Leadership Team

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


Edward Quilty – Founder, President & CEO

Ed founded Aquatic Informatics in 2003 with the goal to protect life through more better management our planet’s most precious resource, water. He has worked in the water industry for over 25 years, initially as a river ecologist and then since 2009 as a business leader and entrepreneur. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, completed four years of a PhD in hydro-informatics at the University of British Columbia, and completed the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. Ed is a registered professional biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology and was an active Board Member and Vice President of the Canadian Water Resources Association’s (CWRA) BC Branch from 2005 to 2011. Ed is also an independent Director for a number of software companies and not-for-profits.

Eric Dorgelo

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.

James Griffiths – Chief Financial Officer

James is the CFO of Aquatic Informatics, and he has been a key player in helping to drive accelerated growth after the amalgamation of Aquatic Informatics with WaterTrax and Linko Technology in 2017. James began his business career in sales and then obtained his CPA with KPMG in 1992. He then spent 5 years in emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia with Pepsi Cola in a market development and finance role. Upon his return to Canada, he was a lead investor in WaterTrax, then joined the company as CFO and helped evolve the business from a start-up into a strong, stable growth company. James also played a key role in the acquisition of Linko in early 2015.


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.


AJ Leitch – Vice President, 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.

Vickitt Lau – Vice President, Technology

As VP Technology, Vickitt covers product development, product management, and cloud solution hosting. Vickitt earned his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Alberta. After obtaining his MSc with a focus on Artificial Intelligence from the same university, he spent seven years at the Alberta Research Council applying AI and advanced computing solutions to solve a broad range of industrial resource and scheduling optimization problems. Since then, Vickitt has been involved in bringing a logistics optimization software company through the stages of incubation, startup, growth, and acquisition. In addition, over the last two decades, Vickitt has had the opportunity to create software products that help large and small companies do more with less. These companies include Greyhound Lines of Canada, Lafarge, GE Capital Rail Services, the Canadian Space Agency, International Submarine Engineering, and Merak Projects (Schlumberger). 


James Reyes – Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing

James heads up the Aquatic Informatics global sales and marketing teams. A seasoned growth executive with a track record for building high-performance teams and strategic client relationships, James has built his career in the municipal software industry over the last 16 years. Prior to his role at Aquatic Informatics, James held multiple leadership positions at The Active Network, including playing a key role in driving the company’s growth from a $30M to $300M organization as well as launching a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in May 2011. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Concordia University.


Randy Romero – Director, Operations

Randy joined Aquatic Informatics in 2018 as Director of Operations and is responsible for organizing the daily operations of the company and ensuring that the leadership team is executing on its strategic plan. He oversees and delivers on key corporate projects and initiatives and looks to optimize company processes in order to facilitate growth and long-term success. Previously, Randy was Vice President Operations at Navarik Corp., where he was responsible for customer success, support, PMO (professional services), product development, technical operations, and data operations. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science and is PMP certified.


Sarah McKee – Director, Human Resources

Sarah has worked in the technology sector for the past 18 years. She joined Aquatic Informatics in 2008, bringing a passion for HR and extensive experience in the private sector (cleantech, medical device, alternate energy, and engineering) as well as the public sector (healthcare, post-secondary education, and municipal government). Sarah holds a B.A. in Recreation Administration and a post-graduate Diploma of Technology in Human Resources Management from BCIT. She is an active member of the HR Technology Group in Vancouver.


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.