IN THE BEGINNING
Clearpath was started in a basement by four friends who loved building robots in university. After experiencing their own frustrations in the lab, they wanted to make robotics research easier. Persisting, failing, iterating and finally succeeding on the build of their first unmanned vehicle, Clearpath Robotics was born.
TODAY WE’RE DIFFERENT, BUT STILL THE SAME
What We’re All About
START WITH WHY
Clearpath Robotics is the brainchild of four University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering grads. With passion, ethics, and limited funds, Matthew Rendall, Ryan Gariepy, Pat Martinson and Bryan Webb created a company dedicated to automating the world’s dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs.
Today, three of the four co-founders remain active and Clearpath has become a multi-million dollar operation with an international reputation for providing reliable, state-of-the-art robotics solutions. We continue to support open source technology and settle for nothing less than great.
Fueled by a potent combination of ambition and determination Matt can typically be found trying to take over the world one robot at a time. No obstacle is too large, no detail too small. Give the man a green tea and watch him go!
Developing the vision and strategic direction of this high-growth robotics company, Matt believes that robots will change the way the world works and is passionate about helping companies find rapid-ROI through the adoption of service robots. In pursuit of this objective, he is leading a transformation at Clearpath with aspirations to become the world’s first $1B service robotics company. Matt has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2013 and Profit Magazine in 2011.
Guarding the Clearpath wallet with quiet ferocity, Bryan can crunch numbers and whip up complicated contracts full of impressive legal jargon – all while growing a shockingly lustrous mustache.
As CFO/COO and Co-Founder of Clearpath, Bryan is responsible for Finance, Manufacturing, IT and HR. Through his ability to implement lean operational policies and initiate a market-led business model, Clearpath achieved break-even within 18 months of its inception – Bryan was able to stretch the company’s initial $360,000 equity financing over four years while the team grew from 4 to 34. Bryan has raised millions of dollars in equity, managed debt and grants, relocated the business to a 30,000 sq ft facility and navigated a doubling of the team. He now focuses on strengthening the company’s business model with long-term contracts.
Cat meme connoisseur and autonomous systems guru, Ryan fulfills his duties as Chief Technology Officer while resisting the urge to express all of his thoughts solely via block diagrams.
As CTO, Ryan drives the development of Clearpath’s autonomous control software while providing technical strategy for the company’s product lines and managing external research partnerships. An avid speaker in the robotics community, Ryan has been invited to speak at over a dozen international robotics events. He has also presented on behalf of the Canadian High Commission in London, England, and on behalf of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the United Nations. Co-founder of the Robot Operating System developers’ conference and a Director of the Board for the Open Source Robotics Foundation, it is no wonder why Ryan was recognized on Business Insider’s Top 40 Under 40 List alongside his business partners.
Catapulting into calculated success, Clearpath was profitable just 15 months after inception. Through the tech community and the guidance of key individuals, the leadership team have maintained that same ethic, vision and passion that was prevalent from day one.
Matt believes that robots will change the way the world works and is passionate about helping companies find rapid-ROI through the adoption of service robots. In pursuit of this objective, he is leading a transformation at Clearpath with aspirations to become the world’s first $1B service robotics company.
Bryan’s philosophy is to implement lean operational policies and initiate market-led business models. Bryan has raised millions of dollars in equity, successfully managed company debt and grants, relocated the business facility and navigated a team growth 200% year over year.
Gariepy drives the development of Clearpath’s autonomous control software modules while guiding the continued expansion of Clearpath’s research platform lines and custom industrial automation solutions.
Clearpath’s Board of Directors are some of those key individuals who push us to go further, be better and always strive for more. Some have been around since the very beginning, while others have stepped in during pivotal moments for the company. They all bring something unique to the table.
Murray Gamble is President of The C3 Group of Companies, a multi-discipline engineering, contracting and applied technology organization. Murray is one of Clearpath’s original angel investors.
Stuart is co-founder and managing partner of RRE Ventures. Leading RRE’s participation in Clearpath’s Series A investment, Stuart joined the board in 2015.
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A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Mike has invested in over 20 companies and served as President and Board Chairman for Unitron Industries. Mike has provided mentorship to the Clearpath team since the company’s inception in 2009; he was one of Clearpath’s original angel investors.