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.
Dennis Leung – COO
Dennis Leung BSc, MBA is Chief Operating Officer at Equispheres. Dennis has over 25 years developing enterprise products with startups and at Oracle Corp where he spent several years as a VP in the middleware and cloud division. He started his career building real-time telecommunication systems with Nortel Networks. Dennis has extensive experience leading globally distributed teams and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences worldwide. He has also served on private and industry consortium boards. Dennis is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and Queen’s University.
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.
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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