Our History

The iGuardStove was developed in response to the need of Bill Ferguson, iGuardFire’s founder, to address the needs of his mother who had become ill. She was experiencing memory issues and low energy levels that affected her ability to safely use the stove and enjoy her favorite activity of cooking.

Bill realized, like many in the same situation trying to help aging family members safely stay in their homes, that smoke alarms were not adequate to protect his parents. He searched for a proactive solution, one that would prevent an unattended stove from starting a fire. Finding no product available to help his family and others with parents wanting to Age In Place, Bill took it upon himself to create a solution, the iGuardStove.

After developing a product that would enable his parents to remain independent and safe in their home, and give the family the peace of mind they needed, Bill made the product available to others. Over time, the iGuardStove capabilities have expanded from just ensuring that when the stove is being used that someone is nearby, to include high and low ambient room temperature sensing, excess gas sensing (for gas model) and the communication of information to family members and caregivers, by text and email, regarding the wellbeing of a family member.

The feature set expanded from serving people with cognitive memory issues, including Aging In Place seniors, and their family to being useful for property management organizations responsible for multifamily housing, student housing, and retirement communities.

As consumer demand has grown, we expanded our distribution channels and are now available from Amazon, Best Buy, Best Buy Canada, Crutchfield and through a number of SmartHome and commercial service providers for our B2B customers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Bill Ferguson

Founder & VP Customer Experience

Gifted product strategist with a strong customer-centric ethos. Successful commercial property developer and landlord prior to founding iGuardFire Ltd.

Began his career as a journeyman electrician which continues to provide useful knowledgebase for product ideas and customer installation best practices.

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Ken Deering


Extensive startup and scaling experience.

Co-founder and VP Ecommerce HomeGrocer, Co-Founder and Managing Member Ramp Technology Group

Successful Exits:

NASDAQ $288M IPO with HomeGrocer

Successful CDN public offering on TSX: Offshore Systems that was done in conjunction with a $3.5M private placement

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Jon Landers


He has a successful track record in brand building, consumer research, data analytics, digital marketing, and the achievement of revenue goals for numerous Fortune 500 companies to tech startups.

At HomeGrocer Jon led customer acquisition efforts, targeting women 25-55 years old, resulting in revenue growth of $5M to $120M over a 24-month period. Most recently he has been marketing to the senior living sector for a SaaS “on-demand” storage startup.

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Scott Chaykin


Highly experienced CFO for public and private companies.

Has successfully secured public and private debt, equity and equipment financing in the US and overseas.

Founder of two companies.