About us

Founded in 2015, One Silicon Chip Photonics (OSCP) is a fabless Canadian-based integrated optics sensor company providing inertial navigation sensors for autonomous vehicles.

We design, develop, and produce innovative integrated optical motion sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, vibrometers) for different applications (Consumer, Automotive, Industry, Aerospace, Energy, Military etc.).

As an Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) company, our business model is to leverage recent rapid advancements in Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology to produce the most compact, reliable, low cost, low power, and high performance (low bias drift) optical motion sensors for demanding applications including autonomous vehicle and drone navigation.

With our patented integration technology, OSCP provides the most compact, reliable, low cost, low power, and high performance (low bias drift) optical motion sensors for demanding applications.

Our technology shall enable the cost-effective implementation of autonomous vehicles and remove barriers to adoption of industrial drones and robots.

We are always looking for talented people to join our team.


Team

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Kazem Zandi

Founder and CEO


Kazem Zandi has been the founder and CEO of OSCP since the company was founded in 2015. As an entrepreneur, he has led business development, strategic partnerships and funding activities while maturing the technology and putting together the core team. Prior to OSCP he worked at C2MI as a senior process engineer for 3 years and at Defence R&D Canada as a senior optoelectronics devices engineer for two years.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Physics in the field of Micro-Photonics from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal university, where his research focus was on the development of Integrated-Optics based Inertial Sensors (Accelerometers and Gyroscopes). He also holds a Master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics in the field of Photonics.

Holding 7 patents, he has over 20 years of industrial experience in Lasers, Photonics, Optoelectronics and MEMS devices, with hands-on experience in MEMS and microsystems.

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Richard Williston

Director of Operations


Richard Williston is the Director of Operations for OSCP, with 30+ years of experience with start-ups in microsystems, compound semiconductors, MEMS and advanced materials, and has extensive manufacturing and test experience in Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) production.

He has held Director Level positions with Nemsor Technology (CTO), Advanced Diamond Technologies, Microbridge Technologies, BigBangwidth, Crystalline Manufacturing Ltd., as well as senior process development roles with Nortel Networks, Com Dev International, Delphax Systems and Litton Systems. He has led business development activities for Bluewater Technology Access Centre and in North America for INEX Microsystems (UK). He has held board positions with Edmonton Council for Advanced Technology, Groupe NanoXplore and Tech-Access Canada.

He holds an MSc degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Western Ontario studying RIE kinetics and a BSc in Applied Physics from the University of Waterloo in solid-state physics.

Joseph Salhany

Joseph Salhany

Program Director


Joseph Salhany is the Program Director at OSCP with over 35 years of prior experience from start-ups to large global corporations in telecommunications, IT, medical, automotive, defense, and aerospace.

Through his career, he has held senior management positions in engineering, operations, product management, and program management transforming concepts into products. His latest roles focused on LiDAR system development as President of Primia Solutions, Director of Laser Operations at Luminar Technologies, Vice-President of Engineering and Product Management at Genia Photonics, and Director of Program Management at ITF Technologies.

Joseph also held various positions at Nortel Networks including Senior Manager, Program Management. He holds a B. Eng. In Electrical Engineering from Concordia University.

Brian Kronick

Brian Kronick

Chief Financial Officer


Brian Kronick is a senior executive with extensive expertise in strategic and operational business planning, management and finance. Brian has 25 years of experience across a broad spectrum of business environments ranging from start-ups to publically listed companies both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Brian has held CFO positions with Edgewater Wireless (TSXV:YFI), where he assisted in completing its RTO as well as concurrent equity financing and Tilcon Software where he played a key role in sale of the company to a Wind River, a U.S. publicly traded corporation. Brian has also held CFO positions with Edgewater Computer Systems, Combat Sports Group, Human Resource Systems Group and inBay Technologies.

Experience in the not-for profit-sector includes CFO roles at Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a foundation that helps Canadian companies develop and deploy competitive, clean technology solutions, to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges as well as the Institute on Governance, a charitable organization with a mandate to advance the understanding and practice of good governance in Canada and abroad with federal, provincial, municipal, aboriginal governments and not-for-profit organizations.

Brian was also part of the founding team at Spotwave Wireless Inc. - a venture-backed technology start-up dedicated to the vision of ubiquitous wireless connectivity. As CFO, Brian successfully completed over $30 million in venture capital financings from Canadian and US based Venture Capitalists, while assisting in the start-up, product and market launch and revenue growth phases.

Brian is a CPA, CMA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.

Ramanand Tewari

Ramanand Tewari

Chief Photonics Design Scientist


Ramanand is the Chief Photonics Design Scientist at OSCP, responsible for the research and development of integrated photonic gyroscope chips on different material platforms for applications in autonomous vehicles.

Before joining OSCP, he was VP Technology at CodeSScientific, developing scientific codes for photonic components and advanced optical communication systems. He also held the position of Chief Scientist in integrated photonics at MillView Photonics, modeling and simulating passive components in silicon oxynitride, silicon nitride and silicon. He has collaborated in integrated photonics for POET Technologies, Huawei Technologies and Rockport Networks in the development of data center interconnect, 100G & 400G pluggable optical transceivers and sub-GHz telecommunication grade integrated optical spectrometer operating over C-band. Prior to that, he has held senior research roles with Optiwave Systems Inc., Synopsys Optical Solutions Group (formerly RSoft Design Group), and Simphotek Inc.

Ramanand received his Ph.D. degree in fiber and integrated optics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, served as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in integrated optics at Institute for Hochfrequenztechnik-Photonik, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and held faculty positions at Indian Institute of Technologies at Kharagpur and Delhi in India and a visiting researcher position in integrated photonics at the University of Ottawa. He has also been a member of several International Advisory Committees of the OSA and IEEE sponsored conferences and workshops.