Franz Schneider, consultant, author, and TED speaker, founded Humantech in 1979. There are many who credit him with creating an industry and lifting occupational ergonomics out of the backwaters of academic research. He has worked for the government, the private sector, and, while with Humantech, has been an advisor to companies around the globe, implementing ergonomics initiatives to help companies improve their competitiveness. He has a wonderful ability to make complex things simple. While Franz and his wife Sandra travel extensively, they call Toronto home; where Humantech took its first baby steps almost four decades ago.