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VR Headspace Core Team

Christopher Niles – Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer ( CTO )

Chris is acting CTO leading the team on direction. Under his guidance, VR Headspace has built the first portable VR Forklift simulator and developed F.I.T (Facility Immersion Training) driving VR forward in manufacturing.

Chris also manages a large contract at GM Oshawa managing all IT integration into GM Oshawa’s JIT suppliers (Ceva, Inteva, Syncreon, AWC, Martinrea). Chris was an integral part of the 2017/2018 GM Oshawa Truck project launching four new JIT locations into GM with two of them at lineside. This helped GM Oshawa become one of GM’s 4th fastest launches achieving completion within 6 months. This was the first time GM Oshawa had JITs lineside and because Chris had prior experience in St. Catherine’s he fit perfectly into the project. This project will save GM Oshawa millions per year in transportation costs.

Chris continues to work with GM and act as CTO for VR Headspace.

Christopher Niles – Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer ( CTO )

Chris has always shown a keen interest in advancing technology and he enjoys working in a hands-on environment, both mechanically and as an artist.  He is a self-taught, driven entrepreneur who has worked with innovative hardware and software for most of his career. Being multi-passionate has allowed Chris to adapt quickly to new fields and sectors.

Currently, Chris works professionally as a CTO, Entrepreneur, IT Contractor, Communications Specialist, Photographer, Web & Graphics Designer and Blacksmith.

In 1990 Chris started his first company with Kathleen Niles providing computer training and outsourcing of IT.  This allowed Chris early entry into an emerging IT field. During this time Chris was also attending Loyalist College for Photography & Graphics.

Chris was able to use these newly formed skills as a contractor at Rexcan Circuits, a fast-paced circuit board company.  Chris and Kathleen were building cutting edge Visual Work Instructions using a 2MB Kodak digital camera and process documentation. They were recruited by Coretec Inc., a competitor circuit board company in Toronto, to implement Visual Work Instructions into their company.

Chris worked at Coretec for 10 years within their IT department.  He also worked directly with the owner on many ground-breaking initiatives including launching new facilities and designing and launching their corporate-wide intranet. This allowed Chris to target Coretec’s brand worldwide to ensure that the company had a consistent standard. For a few years, Chris took on the role of IT Specialist and managed over 400 PC’s and line equipment as well as 12 servers.

Chris moved on from Coretec and started Nessis Inc. with his original business partner, Kathleen. Chris wanted to follow his passion of developing instructional material for companies. Chris and Kathleen hired a developer and spent the next year designing web-based software to manage electronic document delivery in early 2000.  Nessis became successful and our software is used in many large organization like Volvo, Prevost, Nova Bus, Spencer ARL, GFL and many more. While working as the CTO for Nessis, Chris also worked under contract to help launch companies or deploy new technological initiatives. Chris worked with Spencer ARL primarily managing all their IT infrastructure and launched several new facilities for Spencer ARL. Two of these involved General Motors, GM, in St Catherine’s.

The facility in GM was the company’s first lineside JIT launch. Chris worked closely with GM on setting up the structure inside GM

In 2013 Chris purchased an Oculus Dev Kit because he could see the potential associated with this technology. Chris is always looking ahead and could see how this technology could be applied to improve industry training methods. While educating himself on VR he met Blaise Pucci in 2015. Chris showed Blaise the capabilities of VR and without question, Blaise offered to partner on a company with a focus on developing the next form of virtual training.

VR Headspace was started in December of 2015 and has grown in leaps and bounds. Chris is acting CTO leading the team on direction. Under his guidance, VR Headspace has built the first portable VR Forklift simulator and developed F.I.T (Facility Immersion Training) driving VR forward in manufacturing.

Chris also manages a large contract at GM Oshawa managing all IT integration into GM Oshawa’s JIT suppliers (Ceva, Inteva, Syncreon, AWC, Martinrea). Chris was an integral part of the 2017/2018 GM Oshawa Truck project launching four new JIT locations into GM with two of them at lineside. This helped GM Oshawa become one of GM’s 4th fastest launches achieving completion within 6 months. This was the first time GM Oshawa had JITs lineside and because Chris had prior experience in St. Catherine’s he fit perfectly into the project. This project will save GM Oshawa millions per year in transportation costs.

