Brian Thompson is a highly skilled and experienced executive with a strong record in marketing, sales, and operational management in both the private and public sectors. He recently retired from a senior executive role with Vector Aerospace. He served as the Senior Vice President Commercial with Vector Aerospace Corporation and prior to that as President of Vector Aerospace Engine Services- Atlantic. Before moving into the aerospace industry, Brian worked with the PEI government in various leadership roles, including CEO of Enterprise PEI and General Manager of the PEI Marketing Agency. He also served as Director General, Enterprise Development and Policy, with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Government of Canada, and Director of Strategy with Aliant Inc.
Brian was recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada in 2010 and 2011 by Atlantic Business Magazine. He is a member of the UPEI Board of Governors and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; and previously served on the boards of Maritime Electric, Innovation PEI and the Holland College Foundation.
Brian holds a BBA from UPEI (1983) and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (1986).
Mr. Murphy is the Senior Account Manager, at Export Development Canada and is responsible for all of EDC’s business activities within Prince Edward Island, which include commercial finance, corporate finance insurance, bonding, surety, equity support and foreign direct investment for Canadian Exporters and investors.
Prior to joining EDC in 2009 Patrick held senior management positions throughout Atlantic Canada during his 20 year career in the commercial & corporate banking industry as well as private banking.
Mr. Murphy is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and he also a graduate of Dalhousie University where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree.
Francis P. McGuire assumed the position of President (Deputy Minister) of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency on June 12, 2017.
Mr. McGuire has served both in government and in the private sector. Having been educated in the French and English systems, and being a resident of New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province, Mr. McGuire is completely at ease in working in either official language.
After stepping aside as President and CEO of Major Drilling Group International Inc., where he served from 2000 to 2015, Francis McGuire provided advice to companies and individuals on strategy, leadership and organizational design. Mr. McGuire also served on the Board of Directors of Major Drilling. Second largest mineral drilling company in the world, Major Drilling operates in over 20 countries and is listed on the TSX. In 2008, Atlantic Business Magazine named Mr. McGuire Atlantic Canada’s CEO of the Year. In 2012, Mr. McGuire was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. Ernst & Young named him Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.
Mr. McGuire served on the Board of Directors of Industrial Alliance from 2001 to 2017. Headquartered in Québec, Que, Industrial Alliance is Canada’s 4th largest insurance company. Mr. McGuire also served as Chairman of the Board of NB Power from 2007 to 2010.
Francis McGuire was the Chair of the Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership at the University of New Brunswick, and is an emeritus member of the New Brunswick Business Council.
From 1985 to 1997, Mr. McGuire worked in Premier Frank McKenna’s administration, including as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, and as the Leader of the Province’s Information Highway Secretariat. As Deputy Minister, he was responsible for attracting industry to the province, for assisting local companies in their growth, for establishing the IT industry in the province, and for growing its tourism industry. Mr. McGuire served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of MITI Information Technology Inc. from 1998 to 2000. In 1999, MITI was recognized as Atlantic Canada’s fastest growing company.
Francis McGuire holds a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., (1974 – 1976), a Diploma in European Politics from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, France, (1973 – 1974), and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University (1970 – 1973). Mr. McGuire also completed the Management Training program at the University of Western Ontario’s School of Business Administration (1984) and the Marketing Management program at Queen’s University (1991). He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of New Brunswick in 2017.
Ken is a dedicated and loyal family guy that loves to have fun and engage with an audience. Connecting and delivering “ah ha” moments is extremely rewarding and having fun at the same time is even better. Ken’s 17 year career at StandardAero started in technical roles and transitioned into leadership role when he returned from a 2 year secondment with Holland College where he taught the gas turbine program. Ken joined the continuous Improvement team and has been in a training role with StandardAero for the past 8 years. Ken is currently the Training & Development Manager and supports 9 global locations. He recently became a member of the provincial council with ACADA.
Terri Anderson is a Learning and Development Specialist, an internal leadership coach, and a Reiki enthusiast. With in-depth management and customer service experience, it is her passion to work within StandardAero with people looking to expand to their full potential in areas like leadership development, continuous process improvement, and organizational change. Terri has 12 years of experience in the call center industry and has also worked at Vector Aerospace/StandardAero for almost 11 years (three in Customer Service, five in Continuous Improvement, and two in Training).
Craig Harris is a strategic creative from Augustine Cove,Prince Edward Island. He has worked on a range of projects from major motion pictures to commercials, documentaries and television, and brand campaigns in various industries. Craig recently relocated to the Island and is launching a new company called Furrow Creative.
