MIE Advisory Board

d_poirier David F. Poirier (IndE 8T1), Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Poirier Group Ltd.

 


Mr. Poirier graduated from Industrial Engineering in 1981 and is a recipient of the Faculty’s 2T5 Mid Career Award and the U of T Arbor Award. For over 25 years David held increasingly senior roles in retail and healthcare. David is currently the CEO of The Poirier Group Ltd., based in Toronto, Ontario, which is a senior advisory firm, focused on working with Private Equity as well as public and private corporations to transform businesses or functions through difficult challenges in strategy, planning deployment and execution of initiatives and operations.

 

jweber Mr. John H. Weber (MechE 7T9) , Vice Chair and Chair
Advancement Committee

 


Mr. Weber recently retired as Chairman for Remy International (REMY), on its sale to Borg Warner. Remy was a leading manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of Delco Remy brand heavy-duty systems and Remy brand starters and alternators, locomotive products and hybrid power technology. He was a major shareholder and CEO from 2005 until 2013. Prior to joining Remy in January 2006, Mr. Weber was with EaglePicher, Inc., a global conglomerate of auto parts, mining, and high tech businesses, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer since 2001. Additionally, he served as the President, Industrial Control and Friction Materials for Honeywell International. He has also held significant executive and managerial positions with General Electric, Vickers, Baxter International, AlliedSignal and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Weber holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. His professional affiliations have included: Duke Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors, Young President’s Organization, and Manufacturer’s Alliance Board of Trustees, and the Enphase (ENPH) board. Enphase Energy is the world’s leading microinverter systems provider.

 

c_ower Dr. Cameron Ower (MechE 8T3, MASc 8T6)
Chair, Industry Partnership Committee
MDA, Space Missions

 


Dr. Ower graduated from Mechanical Engineering with a BASc and MASc in 1983 and 1986 respectively. He later completed a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University in 2000. Cameron Ower is the Chief Technology Officer for MDA’s Robotics and Automation business, responsible for strategic research and development and intellectual property management. His focus is on the identification and development of enabling robotic technologies for challenging environments including satellite servicing, planetary exploration, police first response, medical robotics and industrial automation. This current role also involves extensive university/industry research partnerships and collaboration. Over his 25 years, he has been involved in the design, development and operation of a number of unique prototype and space systems including Canadarm 2, Dextre and the Orbital Express Demonstration Manipulator Systems. Dr. Ower is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.

 

dsinton David Sinton, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME, FASME, FEIC
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Associate Chair of Research Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Energy, E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow

David Sinton is a Professor, the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microfluidics and Energy, and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He was the 2012-2015 Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a BASc from University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and PhD from University of Toronto.Dr. Sinton’s research interests are in fluidics and energy. This research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis. He received the 2006 Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering I. W. Smith Award, the 2006 Douglas R. Colton Award from CMC Microsystems, the 2007 Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering, and the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the U of T Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2012, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015, the University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow in 2013, and an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow in 2016.

 

rhuijbregts Rick Huijbregts
Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation
General Manager, Smart + Connected Communities
Cisco Canada

 


As Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation and General Manager, Smart + Connected Communities, Rick Huijbregts leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers. He is also responsible for Cisco Canada’s Smart + Connected Communities practice including Smart + Connected Real Estate, and leads the development of Cisco Canada’s communities, municipal, and real estate initiatives nationally.

Mr. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.

In 2012 Mr. Huijbregts was named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and one of the “Top 35 Persons to Watch in 2012” by Realcomm.

 

tmaulucci Ted Maulucci (MechE 8T9)
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Tridel Corporation

 


Mr. Maulucci graduated from Mechanical Engineering in 1989. Upon graduation, Ted joined Tridel and after pursuing an MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business, he returned to Tridel in increasingly senior roles. Ted created and deployed new technology, specifically software that integrates operations and became the leader of the software development group before accepting the position of CIO.

eprasad Dr. S. Eswar Prasad (Adjunct Professor)
Chairman
Piemades, Inc.

 


Dr. S. Eswar Prasad is a well respected scientist and manager for 30 years. He is currently the Chairman of Piemades, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. In 2010, he retired as the Chairman of Sensor Technology Limited (www.sensortech.ca), a company he founded in 1983. His experience encompasses fields of materials research (piezoelectric ceramics and glasses), acoustic transducers, hydrophones, systems design, and hardware development for defence, aerospace, medical and industrial sectors.

