About Brisk Synergies

Helping Cities Understand and Address Today’s Traffic Dilemmas

Brisk Synergies helps urban planners analyze urban mobility, clarifying traffic situations in cities. We work closely with cities to collect, monitor and analyze traffic data in order to enhance traffic infrastructures and transportation solutions.
Based in the high-tech city of Waterloo, Canada, Brisk Synergies is a boutique software firm specializing in traffic analytic solutions. We help cities understand and address today’s traffic dilemmas. Our lean and experienced team of industry experts is highly specialized in software engineering and transportation fields. Our members have worked at major software firms, building world-class software solutions, and have consulted with transportation authorities to improve pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular traffic flows. These authorities include the City of Montreal, the Province of Ontario, New York City and Costa Rica – just to name a few.
With this broad experience and understanding of traffic data sources and technologies, we recognize the many challenges facing today’s cities. What’s more, we have the engineering capabilities to build scalable solutions that tackle real-world traffic challenges. And unlike large software and consulting firms, Brisk Synergies stands apart from transportation consultants and traditional software firms by possessing both the ability to comprehend complex transportation problems, as well as build custom solutions to tackle the toughest traffic problems.
Today, our solutions and technologies are adopted by several major cities on 3 continents.

Team Leaders

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Charles Chung


M.Math. (Computer Science), MBA

    With a background in market strategies, product management and software engineering, Charles specializes in building qualified teams to drive highly specialized software solutions from ideation to commercialization. He has developed large scale software products at major high tech companies including Microsoft Corporation and DSPC (Intel). He has also founded a data security company and has helped technology start ups in bringing products to market.

    Charles has a Master degree in Computer Science from University of Waterloo and an MBA in Management of Technology. He holds a patent in disaster recovery architecture and has a number of publications under his name.

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    John Lin

    Platform Architect

    Ph.D. Math.

      John has a background in platform development. Under his technical leadership, he has helped many companies design and build high performance large scale platform solutions. He has worked at some of the world’s largest companies such as Microsoft and Oracle, and some of the world’s smallest. He has also cofounded a company that builds smart energy saving platform.

      John received his PhD from California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and was a recipient of silver medal at the International Mathematics Olympiad.


      Luis F. Miranda-Moreno

      Chief Scientist

      Ph.D. Transportation Eng.

        Luis is a specialist on traffic engineering, in the area of traffic data collection and monitoring technologies and methods as well as road safety. He received his PhD degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University. He has worked in many projects for various transportation agencies and major cities in North America such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Transport Canada, Mexican Ministry of Transportation, Quebec and Ontario Ministry of transportation, City of Toronto, City of Montreal, City of New York, and Mexico.

        Brett Shellhammer

        BSc Computer Science

        Director of Product Management

        With over 25 years experience leading product development and marketing teams, Brett’s expertise is focused on building great products and building  successful organizations.

        Brett has spent the last several years working with technology startups, co-founding 5 companies as CTO and mentoring many others as an Executive in Residence with the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program and with Communitech. Prior to that Brett was SVP of Marketing at Coreworx Inc. and SVP of Product Management at Eloqua. He also spent seven years at OpenText as VP & General Manager of the Global 2000 & Government Business Unit.  Brett started his career as a software engineer at IBM after finishing his BS degree in Computer Science at The Pennsylvania State University.

        Sohail Zangenehpour

        Ph.D. Transportation Engineering

        Data Scientist

        Sohail has a Bachelor and a Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran and a PhD degree in Transportation Engineering from McGill University. Sohail specializes in intelligent transportation systems, video processing and automated road safety evaluation. He has developed analytic algorithms and methodologies to extract road user movements and behavior from video data for automated monitoring and safety purposes.

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        Liping Fu

        Ph.D., P.Eng.

          Dr. Liping Fu is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Innovative Transportation System Solutions (iTSS) Lab at the University of Waterloo. He was the past Chair of Transportation of Division and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Dr. Fu has a long track record of research contributions to the areas of intelligent transportation systems, public transit, road safety, and winter road maintenance. Dr. Fu holds several international patents and software copyrights. He is the Principal Investigator of a large number of projects funded by NSERC, Transport Canada, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, City of Toronto, Region of Waterloo with many industry partners. Dr. Fu received Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)’s 2011 Academic Merit Award sponsored by Transport Canada for his long-term contribution to the advancement of the academic field and to the development oftomorrow’s transportation leaders.


          Bruce Inwood

          B.SC., MBA

            Bruce has over 20 years of senior product marketing management expertise assisting teams with successful commercialization of their software products and services.

            He has spent the past few years assisting technology and healthcare start-ups across North America with business and channel development, go-to-market planning and demand generation strategies. Previously, he worked 12 years in senior product and channel marketing leadership positions with BlackBerry. As Senior Director, he led the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution marketing team that was responsible for product launch into new markets across Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He started his career working for 5 years at Hewlett-Packard as a UNIX Server Product Manager and Enterprise Systems Channel Account Manager.

            Bruce has a Master of Business Administration degree from the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph.