Ideon is the product of years of support, investment, and knowledge translation within the Canadian innovation ecosystem. Our story begins with a curious Canadian geophysicist working in the uranium fields of the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan, travels through the academic universe at TRIUMF (Canada’s national particle physic lab), continues with field-trials in partnership with industry, and then into commercialization with the world’s largest and most innovative mining companies. We’re building a great company that delivers meaningful impact on the world.
Ideon Technologies uses the energy from supernova explosions to image down to 1km beneath the Earth’s surface. A spin-off from TRIUMF (Canada’s particle physics lab), Ideon is a world pioneer in cosmic-ray muon tomography. The team developed a subsurface intelligence platform that integrates proprietary detectors, imaging systems, inversion technologies, and artificial intelligence to provide x-ray-like visibility underground. By transforming muon data into reliable 3D density maps, Ideon helps geologists identify, characterize, and monitor mineral deposits with confidence. This reduces risk and cost of traditional methods, while saving time, optimizing return, and minimizing environmental impact across the mining value chain. In turn, this is helping accelerate the world’s transition to low- impact mining and transform how companies find the critical minerals required to power the global shift to clean energy.
The Ideon Culture
Our values represent the beliefs, philosophies, and principles that drive our business. They describe what we stand for, shape our behaviour, and inform our decisions. We use them to determine if we are on the right path to fulfilling our ambitious goals without compromising what’s important to us.
CEO & Co-Founder (& Director)
Gary has been CEO at Ideon since March 2020, joining the team just as the global pandemic took hold. He has led Ideon through a relaunch of the company and the transition from R&D to early commercialization, through to a successful Series A raise in 2022.
He is a visionary with strong operational credentials and a track record of building teams that deliver extraordinary results. Prior to joining Ideon, Gary spent 25 years providing mining equipment, technology, and services in support of the global mining industry, including over 20 years at Finning International.
CTO & Co-Founder (& Director)
Doug is a global leader in muon tomography and one of the few people in the world with the expertise to turn muon research into industrial problems solved.
Doug holds a BSc. (Hons) in physics and computer science from UBC, and a PhD in subatomic physics from SFU. Doug also has extensive expertise in computer simulation, data analysis and statistical inference – including machine learning methods and detector physics.
Krysta, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, is a financial executive with over 15 years’ progressive success leading accounting, tax, and financial strategy for international venture capital and financing organizations.
Her experience includes CFO and senior finance roles at Winshear Gold, Tectonic Metals, Sandstorm Gold, and Pathway Capital (where she managed several private and public mining companies).
VP, Talent & Customer Experience
Kim handles employee experience and culture, talent management, brand and customer experience, marketing, communications, community engagement, and facilities.
She earned her undergrad degree from Queen’s University and completed graduate studies in Business Management (Asia-Pacific) from Capilano University before launching a career in high-tech. Prior to Ideon, she served for 8 years as CMO at the University of Calgary, one of Canada’s leading research universities with a focus on energy innovation.
VP, Customer Partnerships
Shawn has a well-established vocation in near-surface geophysics with experience in mining as well as oil & gas. He has served as a leader in business development, relationship management, and solutions/services delivery on an international scale.
Shawn holds a PhD in Geosciences from McMaster University and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, and is an avid lifelong learner. He is now leading our customer partnerships initiatives, driving adoption of and delight with Ideon’s subsurface intelligence solutions.
Alan is a co-founder and director of Imvelo Pty Ltd., an Australian company leading a technology-driven transformation of the mining industry. With over 20 years of experience in operational and strategic mining roles, Alan served as Vice-President Technology at BHP from 2015 to 2019. He was responsible for executing major innovation programs, designing future mining operations, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital and extractive technologies across multiple commodity value chains. Previously, he founded and led the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimizing Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) and held senior operational positions at Anglo American. Alan holds a PhD in mining engineering, a BSc in Geology, and is actively involved in various advisory roles and memberships in the mining and technology sectors.
Eric is a Canadian serial C-level executive and company growth strategy advisor with extensive history in operations and finance. An expert in software, service, and SaaS businesses, he has orchestrated private equity financings, venture capital investments, IPOs, private and public debt financings, acquisitions, roll-ups, and other strategic initiatives. Eric is passionate about creating value in early and growth-stage companies – his programs and strategies have driven successful exits for several high-growth companies. Eric earned a Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an accredited Chartered Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, and a CPA.
Bruce is a Founding Partner at Playground Global, investing in world-changing ideas. With a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, he interned at Microsoft and tested the Microsoft Word prototype, and later worked on the company’s Macintosh applications. Working at Apple, he was instrumental in creating 32-bit Colour Quickdraw, later developing into Quicktime. Bruce co-founded General Magic, Rocket Science Games, and WebTV, which was acquired by Microsoft. After founding startups and exploring the world, he co-founded Playground Global to make a lasting impact in robotics, quantum computing, and medical advancements. Bruce resides in Palo Alto where he enjoys outdoor adventures, is passionate and advocating for wildlife conservation and preserving natural habitats.
Earth X-Ray for Low-Impact Mining
Led by Ideon in partnership with the Digital Supercluster (DIGITAL), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Dias Geophysical, Microsoft, Fireweed Metals, and Mitacs, the Earth X-ray for Low-Impact Mining project is enabling mining companies to identify density and magnetic anomalies with greater resolution and certainty down to 1 km beneath the Earth’s surface.
Ideon gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations as well as the numerous mining companies that have contributed significantly to advances in the application of muon tomography, including commercial field trials.