Empowering people to build in bold new ways
Developing technology that improves the quality and affordability of the places where we work and live, while improving the working conditions of the people who build these spaces.
Our principles guide what we do—and how we do it.
We value people for who they are and have learned that a diversity of viewpoints leads to the best solutions.
We realize that our actions have impact beyond Canvas and are committed to creating better futures for our employees, customers, and community.
We believe in the growth of the individual as a foundation for the growth of the whole.
We understand there are no shortcuts and that tackling the hard things up front is faster in the long run.
We speak up when we perceive something isn’t in the team’s best interest. We believe we are all in this together.
We push boundaries, challenge assumptions, and get new ideas into the world. We are decisive but not impulsive. We seek feedback early and are not afraid to fail. We make sure we learn when we do.
We are dedicated to learning and take every opportunity to share knowledge and teach each other.
We bring an open mind to every challenge and are cognizant that we can be wrong or might not know the answer.
We are honest with ourselves, colleagues, and partners and strive to keep our biases, assumptions, and egos out of our decision making.
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Co-Founder and CEO
Kevin Albert is the CEO and co-founder of Canvas, a construction robotics company that is empowering skilled construction workers to build in bold new ways. Canvas has developed a new class of robotic tool that helps solve some of the construction industry’s most intractable challenges, including an unprecedented labor shortage, unpredictable quality, and chronic schedule and budget overruns. By combining worker skill and experience with the digital precision and machine learning capabilities of a robot, Canvas is enabling drywall finishing contractors to radically improve project outcomes while protecting the people doing the work. Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the development of rugged robotic systems, including fundamental contributions to some of Boston Dynamics’ seminal works, Big Dog and LS3. After his time at Boston Dynamics, Kevin started the robotics research group at Otherlab focused on bringing robotics and automation out of the factory and into the hands of workers. He has run numerous robotics research programs, including collaborations with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and commercial aerospace partners to develop robots designed for deployment. Kevin is a graduate of Lehigh University and has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Even with the invention of the bazooka and the box, there were still the same 4-5 steps to deliver a finished wall. Canvas has fundamentally rewritten the rules of the game. The Canvas machine is now an all-in-one, highly precise and accurate, best-in-class robotics system — and we’re excited for the further innovation it will unlock.
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Co-Founder and CTO
As co-founder and CTO of Canvas, Maria Telleria leads multiple engineering teams, including software, hardware, process, product strategy and quality assurance. Prior to starting Canvas, Maria was a company lead at Otherlab, an independent research laboratory focused on developing hard- tech ideas from research to product. Maria is the lead author on eight patents and five patent applications related to Canvas systems and is a co-inventor on an additional three patents related to pneumatic robots. Maria holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where she also co-founded the MIT Grad Catalyst Program with the mission to give minority students the tools and information required to pursue advanced degrees in science and technology. Maria was recently honored by being included on the Inc. Female Founders 100 list.
I’m most proud of the team we’ve built at Canvas, which is composed of everyone from top roboticists to master tradespeople, all united in our mission to make drywall finishing work better. It’s also exciting that one result of our work is that we are helping to make construction more accessible to minorities—and more sustainable for our future building needs.
Leading the sales and marketing functions at Canvas, Chris is a proven sales leader with 20+ years achievement at the helm of global SaaS-based, cloud solutions and enterprise software organizations, with a robust background in scaling teams to drive rapid growth, building C-Level and strategic relationships, and creating go-to-market strategies for organizations in hyper-growth phases. He has had two successful exits as a CRO. Chris has maintained a superior track record of generating scalable, repeatable and predictable sales revenues in rapidly growing organizations and has consistently met or exceeded sales goals with an innate ability to strategize during times of economic uncertainty. He is uniquely adept at performing operational analyses and procedural improvements in data-rich environments – utilizing innovative management techniques to grow sales performance and revenues under the strictest market constraints. Chris maintains an extensive background in leadership, including experience in talent development and management, conflict resolution, sales forecasting and budget administration. Chris holds a B.S. in business and marketing from North Dakota State University.
