Making Connections.

We’re matchmakers drawn from Ontario’s dynamic manufacturing and technology communities, bringing our worlds together.

We’re matchmakers drawn from Ontario’s dynamic
manufacturing and technology communities,
bringing our worlds together.

NGen is a not-for-profit organization that matches manufacturing companies with new technologies to drive advanced manufacturing in Canada.

We run Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.

NGen is governed by an independent board of directors and led by a lean team of executive managers.

Executive Management

Jayson Myers
Chief Executive Officer

Jayson is an award-winning business economist specializing in industrial and technological change and is widely recognized as an influential policy advocate in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.


David Fransen
Chief Strategy Officer

Over his 34-year career, David has served as a senior executive in government, academia and the diplomatic corps. He provided strategic leadership across a wide range of economic policy and program sectors as a senior official at the Privy Council Office and Health Canada, as an Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada, as the first Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and as Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles.


Bilal Haffejee, CPA, CA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer

Bilal is a senior finance executive with over 25 years experience working at global multinational companies, operating in the information and communications technology, consumer packaged goods and telecommunications sectors. He has demonstrated ability in full cycle Financial Accounting & Reporting, Strategy, Planning, M&A, Treasury and Governance. He is focused on maximizing resources, cost optimization and process simplification.


John Laughlin
Chief Technology Officer

John joins NGen from the United Kingdom where he was responsible for setting the strategies and running some of the UK government’s highest profile research and development programs worth more than $8.5 billion across the automotive, aerospace and intelligent mobility sectors. John was involved in the establishment of the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Aerospace Technology Institute at Innovate UK. In 2017, he was appointed as Launch Manager to set up Meridian Mobility, which leads on the strategy for R&D investment in the connected and autonomous vehicles sector. After this successful launch, he took the lead on their technology strategy.


Bruce Wallace
Chief Creative Officer

Bruce comes to NGen after almost two years as a special adviser providing strategic communications advice to the Deputy Minister of economic development, research, innovation and science in the Ontario government. At Queen’s Park, he was part of the team that launched the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in 2017 as well as the group that designed Ontario’s response to the Amazon HQ2 competition. He also produced Think Ontario, a book and digital product promoting Ontario’s knowledge economy to foreign investors.

Board of Directors

Linda Hasenfratz, Chair
President, Chairman & CEO, Linamar

Bob Magee, Vice Chair
Chairman, Woodbridge Group

Jayson Myers
Secretary and CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Christine Amon
Dean, Faculty Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Mike Andrade
CEO, Morgan Solar

Mike Baker
Executive Director, Bluewater Wood Alliance

Rhonda Barnet
President & COO, Steelworks Design

Chris Brown
Vice President, GDLS Canada

Tony Chahine
CEO, Myant

Melissa Chee
President and CEO, ventureLAB

Jan De Silva
President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Ryan Gariepy
CTO, Clearpath Robotics

Gary Graham
Graham Stephenson LLP

Moira Harvey
Executive Director, Ontario Aerospace Council

Patricia Hawkins
Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

Sandra Ketchen
Senior Vice President, SE Health

Jennifer Maki
CEO, Vale Canada

Carol McGlogan
President & CEO, Electro-Federation Canada

Joris Myny
Digital Factory Lead, Siemens Canada

Angela Pappin
Vice President Technology, ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Gerry Remers
Chairman, Expert Review Panel, Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs

Salim Teja
President, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District