Board of Directors
Fred Kosseim – (President)
Chem- Ecol Ltd.
Fred graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from McGill University in 1979 and received an MBA from Concordia in 1986. His diverse career started in Sales for the Canadian affiliate of a global industrial gas supplier (Air Liquide), developed through several regional roles (Ottawa, Montreal & Toronto) and led to Vice President – Process Industries (Montreal) until 2002. Fred joined QuestAir Technologies (Vancouver) in 2003 gaining international business experience while the company issued its initial public offering in the fall of 2004. He then gained healthcare experience working for Shoppers Drug Mart and led the Home Health Care Division (Vancouver and Toronto) as President until 2014. In 2016, Fred joined Chem-Ecol, a long established (since 1975) supplier of industrial lubricants and oil purification services in Cobourg. The company’s unique capabilities offer customers a compelling value proposition to save money by re-using their purified lubricants and reducing the environmental footprint by avoiding the premature disposal of their used oil. Chem-Ecol serves manufacturers in Canada and the United States. Having lived in three provinces and serving customers/companies across the country and globally, has given Fred the knowledge and perspective of challenges and opportunities facing Canadian manufacturers and service providers.
Dan Ross (Past President)
Continuous Improvement Leader, SABIC
Dan Ross graduated from Engineering Physics at McMaster University in 2002. Dan began his career with a large defense contractor in a Project Management/Engineering role. While there Dan worked closely with companies like Boeing on lean manufacturing techniques and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Dan joined SABIC in Cobourg in 2006, as a Process Engineer and Innovation Leader. Now as the Site Operations Leader, Dan has a passion for people centric leadership, understanding behaviour and motivating teams. Dan is currently the President of the Northumberland Manufacturers Association (NMA) and sits on the board with the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA). Dan lives in Cobourg with his wife and 3 children.
Brian Bruce (1st Vice President)
Lorenz Conveying Products
Brian was born and raised in the Cobourg Area and attended CDCI East High School. He is a Graduate of the Manufacturing Engineering Technician course from Fleming College, 1990 and started his manufacturing journey 30 years ago. He has spent the past 28 years at Lorenz Conveying Products and has held various positions in Production, Sales Consulting and Trade Shows, Product Development and Estimator. More recently he has held the positions of Engineering Manager, Procurement Manager, and Continuous Improvement Leader. He currently holds the position of Operations Manager. He has a passion for manufacturing and ongoing product and plant improvements. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg and is a volunteer with the Youth Exchange, Coaching and with the United Way.
Doug Jensen (2nd Vice President)
Manager, Cameco Corporation, Fuel Division
Doug manages the Cobourg operation of Cameco Corporation’s fuel manufacturing division. Prior to his work at Cameco, Doug spent over 10 years with General Motors in Oshawa providing leadership through the use of lean manufacturing tools; techniques that he continues to utilize and grow with the team at Cameco. A graduate of Queen’s University’s Mechanical Engineering program, Doug also has experience in quality management, reliability engineering and machine automation; mostly gained through progressive positions held in the automotive industry.
Pat Jossinet (Secretary/Treasurer)
Plant Controller, CpK Interior Products
Pat started her career with Price Waterhouse, obtaining her designation as a Chartered Accountant, after graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After several years in public accounting, in Toronto and then Peterborough, she joined Johnson & Johnson Medical Products where she held several positions, including Manager of Marketing Finance. After J&J moved to Toronto, Pat joined Textron Automotive, now CpK Interior Products, in Port Hope, where she has been the Plant Controller since 2003. Born and raised in Ottawa, Pat currently lives in Cobourg with her husband and two teenage children.
