Meet the Team

Meet the

The truth is none of this fancy gear is any good without our amazingly talented team to operate it safely and effectively. Meet your DroneBoy Team!

Tom Comet

Chief Pilot & Founder

Since early on, Tom has always had a keen interest in aviation, innovation and robotics, so the drone/UAV world was a perfect fit. He has been piloting drones since 2012 and obtained his certification soon after that. Tom has his multiengine IFR pilot’s license which enables him to fly real airplanes planes as well which gives him a much better understanding of the “big picture” in the skies above. Can’t get the shot with a drone – how about from the plane…?  These days Tom is happiest building custom camera rigs in the shop, flying specialty UAVs, and shooting stunning photos and video from high above using whatever technology gets the job done best.

STEFAN MARCHAND

Pilot, Camera Operator & Field Operations

As a former compliance, risk, and operations executive in the financial industry, Stefan helps ensure we are meeting operational standards along with safety and regulatory requirements. He is a seasoned photographer (New York Institute of Photography) and he is always looking for new ways to use multi rotors as “aerial tripods”. Growing up he loved all things RC (cars, planes, boats) and now with the emergence of multi rotors he is bringing together many of his passions and leveraging his business experiences to forge new paths in this emerging industry.

MATT JONIEC

Camera Operator & Head of Post Production

Matt is a passionate and experienced video producer who always strives to find unique and creative ways to tell a client’s story. Professional aerial cinematography has recently become a growing interest of his, and he brings his technical background in camera operations and post-workflows to the DroneBoy team. Matt has a love of football, fashion, and things that go fast. He’s also unapologetic in his love of Michael Bay movies.

YAN THEORET

Pilot, Camera Operator & Videographer

Yan is a professional drone pilot and videographer with 18 years of experience in television broadcasting. He can handle any payload from high-end laser LIDAR systems to ALEXA and RED cinema packages. He is constantly expanding his skills in the growing field of remotely piloted aerial systems and loves to take his passion to the sky.

BERNIE MARTIN

Pilot, Camera Operator & Field Operations

Bernie one of the top camera operators in the field and a very experienced pilot as well. He is a millennial who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty which is a rare mix.  He is a social media expert  whose background is a professional dog trainer. If we can ever drag him off the camera controls we hope to get him to help us out with our social media marketing as well.

ROBERT BOYCE

Pilot & Camera Operator

Robert has been involved in the remote control world from the early 90’s, starting with fixed-wing small planes, then graduating into the jet models. Robert has been involved in the media world since high school, so it was a perfect fit when the UAV drone world took off. A professional photographer for over 10 years and someone with a “great eye”. Drones were a natural fit for Rob and he is a top-rated pilot.

PATRICK LESCHINSKI

Systems Maintainer & Pilot

Formerly a aerospace engineer at Airbus Defence and Space, Patrick has been designing, building and flying unmanned aircrafts for cinematic, scientific and industrial purposes since 2012. As our Systems Maintainer, he builds our new aircraft and makes sure our fleet is in top shape for every job. Patrick is originally from Australia, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is adjusting well to Canadian life – driving on the right side of the road is still a bit of a challenge, but luckily there are no lanes in the sky!

MARK NIELSEN

Security & Field Operations

After his time in the military Mark went in to the world of I.T. After a decade of working the cooperate world he got pulled in to working in the entrainment industry. Having worked in some of the Largest venues in Canada he brings experience in providing risk assessments for various aspects of entertainment industry and brings those skills to Drone boy to ensure safe and secure flight operations.

Paul Briggs

Compliance, Safety & Payload Operator

Paul’s forty-year career in aviation began by pumping gas at the Peterborough airport as a kid. He is an “airplane guy” with an eye to the future and that gravitated him quickly to smaller flying machines and DroneBoy.  Paul brings his strong background as a professional test pilot, instructor, fleet manager as well as years of aircraft construction, maintenance, engineering and compliance to the DroneBoy Team. Paul likes to fly his personal aircraft for recreation whenever he gets the chance. He is an avid hunter, angler and competitive shooter.  He enjoys spending time at home on the farm with his family, which includes his Yellow Lab, Daisy.

 

Benjamin Lavieu

CAMERA SYSTEMS SUPPORT

Benjamin is the newest member of our expanding DroneBoy team.  He is keen to learn all new technologies and is an experienced photographer.  His nickname is “The MacGyver of the time lapse!” Ben is very customer focused, and technically oriented.  Benjamin is instrumental in smooth and organized ground operations and he is also a camera operator in training.

Most of Ben’s spare time is dedicated to taking photographs of wildlife and landscaping and his pictures have won some awards such as the Canon Selection 2011 in Paris and in European magazines. Ben is our  “French Connection”. 

TINA REIBLING

Bookkeeper & Controller

Tina is the one with the hardest job of all – compiling ALL those receipts and expenses into something that makes sense and maybe, even a profit from time to time. She writes the cheques and keeps us flying. Wow, and I thought operating a $30,000 multi-rotor camera platform in howling winds at minus 20° Celsius was hard…