Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel S. Breitman
Vice President, PW800 Programs, Pratt & Whitney Canada


Joined Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1979 and worked in the Aerodynamics Department until 1988, progressing from entry level to staff engineer in various tasks including acoustics, air systems, inlets, inlet separators, icing, and compressor aerodynamics. Worked in PW300 Project Engineering from 1988 to 1997 on all modules of turbofan engines. Was Development Manager – PW300 series engines from 1997 to 1999. Named Senior Program Manager – PW300 in 1999, and Director in 2000. Appointed Vice President – Mississauga Operations and Turbofan Development in 2001 and Vice President – PW800 Programs in December 2007.


APEO 1991, ASME 2000, OAC 2004 - Board of Directors.

Awards and Achievements

UTC Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Product Design. Published in Journal of Aircraft on Inertial Particle Separators. Published at the 1990 NATO AAGARD Conference on Turbine Engine Cold Starting. Holds two patents on Inertial Particle Separators.

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James D. Bolton, PE, CVS, PVM

Jim Bolton is a Certified Value Specialist (CVS) and a Professional in Value Management (PVM) conducting numerous Module I Workshops globally where he has been the advisor and mentor for over 130 certified AVS practitioners. He is currently a Senior Engineering Manager for Whirlpool where he has global responsibility for DFMA and Value Engineering within the corporation.

In June 2003, Jim was elected to the SAVE International Certification Board where he is currently the Director for all Re-certifications, and in addition, he is the Director of Administration for the Greater Michigan Chapter of SAVE International. Besides presenting VM technical papers at the last eight SAVE International Annual Conferences, Jim has also presented VM papers at the Canadian Society of Value Analysis in October of 2001 (Toronto), at the 36th and 38th SJVE Conferences (Tokyo, Japan in November 2003 and Nagoya, Japan in September 2005), at the 2nd International Conference of Value Engineering and Enterprise Technology Innovation in 2004 (Hangzhou, China), and the Inaugural Asia Pacific Convention in Hong Kong in November 2006.

Jim holds a BSME and MSME from Purdue University, has lectured at various universities in the area of VM, was presented with SAVE International’s Rising Star Award and a Presidential Citation at the 44th and 46th Annual SAVE International Conferences respectively, and in March 2005, was elected as a Director to the Miles Value Foundation.

Previously, Jim spent 23 years at Harrison Division of General Motors (now Delphi Thermal Systems), in a variety of assignments from product design, to purchasing, to manufacturing engineering. During his stay at GM, he earned three U.S. patents on various engine cooling and climate control products while using DFMA and helped build a manufacturing facility with a General Motors/Daewoo joint venture company, DHMS, in Korea from 1986-7. Jim received the DFMA Supporter of the Year Award at the 2007 International Forum on DFMA held in Warwick, RI and is a registered Professional Engineer in both the states of New York and Michigan.

Presentation Content

The understanding and application of Value Engineering (VE) principles has never been more important for the North American and even Western European manufacturing sectors of the economy as it is today, and yet many of these industrial organizations are losing their focus in this area of VE and are going back to their old ways of ‘cost cutting’, ‘downsizing’, ‘reorganizing’, ‘pressuring suppliers’, and purchasing many of their components from ‘low cost countries’.

One of the biggest contributors to this lack of focus or change in direction is the loss of professionally trained Value Practitioners within those organizations that once had a thriving internal VE program to either the external consultants or just the lack of patience that it takes to build, train, and sustain a solid internal Value Methodology program within that manufacturing organization. Many of these companies are cutting corners where ever they can, especially in the area of training their personnel.

Many of these manufacturing organizations such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, TRW Automotive, etc. had internal universities that specialized in training employees in basic engineering and value enhancing skills such as the Value Methodology, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, Six Sigma, Lean principles and innovations tools such as TRIZ. Many of these organizations have decided rather to just put the ‘squeeze on the suppliers’ with the result that many of these once very productive and supportive suppliers are no longer in business due to their inability to recover quickly enough to the demands of their major customers for cost savings.

This presentation will highlight the issues in the manufacturing community with respect to the lack of consistent use of the Value Methodology, why this has happened, and what is necessary to reverse the situation for future generations.

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Wayne Pettis, P.Eng
Manager, Project Management Office, Ontario Power Generation

Wayne is the Manager of the Project Management Office of OPG Nuclear. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering in 1978. Over a 30 year career with Ontario Hydro and OPG he has been involved in the design, construction and project management of many large and small projects, including the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating stations.

Since 1990 he has focused on implementing best practice in project controls. He is currently responsible for the delivery of project control services to the portfolio of projects executed by the Nuclear Projects & Modifications Division of OPG. Wayne is OPG‘s member of the Board of Advisors for the Construction Industry Institute.

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Mark Arnone, P.Eng
Director, Projects and Modifications, Ontario Power Generation

Mark Arnone is Director, Projects and Modifications Division, Engineering and Modifications at Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG).

OPG is an Ontario-based electricity generator whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity in Ontario and to interconnected markets, while operating in a safe, open and environmentally responsible manner.

Mark Arnone was appointed to his current position in July 2002 and is responsible for the management of the Nuclear Project Portfolio, as well as the execution of the majority of the projects required to support the running units.

Mark Arnone joined Ontario Hydro, the predecessor company of OPG, in 1990 and worked at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Plant in Station Engineering and in the Project Department. In 2000, he was appointed to the position of Manager, Project Controls for the Integrated Improvement Program at Head Office.

Before joining Ontario Hydro, Mark Arnone worked for a number of private sector firms in Wire and Cable production and Tunnel Boring Machine construction.

