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Team 1


We are a talented integrated team of unconventional thinkers

We are scientists, engineers, developers and creatives

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Team 1


We are a talented integrated team of unconventional thinkers

We are scientists, engineers, developers and creatives

Our Team

At Tesera, developing client relationships built on commitment, trust and respect is our top priority.  We believe a responsive and talented team is vitally important to serving our clients and growing their business - it’s a big part of our responsibility to them.
 
We’re known for our agile, engaging and client-focused approach to consulting and software application development.  We excel at building data, analytics and web/mobile applications that are intuitive, make data useful, and help our clients to expand their possibilities and improve business and environmental outcomes.
 
Serving our clients starts with active listening to understand their needs, business challenges and objectives, then offering innovative solutions, so they can be successful.  Tesera is committed to doing that right by delivering great service and awesome products for our clients.

 

 
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Our People

 
 
Alex Joseph

Alex Joseph

Director, Sustainable Solutions

A proven track record helping to integrate statisticians, web developers, GIS specialists, climatologists and foresters with opportunities in the environmental sector around risk, forecasting, maps, data and analytics. Background in environmental design and sustainable building practices, web/mobile based environmental technologies and applications. Passionate about collaborative business models, open source approaches, scalable web solutions, and clean tech.

Masters of Environmental Design, MBA in Global Energy Management and Sustainability, and B.Sc. (Geog). 15 passionate years working in the cleantech sector on leading-edge projects.

Specialties: Sustainability, Environmental Design, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Management, Cleantech, Open Data, Open GIS, Big Data, Interoperability, Certified Environmental Professional (EP), LEED Accredited Professional, Net Zero Buildings, Efficiency, Carbon, Water. Alex escapes on the weekend to climb, ski, ride in the Rocky Mountains and kitesurf the local lakes with family.


Boris Cosic

Boris Cosic

Senior Systems Developer

Boris brings 15 years of multidisciplinary software development experience to the Tesera team. After his BSc. Computer Science, Boris worked in a wide range of startups and large industries, always meeting different problems with relevant technological solutions. Over time Boris has worked in oil and gas, gaming, web and technical agencies. Changing landscape of industry highlights his ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, development languages and teams.

Boris uses OpenSource whenever possible, but prefers comprehensive analysis and stack evaluation before putting forward a technology. In order to enjoy himself, he is rigorous about automation processes, source control, mentoring and familiarizing himself with up and coming technologies and tools.

Specialties: A passion for middleware and server side integrations have led him to adapt solutions in .NET, PHP, Python, Java and NodeJS. His passion for usability has led him down the path of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and AngularJS. Without data, the stack is not complete, and he has worked with SQLite, MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch and Redis.

In his free time Boris enjoys eating, swimming, hiking, skiing, climbing and surfing. He prefers trips with intent on getting lost and exploring the world.


Bruce MacArthur

Bruce MacArthur

President and CEO

Tesera principal founder in 1998, Bruce brings entrepreneurial passion, purpose-driven values-based focus, vision, motivation and commitment to the staff and business. He has over 30 years of experience in providing clients and partners with high-quality products and services that enable the potential of people, data, and technology, across Canada and internationally.

Bachelor Science of Forestry from the University of British Columbia and a Professional Forester registered with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals. Bruce has held a variety of technical, operational, senior management and advisory positions in a variety of sectors.

Specialties: Risk Analytics and Modelling, Natural Resource Analysis and Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Web/Mobile, Data and Information Management, Open Source Approaches, Sustainable Forest Management, Integrated Resource Management, Multi-Stakeholder Consultation, Strategy Development, Collaborative Business Models. Bruce is passionate about science and technology, creating a more sustainable future, and fine woodworking shop projects.


