The history of Soralink

Soralink is a Canadian company, based in Montreal and founded in 2021 by Drs. Yun Yao and Jean-Samuel Chenard. Our mission is to make all the benefits of artificial intelligence predictive maintenance accessible and available to manufacturing companies by offering intelligent industrial machinery management solutions at an affordable cost.

With almost 20 years' experience in various industrial sectors, the two co-founders of Soralink are fully aware of the needs of companies. Soralink's Predictive Maintenance 4.0 solution represents an important technological advance in minimizing unpredictability, and facilitating growth in many industries, such as the agri-food sector.

Soralink’s launch was made possible thanks to the support of programs such as Next AI and District 3 Innovation. Their Mission is to support Canadian companies in artificial intelligence through entrepreneurship training and fruitful partnerships. L-Spark, Next AI and District 3 Innovation. Their mission is to support Canadian artificial intelligence companies through entrepreneurship training and fruitful partnerships.

Yun Yao, PhD

Co-founder and CEO

Yun Yao, holder of a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, is an energetic professional brimming with creativity and ambition. In 2010, she co-founded Tactile Labs, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting haptic research. Her leadership in this initiative has fostered innovation and collaboration among researchers.

After completing her PhD, Yun transitioned into industry, taking on the role of lead engineer for the design of wireless intercom systems. Notably, she not only excelled in technical aspects but also spearheaded innovation initiatives, showcasing her ability to drive transformative change within organizations.

In 2021, Yun embarked on a new entrepreneurial venture by co-founding Soralink. With a vision to integrate the latest technologies like AI and IoT into the manufacturing and food processing sector, she aims to bridge the gap between cutting-edge innovations and practical applications.

Yun Yao's journey is a testament to her unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology, fostering collaboration, and making meaningful contributions to industries through her pioneering spirit and multifaceted expertise.


Jean-Samuel Chenard, PhD

Co-founder and CTO

Jean-Samuel is an accomplished professional, specializing in microelectronics with a PhD from McGill University. Beyond his academic expertise, he is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for turning ideas into successful businesses.

During his graduate studies, Jean-Samuel's entrepreneurial talent led him to create Optimal Microsystems, an e-commerce platform designed for electronics design enthusiasts. This venture demonstrated his ability to combine technical expertise with practical business acumen.

Building on this experience, he founded Motsai Research in 2010, a company dedicated to the electronic design and development of miniature sensors. This highlighted his commitment to pushing back the boundaries of innovation.

In 2021, Jean-Samuel co-founded Soralink, where his expertise in intelligent wireless sensors is harnessed to develop predictive maintenance solutions. This visionary approach underscores his constant drive to apply cutting-edge technologies to real-world challenges.

Jean-Samuel's career path is an inspiring blend of academia and entrepreneurship, reflecting his ability to translate his knowledge into high-impact businesses. His achievements illustrate his passion for innovation and his unwavering dedication to excellence.


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