Technologies That Protect Innocent By-Standers and First Responders
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First Responder Technologies Inc. (CSE:WPN) was founded in 2017 by its Chairman, Kal Malhi, a former RCMP officer, as a platform to commercialize new technologies to assist law enforcement and other first responders in the performance of their duties and to help ensure their safety and the safety of the general public.
In 2018, the company secured a license from the National Institutes of Health in the US to develop a new non-lethal solution for use of force, and in early 2019 the company secured an exclusive, global license from Rutgers University to develop a Wi-Fi-based perimeter security solution to provide first responders with better situational awareness and detection capability to respond to mass shooting and terrorist events.
In 2019, the company hired an execution-oriented team of technology executives with more than 40 years of experience developing early-stage technology companies, in Silicon Valley and around the world, to be based in Vancouver, BC and Silicon Valley, with the objective of bringing the Rutgers technology to market in 2020.
The company is currently completing the development of its first Wi-Fi-based perimeter security demonstration unit, with the key corporate objective of having multiple demonstration units deployed by the summer of 2020.
First Responder Company Highlights
- First Responder’s technology has numerous applications across a variety of industries, such as law enforcement, military and public security.
- First Responder’s Wi-Fi-based concealed weapons technology is anticipated to be more accurate, safer and less costly to deploy than existing technologies.
- Wi-Fi-based concealed weapons technology is anticipated to replace or rival existing threat-detection technologies by 2025.
- BullRun Capital is a strategic shareholder in the company.
The Global Security Market
First responders are always the first people to arrive at the scene of an incident to assist those who have been harmed and to stop any additional carnage from happening. However, this is not an easy thing to do in most situations. 2,143 officers were involved in incidents where suspects were shot or killed in the US in 2018.
According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been 332 mass shootings in the US in 2019 so far, and 2019 is anticipated to surpass the 371 shootings that happened in 2015. The rise in mass shootings in the US and abroad has created a global security market that is anticipated to reach US$532 billion by 2022, according to a report by Research and Markets. Growth of the market is attributed to the need for better threat-detection technologies and non-lethal ways of dealing with terrorists and mass shooters as their threats increase in sophistication and frequency.
First Responder’s Products
First Responder is developing a patent-pending concealed weapons perimeter security solution from an exclusive, global license from Rutgers University where First Responder’s technology was first developed.First Responder anticipates its Wi-Fi-based concealed weapons detection technology may be deployed to market faster than competing millimetre-wave and microwave radar systems. The technology should have a less complex regulatory path to market, as Wi-Fi operates in unlicensed frequency, and is generally perceived by the public to be safe.
The company is currently in discussion with an AI Lab at a leading Canadian university to enhance the initial system with artificial intelligence capabilities.
First Responder’s Management Team
Kal Malhi — Chairman and President
Kal Malhi is a Canadian entrepreneur and businessman. He is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he completed his duties in the drug enforcement and organized crime divisions. He is the Founder and Chairman of Bullrun and deeply involved in the capital markets. Bullrun’s motto is “do good, to do well” and is involved in the advancement of technologies in the interest of universal benefit. Malhi has been instrumental in raising capital for various projects totaling in excess of $150 million dollars since 2008.
Malhi has specialized in working with academia and advances in technology and funded academic research that has potential for commercialization through private and public companies. His extensive network of contacts and personal relationships has enabled him to assemble a growing team aimed at unearthing the potential of technological advancements in the biomedical, agriculture and technology sectors.
Robert Delamar — CEO and Director
Robert Delamar is a lawyer and high-technology CEO with almost two decades of experience working in the start-up world, both internationally, and in Silicon Valley. Following articles at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Vancouver, he worked in an executive business development role for an Israeli satellite communications start-up that was sold to Gilat Satellite Networks in 2010. After founding and leading an international digital media company based in Silicon Valley, where he served as CEO between 2011 and 2014, he returned home to Vancouver to co-found and serve as the first CEO for Pacific Future EnergyCorporation, a near-zero net carbon cleantech refinery project.
In 2015, Delamar and associates acquired a controlling stake in BitTorrent Inc., based in San Francisco, where as co-CEO of the company, he led a radical overhaul of the company’s business before divesting his stake in 2016. Since 2016, he has been based in Vancouver where, in addition to legal practice, he has consulted for a number of local high-tech companies.
