Faculty Advancement Board

Group photo of the members of Faculty Advancement Board

The Faculty of Engineering Advancement Board (FAB) is the chief external advancement group to the Dean of Engineering. The members offer guidance and counsel regarding the Faculty’s long range planning, its interactions with external constituencies and fundraising. Based on their outside perspective and broad expertise, the members are expected to:

  • provide strategic and tactical advice

  • serve as key ambassadors in promoting the mission and goals of McGill and, in particular, McGill Engineering

  • cultivate and enlist financial support for the Faculty of Engineering through personal or professional contacts

  • provide personal philanthropic support to the Faculty on an annual basis.

The current Chair of the Faculty of Engineering’s FAB group is alumnus Fil Papich. All members serve for 3 year terms.

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Current Members of the FAB


Rabih Abouchakra
Managing Director, Office of Strategic Affairs
The Crown Prince Court

E. Bruce Allan
Principal & Senior Partner

Alexandra Conliffe
Director, Grants and Organizational Learning
McCall MacBain Foundation

Hélène Desmarais
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM)
Chairman of the Board, HEC Montréal

Robert Dewar
Head of Customer Support and Head of Engineering
C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP)

Pasquale Di Pierro
CEO & President
Fonex Data Systems Inc.

Mary-Jean Eastman
Perkins Eastman Architects

Côme Laguë
Founder and CEO
Zetta Research

Eric Lamarre
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company (Boston)

Marc Novakoff
Managing Director & Portfolio Manager
Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd.

Frank Panarello
Trilogix EMS

Ram Panda (Emeritus Member)
Invera Inc.

Filip Papich (Chair)
Managing Director, Co-Head | Global Trade & Banking
BMO Capital Markets

Naser Partovi
Managing Director
Salzburg Investments Inc.

Dr. John Saabas
Head of Engineering and Technology
Bombardier Transportation

Howard Stotland
STS Systems Inc.

Lorne Trottier (Emeritus Member)
Matrox Graphics Inc.

Robert Walsh
Founder (Retired),
Walsh Automation Inc., Forensic Technology Inc.

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