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.
Chief Strategy Officer
Over his 34-year career, David has served as a senior executive in government, academia and the diplomatic corps. He provided strategic leadership across a wide range of economic policy and program sectors as a senior official at the Privy Council Office and Health Canada, as an Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada, as the first Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and as Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles.
David is also a former Special Advisor to the President of the National Research Council, former Chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, and a member of the boards of Waterloo Economic Development Corporation, the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Quantum-Safe Canada. He led in the creation, and then served as a member, of the founding Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Canadian Commercial Corporation, the Standards Council of Canada, and as Secretary of the Minister of Industry Canada’s Expert Panel on Commercialization chaired by Joe Rotman.
David has a PhD from the University of Toronto, a BA and MA from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite University. He is currently a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum.
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 Creative Officer
Bruce comes to NGen after almost two years as a special adviser providing strategic communications advice to the Deputy Minister of economic development, research, innovation and science in the Ontario government. At Queen’s Park, he was part of the team that launched the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in 2017 as well as the group that designed Ontario’s response to the Amazon HQ2 competition. He also produced Think Ontario, a book and digital product promoting Ontario’s knowledge economy to foreign investors.
A native of Montreal, Bruce was UK bureau chief in London and Ottawa bureau chief for Maclean’s magazine, before joining the Los Angeles Times as Tokyo bureau chief in 2004. In 2008 he became the paper’s foreign editor, based in LA, where he led a global news report that won several major awards for its coverage. Over three decades in journalism he has worked in conflict zones from the Balkans to Iraq and Somalia, and covered politics, economics and culture from around the world. Before joining the government, Bruce was the Reuters global editor for energy and environmental policy based in Washington, DC.
He has also been editor of Policy Options, Canada’s premier public policy magazine, leading its transformation from a print to digital product.
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