November 15-16, 2018 
Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

MASS18 Speakers

This page will be updated as speakers confirm


Judy Blundon

JSS Deputy Program Manager


Graduate of the Naval Architecture Technology program from the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. More than 17 years in the defence industry in support of Government of Canada programs... Learn More

Michael Emerson

Director of Marine Transportation Systems and Senior Arctic Advisor

United States Coast Guard

Mike Emerson is the Director for Marine Transportation Systems at Coast Guard Headquarters. He manages a broad portfolio of marine navigation, waterways, and bridge programs, and is also responsible for a wide variety of Polar and Arctic safety and security measures... Learn More

Matthew Fisher

Resident Visiting Scholar, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security 

University of Toronto

Matthew Fisher has worked overseas as a foreign correspondent for 35 years for the Globe and Mail, Sun Media and the National Post, working in 162 countries and 20 war and conflict zones. He was also the Globe's correspondent for the High Arctic from 1985 until 1990 and has travelled extensively in Siberia during the 8 years he lived in Moscow... Learn More

Paul Griffin

President & CEO


Paul Griffin has over 20 years of senior management experience in small, medium and large organizations in the technology and transportation sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Memorial University and is a member of Professional Engineers... Learn More

Dr. David Murrin

Director General

Ocean, Coastal, and River Engineering Research Centre, National Research Council of Canada

Dr. Murrin is the Director General of the National Research Council of Canada's Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre, responsible for day-to-day operations and the strategic direction of the Research Centre. Previously, Dr. Murrin served as Director of Research and Development (R&D) at the NRC's Ottawa facility, where he was responsible for the leadership... Learn More

Dr. Greg Naterer

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Memorial University

Dr. Greg Naterer is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University. He is an innovative leader in engineering education and research. Dr. Naterer has led the Faculty through a period of major growth... Learn More


RAdm (ret.) John Newton

Managing Director

Fleetway Inc.

Rear Admiral John Newton (retired) is Managing Director of Fleetway Inc., a major supplier to the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships project, and principal maintenance contractor to the workhorse frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy. As a senior naval officer... Learn More

Dale Reding

Director General, Science and Technology, Air Force and Navy

Department of National Defence, Canada

Mr. Reding holds the position of Director General Science and Technology Air Force and Navy (DGSTAN) in the Department of National Defence (CANADA). Reporting directly to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Science & Technology (S&T), he is responsible for… Learn More

John Schmidt

Senior Vice President

Federal Fleet Services

John has over 40 years of experience working in the Canadian marine industry, in executive positions with both the private and government sectors. He began his career as a Field Service Engineer with Westinghouse, installing and servicing propulsion systems on Canadian Coast... Learn More

Daniel Schulten

Director, LaunchPad


Daniel Schulten is MDA’s LaunchPad director based in Ottawa, ON. LaunchPad is MDA’s new initiative to accelerate and grow partnership s with innovative SMBs and Academia in Canada. Companies and academia that interested in collaborating with... Learn More


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