Board of Advisors

John Bianchini (8T5) began his career at Hatch in 1985 and in 1997 he was appointed Associate, then Director – Non Ferrous in 1999. He was elected to the Hatch Board of Directors in 2003 and as President and CEO in 2012.


Elaine Campbell (8T0) is President of AstraZeneca Canada Inc., part of AstraZeneca PLC, one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. She returned to Canada in January 2012 after 16 years of living and working in the United States. She has more than 23 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including twelve years with AstraZeneca PLC.


Professor Michael Charles completed a ten-year term as Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and an eight-year term as Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto. He served on the Board of the Ontario Laser and Lightwave Research Centre, one of the original Ontario Centres of Excellence. As Dean Emeritus he held the endowed Michael E. Charles Chair in Chemical Engineering for a three-year term. Michael is now the President-Elect of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


E.B. (Ted) Cross (5T7) was the Director of the Technology Transfer and Licensing Office of the University of Waterloo from 1982 through 1996. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he spent 25 years in the Canadian chemical industry, completing his industrial career as President and General Manager of Chinook Chemicals Company. He co-founded Chinook and in 1966, built the first Canadian methylamines. Ted now runs his own consulting company, E.B. Cross & Company.


Constantine E. Karayannopoulos (8T3, MASc 8T8) is Chair of Molycorp. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of Neo Material Technologies Inc. and as COO and Executive VP of AMR Technologies Inc.


Michael H. May (9T1, PhD 9T8) is currently the CEO of CCRM. Prior to CCRM, he was the President and CEO of Rimon Therapeutics Limited, which was spun out of research carried out in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at U of T.


Phillip J. (Rocky) Simmons (6T4, MASc 6T5, PhD 6T8) is President and CEO of Eco-Tec Limited. Eco-Tec is a Canadian company supplying water treatment and chemical recovery systems to the international industrial sector.


Jeanette Southwood (8T6, MASc 8T8) is an award-winning engineer and Vice-President, Strategy and Partnerships at Engineers Canada. Before joining Engineers Canada in November 2015, she managed the Urban Development & Infrastructure and Global Sustainable Cities teams at Golder Associates, a firm of more than 8,000 employees around the world.


Bill Troost (6T7) is President and CEO of Peel Plastic Products Limited. Bill’s international company utilizes plastics chemistry and engineering design to produce consumer packaging. His company also generously supports the education of young engineers through the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s Leaders of Tomorrow program.


David Beckman (MASc 8T1) is President and CEO of Zeton Inc. Since forming the company shortly after graduating, David and his team have grown the firm to be the world’s leading designer and fabricator of pilot and demonstration plants specializing in the oil, gas and energy sectors. Zeton has been recognized with the Bentley Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Process Manufacturing for the design of a modular gas-to-liquids commercial demonstration plant for multinational energy giant Petrobras in Brazil.


Daryl Wilson (8T2) has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Hydrogenics Corporation of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. since December 2006. Daryl served as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Engineering and Development Divisions of Royal Group, Inc. (formerly known as Royal Group Technologies Ltd) since November 2, 2005. Daryl is Chair of the department’s Board of Advisors.