Editorial Advisory Board Member Bios

Monday October 27, 2008
Written by
Cheryl Jensen
Vice-President, Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Cheryl Jensen holds an Honours Degree in Chemistry from McMaster University, and a Master of Education in Organizational and Administrative Studies from Brock University. After graduating from McMaster, Jensen worked at Procter and Gamble as a product development chemist and at Stelco Inc. as an analytical chemist. During her time at Stelco, she completed a certificate in Metallurgy from McMaster University. She started at Mohawk College in 1983 as a faculty member in the Chemical and Environmental Technology department. Since then, she has held a variety of positions such as Administrative Co-ordinator, Acting Chair, Technology Transfer Institute Co-ordinator, Chair of Electrotechnology and Chemical and Environmental Technology, and Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering Technology. On May 1, 2006, Jensen became Vice-President, Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training.  

Bill Valedis
President, Imperial Automation Technologies Inc. and Manager, Automation Systems and Training, Precision DBS

Bill Valedis is the President of Imperial Automation Technologies, and Manager of Automation Systems and Training at Precision DBS. For more than 30 years, Valedis has earned a reputation for providing skilled and practical guidance as an automation systems consultant, application development architect and technology instructor. He holds a Diploma in Electrical Technology, an Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma and has studied at Ryerson University as part of a three-year undergraduate study in Electronics Engineering Technology, specific to control systems. He sits on the Educational Program Innovations Center's advisory board.

Sherman Lang
Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council Canada, Industrial Research Assistance Program

Sherman Lang is an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program. Previously, he was a senior research officer with the National Research Council's Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute, and group leader of the Reconfigurable Manufacturing Group. He has a B. A. Sc., M. A. Sc. and a Ph. D. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Lang has held positions with the Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the NRC's Institute for Information Technology, and the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management at the City University of Hong Kong. He has carried out research in the areas of: intelligent robotics and automation; flexible reconfigurable manufacturing; mechatronics and mechanisms; and intelligent distributed systems. He is the author of more than 100 scientific and technical publications.

Al Diggins
President and General Manager, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

Since founding EMC nearly 25 years ago, Al Diggins has guided EMC's growth and development from a small 18-member local association into "Canada's largest manufacturing consortium." An entrepreneur at heart, Diggins' 35-plus years of experience - acquired through executive and senior management positions in the manufacturing and banking industries - gives him the unique ability to lead his team, helping manufacturers to achieve a competitive advantage in all facets of their business.

David Green
Technology and Business-to-Business Marketing Professional

David H. Green, P.Eng., is a technology and business-to-business marketing professional, who has spent more than 30 years in sales, marketing, channel management, technical support and media relations. He also helps develop partnerships between educational institutions and businesses, and works with WorldSkills International. He is formerly a Marketing Director with Fluke Corp. in Canada and the Americas/Pacific Region.

Don McCrudden
National Sales Manager, Festo

Don McCrudden graduated from Centennial College in 1978. He has been the National Sales Manager for Festo since 1985.

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