Kyle has a background in finance and economics from the University of Toronto. As Acrylic’s COO, Kyle works to create long-term value for the company through growth planning, budgeting, and financial modelling. Kyle provides an analytical focus to the company and a financial lens for critical decisions. He has work experience in private equity and venture capital, as well as in business development for a previous start-up. Kyle is driven by Acrylic’s mission to enable creators to make a sustainable living while regaining autonomy over their work, and he’s excited to propel the company’s growth.
Chloë has had an entrepreneurial spirit since age 9, where she built a manufacturing line of peers in the schoolyard. She is also a visual artist, selling her first painting at 14, and curating her first art show at 17. Mid-undergrad, the idea for Acrylic was born as Chloë wondered, “what if I could build a robot to help me paint faster?” She hasn't looked back. Chloë has grown Acrylic to fast-growing start-up now described as one of Canada's Top 10 Ventures to Watch (GRIT Magazine, 2021). Chloë is a gifted creative technologist, charismatic leader and natural entrepreneur defined by her passion, vision, grit and tenacity. She couldn't be more excited to be channelling her energy into solving problems she herself has faced while trying to scale her craft as an artist.
Benjamin is an M. Eng. graduate from the Memorial University of Newfoundland who focused on computer vision and machine learning applications. His research won honourable mentions in Memorial University’s graduate presentation competition, and he has publications in IEEE Sensors, ICRA, and Oceans. As Acrylic’s head of engineering, Ben is developing the technical interface between humans and robotic paintings, ranging from data acquisition of brush strokes to full integration of the hardware system. Fascinated by cutting-edge science and pushing the boundaries of technology, he is eager to merge art and robotics.
Celeste co-founded Acrylic Robotics while studying mechanical engineering at McGill University. She discovered her love for engineering and branding when she founded a youth competitive robotics charity in high school. Celeste has worked in biomedical research, automotive telematics, haptics for VR, and battery manufacturing engineering at Tesla. Celeste loves innovation at the intersection of tech and culture.
Omar has a M. Sc. from Guelph University, and has expertise in computer vision, GANs, and developing cloud computing AI solutions.
Pouyan is pursuing a Ph.D. in robotic engineering at the University of Sherbrooke, and expertise in collaborative and service robots.