Our AMAZING TEAM
Technology that keeps you safe, backed by people who care
As the CEO and founder my responsibilities have to do with pretty much everything in the company. From securing funding to internal operations to securing partnerships and customer acquisition, no task is beyond the boundaries of my responsibilities. My average work day involves doing legal work, finding the right partners to help us excel, overseeing product development and maintaining a positive team dynamic, which is my most important task. Through my past experience with finding a social innovation start-up (Pak-Story), being the Vice President at Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and being a part of the varsity rugby team at University of Waterloo, I have developed a great extent of interpersonal skills which have allowed me to be leader for this team. Growing up, I attended 12 different schools, which assisted me in developing my social skills in the process of adapting to different environments. What I envision from this company is continued leadership towards the innovation of the best practices regarding safety worldwide. I believe that every goal you set is achievable if you are persistent with your effort, and intelligent with your resourcefulness.
As Chief Financial Officer of Guard-Ex, I am primarily responsible for finance and accounting related activities. This includes but not limited to day-to-day banking activities, bookkeeping, maintaining CRA standards, strategic partnerships, SR-ED filing and financing rounds. As a determined founder, I am consistently mirroring a lead role for a variety of other departments including Operations and Human Resources. I develop plans and strategies to ensure research, product development & talent acquisition are planned consistently to feasibly be aligned for financial execution. Moreover, I take a strong stand for recruiting and selecting talent. I am responsible for accurately assessing talent gaps and ethically execute employment agreements. All that being said — since the establishment of our startup, the entire founding team is determined to make a difference and honestly believe that nothing is impossible. Any task can be completed if an individual is adamant to achieving their fixed goals — considering the amount of resources and educational institutions within our fingertips.
I am a self-driven entrepreneur, capitalizing on research opportunities to help excel business standards. As the Chief Research Officer, I am responsible for all research conducted in regards to our companies R&D sector to fulfil business goals. This may include concept validation, product testing, research validation trials, and ensuring that our product development team is moving towards the right direction. I will work with new employees to give a better understanding our goals as a business and inform them of any changes applied due to new research. I explore different research questions that may arise along the way and provide information in regards to expansion. I am in charge of conducting validation studies to solidify our concept and conduct trials to explore new concepts we may be able to apply to prepare for commercialization. I work hand in hand with Doctors as we explore the different options for proceeding with our validation studies and scientific changes to product development. I work with the director of ethics and regulatory affairs to handle research protocols, ethical applications, and developing a research plan for upcoming issues that may arise.
As Chief Marketing Officer at Guard-Ex, I lead the company’s marketing and advertising initiative. My responsibility is to implement and execute the best strategies that would ensure the organization’s mission statement is deployed across appropriate channels and delivered to the target audience. I strongly believe in our company’s vision to offer the gold-standard for the impairment screening industry. My responsibility is to lead our positioning in the market. Additionally, I oversee the company’s plans on customer service feedback and public relations. With an Honours BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business and significant entrepreneurial experience, I have garnered an acumen for business which has prepared me for my goal at Guard-Ex. It is the same acumen which has facilitated our growth thus far, and I hope to offer that and more to lead Guard- Ex towards greater heights.
A science-based business enthusiast with a demonstrated passion for being immersed in the biotechnology industry. Motivated in bridging science & business. Proficient with certifications, ethics and regulation of the scientific market with the final goal of ensuring a smooth transition from the lab into the market. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a bachelors degree in biotechnology and an economics minor, I have gained real-world applicable skills that I apply into my day-to-day tasks ranging from commercialization of medical devices, research& development, and regulatory affairs.
Tech Entrepreneur – converting ideas into reality using cutting edge technology. As the Data Analyst at Guard-Ex, I am responsible for processing the data and generating useful insights. I work on machine learning algorisms which help with the prediction of the final test results. Working along a team of doctors to understand the pattern in the data when conducting the tests in our validation studies. Additionally, I make sure that the raw data collected by the device is accurate, precise and able to be interpreted by the end user.
Robert Schlegel is a proud founder of Wilfrid Laurier’s Schlegel Centre of Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation. He is also the founder & CEO of both, Bedrock Freight Logistics and Pavestone Co. LP. B located in Dallas.
R. Larry Gravill is a former Waterloo Regional Chief who served as Chief for 15 years. Larry graduated from FBI Academy and is an active member for the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police.
Dr. Jeffery Jones is the associate vice-president research at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also director of the Laurier Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the graduate coordinator of Laurier’s Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience stream in Psychology.
NOT YOUR NORMAL OFFICE CULTURE
Not your normal office culture, ”Flexibility with Innovation”, that’s the Guard-Ex way. Whether it’s roadside or the work environment, we know obstacles may appear and variables may change rapidly. So we approach work in a way that accommodates you.
WE GET THINGS DONE
Innovators are problem solvers and problem solving requires work. We don’t shy away from that at Guard-Ex – we embrace it. Guard-Ex knows very well that no large task is unachievable or onerous when you’ve got a great team on your side.