Visualize Possibilities

The Black Arcs are a civic technology company allowing you to explore the tradeoffs being made around land-use in your community. We show how civic issues are connected. Our cloud-based scenario tool CitiSketch allows citizens and policy makers to visualize possibilities and test-drive different strategies and planning decisions that shape our neighborhoods and our cities.

  • Jake Arsenault

    Jake Arsenault is a serial high-tech entrepreneur. He has a PhD in engineering from the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Before starting The Black Arcs, he founded Inversa Systems, a pioneer of gamma-ray imaging for infrastructure based on his PhD research. He supports start-ups by mentoring early stage ventures, and is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at both the University of New Brunswick and the Atlantic Ballet. He is also on the board of Springboard, Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network.

    Jake brings a strong aptitude in both new technology creation and customer-centric design. Jake is focussed on customer engagement, product management, and branding.

  • Dane Sheppard
    Director of Technology

    Dane Sheppard is a meticulous, technically-minded, results-oriented individual with a passion for science, problem solving, and the pursuit of knowledge. As a strong believer in the value of persistence and tenacity in the pursuit of any goal, Dane approaches problems with the mindset that nearly everything is solvable with the right perspective.

    Prior to joining The Black Arcs, Dane served as the technical lead at the Applied Nanolab plasma reactor project at the University of New Brunswick. Dane has a Bachelor’s of Science from Memorial University and a Master’s of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He is responsible for product development and long-term technology strategy.

  • Luke Robertson
    Director of Operations

    Luke Robertson likes passionate people. He helped grow dozens of startups as Operations Coordinator for two accelerator programs housed at the University of New Brunswick, and has been involved with municipal and provincial electoral campaigns across New Brunswick. He has worked with not-for-profits to advance tourism and sport, and lobbied for improvements to the post-secondary education system in New Brunswick and on Parliament Hill.

    Luke enjoys the challenge of a complex problem, especially when working with limited resources. He works in a straightforward, organized process. At the Black Arcs, Luke oversees operations.


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