Industry Advisory Committee

The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre has an industry advisory committee (IAC) that has been in existence for four years, since our Technology Access Centre (TAC) was established.

The committee, which meets four times a year, operates as a requirement from the TAC funder, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), reviewing the activities of WAMIC. The IAC oversees proper planning, allocation of resources, effective progress towards centre objectives, financial control, and interaction among all the participants, as well as periodic examination and adjustment of goals, priorities, time frames and milestones.

Goals of the IAC:

    • Responsibility for ensuring sound organizational structure and clear lines of accountability (management, business direction, and fiscal responsibility)
    • Provide accountability to NSERC, to contributing partners and to clients of the centre
    • Periodic evaluation of progress toward TAC objectives, adjustment of goals, priorities, timeframes and milestones
    • Board must be aware and approve any major reallocations of funds and budgetary changes (20% or more of a budget item)
    • Provide strategic advice to TAC

WAMIC Industry Advisory Committee




Mike Melinyshyn
CFO, TJ Morgan Holdings
Richard Krysiak
President, Tradewood Windows and Doors Inc.
Scott Hickey
Senior Manager, Composite Manufacturing – Airbus Helicopters


Kate Flynn
Director of Operations, Stolk Construction


Jimmy Thibert
General Manager, Economic Development Town of Fort Erie

Kevin Hooiveld
Project Manager, The Violin Group
Kevin Jacobi
Executive Director, CanadaBW Logistics


Christopher Janzen
Senior Business Analyst, Innovate Niagara


Kristen Randall
Marketing Manager, Haver and Boeker


Blake Landry
Manager, Economic Research & Analysis, Niagara Region Economic Development

Marco Mario
Economic Development Officer, City of St.Catharines


James Stokes
Project Engineer, Arterra Wines Canada
Gene Stodolak
Senior Product Manager, NRB Inc.


Terry Mactaggart (advisor/non-voting)
President and CEO, Ultimate Kiosk


Leigh Cutler (advisor/non-voting)
President, GGS Structures


We thank the Industry Advisory Committee members for sharing their time, talent, and industry expertise with us as we shape the future direction of the Technology Access Centre at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.


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Industry Advisory Committee was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by cms007ad