Canary Speech


Passion. Experience. Diligence.


We solve problems.

Through a customized approach, we solve problems by using state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition and natural language processing techniques. Our scientists use everything from linear regression to deep learning and have the freedom to explore various machine learning algorithms to deliver the best results.

Canary Speech technology is patent protected, with one issued US patent and five additional patents pending in the US and internationally. We are on the cutting edge of a major medical/technical breakthrough that has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people, reduce costs, expand tele and remote medical services, provide for screening for a range of diseases and consequently enabling people and organizations to improve quality of life.


Get in touch.

We are constantly creating new strategic relationships with highly respected organizations who have been key in accelerating FDA approval of this technology for drug discovery, clinical diagnostic use, medical screening and concussion assessment.

The strategic partnerships span the market verticals of healthcare, pharmaceutical, health and wellness, including concussion. If you’d like to discuss a potential partnerships, please reach out.

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Meet our team.


CEO, Board member

Henry O’Connell

Henry O'Connell has over 20 years of executive and C-level experience. Following graduate school,O'Connell began his career at the National Institutes of Health in a neurological disease group and continued on to a successful business career specializing in turnaround situations in the tech industry. He has served on several boards in both the private and public sector. O'Connell's vast experience spans globally, as he has managed companies in North America, Europe, and Asia.



Technical advisor, board member

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams is the founder Cobalt Speech and Language, a team of elite speech scientists and engineers that build custom applications. Adams is a top-level Speech and Language Technology who has completed over two decades of research. His experience has been spent on the groundbreaking projects of Kurzweil AI, Nuance / Dragon, Yap, and Amazon. Adams is the author of 25 patents and several published research papers.



Vice President

Phillip Walstad

Phillip Walstad is a seasoned global operations and technology executive with more that 23 years of managing large and diverse organizations. He is an exceptional technologist, overseeing dozens of successful technology product and application development projects, consumer product development initiatives, e-learning initiatives and e-commerce initiatives. Walstad spent 5 years in Japan overseeing operations, web services and technology product divisions – sharing responsibility for more than $600 million in annual sales.



Vice President, Engineering

Kevin Yang

Kevin Yang received B.S. in EECS from the University of Michigan. After working at MIT Lincoln Lab, he was one of the first computer scientists to join the new Amazon Echo speech team in 2012, where he was one of the engineering stars and contributed in key areas to the Amazon Echo. The Echo is considered the most advanced application of speech and language technology in recent years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.



VP, BUsiness Development

Austin Collie

Austin Collie is a former professional football player who brings a diversity of experience in leadership and management. A graduate of Brigham Young University and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, he first spent five years as a wide receiver in the National Football League. As a member of the Indianapolis Colts, he appeared in two AFC Championship games and Super Bowl XLIV. Collie has earned numerous honors throughout his collegiate and professional career, including All-American status in the NCAA and All-Rookie first team honors in the NFL. His post-football career began with an important role in business development at Cognitive FX.



VP, Science

Namhee Kwon


Kwon is a data scientist with comprehensive data analytical knowledge and extensive development experience. She has in-depth knowledge and experience with advanced machine learning approaches and its application to real-world problems. Kwon has researched and developed natural language processing products. She is a “big data” specialist skilled with Hadoop and NoSql databases. Kwon is the leader of data analysis and prediction projects.


Executive Director, Communications

Caitlyn Brooksby

Brooksby has specialized in digital marketing communications over the last decade in the healthcare, technology start-up, nonprofit sectors. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Brigham Young University, named Top 5 Programs in the United States by PRWeek. She continued her education by obtaining a Master of Public Administration, specializing in public policy and nonprofit management. She has worked for a Fortune 500 company, 3M Health Information Systems, a leading healthcare institution in the nation, Intermountain Healthcare, and founded a company that connects companies and individuals to nonprofits.