Copperstone Technologies (CST) offers Autonomous Amphibious Robots for environmental monitoring. CST’s robots can work in harsh environments where it is dangerous, risky and costly to send human workers. Through the use of the amphibious robot technologies, CST offers companies the means to autonomously monitor areas affected by mining operations (tailings) in a cost-effective, efficient, and safer manner.

CST’s robots allow for characterization of difficult environments and soil sampling. They are used for bathymetric surveys, measuring soil properties, and geotechnical investigations. Additionally, CST’s robots allow seed broadcasting, seedling planting, and other reclamation services on historically inaccessible locations.

In The Beginning

Copperstone is the result of the initiative and focus of three graduate students from the University of Alberta. After a successful Mitacs internship together, Nicolas, Stephen, and Jamie joined forces to deliver solutions in industries that posed the most difficult problems. The team was focused on solving the challenge of traffic-ability and health and safety on oil sands tailings. With the support of their CTO and graduate studies supervisor, Mike Lipsett, the team tirelessly designed a robot that was capable of remote movement in the hardest, most difficult to access terrain they could imagine.

The original Amphibious Rover 1 was transformed into a second version capable of performing industry-standard testing such as cone penetrometer, vane shear, and sampling on regular bitumen tailings to support the large manned barges currently used in the industry.

Since then, Copperstone has expanded its robotics offerings to include the Pangolin for metal mine tailings monitoring and reclamation.

The Copperstone team prides itself on its consulting practice and delivering unique designs tailored to provide maximum value to its partners.

Nicolas Olmedo

B.Sc., EIT, Mechanical Engineering


Nicolas works on the development of unmanned robotics systems for remote sensing, including control systems and remote communications protocols.

Stephen Dwyer

B.Sc., EIT, Mechanical Engineering

VP Engineering

Stephen is the primary firmware developer, implements hardware and firmware embedded systems design and development, as well as mechanical and robotic design and development.

Jamie Yuen

M.Sc., P.Eng, Mechanical Engineering

VP Operations

Jamie Yuen is the VP Operations and founding partner of Copperstone. He obtained his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he was involved in UAV, remote sensing, embedded hardware, and robotics projects with Suncor, Enbridge, ING Robotic Aviation, and BMI Technologies. After a successful Mitacs internship he founded Copperstone with fellow graduate students and hasn’t looked back.

Well-versed in mechatronics design and software development, he is excited for the future of industrial data collection and processing. Born and raised in Calgary, Jamie is an avid mountain biker, skier, and proud new father! Jamie is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, Canada.

Michael Lipsett

Ph.D., P.Eng, Mechanical Engineering


Mike Lipsett is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Ernest & Gertrude Poole Chair in Management for Engineers at the University of Alberta. He holds a PhD in robotics from Queen’s University, and studied applied systems science at Kyoto University in Japan.

Prior to 2006, Mike held technical and leadership roles with Syncrude Canada Ltd, the world’s largest crude oil producer from oil sands. He was also a senior research engineer at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. His research interests are the reliability and sustainability of integrated oil sands operations, rail systems, and other complex systems. This area includes modeling maintenance processes to understand the risk and value of process changes, developing advanced inspection and diagnostic methods for oil sands process systems & distributed fleet equipment, and developing new technologies for bitumen production processes and tailings (such as robotics for industrial environmental monitoring).

Mike teaches engineering finance, senior mechanical engineering design, and modeling and simulation of engineering systems. Mike has been a Vice-Chair of the International Society for Condition Monitoring, and he is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management. Mike Lipsett is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, Canada.