We help innovators design, build, and launch tangible prototypes

We offer professional services, advanced manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. Entrepreneurs, startups, and firms can access subject matter experts and high-tech equipment that will advance them towards their product development goals.

We are a passionate team of creatives, designers, engineers and fabricators who specialize in bringing ideas into tangible working prototypes. As an extension of your R&D Team, trust that we will treat your product development as if it was our own.

We serve entrepreneurs, innovators, startups, established firms, and members of our local, national and global innovation community! BYPL is the gateway to Ottawa’s vibrant and creative ecosystem and beyond.

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Meet Our Team

Joanne Gardner

Director, Prototyping Lab

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In Joanne’s role as Director, she is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Prototyping Lab. This includes strategic planning, program development, business development, and facilitating client, partnership, and stakeholder engagement. Having worked in corporate boardrooms, on the ground on development projects, in a government office, and on the floor of an industrial production line, she is able to combine the learnings from these experiences to lead this creative, passionate, and committed team to deliver innovative new prototypes on behalf of innovators, entrepreneurs and emerging tech firms. 

When she’s not marvelling at the work the team creates, Joanne supports social profit organizations in her community. She is also an avid runner, curler, and cheerleader to two curious and joyful kiddos.

Erin Kennedy

Electronics Designer

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Erin, our Electronics Designer, helps bring prototypes to life using electronics. She works with entrepreneurs to build sensors, indicators, battery lifetime, connectivity, and more. She transforms these considerations into a schematic and PCB layout, which can be milled in-house. These boards are tested and rapidly iterated based on feedback from the entrepreneur and their use case. Erin brings her creativity to designs with interlocking and origami features for size-constrained applications such as wearables and robotics.  

On the side, she is the technical founder of Robot Missions, where she designed an entirely 3D printed rover – covering the design, electronics, firmware, software programming, testing, and pilot demonstration. She completed the Space Studies Program at International Space University, working with a team on Fast Transit to Mars, where she developed an augmented reality spacecraft viewer.  

Favourite tools: Bantam Tools, Mill, and BigRep.

Pablo Arzate

Industrial Designer

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Pablo is our Industrial Designer. He has experience designing products for healthcare, science, and fashion and other consumer product industries. His design technique is based strongly on collaboration and experimentation. Pablo’s creative and technical skills shine when designing for additive manufacturing especially when approached in rapid prototyping cycles. 

Pablo’s experience can help you bring your ideas to life. He’ll work with you to select the best technology to manufacture your product through 3D printing and other exceptional prototyping Lab capabilities. 

On the side, Pablo is a drone hobbyist, designing and manufacturing lightweight UAV’s. He also provides jewelry brands with unique custom 3D model collections and even has a company of his own.

Favourite tools: Fortus and Formlabs Printers

Petr Maur

Photographer, Videographer, Graphic Designer

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Petr is our Graphic Designer, Videographer, Photographer. He brings over 20+ years of experience in photo and video production, including filming, editing, and sound and graphic design. Petr relies on a suite of commercial grade tools and technologies to bring clients’ stories to life and seamlessly integrates branding guides into the advanced prototype manufacturing processes.  

Petr has many years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry. He has worked as a stills photographer on commercial film productions, a music video director and a graphic designer for independent businesses.

Favourite tools: CNC Waterjet & 360 camera

Tom O'Leary

Fabrication Shop Technician, and Machine Operator

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Tom is our Fabrication Shop Technician & Machine Operator. His background is in mechanical assembly and fabrication; he spent many years on an assembly line building truck-mounted auxiliary power units. Tom then specialized as the operator of robotic welding systems at a local metal fabrication plant. In addition, Tom has spent nearly a decade working in the film industry, building sets and working with a special effects crew.

When not in the shop, Tom uses discarded devices, found objects, and other shiny materials to create scrap metal sculptures. An example of his work, Climbing Cliff, can be seen hanging above the red staircase at the front entrance of Bayview Yards.

Favourite tool: Omax Waterjet

Alanna Hlavacek

Client & Project Operations Coordinator

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Alanna is our Client Experience & Project Operations Coordinator. Having come from a family of entrepreneurs, and founding a small online shop herself, Alanna has a direct understanding of the founder experience and is passionate about helping businesses succeed. With a depth of skills and experience in Business Process Management, Design Thinking and a CAPM Certification, Alanna excels at driving operational efficiency. Utilizing a human-centred and empathy-first approach, she aims to enable clients and the team at the Lab to work together to make product dreams become product realities; and to help innovation teams thrive as she co-designs and facilitates Design Thinking and Product Development workshops.

When she’s not at a music gig with her partner or playing fetch with her sphynx cat Penelope, Alanna enjoys cycling on her road bike, caring for her many (many!) indoor plants, and dabbling in creative pursuits.

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