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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
November 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

DESAC Board Members

DESAC serves as a voluntary advisory body to the Dean of Science promoting the Faculty’s interests to the public, science partners, donors and prospective donors.  Members of DESAC are alumni of Laurier’s Science programs. They provide advice and guidance to help increase the Faculty’s engagement of external audiences, encourage and support strategic partnerships, and increase fundraising opportunities.  


Lise Côté
Psychology ’90 (Membership: November 2007)

Lise Côté spent 16 years in marketing and relationship management roles. In the latter two years, Lise led the marketing and planning efforts of the Rogers Home Phone product.  Prior to this, Lise spent nearly 10 years with American Express in strategic planning, marketing communications and product development in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business arenas. Lise then worked at Altamira and CIBC before entering the world of telecommunications. She joined Sprint Canada in 2002 as the Director of Retention Marketing, responsible for customer experience management, communications and churn reduction. She also led the development of the sales, relationship management and marketing efforts for the retail, partner and field channels.

Lise sits on the Integrated Customer Experience Council of the Canadian Marketing Association.

Gail Czukar 
Independent Consultant 
Psychology BA ‘73 & MA ’75 (Membership: November 2007)

Gail Czukar is an independent consultant. From 2000 to 2010, she was the Executive Vice-President, Policy, Education and Health Promotion, Legal Services at CAMH. Gail and her team focused on strengthening the capacity of the mental health and addiction system to improve the lives of people with mental illness and addictions, through work in prevention and health promotion, diversity, public policy development, continuing education and other areas.

Prior to joining CAMH in 2000, Gail was a lawyer and policy manager with the Ontario Ministry of Heath and Long-Term Care where she worked on legislation for long-term care, health system restructuring and mental health, and advised government on various areas of health law, including primary care reform and health care consent.

Gail has a master’s degree in Community Psychology and worked as a program consultant with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario). She is a founding member of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. Gail has written and spoken on topics ranging from protection of privacy, consent to treatment, and substitute decision-making, to the rights of disabled people, and reform of the mental health and addictions system.

Ian McLean
High Power Marketing Market Manager - Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management

Medtronic Canada
Honours Biology & Business Admin Option ’98 (Membership: November 2007)

Ian McLean joined Medtronic Canada, the world’s leading medical technology company as a Market Manager in March 2008.

Previously, Ian worked as a Product Manager with Bristol Myers Squibb’s stand alone Medical Imaging division located in Boston, MA, where he is responsible for marketing strategy and sales execution for a non-invasive, diagnostic imaging agent used in cardiac ultrasound. Prior to this, he held multiple functional positions at BMS including the division’s first MBA Associate, Cardiovascular Imaging Field Specialist and special assistant to the VP: Marketing.
Prior to Bristol Myers Squibb, Ian worked in Toronto at Maxxam Analytics Inc, Canada’s largest private analytical laboratory, in multiple business functions ranging from Operations Management, to Corporate Finance and Information Systems. 

Ian completed his MBA at Harvard Business School, where he was an elected Admissions Representative and Co-President (Prime Minster) of the Canadian Club, the school’s longest running ethnic club. Ian is a current volunteer with Big Brothers and a former Scouts Canada Leader.

Michael Morrice
Executive Director
Sustainable Waterloo
Honours Computing & Computer Electronics '08, BBA '08 (Membership: September 2010)

Mike is the Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo, a not-for-profit that advances the environmental sustainability of organizations across Waterloo Region through collaboration.

Currently, Sustainable Waterloo is working with 25 local organizations – including WLU, Sun Life, and the Region of Waterloo – to help them set and make progress against voluntary greenhouse gas reduction commitments.

Mike is a 2008 Laurier graduate, where he concurrently completed a BBA and a BSc in Computing and Computer Electronics. In 2009, Mike was selected by The Waterloo Region Record as one of Waterloo Region’s Top 40 under 40.

Libby Norris
CEO (Chief Energy Officer)
Inspired Energy Inc.
Communications and Physical Education ‘87 (Membership: April 2008)

Libby is the founder and Chief Energy Officer of Inspired Energy, one of Canada’s leading health and fitness consulting firms, working with companies like GE Canada, Medtronic and Purolator.  With almost 20 years of experience, Libby and her team develop creative programming designed to reduce health risks and costs, improve quality of life, and generate energy and enthusiasm.

