Future State of Manufacturing

Brad McKay

Healthcare Food Services, CEO

Brad McKay is Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Food Services, a leading Canadian marketer of nutritious prepared meals for the healthcare sector. Prior to this he was Vice President Ingredients and Export for Parmalat Canada and before that held progressively senior positions at Procter & Gamble, Kraft/Nabisco and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Brad is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Food Processing Skills Canada and the Yves Landry Foundation and has been a member of the Governing Council of IUFoST ( International Union of Food Science and Technology); President of CIFST ( Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology); and has on the Boards of the Canadian Advanced Food and Materials Network (AFMNet); Canadian Cheese Holdings in the UK and CAFP (Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals) Ottawa. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Engineering.

Dante Ferrari

Celplast Metallized Products, President

Dante has a total of 20 years of experience in the flexible packaging industry.  He has spent the last 15 years at the high barrier film solutions provider Celplast Metallized Products, based in Toronto, ON, where he is the President and majority owner of the company.  Dante also currently serves as Vice-President on the AIMCAL Board of Directors.

Dante has a B.Sc.E. and M.Sc.E. in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and an EMBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, in London, ON.


Darwyne Lang

Apri Insurance Services Inc, CEO

Darwyne Lang is a visionary leader, believing there is always a better way to ensure Canadians and their families are better protected. With over 30 years as an owner in the Benefits business, he is driven to disrupt the status quo, ensuring that needs are understood, costs are managed, knowledge replaces misconceptions, and benefits help define culture. Most importantly, his 30 years of experience ensure people can live their lives as planned. 

Darwyne leads his teams in launching new technologies, providing total compensation partnerships with HR expertise to further enable the reach of the company and his teams' ability to positively care for Canadians and their families. Some on the outside call it a movement to make positive change within the Benefits industry; he would call it delivering expertise and value to clients to help them meet their business goals by caring for the greatest asset they have…their people. 

Outside of his professional and personal mission in life, he enjoys golf games with his sons and rides his motorcycle to relax.

Dave Sherman

Caframo, COO

Dave Sherman is one of the original founding members of EMC, and has worked in a variety of different management roles in his career – ranging from engineering, production, plant management, field service, and division/country manager.  A graduate of Fanshawe College and the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario, Dave has a passion for the development of customer/market strategies, and the organizational alignment of focused operations and go to market models.  Dave is currently the COO at Caframo Ltd.


Jennifer MacLean

NGen Canada, Director, Collaboration

Director, Collaboration, NGen – Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Dr. Jennifer MacLean is the Director of Collaboration at the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster. There she fosters and supports industry partnerships and collaborations to promote technology adoption and skills improvements to support Canadian companies transform their manufacturing processes. Previously, Dr. MacLean was the Executive Director of SOSCIP, a unique Research and Development consortium which uses advanced computing to drive industry innovation. In this role, Dr. MacLean supported the launch of more than 200 collaborative projects and facilitated the renewal of SOSCIP’s mandate through until 2023.

Prior to SOSCIP, Dr. MacLean worked with Mitacs for over 5 years, serving on their business development and program management teams, and credits her early hands-on work in establishing industry-academic partnerships with fostering her drive to build effective programming that supports impactful collaborations. Dr. MacLean has BSc in Genetics and a PhD in Medical Biophysics, both from Western University. She is originally from rural Saskatchewan.


John Laughlin

NGen Canada,Chief Technology Officer

John is the CTO at NGen, a not-for-profit organization which funds Advanced Manufacturing R&D projects to drive economic growth and create jobs in manufacturing across Canada. John joined NGen from the UK where he was responsible for setting the strategies and running some of the UK government’s highest profile R&D programs worth more than $8.5 billion across the automotive, aerospace and intelligent mobility sectors. In 2007, John took on a role at London Underground where his brief was to deliver part of the 2012 London Olympic Games Transport Strategy. He has extensive experience across the automotive sector and spent a number of years at Visteon where he was responsible for program delivery of all powertrain products in Europe to Toyota, Honda and Suzuki customers. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.


Namir Anani

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), President & CEO

Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

He has also held several executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including the Department of Canadian Heritage (Director General & CEO), CGI consulting, Nortel, and Novartis (Switzerland). Mr. Anani’s experience extends to; strategic policy development and implementation, learning and capacity building, business transformation, national/international strategic alliances, economic and market research, and technology innovation.

Namir holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford (UK) and holds Professional Engineer designation in Ontario (P. Eng.). He is also a board member of the Women in Communications and Technology.


Paul Hogendoorn

FreePoint Technologies, President

An incurable entrepreneur, Paul has founded, co-founded, or helped launch numerous ventures over his 30+ year career, including most recently, FreePoint Technologies. FreePoint's unique technology captures and delivers real-time productivity information, connecting plant floor manufacturing processes directly to managers and operators in innovative, practical, and cost effective ways.
He is a founding member and past chair of the London Region Manufacturing Council ("LRMC") and a regular contributing columnist for a number of industry publications. Paul is a regular presenter at manufacturing industry events to support manufacturers in Canada to adopt new technology while investing in their greatest asset, their people.


Shawn Casemore

EMC, President

Shawn is passionate about manufacturing in Canada. Having worked in senior level roles in Production, Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Sales with organizations such as Magna International, Bellwyck Packaging, Pilkington Glass and Bruce Power, his entire career has been focused in manufacturing.  A strong believer in the power of collaboration, Shawn strives to ensure manufacturers across Canada are supported in overcoming their greatest challenges while further growing their operations and increasing productivity.