Our team of experts is changing the way industry quantifies and visualizes the integrity of critical assets. We’ve brought together driven individuals from machine vision, medical imaging, aerospace design, robotics, and computer graphics to create disruptive solutions for real-world applications. Meet the team behind the scenes.
Stephen Robinson is a serial entrepreneur that has started and scaled multiple industrial imaging technology businesses. Stephen founded DarkVision in 2013, and as CEO grew the business into the most advanced acoustic imaging company in the world, culminating in the acquisition by Koch Industries in 2020. Focused on strategy and points of leverage, Stephen excels at synthesizing critical details involving markets, products, technologies, and people into clear, cohesive, ambitious and achievable plans. Stephen is very disagreeable (ranking in the 0th percentile on the Big 5 personality test), and creative, willing
wanting to take unpopular risks and go against the grain, just because. He blends humour, honesty, sarcasm and charm with engineering and business into a unique combination; a combination that his last board is happy to never see again. No stranger to start-ups, Stephen has raised close to $100M in funding, hired hundreds of employees, scaled revenues from zero to tens of millions, and won multiple awards in the process. Stephen graduated from UBC’s Electro-mechanical Engineering program in 2005 and hasn’t worked for anyone but himself since.
Graham is the CTO and Co-founder of DarkVision. He is an entrepreneur who has survived two start-ups with two exits and has spent the past 15 years building award-winning technology companies. Graham is devoted to learning new technology and diving into unfamiliar spaces. A pragmatic though often unconventional inventor, Graham loves to inspire new solutions to old problems to build value in industries ignored by the crowd. No stranger to recruiting, designing, pitching, researching, and coding, he wears many hats and believes in doing anything and everything needed to take a start-up to commercial success. Graham holds both a BASc and Masters in Electro-mechanical Engineering from UBC.
Osman is one of DarkVision’s co-founders and has been CFO since the company started in 2013. Osman is a veteran of the O&G industry. He has extensive field, engineering, operations, and finance experience from around the world with both British Petroleum (BP) and Cenovus’ Venture Capital Fund. Osman, or Oz, is the undisputed master of pranks at DarkVision. And when not pranking his peers, he is absolutely meticulous with his work and brings a pragmatic approach to all things commercial and financial at DarkVision. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in the UK, holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.
Tom Littleford is DarkVision’s first Chief Operating Officer, and has held increasingly senior positions in the company since joining in 2019. He drives company growth through innovating at the intersection of product development, operations management, business development, and technical marketing. Tom’s a Professional Engineer with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from UBC and brings a diverse skillset from his field, operations, facilities, and production engineering roles at major mining and E&P companies. He is highly strategic, has a deep distaste for anything bureaucratic, and believes in a “do it once, do it right” mentality. Combined with his first-principles-based mindset, Tom is a pragmatic leader with ruthless attention to detail and has been instrumental in scaling DarkVision’s sales, field operations, data-analytics, marketing, and product functions through a period of high growth.
Chris McCann is the VP of Sales for DarkVision and has over 23 years of experience throughout the O&G industry. He is an experienced sales manager with deep roots in operations, product development, and sales management. Chris is a spring of energy and knowledge that drives his team of top-tier sales professionals to establish lasting relationships with DarkVision’s global client base. As a forward-thinking leader, Chris enjoys leading his team from the front and developing talented individuals into the next generation of industry leaders. A trusted advisor within the industry, Chris prides himself most on helping his clients develop a deep technical understanding of DarkVision’s offerings.
Damian Nesbitt is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience in digital imaging. Trained in electrical engineering, he’s worked across the industry from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar public companies. He brings immense expertise to the team, having successfully launched hundreds of products and rapidly scaled both production rates and team capabilities. Damian is the VP of Engineering at DarkVision and helms our world-class in-house engineering and production teams. He is a passionate learner of the latest tech, and takes great pride in helping his team grow and succeed in their careers. Down to earth and energetic, Damian enjoys getting to know his team over a cold one and is often found biking along the North Shore trails after work.
Reza is a visionary and scientific-minded leader with an unconditional passion for growth and innovation. He has a PhD in engineering from UBC and an MBA from the Beedie School of Business at SFU. His background combines over 15 years of experience in leadership, innovation, and product & technology development in start-ups, mid-size companies, and global organizations. Reza loves solving problems and finding creative solutions that are inspired by research and grounded in practice. He believes in continuous learning, from both success & failure, and strives to stay positive and curious while inspiring others to do the same – even when the going gets tough.