The committed and acomplished executives on the Coaltion of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada are the driving force behind the hard work of the Coalition's efforts to create a favourable policy climate for manufacturers and businesses. The Coalition's board is supported by 12 exceptional manufacturing executives representing large and small companies alike across all industrial sectors. Board members provide national and global perspectives on the impact of government policies their company's ability to grow and prosper. In addition, board members contribute their leadership and expertise to the Coalition's policy development process. The Coalition's Board of Director's is a volunteer body that monitors and maintains the integrity of the organization's missions, conduct, stategic planning and finances. The board meets each month to approve goals, tactics and a budget.
Jocelyn Williams Bamford - Founder and Board Chair
Jocelyn Williams Bamford is the founder of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Ontario which was form in September of 2016 in response to unfavorable legislation impacting businesses in Ontario. Jocelyn in also the Vice President of Automatic Coating Limited, located in Scarborough, Ontario. Automatic Coating Limited (ACL) is recognized worldwide as having one of the most technologically advanced powder and liquid coating facilities in North America specializing in the application of high performance liquids and powder coating. Jocelyn previously held positions of Director of Sales with AT&T Canada and sales management at Bell Canada. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Scarborough Hospital Foundation, Jocelyn is also the Co-Chair for The Scarborough Hospital Foundation's Women of Philanthropy Council. Jocelyn served as vice chair of Elizabeth Simcoe Public School and chair of fundraising for Parent Council from Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts for Carlton University and an honours equivalent from the University of Guelph where she graduated with distinctions.
Peter Gossmann - Vice-President of CCMBC
Peter Gossmann is currently a partner at Plasticap. responsible as General Manager since 2007. He has held positions in the plastics industry since 1978. This includes 25 years in the field of plastic injection mould making 2 years in plastic injection machine manufacturing and 10 years in the business of plastic processing specifically in the cap and closure market. In his 37 year career, he has been a small business owner in whole or in part for 27 of those years. He started his first business in mould making in 1985 at the age of 27, joined as a partner in a large mold making company in 1996, sold his interest in that business in 2003 and joined Plasticap as a partner in 2007. As a senior VP in the mould making business Mr. Gossmann was fully responsible for 5 mold making companies in Canada the USA and Germany having a total of 300 skilled mold makers, designers and engineers with revenues of $50 million. Prior to investing in Plasticap Mr. Gossmann held the position of Business Manager for two years at a world class Canadian injection moulding machine manufacturer and for the last 10 years has held the position of VP GM at Plasticap.
Shalini M. Sheth, CSCP Board Secretary
Shalini is currently the Director of Operations at Surati, the leading manufacturer of East Indian Snack and baked goods. Shalini has worked in the manufacturing industry for over 15 years in both Supply Chain and Operations Management roles. Currently sit on the Scarborough Women of Philanthropy Board. ...
Scott Dunsmoor P.Eng Board Treasurer
Scott Dunsmoor. P.Eng and his brother Jim Dunsmoor are the third generation of Dunsmoors to operate All-Weld Company Limited. The company was founded in 1920 by Mr. John Sharp and after his passing in the early 60's the company was sold to our (late) grandfather William S. Dunsmoor after working for All-Weld since 1934. Our father William A Dunsmoor P.Eng joined All-Weld after university in the early 60's and is still active in the business today. Our specialty is custom steel fabrication of large industrial processing equipment for a variety of industries. Although the majority of our clients are engineering houses in North America we have shipped our products all around the world. We have grown to include specialty divisions such as Aurora Filters and Patterson Industries Canada. Our most significant strengths include our diversification of products and services supplied. our full service capabilities from engineering. fabrication, machining, and quality assurance accreditation, and most importantly the skill and dedication of every member of our All-Weld Team.
Al Diggins, Chairman of the Board, Treasurer and EMC General Manager
Since founding EMC nearly 30 years ago and incorporating as a unique not-for-profit organization in 1997, Al has guided EMC's growth and development from a small 18 member local association. into 'Canada's Largest Manufacturing Consortium'. An entrepreneur at heart. Al's 40+ years of experience — acquired through executive & senior management positions in manufacturing and banking industries — gives him the unique ability to lead his team, helping manufacturers to achieve competitive advantage in all facets of their business. Al's and his team's ability to forge trusted relationships across all sectors of industry has been a key reason why EMC remains strong and members are continuously able to share their ideas, best practices and expertise with their peers. In 2018, Al retired as President and transitioned into the role of Chairman of the Board, Treasurer and EMC General Manager.
