Executive Team

Wally Trenholm

Founder and CEO

A serial entrepreneur who sold his first company to Research In Motion in 2006, Wally uses his 25 years of programming and 18 years of management experience to integrate business and technology with the goal of creating a leading global technology company.

Maithili Mavinkurve, P.Eng

Founder and COO

In charge of deployment and operations, Maithili leverages decades of engineering management experience to ensure operations run at full productivity while mitigating risks.

Joe Rooney

Chief Financial Officer

Joe comes to Sightline from Burgundy Asset Management, where he spearheaded the firm's relationship management and business development efforts in the U.S., concentrating on non-profit foundations, endowments and pensions.

Mark Alexiuk, PhD

Chief Technical Officer

With his paltry academic resume (Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Winnipeg), Mark clearly gets by on his boy-next-door looks and Oscar Wilde-like charisma.

Our Team

Hieu Dang

Senior Machine Learning Software Engineer

Hieu has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, with a Specialization in Artificial Intelligence. He has won several awards for his work, including the Best Paper Awards at the IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing and the International Conference on Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems

Kiral Poon (キラ)

Software Engineeer

Kiral uses his B.Sc in Computer Engineering and B.Sc in Computer Science to advance Sightline’s work in robotics, virtual reality, computer vision and machine learning. Don’t challenge him to a dance-off.

Siavash Malektaji

Machine Learning Team Lead

With an M.Sc. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Manitoba, Siavash drives Sightline’s efforts to allow computers to think for themselves.

Lorenzo Pons

Hardware Engineer

Lorenzo uses his M.Sc. and B.Sc. Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa to head up Sightline’s work on control systems design, motion control and photonic technologies (LiDAR, 3D Laser Scanner and Optical Coherence Tomography).

Kyle Joseph-Hill

Managing Director

Kyle oversees corporate development and contributes to Sightline’s general operations.

Kathy Nguyen

Senior Systems Engineer

Kathy has a B.Sc in Computer Engineering from University of Manitoba. She’s rather mysterious, so that’s all she’s willing to say on the record.

Craig Trenholm

Director of Administration

Craig is Sightline’s go-to man for everything HR and admin. You want to get paid? Better stay on this guy’s good side.

Kamal Darchini

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Kamal’s PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Manitoba makes him the perfect guy to handle Sightline’s work on Deep Learning, Probabilistic and Stochastic Modelling and Markov processes.

Kent Howe

Director of Intellectual Property and Legal

With a BMSc from the University of Western Ontario and a JD from Queen's University, Kent oversees efforts to identify and protect Sightline's intellectual property

Rabia Bakhteri

Hardware Engineer

With a PhD in Computer Engineering specializing in system level design and verification, Rabia was a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for 4 years prior to joining Sightline. She has received several awards for embedded system and wearable device prototype designs.

Jody White

Vice President, Business Development

Jody is a former editor with the Globe and Mail, and heads up Sightline’s efforts to solve specific AI problems for clients of all shapes and sizes.

Joshua McPhail

Software Engineer

B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba. Experience in modular framework and mobile application development as part of the Internet Innovation Center at U of M

Kyle Doerr

Computer Vision Engineer

Kyle has a MESc. in Software Engineering from The University of Western Ontario; specializing in computer vision. At Sightline, he gets computers to understand what they “see” through sensor and image data.

Kevin Cornelius


Kevin is Sightline’s fixer. Got a problem with a web page? Call Kevin. Laser scans from a concrete pour not rendering properly? Call Kevin. See a big word you don’t understand? Call Kevin.

Yagin Rahmani

Director, Project Operations

When it comes to project management at Sightline, Yagin is large and in-charge. She ensures our product development timelines are met, corporate objective efforts are fully supported, and also dabbles in sales and business development.

Jason Haydaman

Jake Spitznagel

Stas Kanevsky

David Homeniuk

Noel Palen