The Canvas sales team continues to exceed goals for the single reason that the Canvas machine helps contractors solve their deepening labor crisis while protecting their workers. We are aided by the fact that the cost of technology components continues to drop, while the investment in construction technologies continues to rise. The time is now to invest in construction technology, as evidenced by our continued sales success.
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Sr. VP, Operations
Heather is responsible for all aspects of Canvas’ Operations team, including technical support, field service, customer training, logistics, and supply chain. Heather brings over 20 years of relevant customer service and operations experience working in hard-tech start ups, serving a range of industries, including life sciences, chemical analysis and additive manufacturing. Most recently, Heather was VP of Field and Product Operations at Carbon, Inc., where her highlights included building the customer service team from the ground up and, supporting the company’s growth from stealth mode to operations in over 20 countries, and more recently, running their supply chain through the pandemic. Heather is proud of her liberal arts background and holds a B.A. in English and history from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. in medieval studies from the University of York, England.
Canvas is the perfect marriage of innovative technology, a collaborative culture, and an industry eager for disruption!
Regis Vincent leads the software, firmware, process and hardware teams. His role is to deliver a new generation of tool to drywall finishers, by making the Canvas robotic system as easy to use and as safe as possible. Prior to joining Canvas, Regis worked for several years at SRI International on large-scale robot deployment, penetration and security, and led development of an autonomous motorcycle robot. He also led a software team in a powered-clothing robotic company. Regis has published several papers in SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping technology )and multi-robot coordination. He holds a Ph.D in artificial intelligence from the University of Nice.
Lead the software, firmware, process and hardware team. My role is to deliver a new generation of tool to drywall finisher, by making
the Canvas robotic system as easy to use and as safe as possible.
Construction, and drywall specifically, are results-driven, technology-shy industries. Canvas is earning the trade’s trust by providing it with a very reliable, resilient and efficient tool. Our goal is to improve the process of drywall finishing, while making the trade even more productive with our tool.
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VP, Product Strategy
Anna Kim started her career in investment banking and real estate development and grew interested in learning more about construction, specifically how to use technology to address inefficiencies in the design and building process. She worked at Blu homes, a modular homebuilder startup, followed by a stint at Katerra, a construction tech startup, before joining Canvas in 2018. As VP of Product Strategy, Anna works closely with CTO Maria Telleria to
manage Canvas’s long-term product roadmap; assess product performance and gather customer feedback; and champion the voice of the customer and construction industry in the company’s product development.
I love that we’re building something deeply informed and shaped by people with extensive knowledge and expertise in the trade. It’s incredibly rewarding to work side by side with engineers and drywall finishers and see the shared excitement and pride in what we’ve built together.
After spending the early part of his finance and accounting career at large companies, Alan says he “caught the start-up bug” about 10 years ago and ever since has been building and leading finance teams at early-stage technology companies, including ClassPass, KitchenSurfing, Patreon, and now Canvas.
Alan leads Canvas’s accounting and finance functions, which encompasses keeping the books in good order, forecasting the results of future operations and ensuring the day-to-day operations are running smoothly. Alan has a BA in English from Tufts University and an MBA in accounting from Bentley University.
It’s been incredibly rewarding to work for a company whose product has such a positive impact on its users; literally revolutionizing the way they do their jobs!
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Sr. People Operations Manager
Eliza joined Canvas to build and lead the company’s people ops function, a strategic partner for all recruiting and HR needs. Before joining Canvas, Eliza worked at Kitchensurfing in customer operations, supporting chef recruiting.
She also worked at Makespace, focusing on recruiting and HR; and at SquareFoot, building out the people function.
Eliza holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Canvas lives our value of a Learning Mindset by engaging with feedback from our teams and customers to create continuous growth and improvement for the company.
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