Employee Bios

Anthony

Hailing from down under, Anthony brings his incredible sculpting and technical abilities to VSI as our shop manager and product developer. He works quickly and efficiently without compromising any quality. Anthony is a quick study, having created the Canine Dental Surgical Model, he has now completed a number of simulated tooth extractions and is well versed in dental anatomy. His past experience includes creating sculptures and props for the film industry, carpentry, and working as a professional piper.

Sam

Our lead research and development fabricator and soon to be the foreman of our canine production department, we keep Sam busy sculpting, designing and building new prototypes and products. His work visually encompasses the forethought, planning and execution of an experienced artist. His mold making exhibits beautiful, clean work that further extends each mold’s production life. Sam holds a degree in Ceramics from the Alberta College of Art & Design and is well experienced in the art of making stuff; from realistic busts, restoring dinosaur bones, to working in film, Sam has the skills and abilities to make it happen.

Eric

Our masterful metal worker, Eric ensures that all of the framework and armatures for our simulators are made with the utmost precision and care. He originally studied architecture in Santiago, Chile before deciding that he wanted to further pursue art at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. Eric possesses many skills and has also designed and built a number of molds at VSI.  A talented musician and artist, he can be found performing around town on the keys with his band Speed Strips; listen to them on Bandcamp.

Jordan

With precision and skill, Jordan wields the fickle material of latex under his command to create our Equine GI Tracts and the complex Bovine Uterus. Jordan also works in our metal department creating armatures for our products. He takes great pride in his work, and his booming laugh can be heard throughout the shop. A proud Nova Scotian, Jordan regularly displays his dexterity at work and is also a skilled guitarist.

Steve

With his lifelong racing career, Steve is usually thinking two steps ahead and has solved any problems that he has faced at VSI. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary which he puts to good use designing and creating different racing sleds and cars, as well as the fabrication of our large animals and many other components. He is often heard making sound effects while he’s working, because sound effects make everything better.

Audrey

Audrey has a knack for organizing and making things run faster and smoother. She is great at analyzing a process and finding a better way to get things done. With a background in Sculpture from the Alberta College of Art and Design, she utilizes her artistic skill to make our simulators come to life. An outdoorsy girl at heart, you can bet that she’d almost always like to be gone fishing.

Alan

With a great ability to absorb information and push boundaries, Alan is always looking to improve processes and make things function better. With a background in the orthotics industry, at VSI he has expanded his knowledge of mold making and is quick to pick up on new processes and procedures.  Alan is full of positive energy and keeps things light and enjoyable. For fun, he likes to fly his quadcopter/drone and take captivating footage of areas around Calgary.

Marlies

Marlies brings her enthusiasm to the shop and is willing to take on any new projects that come her way. Her attention to detail is evident in her work, and she utilizes her drawing skills when documenting some of our processes. She completed her practicum working on film projects with Dave Trainor building props and prosthetic molds. Originally from Nelson BC, she holds a Degree with Distinction in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design and is an avid rock climber.

Alia

Alia holds a BFA with Distinction in Media Arts and Technology from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She is a diligent worker whose skills stretch beyond mold making to include carpentry, sculpture, bronze casting, and 3D digital design. Her education and artistic endeavors have taken her to Peru, Spain and Australia. Alia’s handiwork has been seen around Calgary at Beakerhead, Frog Fest and multiple Wreck City Collectives. Check out some of her work here on Tumblr

Sharlene

A proud owner of two horses, Sharlene brings her passion for equines and her experience as a veterinary assistant to VSI.  She grew up north of the 60th parallel and moved south to attend Olds College where she took Equine Science and majored in Business Management. She spends as much time as she can looking after her two “children” at the stables and cooks a mean plate of Italian pasta.