Niraj Bhargava is CEO of Fluent.AI Inc., an AI and speech recognition and understanding start-up that employs machine learning algorithms to directly associate voice commands with actions in many applications including wearables and smart-homes. The technology learns a user’s unique speech patterns, noise environments and typical command sequences without relying on text, providing near-100% accuracy in essentially all languages and accents.
Niraj is also Founder and CEO of The New Energy Group, Board Trustee at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Advisory Board member at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. He was Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energate Inc., a venture-backed tech company specializing in home energy management and smart grid solutions. Over ten years with Niraj as its leader, Energate was three times awarded a place on Canada’s Green 15, and also recognized on the Global Smart Grid 50 and Deloitte’s Fast 50.
Previously, Niraj was President and CEO of Enerstat Limited, the company that first commercialized the electronic programmable thermostat, and led it through a turnaround and its acquisition. After Enerstat, he became CEO of QCED Inc., a faculty member in Entrepreneurship at Queen’s University, a Director of the Queen’s Executive MBA, and then Dean of the Business School at Royal Roads University. Earlier in his career, Niraj practiced engineering at Bell-Northern Research, business development at General Electric, and was the founding General Manager of GE Energy Management.
Niraj has a BASc. in Systems Design Engineering from University of Waterloo and an MBA from Ivey Business School with distinction, and completed the Directors Education Program at Rotman leading to his ICD.D designation.