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Speaker Series Events

DAIR in partnership with the Industry Operations Leadership & Management Program with McMaster Engineering, will launch an Industry-Led Speaker Series to increase productivity & competitiveness through concentrated lessons and Mentorship.

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Monthly Concentrated Lessons & Mentorship

NOV 23 - MAR 24



Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR) & McMaster University have collaborated to craft a monthly speaker series where leaders in industry will be able to learn directly from senior leaders world-wide on prevalent topics within the aerospace sector.

The Series hosts 6 events | 5 Speaker Events & 1 Mentorship Event.


Register for the events that best enable you and your team.

Lunch & Learn

& Rapidly Share

Each 1hr Speaker lecture has been crafted to offer a highly concentrated "lunch & learn" approach, Offering 30 min of optional Q&A post the lecture.


Rapidly share relevant content & tools with your own teams, through the shared tools and content. 

Mentorship Event

Attend a final stand alone mentorship event to ask questions regarding current challenges.


Participants will rotate through 3 break out rooms and engage up to 6 mentors within the 1.5 hr event. 

Speaker & Mentorship Events

Register for one or all of the events.

Event 1

Business Unit Scaling Through Automation

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Mathew Williams

Chief Manufacturing Engineer 

GKN Aerospace

02 Nov 23 (Closed)

1:00 - 2:30 pm Est

Learn from Mathew Williams | Chief Manufacturing Engineer, GKN Aerospace as he shares best practices and fundamentals in crafting enterprise automation strategies & solutions, process mapping and analysis, enabling an automation pipeline, and implementation lessons learned. 

Event 2

Workforce Development Sustainment Strategies

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Craig Trewet

Senior Executive (Ret'd) Boeing

22 Nov 23 (Closed)

1:00 - 2:30 pm Est

Learn from Craig Trewet | Senior Executive (Ret'd), Boeing as he shares strategies and best practices to enable the rapid up-skilling of the current workforce on topics such as leadership, management, and technology adoption. Also learn techniques to best enable pathways to backfill, attract and train new hires while developing a faster productivity runway.

Event 3

Enabling High-Performance Research & Development & Project Risk Mitigation Strategies

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Shelley Peterson

XR Industry Pioneer

Microsoft | Lockheed Martin

11 Jan 24 (Closed)

1:00 - 2:30 pm Est

Learn from Shelley Peterson, who has led & supported multiple aerospace and defence research & development projects with Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. She shares the most impactful strategies, best practices and opportunities to manage research & development projects and risk mitigation strategies - highlighting use cases for augmented and mixed reality applications within manufacturing, with lessons learned from NASA's Orion spacecraft. 

Event 4

LEAN Techniques to Drive Competitive Resilient Operations

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Dave Hyem

Vice President (ret'd)


Learn from Dave Hyem | Vice President (Ret'd), Boeing as he shares the most impactful LEAN strategies, best practices and opportunities to enable business units to increase productivity and drive resilient operations while increasing competitiveness. 

31 Jan 24

1:00 - 2:30 pm Est

Event 5

Enhancing Quality Management Systems & Practices to Enhance Productivity & Competitiveness



Tiago Dos Santos

Flight Safety Officer | Quality Leader 


Learn from Tiago Dos Santos | Flight Safety Officer, Quality Leader, Bombardier as he shares strategies and best practices to enhance quality management systems and practices. Specifically targeted to enable suppliers and small to medium enterprises to increase productivity and business competitiveness.

22 Feb 24

1:00 - 2:30 pm Est

Event 6

Aerospace Leaders Panellist Disucssion

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21 Mar 24

1:00 - 2:30 pm Est

Join us for this panellist discussion event. You will be able to ask our panellists questions to drive feedback on prevalent challenges you or your business unit may be facing.


Register for the speaker series events here.

Program Lead

Industry Operations Leadership & Management

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Ashan Corea

McMaster University

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Certificates of Completion Professional Programs

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