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.
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.
Jayson has more than 25 years’ experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils.
Jayson studied at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at both Oxford and the University of Warwick.
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.
David is also a former Special Advisor to the President of the National Research Council, former Chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, and a member of the boards of Waterloo Economic Development Corporation, the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Quantum-Safe Canada. He led in the creation, and then served as a member, of the founding Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Canadian Commercial Corporation, the Standards Council of Canada, and as Secretary of the Minister of Industry Canada’s Expert Panel on Commercialization chaired by Joe Rotman.
David has a PhD from the University of Toronto, a BA and MA from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite University. He is currently a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum.
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.
Bilal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and a CFA Charterholder.
Chief Technology Officer
Irene is the Founder, President & CEO of a not-for-profit tech organization, Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP). ReMAP works at forming an ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization of Canadian innovations through shared resources, dozens of start-ups, small-medium enterprises, large organizations, and top-notch research institutions. Irene's work focuses on hardware optimization, the development of advanced manufacturing solutions and electronics innovations.
Irene is also the Director of Technology and Innovation at Celestica Inc., a multinational electronics manufacturing services company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
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.
A native of Montreal, Bruce was UK bureau chief in London and Ottawa bureau chief for Maclean’s magazine, before joining the Los Angeles Times as Tokyo bureau chief in 2004. In 2008 he became the paper’s foreign editor, based in LA, where he led a global news report that won several major awards for its coverage. Over three decades in journalism he has worked in conflict zones from the Balkans to Iraq and Somalia, and covered politics, economics and culture from around the world. Before joining the government, Bruce was the Reuters global editor for energy and environmental policy based in Washington, DC.
He has also been editor of Policy Options, Canada’s premier public policy magazine, leading its transformation from a print to digital product.
Board of Directors
Linda Hasenfratz, Chair
President, Chairman & CEO, Linamar
Bob Magee, Vice Chair
Chairman, Woodbridge Group
Secretary and CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
CEO, Morgan Solar
Executive Director, Bluewater Wood Alliance
President & COO, Steelworks Design
Vice President, GDLS Canada
President & CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
CTO, Clearpath Robotics
President, University of Toronto
Digital Factory Lead, Siemens Canada
Chairman, Expert Review Panel, Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs
Jan De Silva
President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Vice President & Centre Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
President, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District