A former military officer, Duncan has a background in applied remote sensing, cartography and GIS. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford Brookes University.
Duncan served in various leadership roles as an infantry officer in the British Army, including seconded service with both the U.S. Army and Canadian Armed Forces, where he ran initial leadership training for Canadian Army officers. Amongst other roles, he was also responsible for individual and collective training for 1st (UK) Armoured Division, in preparation for operational deployments of 5 UK Brigades in their role as Task Force Helmand.
Following his military service, Duncan settled in New Brunswick and took on the responsibility of managing the High-speed Impact Research and Technology in Fredericton. This included the management of critical-path test projects for numerous prime contractors and Tier 1 suppliers in aerospace, defence and space systems. He continued with his involvement in Technology Transfer with the UNB Office of Research Services, and also in the role of Regional Director for the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC).
Duncan is one of the co-founders of Kognitiv Spark, a Fredericton based Mixed and Augmented Reality systems development company. Recipients of awards from NATO, Microsoft and ACADA for their innovative and secure software solutions, Kognitiv Spark has gained rapid traction with defence and military partners including the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Airforce.
Duncan is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and received numerous awards over the course of his military career, including the US Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Tim is a Master Black Belt in Lean-Sigma with over 25 years of direct hands-on experience training, coaching and developing people in the application of strategy development and execution using recognized best practices in formal management and productivity methods and tools. He has been responsible for leading, training and coaching on over 1000 improvement projects through-out his career.
Tim has a strong background in the Aerospace and Defence sector, working in a family owned aviation and manufacturing business, then joining The Boeing Company at Boeing Canada’s Winnipeg Division for over 10 years. While at Boeing he learned Business Management Best Practices and became competent in “Lean Thinking” from top consultants globally out of Japan and the United States. He held positions on both the military side (Unmanned Vehicles) of the business and commercial aircraft side. During his time with at Boeing, held senior positions which included responsibility for Business and Strategy Management, Supply Chain Management, IT, Finance, Production Planning, Research & Development and Business Development. He then joined J.D.Irving Ltd for over 13 years where he led the organization’s Business Improvement Program from its early years in 2003 through to 2013.
Tim became a founding partner in Symplicity Designs in 2013, where he was the company’s Senior Organizational Designer, spending the vast majority of his time training/coaching people and transforming businesses to higher levels of performance. Most of the transformations Tim led with clients included the development of strategic plans and a series of improvement projects to achieve the long-term goals. These also always included helping these organization implement more formal management best practices to enable the leadership teams to lead their businesses to higher rate of improvement.
Tim recently founded Wavez Consulting in 2018 and is working with his daughter Megan and two other associates, all of whom bring a high degree of knowledge and competency in leading organizational changes and improvement methods and tools.
Since 2011, Chris has served as the head of Policy Intel, a policy research firm that has in-depth understanding sectoral human resources issues and labour market challenges facing PEI and Atlantic Canada.
Over the last decade, he has led multiple projects addressing the size and scope of sectoral labour market issues for both provincial governments and industry organizations. To this end he has worked with the seafood processing, lobster harvesting, farming, and construction sectors, among others, on labour market projects aimed at data gathering, analysis, and recruitment and retention.
Chris brings special insights to the ACADA project, having led the original amalgamation expertise. This experience gave him broad based exposure to both the sector and industry players.
For the previous 4 years, Chris served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Minister to the Premier in Prince Edward Island. In that capacity, he had primary responsibilities for charting the policy direction of Government in conjunction with the Cabinet. Prior to entering the Premier’s Office, Chris served as Chief of Staff to the Official Leader of the Opposition from 2003-2007.
Before entering government, Chris spent 10 years as a partner of an Ottawa-based management consulting company called Association Strategy Group. In that role, he had broad exposure to sectoral HR issues in a number of industry sectors, including; food processing, seafood, plastics, chemicals, automotive, security, and aerospace, among others.
Sandra MacAulay Thompson
Sandra MacAulay Thompson is an industrial engineer in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She received her B.Eng. (Mech ’97) as part of the last graduating class from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS). After working for several years in industry she returned to Dalhousie University and earned her M.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (’03). Sandra continued to work in industry until her first child was born several years later. Since then, she has balanced home and career by working as the Engineer in Residence for the Department of Industrial Engineering, the Lead Engineer for Dalhousie’s NSERC Chair in Design Engineering, and on various consulting projects in manufacturing and healthcare. Sandra is also a collaborative pianist and lives with her husband Glenn and their three children in Truro, NS.