aiRadar

Meet Our People

Peter Fox, Founder, President & CEO, Chief Technical Officer

Peter Fox received his Ph.D. Electronic Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1986, with a thesis on Electronically Focused Multiple Beam Side Scan Sonar. He took a position as Chief Engineer at Klein Associates in New Hampshire, United States, one of the leading Side Scan Sonar companies. After moving to Canada, he worked for Kongsberg Maritime as Engineering Manager, Product Manager Offshore and Naval Products and Senior Design Engineer. With MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) he worked to define the requirements of the Multibeam Dynamically Focused Side Scan Sonar for the Canadian Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel (MCDV) programme. In 1998, while at MDA he was appointed Principal Engineer and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Payload Lead Engineer on the RADARSAT-2 Mission, responsible for technical leadership in all aspects of the payload. In 2008, after the successful launch into space and commissioning of Radarsat-2, he returned to the underwater world of Kongsberg Maritime, where he architected and developed the M3 Sonar, which remains the gold standard of image quality in its class. In 2013, Peter joined UrtheCast as VP SAR. In 2018, he founded aiRadar, building a team with extensive experience in mmWave and cmWave active imaging to advance the commercial and military use of extremely compact, high resolution Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) mmWave radar.

Terry Doyle, VP Sales​

From 1958 to 1985, Terry was a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Air Navigator. His last tour was as Commanding Officer 404 Squadron in Greenwood, NS. Following that, between 1985 and 1991 Terry was Sales Manager at three defence companies. He jointed MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in 1991 and worked as Director Defence Sales until 2016. During that period, he booked sales of more than $1.2 billion, including the CP 140 Imaging Radar System and the Department of National Defence (DND) contribution to the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). In 2016, he joined Honeybadger Inc. as VP Sales, and aiRadar in 2023 in the same position. Terry as a BSc Honours Physics from St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS.

Gerald Prosalendis, VP Corporate Development​

Gerald has worked as a financial market analyst, corporate advisor, general manager, financial editor and as an officer and director of a number of Canadian companies, including as President and CEO for one. While he was VP Corporate Development at two publicly-traded companies, Dia Met Minerals and Western Silver, they were sold to multinationals collectively for more than $2 billion. Gerald has been engaged in a range of industries including mineral exploration, biotechnology, media and alternative energy, where he has helped develop and implement strategy; identify opportunities for growth, including mergers and acquisitions; negotiate joint ventures and partnerships; facilitate corporate financings; and, build profiles in the investment community. He is President of Swordfern Strategic Counsel Inc., a private company that advises executives, officers and Boards of Directors on strategic, corporate development and communications issues.

Michael Grigorian, Chief Operating Officer​

Michael graduated from Imperial College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and went on to attain a master’s degree from University College London in Spacecraft Technology. He pursued a career in the space industry starting at Airbus, designing and testing communication payloads in the UK and France, and then MDA Space in Canada where his engineering role evolved into project management. He progressed to managing complex, multi-disciplinary engineering programs at UrtheCast and Space Alpha Insights before taking a senior position at aiRadar Inc. where he is involved in engineering management, company operations, supply chain management and business strategy. Michael is active in youth soccer, coaching on the field as well as being a member of the Board of Directors of Marpole Soccer Club.

Philip Murphy

Philip Murphy, VP Government Relations

Philip began his professional life as a futures and options trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 2002, the new Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Harper, hired Philip as Deputy Chief of Staff. Philip was promoted to Chief of Staff in 2003. As Chief of Staff, Philip assisted Mr. Harper in merging the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties, then acted as Deputy Campaign Manager of the 2004 federal election campaign. In 2005, Philip joined MDA Corporation as Vice-President of Government Affairs. He guided MDA in successfully advancing the RCM satellite program and Canada’s marquee space robotics program, Canadarm 1 and 2. In 2016, Philip founded Honeybadger Strategy Corporation, an Ottawa-based public affairs, consultant lobbyist company. Philip is active in his local community. In addition to being a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, he was a founding member of the University of Ottawa Kidney Research Centre. He is also a founding Member of the Canadian Transplant Games Association and a past member of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Born and raised in Ottawa, Philip received his bachelor of arts from Carleton University and his MBA at the University of Ottawa.

Bernhard Rabus

Bernhard Rabus, SAR consultant, Professor of the School of Engineering Sciences, SFU SAR Lab

Dr. Rabus’s research program as NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Synthetic Aperture Radar at SFU’s School of Engineering is deeply involved with its industry partners, MDA Systems Ltd., aiRadar Inc., and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). MDA, aiRadar and CSA co-fund the Chair and School of Engineering Science, also providing access to their research network as in-kind support. The goals of the NSERC Alliance research program aligns strongly with the objectives and strategic priorities of the CSA and the development of STEM in the field of advanced engineering and SAR. Dr. Rabus’ research interests include SAR methods and applications with a focus on maritime applications, and novel land applications using advanced interferometric and polarimetric time series analysis techniques. Dr. Rabus has a Ph.D. Geophysics, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and an M.Sc., Physics, from the Technical University of Munich

