Game Changer: Erinn van Wynsberghe, President & CEO, VanWyn Aerospace Logistics
Jun21

Game Changer: Erinn van Wynsberghe, President & CEO, VanWyn Aerospace Logistics

Vanguard’s latest Game Changer is Erinn van Wynsberghe. He founded VanWyn Aerospace Logistics a few years ago by developing a concept. “My start-up company’s project began when I developed the concept of a high-altitude, geostationary payload platform as part of my graduate thesis,” he said. He went on to relate that it started out as a theoretical project in...

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Game Changer: Dr. Francis Dubé, Director, Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
Jun19

Game Changer: Dr. Francis Dubé, Director, Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.

Dr. Francis Dubé started out in the industry as an activist shareholder who saw a significant asset in the Albany Graphite deposit but yet at the same time shareholders have seen five years of negative return on investment. That prompted a group of like-minded investors, Dr. Dubé explained, that decided to act to turn there company around. They then...

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Game Changer: The IDEaS Team, Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security, National Defence
Apr30

Game Changer: The IDEaS Team, Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security, National Defence

IDEaS (Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security) is an access-to-innovation program conceived to augment the current defence R&D programs by a) increasing awareness of DND challenges in the innovation ecosystem to build capability, b) incentivizing innovators to steer their collective efforts toward the most difficult problems, and c) providing innovators the opportunity to demonstrate how their ideas might enhance defence...

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Game Changer: Geneviève Allard, Project Manager, OpDAQ Systems
Apr27

Game Changer: Geneviève Allard, Project Manager, OpDAQ Systems

Geneviève Allard started working in the marine sector as a commercial diver and later pursued geographic studies that led to her work in academia. “As I worked on the development of research collaborations between academics and the industry, I found a need for a better understanding of how businesses use research to grow,” she said. Due to this desire,...

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Game Changer: Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, Viasat Inc.
Apr25

Game Changer: Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, Viasat Inc.

Meet Ken Peterman, President of Government Systems at Viasat. He was selected as a Game Changer for the April/May 2018 issue of Vanguard. After graduating from college, Peterman decided to enter the defence electronics industry because of the exciting technology sector at that time. “The Department of Defense (DoD) and their contractors were inventing new capabilities, like satellite communications...

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Game Changer: Farhoud Shirzadi, CEO, VSETA
Feb20

Game Changer: Farhoud Shirzadi, CEO, VSETA

As the Chief Executive Officer of VSETA, Farhoud Shirzadi is responsible for the development and validation of innovative business models by utilizing artificial intelligence and sensors to offer new services for smart buildings. “Since we spend the majority of our time indoors, the task of managing security and comfort of thousands of building occupants in large facilities is merely...

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