Board of Advisors

Ron Tomlinson

President, R.W.Tomlinson Limited
Ready-Mix Industry Advisor
Ron Tomlinson is President of R.W.Tomlinson Limited - a multidisciplinary company with numerous divisions including construction, aggregate, asphalt, concrete, and environmental services. Tomlinson Group is one of the largest civil, municipal & commercial infrastructure companies in Eastern Canada. Ron has worked for R.W. Tomlinson since 1985. He is currently the President of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association a Board member of the Ontario Road Builders Association, a Board and company advisor to Giatec Scientific and an active Angel investor and mentor.

Pietro Bellai

President, Bellai Construction Group
Construction Industry Advisor
For over 60 years, Bellai Construction Group has serviced Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region with quality workmanship in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Our commitment to quality, schedules and budgets has enabled us to be leaders in formwork, concrete placing, finishing, masonry, concrete pumping and restoration services.

Fred Boulanger

CEO, Macadamian
Software Development Advisor
As CEO and co-founder of Macadamian, Fred Boulanger looks after Macadamian’s strategic direction. He is passionate about beautifully designed products, and he is an out of the closet technology geek. At his core, he believes top notch software design is one that blends emotions and technology so they amplify each other’s impact. He made it Macadamian’s priority over the last 14years, to be the best software creation studio and one stop shop for technology companies looking software for products breakthrough. He has successfully engagement Macadamian with startups and first in class brands like HP, Cisco, Avaya. Prior to Macadamian Fred was running the engineering organisation for a family of products at Corel Corporation.

Cyril McKelvie

CEO, AOC (Jabil’s optical business unit)
Supply Chain Advisor
Cyril McKelvie is CEO of AOC, Jabil’s optical business unit, where he is responsible for all aspects of the AOC offering of sales, R&D and manufacturing execution. Mr. McKelvie is a well seasoned executive with over 25 years of senior management experience in research and development, new product development and operations. Prior to his position at AOC, Mr. McKelvie was a consultant with Marlin Equity and was the lead on the restructuring of the operations, supply chain functions at Marlin’s acquisition of Coriant Networks. Prior to his position at Marlin, Mr McKelvie was President and CEO of Marport Technologies, a world leader in sonar equipment for the commercial fishing industry.

Previous executive positions include Executive Vice President of Sanmina’s optical microelectronic business- a leading global electronics manufacturer and prior to that President CEO and a Founder of BreconRidge one of Canada’s largest contract manufacturer.

Prior to that position General Manager of GSI Lumonics Optics, VP of Operations of JDSU and various senior management positions at NewBridge Networks.

A native of Nova Scotia, Mr McKelvie has a B. Sc in Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University , Nova Scotia.

Philippa King, PhD

Business Development Manager at OCE
Business Advisor
Areas of Expertise
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
  • Advanced Health Technologies
  • Small Business Management

Andrew Moffat

Entrepreneur in Residence, Invest Ottawa
Business Advisor
Andrew Moffat is the Co-Founder and CEO of Keshet Technologies Inc. Since 2004, Keshet has assisted up-and-coming IT businesses and entrepreneurs with financing and strategic guidance. Prior to Keshet, Mr. Moffat was a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of EDUCOM TS Inc., an independent software vendor, developing solutions for the email archive market space. According to leading industry analysts, EDUCOM was the global leader in its market space, prior to its sale in 2004 to ZANTAZ Corporation, a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and on-demand solutions for Information Retention and Discovery Management. Prior to EDUCOM’S sale, Mr. Moffat led EDUCOM to establish a global network of approximately 70 resellers, representing 100+ certified technicians and 200+ sales people. Mr. Moffat was able to successfully build a global client list of over 800 clients, many of whom are industry leaders in their own right. He strategically aligned himself with industry giants, such as IBM and Microsoft, as well as working with a number of Global 2000 companies.

Jim J. Beaudoin, PhD, P.Eng., LLD, FRSC

Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa/ Researcher Emeritus, National Research Council Canada
Scientific Advisor
Dr. Beaudoin – a Researcher Emeritus and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada – was involved in the management of research at the Institute for Research in Construction (IRC) at the National Research Council, Canada in the capacity of Section Head, Laboratory Head and Group Leader during the period 1989-2003. He has served as a researcher and project leader at IRC for more than 40 years. He was awarded a Gold Medal and appointed Researcher Emeritus by Dr. Arthur Carty (former President of NRC and National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister) in 2003.This is an honor currently held by about 17 distinguished researchers at NRC.

Dr.Beaudoin is an internationally known materials researcher who has served in a management capacity and as a Trustee of several learned societies, e.g., American Ceramic Society. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. He has, as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, served on the Councils of the Royal Society and the Academy of Science in the Office of Secretary, Academy of Science. He continues to provide mentorship and leadership (in his role as Emeritus Researcher) to IRC’s cement science research group and graduate students at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Beaudoin has authored or co-authored more than 450 publications including 5 books, 20 book chapters, encyclopedia contributions and more than 250 research journal papers, 15 patents and numerous discussions and book reviews. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Della Roy Lecture Award on applications of nanotechnology in cement science (American Ceramic Society, 2005), the Wason Medal for Materials Research (American Concrete Institute, March 1999) and the Copeland Award (American Ceramic Society, May 1998). The latter cited outstanding contributions to cement science and has been awarded only seven times in 40 years. His current research focuses on studies of C-S-H nanostructure and its link to engineering properties and behavior. This work includes investigations of the minerals Jennite, Tobermorite and high temperature calcium silicate hydrate phases.

Roger Bowes, P.Eng.

Executive in Residence, PARTEQ Innovations
Business Advisor
In 1993, ESG Solutions (www.esgsolutions.com) was established in Kingston to provide micro-seismic monitoring equipment and services for industrial applications. In 1994 Roger was brought into the company and became one of the major shareholders along with the other founders. With virtually no capital and only a handful of employees it was a textbook boot-strap start-up. At ESG Roger began to design and build the proprietary vibration sensors, electronic data acquisition systems that the company sold. Specialized software to pin-point the locations and map micro-seismic events was also developed. Seismologists could then process and interpret the data collected to give customers valuable insight into their operations. From 2004 to 2010 Roger took on the role of CEO and helped propel the company through an accelerated growth phase. During his tenure, the company went from less than 20 to over 60 employees, achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification, expanded into new international markets (oil, gas, CO2 sequestration, civil) and established branch offices in Calgary, the US and China.

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