Prof. Dr. Hany Moustapha

Professor and Director, Innovation 4.0 Hub and Aerospace 4.0TM Siemens

Prof. Dr. Hany Moustapha Professor and Director, Innovation 4.0 Hub and Aerospace 4.0TM Siemens’ Chair on Industry 4.0 Technology Integration Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Chair on Propulsion System Design École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Québec University P&WC Senior Research Fellow Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Canadian Academy of Engineers (CAE), Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) and Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME). B.Sc. from Cairo University (1970), M.Eng. and Ph.D. from McMaster University, Canada (1978). With Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) from 1978 to 2010, Dr. Moustapha was Senior Manager of Technology, Collaboration and Technical Training Programs for P&WC from 1999 to 2010 and was named P&WC Senior Research Fellow in 2011. Joined ÉTS (Québec University) in 2010 as Professor and Director of Aerospace Programs (AÉROÉTS). Dr. Moustapha is the Canadian industry and academic member of NATO’s Aviation Technology since 2000. He is Adjunct Professor at Carleton University (Canada), Rzeszow University (Poland) and Cairo University (Egypt), as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (U.S.A.). He is the President of the Ambassador Club of the Montréal Congress Center. Dr. Moustapha is the founder and cofounder of the Montreal Aerospace Institute (MAI, 2001), the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ, 2002), Aero Montreal Cluster (2005), the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN, 2007), AEROETS (2010) and Aerospace 4.0 (2016). He is a keynote speaker at various international conferences and forums on aviation, technologies of aircraft engines, and the various technology and skills challenges of the fourth industrial revolution “Industry 4.0”.

Bobby Umar

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Bobby Umar is an inspirational speaker, coach, and one of the most prolific advocates of heart-based leadership in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brené Brown, John Maxwell and Robin Sharma. Bobby is a 5x TEDx speaker, and one of the top social media influencers in the world, with over half a million followers. He has been named the "2nd Best Business Coach to Follow" on Twitter and the "4th Best Leadership Influencer" according to Kred. Bobby is an author of three books, including an international #1 Best Seller. He is also a frequent Huffington Post contributor and he is the host of a weekly tweetchat called "The Power of Connection" that has reached over 65 million impressions weekly. To date, his social media influence has garnered over 1 billion impressions. Bobby was also named a "2015 Speaker to Watch" and most recently, he was named a "Top 7 Networking Guru to Follow". A social media advocate, who champions authentic connection and leadership, Bobby has appeared on dozens of podcasts, TV and radio shows. With a background in brand marketing (Kraft and Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby has led Raeallan for over a decade and is now a recognized thought leader in networking, social media and personal branding. He founded the DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand conference, the largest event in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 250,000+ people from across the world have experienced Bobby's high-energy keynotes, interactive team-building activities, and engaging workshops.

Lila Smith

#SayThingsBetter Creator & Speaker | Communication Breakthrough Coach

Lila Smith is a uniting community force known for being an exceptional communicator, especially among the 29k+ following she's developed on LinkedIn. Lila's Say Things Better method of Intentional Communication was inspired by her theater background and personal value for sustainable relationships. Using the method, Lila now empowers emerging Thought Leaders and entrepreneurs with messaging that connects. Internationally, Lila has traveled as a speaker for crowds who are hungry for a more powerful way to connect with their communication. People who are ready to take personal responsibility for the ripple effect their communication has on their friends, family, colleagues, community, and the world. Thanks to LinkedIn and Say Things Better, Lila transitioned from a fashion industry e-commerce career to launch her business full-time. She also moved to Dallas with 11 hours notice, and plugged her skills right into the startup scene as an Intentional Communication Mentor for Dallas-based startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters, and recently with WeWork Labs. Lila knows and loves her network, and almost never eats alone.

Kathrine Schmidt

Head of materials and advanced manufacturing innovation, SIEMENS

I started my career as a Mechanical engineer with a focus in lean manufacturing in serial production before joining Rolls-Royce where I held several roles in R&D, supply chain and production in gas turbine in Europe. After the Siemens acquisition of the Rolls-Royce energy division in 2014, I returned to my hometown of Montreal to manage the factory, which is where I got introduced to Digitalisation. Recently, I have moved to a technology and innovation role with the Siemens Power and Gas division, driving materials and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Eric Bosco

Chief Business Development & Partnerships Officer, Mitacs

Eric Bosco is an entrepreneur and business leader who helps companies grow through research and development. As Chief Business Development & Partnerships Officer at Mitacs, he works closely with governments, academia and industry to promote innovation. Prior to joining Mitacs in 2007, Eric served as the founder and President of XYZ Imaging, a company he led from a small start-up to a world leader and innovator in the use of holography in the 3-D imaging industry with capital investments totalling $25 M. His research led to the practical realization of direct-write digital holography. Eric was also the director of a not-for-profit holography laboratory for the purpose of teaching holography to CEGEP students in Québec and conducting scientific outreach and research by academics. He also worked on the science team of the Tokamac de Varennes, Canada’s experimental nuclear fusion reactor, where he participated in the development of a sub-millimetre interferometer. As a pioneer in his field, Eric’s understanding of the importance of academic research to the growth of commercial enterprises led him to join Mitacs, a national research organization that promotes innovation. Eric’s combination of business and scientific research experience provides him with the ideal skill-set to lead our business development team to connect companies and Mitacs’ academic partners.

Mahmoud Hashemi

Engineer and architect, open-source library maintainer

Mahmoud Hashemi is an engineer and architect, open-source library maintainer, and Wikipedian, with ten years of experience building enterprise software. He authored O'Reilly's Enterprise Software with Python, cohosts the Pyninsula Python meetup group in the San Francisco Bay Area, and semi-regularly presents talks on software all around the world. See his library work at, Wikipedia work at, and his writings at

NATEG Annual Innovation Competition 2019

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