Carol-Ann Crouse

Carol Ann Crouse

Senior Data Analyst

Over 20 years experience working with data analysis and natural resource management projects. Advanced understanding of complex data preparation requirements, quality assurance requirements, timber supply analysis, spatial and aspatial analysis, data inventory and technical writing. Combined natural resource and GIS experience across a wide range of projects including timber supply, forest inventory, wildlife habitat, water needs assessment, multi-user impact assessments and risk analysis.

Bachelor degree in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and a GIS Advanced Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Specialties: Spatial Analysis and Modelling, Data Quality Assurance, ArcGIS, Landscape Modelling, ESRI ArcGIS, Remsoft Spatial Planning Suite, Database Design, Programming (VBA, SQL, C++) and various Growth & Yield models. Carol Ann is a member of the College of Alberta Professional Foresters, and the Association of BC Forest Professionals. She loves traveling, especially road trips off the beaten path and enjoying the outdoors camping with her friends, family and two crazy labrador retrievers.


Dwight Crouse

Dwight Crouse

Senior Data Analyst

Dwight has over 20 years of experience in planning/supervision, geomatics, data management & analysis, operational and strategic forest planning and project management. Dwight uses his unique combination of experience, problem solving skills, “can-do” attitude and systems-based thinking to develop pragmatic solutions for clients. Dwight is passionate about providing excellent customer service, sustainable land use solutions and making existing business processes more efficient using his business analysis and process management (continual improvement) background.

B.Sc. Forestry from University of New Brunswick in 1994, a member of the College of Alberta Professional Foresters and Canadian Institute of Forestry. In 2012, Dwight initiated and completed Business Analysis and Business Process Management Extension Certificates from Mount Royal University.

Specialties: LiDAR Data Processing, Spatial Analysis and Modelling using ArcGIS and Landscape/Forest Estate Models, Database Design & Management, Database Programming and Analysis. Dwight is an active supporter of Toastmasters, enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, photography, woodworking, and is a NBA basketball fanatic.


Dwight Scott Wolfe

Dwight Scott Wolfe

Chief Operating Officer

Over 22 years of experience working in areas of stakeholder facilitation, public consultation, scenario planning facilitation, development of indicator monitoring programs and resource management planning/analysis.

BScF, Resource Management, and Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of B.C. (Cert. Con. Res.), and Canadian Risk Management designation through the Global Risk Management Institute.

Specialties: Synthesizing various techniques to deliver sustainable resource management involving scenario planning, strategic and operational analysis, indicator development, monitoring and evaluation within an adaptive management framework. Dwight enjoys vegetable gardening, listening to live music, hiking, performing in amateur theatre and participating in community radio.


Ian Moss

Ian Moss

Chief Analytics Officer

Ian has specialized in forest biometrics with applications in forest inventory, ecology, economics, the design and implementation of continuous monitoring, and risk assessment. He combines real world experience in forest management with advanced data analytics to support clients in their endeavor to maintain profitability and to ensure effective and efficient conservation of natural resources.

PhD, specializing in forest biometrics, University of British Columbia, 2012. MS, specializing in Tree Physiology, University of Georgia, 1988. Ian is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia. Association of BC Professional Foresters Board of Examiners 1996-2006. Full member of Sigma Xi, Canadian Institute of Forestry, and Society of American Foresters.

Specialties: Analytics; Risk Assessment Modeling; High Resolution Automated Inventory; Nearest Neighbour Techniques; Discriminant Analysis; Fuzzy C-Means Classification; Sample Design; Validation and Testing. Passions: cycling, squash, hiking, and reading.


Julianno Sambatti

Data Scientist

With over 20 years as an agronomy engineer and ecologist, Julianno brings a range of experience in analyzing genetics, genomics, ecology and remote sensing data. Julianno combines his passion for academic and industry research into opportunities for innovation and business development. He has developed unique patented airborne radar remote sensing applications for the forest sector in Brazil. Julianno has worked in Canada, US, Brazil, Guadeloupe and Germany, and is multi-lingual speaking Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German.

