Our Team

the very real humans who make our Synthetics a reality!


Myrna Bittner - Founder, CEO

Armed with her BA in English, and while finishing her MBA, Myrna started her first tech company in 1992, developing a commercial internet groupware product used by NASA and US West for real-time remote communications, followed by co-founding a 3D neural net visualization research company funded by an Australian billionaire. When they told her she couldn’t, she didn’t listen. Myrna passionately lives and promotes the imperative for inclusion, diversity, and representation.


Dean Bittner - Founder, CVO

Dean is an early web pioneer who has hacked his way through thought and market leading ventures in hypermedia clients and authoring, messaging and conferencing, artificial intelligence and visualization, communications and cryptography, medical software and devices, television and advertising, and large-scale enterprise. He is an incurable dreamer, non-conformist, and coding funder and founder.

Xi ZhanG - Synthetic Architect

Xi is a Synthetic Architect at RWI with a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and an penchant for ML. She is passionate about using Synthetic development to solve difficult problems. When she is not at work, she is probably petting a dog or building a master lego empire.


Steve Isakson - Synthetic Analyst

Steve loves applying technology to understand and solve real-world problems. He has experience in diverse industries from healthcare and medical devices to real estate investment, insurance and banking. Always working in software organizations, Steve has filled roles from change management to tech support, software quality and regulatory compliance. Steve strives to live Arthur C. Clarke's lesser-known Second Law every day. On days off you will find Steve playing beach volleyball, racing old BMWs and snowboarding the Rocky Mountains.


Shasha Zhu - Synthetics & Security

Shasha holds a strong background in information security and cryptography with experience in system engineering, software development/design, and project management. When not creating Synthetics and Synthetic Environments she enjoys orchid hunting, hiking, and working hard at being a great mom!

Jordan Torbiak

Jordan Torbiak - Synthetic Engineer

Jordan is a C.S. Engineering graduate from the University of Alberta. He loves to wrangle text and data, and is delighted when a continually-refined mental model of a complex system is supported by the data. At RWI he develops Synthetic collaborators to exercise software systems, instrumented with metrics that can be monitored, visualized, and analyzed to answer key questions about capacity and behaviour.


Nick Borle - Synthetic Architect

Nick is a huge Star Trek fan with a pulse on the latest tech developments. He holds a B.Sc Major in Computer Science from UBC and a keen interest in Synthetic development. A self described ‘huge nerd’, he loves to build computers, repair electronics, indulge in Hi-Fi audio, and play video games.

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Jason Zerbin - Strategy, Partnerships

Jason holds an MA in Global Leadership from Royal Roads University and is a strategist, system thinker, product person, and serial entrepreneur. When not dreaming/strategizing about how to change the world through business or innovative tech, you will find him making melodies and nice beats for Films & TV.