Tim Bartoo

Tim Bartoo, Principal software engineer, Chief Philosophy Officer

Tim is a digital audio hardware, firmware and software designer with decades of experience. Since 2007, Tim has been the lead engineer on the TiMax2 project (www.timaxspatial.com). TiMax2 is a delay matrix mixer specializing in the localization of sound for live events. In 2019, Tim got curious about radio-frequency engineering, and joined the aiRadar team in a consultative role. It does of course turn out that the engineering of state-of-the-art audio has a few things in common with the engineering of state-of-the-art radar. Tim wrote the specification for aiRadar’s radar programming language aiRPL, and is aiRadar’s Chief Philosophy Officer.

Mike Kubanski

Mike Kubanski, Principal Embedded Software Engineer, Ph.D. Candidate

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Sam Frese

Sam Frese, Senior Hardware and Systems Engineer

Sam has a BASc in Electrical Engineering with nine years of experience working with coherent sensors. Sam started his career with UrtheCast as an electrical system engineer working on a dual band spaceborne SAR. He has since carried on with his career working on radar systems with aiRadar. With both employers being startups or small businesses, he has got to wear a variety of hats. This has given Sam the opportunity to build up a broad set of skills within the electrical engineering discipline. This includes FPGA development, high-speed PCB design, embedded software, and system verification. With aiRadar, he has seen his skills pushing him towards a role in system engineering and bringing products to life from requirements through to verification.

Max Manning

Max Manning, Principal Radar Engineer, Ph.D. Candidate

Max Manning received concurrent undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Dalhousie University in 2019. He developed an interest in radar systems while completing his capstone project, in which he built a passive radar system which uses the echoes of ambient FM broadcast signals to detect and track aircraft hundreds of kilometers away. Max received a master’s degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2022, where he developed computer vision algorithms for sea ice mapping from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. He is currently employed at aiRadar Inc. and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the synthetic aperture radar laboratory (SAR Lab) at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include development of radar hardware systems and novel algorithms for airborne SAR, including motion compensation and 3D sub-surface imaging.

Wyatt Gronnemouse

Wyatt Gronnemose, Principal Radar Signal Processing Engineer, Ph.D. Candidate

Wyatt received the BASc. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. in 2017 and 2018. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree with Simon Fraser University, while working for aiRadar. His research focuses on developing specialized computational electromagnetics simulation tools for simulating synthetic aperture radar data. These simulations are used to investigate the scattering characteristics from realistic near-earth surface volumes such as snow, ice, and soil. He is experienced in field work and has taken part in radar data capture campaigns in Kluane Lake, YT; Dawson City, YT; Churchill, MB; and, Svalbard Norway.

Darren Tong, Mechanical Design Engineer and Manufacturing Supervisor

Darren Tong is the Mechanical Design Engineer and Manufacturing Supervisor at aiRadar Inc. He has an Undergraduate Degree in Engineering Physics, with a Minor in Environmental Science, from the University of British Columbia. His background is in Experimental Low Temperature Physics, working specifically with Condensed Matter in the milli-Kelvin Range. His skills include modeling software (Onshape, Solidworks), mechanical design, and various prototyping/small scale manufacturing techniques (machining, 3d printing). His personal interests include Music, Electronics, Chemistry, and Ecological Biology. 

Peter Jenkins, Lead Electronics and Mechanical Integration

Peter Jenkins has over 35 years of experience in the field of printed circuit board design and layout. His expertise in schematic layout includes symbol design and creation, and library maintenance and integration. Peter’s expertise in circuit board layout includes component footprint design and creation. He is also experienced in high-speed digital, analog, flex circuits and microwave technologies. Peter has a thorough understanding of the fabrication and assembly processes for all these technologies. His design skills include: stripline; edge coupling; impedance control differential and DDR length control matching; high current considerations; and, shielding design.

Richard Arthurs, Firmware/Software Engineer

Richard Arthurs graduated from Simon Fraser University, B.C., with a Bachelor of
Applied Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering. He led a multi-university design team to develop the On-Board Computer (OBC) for the OrcaSat spacecraft mission and went on to take a technical leadership role in a project to develop an on-board SAR image formation processor for spacecraft at SpaceAlpha Insights. Richard relishes cross-disciplinary challenges utilizing his experience in electronics, software, firmware, and test engineering. He also has experience with drone autopilots and ASIC verification.

Caleb Gimpel

Caleb has a BASc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University and has worked as an Electrical and Software Developer at Motorola Solutions, SpaceAlpha Insights and now aiRadar. At SpaceAlpha Insights, he started his role as a test engineer-in-training (EIT), redesigning the test framework for their Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite hardware components; he later transitioned into a new role within the company where he optimized the firmware-based SAR image processing algorithm and reduced resource utilization by 40%. Caleb now joins aiRadar as a Software Engineer (EIT) working on further developing the software systems and expanding the radar test framework.