S.Eswar Prasad has over 35 publications and over 70 conference presentations and was an invited speaker at several international meetings. He has also served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Smart Materials published by John Wiley & Sons, was the Canadian Representative of an International committee on sensors & actuators (American Ceramic Society) and a lecturer at a course organized by NATO Advanced Vehicle Technology Panel. S. Eswar Prasad is also currently on the board of directors of CANSMART, an organization dedicated to promoting smart structures in Canada.

 

bstelzer Bob Stelzer (MechE 7T4, MASc MechE 7T5, MBA 8T2)
Chairman and Chief Technical Officer
Safety Power Inc (SPI)

 


As Chairman and Chief Technical Officer at Safety Power Inc (SPI), Bob Stelzer is responsible for marketing and product development at SPI. Safety Power is a major supplier of emissions control for large scale diesel and natural gas engines used to provide on-site electric power generation.

While at Safety Power, Bob has worked with the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Ontario Centres of Excellence and IRAP/NRC to design the Company’s ecoCUBE® product family. Bob, together with key employees at Safety Power, has registered several US patents for components in SPI’s emissions technology.

Prior to SPI, Bob was President and CEO of ESA, an $80M business providing electrical inspection services. During his tenure it went from a significant loss to a highly profitable business by reducing costs and significantly improving its IT systems and associated business processes.

Prior to ESA he was President of Weidmuller, a manufacturer of industrial electronics with global sales exceeding $500 million. He joined Weidmuller initially as Canadian President. While there he obtained a global mandate for the design and manufacture of industrial power supplies and inverters which resulted in significant global sales. Thereafter he was promoted to serve as President of the company’s America’s Region which included the US, Canada and Mexico. Prior to Weidmuller, he worked for Honeywell where he led a team that developed control technology used by global oil refineries to produce over 50% of the world’s supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other hydrocarbon products.

Bob has served on the Board of the Ontario Electrical League and the Board of Electro-Federation Canada. He is a Professional Engineer and has an MBA degree.

adavies Dr. Anton Davies (MechE 7T2, MASc MechE 7T4, PhD MechE 7T7), PEng, QEP, FCAE
Chairman
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI)

 


Anton Davies is a practising engineer in the field of wind engineering, environment and sustainable design. He joined RWDI in 1977 after completing his PhD studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

The early part of his career was spent developing techniques that employed the use of wind tunnel simulation of the effects of wind on building structures and people. This evolved to include the study of air pollution associated with individual built forms such as hospitals and laboratories and grew to include these effects on entire cities and countries. It was a natural progression to extend this body of work into the realm of sustainable design, which often employs clean technology such as wind and solar power and solar effects on buildings and people.

RWDI has been privileged to work on such ground breaking tall buildings as the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, Burj Khalifa in UAE and Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia – each respectively the world’s tallest building. In addition, RWDI is the co-author of the Basis of Design Document for Masdar City, UAE which will be the world’s first net zero carbon city. Another unusual and important project was the thermal comfort studies for the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Anton has had a leadership role in each of these projects.

Currently, Anton is Chairman of the Board for RWDI Group Inc., a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Qualified Environmental Professional.

 

rfactor Mr. Ronald A. Factor (IndE 7T0) Former Partner
Deloitte Consulting

 


Mr. Factor specializes in procurement, manufacturing, planning & operations, distribution and transportation. He has over 25 years consulting experience with Deloitte where he was a Partner/Global Leader within Deloitte’s Global Supply Chain practice. While at Deloitte Mr. Factor made a significant financial contribution to the global consulting practice, consistently delivering significant savings, process improvements, and revenue across a range of competitive markets that led to long-term consulting relationships with global corporations including Parmalat, Sony, Nike, Wrigley’s and Bell Canada. He is Past President of the Industrial Marketing Research Association of Canada; a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Council of Logistics Management; and a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

cmenezes Carlos Menezes (IndE 9T3)
Vice President of Distribution & Operations Planning
Canadian Tire

 


Mr. Menezes is the Vice President of Distribution & Operations Planning for the Canadian Tire Retail Division at Canadian Tire Corporation. Carlos’ current accountability includes the management of 2 Regional Distribution Centres, 3 Automotive Hard Parts Depots, Reverse Flow Operations and Supply Chain’s Operations Planning Centre.

Prior to this role, Mr. Menezes was the Vice President, Supply Chain Major Projects at Canadian Tire where he focused on major implementations for the supply chain which included voice picking in distribution centres, software upgrades for planning systems and a re-engineering project on tire distribution. Throughout his Canadian Tire career has also held roles of increasing responsibility in Logistics primarily focused on forecasting and replenishment.

Mr. Menezes graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) designation in 1998.

sseif Mr. Som Seif (IndE 9T9)
President & CEO
Purpose Investments Inc.

