Photon etc’s team consists of physicists, optical, electronic, mechanical and software engineers. This group is supported by qualified technicians, a dynamic sales and marketing team and a group of visionary leaders. A global network of partners distributes our products throughout the world.

Finally, three spin-offs were established focusing on applications in the mining industry (Photonic Knowledge), EMCCD cameras (Nüvü Camēras) and in the ophthalmology sector (Optina Diagnostics).


Sébastien Blais-Ouellette, Ph.D.   -   Founder & CEO

An astrophysicist by training, Sébastien Blais-Ouellette is the founder and CEO of Photon Etc. While working in the astronomy department of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), he developed a technology that uses volume Bragg gratings to combine images and spectra of an object or sample.

He earned his M. Sc. in particle physics and a joint Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal and the Université d'Aix-Marseille in France. He later worked as a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at Caltech. Sébastien’s Ph.D. earned him the France-Québec award for the best co-supervised thesis in 2000 (all fields combined).

Marc Verhaegen, Ph.D.    -   Chief Technical Officer

Marc Verhaegen is both Photon Etc.’s Head of Research and Development into new instruments and its Production Manager for existing ones. He has over 20 years of experience in photonics R&D.

Mr. Verhagen earned a Master's in Optoelectronics from the Université de Liège in his native Belgium, then travelled to the Université de Montréal to pursue a Ph.D. He has published frequently and often presented at conferences on the optical properties of silica-based materials. While a postdoctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique de Montréal’s fibre optics laboratory, Marc worked specifically on the intensification of second order non-linear effects in fibre-optics and silica glass.

Mr. Verhaegen worked as a researcher and technical lead in the R&D departments of ITF Optical Technologies and Corvis Canada where he became expert at manufacturing high-performance devices based on fibre Bragg gratings.

Stéphanie Beaudry-Zanotty, CPA, CMA   -   Finance Director

Stéphanie is Photon etc's Director of Finance. She is in charge of financial management; including the budget process, the financial reports and strategical planning. Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) Stéphanie studied business administration at HEC Montreal.

In harmony with the values of the company and inspired by its mission, she tackles the scientific research and high technology market with a thirst for active participation in the success of Photon etc's growth strategy. Her rich counselling experience in financial services and operational management within SMEs makes a perfect match for Photon etc.

Laura-Isabelle Dion-Bertrand, M. Sc.   -   Sales and Marketing Director

Laura-Isabelle is Photon Etc.’s Director of Sales and Marketing. She harmonizes product development with market strategy while also improving brand visibility.

Her yin/yang of organizational discipline and contagious enthusiasm allow her to jump between executing marketing strategies and securing funding. Both in the pursuit of Photon Etc’s continued growth.  

She holds a BS in physics from the Université de Montréal. This is also where she earned a master’s degree in condensed matter physics while working on charge separation in organic photovoltaics.

Her profound understanding of material science has led to numerous publications in collaboration with researchers worldwide. Laura-Isabelle’s knowledge has unlocked new potential for Photon Etc.’s hyperspectral imaging systems.

Simon Lessard, Ing.   -   Director of Infrared Solutions

Simon has spearheaded Photon Etc.’s infrared (SWIR) imaging solutions from day one. His background in design, project management and product development is complemented by a broad and profound understanding of markets and customers’ needs. This pairing enables him to steer the product portfolio towards tomorrow’s markets.

Upon earning his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the École des Technologies Supérieures (ÉTS) in 2005, Simon joined Photon Etc. as a mechanical designer. In 2009, he was tapped to develop an infrared imaging product line. Today, this system is unique in its class and sought out for its performance by industrial, scientific and academic clients; it carved out a niche for Photon Etc. in the process.

Simon, who now ranks as a technology leader, uses his expertise to spur innovation at Photon Etc., keeping it at the forefront of the industries it serves.


Charles Fleury   -   Production Manager

Charles Fleury became Lead Technician and Head of Operational Optimization after spending several years at Photon Etc. mastering the assembly of the LLTF Contrast. His skill was apparent from the improvements to standardization, repeatability and manufacturing throughput time.

His eclectic skills toolkit has grown over a long and winding career. His autodidacticism, attention to detail and appreciation of complex systems allowed him to transition from his beginnings in fine arts to working on the state of the art at Photon Etc.

Years spent in organizations with different approaches to operational efficiency resulted in Charles’ holistic problem-solving style that balances the interests of both his teammates and his company. At Photon Etc, where research, development and manufacturing live side by each, Charles’s is relied upon to harmonize the relationship between prototyping, production, sales and procurement.