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Dave Stubbs

Neutron Controls is a Canadian firm that focuses on EV Battery Control Electronics. Our custom design approach relieves the traditional OEM reliance on restrictive tier-one suppliers. We are gaining attention globally through our unique approach to an industry in serious need of change.

Tell us about yourself?

I have been involved in the semiconductor and technology space here in Canada for over 35 years. I was approached to start a small engineering support group in 2015 to address the North American automotive industry for a functional safety microcontroller from Infineon called AURIX. My Team has developed expert-level skills and has grown into a global leader in Battery Management Solutions. This is presently the hottest sector of any technology market, with many years of strong growth ahead.

If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Align the engineers you hire with the difficult tasks at hand.

What problem does your business solve?

The problems we solve are several: Custom-designed control units to help the OEMs better control their innovative battery packs. These custom units save money in the supply chain, and the OEM owns the IP. We integrate difficult software toolchains. This saves crucial time. We have developed a battery test platform that is critical for Giga Factories to ensure quality before battery modules are welded into packs.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

The original inspiration was to get closer to our customers and technology challenges.

Presently, we have developed a prototype platform that can be used in EV trucks and cars while they wait for their custom solutions. Tesla has created their battery controls. All OEMs need to change their strategy to try to keep pace.

What is your magic sauce?

There are several global suppliers that provide a sealed box that OEMs can use to control their battery systems. We stand alone in the custom design space. Our goal is to enable the OEMs to become their own supply chain. This puts the control back in their hands.

What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?

We are building the basis of a high-growth, sustainable business. We will be doubling our team of 20 engineers within the next 12 months while expanding our business in hardware design, software integration, and battery test solutions. These are strong revenue silos that generate high margins.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Our biggest challenge has been standing up against huge global competitors. This was addressed in the belief in our unique business model and in producing game-changing technology platforms.

We have not had to change direction. We have taken risks, and they are now paying off.

How can people get involved?

Neutron Controls is an innovative engineering firm that lives by the motto: Compress Time, Change The World!

We are always interested in helping our potential customers, and we are always recruiting. Contact us at