Leadership Team

Aquatic Informatics is led by a fiercely dedicated team of the top minds in the environmental monitoring industry.


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Edward Quilty – Founder, President & CEO

Ed founded Aquatic Informatics in 2003 with the goal of helping better manage our planet’s most precious resource, water. He has worked in the water industry for nearly 25 years, initially as a river ecologist and then since 2009 as a business leader and entrepreneur. Ed is a registered professional biologist with the B C College of Applied Biology, a member of the US-based Methods and Data Comparability Board’s Sensor Workgroup, and was VP of the Canadian Water Resources Association’s (CWRA) BC Branch from 2005 to 2011. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria and completed four years of a PhD in hydro-informatics at the University of British Columbia.


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Eric Dorgelo – Chief Technology Officer

Eric Joined Aquatic Informatics in 2013 to scale the product development organization and lead the development of the next generation of AQUARIUS products, including cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solutions. He has over 25 years of experience developing innovative technology, building world-class software R&D organizations, and delivering products and services that have generated over $500M in revenue. Eric has been involved in the successful sale of 2 companies and was most recently Software Engineering Director at Salesforce. Prior to that, Eric was Co-founder & VP of Product Development at Sitemasher, which was acquired by Salesforce, and was Software Architect at Rockwell Automation. Eric holds an MBA in Technology Management from Simon Fraser University and studied Engineering at the University of Waterloo and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


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Touraj Farahmand – Chief Science Officer

Touraj joined Aquatic Informatics at its founding in 2003 and lead all aspects of research and development of the first generation of AQUARIUS. Touraj has been a key contributor in Aquatics high innovation, including numerous patents and pending patents. He has led application development teams for nearly 20 years. Touraj has a strong mathematical background and extensive experience in digital signal processing, computer programming, instrumentation, automation, and controls for industry, medical, and environmental applications. Since 2003, Touraj has been instrumental in developing the AQUARIUS Time-Series software product line. He has contributed to the successful national deployment of AQUARIUS with the world’s larger environmental monitoring agencies. Touraj holds a Master’s in Instrumentation & Control.


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AJ Leitch – VP, Customer Success

AJ has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and team leadership. She joined Aquatics in 2010 as a Project Manager, leading seminal projects such as the US Geological Survey and Water Survey Canada national water information management system replacements. Prior to Aquatics, AJ worked for 11 years at Kodak and Creo in the roles of Software Developer and Team Leads. Previously, AJ worked for MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates for 5 years as a Software Developer. AJ holds a B.A.Sc. and a M.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


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David Ferguson – VP, Finance

David joined Aquatic Informatics in 2006 and leads Finance, HR and Corporate Development. He has 18 years of experience in sales and marketing with high growth technology companies. He was Regional Sales Manager with Digital Payment Technologies, where he doubled revenues and built a sales channel for eastern North America. Previously, David was VP of Sales for Pocketop, a Vancouver-based manufacturer of a wireless PDA keyboards, where he led an international product launch, opened distribution channels, and built a consumer brand on 3 continents. He is a Partner with BC Technology Social Venture Partners and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.


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Chris Heyer – Director of Sales

Chris Heyer joined Aquatic Informatics in 2014 as leader of the international and domestic sales teams and manager of channel partners. He has over 20 years of experience in water resource management, sales, marketing, and global business development; specializing in real-time observing of surface water. He was the Surface Water Market Segment Director for Xylem Analytics, where he drove expansion in key international markets. Chris was also an outside sales representative for YSI Incorporated, quadrupling sales revenues over six years. Before joining YSI, Chris worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, leading the state’s continuous water quality monitoring program and co-developing the Eyes on the Bay data portal. Chris holds an M.S. in Fisheries Science from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Marine Science/Biology from Long Island University/Southampton College.


Jim Wilford

Jim Wilford – Director of Strategic Sales

Jim Wilford joined Aquatic Informatics in 2006 and has played a key role in developing strategic accounts in North America. Jim’s experience in enterprise sales spans over 25 years beginning with global leaders Xerox Corp as Major Accounts Manager and American Express as Director, Government Accounts. Building on this success, Jim leveraged the skills learned with his entrepreneurial spirit and switched his focus to technology start-ups. He has successfully built sales teams for several early stage companies to sustained growth or acquisition. The most recent being the acquisition of Motivus Software (Jim was VP Sales)  by Citrix Systems. Jim has been part of the AI team from the beginning – playing a key role in product  go-to-market strategies and execution. He holds a B.A. ,University of Guelph -Bus. Dip., Wilfrid Laurier University, and MBA.


Tim Finegan

Tim Finegan – Director of Marketing

Tim Finegan brings 14 years of experience in working with environmental monitoring agencies globally. He served as a Global System Engineer, Environmental Product Manager, and Service Coordinator for YSI Inc. Working in roles as diverse as design engineering, customer support, operations management, and sales has helped Tim gain a deep understanding of how to drive growth across an organization. He was also privileged to serve on the Board of Directors at YSI when the company merged with Xylem Inc. Understanding customer applications and challenges in producing high quality environmental information has helped Tim adopt a philosophy of advocating for the environment and customers who are working to make a positive impact on the planet. At Xylem, Tim served as Vertical Market Director for the Surface Water Market, aligning many product brands under a comprehensive product portfolio and marketing strategy. Tim Finegan holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.


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Alastair Foreman – Solutions Architect

Alastair joined Aquatic Informatics in 2009 as the leader of Product Development and has also lead Product Management and the Solutions Team. He has been developing software for over 20 years. Previous roles included Project Engineer at Kodak and Creo, where he lead teams developing enterprise workflow systems, and at MacDonald Dettwiler where he worked on satellite image processing systems. Alastair has also worked at colleges around the world teaching mathematics and computer science. At Aquatic Informatics, Alastair spearheaded the development of AQUARIUS Server. His strengths include large system architecture, information optimization, and user interface development. He holds a Bachelor in Computer Science & Mathematics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.


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Chris Misson – Product Manager Australia

Chris has been involved in the architecture and delivery of commercial software solutions for the water and environmental industries for more than 25 years. He was formerly Manager On-Site Solutions for Greenspan Technology, Product Development Manager for Hydstra, and Principal Consultant (Technical Software Development) for Hydro Tasmania. Chris has significant international experience in the delivery and commissioning of sophisticated software solutions for the water and natural resources sectors and strong expertise with time-series data handling, including data acquisition, data management, analysis, reporting, and modelling/simulation.