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Tony Thoma

Governance Committee Chair

Tony's experiences include senior-level positions in academia and industry including: Dean of Engineering Technology, VP operations and Global technical director. In Industry these experiences include participation in due diligence investigations to secure partners, site locations, and commissioning manufacturing plants in Canada, USA, Mexico, Hungary, and China. Tony's roles within industry have included operations, process quality, maintenance, engineering and energy management with an international automotive parts company.

In Academia Tony has managing large technical schools working with industry partners to bring the latest trends in technology to the market and preparing students for successful careers in developing topics such as Smart Energy Systems, Automation, Mechatronics, and Industry 4.0. Currently Tony serves as the Executive Dean Engineering & Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing at Conestoga College.

Tony's board experience includes 9 years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, 3 years on the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and is currently on the advisory board for Thompson Gordon Group in Burlington and Hamilton Utilities Corporation. Tony has also recently served for the City of Hamilton's Citizens Jury committees for Area Rating and LRT initiatives.

Credentials include being a licenced Professional Engineer (PEO), an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, an Honours BBA from Brock University, and a B.Sc. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from McMaster University. More recently Tony has completed the McMaster University Chartered Directors Program.

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