Corporate Info

At the turn of the 21st century, a new era of mapping began when the first digital sensors hit the market. Within the span of a few short years, digital technology began to dominate the geospatial market. Naturally, these new hardware technologies required their software counterpart.

SimActive started development of its Correlator3D™ photogrammetry software in 2003 with an emphasis on innovation. Since that time, SimActive has received great praise from customers around the world for its exceptional precision, automation, processing speeds and intuitive user interface. Whether clients need to increase productivity or integrate a new technology into their workflow, SimActive delivers. SimActive is the pioneer of the new mapping era offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support.


Philippe Simard, Ph.D. : : President

Philippe SImard

Philippe Simard has been acting as the President of SimActive since its creation in 2003. Under his leadership, the company rapidly positioned itself at the forefront of the industry. Through his efforts, SimActive has experienced exponential global growth as the software is now used by thousands in over 50 countries. His prestigious achievements include adoption of Correlator3D™ by governments, military organizations and the leading mapping firms around the world.  He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from McGill University, where he completed his research in computer vision. Within two years of forming SimActive, he won the prestigious Young Innovator Award from the Networks of Centres of Excellence, which honors top Canadian researchers whose work benefits society.

Louis Simard, M.Eng. : : Chief Technology Officer

Louis Simard

Louis Simard is the Chief Technology Officer of SimActive, overseeing the R&D activities since its creation in 2003. His contribution has been instrumental to the digital revolution of photogrammetry. Guided by his vision, the company has consistently challenged the status quo of existing methodologies.  The foremost of his technological breakthroughs includes creating the first GPU-accelerated commercial product, resulting in previously unachievable processing speeds. Adherence to his “simple is powerful” philosophy has resulted in the widespread use of photogrammetry, regardless of technical know-how. Mr Simard holds a Master's degree from McGill University with specialization in computer vision. His research has led to many publications and presentations in international conferences.

Board Members

Pierre Nelis

Pierre Nelis

Pierre Nelis has been a key player in the development of Softimage, the leader in special effects software with a number of Academy Awards to its credit. After overseeing Softimage's merger with Microsoft, he became Business Development Director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology division and Vice-President of the Softimage business unit. Graduated from the Management Institute of McGill University and from Université Laval within the Corporation Governance Program offered by the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Mr Nelis currently sits on a number of private company Boards, as well as in the community network.

Luc Simard, CA

Luc Simard

Luc Simard has been a partner at Samson Bélair / Deloitte & Touche for more than 25 years. As an auditor and business advisor for a variety of companies in manufacturing, retail, professional services and public organizations, he has acquired a solid expertise in business management and decision making. Mr Simard is a Chartered Accountant graduated from HEC Montréal and Université du Québec. He currently sits on numerous private company boards and not-for-profit organizations.