Jacques Comtois General Manager
Mr. Comtois joined WESCAM as Acting Vice President and General Manager in February 2019, following over 7 years as Vice President and General Manager at L3Harris MAS. Mr. Comtois has over 30 years of progressive experience in the aerospace, transportation and defence industries. He has held a number of senior level positions with leading organizations such as SPAR Aerospace, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce. He also had a successful career with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Mr. Comtois holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s University School of Business and a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Royal Military College of Canada.
Brian Stone Vice President, Operations
Mr. Stone was appointed Acting Vice President of Operations in March 2019. He has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience within the aerospace industry, including a number of senior positions with organizations such as Northstar Aerospace, Zodiac Aerospace and Honeywell. Mr. Stone oversees Operations at the Burlington and Don Mills facilities and helps develop key business strategies to further strengthen L3Harris’ ability to deliver industry-leading products and services. He has extensive experience in areas such as Lean Manufacturing and Change Management and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Mr. Stone also graduated with a bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from Ryerson University.
Janet McEachern Head of Finance
Ms. McEachern was appointed Head of Finance in September 2019. She is an accomplished professional, bringing over 25 years of progressive leadership experience. She joined WESCAM as a Pricing and Programs Manager in May 2010 and has since taken on increasing responsibility and was promoted to Director of Finance in October 2017. As Head of Finance, Ms. McEachern oversees General Accounting and Financial Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Pricing & Programs Finance and Financial Business Support. Ms. McEachern earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University and holds her Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) designation.
Bruce Latimer Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Latimer joined WESCAM in 1996, and held the positions of Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Secretary, and Chief Security Officer. With Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Mr. Latimer participated in international mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. As President of his own business, he specialized in feasibility studies, business plans for new ventures, and computer-based decision support systems. With CAE, he designed and implemented real-time control software. Mr. Latimer has a broad background in engineering, business and law, with a record of accomplishment in managing start-ups and turn-around operations in multi-plant cross-border organizations. Mr. Latimer is a Professional Engineer with a BSc (Engineering and Math) and MSc (Engineering) from Queen’s University, and holds an L.L.B. from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. He was awarded the gold medal for academic performance while completing his L.L.B./MBA degrees.
Cameron McKenzie Vice President, Global Sales & Business Development
Mr. McKenzie joined WESCAM in October 2017 with over 25 years of sales experience within global defence and aerospace industries. Mr. McKenzie has held a series of senior level positions including Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development for Canadian Commercial Corporation, and Vice President & General Manager of Middle East for CAE. Mr. McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree from University of Manitoba.
John Fisher Vice President, Mission Systems and Programs
Mr. Fisher was appointed Vice President of Mission Systems and Programs at WESCAM in October 2018. He is an accomplished Professional Engineer, Business leader and Canadian Forces Veteran with over 20-years’ experience in Canadian and International, private and public sectors. Mr. Fisher spent the majority of his career with General Dynamics Mission Systems, where he held the roles of Chief Platform Engineer on the Bowman Digitization Program in the UK focused on the design and implementation of a tactical internet for the British military as well as Senior Manager of Combat Vehicle programs in Canada. He spent two years as the Director of Capability Projects and Programs with the New Zealand Defence Force. Before joining WESCAM in 2017, he was the Managing Director of QinetiQ Canada Operations Limited. Mr. Fisher has specialized technical knowledge in Program Management, C4ISR/ISTAR, and combat vehicle integration. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and a Project Management Professional Certification as well as certifications in ISO 15288, DODAF, and CMMI.
Duane Heslinga Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Heslinga joined WESCAM in January 1994. During this time Mr. Heslinga has held various roles of increasing responsibility within WESCAM’s Engineering department, including electrical/electronic designer, project manager, manager of new product development and most recently, Vice President, Engineering. As a key contributor to WESCAM’s growth strategy, Mr. Heslinga formalized and implemented a highly-successful New Product Introduction (NPI) process – incorporating both lean and agile principles. In December 2016, Mr. Heslinga was promoted to Vice President, Engineering responsible for all design engineering functions at WESCAM. Mr. Heslinga holds a B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Windsor, Ontario.
JD Richard Vice President, Customer Service Group
Mr. Richard joined WESCAM in July 2018 with over 30 years of engineering and product support experience within the aerospace industry. Mr. Richard’s focus is to manage and grow the Customer Services business while meeting and exceeding Customer product sustainment requirements throughout WESCAM’s worldwide Customer base. Mr. Richard has held senior level positions within the aerospace industry throughout his career providing engineering, business development and in-service support leadership on major domestic and international aerospace acquisition and sustainment programs. Mr. Richard’s experience includes senior and executive level positions at both General Dynamics Mission System and IMP Aerospace and Defence. Mr. Richard holds a Professional Engineer designation with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a Mini-MBA from McGill Executive Institute.
Janice Barton Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Barton joined WESCAM in 2019. With over 35 years of experience in human resources and operations, Ms. Barton has held a number of senior level positions with leading organizations such as McCain Foods, Canadian Tire and Suncor Energy. Prior to joining WESCAM, Ms. Barton founded a consulting company and worked with diverse companies of all sizes within industries such as construction, education, financial services, retail and utilities. Ms. Barton has a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and extensive experience in strategy development, human resources, organizational effectiveness and change management. Ms. Barton has been an active member of numerous advisory boards and is currently the Chair of the National Advisory Board (NAB) for the Salvation Army, Canada and Bermuda.
Steve Tritchew Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Tritchew joined WESCAM in 1994. In his current role, Mr. Tritchew is responsible for internal technology and product development. Mr. Tritchew has worked in the aerospace and telecommunications industries since 1983, and prior to joining WESCAM he held several positions at Spar Aerospace including R&D Manager. Mr. Tritchew also spent several years in the development and production of fiber optic components and test instrumentation at Northern Telecom and Antel Optronics. Mr. Tritchew has a Master of Applied Physics degree from Caltech and a BS in Engineering from McMaster University.