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Speakers, Co-chairs, Panelists and Moderator Bios


The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State
for the Federal Economic Development Agency

Gary Goodyear
Gary Goodyear was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. On October 30, 2008, he was appointed Minister of State for Science and Technology, and on August 13, 2009, he was named Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario
) by
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. On July 15, 2013, he was re-appointed as Minister of State for FedDev
Prior to entering into federal politics, he practised chiropractic medicine and worked as an advisor to investment firms in the biomedical industry.

A former Public Relations Director and past President of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in Toronto, Dr. Goodyear taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the University of Waterloo. He was co-designer of a three-year post-graduate sports fellowship program and co-author of “Practice Guidelines.” He has worked with many athletes, both amateur and professional, and served as medical services chair of the Ontario Special Olympics. Dr. Goodyear attended the University of Waterloo, specializing in Kinesiology and Psychology, before graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He worked his way through university as a meat packer and labourer.

Robert Hardt, President & CEO, Siemens


Robert Hardt

As the President and CEO of Siemens Canada, Mr. Hardt is responsible for the overall strategic management, direction and leadership for all Siemens’ activities in Canada, including its four core business areas: Industry; Energy; Healthcare; and Infrastructure & Cities. Prior to being appointed President and CEO in January 2012, he held several senior management positions within Siemens Canada since 2007, most recently as Senior Vice President of the company’s Industry Sector in Canada since 2009.

Mr. Hardt is an electrical engineer and began his career with Siemens AG in 1988. He has extensive senior management experience, has held several management positions in the industrial engineering sector and, globally, was responsible for the Sub-division Mining Technologies and Cargo Logistics in the headquarters of Siemens. Early in his career with Siemens, Mr. Hardt also acquired broad and in-depth experience as project engineer and project manager by leading several engineering and project management teams for large industrial projects. As a key part of part of his role, Mr. Hardt works to position Siemens in Canada as the leading solutions provider of integrated technologies; focusing on the company’s world- leading environmental portfolio, which reflects Siemens’ position as a leader in climate protection and sustainability. Read more



Mo ElbestawiMo Elbestawi is the Vice President, Research and International Affairs at McMaster University.  Dr. Elbestawi's responsibilities include research activities within the University and the pursuit of new partnerships, as well as knowledge, technology transfer, and economic development opportunities. His experience spans a number of research and administrative roles over 25 years, including Dean of Engineering, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, and founding Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute. His experience in industry included research engineer, unit head-structural dynamics, Ontario Hydro Research Division. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Dr. Elbestawi is known worldwide for his research in Manufacturing Engineering, specifically machining systems, and computer aided manufacturing. Dr. Elbestawi received his B.Sc. from the University of Alexandria and his M.Eng. and Ph.D degrees from McMaster University.

Jayson MyersJayson Myers is the President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, a coalition of more than 48 industry associations that have come together to speak with a common voice on priority issues for Canada’s Manufacturing sector. Mr. Myers is a well-known economic commentator, and is widely published in the fields of Canadian and international economics, technological and industrial change. As CME’s Chief Economist, he led the association’s Manufacturing 20/20 initiative, the largest cross-country consultation ever convened by Canada’s business community on the future of manufacturing in Canada. He has been recognized by consulting firm Watson Wyatt as the most accurate economic forecaster in Canada. Mr. Myers sits on special advisory councils to the Minister for International Trade, the Minister of Industry, and the Canadian Border Services Agency. He is co-chair of the Work & Learning Knowledge Centre of the Canadian Council on Learning. He is Vice Chair of both the Ontario Manufacturing Council and the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council.

Our Summit Moderator: Steve Rodgers


Steve Rogers

Steve Rodgers was the President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) --the national association of original equipment producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services to the worldwide automotive industry--from2010-2014. Steve had a 22-year career with leading automotive parts supplier Magna International and a 7 year career with General Motors of Canada, providing him with a very comprehensive and wide-ranging insight into the global automotive industry. After departing from Magna in 2006, Steve founded GS Global Solutions, focused on assisting automotive suppliers, governments and partners to find solutions in dealing with the rapidly changing automotive industry.




