Our Team

Erik Blake, PGeo, PhD

Erik Blake, PGeo, PhD

Director, Chief Technologist

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Erik brings 30 years experience as a leading global mind in borehole surveying technology. With a PhD in geophysics from the University of British Columbia, and an Engineering Geophysics degree from the University of Toronto, he understands the necessary link between laboratory development and practical application in the field. The depth of his knowledge is evident in his many technological achievements.

Emmanuel Potvin

Emmanuel Potvin

Mechanical Engineer

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Emmanuel is a Mechanical Designer and Professional Manufacturing Engineer with an Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria. He has held roles as Professional Mechanical Engineer, Research Assistant, and Manufacturing Engineer. He has extensive experience in project management, prototyping, electrical and mechanical assembly and manufacturing. His education and work experience provide him with a wide range of product design and implementation knowledge. His passions include solving problems, outdoor adventures, and helping to build successful operations.

David Buzorgnia

David Buzorgnia

Research Scientist

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David has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a master’s degree in Control Systems Engineering focused on Flight Control Systems, and another master’s degree in Control Systems Engineering focused on Complex Networked Systems. He has a decade of experience in academia and industry as a Researcher, Systems Engineer, and Firmware Engineer. At Icefield, David improves the system behavior and its operation through mathematics and firmware.

Quinn Pierce

Quinn Pierce

Assembly Technician

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Since joining Icefield in 2019, Quinn has demonstrated consistency and attention to detail in production of gyroscopic tools and modem telemetry systems. In addition to assembly tasks, Quinn performs quality control checks on finished goods and incoming mechanical components. He also has experience working in the field gathering test data from newly developed systems.

Lee Randell

Lee Randell

Chief Operating Officer

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Lee Randell has been managing and developing businesses for more than 2 decades. Mr. Randell is a career entrepreneur; his relevant experience includes business management consulting, process improvement, and export focused business development. His primary goal is to create value through profitable growth of the company, implementation of efficient production systems, and the overall commercialization of its efforts.

Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard

Mechanical Design Engineer

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Mark is a Mechanical Design Engineer (EIT) with extensive hands-on trades experience, five years of mechanical design work, and…a Masters in Linguistics. His career path has led him through the lands of automotive mechanical repair, linguistics, timber framing, and finally engineering. Whether working on R&D and prototype design, component fabrication, or optimizing parts for production runs, Mark is known for getting things done!

Alexis Bourbonnais, P.Eng

Alexis Bourbonnais, P.Eng

Mechanical Engineer

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Alexis is a professional engineer with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Ottawa. With a passion for mechanical design, he has spent most of his career designing and developing machinery for the packaging industry. With extensive experience in project management, prototyping, manufacturing and mechanical assembly, he now applies his knowledge to continuously improve the way Icefield Tools manufactures their products. When not at work, you most likely will find him skiing, hiking or fishing.

Hoby Irwin

Hoby Irwin

Senior Electronics Technician

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Hoby has been an electronics technician since 1980 and an Interprovincial Red Seal technician in Radio TV Repair since 1985. His interest in electronic extends even further back building his first project as a Cub Scout when he was 5. Running his own shop for 25 years, he performed warranty repairs for many major companies including Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba.

Working for Icefield Tools for 16 years, his major focus is building modifying and repair printed circuit boards.His other duties include building projects for our sister company Icefield Instruments including Icedrill Controllers, ECMs and ice penetrating radar systems.

Vishal Parekh

Vishal Parekh

Director

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After finalizing his MBA and Project Management Designation, Mr. Parekh has been building practical experience in business management consulting, with an impressive variety of historical projects. Vishal oversees financial and corporate governance systems, process control and forecasting. His commitment at Icefield is obvious to his colleagues – near “around the clock” dedication and careful attention to details.
Adam Brar

Adam Brar

Electrical Engineer, Software Programmer

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Adam graduated from UBC and has more than a decade of experience working with a variety of electronic systems. He has been developing software since high school and has been instrumental in developing client software and test applications for Icefield’s core technology and modem telemetry. Adam’s knowledge of software development and electronics is indispensable and often leads to insights that might be otherwise overlooked. Adam has naturally progressed into leading project management activities at Icefield.

Shawn MacRury

Shawn MacRury

Procurement Officer

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Shawn has been with Icefield since 2007. He is a graduate of Centennial College and Sir Standford Fleming College in Ontario. For more than 20 years he has worked in the Electronics and Electrical fields, now in charge of procurement of parts and materials for Icefield. He has extensive logistical experience ordering electronic and mechanical supplies, world-wide.

Victor Randell

Victor Randell

Production Supervisor

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Victor oversees assembly of Magnetic and Gyroscopic instruments – including wiring, circuit board testing and modifications, calibrations, and quality assurance. His hands-on experience with the products is an asset to the company during real-world testing of products in development. Driven by an interest in problem solving and electronics, his goal is to create a consistent final product.