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Our Team

Work with amazing people

A company of scientists, engineers, designers, developers and marketers is exactly what you’d imagine. We all have our quirks and interests. We all represent different backgrounds and perspectives. And some of us are seasoned, while others are just starting out. This diversity is our strength, and something we’re truly proud of. And here’s another common thread: We all love our work and we have fun doing it.

Dave Bullock

Dave Bullock

Director, RWDI Ventures

Dave has built a career on building transformative businesses—or, as he puts it, “disrupting markets that desperately need an overhaul.” As director of RWDI Ventures, he splits his time between identifying world-changing ideas and developing—and positively encouraging—teams to successfully deliver on them. He’ll never admit it, but his adventurous spirit and fearless leadership are why so many of us joined Ventures in the first place. And why so many of us now share his love of flying discs. 

Brydon Gilliss

Brydon Gilliss

Strategic Innovation Manager, RWDI

An entrepreneur of entrepreneurial pursuits. From a hockey startup to a co-working space to the Ontario Startup Train, Brydon has a storied history of connecting good people with good ideas. As our ambitious strategic innovation manager, he identifies opportunities where software and tech can automate, improve workflow and enhance people’s lives. Or, as he puts it, “write letters to computers politely asking them to do things for people.” 

Goncalo Pedro

Gonçalo Gomes Pedro, PhD

Manager, RWDI Labs

An expert in fluid mechanics—specializing in urban flows, wind energy and climate-responsive masterplanning—Goncalo puts the multi in tasking. He supports RWDI Ventures on numerous levels, like directing research and development for RWDI Labs, and driving business development for Orbital Stack. Needless to say, he’s as comfortable with bolstering science as he is with building start-up culture, and he remains an essential bridge between the two, encouraging an innovative, collaborative mindset at every turn. Lucky for us, this self-styled global citizen is obsessed with using his powers to help clients achieve better-performing, more-sustainable outcomes. Which means smarter cities and a better planet for everyone.

Chris Charles

Chris Charles

Development Manager, RWDI Ventures

With a background in computer science, Chris is a builder: of teams, of products and of companies. His days as Ventures’ development manager revolve around road-mapping and designing smart software solutions, while leading the teams who build them. For him, the emphasis is forever on the “we.” Paraphrasing his words, nothing brings him greater satisfaction than collaborating to meet the next big challenge. We at Ventures admire him for so many things. And that goes for the legendary list he’s amassed around unique craft-beer tastings.

Mona Qaddoumi

Mona Qaddoumi

Strategic Marketing Analyst, RWDI

Our version of success is nothing if our clients don’t feel the same way. As our customer-success guru based in Portland, Maine, Mona makes sure that we deliver what’s promised without any slacking along the way. From market research to optimizing processes, Mona puts clients first and makes sure that we all do, too. An effective communicator and developer of awesome tools and procedures, Mona’s artistic talents are proof that even us nerds can still access the right side of our brains, too. 

Jan Bergstrom

Jan Bergstrom

General Manager, Orbital Stack

Jan is ever-thoughtful, ever-purposeful, and always solution-focused—all fitting traits for someone who wears so many hats. Case in point? As the savvy general manager of Orbital Stack, he’s constantly jumping from strategy to product development, or from pitching the big idea to inspiring his small-but-mighty team toward flawless execution. And it’s not much different in his spare time. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he switches from bike helmet to ski helmet at the drop of a snowflake.  

Junting Chen

Junting Chen

Scientist Engineer, RWDI Labs

Junting’s role as Scientist Engineer in RWDI Ventures’ Labs certainly involves some serious-minded stuff (such as validating Computational Fluid Dynamics results), but he also finds time to share what he calls “crazy thoughts,” too. It’s all in a day’s work for Junting, who initially joined Ventures with the objective of investigating and evaluating leading-edge technologies in the area of Wind Engineering. He especially appreciates the daily half-hour sessions to share results and findings (that’s where the “crazy thoughts” sometimes come into play). Bottom line for Junting: “It makes me feel good when those ideas that worked are implemented in production models.” 

Alicia Gobbi

Alicia Gobbi

Human Resources Business Partner

Looking for a career filled with creativity, purpose, and growth? We have news for you: Alicia Gobbi may be looking for you. As Ventures’ HR Business Partner, Alicia spends most of her time meeting with candidates and learning about their experiences and interests. From there, she’ll gauge whether they would be a good “fit” with our commitment to continual innovation and creating real change. Some of her greatest job satisfaction comes from helping to build dynamic teams in which members can expect to be included in a variety of projects, have their thoughts heard, and receive top-tier mentorship. 