Libby has been a member of the Development Boards for the fitness programs at George Brown College and Humber College.  Providing ongoing professional development training and leadership, Libby does guest lectures on ergonomics and corporate fitness and conducts workshops annually for several university campus fitness programs. 

Libby is the Fitness Expert seen Mondays on Canada AM and is the Fitness Editor of the newly launched Kellogg Special K website and blog.  Libby is one of 6 Reebok Master Trainers in Canada, presents internationally and has articles in publications including Prevention Magazine, Fitness Business Canada and Chatelaine.

Heinz Plaumann
Technical Manager – Polyurethanes System
BASF Corporation
BSc Chemistry ’75 (Membership: February 2009)

Dr. Heinz Plaumann graduated from Laurier with his degree in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1975, completed an Honors B.Sc. at the University of Waterloo in 1976. He then went on to obtain his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo. After several years? of industrial experience with Polysar Limited, he completed his MASc in Chemical Engineering, also from Waterloo. Heinz has worked for BASF since 1989, first in Canada, then Germany on two separate occasions, and is presently working in Michigan, USA. Heinz is an expert on a broad range of polymer chemistries, syntheses and applications, as well as applied statistics. He holds about 20 patents and has authored many publications.

His hobbies include recreational hockey, basketball, square dancing and Jazz guitar/bass. He frequently serves as an invited speaker to universities, churches and other groups, speaking about career/life planning skills, time/priority planning, and household budget planning, many with his spouse, Marilyn, also a Laurier Grad with a degree in Chemistry "77. They live in Brownstown, Michigan in the greater Detroit area, and have four daughters and two grandchildren.

Stephanie Ratza
Decartes Systems
Mathematics ’89 (Membership: November 2007)

Stephanie Ratza is the Chief Financial Officer of The Descartes Systems Group, responsible for worldwide financial and administrative functions and has held this position since April 2007. Stephanie has spent many years in the public technology space.  Prior to joining Descartes, she served as CFO of IPICO Inc. since November 2005.  Before that, Stephanie spent more than six years at Waterloo-based MKS Inc., serving as Vice-President, Finance and over three years as Controller at Open Text Corporation.
Timothy Scott
Senior Consultant
PeerPoint Consulting Group
Psychology 1985 (Membership: June 2009)

Tim graduated from Laurier in 1985 with a degree in Psychology.  Prior to this he attended Hardin-Simmons University in Texas.  Tim describes himself as a serial entrepreneur and is currently Entrepreneur In Residence at RIC (Research Innovation Commercialization) Centre in Mississauga.  As well he is Co-founder and Senior Consultant PeerPoint Consulting Group Inc.

Tim has experience in building and nurturing sustainable businesses in custom metal fabrication and stamping; high-volume electronics manufacturing; process and batch assembly operations; software and hardware development and distribution, as well as international collaboration and execution.

Paul T. Smith
VP Corporate Development
BSc Chemistry '75 (Membership: June 2009)

Paul Smith has spent more than 28 years in the life science instrumentation field primarily focused on protein measurement and purification.  Eight years were spent at Beckman Coulter Inc. in Canada and California, where he held a variety of bioresearch positions including market planning manager for chromatography products.  A further 10 years were spent as technical director of a protein manufacturing firm and with a membrane company as marketing manager. More recently, he was Director of European Operations for Ciphergen Biosystems, a mass spectrometry based biomarker discovery company followed by Vice President of Sales and Marketing prior to its sale to Bio-Rad Laboratories. Mr. Smith returned to Canada to join Axela in 2006, to lead commercialization of its proprietary interaction platform based on diffractive optics. Axela's technology is based on research initially developed at University of Toronto and draws upon collaborations with leading academic institutions worldwide. Axela provides novel tools for measurement of protein, viruses and bacteria for life science research and clinical diagnostics.

Michael Stark
Computer Science/Business ’05 (Membership: June 2009)

Mike Stark is an innovative entrepreneur.  Mike is currently involved as a Senior Web Engineer at Webotics Inc., where he is exploring a new generation of real-time web development technologies that can help businesses and consumers to build sophisticated web applications in record time.   As well he is the Founder and Webmaster of 365 Things to do in Kitchener-Waterloo which features interesting, exciting and informative things to do, places to go and much more, every single day!  Mike is also President of an International Trade and Development company, Key Systems Canada.