Headquartered in Kanata, Ontario and privately held, Equispheres is a materials science company focused on advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing and cold spray applications. Our vision is to unlock the potential of these technologies by engineering and providing ultra-high-performance, mono-sized metal powders.
In addition to producing the metal powder, Equispheres’ R&D staff specialize in metallurgy and provide engineering services for alloy development.
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.
Dan Benoit — Executive Vice President and CFO
Dan Benoit, MBA, MSc, BSc, is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Equispheres. Dan has 15 years of business development and financing experience. As Chief Investment Officer for Brookfield Renewable’s $18 billion North American division, he grew the company’s asset fleet and headed Business Development which included Project Development, M&A, and Market Research. Previously, he led the Capital Markets team that managed the financings of Brookfield’s power investments while supporting M&A and Business Development. Prior to Brookfield, Dan was an Associate Director with Scotiabank’s Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets groups. His MBA is from the Ivey Business School, and his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees are from McGill University.
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.
Jonathan Phillips — VP, Engineering
Born in UK, and attendee at BAe ( British Aerospace) engineering school and Brooklands Tech College. Jonathan achieved distinction across a variety engineering disciplines sat C&G and EITB exams. Jonathan went on to become an executive director with Domino Printing Sciences US Division. Responsible for sales, marketing, product management, strategy and business development Jonathan was an early innovator in the world of digital printing. In 2010 Domino Printing Sciences won the FT250 (UK) public company of the year award. Jonathan holds patents issued and pending across a variety of mechanical, software, photonics and metrology disciplines.
Jonathan has been a leader and innovator in the industries in which he has worked. In addition to his direct business efforts Jonathan has led workshops at the university of Cambridge innovation center, spoken for the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry and presented at numerous industry events. Jonathan has worked in senior roles with a number of companies that have achieved successful enterprise sales and exists including Cintex, CIS and Domino Printing Sciences plc.
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 in a wide 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. After receiving his PhD from Carleton University, Dr. Conlon joined the National Research Council of Canada and led their oil-free micro-turbomachinery program, designing and commissioning a unique test facility.
Dr. Mark Gallerneault — Senior Technology Advisor
Dr. Mark Gallerneault, PEng, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), is Equispheres’ Senior Technology Advisor. Mark is a distinguished scientist, engineer, named inventor, patent holder, lecturer, and an internationally recognized authority on metals solidification, materials processing, and the mathematical modeling of heat and fluid flow in metal systems. Currently, he is an adjunct researcher in the Department of Materials and Metallurgy at Queen’s University. His appointments include Technical & Site Director for Novelis’ Global Technology Centre in Kingston, Ontario, with responsibility for Novelis’ global R&D operations and programs with sister R&D sites in Korea, India, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, and the United States. As a senior scientist with Alcan, Dr. Gallerneault oversaw Alcan’s R&D transition to Novelis and served in a variety of scientific and engineering capacities between 1980 and 2004. A NATO Science Fellowship at Oxford University and Post Doctoral Fellowship at Queen’s University are among his numerous academic awards.
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.
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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