Aaron Awad

Aaron Awad

Senior Product Designer

As Senior Product Designer at Ventures, Aaron handles everything from branding and user experience design, to illustration and photography. His knack for distilling complex science into simple, accessible visual communications is reflected in everything we create. Lucky for us, he’s as comfortable in a code editor as he is with a sketchpad.

John Russell

Lead Software Developer, RWDI Ventures

As one of our lead software developers at Ventures, John spends his days designing and implementing solutions to complex technical problems which perfectly syncs with two of his passions: technology and science. He credits his talented and smart teammates as a major reason he loves working at Ventures: “There is always something new to learn and I can continually challenge myself to grow.” 

Adrienne Guthrie

Adrienne Guthrie

Marketing Leader

As marketing leader at Ventures, Adrienne helps to tell the stories that build the brands that improve the planet. And, if that’s not clear as mud, consider how she got here in the first place: pivoting from a career in publishing, media and government to the world of start-up, engineering and tech—a world that she describes as “a little less bookish.” Of course, she’s okay with that. When she isn’t attaining further enlightenment through spinning and pitching or rescuing lost dogs (and lost souls), she leads the wildly popular Ventures book club.

Nehal Kanetkar

Nehal Kanetkar

Software Developer, RWDI Ventures

When Software Developer Nehal moved back to Canada after working in the US, his primary goal was to find a great team to join, one that shared his passion for innovation and building better products. He found that with Ventures—and a whole lot more. Of course, writing code and problem-solving is the essence of what he does, but surrounding him is, as he puts it, “an awesome blend of people who can get work done while also being respectful, open and honest.” And if you can’t find him at his desk, look up. This commercially trained pilot, may be enjoying some quiet time in the sky. 

Matthew Ishimaru

Matthew Ishimaru

Senior Graphics Designer, RWDI

Matthew claims he can “smell the mix of creativity and rigor in solving problems” in his role as CAD Modeler/Developer with Ventures. We would like to suggest he has a nose for excellence too, considering his outstanding work in coding CAD automation and geometry processing tools. His sight seems pretty fine too, as he doesn’t miss opportunities to share his knowledge and collaborative skills with training, production modelling, and QA for the company’s various CFD pipelines.  

Zain Adlin

Zain Adlin

Scientist Engineer, RWDI Ventures

It might have been luck that brought Zain to Ventures. He originally joined the RWDI team in Malaysia as the only CFD Engineer, but he was soon spotted by Ventures’ senior management and quickly recruited. His CFD skills are rad, but it’s his process-efficiency skills and client-focused attitude that he’s built his reputation on. Oh, that and “quality.” This is the word that is often associated with his impressive results. And if you ask Zain to capture in a few words about what he likes most about his work, he’ll tell you straight up: collaborating with “the nicest people with the brightest, freshest minds.” 

Hafidz Ilias

Hafidz Ilias

Senior Graphics Designer, RWDI

Hafidz has made a big impact in the short time he’s been Senior Graphics Designer/Model Maker with Ventures. Bringing his exceptional skills in 3D Modelling and Wind Engineering into the mix has upped our game for CFD simulations. Perhaps one of the reasons Hafidz has fit in so quickly is that his core values align so perfectly with Ventures’: outstanding leadership and a commitment to learning, development and innovation. 

Ana Couto

Ana Couto

Software Developer, Orbital Stack

If you think “software developer” = “writing code,” then you don’t know Ana. For her, the role encompasses lifelong passions (for innovation and her shared vision with Ventures), teamwork (with people who, like her, are extremely smart, talented, and supportive), a love of challenges (especially when they result in meaningful work), and making significant contributions (to the remarkable products and features she helps build every day). But, you know, that’s a lot to fit into a job title.  

Tom Chen

Tom Chen

CFD Engineer, Orbital Stack

“Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer” may seem like a lot of words for a job title, but if Tom had his way it would be even longer. It all comes down to priorities for him. For example, “client-focused” would likely make the list, as Tom spends most of his days working on innovative projects for customers. And don’t forget “research,” as that’s a key component of his relentless drive to make better products. Then there is “learning” and “self-improvement,” both essential to his determination to bring positive change to the world. Ultimately, he would settle for what matters most to him: “Great products and an amazing team.” 

Jeevan Sidhu

Jeevan Sidhu

Software Developer, Orbital Stack

For Software Developer Jeevan, Ventures offers him the best of both worlds: an exciting opportunity to be part of early-stage startups but with the support and stability of a large organization. His primary work—developing the Orbital Stack application—aligns perfectly with his commitment to work across the full tech stack and to provide a seamless end-to-end solution. 

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Christian Fobel

Lead Software Developer, RWDI Labs

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Tamara Charchoghlyan

Software Developer, RWDI Ventures

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