Roger is an experience business person who has worked in the public and private sector in varied industries. Experience in program and project planning allowed him to deliver to the Canadian Government an upgrade in capabilities in the security intelligence area. As President of a ATE equipment supplier for the automotive industry, the company was recognized by Ford Motor Company for its excellence in quality design and manufacture. As COO for a publicly traded research company in the oil industry, he led the modification of the company’s adaptation of a suffactant that changed the chemical properties of the company’s product. As Treasurer of a truck and automotive repair company, he managed the growth and expansion of the company to make it the largest company of its kind in Ontario and Quebec.
A visionary, who can motivate peers and subordinates, he was the strategist and negotiator who crafted the contract with the University of Waterloo. A man of infinite patience, he had set a goal for himself to structure the contract in such a fashion to ensure success. Over eleven months, he moved the contracting group at the university from their secure template base of a contract to a comprehensive new model that ensured it encompassed the experience that he had acquired over 52 years.
Roger is looking forward to work with his team in converting applied research to the development of new solutions and products in the coming years.
Roger undertook several executive courses during his 10 years within the Federal Government as well as continuing education at McGill University during his working career.
Vice President, Research
Omar M. Ramahi received the BS degrees in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. In 1990, he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Professor Raj Mittra. He held post-doctoral and visiting fellowship positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Professors Y. T. Lo and Raj Mittra. He then worked at Digital Equipment Corporation (presently, HP), where he was a member of the Alpha Server Product Development Group. In 2000, he joined the faculty of the James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park as an Assistant Professor and later as a tenured Associate Professor. At Maryland he was also a faculty member of the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center. Presently, he is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He holds cross appointments with the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has authored and co-authored over 270 journal and conference technical papers on topics related to the electromagnetic phenomena and computational techniques to understand the same. He is a co-author of the book EMI/EMC Computational Modeling Handbook, (first edition: Kluwer, 1998, Second Ed: Springer-Verlag, 2001. Japanese edition published in 2005).
Professor Ramahi is the winner of the 2004 University of Maryland Pi Tau Sigma Purple Cam Shaft Award. The award citation stated ‘the professor that receives this award is one whose class is difficult and challenging, yet fair. Because of Ramahi’s demand for superior work, his students felt that they left the class better prepared for their careers as engineers. The award signifies the respect his students have for him as a professor. “Your dedication to teaching has left a mark on your students, and we ask you to continue your excellent work,” states the official notice of award from Pi Tau Sigma.’
Professor Ramahi won the Excellent Paper Award in the 2004 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Sendai, Japan, and the 2010 University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision which recognizes “an outstanding graduate supervisor who is a mentor, and advisor, a role model, a humanist and a strategist.” In 2012, Professor Ramahi was awarded the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Technical Achievement Award. Such award would have been impossible without the dedication and excellence of numerous graduate students and collaborators.
Professor Ramahi served as a consultant to several companies and was a co-founder of EMS-PLUS, LLC and Applied Electromagnetic Technology, LLC, and the Eastern Rugs and Gifts Company. Dr. Ramahi is an elected IEEE Fellow. In 2009, he served as a Co-Guest Editor for the Journal of Applied Physics A Special Issue on Metamaterials and Photonics. Presently, he is serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging and as an IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer.
Vice President, Engineering
Mr Jones has 45 years experience in both industry and govenment. His industrial experience of 10 years includes electronic, software and system design, project management and as Chief Engineer in the commercial and military Sonar industry. He also managed his own Engineering consulting company for 5 years. His govenment experience included hardware, software and system design, senior engineering, strategic planning and management positions in the RCMP & CSIS.
Mr Jones has a wide experience in diverse technologies including telecommunications, IT, embedded systems and digital and analogue device design. He has managed projects through client requirements, system design, prototype development, testing and production to delivery of client acceptable product. He has created and managed research/development labs as well as managing a variety of engineering development teams. He has also participated in international standards groups and forums on technology application. He has a close working relationship with international senior engineering staff in both industry and governments, in particular in the security field.
Mr Jones is a (retired) Professional Engineer (ON) with a BASc & MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
A graduate from Loyola (Concordia University) with a Bachelor’s degree with a Major in Economics.
Pursued a financial career with one of Canada’s largest chartered bank, (TD CANADA TRUST).
Experienced and accomplished professional in Banking and Finance industries. Comprehensive training and ability to build and manage highly successful team. Familiar with all aspects of department management, including policy and procedure development.
In the private sector as a partner, played an active role in the success and growth of two leading independent entertainment distributors in North America. Provided managing partners with recommendations regarding enhancements to the business model, objectives and revenue plans.
Analyzed and evaluated internal controls to determine business practice improvements in all facets of operations. The private sector created opportunities in developing major contacts in the various world markets.