About Us

The Songbird Team

Experts in DNA-molecular biology and building science, the Songbird Life Science team brings an unmatched understanding of pathogens, ventilation, air quality, and industry operations. We are your partners in keeping people and communities safe—and operations running.

Co-founders

Deleo de Leonardis

Deleo de Leonardis Co-founder

Deleo is the co-founder of Songbird Life Science Inc. She is also a co-founder and the CEO of Purity-IQ Inc., a global organization founded upon cutting-edge genetic, chemical and metabolomic biotechnologies. As the CEO of Purity-IQ, she oversees the team responsible for the development of standards, innovative tools and the validation of scientific methods. Applying decades of merchandising and customer-facing retail experience, Deleo provides an unparalleled understanding of the consumer point of view, assuring Songbird services always meet—or exceed—end-user expectations.

Michael J. Soligo

Michael J. Soligo, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., C.Dir. Co-founder

Michael is the co-founder of Songbird Life Science and the president and CEO of RWDI, a leading engineering firm specializing in building sciences. Michael effectively leads his teams in setting strategies, defining key priorities and pursuing opportunities. A wind engineer and microclimate specialist who has completed scores of notable projects around the world, he brings a wealth of experience to his efforts to drive growth and deepen technical capabilities, while helping clients solve tough engineering challenges and execute ambitious projects.

Science Advisor

Dr. Steven Newmaster

Dr. Steven Newmaster Advisor, Genomics

Dr. Newmaster is a genomics professor at the University of Guelph, specializing in molecular diagnostics systems of plants, probiotics and pathogens. He is a leading scientist in the development and validation of mobile detection systems for species identification, DNA barcoding, and nuclear magnetic resonance chemometric systems for identification of natural products. Dr. Newmaster is currently working with a team of international scientists to develop and validate point-of-care diagnostic tools for pathogens. This includes bacteria and viruses that cause human health issues, including COVID-19. He has most recently received a research award to extend his R&D on novel pathogen detection in China. Among his many roles and accolades, Dr. Newmaster is Professor and Director of the Natural Health Products (NHP) Research Alliance, Chief Science Officer at TRU-ID, recipient of the SEDA ICED Award for Enhancing Academic Practice in Disciplines.

Directors

Dave Bullock

Dave Bullock Director, Product

Dave is director of product for Songbird Life Science, as well as director at RWDI Ventures, the start-up incubator within RWDI that launched Songbird. A successful entrepreneur, who has played key roles at several high-growth firms, Dave is highly adept at analyzing business challenges to identify solutions that reach beyond traditional models. As a strategic leader, clients benefit from Dave’s unique ability to translate technological innovation into sustained business success.

Justin Downey

Justin Downey, BESc., BSc., MSc. Director, Solution Engineering

A recognized expert in high-performance buildings and certification, Justin is Songbird’s director of solution engineering, as well as a strategic director at RWDI. His deeply informed technical advice steers building designs to new thresholds of performance, sustainability and resiliency. Whether delivering planning or pathogen response, LEED or WELL certification, energy and/or ventilation analysis, Justin thrives on ambitious projects that respond to today’s environmental realities, including climate change and emerging pathogen risks. A highly respected sustainability specialist, Justin is a winner of the Canada Green Council Building’s Leadership Award.