Meet the Team

Nicholas Burgwin

Co-Founder & CEO

Nicholas graduated from the University of Toronto in 2010 as an Electrical Engineer and went straight into industry. Throughout his time in industry, he worked on a number of sensor applications and quickly began to recognize the limitations that exist with electrical solutions. A better alternative had to exist, and this was found through research being done at Ryerson University with fiber optic sensors. With a background in solving real world problems, Nicholas went back to school and completed his Master’s degree at Ryerson University in August 2016, with his research focused towards developing a unique, low-cost solution that could enable the replacement of conventional electrical strain gauges. Nicholas obtained his Professional Engineer certification in September 2015 and has been a strong supporter of the education of future engineers, acting as a course administer at the University of Toronto and volunteering for a number of different events, such as VEX, and Formula North.

Michael Bakaic

Co-Founder & CTO

Michael completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto in 2012 as a Mechanical Engineer with a specialization in Environmental and Energy systems. With the training and professional development acquired through extra-curricular activities, Michael quickly became recognized as a skilled engineer. Michael has applied and refined his abilities in product design and project management through full time and contract positions in the automotive, medical, agriculture, and bicycle industries. Seeking new challenges, Michael expanded his knowledge and experience in environmental engineering through a Master's degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and York University. Specializing in Arctic water resource engineering, he has cultivated diverse application based expertise in the extreme and challenging environments which demand innovative instrument solutions. Michael is committed to the development of future technology leaders through his work as a Board of Director of the Formula North Engineering Design competition and Lead Judge at the Vex Robotics competition.

Julie Hanna

Financial Controller

Julie graduated from York University in 2007, and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2010. Since graduation, she has had the opportunity to work in both public practice and industry. During her time in public accounting, she has gained valuable experience auditing clients in a variety of industries, including junior mining, manufacturing, merchant banks, pharmaceutical, and not-for-profit organizations. Julie's roles in industry involved financial reporting, regulatory compliance, managing the finance department and tackling anything else that came her way.

Sean Haberer

VP Market Development

Sean is a graduate of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and received a Masters in Engineering in Biomaterials in 1988. He also received his MBA in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2000. Sean started his career as an engineer developing equipment and software for materials testing applications. After this role, Sean pursued a sales and marketing career specializing in pipeline coatings for the oil, gas and water markets. During his 30-year career, he has been involved in numerous projects around the world, received several patents and developed new technologies and applications for pipeline technology. Sean is involved in developing future leaders in technology and has been a member of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Engineering Alumni Board and been a mentor for engineering students. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer and tennis player and likes to travel the world.

Chanel Parris

Senior Mechatronics Designer

Chanel obtained her Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering from McMaster University in 2011. Before joining Fibos Inc. in the Fall of 2018, Chanel worked as an Electrical designer for five years at an industry-leading Aerospace and Defense company. Specializing in schematic design, advanced high-speed PCB layout and electrical V&V, Chanel quickly progressed to leading projects within the group, presenting innovative projects at technical showcases. In 2016, Chanel looked for new challenges in her career by transferring to the Embedded Software Group where she started by designing embedded software for various aerospace defence applications and was soon promoted to leading the Software Sustaining and Builds Team. In addition to her broad technical experience, Chanel is an advocate for diversity in engineering. She has launched and actively participates in several diversity-in-engineering initiatives. Chanel enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering at various charities including United Way, Canadian Blood Drive Services and the Leadership by Design Mentorship program. You will frequently find her speaking at various primary, secondary and post-secondary schools, inspiring the young generations to pursue careers in STEM.

Chanel finds purpose in making a meaningful impact in the lives of others through her work and extra-curricular activities.