All of us at Teznic share a strong passion for electric vehicles, the environment, and innovation. Together, we are creating solutions to make riding electric vehicles more economical and fun.
We have gathered experts from various fields who are leading innovation in their respective industries - from the world's first hemp electric car to break-through electrolysis technology and much more. Our goal is to make clean and safe energy the only financially viable choice, while helping people to socially and economically uplift others.
Accelerated Systems™ Inc. (ASI) is a key strategic partner for Teznic, bringing over 20 years of experience as an industry leader in electric motors and controllers to our products. Both trailblazers, the partnership has brought some early wins such as a 30% increase to regenerative braking efficiency and enhanced tracking analytics. The partnership is expected to bring additional disruptive technologies to marketplace.
Golden Motor Canada is another key partner of Teznics. By fabricating batteries to Teznic specifications, the partnership is able to deliver the longest range possible for dirt ebikes.
Tom Ross, President
Tom Ross is a grower of communities and businesses. A serial entrepreneur with a background in energy systems engineering, his first business introduced on demand hydrogen systems for four-stroke engines that increased their fuel efficiency and reduced pollution. Tom also designed automated agricultural systems, such as recirculating aquaculture systems for fish and deep water culture hydroponics.
Tom has been a director at several local nonprofits and has been appointed to town advisory committees with a focus on helping disenfranchised youth become self sufficient through trades and technology education. Tom has successfully secured government funding for many community and business projects, and he has administered federal grants and loans, and has secured a Canadian Department Of Defense grant awarded to Teznic.
Alex Logie - CFO
Alex Logie has 30 years of experience in the financial services sector and is currently a management consultant in the bio-tech & cannabis industries where his clients include groups like the Stanley Brothers, founders of the world’s largest CBD wellness company, Charlotte’s Web.
He was most recently interim CFO, acting COO and SVP Business Development at Natura Naturals Inc., a privately held Licensed Producer of cannabis that was acquired by Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) in February 2019 in a transaction valued at C$82 million in cash and stock. Alex was responsible for developing the financial model for Natura and for managing their C$20 million equity and convertible debt financings. In addition, he managed the completion of Natura’s greenhouse retrofit and the commissioning, growing and harvesting at the facility.
In addition, he was a Founding Director, Interim CFO and SVP of Business Development at San Diego, CA-based Tsunami VR, Inc., a global leader in virtual and augmented reality collaboration software. He has been a long-term consultant to Faryx Energy Inc., working on their wind, solar, pipeline and agri-business projects in various parts of the USA.
Alex was a Co-Founder and the CFO of Crane Capital Group, which was acquired by Bear Stearns Asset Management in 2007. Additionally, he was the Founder and CEO of Mercury Capital, a TSE Venture Exchange-listed capital pool corporation acquired by Canada Coal, and he served as CEO of Hong Kong-based Baron Asset Management. After graduating from Queen’s University’s BCom program, Alex spent 12 years as Executive Vice President of Citibank Canada, where he was the head trader in the Global Debt Derivatives group.
John Fiorini - COO
John Fiorini holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering, and is a renown Six Sigma Black Belt Engineer. John's experience includes working on hydrogen projects for Ballard Power Systems, a leader in the development, manufacturing, sale, and service of hydrogen fuel cell power systems. This is where John was awarded USA/CAN/EU patents for Ballard on Continuous Electrode Production. He has extensive experience as a Manufacturing and Development Engineer, where he had a hands-on position responsible for production of Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA). John is a leader for all aspects of planning and managing engineering projects.
In the pas, John has assumed complete ownership of Project and Stakeholder Management, from concept development to solution delivery and validation. He has commissioned new tooling and product designs into manufacturing in accordance with program timeline, product design and performance specifications. John also worked with Magna International as a Senior Project Engineer in the Decoma Product and Process Development division for automotive, commercial truck and industrial markets. John brings extremely qualified and relevant experience to the Teznic team, while adding structure and organisation to every project he works on.
