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Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to provide guidance and advice to the research conducted by the MSRC's members. The advisory board is formed by vice presidents and high ranking managers.

With the support from the board members, the Center ensures that its research activities remain focused on business issues and challenges industries are facing now. The Center intends to shift its emphasis from the development of pure research methodologies towards more focused algorithms and approaches to directly address real problems.

The first roundtable discussion with the members of the advisory board was held on May 11, 2001. We shared the information regarding on-going research interests and projects with board members and highlighted the importance of establishing long-term relationship between industry and academia in Canada.


Directors

Bill Campbell

Manager in Packaging and Assembly Strategy, IBM


Gora Ganguli

VP and General Manager, Gennum
[Presenting the members of the Advisory Board]

Gora Ganguli received his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 and his MBA (Finance) in 1991, both from McGill University in Montreal.

Mr. Ganguli was employed with IBM from 1980 to 1998 in a variety of technical and management positions in areas such as engineering, quality, planning, and production. He also established and managed technology sales and semiconductor packaging development groups at IBM's Bromont, Quebec facility. In 1992 - 1993, he was assigned to IBM Japan in the Technology Development Laboratory. During the period 1994 – 1998, he was Senior Manager of Chip Carrier Operations, a business unit of over 500 people generating $60M in value-added output annually.

In May 1998, he joined Gennum Corporation as Vice-President, Manufacturing Operations with responsibility for all aspects of manufacturing within the company, including silicon wafer fabrication, assembly, and product test as well as externally-sourced manufacturing. In June 2000, Mr. Ganguli was appointed Vice-President & General Manager, Hearing Instrument Products Division with responsibility for R&D, Marketing & Sales, and Manufacturing Operations.

Mr. Ganguli is a member of the Steering Committee of the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI). He has also been a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, teaching Operations Management in the Business School.


Dean Gauthier

General Manager, K-Buy Canada Inc.

With 22 year of experience in the telecom industry, of which he spent 15 in the Supply Management for major OEM such as Nortel Networks managing portfolios up to 3.6b$, Dean is a supply management expert specialized in contracting, supply chain design optimization and business processes. He has been involve in the design of business management tools and Supply Chain partnership programs, which has lead him to design and implement leading edge eCommerce applications as well as designing business processes and new types of supply agreements enabling the full potential of eCommerce initiatives.

Dean is now the co-founder of K-Buy Canada, a consulting firm specialized in purchasing which help North American companies in all industry sectors optimizing their procurement processes and reducing their costs with a very innovative approach.


Michael Pelini

VP in Manufacturing, Merck Frosst
[Presenting the members of the Advisory Board]

Mike Pelini presently holds the position of Vice President, Operations at Merck Frosst Canada. He is responsible for Materials Management, Production, Distribution, Engineering and Operation IT.

Mike started with Merck Frosst Canada in 1977 and, during this time, has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the Operations' area. He has held the position of Director Technical Services, Production, Materials Management and Quality Operations.

Mike was also fortunate to have been on International assignment in Italy for a period of 2 1/2 years responsible for the Merck plant located in Milan.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Concordia University and holds the Executive Management certificate from McGill University.

He has been a member of the R&D Pharmaceutical Association Operations Sub Group.

He is now a member of the Executive Advisory Council at the McGill MSRC (Management Science Research Center) and a member of the ISPE (International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering) Executive Advisory Council.

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