Our Vision

Penfield believes in the progress of intelligence – both human and artificial intelligence and the company’s mission is to advance human and artificial intelligence in tandem, by focussing on the interaction between human and artificial intelligence – for the benefit of the global economy and society.

Our Story

2017

Bibu Labs conducts research out of University of Waterloo to harness potential of Human-Computer Intelligence AI in cybersecurity.

2019

Penfield.AI emerges from Bibu Labs as a product company, mapping out the skillsets of humans to unlock potential in Security Operation Centers (SOCs)

2021

Penfield.AI evolves as a product company and continues to grow their newly branded business.

Our Team

Co-Leadership

Tahseen Shabab

Founder & CEO

Tahseen was a cybersecurity consultant for firms like IBM, Royal Bank of Canada, Fortune 60 Telco, a North American Government and more. He was the lead developer of AppScan Source on Cloud – a SAST tool used by many Fortune 500 firms. AppScan was a leader on Gartner’s Magic quadrant. Tahseen graduated from the UWaterloo in Electrical Engineering and holds 3 awards from UWaterloo and 2 awards from IBM.

Helene Asselbergs

COO

Hélène Asselbergs brings 20 years of expertise in governance strategy, change management and market growth to boards and management teams of private and public companies in industries and sectors that include tech (including cyber security), finance, energy, health and law.
Hélène is currently an executive advisor | fractional CEO for the company, Aspire CFO, where she works with early stage to mature companies to drive their plans for high growth. Hélène’s former executive roles include: General Manager for the Financial Modeling Institute; Executive Director of pan-Canadian operations and Chairperson of the operational review and restructuring for the Canadian Bar Association; fractional CEO start-up and management consulting roles; as well as faculty positions at Osgoode Hall Law School and Seneca College. Hélène holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Fully bilingual, Hélène serves on the board of the Alliance Francaise de Toronto as Vice-President of the board.

Nicole Ballestrin

CFO

Nicole brings 20 years of financial leadership experience across a wide variety of industries including technology (including SaaS), professional services, energy, retail, advertising, not-for-profit and healthcare in the public and private sectors. Nicole currently supports several early and growth stage companies as CFO leveraging the financial expertise she has gained over the years, through her company Aspire CFO. Prior to founding Aspire CFO, Nicole was CFO and Head of HR at McKinsey & Company Canada, a renowned management consulting firm. Nicole was also previously CFO at McMillan LLP and held a number of senior finance positions at Sears Canada, Nortel Networks and EY. Nicole is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Product Team

Tahseen Shabab

Founder & CEO

Tahseen was a cybersecurity consultant for firms like IBM, Royal Bank of Canada, Fortune 60 Telco, a North American Government and more. He was the lead developer of AppScan Source on Cloud – a SAST tool used by many Fortune 500 firms. AppScan was a leader on Gartner’s Magic quadrant. Tahseen graduated from the UWaterloo in Electrical Engineering and holds 3 awards from UWaterloo and 2 awards from IBM.

Frank Ji

VP of Engineering

Frank previously served as the Senior Engineer at Facebook Enterprise Trust Organization, working on enterprise solutions related to Privacy, Security and Compliance. He also spent 6 years at IBM working on WebSphere Java runtime and other cloud offerings. Frank has also been a part of various Engineering teams at companies like International Financial Data Services, Symantec, and Blackberry.

Alessandra Urtuna

Client Relations Lead

Alessandra is the Client Relations Lead for Penfield.AI. In this role, Aless is the bridge between clients and the Penfield product team, facilitating these relationships to ensure the timely progress and satisfaction of deliverables. Aless brings a strong background working with early-stage B2B AI start-ups in various industries such as MedTech, CX Analytics, FinTech and Cybersecurity. Aless holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.

Long Tan

Senior Software Engineer

Long Tan is a senior software engineer who has worked in startups for 6 years. He’s experienced in building and scaling distributed systems and services, and applying Machine Learning in recommender system, NLP, and search. He loves developing full-stack software to empower users. Before studying computer science at the University of Toronto and starting his engineering career, he worked as an accountant with a Master's degree in Business and Accounting.

Manan Singh

DevOps Lead

Manan has 12+ years of experience as a technology personnel having an experience in Security, FinTech, HealthCare domain. He completed his master’s from the Dalhousie University in Internetworking with a major in Network Security. He worked with Dalhousie University, multinational companies like NTT DATA, Morgan Stanley and fast growing Startup companies like AlayaCare. He architected and implemented the scalable cloud infrastructure from ground up for Startup's which has been used by the Company to scale from 10 to 500+ customers.

Sohail Habib

Data Science Lead

Sohail is perusing his PhD from University of Guelph in Cybersecurity. Previously he has worked on optimization and AI based projects for problems related to botnet detection, collaborative-robotics and building control systems with companies like Telus, Honeywell, and ESI Robotics.

Sadat Ahmed

Senior Software Engineer

Sadat is a software engineer with 6 years of full time experience. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors in Computer Science and since then, worked as a software engineer in a variety of roles, such as Full Stack Engineer, Data Engineer, Backend Engineer. His work experience includes working at TrainigRelief(startup), Flashstock (acquired by Shutterstock), Shutterstock, LotusFlare, GroupBy.

Advisors

Kate Larson

AI Advisor

Kate is a research scientist at DeepMind. She is a professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and is affiliated with the AI group. Kate also currently holds a University Research Chair and the Pasupalak AI Fellowship. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Larry Smith

Strategy Advisor

Larry is a professor at the University in Waterloo, an expert in the areas of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Forecasting. Specializing in forecasting and the economics of innovation, he has worked with governments, financial institutions, professional associations, and companies developing new markets or new products. He has also mentored many of his students on start-up business management and career development. The most notable start-up he advised in its infancy is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry.