president and CEO, NAV Canada plant director, Abbott Point of Care YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 17 YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Five EDUCATION: Studied at Carleton University, but left school early EDUCATION: MBA; degree in mechanical engineering to become a pilot and received a commercial pilot licence in 1969. PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Director of operations at JDSU; also PREVIOUS POSITIONS: President and CEO of the Air Transport worked at Nortel manufacturing Association of Canada; senior executive at Ottawa-based airline KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Running operations of a factory with First Air. 24-7 operations. “We build the product for the entire world.” KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: “I oversee the day-to-day operation NOTABLE PROJECTS: Using Lean Six Sigma to drive growth, of Canada’s air navigation system – a complex web of radar and increased automation at the plant. flight management systems, weather observation equipment and AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Abbott Point of Care was named electronic aids to navigation as well as the dedicated air traffic Sustainability Leader of the Year at the Best Ottawa Business Awards controllers, flight service specialists, engineers, technologists and in 2013. The Conference Board of Canada featured the company as support staff that make it run. We are together responsible for a best practice in a case study on workplace education. the safe management of air traffic in Canadian skies and in busy COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Partnered with Algonquin international skies over the North Atlantic Ocean.” College and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PROJECTS: “The Ontario to develop a micro-electronics apprenticeship program. establishment of NAV Canada as a private company, responsible Approximately 400 employees have graduated from this three-year for the provision of air navigation services in Canadian airspace … program. Mr. Tomalty is a former co-chair of Invest Ottawa’s life While at ATAC I was active in advocating for the commercialization sciences executive forum. of the air navigation system. When the decision to establish a commercial non-share company was made, I served as head of the negotiating team tasked with making it happen.” AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Transportation Person of the Year by the Transportation Association of Canada in 2006; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington-based Air Traffic Control Association in 2008; C.D. Howe Award from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in 2009; named to Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Company supports Hope Air – an organization that provides free flights to children and their families who must travel to receive medical care. Annual donation of $25,000 quadrupled this past year to $100,000 through an employee fundraiser spearheaded by air traffic controllers in Toronto and matched by the company. Mr. Crichton has been involved with the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
CEO, Nordion YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Four EDUCATION: B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of London PREVIOUS POSITIONS: President of Nordion; first job was a brewmaster with Whitbread PLC UK. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: CEO of a public company listed on NYSE and TSX. NOTABLE PROJECTS: Developed TheraSphere liver cancer therapeutic product and sold it for $200 million. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Chair of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation; chair of the Ottawa Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards; chair of ISTPCanada.
vice-president and timing products business unit manager, Microsemi Corp. YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Three EDUCATION: Master’s degree in electronics engineering from Carleton University; bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics and communications from Kuwait University. PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Twenty years’ experience in mixed signal design. Held several positions as system architect and system architect director, focused on product definition for next generation timing integrated circuits. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Continuing to grow Microsemi’s timing business by driving product marketing activities; leading research and development team efforts with a focus on performance, execution and time to market; managing customer support. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Maintaining double-digit revenue growth rates and growing Microsemi’s timing team by 15 per cent with 11 new local hires. “(We) created a great employee retention environment, in spite of being consistently targeted by competition trying to win in our market by acquiring the talent that generated the great intellectual property driving our business.” AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Awarded four U.S. patents. Published several journal and conference papers. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Strong supporter of Microsemi being active with local universities, participating with co-op programs. Also sponsors research activities at other universities, such as McGill, and provided internship opportunities for students from this program.