Scott Hughes, Hupaco Wood Products
Scott is the 2nd generation owner of Hupaco Wood Products Ltd, a privately owned and operated pallet and crate manufacturing company located in Ajax Ontario. Having started on the factory floor at 15, Scott has worked in every position from janitorial to management. He has helped design solutions for the safe and secure handling of products in nearly every industry from manufacturing to warehousing and shipping for over 30 years. Scott has also worked in the construction industry in a manufacturing capacity as well as a contractor and has worked with many of the leading Home Builders, Architects and Structural engineers on housing and commercial building design.
Catherine Swift was President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) from 1995 to 2014, after serving as Vice Presdient and Chief Economist of CFIB from 1987 to 1995. She was Senior Economist for TD Bank from 1983 to 1987, and worked with the federal government in Ottawa from 1976 to 1983 as an economist in the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Industry and Communications. She has sat on a number of Boards, has been named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network and was a recipient of the Queen's Gold and Silver Jubilee medals. She has authored number articles in the media on small business, women in business and taxation and trade issues.
Don Berggren President of Berg Chilling Systems
Don Berggren is the President of Berg Chilling Systems, a manufacturer of custom engineered industrial thermal process control solutions. Berg was founded in 1972 to build chillers and cooling systems primarily for the plastics industry. Mr. Berggren assumed the role of President in 1990 and has successfully transformed the business from its origins in plastics cooling into a leading global thermal process cooling solutions provider. He proudly employs close to 100 people from local communities in and around Toronto where their headquarters and manufacturing facility resides. Mr. Berggren is an active member of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and Family Enterprise Xchange. He is a member of CME's Manufacturing Executive Council, and holds a seat on CME's Ontario Division Board of Directors.
Byron Nelson, Leland Industries
Raised on a farm in Saskatchewan by a father who was also a draftsman for patent applications, Byron Nelson and his brothers inherited a passion for entrepreneurship and fascination with manufacturing processes. Byron entered the work world at the age of 16 in the tool and die trade and shortly thereafter started his long journey in the fastener business. By 1971. he developed the skill and savvy to open his own distribution company. Ever the innovator, in 1984 Byron purchased a few pieces of equipment and formed his own manufacturing company under the name Leland Industries Inc. Through hard work and a knack to finding niche market segments in an industry dominated by large multi-national companies. Leland Industries now has 200.000 sq. ft. and 40.000 sq. ft. manufacturing facilities housing over 300 machines and employs 200 people at 9 locations throughout North America. Byron has seen the once competitive Canadian fastener manufacturing industry change to one dominated by low-priced imported product with only a handful of Canadian fastener manufacturers left servicing about 10% of the total Canadian market. At a high personal cost and determination to save Canadian manufacturing. Byron successfully pursued anti-dumping remedies in a case that has become the single largest in Canadian history. With great pride, Leland continues to produce products 100% North American made. While contributing to many charitable causes. Byron has become a staunch supporter of Canadian Diabetes and the Sunnybrook Foundation. He also pursues...
Shelley Bacon is the CEO of Northern Cables Inc., a privately held Canadian manufacturer of low voltage power cables located in Brockville, Ontario. He is one of the principles who started the company in 1996. Shelley attended McGill University and graduated with a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering in 1975. While working full time he completed one half of an MBA at McMaster University. He has worked at DOFASCO, Litton Business Systems, Noranda, and Phillips Cables in research and development, process engineering and management roles. His career has taken him through primary steel manufacturing, corrosion and coatings, high speed steels, nickel and zirconium nuclear tubing, and aluminum and copper electrical cable manufacturing. Shelley is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, a director of Electro-Federation Canada, a director of the Brockville YMCA, a representative on the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission, and volunteers on the Rideau St.Lawrence Science Fair Committee.