Michael Gibney - President, Founder
Michael Gibney is a proven entrepreneur, venture capitalist and company builder dedicated to providing products and services that help change the world for the better. He has spent the last 17 years of his career founding, leading, financing and building successful companies in wealth management, engineering, custom innovation and robotics technologies.
His companies have created more than 100 highly technical jobs, attracted more than $35 million in direct investments, and helped hundreds of families invest more than $1 billion dollars to secure their financial futures and live generously.
Michael is the founder and owner of Covenant Family Wealth Advisors, a British Columbia-based company that counsels entrepreneurs and people with high net worth to manage their wealth and fulfill their philanthropic goals. In recent years, he has co-founded and led companies that have developed custom technologies for the US military, clean energy, and the oil and gas industry, and in the areas of surgical robots, human performance and health.
Most recently, as president and founder of Genesis Robotics, he has brought together 35 engineers, programmers, physicists and inventors to develop the LiveDrive actuator. LiveDrive enables the world’s most powerful robots, and – for the first time – allows robots to work quickly and safely alongside humans for manufacturing, home, health and military applications. The company aims to get the LiveDrive and its benefits into a $70-billion market, at mass scale, in the immediate future.
Michael lends his talents and passions in entrepreneurship, mentorship and biblically based ethics to guide companies that operate in developing countries and ensure ethically fair prices and wages, and safe working conditions. He volunteers his time in the community, and provided guidance to enhance teaching in financial planning at the university level.
James Klassen - CTO, Founder
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.
James has a deep desire to invent solutions to help the less fortunate. Ongoing developments, with business partner Michael Gibney, include a rugged solar powered e-reader and a bio-mechanically optimized water pump for people in developing nations.
Gert Kollenhoven – CFO
Sean Marte – Head Engineer
Cam Marshall - Engineering Manager
Steve Chamberlain – Chief Designer
Chad Enns - Analyst
Riley Gibney - Marketing Manager
Mike Park - Financial Controller
Michael Harris - Marketing and Communications