Our Story

Founded on innovation, Baanto International Ltd. originated in Mississauga, Canada within Nytric Ltd., an R&D and product consulting firm. Eighteen years ago, Av Utukuri of Nytric kick-started a vision of turning innovative ideas into successful products by providing R&D expertise, conceptualizing inventions, and ultimately manufacturing original technology.

Nytric observing its history of successful products determined it was time to develop a product of its own design. An internal competition gave rise to ShadowSense™, a unique optical positioning solution which established a brand new category of touch technology . ShadowSense quickly became known for its unrivaled responsiveness, robustness, and ability to detect object size and shape, capturing the attention of many major electronics firms. As a result, Baanto was established in 2009 to continue to push the boundaries of touch interactivity.

Since its conception Baanto has been granted 23 patents and has over 50 filed across 8 different patent families. It has fostered various partner and integrator relationships and attained a global presence. Today Baanto has launched several industry-leading solutions using ShadowSense technology and prides itself not only on innovative product, but also outstanding customer service and support.

Management

  • Avanindra Utukuri – CEO/CTO

    Avanindra Utukuri – CEO/CTOAvanindra Utukuri – CEO/CTO
    Avanindra was one of the founders of Baanto upon its formation in 2009 and is responsible for the technical direction of the Baanto product. As CEO and CTO, Avanindra is involved in design and management of projects in all areas of the business, and for the development of patented technologies. Previously, Avanindra founded Nytric Ltd in 1999 and, as CEO of that company, is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s business vision. His twelve years of extensive business and technology experience includes the development and commercialisation of high-tech products for commercial and consumer applications. Avanindra is a graduate of the Engineering Science program of the University of Toronto.

  • Dushan Batrovic – CFO

    Dushan Batrovic – CFODushan Batrovic – CFO
    Dushan has over 10 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries, having worked in equity research, merchant banking and venture capital.  Prior to joining Baanto, Dushan was a VP at Difference Capital where he evaluated investments in technology companies.  Additionally, Dushan has worked with 4Front Capital Partners, Dundee Securities and Canaccord Capital.  Dushan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering and an MBA with the University of Toronto.

  • Bhupinder Randhawa – Vice President of Intellectual Property

    Bhupinder Randhawa – Vice President of Intellectual PropertyBhupinder Randhawa – Vice President of Intellectual Property
    Bhupinder is Vice President, Intellectual Property for Baanto. Bhupinder is a patent attorney with over a decade of experience, specializing in patents and intellectual property licensing. Previously, he was an engineer in the Computers & Communications Division of CP Rail and with Alcatel Canada's automated railway systems group. He has helped both startups and established companies to build and manage their worldwide intellectual property portfolios. He works closely with the Baanto technical team to identify and protect innovative aspects of the Baanto technology and to develop licensing programs. Bhupinder has a computer engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and obtained his law degree at the University of Toronto.

  • Anthony Gussin – Director, Global Sales

    Anthony Gussin – Director, Global SalesAnthony Gussin – Director, Global Sales
    Anthony brings a wealth of international experience and business success from his previous roles in Business Development, Sales and International Marketing. He has held a variety of senior sales and marketing roles at high-technology companies that include GE and Cadence Design Systems. After immigrating to Canada from the UK, and prior to joining Baanto, Anthony held high-level positions including: Senior VP of International Sales for MVS, a Montreal Robotics company; Director of Marketing and Business Development for Trow Consulting Engineers; and Marketing Director of US-based Orchid Automation. Anthony, educated in the UK, holds a PhD in Management and Industrial Psychology and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

  • Mark Underwood – Director of Business Development

    Mark Underwood – Director of Business DevelopmentMark Underwood – Director of Business Development
    Mark has over 25 years of experience in the touch screen industry, and he has held various senior management positions within both the manufacturing and reseller markets. He studied for a National Diploma in Business Studies at Cambridge College of Arts and Technologies. Mark has previously served in the EMEA region as a Sales & Business Manager for Aydin Displays, Elo Touch Systems, Braemac, and most recently, Visualplanet, where he was responsible for worldwide sales. During his career, He has been responsible for creating and sustaining sales channels, implementing business strategies for sales and marketing, and project managing several high profile interactive installations. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of the touchscreen and displays markets, as well as a comprehensive understanding of channel management.

Board Of Directors

  • Avanindra Utukuri

    Avanindra Utukuri
    CEO/CTO for Baanto

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  • Ian Cunningham

    Ian Cunningham
    Executive Management, Investor

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  • Tom Astle

    Tom Astle
    CIO for Difference Capital

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  • Matthew Gibson

    Matthew Gibson
    President & CEO, Syngrafii Inc.

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Avanindra Utukuri
CEO/CTO for Baanto

Mr. Utukuri was one of the founders of Baanto upon its formation in 2009 and is responsible for the technical direction of the Baanto product. As CEO and CTO, Mr. Utukuri is involved in design and management of projects in all areas of the business, and for the development of patented technologies.

Previously, Mr. Utukuri founded Nytric Ltd in 1999 and, as CEO of that company, is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s business vision. His twelve years of extensive business and technology experience includes the development and commercialization of high-tech products for commercial and consumer applications.

Mr. Utukuri is a graduate of the Engineering Science program of the University of Toronto.

Ian Cunningham
Executive Management, Investor

Mr. Cunningham joined the Baanto Board of Directors in 2010, and has over 31 years of experience in executive management, marketing, operations, business development and sales.

His experience includes Executive roles with Tangerine Bank, Capital One Bank and PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Canada business.

Mr. Cunningham has a BA from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration’s Executive Program.

Tom Astle
CIO for Difference Capital

Mr. Astle has worked in the Capital Market and Technology sectors for over 30 years with a front row seat at some of the major economic and technology cycles of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Currently, he manages the DCF CV/PE portfolio focused on late stage private technology and media investments and is active on several boards of directors.

He has over 20 years’ experience as a top ranked Wall and Bay Street sell-side analyst, covering Technology, Cleantech and even Aerospace business models. Mr. Astle has lived/worked through bubbles and crashes and even long tech winters which led to 6 years’ experience as head of a large equity research department which covered all major sectors.

Mr. Astle holds his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has an Engineering Physics degree from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng).

Matthew Gibson
President & CEO, Syngrafii Inc.

Matthew is the President & CEO as well as a Co-Founder of Syngrafii Inc.. He has been with the Company since its incorporation in 2004. Matthew is an inventor of record on 9 granted and 27 pending patents.

Matthew has worked in corporate development for over twenty years and has expertise in diverse consumer and industrial markets. Specializing in launching, monetizing and commercializing intellectual property, Matthew has developed revenue models to capitalize on industry and customer market needs – of late, in remote wet ink eSignatures on mobile technology platforms.

Matthew has extensive experience in high-technology solutions and also brings extensive negotiation and licensing experience, combined with a lateral thought process, and excels in the identification, contact and management of strategic partnerships.

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