Director, Engineering and Operations
John is responsible for the day-to-day operation of ACE, including:
- commissioning and correlating the facilities
- developing engineering expertise
- ensuring procedures are in place to maximize collaboration and the usage of space
- hiring and directing staff
- managing customers
- managing the budget
- overseeing training and security
He also works with Gary Elfstrom, Director, Business Development to develop future opportunities for ACE and ensure certification standards are achieved.
Prior to joining UOIT, he was on special assignment with General Motors (GM) of Canada to oversee the design, development and construction of all aspects of the ACE facility. At the same time, he was managing GM's Cold Weather Development Centre (CWDC) in Kapuskasing, Ontario, a position he held for eight years. During that same period, he managed GM Canada's engineering build operations, support shops, engineering documents and precision inspection. At the CWDC, he led a team of more than 50 people (full-time and seasonal) to:
- Develop outside business.
- Facilitate visiting engineers.
- Nurture and develop cold-weather expertise.
- Perform vehicle and powertrain engineering development and validation.
- Support the global cold weather vehicle development of hundreds of vehicles a season.
In addition to his responsibilities at the CWDC, he managed GM Canada's engineering labs, and vehicle heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) validation.
His global experience includes assignments and leadership positions in multiple locations for manufacturing engineering, product design and product validation/testing. As an international project engineer, he managed projects in Brazil, Argentina, Thailand (and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region), China and Australia. While in Brazil he developed and implemented the first outsource operation for GM brake corner assemblies.
He has won a number of awards and has authored research papers on a variety of topics pertaining to automotive component development. He is a graduate of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he earned a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree.