Strong leadership and management are key aspects of our company’s success. With our management ownership structure, MDS has a substantive strategic advantage over its competitors with their parent companies and stakeholders not necessarily allowing for flexible decision making.
Our underlying philosophy is to keep the decision making in-house by a leadership team with a vested interest in the success and future of the company—for more than eight years, the core of our senior leadership team has been working together to drive success. With passion driving our vision and with a strong team supporting our stakeholders, our strategic plan fuels innovation, drives profitable growth, and builds trust.
John Jastremski has been with MDS since 1994. Previously, before taking on his current responsibilities, John spent many years in engineering, project management, and business development within the company. He has a passion and knowledge base that is difficult to match. He truly loves the industry and the business, and all the people who make up the MDS team.
John is wholeheartedly invested in the success and future growth of the company. His belief in leadership development, his willingness to entertain innovative ideas, and his ability to focus on long-term gains instead of short-term successes, are what make MDS a leader in a highly competitive, niche industry.
John holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario since 1997.
As Chief Financial Officer, Wayne Penney is responsible for the financial, administrative, legal and information technology operations of MDS. He also oversees the accounting function, cash management, budgeting and forecasting, as well as risk planning activities. Wayne is a Chartered Accountant who has been in the accounting field for more than thirteen years.
Prior to joining the MDS team in 2012, Wayne was CFO at Level Platforms and VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at Allen-Vanguard Corporation.
As a member of the MDS Executive Leadership Team, Wayne has used his skills in finance and management to put MDS on the right path to larger, sustainable, and manageable growth.
Wayne holds an Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Simon Arbuthnot joined MDS in 2009 as Vice President of Business Development responsible for the company’s sales in Europe. In 2013, Simon joined the MDS Executive Leadership Team as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to this, Simon spent over 15 years working for Rolls-Royce in a number of engineering, operational, programme management, and strategic roles based around the UK and Canada.
Simon’s desire for operational excellence has driven the MDS team to focus on targeted objectives and to use customer satisfaction to define success. His technical background in engineering and diverse experience has been integral to the flawless execution of MDS’s goals and objectives.
Simon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
As Vice President, Business Development and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Joe Hajjar’s primary focus is on the global strategy and management of all regional business development staff and activities, including the proactive acquisition of new clients and the development of productive and profitable relationships with existing clients.
Joe began his career with MDS in 2001 as a Project Engineer / Project Manager. In 2007, he moved to the position of Marketing Manager, and in 2011 he became the Director of Systems Engineering. In this position, Joe took on the responsibility of developing a new department and integrating it into an existing organizational structure. While managing the department, Joe developed the methods required to optimize the engineering process, technical integration, and risk management. Within these roles, his passion for strategic management and customer interaction never wavered, and in 2013 Joe took on the role of Vice President, Business Development.
In 2016, Joe was the recipient of Forty Under 40 for exceptional leadership—Forty Under 40 is one of Ottawa’s most prestigious business awards. Joe is a graduate of Carleton University’s Aerospace Engineering program, Ottawa, Canada, and has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario since 2005.
As Director of Quality Assurance, Jamie Wildgen is responsible for the quality, product integrity, and environmental systems for all MDS sites. While supporting the various site registrations—ISO9001, IS014001, ISO17025, AS9100—Jamie champions customer interests and company performance improvements in all aspects of the business. He continually works with stakeholders to drive the company forward, using metrics, analytics, and process improvement tools.
Prior to joining MDS, for over 25 years Jamie worked in diverse leadership roles in quality, manufacturing, and program management for industrial and avionics communications OEMs. Throughout his career, Jamie has been an agent of change, guiding companies toward continuous improvement while fostering an environment of respect, integrity, creative thinking, and transparency.
In the quality arena, Jamie played a key role in acquiring AS9100 aeronautical approval and EASA certification, as well as several ISO900X certifications. In addition, he managed approval for a Transport Canada aeronautical manufacturing organization and maintenance organization. Jamie has contributed in many other areas: supporting several business tool implementations such as ERP, PLM, and SPC; managing new product releases on dozens of products; and executing rapid growth, cost reductions, and outsourcing efforts in Asia, South America, and North America.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
As Director of Project Operations, Brant Tunney is responsible for overseeing the management of multi-disciplinary projects from the planning stage through to execution and final product delivery. Brant also ensures that MDS meets every project’s technical specifications across all engineering disciplines.
Brant has been with MDS for more than 20 years. Since joining the company, he has worked exclusively in the Projects department, including roles as Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Senior Project Manager. Brant has successfully managed over 40 projects, ranging from small retrofits to large turnkey test facilities.
Brant holds a Bachelor of (Mechanical) Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and has been a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario since 1997.
As Director of Human Resources, Carole Morris focuses on providing overall strategic human resources leadership to MDS. She oversees the development and implementation of human resources policies, programs, and services. These include employee relations, employment practices, compensation and benefits, recruitment and onboarding, leadership development, retention, legal compliance and procedures.
Carole has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and organizational development. As a Consultant for most of her career, she has worked closely with senior leadership teams in Canada and in the United States, designing and implementing talent management initiatives to drive individual, team and organizational performance.
Before joining the Executive Leadership Team in 2013, Carole worked closely with MDS as a private human resources consultant. She has been an integral player in defining MDS’s corporate culture and cultivating the talent that defines the MDS team. Her approachable nature and passion for ensuring the right people are in the right roles at the right time are cornerstones for MDS’s success in recruitment, leadership development, succession planning, and employee engagement.
Carole holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
As Director of Project Support Services, Dionne Barwise is responsible for the management of MDS’s global supply chain, internal production activities, and after-sales customer support services.
As a member of the Operations Management Team, Dionne plays a key role in supporting the execution and after-sales support of MDS projects. Dionne’s background in project execution and customer support, along with her intimate knowledge of MDS products, services and customers, is an integral element in the company’s stakeholder management strategy.
Since joining MDS in 2001, Dionne has held several key roles: Customer Support Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Senior Project Manager. Over the years, she has successfully managed many large and complex global projects.
Dionne holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.