About Us

Our mission is to create the most ethically, emotionally, and experientially aware conversational intelligence to improve the quality and trust of the human AI experience.

Brian Ritchie
Founder & CEO

Our Story

kama.ai is a Canadian Indigenous company that recognizes the value of innovation and technology. Innovation is not limited to modern generations; it is as old as mankind. Consider the innovative and transformative nature of the birchbark canoe used by Indigenous people for centuries. It allowed a single person to carry a pack and their own watercraft. It let them define their journey and travel anywhere they wanted to go.

Like the simple canoe, Artificial Intelligence is the innovation that can help us develop in any direction we wish to go. It offers virtually unlimited possibilities. Yet, we must not lose sight of who we are as people and as corporate citizens. kama.ai was founded in 2014 to design an EI, or an Emotionally Intelligent AI. Unlike other AI engines, the EI is meant to remain grounded, and embrace human traits and values like ethics, emotions, and empathy. All this while improving the lives of the people it serves. This is our journey, and we invite you to join us. Together we will navigate new and uncharted waters – safely, and with fairness and respect for all people.

Our Story

kama.ai is a Canadian Indigenous company that recognizes the value of innovation and technology. Innovation is not limited to modern generations; it is as old as mankind. Consider the innovative and transformative nature of the birchbark canoe used by Indigenous people for centuries. It allowed a single person to carry a pack and their own watercraft. It let them define their journey and travel anywhere they wanted to go.

Like the simple canoe, Artificial Intelligence is the innovation that can help us develop in any direction we wish to go. It offers virtually unlimited possibilities. Yet, we must not lose sight of who we are as people and as corporate citizens. kama.ai was founded in 2014 to design an EI, or an Emotionally Intelligent AI. Unlike other AI engines, the EI is meant to remain grounded, and embrace human traits and values like ethics, emotions, and empathy. All this while improving the lives of the people it serves. This is our journey, and we invite you to join us. Together we will navigate new and uncharted waters – safely, and with fairness and respect for all people.

Our Language, Words and Vision

Our language and words are perhaps our most powerful gifts beyond our ability to reason. Words give us the ability to share our feelings, communicate plans, ideas, and designs to enhance our experience. Words also give us the ability to educate and transcend time with stories, history, culture, and wisdom from one generation to the next. For many cultures, spoken words and actions were the only real form of communication to educate and preserve culture since written languages did not exist. Therefore, our voice was and is, the natural medium for sharing our thoughts and preserving our culture.

In 2010, the founders of kama.ai had the vision to use words as the basis of a new form of intelligence that combines human values to bring machine understanding to words, knowledge, and human issues or requests. We believed that this approach could more closely approach human understanding. Our vision extended into using this intelligence to drive many business and societal applications. It ultimately includes allowing people to tell their stories and pass family and community culture to future generations with their own words and voices.

Now, with our first patent awarded in four global jurisdictions including Canada, USA, China, and Israel, and with our kama DEI platform in commercial service with customers since May 2020, we are beginning to see the aspirations of our vision appear more clearly. In 2021, we will file our second patent that will expand our ability to understand, infer, and communicate in natural language and further deliver our vision and mission.

Our Values

Values are at the heart of our being and, for our company, at the heart of our technology. Our values, and our desire to achieve and live by them, drive our actions and behaviors. The values we strive to uphold and to have upheld in our technology are:

Truth

Though we are developers, we are the seekers of truth and wisdom. In this regard, we are more literally philosophers. Through truth, we can best approximate the human experience. Here we are honest with ourselves, and understand, without bias, the desires, and requirements of those we serve.

Humility

While we are courageous, we must be open and empathetic to the needs, ideas, and points of view of others. It is in these diverse views that we find the Truth we seek.

Innovation

We value the societal improvements that stem from innovation and human creation. We value the creation stories that precede us and the ones yet to be developed with our customers and partners. Through Truth, Inclusivity, Courage, and Humility – we can innovate to serve and improve the quality of life of those we serve.

Courage

To invent something new, we must be courageous. Opportunities are found on the fringes, not in the middle ground. Yet, on those same fringes, we are away from the pack and must have the courage and conviction to stand for our beliefs.

Inclusivity and Respect

Continuously, we strive to understand each other and our clients. We commit to hear and recognize the different viewpoints that ALL others bring to our attention. This Respect is for both our technical discussions and those encounter on our journey and mission through life.

Truth

Though we are developers, we are the seekers of truth and wisdom. In this regard, we are more literally philosophers. Through truth, we can best approximate the human experience. Here we are honest with ourselves, and understand, without bias, the desires, and requirements of those we serve.

Courage

To invent something new, we must be courageous. Opportunities are found on the fringes, not in the middle ground. Yet, on those same fringes, we are away from the pack and must have the courage and conviction to stand for our beliefs.

Humility

While we are courageous, we must be open and empathetic to the needs, ideas, and points of view of others. It is in these diverse views that we find the Truth we seek.

