Robot Week Judges

Thank you to our Discovery Foundation Robot Week judges who have volunteered their time to judge our video submissions!

Dr. David Harper, Chief Executive Officer
Discovery Foundation

Esmeralda Nadeau-Jasso, Founder
Aya Creations

Dr. David Harper has been on Discovery Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2007 and was appointed CEO in 2016. Dr. Harper has a long history in the B.C. tech sector as the President of Pacific BioVentures Inc., providing consulting and management services. He is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of the Fraser Valley where he has been an Associate Professor since 1994 and was recently a Visiting Scientist at the B.C. Cancer Research Centre, Terry Fox Laboratories.

Esmeralda Nadeau-Jasso is an internationally recognized artist and with a background in visual art. She was an Honorarium Artist for Burning
Man Festival 2019. and was the artistic director and founder of Cirquantique, a notable circus company in Montreal from 2012 to 2018.  Esmeralda merges
traditional artistic techniques with the latest in fabrication technologies. Her passions have led her to working in a wide range of fields including, woodworking, environmental biology, prototyping , painting , stone masonry, pottery, and costumes/prop fabrication for circus and film.

Shawn Curran, STAC Technician
Selkirk Technology Access Centre (STAC)

Brian Malito, Student Researcher
Selkirk Technology Access Centre (STAC)

Shawn grew up in Nelson and absolutely loves the Kootenays. He specializes in organization and documentation and has been part of growth at all the previous companies he’s worked for. With a passion for learning and excelling, he is a recent grad of Selkirk College’s Plant Operator Program and has now moved into PLC and robotics courses. 

He has a solid production and manufacturing background, experience in technical sales, management as well as equipment and machinery repair. Shawn always love to share his knowledge which was evident when he taught and wrote courses at MIDAS Lab and various local school districts. He’s also been involved with the Nelson and Lower Columbia tech clubs.  Outside of work, Shawn can often be found making and enjoying good food and coffee as well as volunteering at his meditation centre and children’s school.

Brian Malito is a 3D designer living in the beautiful city of Trail B.C. Brian wanted to branch out, so he started learning about Digital Arts at Selkirk College. Now he sees modern art in a new light. He is very experimental and likes to try new things. To push the limits is what he lives for. To see what’s truly possible is his motivation. Day after day, Brian gazes at the wonders of inventing and what is yet to be accomplished, bringing his own set of skills in 3D design and machining. Coming from a technical background, he wanted to expand his learning and advance his artistic prowess. This brought him to the wonderful medium of wood. Starting from an empty slate, he began to learn this craft. This has since led him to his current job at the STAC facility in Trail. His will to succeed, and his discipline in self-training has brought him to where he is today. Brian’s stubbornness has compelled him to never give up even though he knows it might be impossible, believing that one day he will succeed. What keeps him strong through hardship, is a quote given many years ago by his grandfather. A phrase that resonates in his heart, and is never forgotten: “Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if you never use it, when given the opportunity to learn, learn as much as you possibly can.” How true it is that Brian abides by those words, as he continues to create daily with the new things he has learned.