Rebecca Bourque (Session2) is a Business Development Director at Mitacs, an organization that builds partnerships between academia, industry and the world – to create a more innovative Canada.  Her role is to connect industry partners with academic researchers to help fuel Canada’s knowledge economy and drive innovation.  As a Strategic Account Director, she works closely with companies to determine their R&D needs and source the talent they need to compete and thrive in this global economy.  She supports all of the programs that Mitacs has to offer including Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, and  Step.  While at Mitacs she has been able to facilitate and help fund many business research projects with companies as small as 2 people ranging to huge multi-nationals.

Rebecca Bourque

Tom Corr (Session 1) is the President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) – a non-profit organization that drives the commercialization of cutting-edge Ontario-based research across key market sectors to build the province's innovation economy and secure its global competitiveness. Previously, Dr. Corr was the CEO of the Accelerator Centre (AC) at the Waterloo Research and Technology Park and Associate Vice-President of Commercialization at the University of Waterloo (UW) and Director of Commercialization - IT & Communications at the University of Toronto. Dr. Corr’s career also includes over 30 years in the IT sector including positions as Managing Partner at Catalyst Partnership; founder and CEO of Momentum Systems; founder and CEO of Applied Development Corp., and President of Canadian Data Processing Corp.

Dr. Tom Corr

Michael Gardiner P.Eng.(Session 5) is the Director of Industry Solutions for Siemens Industry Software Ltd. in Canada.  In his current role, Mr. Gardiner, using experience from Siemens' extensive international customer base, provides guidance on digital product development and manufacturing IT to Canadian companies.For over 15 years, Mr. Gardiner has helped leading manufacturing firms add software capabilities that enhance innovation and optimize production.  He is a specialist in digital lifecycle management and leads teams that have successfully served clients competing in the global automotive, high tech, machinery, consumer products, aerospace, and defense industries.  

Mike Gardiner

Jonathan HackStrategic Technology, University and Government Relations (Session 5) joined Bombardier Aerospace in 2010 after an extensive career in the automotive industry with General Motors – both in Canada, and internationally. In his role at Bombardier, Jonathan is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the strategic technology portfolio of research projects that are administered through Bombardier Aerospace’s Toronto site. In addition to his strategic technology responsibilities in Toronto, Jonathan is spearheading Bombardier’s interests in developing enhanced research and development collaboration networks with universities and government agencies in Ontario.

Jonathan Hack

Caroline Hughes (Session 1) is the Director of Government Relations at Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., where she and her staff conduct strategic analyses and dialogue with all levels of government regarding public policy and economic issues of importance to Ford of Canada and the Canadian vehicle industry. Ms. Hughes is also responsible for developing Ford of Canada’s long-range forecasts for new vehicle sales in Canada, and for evaluating and reporting Canadian economic trends to Ford’s global corporate economics office. In addition to her Government Relations responsibilities, Ms. Hughes works with Ford’s US manufacturing and product teams on strategic issues involving Ford’s Canadian manufacturing operations.

Caroline Hughes

 As Vice President Industry Transformation, Rick Huijbregts (Session 5) leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers. Rick and his team oversee four of Cisco Canada’s top priorities: Smart + Connected Communities (changing Canada’s productivity and innovation profile through community and infrastructure transformation; Internet of Things; Cisco Canada’s Industry Business Development team and one of Cisco’s few Global IoE Innovation Centres. 

Rick Huijbregts
Joe Loparco is the Co-President of AGS Automotive Systems and Tiercon Corp., both members of the J2 Group of Companies.

 As Tier 1 automotive parts suppliers, AGS and Tiercon manufacture high performance complex plastic-metal integrated modules for the automotive industry, such as bumper systems and running boards. Together, AGS and Tiercon employ over 1,000 people and have 2 million square feet of manufacturing space in North America. Joe is the past Chair of the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA) and a Director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. He is actively involved in promoting public policy issues, particularly, as they relate to the growth of manufacturing in Canada and the importance of innovation in our industries.