Julianno has a Bachelor in Agronomy Engineer from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis.

Specialties: Ecology, data analysis with R, experimentation, radar remote sensing, forestry remote sensing applications, business development. Julianno is an amateur classical guitar player, and a former sailplane and paraglide pilot. He enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, history and the arts.


Lori Logan

Lori Logan

Product Manager

Over fifteen years of geospatial experience taking complex data and making it useful in support of diverse natural resource and information systems projects. Lori is a seeker of creative solutions and in her element when applying technical skills or adding an artistic touch. She is passionate about learning, sharing through teaching and is always pushing for “better”.

GIS Advanced Technical Diploma - College of New Caledonia and Technical Diploma, Fish, Wildlife and Recreation - British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Specialties: Spatial Databases, Geomatics, Spatial Analysis, Amazon Web Services, ArcGIS Server Cloud Builder, Cartography, Web Mapping, Mapbox, ESRI, ArcGIS, FME, Environmental Awareness, Communications. Lori is an avid outdoors enthusiast, creative artist and enjoys spending time with her family cycling and skiing the trails throughout the Okanagan Valley.


Mandy Ferrari

Mandy Ferrari

Systems Engineer

Experienced in software development and quality assurance, data processing and application problem solving. Combined with a background in Global Navigation Satellite Systems and GIS, enables Mandy to approach tasks from multiple points of view. Expertise in test-driven development and agile software development methods. Mandy is skillful at developing both web and desktop applications.

BSc Geomatics Engineering, and Engineer in Training (EIT) with APEGA.

Specialties: Proficient in various programming languages including JavaScript, C#, vb.NET, SQL, C++, HTML, and CSS. Extensive experience with ArcMap, the ArcGIS REST API, ArcObjects, and FME. Mandy has a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a volunteer for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.


Matt Zandstra

Systems Developer

Almost 8 years of technical experience with infrastructure, web software development and open source platforms. Following the Unix philosophy, he enjoys building simple tools to complete complex tasks.

His experience includes work in the IT and childcare industries. His passion for learning has led him to try many new technologies in his work. Most recently he has enjoyed focusing on Ruby on Rails and writing clean testable code. Matt is passionate about learning new things.

Specialties: Proficient in various programming languages including HTML, CSS, Ruby, Bash, PHP, Rails, MySQL, node, AngularJS. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and mountain biking. He has recently picked up new hobbies including snowboarding and hockey.


Michael Kieser

Michael Kieser

Senior Systems Engineer

Twenty years of multidisciplinary geospatial experience in data analysis, GIS implementation, infrastructure mapping, municipal engineering, legal and high precision surveying; and with many geospatial technologies, including: CAD, GIS, spatial data extraction/transformation/loading, relational databases, and cluster computing. Has a passion for learning, sharing, collaborating with different expertise, in order to solve problems.

Master of Science, Geomatics Engineering: GIS and Land Tenure and accreditation as a Professional Engineer. Advanced understanding of Geospatial processes and data, Geographic Information Systems and CAD applications. User and advocate of software as a service (SAAS) applications and open source software.

Specialties: Application of open source technologies including: Grass and Quantum GIS, GDAL, GeoTools, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Amazon Web Services, R and Python. He also has extensive experience with the latest in Safe FME, ESRI ArcGIS, Amazon Web Services, Simple Storage Service, and Elastic MapReduce. Michael’s passions include skiing, mountain biking, backpacking and canoeing with his family.


Mike Scarth

Mike Scarth

Director, Business Solutions

30 years of experience working with private and public sector, research institutions and local community environmental stewardship organizations. Expertise in strategic planning, market development, project management, marketing and communications, financial analysis and competitive intelligence. Background in telecom, venture capital, water and environmental technologies. Supports collaborative business models, open source approaches and mobile technology.

