Speaker David Kroetsch

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Aeryon Labs

David Kroetsch

Dave Kroetsch co-founded Aeryon Labs in 2007, building drones for military and industrial customers.  As CEO, Dave helped grow the company from its humble beginnings in his garage, raising over $60M of investment, and ultimately a C$265M exit to FLIR Systems in 2019.  He oversaw all elements of the business, from building out international sales channels, complex product development and development of an aviation-grade quality production facility. 

Prior to Aeryon, he held a number of engineering positions at companies including PixStream, Cisco Systems, VideoLocus, and LSI Logic. Dave earned his BASc in Computer Engineering and a MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he also founded the Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group, an organization that he managed for six years.

Dave enjoys spending time with his young family camping and hiking, and when Dave is not flying drones, he enjoys getting himself airborne by flying his paramotor.


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