Leadership

Bill McHale

Chief Executive Officer

Bringing decades of experience, including as CEO with multiple high growth companies, Bill joined Aeryon in 2017. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Masternaut, an SaaS-based telematics and Mobile Resource Management solutions company, where he served as CEO in early 2015. From 2010 to 2013, Bill was CEO of Actix, a provider of mobile optimization software, which he joined in 2007 as a member of its Board of Directors. Earlier in his career, he served as CEO of DSET Corporation, a provider of telecommunications software, and as CEO of Cerebus Solutions, an artificial intelligence platform developer. Bill was a business major at Villanova University before serving in the U.S. Navy and reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He is a Vietnam veteran.

Dave Kroetsch

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Before becoming a founder at Aeryon Labs, Dave Kroetsch held a number of engineering positions at several companies, including PixStream, Cisco Systems, VideoLocus, and LSI Logic, where he developed hardware to deliver digital video systems. Dave earned his BASc and MASc in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and began his career in Aerial Robotics in 1997 when he founded the Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group, an organization that he managed for six years. Dave has been a member of the Board of Directors at Aeryon Labs since 2007.

Mike Peasgood

Technical Director & Co-Founder

Mike Peasgood, a co-founder of Aeryon Labs, brings industrial experience in software development and team management to the Aeryon team.  Currently, Mike leads teams focused on the technical design and system architecture of Aeryon’s solutions. He directly managed the development team, as Vice President of Engineering, from 2008 to 2014.  From 2007 to 2016, Mike also served as a member of the Board of Directors.  Prior to Aeryon, he held system design and architecture positions with several companies including PixStream, Cisco Systems, VideoLocus, and LSI Logic, where he focused on the development of digital video systems. Mike earned his PhD in mobile robotics, as well as his MASc and BASc in Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

John Vukovic

Chief Financial Officer

With more than 20 years of experience as a senior operations and finance executive, John leads finance, administration, human resources, legal, customer support and IT operations. Previously, he was CFO at Scribble Technologies; CFO & VP Operations at Avvasi; COO and CFO, Americas for Odyssey Financial Technologies; COO/CFO of Telmetrics Inc.; CFO at Fastvibe; and VP Finance at FloNetwork. Earlier in his career, as Vice President with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance, John led financing and M&A advisory services for the firm’s technology clients. John has completed over 20 financing and merger transactions in excess of $1 billion in aggregate value. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Tom Jackson

VP, Global Defense & Government Programs

Tom Jackson is responsible for growing Aeryon’s largest market, Defense and Government. A retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and Attack Helicopter Pilot whose military career spanned 21 years, Tom also has nearly 20 years of Defense and Energy industry experience working for such companies as GE Energy, Woodward Governor, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Over his career, Tom has managed aircraft projects such as the PC-12, M28, and A-29 Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft. Tom is a graduate of The Citadel and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business from Regis University.

Mark Davis

VP, Global Sales & Client Solutions

Mark Davis leads the worldwide Sales and Client Solutions organization at Aeryon. This team is responsible for all aspects of client engagement and enables the in-field success of all customers. Mark brings expertise in delivering new technology to global commercial & government sectors in Fortune 500 enterprise businesses, as well as startups. Most recently, Mark was Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Airware. Mark holds a Master of Science (M.S.), Masters in Management of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Georgia. Mark joined Aeryon in 2016.

David Proulx

VP Product & Marketing

David Proulx joined Aeryon in 2015 as the Company’s Vice President of Product and Marketing. Prior to Aeryon, David held key corporate development, new business development and business management roles at L-3 Communications and BlackBerry, in both Europe and North America. He brings to Aeryon more than 17 years of extensive M&A, software licensing, business development and functional leadership experience. David holds a B.B.A. (Hons) with a minor in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Chuck Lownie

Vice President

With more than 20 years sales management and business development expertise, Chuck Lownie has held positions with global companies such as MKS (now PTC) and Sybase (an SAP company). Lownie has an Honours Math degree from the University of Waterloo. Lownie joined Aeryon in 2009 and has been VP Sales since 2012.

Pete Beynon

VP Finance

With more than 20 years of financial leadership experience at multi-national organizations including National Grocers and ATS Automation Toolings Systems, Pete Beynon oversees the finance team at Aeryon Labs. A member of the Audit Committee of the City of Waterloo since 2010, Beynon holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and a BA Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University. Beynon has been with the Aeryon management team since 2010.

Rob McMillan

VP Operations

A leader of high performing teams responsible for the full lifecycle program management of products within the manufacturing & supply chain teams, Rob McMillan draws on 17 years of hi-tech experience with a focus on New Product Introduction (NPI), Quality and IT. He has extensive experience in managing and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to deliver products optimized for manufacturability, quality, cost and delivery. In addition to 10 years of leading NPI & Manufacturing teams through multiple years of growth at BlackBerry, McMillan previously held positions at Nortel Networks and Keane Canada, Ltd. McMillan holds a M.Sc. Business Information Technology Systems (University of Paisley, UK.) and a B.A Economics, B.A Urban Studies (Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA). Rob joined Aeryon in 2014.