 


Som Seif is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Investments Inc. which he formed following the sale of Claymore to BlackRock Inc. in March 2012. Mr. Seif started Claymore in Canada in January 2005 and was the former President and Chief Executive Officer leading the implementation of the company’s business development and corporate strategies. Over the seven years of its operation, Claymore organically grew to $8 billion in assets and established itself as a Canadian leader in bringing intelligent, low cost exchange-traded funds to investors through its family of thirty-four exchange-traded funds across broad asset classes.

Prior to joining Claymore, Mr. Seif was an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets, where he worked since 1999. He played a key role in developing the structured products group at RBC Capital Markets in both Canada and the U.S., where he structured and raised capital for both Canadian and U.S. asset managers.

Som is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis on Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto. Som has a strong commitment to community and is currently a member for of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board, Art Gallery of Ontario Corporate Advisory Committee and University of Toronto Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Advisory Board and the Engineering Alumni Association Biz Skule™ Committee. In 2011, Som was recognized for his vision and leadership by Caldwell Partners International with the Top 40 Under 40 award.

twoods Tom Woods (IndE 7T5)
Vice Chairman
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

 


Mr. Woods spent his entire career at CIBC and Wood Gundy, the predecessor to CIBC World Markets, primarily in Investment and Corporate Banking, before being named Chief Financial Officer of CIBC in 2000, Chief Risk Officer in 2008 and Vice Chairman in 2013. He retired from CIBC in December 2014.

In addition to serving on the MIE Board of Advisors, Mr. Woods serves on the Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto), Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo), CIBC Children’s Foundation, and Dominion Bond Rating Service.

Mr. Woods is a former Board Chair of Covenant House (Toronto) and former Board member of Covenant House International (New York), as well as several other not-for-profit, public and private business organizations.

Mr. Woods has a B.A.Sc., Industrial Engineering (University of Toronto) and an MBA (Harvard University).

llau Laura Lau (IndE 9T2) – Senior VP & Senior Portfolio Manager
Brompton Group

 


Laura Lau has over 20 years of experience in financial services and is Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Brompton Group. Ms. Lau leads Brompton’s portfolio management team that oversees assets of over $1 billion. Prior to joining Brompton, she was a Senior Portfolio Manager at a major Canadian fund manager from 2004 to 2011 where she co-managed over $500 million in resource portfolios including the NCE flow-through funds. Ms. Lau was the co-manager of a resource fund which won the 2011 Canadian Lipper Fund Award for best fund over one year in the natural resources equity category(1). She was also the lead manager for a five-star Morningstar rated fund(2). Ms. Lau is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society. Ms. Lau graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

jpeers Jim Peers (IndE 7T3)
GFI Group

 


Jim Peers recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of GFI Group Inc (NYSE). He joined GFI Group (one of the largest global Inter Broker Dealers in the credit and energy derivatives market) in August 2002 and retired in July 2016. He served as Senior Vice President at Bank One in Chicago from 1999 to 2001 where he held various positions, including Corporate Controller (under Jamie Dimon). He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Rabobank International in New York and as a Senior Vice President ( Corporate Development) for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in New York and Toronto. He was a Partner at Ernst & Young where he spent 18 years working in the Toronto and Chicago offices mainly with financial institutional clients. Mr. Peers is a Certified Public Accountant in both Canada and the USA.

nlim Nickolas Lim (IndE 0T4) Vice President
Brookfield Asset Management

 


Nickolas Lim is a Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management. He is based in Toronto and is a member of Brookfield’s Private Equity Group. Prior to Brookfield, he worked at two hedge funds and in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Scotia Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder. He is currently a member of the Board for Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, a specialty insurance company.


John Peri

Mr. Peri serves as CEO of Enwave Energy Corporation, based in Toronto. Enwave Energy is a fully integrated, sustainable energy services provider with operations throughout North America, the company operates highly efficient thermal energy plants that distribute steam, hot water and/or chilled water to customer buildings.

Prior to Enwave, Mr. Peri served as Group Chief Operating Officer Americas, and Asia Pacific at ISS Global A/S from August 2013 until December, 2015. Mr. Peri served as a member of Executive Group Management Board since joining ISS A/S. ISS is a global provider of Facility Management services with group revenue of DKK 79.6 billion ($15.8B CDN) in 2015; ISS has approximately 505,000 employees and local operations in 77 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Pacific.

Mr. Peri was a founding member of the management team for Celestica Inc. (divested from IBM), a global provider of Electronic Manufacturing Services. He served in a number of key leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer; Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Operation; President of Asia Operations (based in Hong Kong) with responsibility for Celestica’s operations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Mr. Peri holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.