Charles has been a major player in the field of robotics for number of years, he has sold US$30M of unmanned systems to the Armed Forces and leading international oil companies including Saudi Aramco, the largest company in the world.
Khaled is a co-founder of Robotics Centre. An Arabic-speaker, Khaled has profound knowledge of the Middle East and deep contacts across the region. Khaled brings business experience and a wealth of industry knowledge spanning over many years.
Francis Bleeker is vice president, Business Development with Robotics Centre. He is a senior defence and security executive with more than 30 years of experience in government and international and domestic markets.
Francis worked in business development with global defence and security companies in Canada and the UAE for over 15 years. He maintains a vast professional network in government and industry in Canada and around the world. He brings extensive experience in strategy building, government procurement, industrial participation and government relations to the table. Francis served as chairman of the International Committee of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and was member of its Government Relations Committee.
Prior to moving to Canada in 1998 Francis worked in international police co-operation and was a delegate to European Union negotiations on police and security co-operation at all levels. Concurrently he was a commissioned infantry officer in the Royal Netherlands Army (reserve) for 17-years and participated in numerous NATO exercises. Francis holds a master’s degree in law from Leiden University, Netherlands, an MBA from the Open Business School, U.K., and has completed the Canadian Security Studies Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
Dr. Eric Karmouch is the Chief Technology Officer at Robotics Centre. Eric holds a Doctorate in computer science, is a published technical author, recognized researcher, and a driver of research and innovation in the Ottawa tech hub. Having previously served as the Lead Research Engineer for March Networks, Eric brings 6 years of experience in the video surveillance and business intelligence space as well as a strong technical vision to the Robotics Centre. Accountable for all things tech, Eric’s responsibilities range from infrastructure management to technology research and development with a focus on pushing the status quo and bringing disruptive technologies to the forefront of the robotics space.
Eric received his B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science, from the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa, and his M.A.Sc. degree from the School of Computing at Queen’s University. Passionate about the future of Science, Engineering, and Technology in Ottawa, Eric has served on a number Organizing and Program Committees for international IEEE conferences and has been recognized for his ongoing contributions to the IEEE Ottawa Chapter. He is the founder of the highly successful IEEE Ottawa L&L event bringing Ottawa government, academia, and industry together in space to connect, communicate, and collaborate, and was elected to the grade of IEEE Senior Member in 2016.
Glenn is an accomplished eighteen-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. Twelve of those years were spent serving as a Senior Officer and Squadron Commander within the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, where he regularly completed missions directly affecting Canada’s national interests.
Glenn currently supports Robotics Centre’s international efforts through strategic planning, business development and client relations. Glenn excels at simplifying complex problems and delivering both creative and common-sense solutions, a skill honed during various global deployments in high threat areas. A proprietary investor, Glenn focuses on investment opportunities, research and analysis in the field of defence, security, and related technologies; resulting in an in-depth understanding in direct support of Robotics Centre’s broader goals.
Glenn is an alumnus of McGill University where he double-majored in International Relations and History.
William spent over a decade in law enforcement. Prior to that he was a senior editor at the House of Commons. Check our Our Stories to see our ever-expanding fleet of robots.
James Brown is a training program strategist who partners with clients to develop robotics solutions to suit their needs.
During a 16-year tenure in the Canadian military, James helped build a successful training program that developed the best and brightest soldiers. Employed on operations and training that spanned across the globe, James has experience leading teams that specialize in training civilian organizations and military units. James was awarded Commanding Officer’s commendations for collaborative work with other government departments and developing cutting edge solutions to challenges in the field.
With certifications in robotics and vast experience in training development, James will collaborate with your team to provide optimized robotics solutions.
“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” — George S Patton
That’s me. After 20 years in the military and many fun trips in the most dirty, dull and dangerous places in the world I decided to join the team of specialists in robotics.
I now specialize in giving back those hard-acquired experiences to our clients. My approach? I’ll use Patton again: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
Robotics Centre team in the field
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