Year category at the Women in Business Awards celebration held in New York City.

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