Kirk Petroski

Founder, Chairman of the Board

Kirk got his start in the mining industry in 1993 as a field technician for Falconbridge Exploration. In 1996 he founded ERE Services which provided exploration services and was at the forefront of technology bringing GPS surveying to Northern Ontario. In 1999, he completed his MBA cum laude at Laurentian University. In 2001, he began building a network within the Sudbury basin by providing technical services for the mining supply and service sector. In 2008, he co-founded Symboticware and cultivated an idea of creating an Open wireless platform to facilitate connectivity to mobile assets, enable real-time data flow and the reporting of safety, production and maintenance information for better decision making. Symboticware innovations have been commercialized in Canada, USA and LATAM directly and through a growing ecosystem of high profile global partners.Kirk was also a founding contributor, past Director, Treasurer and President of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association. Kirk is also is a contributing member of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group and actively contributes and speaks at community based events that foster technology innovation and entrepreneurship.Kirk also a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Sudbury.

Ash Agarwal

President & CEO, Symboticware

Ash serves as the President and CEO of Symboticware - a leading Industrial IoT company serving the natural resources industries for more than a decade. Symboticware acts as the operating system of intelligence to deliver superior performance of mobile assets and people. Prior to Symboticware, Ash built and scaled Uptake's mining business from scratch and created one of the first AI-enabled Asset Performance Management software for resources industries. Over the past several years, Ash has advised dozens of Mining and Manufacturing C-execs on the Digital Transformation best practices for their organizations, thanks to his extensive experience in process plant operations, strategy, start-ups, and digital technologies. Ash holds a master's degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he mentored several start-ups on business planning, product-market fit, and public speaking. Ash is a guest faculty at Stanford University School of Engineering and at Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto.

Kurtis McBride

CEO, Miovision

Curtis co-founded Miovision in 2005, a fast-growing Kitchener-based company using computer vision, artificial intelligence and advanced modelling to help cities modernize their approach to managing traffic to make roads more efficient and safer. Kurtis is a serial entrepreneur. While building Miovision, he quickly recognized that fast-growing, innovative companies needed better tools to help them scale their scrappy startup culture. He co-founded Meddo to commercialize the organizational software tools developed to help Miovision scale. As Miovision continued to grow, it needed a larger space. Employees wanted something close to downtown, near trails, transit and parking. When a suitable space wasn’t available, Kurtis co-founded Catalyst137, developing a former tire warehouse into a 475,000 square foot space that brings together innovative companies – including Miovision – and the services they need to grow. Kurtis is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where he received his Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Design in 2004, and Master of Engineering in Systems Design in 2007.

Advisory Board

Anna Christine Sgro

President, SGRO Consulting

A Senior Executive Leader, with 25+ years of expertise in domestic and international market places for some of the world’s leading organizations: Volvo Financial Service, Volvo Construction Equipment-NA, Strongco Equipment, and Ritchie Bros. A near 30-year career and the first female executive to pave the road through an adventurous journey in the heavy equipment industry. Her leadership created a following for many employees that admire and respect her passion and commitment, along with being an exemplary role model to champion diversity in the heavy equipment industry. Most recently, Anna played a pivotal role in the Strategic Alliance between Caterpillar and Ritchie Bros., securing partnership agreements with 98% of the North American Caterpillar dealer network. Anna also led Canada East and Northeast US divisions. Cohesive teams that lead by example, while piloting initiatives the became global best practices. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Anna led the strategic long-term direction and turnaround at Strongco Equipment which subsequently positioned the company as Volvo’s best performing dealer in NA. Before joining Strongco, Anna led Canada for Volvo Construction North America. At the heart of the team’s success was superior customer service at all levels. A spokesperson for the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Dealer Conference, and a keynote speaker for ‘Women in Leadership’, at Guelph University. Anna also led the RBA Student Apprenticeship program for various Ontario technical colleges. A board member for the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors (CAED), Ontario Road Builder’s Association (ORBA) and Holy Trinity School (HTS). Prestigious Stevie Award winner 2018, Female Executive of the Year.

Peter Bryant

Managing Partner Clareo

Peter Bryant is a recognized thought leader on innovation in mining and energy, digital transformation, energy transition and ESG.He is widely published on these themes and sits on the Board of Advisors for two leading VC Funds, Chrysalix and Foundamental, that have a focus on multiple heavy industries including mining, and several emerging tech companies including Lilac Solutions and Safe.AI. In addition he has served on the Innovation Councils for multiple resource and energy companies.He is an active speaker, including speaking on Digital Transformation at the Baker Hughes 2020 Annual Energy Forward Meeting in Italy with 1750 global O&G leaders. Peter has advised many leading companies including JCI, BP, GE, Baker Hughes, Castrol, Edison, Rio Tinto, BHP, Goldcorp, Teck Resources and Anglo American. Peter is Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Development Partner Institute, a nonprofit focused on improved social, economic and environmental outcomes for communities from resource development projects.Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a CA from the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a co-founder of The World Innovation Network (formerly The Kellogg Innovation Network)

John Carpenter

John Carpenter is a turnaround leader and builder of successful business entities, with a 33-year global track record in delivering new and sustainable revenue and business models at Caterpillar. John joined Caterpillar in 1984 and over his career held a variety of executive positions within the company including international postings in Chile and Singapore. His last position was Director of Digital & Technology where he successfully lead Caterpillar’s global construction industry digital transformation. In August of 2017, John retired from Caterpillar but through consulting and board advisory positions continues his passion for helping businesses with their digital transformation.

John graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and completed the Northwestern University-Kellogg Advanced Executive Program in 2000. He currently holds an advisory board position with Tada Cognitive Solutions and Freshwater Advisors. John also holds charitable board positions with the Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club and Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation of South Carolina.

Matthew Pickard

Vice President, Environment & Sustainability, Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Matthew Pickard is a Professional Geoscientist with over 20 years of experience in Environmental & Social Governance within the Canadian mining industry. Matthew holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration, both from Laurentian University. He also retains the designations of certified Environmental Practitioner, Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and Professional Geoscientist. During his career Matthew has spent time advancing safety, environment and indigenous relations within Falconbridge, De Beers Canada, Baffinland Iron Mines and now Sabina Gold and Silver. Matthew is currently the Vice President, Environment & Sustainability for Sabina and is directing ESG for a future mining development in Nunavut. He also sits on the board of the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Chamber of Mines, and is a previous board member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.