Bachelor of Commerce education. A positive, results-oriented team player, agile and quick learner able to effectively lead and support multi-stakeholder projects and teams. Ability to understand and synthesize science and data with user stories to create innovative web/mobile applications and solutions.

Specialties: Business and Market Development, Strategic Planning, Communications, Product and Project Management, Market Research. Mike is currently based in Thailand, and is an alumni member of the Canadian Olympic, Commonwealth, Pan American and World Championship Swim teams.


Noah McDonald

Controller

Over ten years of experience in various accounting roles with increasing responsibility. Noah began his career out of university, articling for five years with Deloitte & Touche, where he obtained a strong understanding of financial reporting, control systems and the audit process. After receiving his CA designation in 2009, he has gained experience in various industries and in companies of varying size. He is responsible for all financial aspects of Tesera with a focus on financial reporting, corporate finance, governance and controls, and overall cash management.

He received his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting from the University of Calgary. Holds a Chartered Accountant designation and is an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

In his free time Noah enjoys spending time with family, travelling and sports. In particular, he enjoys golf, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball.


Spencer Cox

Spencer Cox

Chief Technology Officer

A proven technology thought leader. With over 10 years of experience working with clients, Spencer brings experience, commitment and enthusiasm to the challenges of designing and developing innovative software solutions. Excited to pursue a world where data is open, available, and user accessible so it can support intelligent decision making.

BSc, Earth Science. An expert in data and GIS systems specializing in web and mobile environments. A broad background in web and web-design enabling a prioritization of user experience to build highly usable systems that accomplish objectives.

Specialties: Enterprise Information System Design, Geographic Information Systems (various), Amazon Web Services, Databases (various), Systems Architecture, Business Analysis, Business Process Definition, Product Management, Requirements Gathering and Facilitation. An Advocate for open source,open data and cloud based solutions that work for users. Spencer is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing.


Tamara Biggs

Tamara Biggs

Product Manager

9 years of technical expertise with advanced geomatics techniques and spatial software, with a focus on web-enabled technologies and data platforms. Tamara applies leading edge design and software approaches to complex data challenges and work flows to create simple intuitive web/mobile solutions. She is also passionate about building strong collaborative relationships in teams and meeting tight project timelines.

BSc., Geomatics Engineering. With a background and education in GIS and Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Tamara is able to view projects from a diverse range of temporal and geospatial perspectives.

Specialties: GIS, Web GIS, UI/UX Design, Open Source, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Databases, GRASS, CartoCSS, Mapbox, Matlab, ArcGIS, BDD, Git, C++, HTML, CSS, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, AGPS, Architecture diagrams, REST Services, Data Modeling, Data Processing, ESRI. Tamara is passionate about creative projects including: cakes, drawings, paintings and music. Her daughter and rambunctious dog keep her busy, but if she has some time she also enjoys running, yoga and learning new activities.


Yves Richard

Yves Richard

Senior Systems Developer

Over 15 years of technical expertise with software development best practices, with a focus on web-enabled technologies and platforms. Experienced and passionate systems thinker with expertise ranging low level code design to high level distributed cloud based systems. Proven ability to make good technical decisions that impact positively on adjacent systems or provide useful features. Strong believer in the Unix philosophy ensuring system components do one thing and do it well.

Electronic Engineering Technology, NBCC - Moncton. Passionate about continued learning Yves has obsessively pushed his own knowledge to excel. He has a proven track record relating features and objectives to efficient and maintainable implementation mechanisms. Expert in web/mobile-based GIS systems, and in collaborating with third-party software developers and user-interface specialists. Amazon Web Service architect focusing in DevOps and distributed service oriented systems design.

Specialties: Full-stack senior developer (css, html, js + backend), Javascript including AngularJS and NodeJS, BASH, Linux/Unix, DevOps, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, Mapbox, RESTfull API design, AWS, Ruby, Python, Git, Leaflet, ESRI, Agile. Yves is an avid and passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys skiing and mountain biking with his family.