In 1986 Mark Arnone graduated from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mark Arnone is married to Mary and has two children.

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Michael Monette, P.Eng., MBA, EDP
Director, Xerox Global Services

Mr. Michael Monette, Electronic Document Professional, is an acknowledged expert in the document industry, having spent time working as a document analyst and electronic printing specialist. His fields of expertise included high volume digital printing systems as well as innovative digital document systems. Over 14 years he advanced through various support, sales and management positions within Xerox Corporation including the launch and subsequent implementation of numerous DocuTech systems into Federal Government and National Accounts across Canada.

He has provided key operational analyses to numerous private and public companies such as Revenue Canada and Canada Post Corporation for the GST and Volume Electronic Mail (VEM) services respectively including assessment of load factors and digital printing system configuration planning.

From his last Xerox position as Systems Operations Manager, he joined St. Joseph Corporation in 1997 as Vice-President Strategic Planning & Development and head of the Information Technology Team for the privatized Canada Communication Group, Canada’s national Queen’s Printer. His work created a profitable business and the birth of Canada’s largest digital printing network (Xerox), supporting IT infrastructure utilizing then state of the art Virtual Private Networking and multi-tier internet and intranet services for core business processes.

In 2000, while remaining with St. Joseph Corporation, Mr. Monette moved to Tokyo, Japan, providing executive vision, direction and project leadership to one of Japan’s largest publishing and printing organizations, Benesse. His leadership was applied in areas of privacy and security, digital publishing systems and job control systems, and the complete production cycle integrating digital and offset output technologies, assembly, postal preparation and delivery.

In 2002 he returned to Canada as Vice-President – New Business Development for St. Joseph Digital Solutions, heading up the development and deployment of outsourced document service solutions for St. Joseph Corporation. He later assumed the role of Vice-President – Sales for the St. Joseph Digital Solutions Group, managing its national sales organization.

In 2004 he expressed his entrepreneurial skills as co-founder and CEO of an innovative renewable energy enterprise that has spawned downstream companies engaged in commercial wind energy power generation.

Mr. Monette rejoined Xerox Canada in 2005 to continue his work assisting key customers develop and implement various document systems including Enterprise wide document solutions leveraging the leading document technologies and services provided by and through Xerox Corporation.

Mr. Monette is an engineering graduate from the Carleton University, a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and an Ivey School of Business MBA graduate from the University of Western Ontario. He is President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and is a past International Board Member of XPLOR International having represented the Canadian Region. He resides in Ottawa with his wife and 2 children and frequents his office at the newly created Canadian Centre for Customer Innovation in Toronto, Ontario.

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Hon. John Wilkinson, MPP
Minister of Research and Innovation

John Wilkinson was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Perth-Middlesex. He was re-elected in 2007 as the MPP for Perth-Wellington. Wilkinson previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to Premier Dalton McGuinty in his capacity as Ontario’s first Minister of Research and Innovation. He has also served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and was appointed by the Minister of Finance to serve as the vice chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

Wilkinson is the first Certified Financial Planner elected to the Ontario legislature. Before entering politics he founded Wilkinson & Keller Financial Planning Ltd. of Stratford, a successful small business.

Known for his lengthy record of service, Wilkinson has been very active in both his church and community. He was both the youngest president and senior member of the Kiwanis Club of Stratford and most recently chaired a $1.5 million fundraising campaign in support of the Discovery Centre, situated beside the Stratford Festival in the historic Stratford Normal School.

In 2002, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honoured Wilkinson with their highest national volunteer tribute, the Julia Award. In 2003, he was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of a decade of outstanding work in helping to find a cure or control for cystic fibrosis, the leading genetic cause of death in Canadian children. In 2006, Wilkinson was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for his humanitarian efforts.

A graduate of the Faculty of Music from the University of Western Ontario, Wilkinson and his wife have three teenagers.

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Monte Kwinter, MPP
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of International Trade and Investment

Monte Kwinter was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1985 and has been re-elected six times. In 2003, Premier McGuinty appointed him Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Kwinter has previously served as Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Minister of Financial Institutions and Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology. He held a number of critic portfolios while in Opposition.

His long record of community service includes: member of the board of directors for the Canadian National Exhibition; chair of the Toronto Harbour Commission; chair of the Toronto Humane Society; founding president of the Toronto Regional Council of B’nai Brith; trustee for the Molson Indy Board and chair of the International Advisory Board, Bishkek International School of Management and Business.

Born in Toronto, Kwinter studied at the Ontario College of Art, Syracuse University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston) and the University of Montreal. He holds a BFA in industrial design, an Honourary International MBA and an Honourary LLD.

He and his wife, Wilma, have two sons and two daughters.

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Mr. David Wilson, P.Eng., CVS, CPF
SAVE International President

Mr. David Wilson, P.Eng., CVS, CPF, President of NCE Value Engineers Inc., is a civil engineer registered in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia, with over 26 years of involvement leading major multidisciplinary projects. He brings recognized VE leadership and facilitation expertise gained through his personal involvement as a VE Team Leader or as a technical specialist on over 200 value studies during the past 13 years. The studies have been primarily on transportation, water/wastewater treatment, building, environmental, and infrastructure projects, but have also involved land use planning, government policy, and business reorganization value assignments. Mr. Wilson is NCE’s VE practice leader. He is the author of 28 technical papers and is an active participant in annual value industry conferences. David currently serves as the President of SAVE International. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Canadian Society of Value Analysis and the Institute of Value Management in Great Britain.

Mr. Wilson is also a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators and has facilitated many public and technical session events.

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