Making Waves with Joanna Davies, QinetiQ

Joanna is helping to set the roadmap for the future of collaboration between the UK and Canada, through cross-Atlantic skills training and by helping defence adjacent workers get into the game.

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Making Waves with With Allen Dillon, Sapper Labs Cyber Solutions

Al is making big waves by helping to drive cybersecurity to the top of the defence sector agenda. He talks about what’s keeping him up at night when it comes to digital security, and the critical need for academia, business, and government leaders to collectively rise to the challenge and get this country’s cyber agenda right.

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Making Waves with Laurie Balan, Genoa Design International

Laurie talks about her road to becoming Genoa’s inaugural CTO, the company’s rapid growth trajectory, maintaining culture during a pandemic, and the sense of pride and energy she’s feeling in the Canadian shipbuilding industry.

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Making Waves with Randy Billard, Virtual Marine

A true Canadian SME success story, Virtual Marine is changing the face of maritime safety. The company’s simulators virtually train workers, from the oil and gas to the defense sector, for emergencies they could face in the harshest of conditions. Randy talks with the boys about the craftiness of Newfoundlanders (of which he is one) to solve problems, and the importance of collaborating with universities, and mentoring students.

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#56 Sheldon Payne

Sheldon has been providing Small, Medium and Fortune 100 companies forward thinking digital marketing campaigns for over 18 years. Prior to starting Sheldon was the Digital Marketing Director for M5 Communications and has spent time in Montreal and London where he planned and delivered sound Digital Marketing strategies to Fortune 100 clients Hewlett Packard and Chevrolet Europe as part of their overall search marketing strategy. To find out more about Sheldon visit: To use Sheldon’s hockey analogy if you are interested in trading in your old “goalie” for a new one visit and they will start with the website and move on to maximizing your online social and paid presence.

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Making Waves with Victoria Belbin

The head of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (DEFSEC Atlantic’s presenting partner) talks about the exciting advances and opportunities ahead on land, ocean, and air. Business is coming and knocking on Atlantic Canada’s door!

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#55 Jeff LeDrew

Jeff LeDrew founded Jumping Bean Coffee as a full service coffee roaster, grocery wholesaler, and cafe system. They import the finest single origin and blends from around the world and roast them with a unique ECO2Roast process at their facility in Atlantic Canada. Their coffees are shipped out across around Eastern Canada, from the Maritimes to Ontario, at major and independent grocery retailers such as Sobeys, Costco, Loblaws, and Walmart. Also available as 100% compostable Keurig-compatible single serve pods. Their cafe network includes 10 locations in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Jeff was always a coffee lover and connoisseur. He has an extensive educational and professional background in engineering. As a Rotarian, what started as a hobby to roast and brew the perfect cup of coffee quickly turned into a successful fundraising initiative. Jeff roasted and packaged all of the coffee at home using a crimping iron as a heat sealant. A business idea was born and he now runs a successful line of cafés and has a commanding retail presence. He has remained committed to the “Service Before Self” mantra coveted in his early days with Rotary and continues to support his local community through various charitable endeavours. You can still find Jeff doing everything from deliveries, fixing Espresso machines, re-engineering the roasting process and always thinking, creating and inventing new ways for Jumping Bean to remain fresh and relevant.

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#54 William Malone

William C. Malone was born in the central Newfoundland town of Buchans. He spent his formative years in Mount Pearl and upon graduation from high school he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. In 1988 he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and served in the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and in Newfoundland and Labrador before retiring in January of 2015. During his tenure in the RCMP, he worked in the areas of Organized Crime, National Security, Proceeds of Crime, Counter-terrorism and International Peacekeeping. On several occasions, he also represented Canada as a law enforcement expert with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Asia Pacific Group (APG), the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and the World Bank (WB). Throughout his career in policing he received a number of honours and recognition, including; Operational Service Medal Expedition – Africa, RCMP 25 Year Long Service Medal, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Operational Service Medal SW Asia – Afghanistan, UN Mission in Haiti and the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal. In April of 2016 after a long career in policing, he began work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as an anti-money laundering (AML) expert to help mentor and train law enforcement and judicial authorities in Southern Africa to combat wildlife crime on the African continent. In 2018 after two years with the UNODC, Mr. Malone began working with Verafin as an Anti-money Laundering / Financial Crime Industry Expert. He is also the author of “Cops in Kabul – A Newfoundland Peacekeeper in Afghanistan” (Flanker Press 2018). He is married to Nola Noseworthy, and they live in the city of St. John’s with their four daughters.

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Colin Stephenson tells us about DEFSEC Atlantic

Making Waves presented by Genoa Design International and hosted by #GaleForceWins talks with the Executive Director of DEFSEC Atlantic (otherwise known as the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic) is one of Canada’s premiere Aerospace, Defence, Security and Marine exhibitions. The event gives attendees the opportunity to network with the major suppliers to Canada’s $30 billion+ ongoing defence procurement projects, to meet the supply chain professionals who can qualify to participate in these projects, to partner with companies from around the world and to meet the government agencies who can assist you in developing your business. The event in its current form has been in existence since 2006, however the original event from which it evolved started back in the early 1990’s. DEFSEC Atlantic is one of two major events produced by the Nova Scotia International Air Show Association. The other event is the Atlantic Canada International Air Show. During DEFSEC Atlantic, Genoa Design will be presenting a Making Waves podcast hosted by #GaleForceWins where we will be interviewing one person at the top of the hour right from the floor of the show at the Genoa Design Booth.

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#53 Maria French

Maria French

Maria French is the Founder and President, of Terra Nova Solutions. She is well-known and regarded in the health information management field, having served nine years as an elected Director of the Clinical Documentation Industry Association (CDIA). Gender equality and women empowerment are the very core of her principles. She is a member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), Women Presidents Organization (WPO), and is a SheEO activator. As one of the first women to join Rotary in 1990, she served for 25 years and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for her contributions to community. She has been a guest speaker at regional, national, and international health industry and business women’s conferences, most recently speaking at the 2020 Women Economic Forum in Cairo, Egypt. Maria holds an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) designation, completing the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is currently enrolled in the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

In 2018 she was featured in Forbes, yes you read that correctly. Not bad for a local girl. Maria is a role model to all young ladies in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond and we are so pleased to feature her on #GaleForceWins .

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