Nathan Armstrong - Lead Product Developer
Nathan Armstrong is a leading Automotive and Aerospace Design Engineer who has been sought out by top vehicle manufacturers worldwide for over 20 years. Tesla, Mercedes and Volvo represent just a few of the companies that have benefitted from his design and product management expertise. He is well known for his ability to optimize project scope and guide teams to achieve realistic and reliable project schedules.
Devoted to introducing technology that creates real world transportation solutions, Nathan designed and produced the world’s first hemp electric car: the Kestrel. His innovations have led to his appearance on CNN and The Discovery Channel. The company he founded, Motive Industries, was featured in over 100 magazines.
One of Nathan’s dreams is to share his knowledge with youth worldwide, so that our planet’s transition to resource-friendly electric vehicles is as smooth and quick as possible.
Currently the Lead Product Designer for Genesis Robotics, Nathan has also been VP of Engineering for Havelaar Canada, and VP of Engineering for Draganfly Innovations. He is also our in-house test driver, enthusiastically evaluating each design from start to finish.
Stephen Sutherland, Head of Systems Integration
Stephen Sutherland is a technology visionary, inventor, and patent holder with extensive design, business, and global standards expertise. He has repeatedly driven concepts through to commercial products ahead of the curve in multiple emerging mass markets – including electronic publishing, document management, Internet access control, e-commerce, and wireless imaging – and firms such as Adobe Systems and Best Buy & Co. have acquired and built large customer bases on Steve's leading-edge innovations. His foundational patents span software and hardware including energy storage, personal service robotics, and hyper-efficient micro-rail transit systems for people, goods and services – passionately designed to meet the scale of our global climate crisis.
Steve is a Systems Design Engineering (honours Management Sciences/Computer Engineering) graduate of the University of Waterloo where he has also served on the UW Senate, Executive, and Finance committees. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and as an active participant in technology collaborations over three decades, his experience with many international groups includes past leadership of the Internet Imaging Protocol (the catalyst for mass-scale web imaging platforms such as Google Maps). Steve is currently President & CEO of CrossWing Autonomous Transportation Systems Inc. (“Trellis”) where together with Teznic, ‘last-mile’ breakthroughs will solve gridlock delays – ensuring rapid deliveries, even in the most congested cities worldwide.
Alex Eisen, CIO
Alex researches Cyber Physical Risks of IoT evolution. He has a Masters in Computer Science and twice awarded NSA Information Assurance Fellowships. He served as civilian lead and tech director on the US Department of Defense Incident Response teams.
He tech edited 2Hacking Exposed books: Malware and Rootkits (c) 2009; Reverse Deception (c) 2012 that are still found in the RSA IT Security Conference bookstore. While at Mandiant (acquired by FireEye) he consulted to Operation Aurora response effort in Silicon Valley; had successful attribution of foreign financial fraud criminals and taught digital forensics at FBI Cyber Crime Academy at Langley as well as InfoSec as Adj. Prof at UAT.edu; He built and led Splunk’s post-IPO Product & App Security Program team and helped protect SONY Playstation from Anonymous attacks.
Alex has been collecting and sporting exotic personal motorized vehicles for the past few decades.
Darren McKeage, VP of Design
Darren McKeage has been doing projects for OEM concept cars and smaller start up EV projects for several years. Keage Concepts found its roots at Motive Industries, a design firm focussing on ideation, styling, 3D surfacing and photorealistic visualization of vehicles and products for such companies as Magnovate Technologies, West Coast Customs, Fusion Motorsports and Zero to 60 Designs. Darren has a masters degree with distinction in Automotive Design from Coventry University in the UK and a bachelor of design degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His projects include the hemp bodied, bio-composite, EV Motive Kestrel, a custom Tesla supercar for Will.i.am, Bison EV pickup truck and the GTT for Zero to 60 Designs.
