Meet Our Team
Jim is the founder of AccuMap, a company that revolutionized the Canadian oil and gas industry. AccuMap enabled geologists, engineers, and land personnel to do in 20 minutes what used to take six weeks. Jim received recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year and City Businessman of the Year while AccuMap itself was twice a finalist for Alberta’s Science and Technology Awards.
President & Purveyor of 'loud' shirts
Brad began his life in the business world early. At age 19, while attending university, Brad started a business that had annual revenue of over $100,000 in its second year. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Brad went on to complete his Chartered Accountant designation and spent several years in the corporate tax planning department of a major international Chartered Accounting firm. After this, Brad left to help manage various private and public Canadian and International companies, which brought him to his current position with Athentech in 2001.
Brian G. James
Scientist, Physicist, Greek Historian Buff
After receiving his B.Sc. (Honors Physics) at Simon Fraser University, Brian gained significant experience in oil field seismology with Chevron with particular emphasis on signal processing, numerical methodologies, time series analysis and the convolutional model. As an inventor, Brian has been awarded several patents. The focus for all of them is on signal processing corrections that are scientifically valid. It is not enough for the math to be internally consistent. It must also adhere to the facts and findings of science so that the correction represents what would have been recorded with a non-existent superior recording instrument. This constraint first removes much of the guesswork and prevents errors that come from trying to find a “good enough” compromise adjustment. It also produces remarkably attractive, realistic results. Brian has an enduring fascination with the “ancient civilization” (Greece and Rome). His interests include ancient history, mythology, philosophy and engineering. The name “Athentech” came from merging the Greek Goddess of Wisdom’s name “Athena” with the word “technology”. So Athentech means “wise technology”.
Physicist, Lead Application Developer, “Mad”, er, Happy Scientist#2
After obtaining his university degree in Physics and Mathematics, Anton worked for few years as an academic researcher, specializing in nonlinear optics and laser physics. During this period, Anton first appreciated the power and beauty of computer modeling for solving complex scientific and engineering problems, then decided to pursue his career in software development. For over 15 years, Anton has been working as a developer, project manager, and a leader of large-scale development projects ranging from core imaging technology to consumer photography applications. He has developed expertise in most major programming languages and platforms, as well as a variety of modern image processing techniques and algorithms. Anton enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and spending time with his family in a river cottage he is building with his own hands.
Samuel Lau, P.Eng.
VP, Research & Development, Classical Music Fan
Samuel has developed a passion for science and math since childhood. Because of his love for classical mechanics, he first pursued his engineering education in the University of Alberta. After he obtained the degree with distinction in Civil Engineering, he went on to pursue his degree in Computer Science. During this period, Samuel found computer graphics fascinating because it is a combination of math and art. He took graduate level courses in computer graphics. One of his projects – Particle System, was later adopted into the OpenGL library. Samuel joined Athentech Technologies Inc. in 2001. In his spare time, Samuel enjoys classical music, fine arts, jigsaw puzzles and radio control models. He also loves planting organic produce and plans on building his fully automated organic farm this summer.
VP Products, Technology Geek
Jeff has been in product development and technology since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He started in hardware development for Dell, Inc, but always was interested in software and web development as well. He spent a couple years in the San Francisco Bay Area in the enterprise SaaS field, but has spent most of his professional career in Austin. Jeff has been an avid photographer since elementary school and re-kindled this hobby in 2004 with his first dSLR and then later merged his photographic and software interested when he joined Bibble Labs, developing the world’s fastest RAW file converter and workflow applications. Jeff spends as much time as possible fly-fishing on the Texas coast, and spent a few weeks in 2012 on a solo tour of the Western US on a motorcycle.
VP, Marketing & Sales, our own Energizer Bunny
Rafael Soltero brings more than 25 years of cross-functional experience in sales, marketing, product development and global business management within the imaging industry. Previously, Rafael served as General Manager, Marketing Support Division of Noritsu’s International Sales & Marketing Unit and VP, Marketing and Sales for the KIS Photo-Me Group, where he was responsible for business development in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico. Earlier, he held various key positions within the Eastman Kodak Company. Rafael has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese. He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Director of Operations & Enthusiasm
Coming all the way from Nicaragua in 2006, Lissy is the activity center at Athentech Imaging. In addition to taking care of customers, she handles billing and shipping, and makes sure the office remains in shape to support sales. She graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia in Nicaragua with a degree in Business Administration in 2003. She can speak Spanish and English fluently. She is always smiling, happy and willing to help customers quickly and politely.
Director of Education and Training, Photo re-touching guruette
Janice Wendt is one of the industry’s most respected retouch and image enhancement artists, one who “trains the trainers” on numerous techniques related to digital imaging. Prior to joining Athentech, Janice was education and training manager at Nik Software for many years. She instructs professionals across the country in all aspects of digital capture and digital workflow. Janice is also a commercial and portrait photographer with more than 25 years of experience in film and digital photography.
Social Media Strategist, shoe addict
Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Jasmine is a 2009 graduate of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Petroleum Land Administration. In 2010, she transferred to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a 10-month internship of hands-on ministry. Now she is beginning a new journey as the Social Media Strategist for Athentech. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys meeting new people, engaging through social media, thriving in her Faith, mentoring teens, taking photographs, music, playing piano, learning different cultures, and traveling. She speaks English, Spanish, and is currently learning Italian and Portuguese (Brazilian). She continues her quest to learn new things and build strong relationships by traveling to many different parts of Central America and the USA (Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic). Seeking to make the world a better place by doing missions and humanitarian work.
Special forces, Android
Prior to co-founding worldiety with Torben Schinke, Adrian worked as a full-time visiting researcher at the Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles. He studied business administration and computed science at California State University Long Beach. For the 26th Army Science Conference in 2008, he co-authored a paper for the Institute for Creative Technologies titled “Towards an Automated Pipeline for the Translation and Optimization of Geospatial Data for Virtual Environments.” In 2010, he received a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Oldenburg.
Special forces, Android
Since 2010, Torben and co-CEO Adrian have been leading a technology agency that designs and engineers new architectures for software systems. Torben studied at the University of Oldenburg where he received a Master of Computer Science degree. Torben has co-authored several scholarly articles, including “My App is an Experiment: Experience from User Studies in Mobile App Stores,” published by the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) in 2011.
Office Manager & Pack Leader of the Bark Squad
Bob McKenzie & Eric Hobson
Bob and Eric were co-leaders of what became Canada’s largest oil and natural gas trader – Northridge Canada. After selling Northridge to TransCanada Pipelines for an undisclosed sum of money, Bob and Eric built MetroNet, Canada’s first transnational fiber optic network, which was sold to AT&T Canada for $7 billion.