Chris continues to work with GM and act as CTO for VR Headspace.

Blaise Pucci – Co-founder, Investor Relations

From the minute he first experienced virtual reality, Blaise saw the enormous potential the technology could have, particularly in showing people things they couldn’t normally see. He made an immediate decision to invest in the area, and in the genius he saw in his cofounder. Blaise is a seasoned entrepreneur, with many interests in real estate and leisure. Blaise’s cheery enthusiasm drives the team toward, challenging them to make the most of their interests and technical capabilities.

Blaise Pucci – Co-founder, Investor Relations

Scott McCarthy – Chief Operations Officer ( COO )

Scott has extensive experience in the Canadian franchise landscape working with some of the most well established brands in Canada and the United States. Scott began his career at Tim Hortons as a multi-unit franchise owner/operator. After several years with Tim Hortons, Scott left the organization and joined Kelsey’s as a Franchisee owner/operator.

After more than a decade as a Franchisee, Scott moved to experience operations from the corporate side and joined companies such as Sunoco and McDonald’s. Having spent his entire career in the food industry, Scott moved to the Pharmaceutical franchises and joined Medicine Shoppe/Rexall Inc. and later joined Luxottica Retail, Pearl Vision Canada responsible for corporate locations and Franchise operations for Canada. In his career, Scott has been responsible for planning and orchestrating the opening of over 200 franchised locations, ranging from food & beverage to pharmacies, eye wear and gas stations.

Scott McCarthy – Chief Operations Officer ( COO )

Scott has extensive experience in the Canadian franchise landscape working with some of the most well established brands in Canada and the United States. Scott began his career at Tim Hortons as a multi-unit franchise owner/operator. After several years with Tim Hortons, Scott left the organization and joined Kelsey’s as a Franchisee owner/operator.

After more than a decade as a Franchisee, Scott moved to experience operations from the corporate side and joined companies such as Sunoco and McDonald’s. Having spent his entire career in the food industry, Scott moved to the Pharmaceutical franchises and joined Medicine Shoppe/Rexall Inc. and later joined Luxottica Retail, Pearl Vision Canada responsible for corporate locations and Franchise operations for Canada. In his career, Scott has been responsible for planning and orchestrating the opening of over 200 franchised locations, ranging from food & beverage to pharmacies, eye wear and gas stations.

Shelley Berman – Chief Marketing Officer ( CMO )

Shelley has held an array of senior marketing and leadership positions across multiple verticals and geographies. The focus of her early career was in Consumer Package Goods with Colgate Palmolive South Africa, where she held a broad range of leadership roles, ranging from classical brand management to heading up all corporate research, in tandem with spearheading cross-category promotional strategies. Her Pan African experience and decade of proficiency culminated in a number of Global Marketing Awards.

In Canada, Shelley has leveraged her marketing flair in the technology sector as Director of Communications for Mobile Data Solutions Inc., a leading global mobile workforce management company.  Her breadth of experience extends to Brand Director at Mars Canada Inc., and Vice-President of Marketing at Cara Foods Inc. for Kelsey’s, Montana’s and Milestones.

Most recently, Shelley held the position of Vice President Marketing for Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters, where she was instrumental in shaping the brand’s identity, as well as growing her team to support the five-year strategic plan and grassroots tactical approach. Shelley has managed teams as small as 2 people and as large as 16 (6 direct and 10 indirect reports).

Alex Bedard-Reid – Chief Development Officer ( CDO )

Alex has been part of the Game Development industry for 4+ years, learning the ins-and-outs of user interaction, simulation, and gamified learning. Building upon his foundation from UOIT, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Game Development, Alex had spent some time as a Freelance developer, creating projects for Mobile platforms improving overall knowledge of performance efficient applications.

Implementing server systems, Mobile applications, Data Tracking & Analytics, language locality systems, and modern authentication, Alex has expanded his overall capabilities to become an asset in all areas and stages of VR and AR development.

Alex manages our scalable team of developers, artists, and testers to create VR \ AR applications, ensuring that deadlines are set and met, as well as keeping team dynamics well maintained.