Equispheres is a materials science engineering firm specializing in high-performance metal powders for additive manufacturing in the automotive, aerospace, and defense industries. We focus on developing innovative, clean-tech solutions to help solve advanced manufacturing challenges with our deep knowledge of metallurgy and metal technology.
Who we are
Kevin G. Nicholds — President, CEO and Executive Director
Kevin G. Nicholds, MBA, is President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Equispheres. Kevin leads with management expertise in strategic thinking, change management, international business, and technology innovation. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario. As President of Dollco Integrated Print Solutions Inc., he transformed the company through the adoption of digital technologies that grew revenue from $12 million to more than $50 million.
Dr. Martin J. Conlon — CTO
Dr. Martin J. Conlon, PhD, MEng, BEng, is Equispheres’ Chief Technology Officer. Martin is an experienced, practised, and meticulous researcher with over 20 years of academic and industrial experience including a deep knowledge of metallurgy and a wide background in a variety of advanced technologies, including the mathematical modelling of mechanical and fluid systems; signal processing and analysis; linear and nonlinear dynamics; flexible, fuzzy-logic-based control systems; and neural networks and robotics. Martin obtained his PhD from Carleton University and prior to joining Equispheres, worked for the National Research Council of Canada for 11 years where he led the research into various gas turbine technology advancement projects.
Ruth Bengough — VP of Finance
Ruth Bengough CPA (CA) is the Vice President of Finance at Equispheres. Ruth has more than 25 year of experience in technology companies, most recently as the AVP Finance at DragonWave Inc. In prior roles she has participated in IPOs on both the TSX and Nasdaq. She has led finance teams that have implemented business processes to enable global expansion with installations into more than 80 countries across a variety of global subsidiaries. She has overseen the implementation of cash management and financial planning strategies while complying with local reporting and tax compliance regulations in international jurisdictions.
Doug Brouse — VP, Strategic Partners and Alliances
Doug Brouse, BSc (Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science), is Equispheres’ Vice President, Strategic Partners and Alliances. As co-founder of Mxi Technologies, he focused on providing technology-intensive products and services to the aerospace industry. He began as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and subsequently became CEO. Doug helped grow Mxi Technologies into a $45 million company (annual revenue) with 250 employees worldwide. After the successful sale of the company in 2011, he assisted the National Research Council of Canada in developing and executing strategies to transfer innovative research to industry.
Daniel Wooley – VP, Product Engineering
Daniel Wooley is the Vice President of Product Engineering and has over 19 years of engineering design and project management experience in aerospace, and manned and robotic vehicle applications. While working at large aerospace firms including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and IMP Group, Daniel developed strong project management discipline and leadership skills and led technical teams to deliver multi-million-dollar complex engineering projects on time and budget. Daniel has strong ‘hands-on’ engineering skills in developing solutions for unique and demanding military and space applications. Daniel has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and has co-authored several published papers.
Pedro Orsetti – VP, Operations
Dr. Pedro Orsetti, PhD, MMet is Vice President of Operations at Equispheres, with over 32 years of experience working in the aluminium industry in Research and Development, Metallurgy, Project Management, Plant Design, Construction, Start-ups and Ramp-ups, Product Development, Technical and Plant Management. Pedro obtained his Master in Advanced Metallurgy and PhD degrees from Sheffield University, enriching his former background in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Equispheres, he worked with aluminium rod mills in Canada and an aluminium smelter in Venezuela. He has lectured on Aluminium Technology, Engineering Materials, and Aluminium Alloys Rolling, and has co-authored several published papers.
Jeffrey York — Chairman
Jeffrey York, CPA, CA, is Chairman of Equispheres’ Board of Directors. Jeffrey York is CEO of Farm Boy Inc., a rapidly-expanding, Ontario-based grocery store chain. A chartered accountant, Jeffrey began his professional career with Ward Mallette, Chartered Accountants, before joining Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. During his 20 years with Giant Tiger, he served as President and CEO for 10 years. Jeffrey graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in Economics and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989.
Kevin G. Nicholds — President, CEO and Executive Director
As President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Equispheres, Kevin G. Nicholds has a seat at the board. You can read his biography in the Leadership Team section, above.
Mark Dance — Director
Mark Dance, B.Sc., has spent the past 30 years in the high-tech community. For 11 of those years, he was at Creo Inc., a publicly traded company, where he played central roles in growing the company from USD$10 million to over USD$700 million in revenue, and from 100 to more than 4000 employees world-wide. His roles at Creo included VP Product Development, President, COO, CFO, and Board Member. Since Creo’s sale to Eastman Kodak in 2005 for USD$1 billion, Mark has worked with more than 60 companies in corporate and IP management. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and holds a number of patents for medical technologies.
John Glushik — Director
John Glushik is Managing Director of HG Ventures, the corporate venture arm for The Heritage Group. John has over twenty years of venture investing experience. He was previously a Partner at Intersouth Partners where he helped manage four early stage venture partnerships. He was also a founder and Managing Director of the Duke Angel Network. His work has covered all aspects of venture investments and portfolio management. He is an active member of the entrepreneurial community, serving on the boards of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the Southern Capital Forum, the Florida Venture Forum and the Atlanta Venture Forum where he is a past chairman. Prior to being a venture capitalist, John worked as an engineer and consultant in the information technology and aerospace industries. His previous experience includes software development, telecommunications engineering, data communications research and strategic market consulting. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Rob Wildeboer — Director
Rob Wildeboer has over 30 years of experience practicing as a lawyer and an automotive parts executive. He currently serves as Chairman of Martinrea International (TSX: MRE) and as a Director of several public and private companies; was also the Founding Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP and is a member of various automotive industry associations and government advisory councils such as the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA). Wildeboer has law degrees from both Harvard University and Osgoode Hall Law School, MBA from York University, BA from Guelph University and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Keith Spencer — Director
Keith Spencer has over 30 years of experience practicing as an information technology lawyer, he currently serves as a Partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where he Co-Lead’s the firm’s Start-Up & Emerging Company Services group and provides corporate finance, governance, M&A and IP advice to start-up and mature private technology companies. He is a member of various technology industry associations and serves on multiple technology company boards. Spencer has a law degree from Queen’s University and Bachelors degree in Biology from The University of British Columbia.
Working at Equispheres
Equispheres values integrity, equity, respect, compassion, and dignity and is committed to provide a positive, open, inclusive, accessible work environment that applies and embodies those values.
At Equispheres, we all contribute to making the environment a positive and great place for everyone. We believe this is critical to our success. Safety is always important – follow, respect and be a champion of safe practices!
We offer competitive salaries and a great benefit plan.
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