Naresh Singhal — CTO and Head of Product and Engineering
Naresh Singhal is a product and technology leader with over 30 years of experience in a variety of domains and industry verticals. He completed a B.S. (Honors) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India, and professional development coursework from Stanford University. He holds one technology patent, with several others pending. He started his career as a scientist with India’s Defense Research & Development Organization, where he led some prestigious defense projects. After DRDO, Singhal moved to the US and worked at different startups. At Entrisphere, he built network management systems for next-generation optical networking products (GPON). Entrisphere was acquired by Ericsson and helped Ericsson get a foothold in the wireline business, selling these products to the major RBOCs AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, in response to a multi-billion dollar RFP from them.
Subsequently, Singhal led engineering at streaming media startup Sezmi, which went through several acquisitions and mergers before becoming UUX. As VP of Engineering at UUX, he helped create the world’s first truly converged internet TV as-a-service (iTaaS) platform, that combined linear (live) TV and over-the-top (OTT) TV in an intuitive multi-device user experience. Most recently, Singhal was Chief Technology Officer at Trunomi, a fintech startup building technology for privacy and data rights management, in response to regulations like GDPR, amid increasing concerns about how corporations misuse personally identifiable information (Pii).
Michael Malana — CFO
Michael Malana holds both CPA and CMA designations and has extensive experience in administration, accounting and reporting for several public companies. He currently also serves as the CFO of Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSXV:PAT), where he was instrumental in completing a recent reverse takeover. As CFO and Corporate Secretary of Apivio Systems Inc. (TSXV:APV), he was responsible for Apivio’s transition from a private to a public company. As CFO of Sunward Resources Ltd. (TSX:SWD), he was involved in its transition from the TSXV to the TSX. Prior to that, Malana was the Corporate Controller of Jinshan Gold Mines (now listed on the TSX as China National Gold) when it transitioned from exploration to development to production. He was also involved in Jinshan’s early adoption of IFRS and their secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Dr. Mark Williams — Chief Scientist
Dr. Williams holds both Ph.D. and MBA designations and has a successful track record of commercializing early-stage biomedical innovations over the course of a multi-decade career. Career highlights include, repositioning three different drugs from preclinical studies directly into Phase II trials, inventing DM199 (Recombinant Protein), which is in Phase II trials for stroke and kidney disease, securing analyst coverage for Diamedica (DMA.V), and assisting with raising the valuation of Diamedica to a market cap in excess of C$125 million.
Christopher Moreau — Director
Christopher Moreau is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in progressively senior leadership positions. For nine years, he served as President, CEO and a Board member of a TSXV-listed company and is currently the CEO of a CSE-listed company and an advisor to Bullrun Capital.
Mr. Moreau has been recognized for his bold and imaginative leadership, strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative mindset, he is also accomplished at developing, communicating and executing a clear integrated corporate vision and successfully managing multiple stakeholder relationships.
First Responder’s Advisory Board
Hon. Stockwell Day, PC — Head Advisor
Mr.Day is Canada’s former Minister of Public Safety, responsible for the RCMP (National Police Force), CSIS (National and Foreign Intelligence & CBSA (National Border Agency).
Previous to this he was Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Regional Minister for BC. He was also the leader of Canada’s Official Opposition (2000-2001). Before that, he served as treasurer (minister of finance) and acting premier of Alberta. Mr. Day serves on a number of corporate boards and NGOs, including Telus, RCI Capital, Western One Equity, Baylin Technologies, AWZ Ventures, the International Federation of Christians and Jews, the Canada-India Business Council, the Canada-China Business Council (vice-chair), and the Council on Jewish and Israel Affairs. He also serves as a Distinguished Fellow for the Asia Pacific Foundation.
Bev Busson – Advisor
Ms. Busson has had a successful 33 year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, starting as a constable first responder and ultimately rising through the ranks to becoming the 41st Commissioner of the RCMP. Throughout her career she has worked in many operational fields and has championed the cause of officer safety as a linch-pin of her overall role in police leadership.
