Board of Directors

Mark Burke
Chair

A graduated from Northern College in Kirkland Lake, Ontario with a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology, in 1982.

In 1982 he joined The Lincoln Electric Company where he held positions in Technical Sales in Northern Alberta. In 1996, he was promoted to District Sales Management, first for Atlantic Canada and then in 1998 in British Columbia. In 2003 he took on the added responsibility of Alberta. In this position he and his team were responsible for the recommendation, commissioning, the procedure development, and training for welding processes. In January 2008 he joined Indalco Alloys where he will be responsible for Sales and Marketing Management. Currently Mark Burke is the Regional Manager for The Lincoln Electric Company in the Arabian Gulf.

 

Joshua G. Fuller
Vice-Chair

Program Coordinator/Professor for the School of Welding Engineering Technology at Northern College. He instructs in the Welding Engineering Technician and Welding Engineering Technologist programs, and covers a range of subjects, from Mathematics and Calculus to Mechanics/Statics and Strength of Materials.

Joshua came to Northern College with a Masters degree in Science, Josh is familiar with research. ‘I’m really excited about the possibilities that MaJIC presents to the welding and joining industry. The link between MaJIC and Northern College will certainly benefit us both. MaJIC represents a strengthening of the College’s ties with industry and research, while Northern College gives MaJIC access to lab facilities and equipment, a five-star reputation, and connections with past and present faculty members that have 30-plus years of experience.’

 

Stephane Ouellet
Director

Stephane was introduced to the welding trade by his family at the age of 12. He graduated in 1996 from the Welding Engineering Technologist program at Northern College in Kirkland Lake.

He has since worked for National Steel Car Ltd. for 5 years, G&P Welding and Iron Works for several years as a Welding Supervisor, Welding R&D and Inspection. Stephane has also done shutdown work for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Now a family man himself, resides in Hanmer, Ontario, where since 2005, has been employed by Carriere Industrial Supply (CIS). Stephane is presently the Manager of Operations.

 

Jane Blackwell
Treasurer-Director

Jane holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters of Education and a Masters of Business Administration. She has over 30 years experience as a professor in Nursing and Business at Northern College. As a facilitator, she has worked with local, provincial and international groups on projects related to Technical Skills Shortages, Youth-Out Migration, Early Childhood Education, Forestry, Mining Schools in Zimbabwe, Chile and Nigeria and college program standards for the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Jane has previously completed strategic updates for the Kirkland Lake Chamber of Commerce, Timmins Venture Centre and Kirkland District Community Development Corporation.

Jane has worked on MaJIC since its inception being actively involved in writing funding proposals, the initial incorporation, setting up the Board of Directors and establishing operations. “I believe that MaJIC is economic development of the best kind – it is knowledge-based, built on existing expertise and is sustainable."

Doug Clark
Director

Doug Clark is Northern College’s representative on MaJIC’s Board of Directors. Doug has a B.Comm., and M.B.A., and is the Dean of Sciences with Northern College and Manager of the College Foundation. Prior to joining Northern in 2009, Doug’s career benefited by working in diverse private sector industries and non-profit groups, including roles in marketing, accounting and finance, new business development, general management, proposal writing, new product introduction, team leadership, and projects involving practical application of information technology for business advantage.

 

Patricio Mendez
Director

Prof Mendez is the Weldco/Industry Chair in Welding and Joining and Director of Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining at University of Alberta. His teaching and research focus on physics and mathematics of welding and materials processing, including heat transfer, magnetohydrodynamics, arc plasma, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Applications include wear protection for mining, and oil extraction, alloy development, procedure development, new welding processes such as laser cladding, casting, solidification, and direct metal additive manufacturing using semi-solid processing.

Before joining the University of Alberta in January 2009, he taught and researched at the Colorado School of Mines. Before that, he was a consulting engineer at Exponent Inc. In 1995 Dr. Mendez co-founded Semi-Solid Technologies Inc. in Cambridge, MA. Prof. Mendez holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. degree in Materials Engineering MIT, and a Mechanical Engineer degree from the University of Buenos Aires. He is a Fellow of the AWS and the CWA. Selected awards include, UofA Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research, AWS William Irrgang Award, IIW Kenneth Easterling Award, the ASM Brian Ives Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the MIT Rocca Fellowship, and UBA Research Fellowship. He has 59 indexed publications and 9 patents.’