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Leon
DesRoches

Smartpods

President

Smartpods
Smartpods

Investment
$500,000

Industry
Advanced Fabrication

Founded
2014

We all know that a healthier, happier employee is a more productive employee. In today’s computer-intensive workplaces, one of the keys is to move more. Sitting for extended periods can be detrimental to both health and productivity. Traditional sit-stand workstations are fine, but they rely on the user choosing when and how often to move their desk. Too often, sit-stand workstations stay in one position all day, rendering them of no additional value to traditional seated workstations.

Smartpods has developed and manufactures dynamic workstations that will change workplace health environments. These ‘moving’ desks integrate automation and monitoring to improve employee health, wellbeing and productivity, as well as reduce employer health care costs. As you work, the station will automatically move, forcing you to change positions, if only slightly, without interrupting your work, and if you turn it off, it will automatically go into standing mode. Software provides the user to customize their experience, and receive health-related analytics that the company intends to expand over time.

The Smartpods concept was developed by founder Dr. Leon DesRoches, a physiotherapist and owner of the Sparx Wellness Institute. He increasingly treated patients for work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) and engaged NBIF-backed Dr. Nancy Black at UdeM to help design the Smartpod products and validate the health and productivity benefits of using this dynamic workstation.