About Us

Our Story

Every company has a great story to tell! RCI is no exception. Proudly Saskatchewan grown, we strive to make our communities stronger through creating jobs while applying technology and innovative solutions for our clients worldwide.

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Company History

It started with tracking bees, and a government challenge to help reduce crime

Rivercity Innovations was launched as a result of growth from winning the inaugural Innovation Saskatchewan Rural Crime Challenge, working in conjunction with Innovation Saskatchewan and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Corrections and Policing. What started as a solution created by Jeff Shirley to prevent theft of beehives at their family farm Blue Heron Gardens, has since expanded into designing, building, and delivering sensors and data monitoring solutions from ground up to clients worldwide. Our LoRa and cellular GPS trackers are sold under the brand BeeSecure, and are just one example of how we have delivered a solution to help solve a problem.

Today Rivercity Innovations employs an experienced and diverse team, including an engineering staff led by Lance Pitka with his directly related experience in digital signal processing. We engineer sensors, software, and unique solutions to help our clients solve their problems.

We are proudly based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and employ largely Saskatchewan educated graduates who hail from Canada, Bangladesh, Philippines, China, and other locations – all experts in their related fields.

Meet The Team

The Executive Team at Rivercity Innovations

Jeff Shirley

Jeff Shirley

Founder & CEO

Jeff has over 30 years experience in finance, business and information technology. Jeff was a Microsoft MVP for 5 years, and has helped businesses from all industries build database and technology solutions designed around their growing needs. When he is not working in tech, he puts on a bee suit and helps the family at their apiary Blue Heron Gardens, run by his wife.

Jeff is also a co-owner in Rivercity Technology Services, which he founded in 2014 with Mitchell Redekopp.

Lance Pitka

Lance Pitka

Co-Founder & CTO

Lance is a graduate of the U of S, with his M.Sc. Electrical Engineering and a major in Digital Signal Processing. He leads our product design and engineering team, ensuring quality product and solutions are delivered to the marketplace and our clients worldwide.

Rick Gales

Rick Gales

Manager, Business Development

With over 38 years in Senior Leadership roles at RBC, Rick achieved his Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a Financial Planning Designation. Rick works with our clients to ensure there is a product fit with an ROI, and help them bring a solution to their business problems.
Kamila Wyszomirski

Kamila Wyszomirski

Manager, Marketing

Kamila recently recieved her B.Comm in Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with high honours and great distinction. She leads our marketing team and works closely with the business development team to grow and enhance the customer experience both on and offline.