Solder Otter

Reinventing the Soldering Iron to Finish Your Projects Faster

Redesigning the Soldering Iron to Finish your Projects Faster

Our Values

We are a passionate team that aspires to be positive and prepared no matter what happens. We respect and remain committed to each other in the good times and the bad.

We are transparent and accountable to each other and our customers in the business we conduct and the products we design.

We innovate and design our products to provide value by listening to our customers’ needs and empowering them to achieve their goals.

Vanessa is a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo who brings experience in manufacturing and management from companies including Magna International and Thalmic Labs. She's a varsity field hockey athlete, passionate cat lady, and an avocado advocate.

Vanessa Guido

Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa is a Systems Design Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo with experience in manufacturing and management from companies such as  Thalmic Labs. She's is an avocado advocate and was a passionate cat lady but may be becoming a dog lady convert.


Daniel is a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo with experience in design and business management from companies including Motorola Solutions and Amphenol Canada. He's the resident foodie of the team and regrets that studying engineering leaves little time for his voracious reading appetite.

Daniel Weng

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel is a Systems Design Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo with experience in design and business management from companies such as Motorola Solutions. He's the resident foodie of the team and regrets that studying engineering left little time for his voracious reading appetite.


Mark is a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo who is experienced in software development and administration from companies including Hansa Language Centre and Systemgroup Consulting. He's got a mind for legal matters, believes that there's no such thing as food that's too spicy, and thinks that sleep is for squares.

Mark Vaz

Chief Technical Officer

Mark is a Systems Design Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo who is experienced in software development and administration from companies such as Systemgroup Consulting. He has a mind for legal matters and believes that sleep is for squares.


Brian is a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo who brings experience in design and quality control from companies including Honeywell Aerospace and Avensol Solar. He's the globetrotter of the team, having worked as far as Switzerland and Ghana, and believes Nutella can go on anything.

Brian Wildsmith

Chief Design Officer

Brian is a Systems Design Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo who brings experience in design and quality control from companies including Honeywell Aerospace. He's the globetrotter of the team, having worked as far as Switzerland and Ghana.


Stephen is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo who specializes in thermal and fluid systems, with mechanical design experience from companies such as Multimatic and Liburdi Turbine Services. He's an avid reader who believes that Daniel's wrong since engineering leaves plenty of time for reading.

Stephen Gill

Chief Product Officer

Stephen is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo who specializes in thermal and fluid systems, with mechanical design experience from companies such as Multimatic. He's an avid reader who believes that Daniel's wrong: engineering left plenty of time for reading.