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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Doug Burwell

Doug Burwell

President & General Manager

  • graduate of McMaster University (B.Eng., Chemistry, 1987) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • over 30 years of experience in various leadership and R&D roles in manufacturing, plastics, chemicals, polymer compounding, and wire & cable
  • areas of expertise include new product development (NPD), internat’l business development, talent recruitment and development, financial stewardship, regulatory and corporate relations
  • patent-holder of U.S. Patent No. 20160365171A1 (“Cable having Polymer with Additive for Increased Linear Pullout Resistance”)
  • hobbies include sports, sailing, travel, winemaking, and spending time with family and friends
Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd

Vice President, Operations

  • over 3 decades’ worth of experience in plastics, polymer compounding, wire & cable
  • areas of expertise include production/operations, plant management, production scheduling, inventory control, polymer compounding equipment and machinery, lean manufacturing, staffing and labor relations
  • hobbies include travel, wine, and cheering on the Toronto Raptors and the Buffalo Bills
John Pruett

John Pruett

Sales & Marketing Director

  • graduate of James Madison University (B.B.A., International Business, 1992) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA; also educated at Rouen Business School (France), The British Institute of Florence (Italy), and Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona and France)
  • over 25 years of experience in materials-related industries such as polymer compounding, specialty chemicals, polymer additives, exterior building products and construction materials
  • areas of expertise include marketing strategy, marketing communications, market research, new business development, new product development, brand building, sales, and key account management
  • hobbies include tennis, music, travel, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams
David Lee

David Lee

Research & Development (R&D) Manager

  • graduate of Humber College (Certificate, Chemical Engineering Technology, 1999) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • over 20 years of experience in quality control, research and development (R&D), and technical services
  • areas of expertise include new product development (NPD), formulating low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) wire and cable compounds, fire resistance (FR) testing, UL and CSA testing, process engineering, raw material evaluation and qualification, materials engineering, polymer science and laboratory equipment calibration and testing
  • patent-holder of U.S. Patent No. 20160365171A1 (“Cable having Polymer with Additive for Increased Linear Pullout Resistance”)
  • hobbies include music and playing guitar, painting, playing badminton, spending time with his family and friends, and cheering on the Montreal Canadiens
Chris Staunton

Chris Staunton

Research Chemist & Lab Technician

  • graduate of University of Waterloo (B.Sc., Earth Sciences, 1999) in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • areas of expertise include chemistry, polymer science, materials development, new product development (NPD), process engineering, laboratory equipment calibration, UL and CSA testing
  • hobbies include camping, canoeing, skiing and spending time with family and friends
Helvecia Basualto

Helvecia Basualto

Quality Assurance (QA) Manager

  • undergraduate studies at the Pontofical Catholic University of Chile-Universidad Católica de Chile (B.Sc., Civil Construction) in Santiago, Chile
  • over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, polymer compounding, wire and cable
  • areas of expertise include quality control and compliance, quality assurance (QA), raw material evaluation and qualification, process control, ISO certifications
  • hobbies include tennis, gardening, home renovation, travel, and spending time with family and friends
Alisha Thapar

Alisha Thapar

Quality Assurance (QA) Lab Technician

  • graduate of Sheridan College (Chemical Laboratory Technician, 2018) in Ontario, Canada
  • graduated with high honors and as the valedictorian of Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, and was part of a government-funded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada(NSERC) Engage research project at Sheridan College
  • area of expertise includes quality control testing, operating QC lab equipment, record keeping and lab inventory
  • hobbies include listening to music, teaching science to kids, and spending time with family and friends
Sukhvir Pabla

Sukhvir Pabla

Quality Assurance (QA) Lab Technician

  • undergraduate studies at Humber College (Diploma, Chemical Engineering Technology, 2003) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • areas of expertise include materials engineering, product development and quality material testing, quality management, polymer compounding and extrusion, calibrations and internal audits
  • hobbies include outdoor activities, sports, coin collecting, and cooking
Coady Curry

Coady Curry

Controller

  • graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A., Economics and Accounting, 2008) in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • areas of expertise include cost accounting, managerial accounting, corporate control, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), financial reporting, legal and corporate compliance
  • hobbies include spending time with family and friends
Fu Liu

Fu Liu

Human Resources and Accounting

  • graduate of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology (Business Accounting, 1995) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China (B.A Sc., Science and Technology of Management in System Engineering, 1983)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA)
  • areas of expertise include accounting, human resources, employee on-boarding, benefits administration, employee relations and corporate communications
  • hobbies include reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends
Mike Thorn

Michael Thorn

Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager

  • Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP)
  • areas of expertise include procurement, supplier/vendor relations, logistics, enterprise-wide resource planning, materials management, and supply chain management
  • hobbies include spending time with family and friends, and cheering on Toronto sports teams
Janine Harasiewicz

Janine Harasiewicz

Customer Service & Sales Support

  • areas of expertise include customer relations, order fulfillment, sales support and accounting/expense management
  • hobbies include creating custom cakes, travel and spending time with family and friends
Shawn Staveley

Shawn Staveley

Account Manager

  • over 20 years’ worth of experience in production/operations, warehousing, inventory control, polymer compounding plant management, new product development (NPD/commercialization) and sales/account management
  • areas of expertise include plant management, raw materials and finished goods inventory control, wire and cable compound product knowledge, sales forecasting, demand planning, key account management, and new business development
  • hobbies include golf, ice hockey, travel, spending time with family and friends, cheering on Toronto sports teams