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 Chair of the NIA Board.  Aaron is a lifelong Niagara resident and manufacturer. He is currently the third generation President of Girotti Machine. Girotti Machine has been a long time member of the NIA and Aaron is currently involved in the  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 help other Niagara manufacturers.

 

 


Kevin Hooiveld is currently Operations Manager with The Violin Group and formerly Vice President of E.D. Products Ltd., a founding member of the NIA.  With over 20 years of manufacturing experience in the Niagara Region, Kevin brings with him a strong ‘from the ground up’ work ethic, as well as a dynamic team based leadership strategy.  Kevin is a past voting member of the Niagara Sustainability Initiative, a current member of the Industry Advisory Council for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College, and an active member of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.  Through The Violin Group, Kevin is also very active in supporting the local Wise Guys charity organization.
 

 
 

 

Blake Landry is currently Economic Research and Analysis Manager with Niagara Economic Development. He is  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 is a certified economic development professional and 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.

 

 


Jordan Sherlock is currently President of North America Traffic.  Jordan has worked for North America Traffic - a Port Colborne based heavy equipment manufacturer - for 11 years in various leadership roles.  During his tenure, Jordan has been a driving force in growing the company’s operations and product offering, as well as successfully expanding their distribution supply chain across the United States and Canada.  North America Traffic is now positioned as a recognized industry leader across the continent with a reputation of quality, integrity, and professionalism.  A graduate of Ryerson University, Jordan has been involved with the NIA as a member since 2008, and as a Business Development Committee participant for the past year.  
 

 
 


Dr. Don Cyr is Professor of Finance with the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.  Don has resided in St Catharines since 1995 as a professor of finance at Brock University. He is the former associate dean for graduate programs and research and dean of the Goodman School of Business. He has been an active member of the NIA since 2014. He is a former ex-officio member of the NIA Board, and a current member of the NIA’s Education and Training Committee. Don’s research and teaching is in the area of corporate financial management and international finance. His research on the impact of climate change and weather on local businesses and municipalities has been featured in the Globe and Mail, BNN and many other media outlets nationally. Don is keenly interested in the economic well-being of the Niagara region and its manufacturing sector.
 

 
 

 

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.

 


Adam Joon is currently Client Partner, Advisory Services with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).  Adam has over a decade of experience as a management team member on various municipal, regional and provincial government projects in the Niagara region.  In his various roles he has contributed to long-term economic development and strategic planning initiatives with a focus on business retention, attraction and expansion, site selection, expedited development approvals and policy review and development.  Before his work in  economic department, Adam spent a number of years working with Ipsos-Reid Corporation in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Loyalty Division serving clients like GM, OnStar, Unilever, General Mills and more.   Adam holds an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York as well as a BA in Political Science from York University.   He is a recipient of Niagara’s 40 Under Forty Award and has served on the Nomination Committee of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for two years.
 

 


Ian Hill is President of Dilts Piston Hydraulics Inc.  Ian was born and raised in the Niagara region.  He attended Mohawk College for Industrial Machinist General Apprenticeship.  He has worked for companies including Clark Machine, Standard Machine and Iafrate Machine.  In 1994 began employment with Hayes Dana and enrolled in an Industrial Millwright apprenticeship. Ian worked at Dana as a Machine Repair for 14 years.  He then began working for Dilts Piston Hydraulics as a service technician, within a year and a half he was promoted to lead hand and then shortly thereafter became the General Manager of the Company.  Ian purchased the company in July 2010.  Ian has since grown the business substantially securing export marketing opportunities and enhancing its technical workforce.  He is also a recipient of Niagara’s 40 Under Forty Award.