The AIS Team:
Autonomous Mobile Robot Experts

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

By addressing real industry problems with custom robotic solutions our 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.

FARHANG BIDRAM

Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

AFSHIN DOUST

Chief Executive Officer

ROBERT VAHEDI

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer

SAEED GOVAHI

Chief Marketing Officer

EHAB SAMY

Chief Strategy Officer

Advisory Board

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.

Robert Lando

Robert Lando is the founder and President of AgriNomix, North America’s largest supplier of automation to nurseries and greenhouses. Prior to AgriNomix, Rob served as Sr. Vice President responsible for Sales and Service at Bouldin & Lawson of McMinnville, TN. Rob started his journey in the horticulture industry with Langley Peat Moss of Fort Langley, BC in 1980. He is currently a Board of Directors member of the industry’s largest trade association and advocacy group AmericanHort, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Greenhouse Grower Technology.

Daniel Veniez

Daniel Veniez is a senior executive and entrepreneur in sectors ranging from technology, commercial real estate development, forest products, transportation, finance, and strategy consulting. He has served on numerous private and public boards and was a senior officer of a NASDAQ and TSE listed corporation. Dan has led and participated in trade missions throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. His opinions on various public policy and economic issues have been published in newspapers and policy journals around the world.

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.

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.

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.

Basil Peters

Dr. Peters is the CEO of Strategic Exits Corp, a firm specializing in optimum exits for technology companies, and is an M&A advisor, exit coach and angel investor. Dr. Peters has managed three top performing funds, a hedge fund, a venture capital fund and an angel fund, and has served as a CEO for technology companies in both Vancouver and Silicon Valley.  His first book: Early Exits – Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists) was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the ten best business books of the year. Basil has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada Awards Silver Medal in Entrepreneurship, BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal and Business Leader of the Year Award.

“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.”

Robert LandoAgrinomix

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.
We are 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.