The Genesis team

At Genesis Robotics, we create electric motors and mechanical innovations that will power the future of motion.

Founded in 2015 by Michael Gibney and James Klassen, we began as a research and design company. In April 2018, we entered into a strategic venture with Koch Industries to commercialize the LiveDrive™ electric motor and Reflex™ gearing family of technologies, along with other pioneering inventions.

Combining the LiveDrive™ electric motor and Reflex™ gearing platforms provides scalable solutions that will impact a broad range of industries from industrial to automation to transportation; not only changing how machines and robots are built, but also how they move.

Koch’s global reach in marketing and commercialization, as well as their history of successfully growing businesses, allows us to continue to work with industry-leading companies who can benefit from incorporating our technologies into their offerings.

Genesis Robotics’ headquarters is based in Langley, British Columbia. Our talented team shares a deep commitment to our core values of integrity, humility, respect, excellence and collaboration.

Don Brown - Chairman
Don Brown is a proven business development leader, with decades of experience in corporate development, marketing, strategic planning and engineering. Before joining Genesis Robotics, Don led Business Development for Koch Chemical Technology Group, a wholly owned Koch portfolio company focused on industrial technology and engineered products. Don also directed Koch’s strategic investment in Genesis Robotics.

From 2003-2015 Don was Executive Vice President of Koch Equity Development, responsible for investment, acquisition, and divestiture activity at the Koch Industries Holding Company. Koch owns and operates a diverse group of companies including refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronics; information systems; commodity trading; minerals; energy; glass; ranching; and investments. Koch has a presence in over 60 countries, employs approximately 100,000 people and generates annual revenue in excess of $100 billion.

Prior to joining Koch, Mr. Brown spent 15 years in corporate development and engineering for several publicly traded energy companies, including Williams Companies, Southern Company Energy, Vastar, Chevron and Tenneco Oil. Don has Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Justin Currie - CEO
Justin Currie has proven track record for successfully scaling companies. He has nearly 20 years of experience in executive-level roles in the technology, aerospace, finance and manufacturing sectors. Motivated by an entrepreneurial spirit, he has a passion to help grow businesses in complex dynamic environments.

He was most recently CEO of Royalty North Partners, a Vancouver-based company that provides growth financing to private businesses. He has prior experience providing leadership to businesses at multiple stages including start-ups.

Currie earned a Bachelor of Commerce with high honours from the Carleton University Sprott School of Business and holds a CPA (Canadian) designation.
James Klassen - CTO
James Klassen is an inventor for the 21st century. He is driven to make the impossible commonplace and to use his inventions to increase productivity and assist the less fortunate.

James is the Chief Technology Officer for Genesis Robotics. He has over 30 patents to his name and is published in Neurosurgery Journal. His inventions cover a diverse range from healthcare to suspension design, and from human kinetics to robotics.

His industry-disrupting products include the first snowboard to prove that a flat base with no fins was the most effective design to win races, and the Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) mountain bike suspension which won two world championships in its first year on the market. Since then, the VPP has won more races than any mountain bike on the market and accolades include Bike of the Decade, and one of the Most Significant Mountain Bike Patents of All Time.

With the development of the now-patented Cold Cycle Engine and the world’s fastest high pressure air valve for a U.S. Navy application, James’ team of 35 technicians, engineers, and machinists have progressed to a new level of electro-mechanical discovery. By combining their love for mechanical systems with the unlimited potential of electromagnetic principles, they developed a direct-drive robotic actuator so powerful it eliminates the need for age-old pulleys, belts and gears.

The LiveDrive actuator, which acts like a human joint, delivers a dramatic increase in robotic performance and safety with a substantial reduction in cost. It is now poised to disrupt and grow the $30 billion robotics industry.

Senior Leadership

David Lokhorst - VP Engineering
Kevin Meier - VP Business Operations
Roy Belak - VP Business Development
Len Zapalowski - VP Business Development
Chris Di Lello - VP Manufacturing


Nezam Alavi
Richard Bos
Stephen Chamberlain
Adrian Clunas
Rudolph Coertze
Michael Eirikson
Chris Esterer
Javier Fernandez-Han
Jonathan Griffith
Don Han
Alex Hernandez Herdocia
Matt Kownaki
Jason Kum
Sean Marte
Sarah McFaul
Matt Perttula
Joey Peter
Chris Pope
Andrei Popov
Alex Posatskiy
Jordan Pousett
Soheil Sadeqi
Damian Spasov
Amir Takbash

Machinists & Assembly

Kalvin Clark
Matt Cotton
Richard Casas
Tony Nagy
David Bernhardt
Greg Doucet
Matt Klassen
Edgar Ortega
Pat Roberts
Michael Thiessen
Fero Zatko

Office, Finance, & Communications

Cherylann Colby
Jessica Park
Michael Park
Kim Warwick
Carleigh Zinn
Ryan Castle
Michael Harris
Gerald Narciso