Leadership Team

Pouria Ghods

PhD, P.Eng.​

Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Pouria Ghods is a professional entrepreneur and experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the concrete industry for the application of smart concrete testing technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in civil engineering practices related to Concrete Materials Science, Corrosion Engineering, and Non-destructive Testing. Dr. Ghods is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2018 Forty Under 40, 2012 Ottawa’s 100 Rising Stars and 2011 OCRI Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work at Giatec.

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Aali R. Alizadeh

PhD, P.Eng.​

Co-Founder, President and CTO

Dr. Alizadeh has over 15 years of experience in the development and commercialization of technologies related to concrete materials. He brings unique expertise on the durability of concrete at the nano-level, particularly when it relates to infrastructure exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Most recently, Dr. Alizadeh was honored with the National Capital Region’s Forty Under 40 award, which recognizes accomplished business leaders who are under the age of 40 and give back to their community.

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Dobrila Moogk


SVP, Marketing 

Dobrila has over 25 years of experience in the tech industry, encompassing marketing, product management, and R&D across enterprise, SMB, and SaaS companies in North America and Europe. Her innovative marketing techniques for starting conversations and generating leads are powering Giatec’s growth. Dobrila began her career at Bell-Northern Research and LSI Logic before moving into ventures in IoT and cybersecurity. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Invest Ottawa. 

Matthew Monych

VP, Sales & Success

Matthew spent almost 20 years in leadership across multiple industries including manufacturing and distribution, national defence, oil and gas, and most recently helped lead a SaaS based company, i-Sight by Customer Expressions Corp., to record revenue growth resulting in acquisition by private equity. His progressive leadership style and focus on building winning teams with scalable processes continues to produce high growth and revenue at Giatec. Matthew also invested 15 years coaching high-performance youth sport in the community.  

Kimberly Stone


SVP, Finance & Operations

Kimberly is a designated professional accountant (CPA, CA) and holds an Executive MBA. She brings over 13 years of experience in public accounting, internal audit, risk management, information technology, and human resources and operations management.  Kimberly began her career with audit practice at KPMG LLP, conducting audits for both public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Giatec, Kimberly held leadership positions with Nanometrics Inc. and Parkland Fuel Corporation, overseeing their risk management programs.  

Pamela Heneault

VP, Public Affairs

Pamela Heneault has worked in social policy, innovation policy and programs, and sustainable development policy and programs for more than 38 years. She brings academic training in business administration, public administration, and public policy to clients from the public, private and not for profit sectors. Pamela’s expertise in policy analysis and machinery of government enables her to offer superior, actionable strategic counsel, aligned with business goals. 

Kari Simpson

VP, Product Management

Kari has over 20 years of experience in high-tech product management. She has led product management teams at BlackBerry, InGenius, Mitel, and most recently as the VP of Product Management for a CleanTech solution at GE Vernova. She thrives on bringing people, technology, and business data together to successfully deliver customer-focused solutions. Kari specializes in SaaS product management, product strategy, partner ecosystems, and acquisitions. She is an inventor on 3 technology patents, is an Angel Investor with SheBoot, and is a member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP).

Sarah McGuire​

AVP, Business Development

Sarah is the AVP of Business Development at Giatec and has been with the company since 2015. She played a pivotal role in transforming Giatec from a startup into one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies, holding various key leadership positions in sales and business development as the company grew. Sarah’s commitment to growth is further underscored by her recent completion of a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queens in January of 2023.   

Mustafa Salehi

M.Sc., P.Eng., MBA​

Senior Director, Hardware Development

Mustafa has more than ten years of experience in the design and development of electronic systems, devices, and sensors for concrete testing. His previous industry experience includes analog and digital circuits design. He has an extensive background in micro-controller/processor programming as well as CPLD/FPGA-based system design. He has designed and developed several electronic instruments for testing and measuring corrosion in reinforced concrete structures.  

Andrew Fahim


Senior Director, Research

Andrew is Director of Research at Giatec. He has carried out various research projects on the evaluation of supplementary cementing materials and other concrete degradation mechanisms. His graduate studies helped to advance corrosion-monitoring techniques and provided guidelines for their use in laboratory and field applications. Among numerous scholarships, he was awarded the Ketchum Memorial Medal by the University of New Brunswick in 2016 for graduating with the highest standing in Civil Engineering.   

Ian Rintoul


Director, SmartMix Software Development

Ian is an accomplished software leader with a passion for innovation and excellence. With his visionary approach and exceptional technical acumen, he leads teams to deliver cutting-edge SaaS solutions, leveraging Cloud technology for enhanced security, efficiency, and scalability. With an unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, Ian empowers teams to unleash their full potential, shaping the future of software development. 

Uthaya Natarajan


Senior Manager, SmartRock Software Development

Uthaya is an accomplished software leader with 12+ years of experience. She possesses deep expertise in technology trends and with implementing cutting-edge solutions. Uthaya’s result-driven leadership style enables her to leverage technology effectively, driving business growth, and establishing a competitive advantage. Previously, Uthaya held diverse software roles, contributing to the development of a pioneering SaaS architecture for US Government Agencies. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University. 

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