Board of Directors

  

 

Roy Timms is Past Chair of the NIA Board and President of Timbro Design Build Contractors. Timbro is a recognized leader in designing and building commercial and industrial buildings. Timbro has been very active in attracting new industry to Niagara and in expanding, renovating and updating existing industries. Roy is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a registered Professional Engineer.  He is a past President of the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce, and the Ontario General Contractors Association.  In addition, he is currently Chair of the Design Build Institute of Canada, Director of the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation, an active member of Blue Scope Steels Canadian Advisory Council and a member of the Region of Niagara Economic Advisory Panel.

 

   

 

Aaron Tisdelle is a lifelong Niagara resident and manufacturer. Aaron is currently the third generation President of Girotti Machine.  Aaron has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the manufacturing sector and Niagara community. Girotti Machine has been a long time member of the NIA and Aaron is currently involved in the Niagara Education and Training Committee.  Aaron is passionate about providing valuable directions to our young people as well as strengthening our trades. Aaron would like to bring new ideas into the association and to help other Niagara manufacturers.

 

 

 

Fabian Hoggard is Facilities Manager at Trenergy Inc. A Professional Engineer and MBA graduate, Fabian has international experience in the steel, mining, marine, food and manufacturing sectors. Over the past 20 years, his roles have included engineer for Rich Products in Fort Erie, manager of the multidisciplinary project and engineering division of SLSMC (Welland Canal),  Manager of Special Projects at Seaway Marine & Industrial (SMI). In his role at Hoggard Engineering Fabian is helping to grow the region’s industrial base at a time when the forecast for marine opportunities is not promising. A key element of this strategy is for SMI to strengthen its association and synergy with other companies in Niagara, primarily through active involvement in the NIA. This involvement has included Fabian’s participation as a Board member for the past two years, during which time he has contributed to the achievements of the Business Development and Membership committees. 

 

 
 

 

Blake Landry is currently Manager, Economic Research & Analysis with Niagara Economic Development. He is responsible for responsible for economic research and analysis, economic information systems development, economic development reporting and supporting various investment attraction, business expansion and other economic development activities.  He has served on the NIA Board of Directors for the past 4 years and was responsible for implementing the new website, newsletter, and other digital communication initiatives.  Blake holds a BA in Communications from Brock University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Humber College, and a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.

 

 
 

 

Bruno Iafrate is Treasurer of the NIA Board of Directors and is the CFO & VP Operations at Imbibitive Technologies Corporation, the exclusive worldwide manufacturer of IMBIBER BEADS®, a truly unique engineered product for pollution prevention (P2) applications.  As the former Owner/Controller of Thorold-based Iafrate Machine Works Limited, he has over three decades of manufacturing and management experience.  Bruno has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to community; he has been a member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2005 and currently sits as Immediate Past Chair. He also sat on the Board of the St. Catharines YMCA for 10 years, and was part of the Fundraising Committee during the building phase, and is a former director of the Canadian Italian Business Professional Association of Niagara. 

 

 
 

 

Jane Buunk is co-owner of Niagara Precision Limited.   Resident of Niagara since 1970, Jane is married to Ron Buunk with two daughters.  Jane graduated from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and studied at Niagara Collage and Brock University for Business Accounting.  Jane started working at Niagara Precision Limited in 1978 and has been in charge of the financial management of Niagara Precision Limited since that time.  Jane and her business partner Debbie Whatling have been co-owners of Niagara Precision Limited since September 2007.  Jane was past board member of the Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association and currently a member of the Niagara Family Network.  Avid volunteer and member of the NIA since 2009 and NWIM.  Jane has extensive experience in the manufacturing sector. Jane would like to bring her expertise to the board to help other Niagara manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Misheck Mwaba is Vice-Chair of the NIA Board and is Dean of Media and Technology Division at Niagara College. He has over 19 years of experience that includes academic leadership roles in post-secondary institutions, teaching, research, strategic planning and providing financial oversight to management in publicly funded institutions. Misheck has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, a Master of Science degree from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Zambia. Misheck is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) registered in the province of Ontario.

 

 

 
 

Domenic Ursini is Chair of the NIA Board. He is a lifelong resident of Niagara from Port Colborne. He is a commercial development banker with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Prior to this, he had many years of experience as a commercial banker with Scotiabank having covered the Hamilton and Waterdown markets. In addition, Domenic started his career in public accounting having spent a number of years with BDO Dunwoody LLP and Crawford, Smith and Swallow LLP. In his personal life, Domenic served as a two term city councillor in Port Colborne and ran in the 2011 provincial election. He volunteers his time to many local causes and sits on a number of boards.

 

 
 

 

Verne Milot is President/Founder of Growth Associates and is a business development advisor with an employment background ranging from large multinational corporations to start-ups and small business.  He has worked for and successfully developed industrial and manufacturing enterprises with Noranda  Group, CAE, Laidlaw and Robert Bosch Corp. These have included state-of-the-art technological applications in areas such as plastics extrusion and co-extrusions, steel casting and a variety of industrial automation applications.  On two occasions, Verne led the growth of businesses to be in  the order of l00+ staff and $40M in sales.  In addition to receiving an lvey MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Verne is a registered P.Eng with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

 

 

Larry Anderson is the CEO of Larry Anderson Consultants. Larry is best known for solving complex business problems from declining sales, to a lack of strategic focus, from misaligned management to the need to completely rebrand a business.  Larry has over 20 years experience in management, sales, marketing and business development.  He will challenge your thinking and give you specific tools and resources you can put to work immediately.  Larry is described as direct, genuine, honest and insightful.

 

 

Dwayne Charette CSCMP is Director, Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing at Airbus Helicopters Canada.  Dwayne is an integral part of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Executive Team.  Responsible for driving the change and focus towards their expanding manufacturing sector.  He brings with him 20 + years of production operations and supply chain management experience.  A result driven individual, he is able to manage large teams, conflicting requirements, global complexities and tight deadlines.  His past work experience with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Maple Leaf Mills, Fantom Technologies and Omron Automotive, provide him with a broad understanding of the challenges that industry and manufacturers face on a day-to-day basis.  Dwayne holds professional designations of Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP), Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) and the Institute for Supply Management (CPM).  He has also taught Operations Management at Niagara College. 

 

 

Bob Benner is President of Hamill Machine Company Inc. In his military career, Bob achieved the rank of Petty Office 2nd Class in the Canadian Forces as a marine engineer and was honourably discharged.  He is also a Red Seal Millwright.  Bob has held the positions as Engineering Supervisor at PWDD, Plant Superintendent at Marsh Engineering, and has been the owner and president of Hamill Machine Company Inc. since 1998.  Bob was born and raised in Port Colborne, ON and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.