Our History

Sense Tecnic Systems Inc has a rich pedigree based on ground breaking research. The genesis of the company lies in its research roots at the University of British Columbia where co-founders Mike Blackstock and Rodger Lea have been developing advanced distributed systems for a number of years. Original work on pervasive and ubiquitous systems research led to an early real world sensing platform in 2006 focused primarily on supporting context aware mobile applications. This platform evolved through a number of iterations as the research explored participatory sensing, real time connected devices – or things – and eventually the Internet of Things. In 2010, with the core research ideas established, the founders created Sense Tecnic Systems Inc (STS) with a goal of building a high performance, flexible  IoT platform aimed at IoT apps and services.

Combining advanced research driven technology, a team of skilled developers and a rich combination of entrepreneurial and management skills, STS has consistently led the evolution of the Internet of Things. We plan to continue on that path.

Management Team

Rodger Lea, CEO

Dr. Rodger Lea co-founded STS and is it’s CEO. With more than 20 years experience leading research and advanced technology groups for companies such as Sony and Hewlett Packard, Dr Lea understand how to bring advanced technology to market.  Since 2004 he has been advising and leading startups in California and Vancouver, including VividLogic, IkaMobile, Media Ripple. Sense Tecnic is his 4th venture.  Dr. Lea holds a Ph.D in computer science from Lancaster University in the UK. and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Human Communication Technologies Lab at the University of British Columbia.

Michael Blackstock, CTO

Dr. Michael Blackstock, co-founder of STS, is a veteran technology leader specializing in systems software for pervasive computing and the Internet of Things.  Previously, he was a co-founder and CTO of Colligo Networks, Inc., and the Vice President of Research and Development for Infowave Software, Inc., a global provider of software that connects enterprise applications to wireless devices. In 1994, he was hailed as one of the top ’40 under 40′ young entrepreneurs in British Columbia.  Michael holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Computer Science from UBC.

Rob Muir, Director of Product

Rob Muir joined STS to direct product strategy and manage professional services engagements. Rob has more than 25 years of industry experience building teams, delivering products, and contributing to product strategy. Rob’s experience includes DDS, focused on taxi dispatch systems and mobile booking apps; FINCAD, providing valuation tools for financial derivatives; and Infowave Software, developing early wireless applications for enterprises. Rob holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Jim McIntosh, Advisor

Mr. Jim McIntosh is a serial entrepreneur in the technology business with significant experience taking product concepts to world-class products and leading companies to profitability. For each of the companies he has been involved in, he has successfully driven, executed, and managed a strategic plan to reach agreed upon goals and objectives, including raising capital, building products customers want to buy, establishing revenue channels, and building teams to support growth. Jim founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Infowave Software (formally GDT Softworks), served as CEO of Locator Systems and was recently VP Strategic Initiatives at INETCO Systems Limited.