Joe Loparco

Dominik Lucke (Session 2)  is post-doctoral research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart, Germany. He received his degree in mechanical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) and his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart. Since 2007, when he started to work at the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF) at the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer IPA, his research interests focus on context aware applications for manufacturing and maintenance as well as approaches for smart factories. During this time he worked in several national and international research projects such as the collaborative research centre Nexus (SFB 627), “Smart Factory”, the project “Virtual Fort Knox”, and the European FP7 project “SUPREME: Sustainable predictive maintenance for manufacturing equipment”.

Dominic Lucke

Rory McAlpine (Session 3) is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAlpine served as Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries from 2002 to 2005. He also obtained significant experience with the Federal Government as Executive Director and Director General, International Trade Policy Directorate; Director Grains and Oilseeds Division; and Deputy Director Multilateral Trade with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  Mr. McAlpine serves on a number of boards, associations and industry-government committees, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Food and Beverage Ontario, the Canadian Food Innovators and the Ontario Association of Food Banks.  He represents the company on the national Agri Sub-Committee on Food Safety and the National Pork Value Chain Roundtable.

Rory McAlpine

 Angela Pappin(Session 3) was appointed Vice President, Techology at ArcelorMittal Dofasco in 2014 after having held senior roles throughout technology including General Manager, Metallurgy and Quality, Business Unit Manager of Tin Plate Products, Business Unit Manager of Cold Roll and Tin Technology. She began her career with ArcelorMittal Dofasco in 1988 as a Tin Plate Products Stream Senior Engineer. Angela’s career has included cross functional appointments including market and product development, engineering, energy management, manufacturing and corporate strategy. Angela is a member of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Corporate Community Investment Fund Committee and a past Chair of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Metallurgical Committee on Tin Mill Practice. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University.

Angela Pappin

Ian Potter (Session 1) was appointed National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Vice President, Engineering in May 2011 and is also Vice President responsible for NRC's Business Management. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Potter was Chief Operating Officer at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). During his 10 years at AITF and its predecessor, the Alberta Research Council (ARC), Dr. Potter held several leadership and management positions in energy, environment, greenhouse gas technology and human resources. Before joining ARC, Dr. Potter was a senior research engineer with C-FER Technologies of Edmonton and served as an officer in the British Royal Navy. He was also an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Calgary and a marine engineering officer with Shell Tankers (U.K.).

Ian Potter

Ishwar K. Puri is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at McMaster University.  Prior to his appointment at McMaster, he was the N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech where he served as Department Head of ESM for nine years from 2004 through 2013. His research covers the diverse fields of transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, combustion, self assembly, drug targeting, nanoscience and nanotechnology, mathematical biology, and computational biology. Dr. Puri is a founder and mentor of Nanospin, which is a startup that has developed a cooling system for computers and electronic devices that uses a liquid dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles to dissipate waste heat.

Ishwar Puri


C. J. Scott is a Foreign Service Officer who has worked for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada for the last 10 years.  She most recently served abroad in Johannesburg, South Africa as the Senior Trade Commissioner responsible for promoting trade with Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo.  She has just returned to her hometown of Toronto and now serves as the Trade Commissioner responsible for the Advanced Manufacturing sector in the Ontario region.


Richard Seager (Session 2 has been the Business Development Manager at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, for the last six years. His group acts as the interface between industrial partners and academics in research and educational projects. Richard started his career with Rolls Royce Aero Engine Company and also embarked on a Master’s Degree course in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Warwick, graduating in 1992. This was followed by a move to Matrix Churchill Machine Tool Company, Massey Ferguson and Bridgeport Machine Tools.  Another career change followed this with Richard taking up a post managing a large ERDF funded project for Coventry University based around engaging regional SMEs in design and marketing projects. After five successful years at Coventry, Richard moved WMG.

Richard Seager

Jeff Zabudsky (Session 2) is Sheridan's  sixth President, a position he assumed on February 1, 2010.  He has recently signed an agreement with the Sheridan Board of Governors for a second term of office that will carry through to the year 2022. Prior to joining Sheridan, Dr. Zabudsky worked at post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta, including six years as President and CEO of Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Zabudsky holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Distance Education from Athabasca University, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ryerson University. Dr. Zabudsky is actively engaged in the communities served by the college. He is currently on the Board of Food for Life, board member of the Peel Children and Youth Initiative, member of Mississauga’s Healthy City Stewardship Centre.