President & CEO; Director
Karl co-founded Marport Canada Inc. in July 2003 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until December 2011. Karl has over 30 years of technical and executive experience in communications, electronic navigation systems, and digital imaging. Karl co-founded Telepix Imaging Inc., a world leader in digital imaging software and photo e-commerce which was purchased by a European photo equipment manufacturer for over $50 million. Karl was twice named as a Top 50 CEO by Atlantic Business magazine. He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame in May, 2012. Karl also serves as an entrepreneur mentor at Memorial University’s Genesis Centre.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Reid was Kraken's CFO from June 2015 to July 2019. Mr. Reid is a seasoned executive with over twenty years of finance, investment, and business development experience, predominantly focused on the technology sector. Mr. Reid was a founding partner of Wellington West Capital Markets Inc. and led the technology and clean technology research and then investment banking efforts until the sale of Wellington West Capital Inc. to National Bank Financial in 2011. Mr. Reid is a Charted Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
D. Joseph Mackay
Chief Financial Officer
Senior VP of Engineering
David Shea is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Kraken Robotics, based in Mount Pearl, NL. Mr. Shea has been managing the design, production and operation of underwater robots in the United States and Canada for over 12 years. He has led field teams on sea trials all over the world, and was deploying Kraken’s sonar technologies for the discovery of the HMS Erebus from the 2014 Franklin Expedition and the Raise of the Arrow Expedition in 2017 (resulting in the discover of 2 of 9 Avro Arrow models). Previously, he was the Engineering Manager at Marine Robotics Inc, as well as being the lead design engineer for the SQX-500 AUV. Mr. Shea holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria.
Dr. Jeremy Dillon
Jeremy has 20 years of experience in research and development with a strong background in signal processing and mathematics. As an original member of Kraken's Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) team, he developed the signal processing algorithms for the AquaPix® SAS imaging and bathymetry software. Previously Jeremy was a control systems engineer at Honeywell Aerospace, a flight test engineer at the NRC Flight Research Laboratory, and a research officer in guidance, navigation, and control at NRC. Jeremy has a PhD in Physics and Physical Oceanography from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a MSc in Mathematics from Carleton University, a MSc in Aeronautics from Caltech, and a BEng in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University.
Director, Business Development
Jeff brings 12 years experience in the marine technology industry specializing in imaging, navigation, and positioning. He has more than 10 years of sales and business development experience with both commercial and defense customers and has worked at both larger marine technology companies such as Teledyne-RESON and iXBlue and start-ups such as Sea Machines Robotics.
Manager, Handing Systems Division
Bill has over forty-five years of design and analysis experience in aerospace and ocean engineering. Previously Bill was Engineering Manager for Rolls-Royce Naval Marine. His experience includes work on the Remote Manipulator System (Canadarm 2) for the International Space Station and design of a multi-pass optical rotary joint that has become the standard in the industry. He has a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University).
Dr. Carl Thiede
Managing Director, Kraken Power GmbH
Carl spent 7 years at the Technical University of Berlin as an expert in mechatronic systems. As part of the University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, he was responsible for medical device engineering industrial projects. He later became responsible for pressure tolerant systems developments used in underwater robots. In 2011, Carl received his PhD on pressure tolerant applications in underwater robots. He subsequently worked at ENITECH as research and development engineer in Rostock, Germany, and in 2014 became CEO of the 28-employee company. In 2016 he founded ENITECH SUBSEA (“ENISEA”) a marine technology spin-off. In 2017, ENISEA received a minority investment from Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. and was renamed Kraken Power.
Dr. Jakob Schwendner
Managing Director, Kraken Robotik GmbH
Jakob has spent 10 years at DFKI as an expert in autonomy, systems and software engineering for robotics, mission management, SLAM, navigation, embedded systems, sensor processing and sensor fusion. Jakob received his PhD on Robot Navigation in 2013 and since then led an 18-person team on autonomy. He defined, managed and worked in numerous projects in the area of space and underwater robotics.
Dr. Jan Albiez
Director of Engineering, Kraken Robotik GmbH
After being employed for six years as researcher in robotics at FZI in Karlsruhe, Germany, Jan received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 2007 for his work on biologically inspired walking machines. He then worked at the underwater robotic branch of DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) in Bremen. DFKI is one of the world's largest nonprofit research institutes for artificial intelligence. In 2014, Jan moved to SENAI CIMATEC in Salvador, Brazil where he served as technical leader on the BG/Shell FlatFish AUV project and trained a 20-person robotics team.
