Craig Milne


Craig is a serial entrepreneur with experience in optics, biochemistry, nano fabrication and noodles. He is balancing the big vision of the company with the practical achievements to keep moving forward. He is learning to play the violin and so far, it’s more successful than learning Spanish.

Nicolas Olmedo

President and Special Projects Lead (Co-founder)

Nicolas is one of the founding partners. As the President and Special Projects Lead, Nicolas develops innovative unmanned robotics systems for remote sensing, including control systems and remote communications protocols. 

Jamie Yuen

  VP of Product Engineering (Co-Founder)

Jamie is one of the founding partners and is a mechatronics design engineer working to bring our robotic systems to life. He has delivered projects in aerial & ground robotics, remote sensing, and embedded systems for energy, fleet and aerospace companies. When not building robots he can be found mountain biking, skiing, or hunting.



Mike has developed field robotic systems for the oil & gas, nuclear power, mining, and space sectors, both in technical and management roles. He helps to define the technical strategy of the company while still getting involved in designing and building systems. 

Rijesh Augustine

Electronics Team Lead

Rijesh joined as the Electronics Team Lead. His role is to design and develop the electronics and firmware for the embedded systems of the HELIX robots, and build and test prototypes.  

Samantha Kwok

Director of Operations

Samantha recently joined the team as the Director of Operations. Her role is to enable the team to be creative, develop leads and B2B relationships, help solve the important challenges and focus all the shenanigans in the office to productive energy. One of her personal goals is to be able to do 10  pull-ups!

our story

Copperstone grew out of the hard work and dedication of three graduate students from the University of Alberta. After a successful Mitacs internship together, Nicolas Olmedo, Stephen Dwyer, and Jamie Yuen 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 graduate studies supervisor, Dr. Mike Lipsett, the team 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 (AR1) 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 these early days, Copperstone has grown a talented team of professionals. 

  1. There is a solution, we will find it
  2. We put people first.
  3. We think yes before no.
  4. We always strive to do the right thing, especially when it is difficult.
  5. We think numbers matter: Accuracy, action, and accountability.

But why do we do this?  Simply, we believe robots can enable humans to reach further, tread lighter, and stay safer.  We are at the intersection of autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, the environment, and the industrial IOT.