NexOptic is a creative optical development company which aims to enhance the way we view the world around us. Currently focused on engineering its first consumer product for the growing outdoor recreation market, as well as a demonstration prototype for the mobile device space, NexOptic is aggressively pursuing a multi-pronged optical innovation strategy. Utilizing Blade Optics™, the Company’s developing suite of innovative optical technologies, NexOptic aims to increase aperture sizes within given depth constraints of various imaging applications. Increasing the aperture size enables a lens system to have an improved diffraction limit, thus providing the potential for increased resolution capabilities.
Blade Optics™ refers to NexOptic's lens designs, algorithms and mechanics which vary from patented, patent-pending and includes all of the Company's intellectual property and know-how.
NexOptic was selected for inclusion in the 2017 TSX Venture 50®, a ranking of the top performers on the TSX Venture Exchange. NexOptic is ranked second overall in the technology sector. The TSX Venture 50™ are the top 10 companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, in each of five major industry sectors – mining, oil & gas, clean technology & life sciences, diversified industries and technology – based on a ranking formula with equal weighting given to return on investment, market cap growth, trading volume and analyst coverage. All data was as of December 31, 2016.
Leading Prototype Developer
Ruda Cardinal Inc. of Tucson, Arizona has been chosen to develop the lens stack for the prototype. Ruda Cardinal is an internationally recognized industry leader in optical prototype construction and design and provides its expertise and services to fortune 500 companies, universities, government programs and start-ups.
Government of Canada Contribution
Our technology drew the attention of the Canadian Government’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises. Additional details on our Government grant can be viewed in our news release dated April 12, 2016.
Pursuant to their Agreement, NexOptic was granted an option to acquire up to 100% of Spectrumʹs outstanding common shares for total consideration of $3,000,000 from NexOptic to be advanced to fund research and development and intellectual property protection of Spectrumʹs technologies, including expenditures relating to patenting process work, the costs of any necessary engineering adjustments, administrative and office expenses and management fees of Spectrum in exchange for the issuance of Spectrum Shares representing 100% of Spectrum Shares which will include all of Spectrum's assets, intellectual property etc. Spectrum shareholders will in turn receive common shares of NexOptic as are equal to 35% of the then‐outstanding NexOptic shares and warrants equal to 35% of, and on substantially similar terms, to the then‐outstanding warrants or options to purchase NexOptic shares.
Over 2/3 of the required expenditures have been paid by NexOptic to Spectrum as of April, 2017. Shares of NexOptic will not be issued to Spectrum shareholders until such time as the final payment to Spectrum has been made by NexOptic at which time those shares will be placed in escrow.
The Companies’ joint news release dated November 18, 2014 provides further details on this arrangement as do NexOptic’s Management Discussion & Analysis documents and Financial Statements published after the end of each calendar quarter. All these documents and other relevant documents including Filing Statements specific to this arrangement are available on either NexOptic’s website www.nexoptic.com and/or www.sedar.com
Mr. Daugela has a passion for leading the development of practical applications from cutting edge technology. Over Mr. Daugela’s 30 year career, he has been an owner and founder of several firms, including International Business and Engineering Corporation (“IBEC”), a manufacturer of agricultural machinery with a suite of innovative products and an international distribution network. Mr. Daugela has his MBA and has proven leadership experience in a large variety positions in both small and large organizations. He is a professional engineer, with several patents and a history of innovation in a wide variety of applications and industries including agriculture, oil and gas, information technology, process control, and optics.
Chief Executive Officer
Having managed several firms over his 25 year career, Mr. Daugela has been successful in many diverse leadership roles including President, Founder, Project Manager and Technology Development Lead. His prior experience includes co-managing the private engineering firm International Business and Engineering Corporation (”IBEC”), which was nominated for the Canadian export Achievement Award and was eventually acquired. While at IBEC, Mr. Daugela was a key innovator in several core elements of intellectual property and helped bring dozens of industrial products to market, such as electronics, cookers, steamers, driers, sensors, and alarm systems. Mr. Daugela was also integral in international manufacturing and sales for IBEC. Additionally, through his passion for innovation, Mr. Daugela founded a firm that brought new camera technologies to the iconic Canadian Snowbirds jet formation team. Mr. Daugela is a graduate of the University of Alberta. In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce degree (Dean’s List Standing) he also holds a designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
President & Chief Business Officer
Mr. McKenzie has acted in the capacity of Co-Founder, CEO, CFO, President and/or Director to several successful, publicly traded companies. He is the Co-Founder and Director of a company building highly sophisticated, multilingual applications for smartphones and desktops, designed to service a broad spectrum of the $80 billion promotions market in terms of client profile and needs fulfillment. Several of his companies have made significant resource discoveries worldwide and he has overseen and negotiated joint-venture and alliance partnerships with companies whose market-capitalizations have exceeded $20 billion. To date, Mr. McKenzie has been integral in raising well over US $70 million for his associated companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Shorter has over a decade of experience in providing reporting, assurance and accounting services to publicly traded companies, including technology companies. She left public practice in 2011, where she acted in the capacity of Audit Manager with a major Canadian accounting firm, and has since taken on a variety of leadership roles. Her depth of governance and accounting knowledge insures effective implementation and oversight for financial reporting, administration and internal controls development and budgeting for NexOptic. Ms. Shorter completed a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours at the University of British Columbia. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA) and Certified Internal Auditor.
