The O2 Story – O2 Canada

The O2 Story

O2 Canada – our inspiration, our history, and our purpose.

O2 Canada promises you better respiratory performance and wellbeing through better air. With science, technology and design, we create a mobile, personal and controlled breathing space that improves every breath you take so you can experience more of life.

O2 Canada believes people should have access to fresh air, even in the worst of conditions. By helping people breathe easier, we can all live longer and happier lives.

Over 100 years ago in World War I, Canadians invented the first gas mask to protect soldiers from chemical warfare. Building upon these military roots, O2 Canada applied innovation and research from the Air Pollution and Research Lab at the University of Waterloo to develop a new kind of mask - one that protects everyday people from the most deadly particles not visible to the human eye

During a trip to Asia, our co-founders Peter (CEO) and Rich (CIO) witnessed the devastating reality of air quality that so many people around the world experience on a daily basis. Even more disturbing to them was the absence of effective protection available to citizens against the known harmful effects of air pollution. Upon returning to Waterloo and recognizing the stark contrast in air quality, they grappled with how they could bring the gift of breathing clean air to people in cities around the world without this privilege.

This is where the 02 Canada vision was born and this is what continues to drive the team to create better, smarter respirators with your needs in mind. O2 Canada is dedicated to making the world a better place, by bringing innovation to healthcare that goes beyond the ordinary and helping countries that have limited resources.


 Press Coverage

  • South China Morning Post: O2 Canada fits China with world’s finest pollution masks
  • The Record: Air pollution huge opportunity for Kitchener filter mask startup
  • CBC: Air filter masks donated to B.C. by Waterloo startup
  • South China Morning Post: Canadian start-up develops face-matching anti-pollution mask for China market
  • New Face Masks To Protect Yourself Against Air Pollution in Hong Kong


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Our Team

Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, O2 Canada is a global company with manufacturing partners and employees across North America, UK, and Asia. Our founding and managing team is composed of:

Peter Whitby | Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Peter brings a wealth of experience in startups and is both a Schlegel Entrepreneur and Wes Nicol winner at the Wilfrid Laurier Business School. Peter is leading the O2 Canada team on its mission to make fresh air available to everyone.

Rich Szasz | Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Rich has over a decade of experience leading a variety of entrepreneurial endeavours and brings a wealth of business knowledge to the O2 Canada team. Rich has been instrumental in bridging the gaps between design, functionality and market needs. His creative mind and knack for conceptualizing seemingly impossible ideas has lent itself to major advancements in the O2 mask design.

Doug Hindson | Chief Technology Officer

Doug has a Software Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and has worked at both Microsoft's Beijing and Seattle offices. Doug also studied Mandarin Chinese and can communicate at a near-HSK5 level. During his time in Beijing, Doug realized the need for pollution masks first-hand and is passionate about solving a real-world problem affecting millions of people on a daily basis.


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