About Us

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About FulcrumAir

Founded in 2016 and investing over 20,000 hours of design and engineering, FulcrumAir Inc. has developed two of the world’s leading industrial UAVs and an autonomous robot, the LineFly. We design, manufacture, and operate aerial robotic solutions that address unique problems in the forestry, infrastructure, power transmission, and environmental sectors. Commercial drone technology and robotics used in these sectors are game-changing, revolutionizing the ability to effectively manage valuable assets.

 

Our US office is in Wellington, CO, and our Canadian office is in Calgary, Alberta.

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PATRICK ARNELL

President & CEO

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JASON CLARKE

VP Research & Development
& Chief Test Pilot

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DANIEL CLARKE

VP Engineering

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ROBERT "BEAR" ROTZETTER

Operations Manager &
Chief Pilot

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MARIA KARAMANOS

Business Development
Manager

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ROMAS KRIVELIS

Electrical &
Software Engineer (EIT)

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KEVIN ARNELL

Forestry Manager

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PATRICK ARNELL

President & CEO

Patrick obtained his MBA in 1986 and has spent much of his career owning, operating and growing several small/medium sized businesses. He attributes his success to a few simple principles: treating staff and customers with the highest level of respect and care and striving to achieve a, some would say, lofty vision for all involved. When Patrick isn’t putting his shoulder into Fulcrum, he spends his time within the trees and nature; he also enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, is a philanthropist helping run a charitable yoga collective and hosts many events at his beautiful farm. Patrick is the leader of our company; he drives and motivates our team everyday!
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JASON CLARKE

VP Research & Development
& Chief Test Pilot

Jason graduated top of his class with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland and went on to design oilfield equipment and rigs in Australia and Canada before making the switch. He didn’t know he had a passion for inventing flying machines until he designed and built one four years ago – now he’s hooked and gets paid to do it! Jason enjoys all aspects of UAVs, from concept design, mechanical design, control system tuning and test piloting. Jason’s other interests involve snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking, all mountain activities that aren’t very common in his native outback Australia. Jason leads our R&D division and keeps the flying machines in check!
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DANIEL CLARKE

VP Engineering

Growing up on his parent’s farm in Australia, Daniel became fascinated with learning about and repairing machinery of all shapes and sizes. Daniel obtained a Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, and since then has designed and built a wide range of machines used in the Mining, Agriculture and Oil industries with a proven track record for delivering robust solutions to the most complex mechanical problems. When he is not working on cutting edge unmanned aircraft, he can be found downhill mountain biking, skiing or in the garage working on his latest invention. Daniel leads our Engineering division and is the ‘mad scientist’ of anything machine!
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ROBERT “BEAR” ROTZETTER

Operations Manager
& Chief Pilot

Robert enjoys all aspects of aviation and aviation history; this launched him into his career as a Commercial Helicopter Pilot with a strong interest in commercial regulations. Helping to expand the boundaries of RPAS regulation in Canada is particularly enjoyable and has gained Robert great respect with the regulatory governing bodies. When at home, he enjoys nothing more then to spend the maximum amount of time possible with his wife and children. Robert also enjoys fishing, hiking and wildlife spotting. Robert runs our Operations division and keeps our team safe and sound on every mission!
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MARIA KARAMANOS

Business Development Manager

Maria is a dedicated business professional spending many years managing offices, departments and people. After completing her Business Administration in 1997, and continually adding to her education since, Maria has worked in a variety of industries showcasing her abilities in sales, accounting, HR, management and marketing; she is also an avid photographer. When Maria isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her dogs, family and friends. She loves the outdoors and can be found riding her motorbike through the mountains or hiking and camping within the trees. Maria is the “Hub” of our team, supporting and motivating her team-mates in any way she can!
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ROMAS KRIVELIS

Electrical & Software Engineer (EIT)

Romas graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; he develops custom software for our drones and ground stations. He’s always been passionate about robotics and coding, which led him to founding the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team at the University of Calgary where he led the team in designing custom drones for competitions with other universities. Romas brings this experience, combined with internship experiences, to his work at Fulcrum. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, cycling, snowboarding and working on various automation projects. Romas is our electrical and software genius who makes our machines come alive!
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KEVIN ARNELL

Forestry Manager

Kevin is a BC Registered Professional Forester (ret) with over 30 years’ experience in both Woodlands and Manufacturing operations. When not strolling through a forest or cutting up logs, Kevin enjoys playing pool accompanied by a scotch or two, looking for new music and dreaming of heading north for the summer with his adventurous wife Diane. Kevin is the proud father of two bright energetic daughters and enjoys spending lots of time together. Kevin leads our Forestry efforts , helping the team see the entire forest rather than just the trees!