Telltale’s technology development started in 2016 as a Capstone Engineering project at the University of Saskatchewan. The team came together with a common interest in applying biometric technologies to solve important problems in the community and created a rudimentary proof-of-concept for swine HRV monitoring at the Prarie Swine Center in Saskatchewan.

A few members of the team decided to continue the project and create a company to build the next-generation product that was viable for not only researchers, but also commercial livestock farmers, competitive equine teams, pet owners, and other markets where unobtrusive stress monitoring was important.


Telltale consists of four members with diverse backgrounds, each contributing key roles to Telltale’s development.

Reid Balezantis

  • Mechanical engineering, focused on business and product development.

Andrew Johnson

  • Electrical engineering, signal processing and design expert.

Wesley Ridgway

  • Engineering physics and mathematics, machine-learning data analytics expert.

Austin Shirley

  • Computer engineering, system design and integration expert.

The Original Mission

Through Telltale’s research, many problems were discovered facing the pork industry - one of the most consumed meats in the world.

Currently, there is an enormous amount of research being done into the health and wellbeing of swine in modern industrial farming practices - in Western Canada alone, 8 pork research centres in Western Canada we have identified similar issues but are lacking the tools needed to collect and analyse the data they require

For the initial prototype, Telltale partnered with the Prairie Swine Center and researchers at the University of Saskatchewan to develop a tool that meets their needs for collecting Heart Rate Variability data.

Today, Telltale continues to improve on this product to create an easy-to-use product for research and beyond.