SafeAI expands to Canada, names chief revenue officer
By Chad Elmore15 July 2021
Autonomous heavy equipment company continues global expansion into key markets, bolsters executive team.
SafeAI, the California-based autonomous heavy equipment technology company, has announced its continued global expansion with its entry into Canada. To accelerate growth internationally, the company also announced that David Prusinski has joined the company as chief revenue officer (CRO).
With booming construction and mining industries, the company said Canada is a natural next step. The country’s mining industry is one of the largest in the world, accounting for 7.8% of the country’s GDP in 2020. The country’s construction sector is also a leading contributor to the nation’s GDP, with continued opportunities for growth due to government-funded infrastructure projects. With its connected autonomous technology, SafeAI said it is poised to accelerate productivity in the nation’s heavy industry.
“At SafeAI, we believe autonomy has the power to create smarter, safer, more productive heavy industry. With flourishing construction and mining sectors, Canada is a natural fit for our business,” said Bibhrajit Halder, founder and CEO of SafeAI.
“As we continue to grow our business to meet rising demand for autonomy, we’re proud to also expand our executive team. With years of leadership experience, a proven track record of spearheading growth, and knowledge of the Canadian market, David brings an invaluable perspective to our team as we continue to scale our organization and transform off-road autonomous projects globally.”
Prusinski brings 25 years of experience driving growth at prominent technology companies across Canada to the CRO role. Prior to joining SafeAI, he worked for nine years at Fleet Complete, a provider of connected commercial vehicle solutions. Before that, he also held leadership roles at BlackBerry and InSystems.
“Heavy industry is on the brink of a period of mass adoption for autonomous technology,” said Prusinski. “Now that we’ve seen the value and impact of automation for safer, more efficient construction and mining sites, there is no going back. Today, I’m excited to join the team at SafeAI to drive continued expansion and help companies worldwide unlock the value of connected autonomy to improve safety, reimagine workflows, and power results.”
Expansion into Canada comes on the heels of a year of significant growth for SafeAI as the company accelerated off-road deployment of autonomous technology. In late 2020, the company announced partnerships with industry leaders — including Obayashi and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. — to expand its ecosystem and more effectively deliver autonomy at scale.
Earlier this year, SafeAI announced its expansion into Australia, the world’s largest mining market, and the addition of several new executives to lead the charge. Most recently, the company announced $21 million in Series A funding to accelerate research and development and global growth.