Inclusivity and Respect

Continuously, we strive to understand each other and our clients. We commit to hear and recognize the different viewpoints that ALL others bring to our attention. This Respect is for both our technical discussions and those encounter on our journey and mission through life.

Innovation

We value the societal improvements that stem from innovation and human creation. We value the creation stories that precede us and the ones yet to be developed with our customers and partners. Through Truth, Inclusivity, Courage, and Humility – we can innovate to serve and improve the quality of life of those we serve.

Meet Our Team

Brian Ritchie

Brian Ritchie

Founder & CEO

 Brian holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Lakehead University and an MBA from Lake Superior State College. Brian founded his first software company, Palos Bay Technologies Inc in 1992. The company’s business management product ‘Leadership’ was ahead of its time; its scope defined business and resource management tools that were later successfully introduced by SalesForce and LinkedIn.

Brian went on to hold executive Sales and Marketing positions with ChangePoint, Oracle, Ericsson, and ZTE. As lead inventor of the patents for kama DEI, Brian uses his experience in the Internet and Telecom industry to define the go-to market strategies for kama.ai’s Designed Emotional Intelligence(R) enablement platform in the Enterprise market and CRM channel partner community.

Jacky Wang

Jacky Wang

Head of AI Development

 Jacky holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has 15+ years of hands-on experience in developing machine learning algorithms, statistical models, time series analysis techniques, natural language processing, speech recognition, and algorithm trading.

Prior to joining kama.ai to head up AI development, Jacky worked for a major Canadian hedge fund where he applied deep learning techniques in algorithm trading. Jacky also served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ryerson University and was a visiting Professor and Scholar at the University of Manitoba and the University of Windsor.

Jacky is responsible for advancing kama DEI’s inference capabilities, Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Generation to continually improve the conversational interactions with users.

Behrooz Darabiha

Behrooz Darabiha

Head of Enterprise Development

Behrooz holds a BSc in Nuclear Physics and has been a programmer for 30 years, starting with FORTRAN on DEC to C++ and Pascal and programming in PHP since its conception. Lately, Behrooz has begun exploring open source tools such as OpenNLP in enterprise projects prior to joining Kama.AI in 2017 to become Head of Kama DEI’s knowledge management and user administration system development. Behrooz has extensive experience in API design and development and applies this experience to building out Kama-DEI’s enterprise application integration capabilities.  

Kaiyang Li

Kaiyang Li

kama DEI Product Manager

Kaiyang holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University. Since joining kama.ai in 2018, Kaiyang has played a key development role in expanding kama DEI’s client access into FB Messenger, Amazon Alexa and advancing kama’s proprietary chatbot front-end interface. In 2020, Kaiyang was promoted to Product Manager where he is responsible for the full kama DEI platform and client portfolio roadmap and release management.

Gabriel Carrillo

Gabriel Carrillo

Senior Software Developer

Gabriel holds a Bachelors of Systems Engineering from UBA and a Ph.D. in Management from Yacambu University. A seasoned developer in Expert Systems, Business Software, and Natural Language Processing, Gabriel joined kama.ai as a Senior Software Developer. Prior to kama.ai, Gabriel worked at Infocent and Warner Lambert. Gabriel was also an IT Instructor, having taught Information Technology courses for two decades. Gabriel is currently focussed on Natural Language Processing and was influential in the early prototype development of kama DEI.

Michael Sasarman

Michael Sasarman

Partner Sales & Strategic Engagements

Michael holds a M.SC in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and International MBA from Kellogg and Schulich. He has 20+ years of national and international assignments in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East spanning Business & Digital Transformation, Operations, and Customer Relationship Management implementation. Michael is experienced in the Kaizen culture of innovation, quality, and service excellence. Michael leads partner sales, strategic projects, and customer engagements involving the application and integration of kama DEI into enterprise customers.

Our Logo

The circle is a fundamental construct. It conveys the repetitive and progressive nature of the days and the cycle of the moon. It exemplifies our annual trip around the sun causes the seasons, and the varied phases of our life’s journey. Our circle, with its imperfect brushstroke, represents the diverse and beautiful imperfections of life as well as the experiences we share with others. Ultimately, it symbolizes our wonderful, circular planet and all the good things on it that we must cherish. So too, the circle represents the cycle of designing, interacting, and learning facilitated by kama DEI.

The central figure in our logo represents all people. The body conveys the layers in our Designed Emotional Intelligence® platform. The head represents the Emotional Intelligence emerging from the platform. When our platform is empowered by the experience and input of our customers and partners, together we create the Emotionally Intelligent agents that support our customers’ clients and our community members.

The lines of the body represent a multipurpose “E”. This reminds us that we are Emotional beings that grow from our own Experience and those of others too. It also reminds us that we must follow a path of Empathy and Ethics. This being true in all we do, in dealing with others, and in our case, in designing and developing our platform.