Chief Executive Officer
Jayson is an award-winning business economist specializing in industrial and technological change and is widely recognized as an influential policy advocate in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.
Jayson has more than 25 years’ experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils.
Jayson studied at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at both Oxford and the University of Warwick.
Bilal Haffejee, CPA, CA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer
Bilal is a senior finance executive with over 25 years experience working at global multinational companies, operating in the information and communications technology, consumer packaged goods and telecommunications sectors. He has demonstrated ability in full cycle Financial Accounting & Reporting, Strategy, Planning, M&A, Treasury and Governance. He is focused on maximizing resources, cost optimization and process simplification.
Bilal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and a CFA Charterholder.
Chief Technology Officer
John joins NGen from the United Kingdom where he was responsible for setting the strategies and running some of the UK government’s highest profile research and development programs worth more than $8.5 billion across the automotive, aerospace and intelligent mobility sectors. John was involved in the establishment of the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Aerospace Technology Institute at Innovate UK. In 2017, he was appointed as Launch Manager to set up Meridian Mobility, which leads on the strategy for R&D investment in the connected and autonomous vehicles sector. After this successful launch, he took the lead on their technology strategy.
John has extensive experience from across the automotive sector. He held senior engineering and programme management positions at Visteon working directly with Ford, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Suzuki and Volvo. While at Transport for London, his brief was to deliver part of the Olympic Transport Strategy for the London 2012 games. As Managing Partner of Appleseed Solutions, he delivered the UK Automotive Council’s Strategic Product Roadmap out to 2040 and has worked directly with automotive SMEs to support their R&D strategies to achieve sustainable business growth. He also served as advisor to the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Business Development Officer at the Transport Systems Catapult and was the Technical Advisor for Nesta's Drones Flying High Challenge.
John holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree in Manufacturing Systems Management and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. John also has project management accreditations at the professional and practitioner levels with the International Project Management Association.
Chief Manufacturing Officer
Stewart brings over thirty-five years of diverse manufacturing and engineering leadership experience to the NGen team. Of particular relevance is his nearly twenty-years of experience as the Chief Executive Officer of multi-site SMEs in the advance manufacturing field serving customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, energy and biomedical industries. Stewart’s companies were recognized leaders in the integration of advanced technologies into manufacturing operations, in conjunction with a strong underlying foundation in the principals of lean manufacturing and the theory of constraints. This was coupled with strong business and marketing principals to drive outstanding results.
Prior to achieving the role of CEO with SMEs performing contract advanced manufacturing services, Stewart worked as a Senior Research Engineer and technology transition specialist for Northrop Grumman Aerospace. During his tenure as a Senior Technical Specialist at Northrop Grumman, and in recognition of his strong technical leadership and team-building skills, Stewart was selected by the US Air Force to lead the structural methods task in the Composites Affordability Initiative, an industry consortium involving technical teams from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas and Northrop Grumman.
Additionally, Stewart was selected by Northrop Grumman to lead a team of design and manufacturing engineers assigned to Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas facility to perform the preliminary design of the F-35 aircraft. He was also the Northrop Grumman program manager of the Virtual Enterprise pilot, leading a combined engineering and IT team tasked with designing, prototyping and demonstrating the integrated multi-company design centre to be used in the development of the F-35 aircraft. This team collaborated with similarly tasked teams from the other principal F-35 partner companies, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin to demonstrate real-time collaborative design of the aircraft, and was a significant factor in the selection of the F-35 by the US Government.
This broad business and technical background has helped Stewart to become an expert in helping companies, particularly SMEs, in the successful adoption and exploitation of advanced manufacturing processes and technologies.
Stewart has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Mechanics from the University of Southern California. He is the holder of two U.S. patents and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.
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