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 of the Board
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.
Chris Di Lello - CEO/VP Manufacturing
Chris has over 30 years of extensive operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, and project management experience in the automotive, alternative energy, and heavy industries. Prior to Genesis, he spent more than 10 years at Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) in Burnaby, British Columbia. In his role as the Director of Program Management and Test Operations at AFCC, Chris was responsible for leading the fuel cell stack programs for Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company’s fuel cell electric vehicle programs.

Chris has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, an M.B.A. from Queen’s University, and an Advanced Certificate for Executives, Management, Innovation & Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management. He joined the Genesis Team in August 2018.
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

Roy Fraser - VP Sales and Marketing
David Lokhorst - VP Engineering
Gina Grewal - Finance Manager
Karm Layegh - VP Operations
Mike Park - HR Manager
Darren Rafferty - Program Manager
Roy Belak - VP Business Development
Len Zapalowski - VP Business Development


Nezam Alavi
Nathan Armstrong
Basem Badr
Richard Bos
Lucas Boutin
Adrian Clunas
Dylan De Groot
Greg Doucet
David Drosinis
Mike Drozda
Wendy Duan
Colten Dumonceau
Michael Eirikson
Glen Field
Curtis From
Steve Gabrys
Don Han
Alex Hernandez Herdocia
Jesse Hetu
Jerin Issac
Erik Johannes
Ashwin Kartha
Aman Kaur
Nima Kianipour
Chad Koehn
Caleb Koster
Matt Kownaki
Mahk Lakzadeh
Erik Lustig
Sean Marte
Craig Norman
Joey Peter
Chris Pope
Alex Posatskiy
Jordan Pousett
Matt Rektor
Greg Rosenke
Soheil Sadeqi
Amir Takbash
Bakiza Zhanbatyrova

Machinists & Assembly

Kalvin Clark
Richard Casas
John Limpo
Andy McGinn
Tony Nagy
Evan De Boer
Yoshe Durston
Edgar Ortega
Pat Roberts
Michael Thiessen
Fero Zatko

Office, Finance, & Communications

Kulveer Aulakh
Cherylann Colby
Stuart Hodgins
Gunjan Kaur
Kam Reddy
Shina Sebastian
Amber Yang
Carleigh Zinn
Ryan Castle
Michael Harris