The AIS Team:
Autonomous Mobile Robot Experts

AIS team are experts in mobile robotics, automation, machine learning and IoT.

By addressing real industry problems with custom robotic solutions AIS team stays challenged and inspired.

Advanced Intelligent Systems was born out of the desire to provide custom robotic solutions to industries faced with automation challenges. The company started with a focused team of electrical and robotics engineers and has grown within five years to 35 dynamic team members, with professional expertise in robotics, engineering, sales & marketing and management. Today, the company attracts top talent as it looks to expand its collaboration with bright minds, universities and thought leaders. AIS is united towards a vision of creating innovations in autonomous robotics with a wide range of applications.

AIS Board of Advisors
AIS Adviser, Debra Hadden

Debra Hadden

Debra Hadden has more than 20 years of international experience positioning, branding and growing complex businesses in the agri-tech, biotech, software, telecom and functional food industries. Prior to establishing Debra Hadden Communications, Ms. Hadden served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. Ms. Hadden also led the marketing/communications team for B.C. at TELUS Mobility, and started her career as an Account Director at BC’s top public relations agency, Hoggan & Associates, where she provided public relations counsel for companies such as CENTURY 21 Canada, QLT, Ballard, Inex, YWCA, B.C. Literacy and Capers Markets.

AIS Adviser, John Schimeser

John Schmeiser

John Schmeiser is the CEO of the Western Equipment Dealers Association, and prior to its establishment, served as the CEO of the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association since 1996.
John also serves as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Canada Equipment Dealers Foundation and the Western Equipment Dealers Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation where he is the Chair of the Human Resources & Governance Committee. He is Past Chairman of the Board for IRON Solutions; Past President of the NA Equipment Association Executives; and, Past Chair of the Board for the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation.

John is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Arizona, McMaster University and Western Academy Broadcasting College.

AIS Adviser, Heather Carter

Heather Carter

Heather Carter is the principle at Digital Punch. An accomplished, results-driven business executive, Heather has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing and operations in sectors ranging from technology, packaged goods, SaaS, government, financial, telecom and health. Prior to establishing Digital Punch, Heather was the Managing Director at Publicis Modem Vancouver and Vice President Marketing Services at Radiant Communications. Here she worked with clients such as Rogers, Purolator, Telus Business and Robert Mondavi Winery. Heather is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

AIS Adviser, Jonathan Saperstein

Jonathan Saperstein

Jonathan Saperstein is the CEO of one of America’s largest nurseries, TreeTown USA. Saperstein became CEO of Treetown after leading a management buyout in January 2015. After assuming the role of CEO, acquisitions and strong organic growth. Today TreeTown and its subsidiaries, Village Nurseries and Hines Growers, produce on over 6,000 acres split amongst 15 facilities located in Florida, Texas, California and Oregon while producing over 30 million plants a year and employing over 2,000 team members.

AIS Adviser, Sahhram Tafazoli

Shahram Tafazoli

Shahram Tafazoli is the Founding CEO of Motion Metrics International Corp.
Motion Metrics is developing AI-based reliable and cutting-edge monitoring solutions for mines and quarries and has deployed its innovative solutions in more than 65 mines around the world digging copper, iron, gold, diamond, coal and nickel. Shahram is an Adjunct Professor with UBC ECE department and has a passion for technology and space exploration. He is an angel investor in 20+ Canadian startups.

AIS Adviser, Gerald Clancy

Gerald Clancey

Gerald Clancey is the founder and CEO of Valid Manufacturing Ltd., one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of innovative and cost-effective solutions for industrial, commercial and recreational vehicle applications. Working directly with customers such as AIS, Valid’s engineering and design teams utilize game-changing innovation and proven technology. Gerald founded Valid in 1991, which operates as a privately owned and operated Canadian company. Valid is located in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and employs more than 100 team members throughout four facilities.

AIS Management
Fahran Bidram, CTO, AIS


Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

Afshin Doust, CEO, AIS


Chief Executive Officer

Robert Vahedi, AIS, COO


Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer

Saeed Govahi, AIS, CMO


Chief Marketing Officer

“Our client base is desperate to fill open headcount. They just can’t find people for these labor intensive job openings. AIS is laser focused on providing practical, cost effective robotics that can be put to work in the very near term to fill a gap that will only grow.”

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Message from the CEO

Entrepreneurs know that to succeed in a start up one would have to give it their heart and soul and fight against all odds. There has to be an absolute belief in the vision coupled with hard work and optimism, yet there also needs to be a strong awareness of the realities of the hardships of starting a business. At AIS, we have been lucky to experience all these and to come through holding our heads up. We have all been united towards a vision of creating innovations in autonomous robotics with a wide range of applications. We have been blessed to have the support of our employees, partners, advisers and investors, who all subscribed to our goals and walked with us hand in hand, sharing all the lessons we have learnt in this journey.
Years after we embarked on this journey, and after all the achievements we have had, we realize that we have a long road ahead of us. But the game is changing for us. Our company is maturing and we need to focus on our corporate social responsibilities and creating positive impacts on our environment and communities. We need to scale our growth and continue to create value for our shareholders.
AIS team is truly excited to step forward into this new phase, to learn, to create and to grow.
We are always looking to expand our collaboration with bright minds, universities and thought leaders. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Hey, there might even be a problem that we could solve for your industry using our autonomous robotics platform.