Mr. Petranek is a widely-recognized technology futurist and award-winning author, and is the former editor-in-chief of several respected scientific and financial publications. He is also the Co-Executive Producer of the National Geographic mini-series “MARS”, which is based on, and inspired by, his book, “How We’ll Live on Mars,” published by Simon and Shuster and the TED Conferences. Petranek’s critically acclaimed book was partly a result of extensive conversations and interviews with Elon Musk, CEO of Space-X, and senior management and leading scientists at NASA.
Petranek is the former editor-in-chief of the world’s largest scientific magazine, Discover, and was the senior editor for sciences at Life Magazine. Earlier in his career Petranek was the editor of The Washington Post’s magazine and editor-in-chief of The Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine. Mr. Petranek is also a recipient of the prestigious John Hancock Award for Business and Financial Writing, considered by many to be the Pulitzer of financial writing.
Mr. Meredith is Managing Partner of Kite Hill Capital, a private venture capital firm, which has been a pre-IPO and early investor in various companies in the technology sector, including, among others, Tesla Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc.
Mr. Meredith was Co-Founder, former President and Chief Financial Officer of the Chroma Group, Inc., which developed patented technologies for pattern recognition and visualization. He also managed Chroma’s equity interests in its subsidiaries, including Quantitative Imaging (enabling virtual colonoscopies) and Vicus Therapeutics, which is currently completing phase III clinical trials on a neuro-immune modulator for the treatment of cancer. Mr. Meredith also oversaw investments in Chroma’s subsidiary, Chroma Oil & Gas, and oversaw its acquisition by ACON. He remains a director of Vicus.
Prior to Kite Hill Capital and Chroma, Mr. Meredith was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TeleTix, until Transamerica acquired it. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Fleming has extensive experience in securities and corporate legal matters and corporate governance initiatives. She is the former General Counsel Canada and Corporate Secretary to Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”), a TSX 60 company, where for 17 years she regularly advised senior executives and its Board of Directors on corporate governance and legal issues including financial transactions as well as due diligence, and securities matters. Ms. Fleming completed a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1996.
Mr. Tucker is a serial entrepreneur in every sense of the word and has an extensive background in technology start-ups, including development, marketing, recruiting, capital financing and executive management. Mr. Tucker went on to form ProStar Geocorp, and in 2016 the Colorado Technology Association named him Entrepreneur of the Year for his efforts and innovations in developing Geospatial Intelligence Software. Mr. Tucker first became known as a technology visionary in the automotive industry for combining data mining and predictive modeling with geographic information systems (GIS). Mr. Tucker was the founder of Impact Solutions, Inc., a San Francisco based company he formed to provide state-of-the-art customer acquisition and retention solutions to the automotive industry. Impact Solutions, Inc. successfully implemented its innovative database marketing services to both automotive franchises and manufactures throughout the United States. Mr. Tucker reorganized Impact and formed e-autobusiness which leveraged Impact products and services and pioneered the development of a web-based CRM solution that provided services to well over 900 dealerships throughout the United States before being acquired.
Long Range Precision Measurement, Spectroscopy & Image Processing Specialist
Mr. Wheeler was previously assigned to INSCOM (Intelligence and Security Command) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Washington, DC. He was placed on the Army GEOINT Battalion's teaching team partnered with NGA College. Both travelling, and on campus, he successfully taught several hundred soldiers the subject of Advanced Geospatial Intelligence Analysis, before retiring from the U.S. Army in 2014. Prior to his posting with INSCOM Mr. Wheeler was a former US Army 35G Geospatial Intelligence Analyst. During his tenure with the U.S. Army, he deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan with Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize). He worked as a Full Motion Video and Imagery Analyst for the Aerial Reconnaissance Support Team (ARST). As an analyst and mission manager, Mr. Wheeler's duties included: analyst for multiple fire missions from UAS platforms, as well as laser designation for other weapons systems on multiple occasions; analyst for multiple route over-watch missions within RC-East that lead to the deactivation of several IEDs; analyst for multiple missions targeting High Value Targets (HVTs) which consisted of creating in-depth FUSION targeting products; and he provided over-watch of assault teams while conducting raids on terrorist members to disrupt IED facilitators within RC-East.
