David is passionate about bringing new technology to market. He seeks the intersection of market needs and technological capability, and leads teams to develop the products that satisfy those needs.
David was head of research and development at the leading global manufacturer of large-scale maritime propulsion batteries, where he was responsible for several award-winning products created through his leadership in managing intellectual property, research & development, testing, safety and regulatory compliance. Other experiences include leading product development departments for industrial electric motors, medical devices, control systems, and outdoor robots for hazardous environments. David has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto where he studied robotics and control. He holds more than a dozen patents spanning lithium ion battery systems, medical devices, robotics and control systems.
David offers a hands-on approach to elevate your product development team to the highest caliber of performance by:
‣ assessing the current state of your
technology and its readiness for market
‣ assessing the current capability of
your R&D team and facilitating any
necessary improvements in capabilities and capacity
‣ tailoring proven product development processes
to suit the industry and best practises
‣ developing product development metrics and KPIs
that provide visibility and ensure accountability
‣ determining technical, schedule, and cost risks and
mitigation plans to keep R&D programs on track
‣ preparing practical and measurable
development plans and programs
‣ mentoring and professional development of
managers and principal engineers
‣ implementing systems to identify and protect
intellectual property through
trade secret protection and patents
David co-founded The Lokhorst Group Ventures in 2008.