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Where it all began​

After launching Ex-Alta 1, the first “made-in-Alberta” satellite, as students at the University of Alberta, Wyvern’s co-founders Chris, Kristen, and Callie were hard-set on bringing the space industry to Alberta.

Once Kurtis joined, the team was set to take on the world.

The Ex-Alta 1 satellite, developed by the AlbertaSat team at the University of Alberta. Image credit: Andy Kale and the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.

Our Vision

Provide actionable intelligence from space anywhere in the solar system to enable a sustainable future for humanity.

Meet the team behind Wyvern

Chris Robson​

CEO and Co-Founder

Callie Lissinna

COO and Co-Founder

Kristen Cote

VP R&D and Co-Founder

Kurtis Broda

VP Product and Co-Founder

Christine Tovee

CTO

Vincent Sauer

R&D Scientist

Taryn Haluza-Delay

Satellite Systems Lead

Ian Splinter

Product Development Manager

Adam Keith

Strategy and Business Development

Chris Stewart

Data Engineer and Data Scientist

David Miller

Mechanical Design Engineer

Brandon Hodge

Mechanical Engineering - Co-op Student

Advisors

Stephane Germain

President, GHGSat

Doug Sinclair

CEO/Founder, Sinclair Interplanetary

Dr. Mike Lipsett

Professor at University of Alberta

Dr. Benoit Rivard

Professor at University of Alberta

Will Zaichkowski​

Angel Investor

Arden Tse

Investment Manager, Yaletown Partners

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Chris Robson

CEO

Captains the [space] ship. MSc in orbital design and analysis, former AlbertaSat Project Manager, an expert in all things mechanical.

Callie Lissinna

COO and Co-Founder

Nearly 6 years of experience working on four different satellites at the University of Alberta. People-oriented; background in mechanical engineering and math. In the evenings she teaches jazz and ballet classes for competitive dancers.

Kristen Cote

VP R&D and Co-Founder

Optics nerd with experience in development and characterization of optical payloads for space.

Kurtis Broda

VP Product and Co-Founder

Systems thinker who practices strategic leadership. Previously built hardware at General Dynamics, led a not-for-profit org, and published award-winning scientific papers as a researcher.

Christine Tovee

CTO

Christine Tovee has over 15 years in the aerospace and defence sectors both in Europe and North America. Her experience spans engineering management as well as research and development projects and at Airbus Group, she held the position of Chief Technology Officer for the North American division.

Vincent Sauer

R&D Scientist

Dr. Vincent Sauer received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has over 10 years experience in the fields of optics, nanophotonics, and nano-electromechanical systems. He likes to run, and as a result has an unhealthy knowledge about running shoes.

Taryn Haluza-Delay

Satellite Systems Lead

BSc. in Engineering Physics. 4 years as a Systems Engineer with the student group AlbertaSat. Rock climbs and plays competitive Ultimate Frisbee when not designing space hardware.

Ian Splinter

Product Development Manager

Prior to joining Wyvern, Ian Splinter was the CEO of Cocoaburra Chocolates, a company he co-founded that specialized in producing fully custom 3D chocolates. In his free time, he is an avid rock climber and wood carver.

Adam Keith

Strategy and Business Development

Adam Keith brings over 20 years experience in the downstream Earth observation business, working with government, industry and the investment community along the value-chain.

Chris Stewart

Data Engineer and Data Scientist

Industrial Engineer with a Masters in Clinical Engineering where he worked on data from smart distributed medical devices. Chris has experience spanning the Aerospace, Manufacturing & Healthcare fields and loves diving into all things data. In his spare time he enjoys sailing and the outdoors.

David Miller

Mechanical Design Engineer

David has 5 years of experience with complex mechanical design and prototyping. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering for designing Stirling engines for Alberta’s geothermal industry. David is always striving to learn more and share his experience by teaching and mentoring in mechanical design and manufacturing. After work, David is in the woods or woodworking.

Brandon Hodge

Mechanical Engineering - Co-op Student

Currently completing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. 2 years of experience with mechanical design and systems engineering with the student group AlbertaSat. Passionate about the space industry and excited to continue my career.  Likes throwing myself off high things while strapped to a snowboard.