President & CEO
Stepping into the role of President & CEO of MDS in 2014 from a background in Engineering, Projects and Business Development within the company, John Jastremski was the natural successor to previous CEO and owner, Kevin Fitzgerald.
Having been with MDS since 1994, John has a passion and knowledge base that is difficult to match. Even a few short moments with him will convey that he truly loves the industry and the business, and all the people that that make up the MDS team.
As an owner of MDS, John is truly invested in the success and future growth of the company. He is a big believer in leadership development and his willingness to entertain big ideas and his ability to focus on long-term gains instead of just short term successes is a key part of what makes MDS unique in its highly competitive, niche industry.
John holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Engineering from Carleton University and has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario since 1997.
Outside of work, John has a passion for music and the outdoors. He is also a skilled snowboarder and wakesurfer and enjoys cottage life with his family.
Vice President, Business Development
A graduate of Carleton University’s Aerospace Engineering program, Joe Hajjar began his career with MDS in 2001 as a Project Engineer/Project Manager. He remained in the position for 6 years before moving to the position of Marketing Manager. In 2011, Joe became the Director of Systems Engineering at MDS, a new Department to MDS at the time that required integration within an existing organization structure in order to develop the methods to optimize the engineering process, technical integration, and risk management.
Due in part to his drive and success within the business and also his passion for sales and customer interaction, Joe took on the role of Vice President of Business Development in 2013. His current role of Vice President of Business Development includes a place in the Executive Leadership Team at MDS and an ownership share in the company. The primary focus of the role 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 has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario since 2005 and was a 2016 Forty Under Forty recipient, one of Ottawa’s most prestigious business awards by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of work, Joe has a passion for ball hockey and the southern climate. He also enjoys spending time with his son and volunteering for his son’s ice hockey team.
Director of Human Resources
Carole has 20+ years of experience in human resources and organizational development. As a Consultant for most of her career, she worked closely with senior leadership teams in Canada and the United States in designing and implementing talent management initiatives to drive individual, team and organizational performance.
Carole had been involved with MDS as a private consultant for several years before officially joining the Executive Leadership Team in 2013. 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.
Outside of work Carole enjoys time with her family and spending summers boating in the Thousand Islands. She also enjoys supporting her daughter, an equestrian who trains and competes in Dressage with her beautiful horse named “Justified”.