Management
Team

Our management team are dedicated to bringing the very real benefits of our shared vision of an online Digital Earth to people worldwide, and to our shareholders who have enabled us to make it real.

Douglas Gerull

President & CEO, Director

Doug leads the team as their President and CEO furthering Pyxis' pioneering work in bringing DGGS and Digital Earth tech to users who need easy, powerful geospatial search and analysis tools.

He has served with Carl Zeiss responsible for military reconnaissance and commercial mapping systems in the US and Canada; Executive Vice President of Mapping Sciences for Intergraph Corporation (Huntsville, Alabama) responsible for worldwide geospatial R&D, software, and system integration; and was a co-founder of DigitalGlobe (WorldView, Livermore, CA) which was the first company to pursue and receive a license to build and operate a private system to sell commercial imagery from space. He served three years as Director and COO for Surrey Satellite Technology US (Airbus Defense & Space).

While serving Intergraph, Doug was a founding Director of Real Data Ontario, Inc. (RDO) the principal industry driver of the company "TERANET"; a company created with the Ontario provincial government to commercialize and electronically deliver land titles products within the province. The project succeeded in establishing the first joint, large-scale, for-profit, commercial/government data-utility formed to automate and commercialize public land title information delivery.

Doug's background began with surveying and mapping in Canada and as a coder/developer of equation solutions and software for very large imagery calculations and precision instrument calibration.

He is also the Founder of Gerull Labs "g-labs". A team of software developers and doctors innovating in vision therapy. Creating and distributing apps and 3D printed optics for the Apple iPad to doctors and therapists worldwide work with children on a range of vision problems.

For fun Doug likes to hike the Kootenays, SCUBA, and hang out as a Chevalier with the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Sous-Commanderie in Denver.

Perry Peterson, Dipl. Tech, B.Eng.

Chief Engineer, Founder

Perry believes in the sacredness of the human journey as a story of growth and discovery. He also believes our emerging dominance comes with the urgent responsibility to wisely connect our decisions with consequences.

Perry is recognized as the passionate driver of a new medium for our collective questions about Earth and its systems. His ideas for improving stewardship are a result of his diverse experiences as a father, a traveler, a professional engineer, a professor of geomatics, a successful entrepreneur, a software creator, a military pilot, a carpenter, a poet and song writer, a picker of wild blueberries and paddler of canoes.

He is the creator of the PYXIS digital-Earth spatial reference system. His leadership and guidance attracts a diverse team of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and geographers dedicated to building and supporting this new digital-Earth information medium. His efforts are recognized by thought leaders within many geospatial focused organizations including: the Open Geospatial Consortium; the International Group on Earth Observations; Natural Resources Canada; the United Nations Environmental Program; the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and Geoscience Australia.

Idan Shatz, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Vice President Research, DGGS Core

As the Software Architect for the PYXIS Digital Earth Platform, Idan's integrity and attention to detail is key to our corporate success. Growing up on a kibbutz, the communal lifestyle gave him insight and gratitude for the world that surrounded him; his passion for technology and his curiosity led him to be a bit like a 'black sheep' technophile. His exceptional capabilities led him to such projects as redesigning the User Interface for Israeli Military Intelligence.

Always seeking new adventures, he relocated to Calgary when his partner accepted a Master's position at the University of Calgary. His graphic design capabilities, with his degree in Software Engineering, enabled him to be technically creative, satisfying his desire to developing intelligent solutions in complex environments like the Digital Earth Platform.

Colleen Johnson, Dipl. Tech., BA

Vice President Operations, Co-Founder

Colleen's support crosses all functional areas from Development and Implementation, to Infrastructure, Human Resources, Admin and Finance. Her unique blend of degrees in Architectural History and Sculpture, followed by Civil Engineering, developed her skills in analysis, aesthetic and design. Her insightful understanding of people, their personalities, and needs contribute to her ability to provide solutions and results.

As co-founder of PYXIS, she has managed military GEOINT and interoperability testbed projects, international biodiversity projects, and continues to work closely with our R&D, software development and marketing teams.

She is captivated by PYXIS's technical ability to meet difficult geospatial demands and in awe of the beauty that this provides through Digital Earth Insight.

Logan Rakai, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Manager Geospatial Discovery

Logan's attention to details, devotion to web development theories, methodologies and practices, and his need for hands-on knowledge are key to his performance. He is the perfect manager for our web infrastructure with its complex requirements to support worldwide users.

A self-proclaimed 'small town' guy, hard work and family values are his foundation. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, specializing in large-scale optimization and automated design, he learned that working within the intimate setting of a smaller organization was better suited to his lifestyle and personality. PYXIS provides him with the challenges and learning opportunities that he craves. He is part of a strong, adaptable, and responsive team focused on a long-term vision that will successfully bring a disruptive DGGS technology to the world.

Nader Hamekasi, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Manager Cloud Scale

Nader leads PYXIS' technologies, data, services and cloud management. As a student, he was in the top 5% nationally and accepted to Iran's prestigious National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents and Tehran's Polytechnic University. The rational methodologies and goal oriented focus of the program aligned with his approach to problem solving. While working, he was inspired to pursue his Master's Degree at the University of Calgary when he attended to a lecture given by Dr. Faramarz Samavati.

Joining PYXIS was the perfect fit! It combined his passion for order, learning and IT adventures. It is here that he is most comfortable, as it embodies qualities that enable him to express himself and contribute to the happiness of this world.

Ryan Taylor, Dipl Tech

Manager Strategic Community Development

Ryan's love for developing processes and strategies that entice and engage individuals in new online technologies suits him perfectly as the strategic development lead for PYXIS. Working closely with key stakeholders, Ryan's detailed research and analysis informs and guides the creation of an online medium to share maps and information to empower both collaborators and decision makers alike.

His previous position at RIM provided extensive experience in all areas of the software lifecycle: gathering requirements, design, technical writing, business processes, and project management. Earning diplomas in Civil and Software Engineering satisfied both his practical and theoretical curiosity. Working with PYXIS, he strives to ensure its successful growth within the marketplace and is excited to provide a new social sharing platform that will disrupt the GIS marketplace.