Jim Hjartarson CEO
Jim is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned telecommunications industry veteran with 38 years of industry experience. He is currently CEO of high tech optical device startup ELPHiC. Prior to that he was CEO of OneChip Photonics, a developer of integrated photonics modules for fiber optic based broadband access networks. Before that, Jim was co-founder and CEO of Catena Networks, later acquired by Ciena Corporation, where he was VP of the Broadband Access Group. He was co-founder and VP of the Telecommunications Design Centre within Cadence Design Systems, and before that he spent 16 years at BNR the product R&D organization of Nortel Networks, where he worked on the development of a wide array of access, switching and long haul fiber products. Jim was on the Board of directors of the Telecom Industry Association from 2004 through 2015.
Rob Graham CFO
Rob is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant with over 25 years of accounting, finance and manufacturing operations experience with high-tech companies. At ELPHiC, Rob is responsible for all aspects of administration, finance, tax, supply chain and strategic planning. Prior to ELPHiC Rob was Chief Financial Officer at OneChip Photonics, a developer of integrated photonics modules for fiber optic based broadband access networks, and before that was Chief Financial Officer at eBillme, a leading online alternative payment provider. Previously, Rob was Vice President of Finance and Operations at Solace Systems Corporation and Vice President of Finance and Operations at AssetMetrix Corporation. Rob also has also held senior finance positions with start-ups Optovation Corporation and Waterfall Networks and with public companies Crosskeys Systems Corporation and Mitel Corporation.
Dr. Larry Tarof CTO
Larry has over 30 years of technical, customer and management experience. Dr. Tarof is an industry veteran with deep expertise in the design and fabrication of optical devices and will play a pivotal role in the product design and fabrication process development at ELPHiC. Larry was Chief (or Principal) Scientist with ADVA, Jabil/AOC, Optelian/Versawave and before that Group IV Semiconductor. Larry also co-founded two start-ups in Ottawa, Canada; enSign and Optovation. Prior to that Larry spent 15 years at BNR/Nortel in various different senior technical roles.
Andre Hagley Director of Product Design
Andre brings 25 years of experience in III-V semiconductor device physics, design, manufacture and characterization to the Elphic team. With a broad range of experience gained at Bell-Northern Research, Nortel Networks, OneChip Photonics, OptiWave Systems and Group IV Semi and his own consulting business, Andre is well suited to lead the design and integration effort at Elphic. In his 15 years at Nortel, Andre was a member of the team responsible for the design, process development and successful transfer to production of several technologies including GaAs MESFETs, HEMT’s , Lasers, and GaAs and InP based HBTs. At OneChip, as Senior R&D Engineer, Andre was responsible for designing the process to integrate high-speed InP HBT’s with advanced InP based Photonic Integrated.
Rick Clayton Director of Optical Engineering
Rick has over 35 years of product focused expertise ranging from quantum optics and solid state physics to electrical, mechanical and opto-mechanical systems engineering to product and technology portfolio management. Prior to joining ELPHiC Rick spent 10 years in various roles at Annidis Corporation, most as the Director of Research and Product Development. Prior to Annidis Rick was VP of Advanced Materials the quantum dot startup InVisage Corporation. Prior to that Rick spent 20 years in various senior technical roles with BNR/Nortel and then an additional 3 years with Bookham after acquisition his Nortel team. Rick has a BASc in engineering physics, has 4 granted patents and 12 publications.
Steve Xu Lin VP PLM
Steve has 23 years in telecom hardware development. Steve spent the last 9 years with Nokia / Alcatel Shanghai Bell, most recently as the Head of 5G Advance Development. Prior to ASB Steve worked in the US with PON startup Teknovus as Director of Solution Marketing and before that with Iamba as Director of Field Application Engineering.