Game Changer: Jordan Kyriakidis, President and CEO, QRA Corp
Feb15

Game Changer: Jordan Kyriakidis, President and CEO, QRA Corp

About five years ago, Jordan Kyriakidis started out in the defence and security industry by working on a research project with Lockheed Martin on algorithm development. This development was about the verification of complex systems for both software and hardware. Due to the prevalence of software today, “verifying them is much more difficult,” Kyriakidis said. “Our initial core algorithm...

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Game Changer: Dr. Ben Cecil, CEO, The Canadian Centre for Product Validation
Feb14

Game Changer: Dr. Ben Cecil, CEO, The Canadian Centre for Product Validation

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) at Fanshawe College, Dr. Ben Cecil is responsible for virtually everything in his organization. “I jokingly tell folks that CEO stands for ‘chief everything officer.’ As a lean organization, that means we all wear a dozen hats,” Dr. Cecil said. He went on to add that...

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Game Changer: George A. (Sandy) Thomson, Innovator, Thomson-Gordon Group Inc.
Dec21

Game Changer: George A. (Sandy) Thomson, Innovator, Thomson-Gordon Group Inc.

Trained as a pilot and a mechanical engineer, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, the third generation owner of Thomson-Gordon Group Inc., joined his family business in 1965 as sales manager responsible for the development of the Thordon bearing. Two years later he started exporting and distributing the basic shapes from which Thordon bearings were made. Eventually, the distributed products were...

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Game Changer: Jean Filion, CEO, Uncharted Research and Development Inc.
Dec20

Game Changer: Jean Filion, CEO, Uncharted Research and Development Inc.

Jean Filion started out looking for a job with many big companies but was unsuccessful. After a while, he realized that he was not going to be “given” a prestigious job. Instead, he would have to either “earn it” or “create” the job that he really wanted. That led to “prototyping new technologies for surveillance applications” in his own...

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Game Changer: Tim Van Holst, President, HCL Logistics Inc.
Dec19

Game Changer: Tim Van Holst, President, HCL Logistics Inc.

As the President of HCL Logistics Inc., Tim Van Holst is responsible for being “innovator, contract compliance, security compliance, and head employee cheerleader.” He said that his daily activities revolve around ensuring their staff think with a mindset that supports the vision of an engaged, empowered, loyal and motivated workforce. “Supporting this culture of individual and company continuous improvement...

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Game Changer: John Mannarino, President, Mannarino Systems & Software Inc.
Sep22

Game Changer: John Mannarino, President, Mannarino Systems & Software Inc.

Meet John Mannarino, Vanguard’s latest Game Changer. John is the President of Mannarino Systems & Software Inc. About 18 years ago, he started out in the defence industry as a control system engineer at a gas turbine engine OEM in Montreal. His first seven years were spent in engineering including design, analysis, modeling, testing & certification.  “This was great...

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