Hilary Gatehouse - Team Support
Hilary holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University. She has experience in the financial industry, having worked with securities for the Bank of Montreal and as an Auditor for Fuller Jenks Landau. Hilary has worked in a variety of roles, from Marketing for Readers Digest to working as a dance instructor. She has also worked for municipalities regarding crisis intervention and grief counselling, and has been an Executive Trainer and Corporate Coach for large corporations. All of these roles helped Hilary develop her relationship building and communication skills, which make her an integral part of the Teznic team.
Pablo Jenkins - Advisor
Pablo is the Founder and President of Ideas en Accion with the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA in Engineering from Princeton University, as well as an MBA and an MPA from Harvard. He was the Intel Capital Investment Manager for Latin America, and the Director of International Expansion for Endeavor Global. Pablo was the organizer of TEDxPuraVidaJoven, a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Director of the Costa Rica Coffee Academy for Conscious Capitalism Costa Rica and Estrategia Siglo XXI for Cenfotec University. Pablo is also the Director of the Harvard Club for Costa Rica.
Raquel Bolanos - Advisor
Raquel Bolanos is a bilingual professional artist, software engineer, and protector of rainforests. She co-founded the Movimiento Rios Vivos de Costa Rica, an environmental group that preserves the waterways of her country by preventing the excessive construction of hydro dams. Raquel holds a bachelors degree in Software Engineering from Ulatina in Costa Rica and a masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University in Canada. She has been a Professor of Art at many schools as well as the Director of Education at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.
Harrison Amit - Advisor
Harrison Amit is an experienced business development specialist with a demonstrated history working in the health, civic, and social industries. Harrison is skilled in Customer Service, Public Speaking, Research, Management, and Leadership. He's a strong business development professional who received a Bachelors of Science in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount St. Vincent University. Harrison is involved in and advises on Teznic's investor relations.
Bill Ross - Hydrogen Expert
Bill Ross ran his first truck off pure hydrogen in 1979. Since then, he’s been working with electrolysis to reduce emissions from combustion engines. He has patented several electrolysis applications related to four stroke engines which have been validated to show reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Bill brings a wealth of mechanical knowledge to the team and has integrated an electrolysis system into our drive train. Regenerative breaking instantly creates a lot of power and can damage batteries; Bill’s electrolysis system harnesses this power like a capacitor and uses it to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, that is stored for later use.
James Howard - Legal Advisor
James Howard has a background in engineering and law. As an engineer, he helped create technical solutions and develop new technologies. When he became a lawyer, he acted as an intellectual property and contract lawyer on behalf of AT&T Global. James was born in Jamaica, and has lived in New York - where he opened a free health clinic.
Adrián García - Advisor
Adrián García has invested and worked with early stage startups based in Latin America and the US for the past 10 years. His recent experience includes companies in the SaaS, consumer software, marketplaces, fintech, and education industries. Before founding Carao Ventures, Adrián was an Associate at Mesoamerica, a leading consulting and private equity firm in Latin America. He is passionate and actively involved in advocating for marine conservation, public education improvement, and Internet openness and transparency. Adrián is father of 2 children and has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with honours from the University of Texas in Austin, an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, and is a Fellow at Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), part of Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).
Jeff Jacobsen - Advisor
Jeff Jacobsen is a dual citizen with influence in both the USA and Costa Rica. Jeff was a Commodity Futures Trader from 1982-2006, is a member of the New York Futures Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Intercontinental Exchange, and the New York Mercantile Exchange. In 1993, he founded LOS Squawk Box, the first verbal reporting service for both price and commentary direct from the trading floor. Jeff has helped Costa Rican clients purchase US made equipment with guaranteed funding through the US EXIM Bank. He was also the creator of the "Perez Zeledon , Walk,Hike,Trek,Run,MTB,E-MTB Race-if you want to", an event that attracts tourism to Perez Zeledon.