Director, Business Development, Kraken Robotik GmbH
Patrick obtained his MSc in Robotics in 2009 from PUC University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he developed probabilistic localisation algorithms for a Petrobras robotic system. In 2010, he started at DFKI and was involved in various robotics projects. In 2013, he moved to business development and helped establish a Brazilian Institute of Robotics and a Brazilian robotics company. Over the past 5 years he has originated over US$30M in research projects in the oil & gas, electrical energy and mining sectors. He was also responsible for client relations and served as the main contact point with BG/Shell for the FlatFish subsea resident AUV project.
Board of Directors
Mr. Puddister's 25+ years of professional experience covers the full gamut of heavy civil expertise, from hydroelectric and wind energy developments to oil and gas, transportation, mining, infrastructure, and marine construction. As the Executive Chairman and principal owner of Pennecon, Larry has positioned Pennecon as a leading provider of integrated solutions across a diverse portfolio: heavy civil, industrial, services & maintenance, and marine. Larry is also the majority shareholder and CEO of Newcrete, which is the leading producer of construction aggregate and supplier of ready-mix concrete, precast concrete, and masonry products to the construction industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Outside of his professional work, Larry has a long history of supporting various charities and community organizations. As founder and Board Director of The Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation, Larry leads this organization in its mandate to provide mental health resources to youth in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has also made significant contributions to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Memorial University, the Janeway Children’s Hospital, and multiple animal welfare associations. Larry holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Memorial University, was named Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2016 and EY’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year - Atlantic.
Mr. McEwan is the CFO for Quarterhill Inc. (TSX: QTRH), a growth-oriented, diversified holding company focused on the Industrial Internet of Things. For the previous 8 years, Mr. McEwan was the Chief Financial Officer of WiLAN (TSX:WIN), an industry leading intellectual property (IP) licensing company. Mr. McEwan has more than 20 years of experience in finance and executive leadership in public and private high tech companies. He was the CFO of Breconridge Manufacturing Solutions, and the CFO of Calian Technologies Ltd. before being promoted to President and CEO. He led the IPO of Microstar Software on the TSX in 1993 and has extensive experience with corporate financings and M&A transactions.
Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor
In a 35-year career in which he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, Mike Connor commanded at the ship, squadron and task force levels. His assignments included command of USS SEAWOLF, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, Submarine Squadron Eight, Undersea Forces in the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. He held several concurrent titles during his last assignment; including Commander, United States Submarine Forces, Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Commander, Allied Submarine Command. He served as commander of U.S. submarine forces from September 2012 until September 2015. Vice Admiral Connor led the US Navy Submarine Force into robotic undersea systems, achieving key milestones including the first operational deployment and recovery of an unmanned underwater vehicle from a submarine. He also led innovation efforts that began the shift away from undersea search operations based on expensive platforms and moved toward operations based on large numbers of inexpensive vehicles. He has written extensively on the future of undersea warfare and is a sought-after speaker on undersea warfare topics. His education includes a B.A. in Physics from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in National Security Studies from the United States Naval War College. Vice Admiral Connor is currently the CEO of ThayerMahan Inc., a company he founded to accelerate the United States’ ability to effectively and efficiently monitor ocean activity using autonomous systems.
Ms. Cahill is CEO and co-founder of PanGeo Subsea, a technology and service provider of high-resolution 3D sub-bottom acoustic imaging technology. Under her leadership, PanGeo has successfully attracted international private equity to underpin the commercialization of PanGeo’s technology to a global market, while showcasing its St. John’s office as its global centre of excellence for acoustic innovation and engineering. A professional engineer and graduate of Memorial University, Ms. Cahill has over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector and most recently the renewable energy sector. She started her career in the mid ‘80’s with Norsk Hydro in Norway. Having been exposed to the success of the Norwegian supply chain, she returned to Newfoundland in the early 90’s and established her own engineering and consulting company MNC Group. With a strong vision for global export, Ms. Cahill established clients in Texas, the United Kingdom, Norway, Chile and the Middle East. In 1998 Ms. Cahill co-founded Pan Maritime Energy Services Inc., a project management and engineering company. As President, she provided the leadership and vision to expand the interests of the company here in Newfoundland as well as to establish an office in Doha, Qatar. This move facilitated Pan Maritime’s access to ongoing markets in both the upstream and downstream sectors.