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Robert Harris

Robert Harris, P.Eng.

Co-Founder, Chairman

In 1992, along with co-founder Mike Kropp, Bob recognized a growing need for independent software system integration services in the manufacturing sector. Together, they developed an idea for a company that would bring a little-known technology called peer-to-peer communications to the factory floor. Bob was the original visionary spirit behind PEER Group, setting the strategic direction of the company, evaluating and selecting corporate partners, and representing the organization to customers across multiple industries. In 2010, Bob took on the role of Chairman.

Prior to co-founding The PEER Group Inc., Bob was the creator and manager of the software system division of ATS (Automation Tooling Systems), one of the world’s largest providers of custom automation systems. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario.

  • 150+
    OEM customers
  • 50,000+
    equipment connections in service
  • 70+
    tool platforms automated
  • 40+
    fab acceptances