Who Are We


Trace Labs has a leadership team of dedicated directors who organize events, manage our technical operations, and develop partnerships within the community.

Adrian Korn, Director, OSINT Operations & Strategic Initiatives

Over his career, Adrian has specialized in cyber threat intelligence and security operations while working for organizations in the financial services and technology space. With this experience, Adrian has a strong understanding of intelligence collection and analysis methodologies. Adrian holds a Degree in Information Security from Seneca College and is the Lead Organizer for the DEFCON Toronto Chapter, where he regularly facilitates meetups, workshops, and CTFs. Adrian supports the Trace Labs mission by building partnerships with organizations within the OSINT and missing persons space, while also facilitating “Missing CTF” events for various conferences, academic institutions, and community organizations.

James Liolios, Director, Technical Operations

Over his career, James has specialized in information security and cloud infrastructure. His expertise spans from the public sector, where he was involved in complex systems security architectures for federal agencies within the Canadian Government, to managing technical operations while being on the board of a tech startup, to providing a variety of Cyber Security services for numerous Fortune 1000 companies. James holds a Degree in Information Security from Seneca College where he also co-founded the InfoSec Society, an official Seneca College association dedicated to organizing Information Security themed events to foster learning and collaboration among students. James supports the Trace Labs mission by leading the development of the Missing CTF platform, facilitating Missing CTF events, and building partnerships with Law enforcement agencies.

Robert Sell, Founder/President

Robert is a ten year member of Coquitlam Search & Rescue (SAR) in British Columbia, Canada where he specializes in tracking lost persons in the back country. His SAR experience has allowed him to see first hand, the impact missing persons has on society. With over 20 years in IT, Robert has spoken around the world on the subjects of social engineering and open source intelligence. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Commerce degree which specialized in International Business. Since then Robert has continued to train and obtain credentials such as the CISSP certificate in Information Security. Robert envisions Trace Labs as a catalyst for positive change and an example of how we can leverage new technology to solve old problems.


Trace Labs is comprised of volunteers who want to give back to society by helping to find missing persons and/or who want to learn more about open source intelligence (OSINT).

This attracts people such as computer enthusiasts, information security professionals, first responders, hackers and private investigators. We are your brother, your sister your mother, your father, your neighbor, your friend and a stranger. We are everywhere and we are no where. 

Special Advisers

Trace Lab has been fortunate to have many advisers in the areas of missing persons, search & rescue, law enforcement and open source investigations. We have also had great support and insight from families who have been directly impacted as well as those who have been conducting OSINT operations on their own for years. We thank you all for your support.