Speakers Profile

Plenary Session #1: Engineers as Entrepreneurs – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!

Barry G. Bisson P.Eng. (NB), President - Shad Valley International

Barry G. Bisson was appointed President of Shad Valley International in January, 2005.  Shad International is a non-profit organization that currently operates the flagship Shad Valley Program at twelve Canadian universities.  Since its inception the program has challenged Canada’s highest-achieving youth to realize and deliver on their full potential by developing their leadership abilities, creativity, entrepreneurial passion and other skills that are essential for success in our global knowledge-based economy. 

Before joining Shad, Barry was a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New Brunswick from 1983-2004. He held the Dr. J. Herbert Smith/ACOA Chair in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship.  This program was established in 1988 to address the need for business and entrepreneurship education for engineers and others with an interest and/or background in technology.  

Barry joined the Faculty of Engineering at UNB in 1983 as a Professor of Civil Engineering and Coordinator of the UNB Transportation Group.  He served in this capacity until July 1994 when he was appointed Chair of the Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (TME) Program.

Prior to joining UNB he worked for nine years in the federal public service for Transport Canada in various positions related to air transportation in Canada.  He also has had considerable experience in the private sector since 1983 as a management consultant to numerous corporations and government agencies.


He is an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and teaches a course (Entrepreneurial Finance) to graduate students in the Masters of Business Entrepreneurship Technology Program.

Barry holds BSc and MSc degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2009 he was named a Fellow of Engineers Canada.


Panel Discussion: "Entrepreneurship / Innovations / Technical Management - Possibility or a Dream?"

David Stein, Co-CEO, Rypple

David Stein is a co-CEO of Rypple. David was one of the founders and the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Workbrain, a company that develops work force automation software.  In 2007, Workbrain was acquired by Infor, the worlds third largest enterprise resource planning software company.

David s a recognized HCM strategist and has helped some of the biggest companies in the world to get the most out of their people. David holds a BSc in Computer Science from McGill University.

Tom Libertiny, President, Libertiny Group

Tom Libertiny is the President of the Libertiny Group, a sought after expert with a unique combination of experience and education in management, finance, engineering and manufacturing.  His background includes 19 years of service in the finance and engineering industries--having helped to launch new businesses in the fields of semiconductor, bio-tech, aerospace and automotive.

Tom is an author and a frequent speaker at finance and technology engagements throughout the world and is recognized for his professional acumen and achievements by Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who in Engineering, among other prestigious publications.

He earned his MBA in global finance and marketing from Lawrence Technological University's Graduate School of Management, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Residing in metropolitan Detroit, he and his wife Susan, support community programs such as Habitat for Humanity, where he is the President of the Board of Directors, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International where he is on the Board of Government Relations and Vice President of Global Communities.

Murray S. Pearson, P.Eng, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Hatch Group

Murray has nineteen (19) years of experience in mechanical engineering design of specialty chemical and metallurgical process plants, including a diverse background in mechanical design, instrumentation, estimating, procurement and project engineering. 

Presently the principal mechanical engineer within Hatch’s Autoclave Technology Group. The position requires specialized expertise in mineral slurry theology, agitation design, slurry pumping systems, and the custom design of pressure letdown vessels, gas handling systems, direct and indirect contact slurry heat exchangers, and associated safety relief and emergency shutdown systems.  Responsible for recruiting, training, technical development, peer review and mentoring of mechanical group activities within ATG.

Countries of project work experience: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and USA.

Murray holds BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatewan.

Plenary Session #2: Wind Turbines: an Engineer's role from Concept to Power Generation

Ashwin Guptar, Senior Project Leader, Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project, Enbridge Solutions Inc.

Ashwin is a senior project leader on the Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project in Kincardine, Ontario.  Ashwin spent one year in Engineering Operations at Enbridge Gas Distribution before accepting a position with the wind generation group.  During the project, he played a critical role in optimizing turbine layout, obtaining permits from various government bodies, and managing the Engineering, Procurement & Construction contractor through the construction phase.  Currently, Ashwin is responsible for establishing the Operational Model for the wind farm.

Ashwin received his B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2004.

Plenary Session #3: Survivor....Transitioning from Technical to Management

Aaron Tsang, P. Eng., Chief, Airworthiness Engineering, Bombardier Aerospace 

Aaron Tsang is the Chief of the Airworthiness Engineering Department at Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto, Canada. He is responsible for aircraft certification for the DHC-8 (Dash 8) family of aircraft, as well as managing potential safety related issues by assessing the level of safety risk and identifying the need for corrective actions. Aaron started as an intern at Bombardier back in 1996 and upon graduation, rejoined Bombardier at the end of 1998. He progressed within the company from a Junior Engineering position to becoming the Lead of the department in 2002 and has been in the Chief role since 2004. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Aaron has been an active member with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (ASME) since he was a student. He is currently a member on the District B Operating Board, Student Sections Competition Judge, as well as the Chair for the Ontario Section (a position he had also held previously from 2001-2003). Aaron works very closely with the Student Sections and acts as a leadership mentor for the students. 

As a student, Aaron also founded the Formula SAE team at the University of Toronto and was the Team Manager from 1997-1999.