Compusense Acquired by Vela Software

Vela Software is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compusense which will report into Vela’s subsidiary Tecplot, augmenting an expanding range of statistical tools with the industry-leading platform for Consumer and Sensory Science testing.

September 1, 2020 – Compusense develops Compusense Cloud and Compusense20, powerful SaaS tools used by major food and beverage companies, CPG multinationals and luxury brands to plan, execute and analyze consumer and sensory tests, leading to insights that help these companies launch and refine successful products. With over 30 years of research and innovation, Compusense sets the standard for sensory research software.

Founders Karen Phipps and Chris Findlay will lead the transition to an all-internal management team comprised of employees with a combined 55 years of experience at the company.

“Karen and I are delighted that we can place the company that we have grown and nurtured for 34 years into the strong hands of Vela,” Findlay said. “Their expertise in growing software companies gives Compusense a solid foundation upon which it can build into the future. We are very pleased that our management team will be able to retain Compusense’s culture and continue to support our amazing clients as we always have.”

Tom Chan (, President of Tecplot, thanked Karen and Chris, adding, “they have worked tirelessly to build a great company, and more importantly a great team, who are passionate about helping customers and advancing sensory testing. With the profound disruptions caused by COVID, brands need valued partners more than ever to help them be successful in the marketplace and Compusense is key to ensuring that products hit the right notes with consumers. We look forward to working closely to bring their important technology to more clients across the globe.”

Compusense is based in Guelph, ON, and serves customers world-wide.

If you have any questions about this acquisition, or the capabilities of Compusense’s products, please contact Compusense at

About Tecplot, Inc.

An operating company of Vela Software International, Inc., itself an operating group of Toronto-based Constellation Software, Inc. (CSI), Tecplot is the leading independent developer of visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists. CSI is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:CSU). CSI acquires, manages, and builds software businesses that provide mission-critical solutions in specific vertical markets.