President and CEO
Charles has made it his life’s work to empower individuals through robotics. It all started when Charles got the “invention bug” at an early age to assist and encourage three of his uncles living with muscular dystrophy. While completing his studies at Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Charles developed a clear vision and mission for Kinova, which he co-founded in 2006.
His achievements quickly earned him the reputation as a trailblazer in the modern robotics revolution, including a 2014 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award, as well as a 2016 Governor General Innovation Award. He is Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Table (a federal initiative), is a member of the Business Council of Canada (Next Generation Business Leaders), and an industrial member of the ÉTS study commission. Since 2016, he has also actively participated in the Governor General Innovation Awards as a jury member.
Charles is equally dedicated to robotics democratization on a global scale as well as seeding top talent through robotics internships & Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities.
COO and Co-founder
Louis-Joseph is the co-founder of Kinova and an accomplished leader in the robotics industry as well as a key figure in robotic solutions to empower humans. Having already achieved many accomplishments, including winning the Governor General’s Innovation Award in 2016 and being ranked in the PROFIT 500 list, his leadership and vision have propelled Kinova into becoming a leader in the robotics industry.
As COO, Louis-Joseph brings strong expertise and knowledge in mechanical, electrical and electromechanical complex mechanism for robotics products. He also has extensive knowledge in new technology, including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, miniaturization and path planning. In just a short period of time he has helped users in a new era of human empowerment with easy-to-use, intelligent, compact, and affordable robots.
Louis-Joseph’s expertise isn’t limited to just technological innovation; he is a respected mentor amongst his peers. He has taken his modest Engineering and Advanced Research team from six to nearly 80 developers, engineers, technicians and managers. His belief in the Agile Methodology has proven to be the perfect system for creating effective multifunctional teams.
François is a Kinovian through and through. For the past decade he has helped lead Kinova from small startup to international success.
The versatile leader’s main focus is business growth, but the hats he’s worn since joining Kinova include product development, marketing, strategy, talent and culture. It’s his ability to work with teams and fearlessness in taking on new challenges that quickly propelled him to become Kinova’s executive vice president in early 2017.
François graduated from Université Laval in 2002, completing his bachelor’s degree in physics engineering in four years. He immediately followed this up by earning his master’s in business management, during which he was presented with an opportunity to accompany the Gouvernement du Québec on a trade mission to Mexico.
His formative years allowed him the opportunity to build a strong technical knowledge on subjects he was passionate about, while also developing his business acumen and leadership abilities. Today, his main role with Kinova is to oversee corporate expansion in new markets and industries.
VP, Assistive Technologies
Laurie has been with Kinova for over a decade, in fact she was Kinova’s third employee, and has played a key role in the development and global success of Kinova’s Assistive Technologies division.
Laurie studied business at Laval University, with a passion and focus on finding ways in which communities could build centres for families taking care of individuals with limited mobility. A few years into her career, she was introduced to Charles Deguire, and was totally inspired by Kinova’s mission. The rest is history.
Today, Laurie’s day-to-day revolves around strategizing ways to increase the accessibility rates and ease of adoption for end-users. By engaging with end-users, their families and caregivers, as well as collaborating with therapists and medical professionals, Laurie is able to refine our product to meet varying needs and improve the experience for users.
Laurie’s current objectives include changing the paradigm of Assistive Technologies to ensure human mobility is viewed from the framework of one’s entire body, and to increase accessibility and long-term adoption.
Chief Financial Officer
Marc Bélanger joined Kinova as CFO in November 2018. In his new role, Marc is responsible for the company’s global financial strategy and direction.
Throughout his career, Marc has gained vast experience in every aspect of financial management including multi-jurisdiction mergers and acquisitions, raising financing in the form of equity and debt, debt restructuring, investor relations, reporting, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Kinova, Marc served as CFO at eStruxture Data Centers and previously at GTI. He was involved in numerous M&A and financing activities, totaling in excess of $6B. Marc is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1992 and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.