Ms. Busson has also served on a number of boards including Board of Directors of the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and the Okanagan College Foundation, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Her honors include, the Order of British Columbia, the Commander of the Order of Merit of Police Forces, and the Order of Canada.
Dr. Steve DiPaola – Artificial Intelligence Advisor
Dr. DiPaola, active as an artist and a scientist, is director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University, and leads the iVizLab (ivizlab.sfu.ca), a research lab that strives to make computational systems bend more to the human experience by incorporating biological, cognitive and behavior knowledge models. The lab creates computation models of very human ideals such as expression, emotion, behavior, and creativity typically for the gaming, sciences, arts, and health fields. Dr. DiPaola is most known for his AI based computational creativity (darwinsgaze.com) and 3D facial expression systems. He came to SFU from Stanford University and before that NYIT Computer Graphics Lab, an early pioneering lab in high-end graphics techniques. Dr. DiPaola’s computer-based art has been exhibited internationally including theAIR and Tibor de Nagy galleries in NYC, Tenderpixel Gallery in London and Cambridge University’s Kings Art Centre. The work has also been exhibited in major museums, including the Whitney Museum, the MIT Museum, and the Smithsonian.
Dr. Kelly Sundberg – Law Enforcement Division Advisor
Dr. Kelly Sundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria, Master of Arts in Justice and Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political and Social Inquiry with a specialization in Criminology from Monash University. Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Sundberg served as the Chair of the Mount Royal University Department of Justice Studies, and between 2010 and 2012 as the alternate non-government organization representative to the United Nations for the Academy of Criminal Justice Science. Prior to commencing his academic career, Dr. Sundberg worked over fourteen years for the Government of Canada in various border security, policy development, and advisory roles –– during which time he received commendations for assisting in the location of three abducted children and apprehending one of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted fugitives. As a noted criminologist, Dr. Sundberg has been qualified as an expert on matters relating to crime prevention and crime reduction through design by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and on matters relating to immigration enforcement by the Provincial Court of Alberta (Criminal Division).
Bob Dameron – Advisor
Mr. Dameron has spent the past 10 years helping startups raise capital, plan/execute their ‘go to market’ strategies and ultimately scale-up. Most recently he was SVP Enterprise Sales & Co-founder for a communications technology start-up. Prior to that he spent 8 years in two CEO roles: one with a public company with US & Canadian offices and one with a mid-sized financial services company. He has held public, private and not-for-profit Board member positions. Prior to that Mr. Dameron held executive positions at one of Canada’s largest mutual fund companies and at a major Canadian stock exchange. He is a mentor for Futurpreneur Canada and founder/Chair of a Mental Health Education Fund. He lives in Toronto with wife Shannon – they have 4 children.
Ambassador (Ret.) Howard Gutman – Advisor
Ambassador Gutman brings a wealth of legal, law enforcement, and diplomatic experience – both in the United States and abroad – to the Board of Advisors of First Responder Technologies Inc. Now the Managing Partner of The Gutman Group, an international consulting and investment group, as well as a media contributor in Europe and the U.S. and a sought-after international speaker, Ambassador Gutman has spent 27 years as a leading American and international lawyer and has served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI for Counter-Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, United States and federal appellate court law clerk, and advisor to candidates for President, Governor and the U.S. Senate.
Brigadier General (Ret.) John Jayet – Advisor
General Jayet brings more than three decades of military experience to First Responder’s Advisory Council. During his military career, General Jayet commanded a number of units of the French Army, including a military intelligence regiment, and was a member of the French special forces. His military career further included service as a member of the cabinet of French Minister of Defense, and as a defense attaché in the Middle East. General Jayet participated in a number of operational deployments during his career, in some of the world’s worst conflict areas, including deployments to Africa, Lebanon and the Balkans. During the civil war in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, General Jayet served as Military Assistant to the Stabilisation Force (SFOR) Commander-in-Chief in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Among other appointments, General Jayet served as head of the French military attaché organisation, and his career included a particular focus on security and safety procedures respecting the protection of French Embassy personnel and installations. General Jayet was educated both in North America and Europe, has an extensive knowledge of the Middle East, and is a native-level speaker of French and English and a fluent speaker of Arabic, among other languages.
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