Rob D. Cardinal
As a member of the science team for NEOSSat, a Canadian planetary science microsatellite launched in 2013 for the Canadian Space Agency, Mr. Cardinal currently oversees the development of massively parallel software and high performance computer systems to search for asteroids in the data images returned from the satellite. Additionally, he developed unique automated moving object detection software for the Near Earth Space Surveillance ("NESS") project with which he has discovered two comets which bear his name and one near-Earth Asteroid. Mr. Cardinal is an expert in photometry, astrometry, image analysis and reconstruction and software development for massively parallel GPU computer systems. He is listed as an author on over 30 publications in astronomical literature. Given his professional background, he is ideally suited to make contributions to the advancement of Spectrum's imaging and non-imaging applications where an efficient method to concentrate electromagnetic energy is required. Mr. Cardinal previously worked on a wide range of projects including star research at the University of Victoria, atmospheric water vapor content over Mauna Kea, HI, for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope ("JCMT"), optical sensitivity analysis for Defense Research and Development Canada ("DRDC"), telescope retrofit and refurbishment at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory ("RAO") and near Earth space surveillance. Mr. Cardinal holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Victoria, Canada.
Primary IP Counsel and US Corporate Strategy
Mr. Tabandeh is a Partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Intellectual Property practice group. With extensive experience in domestic and international intellectual property law, multiple electrical engineering degrees and an MBA, Mr. Tabandeh specializes in helping clients with cybersecurity and Internet IP law, including privacy and website policies, drafting of various license agreements, due diligence of intellectual property portfolios, freedom-to-operate opinion letters, and trademark prosecution and opposition. Mr. Tabandeh also provides patent counseling, prosecution, and licensing for clients in the following fields: computer-based gaming, business methods counseling and protection of related intellectual property rights, computer software and hardware, data and network security using various encryption/decryption methods and digital signatures, due diligence and evaluation of intellectual property portfolios; freedom-to-operate opinion letters, electronics and telecommunications, evaluation of emerging high technologies.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Tabandeh was an engineering software manager and a senior hardware design engineer for Xerox Corporation. At K&R Investment Group, as a principal, he negotiated and structured deals, conducted due diligence and appraisals, and developed business plans, for acquisition of mid-size manufacturing companies. He was also a visiting lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Primary Canadian Legal Counsel Officer and Corporate Secretary of NexOptic
Ms. Hartman is also Corporate Secretary and legal counsel to Natcore Technology, a publicly traded company with established exclusive licenses and/or joint research agreements with Rice University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Virginia, and is in receipt of 18 patents (with 36 more pending) for the significant improvement of solar cell capacity and cost. Ms. Hartman practices in the area of securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, natural resources and corporate law. She has assisted companies in many types of transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, exchange listing applications, reverse take-overs, corporate restructurings, mergers, take-over bids, property acquisitions and joint ventures. After practicing law with a major Vancouver law firm, Ms. Hartman became an independent lawyer with Armstrong Simpson of Vancouver, Canada. She has practiced corporate and securities law for Canadian listed companies since 2003. Ms. Hartman is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Securities Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association. Ms. Hartman obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2001 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada.
Optical Systems Designer
Mr. DesRoches holds a M.Sc. in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics from Brock University. He is a veteran on the optical start-up scene, specializing in non-standard optical system configurations, which makes him an excellent addition to the NexOptic technical team. As a tried and tested start-up engineer/researcher he has critical experience guiding a product from the white-board to the manufacturing line; filling in and performing tasks in widely varying disciplines to both act as a stop-gap and to keep the process moving.
Previously, Mr. DesRoches was a key member of an engineering team which developed leading edge optical technology by creating spectroscopic systems that defied conventional logic and delivered unprecedented results. These advances were based on a novel technology which allowed the input photons to be delivered to the focal plane in a high resolution (small spot) setting without the use of a traditional thin slit, resulting in more signal which is ideal for photon starved applications such as Raman spectroscopy.
Mr. Neil Hanak holds both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from MacEwan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. As a software developer for Spectrum Optix, Neil’s responsibilities include: building software for the lens prototypes, building and maintaining in-house ray tracing software, researching and implementing image enhancement algorithms, and managing programming contractors. His innovative computer programming concepts make Neil a complementary addition to our optical systems technical team.
Ms. Xiao holds a PhD in physics from Queen's University. She is proficient at optical design, including optical imaging, spectroscopy and metrology. Before pursuing her PhD, Ms. Xiao designed and developed a compact solid-state laser module while working as an R&D scientist at HC Photonics in Taiwan. At Queen's, she designed a versatile microscopic spectroscopy system to study fluorescent carbon nanotubes excited by femtosecond laser pulses. After obtaining her PhD, Ms. Xiao worked as a key member of a development team for the advancement of a snapshot multi-band imager for a private technology firm; and later worked to create optical artificial intelligence by applying machine learning to spectral data and multispectral images.
As a member of our technical team, Ms. Xiao will be focused on a variety of objectives such as aligning our hardware technologies with computational methods and coded apertures; and exploring ways to improve spatial resolution through mathematical methods.