Brad Robertson (Director)
Senior Continuous Improvement Leader, Esco
Prior to joining ESCO Corporation, Brad attended Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1987. After 5 years working as a design engineer for a military and communications electronics supplier, Brad joined ESCO Port Hope in 1992 as a design engineer. From 1997 onward, Brad has held a number of roles on the ESCO team including manager of Facilities and Equipment (capitals and maintenance), Technical (manufacturing engineering/QA) and Continuous Improvement (Lean). In 2008, Brad accepted a dual role with corporate QVS (Lean) and Sustainability responsibilities and local Port Hope Energy and Environmental management duties. He moved full-time into the role of Corporate Senior Continuous Improvement Leader in January 2011 and travels within ESCO facilities providing coaching and continuous improvement and training events in production, administration, maintenance and the emerging field of sustainability.
Sue McFee (Director)
Human Resources and Health & Safety Manager at Graphic Packaging International Canada, ULC.
Sue has a BA from Queen’s University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Loyalist College coupled with 25 years of progressive Human Resources experience. Sue has generalist experience in manufacturing sector as well as healthcare, education, and retail Human Resources. Additionally, she has an extensive specialty background in Health and Safety and Disability Management. She has kept busy upgrading her professional acumen by attending various seminars/training courses relating to HR and has started the Disability Management Certificate Program at the University of Guelph and the NIDMAR Program.
Peter Ayres (Director)
Plant Manager, Belden Canada Inc.
As a graduate in Business Leadership at Durham college and Process Authority at Rutgers University, Peter has spent his entire career in manufacturing primarily in the food industry for 23 years and most recently has joined the wire and cable industry for the past three years. He has worked in operations, operations management, project management and human resources throughout his career. Peter has volunteered his time with many organizations including the United Way, Christmas Magic in Cobourg and Leadership skills training in both Canada and the United States. He presently serves as the Plant Manager responsible for all plant operations in a LEAN manufacturing environment at Belden Canada Inc. in Cobourg.
Miranda Patrick (Director)
Kawartha Metals Corp.
Miranda is the Human Resources Generalist for Kawartha Metals Corp., sister company of North Shore Steel Solutions Inc. She recently joined the company in 2017 and graduated from Durham College with the Advanced Business Administration: Human Resource Management Diploma in 2010. She has resided in the Northumberland area for the past 18 years. While growing up in Cobourg, she was an active member of the CCHL as a player and coach, and has volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters as a Go Girls Mentor.
Wendy Gibson (Director)
Economic Development Officer, Town of Cobourg
Wendy has extensive experience in working with Industries in a wide variety of sectors through her 25 years in Economic Development with the Town of Cobourg. She previously worked in the manufacturing sector as a Human Resources Generalist and holds a designation of Certified Human Resources Leader. Wendy’s strength lies in creating partnerships and opening doors for SME’s and manufacturing companies of all sizes, connecting them to the resources they need to either open a new business or expand an existing one. She has a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and received her designation as a Business Retention & Expansion Consultant through Business Retention Expansion International. She is a current member and past Director on the Northumberland HR Association, as well as Ontario East Economic Development Commission.
Judy Selvig (Director)
Business Development Officer, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation
Judy has extensive experience in working with the business community and fostering partnerships. Judy has over twenty years experience in the field of community development and was recognized as Eastern Ontario Economic Developer of the Year in 2010. Judy completed the Economic Developers Association of Canada “Economic Development” University of Waterloo programs and has an Economic Developers of Ontario certificate in “Foreign Direct Investment”. In her role with the Northumberland CFDC, Judy oversees the Collaborative Economic Development Program (CEDP) as well as local Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP). Judy is a founding and active board member of the Northumberland Manufacturers Association.
Dean, Professional & Continuing Education, Fleming College
David serves as Fleming College’s Dean of Professional and Continuing Education. In this role, he leads an entrepreneurial school that provides learning opportunities in academic continuing education, online learning opportunities, and corporate contract training. As a living lab, Fleming College is able to provide flexible learning of the highest quality while being maximally responsive to client needs.
David’s professional background includes IT management and educational leadership in Western Canada and the United States. He holds in mathematics (UNB) and education (Mount Allison), a master’s in education (Memorial) and a doctorate in educational administration (U Saskatchewan).