Advisory Board (PAC)

Advisory Board (PAC)

Fred Mandl, B.Sc., MBA – Director, SITE Centre for Applied Research

Fred Mandl has worked as a business consultant for 25+ years, providing strategic/business planning, market development, contract negotiation and project management services to both Canadian and international clients in the transportation, energy and technology sectors.

His work has taken him to more than a dozen countries, and engagements with a number of Fortune 100 companies. Prior to founding a successful management consultancy, Fred held various managerial positions with a Canadian airline, and was a partner in a start-up technology firm. Recently, he has developed, on behalf of the British Columbia Institute (BCIT), deep relationships with the post-secondary sector, and industry, in Brazil.

Fred has been associated with British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for more than 20 years as a faculty member of the BCIT School of Business.

His education includes a B.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

John Appleby – SITE Advisory Board Member

John spent his early working life as a stockbroker in Victoria and subsequently moved to Vancouver to become a consultant specializing in transportation issues. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Automated Container Technologies Ltd., the developer of a high-speed shipping container transfer system.

He is Principal of The Portside Group, a consulting and contract managerial company which provides services to the transportation industry. John is one of the founders of Honour House Society, a non-profit entity which provides rehabilitation facilities for Canadian Forces personnel and First Responders.

Previously, John spent over thirty years as an army reservist, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having commanded a composite logistics battalion. In recent years he has served on the boards of a variety of community organizations, including the Delta Chamber of Commerce, where he was both President, and Chair of the Transportation Committee.

John Russell – SITE Advisory Board Member

John Russell brings an extensive background as a consultant to business, industry and government, notably in the areas of innovation and technology transfer, and as a Director on various Boards. He was employed by Rand Corp. and Steel Co. of Canada as a Systems Analyst, and worked as a consultant to Ford Motor Co., and at Peat Marwick and Partners. He was President of ARC Sonics Inc., and more recently an independent consultant specializing in the commercialization of environmental technologies.

He has authored a number of technical articles on sonochemistry and industrial applications of sonic energy, and presented papers at a NATO conference, and at a meeting of the European Sonochemistry Society.

Kevin Wainwright, Ph.D. – Principal Researcher, SITE Advisory Board Member

Kevin Wainwright is an economist who specializes in mathematical and statistical modeling and industry analysis. Recent work includes: the economic impact of BCIT on the provincial economy; an analysis of intellectual property policies in Canadian universities and colleges, and forecasting models predicting student success in business schools.

In 2009, Kevin, along with several BCIT colleagues, developed an advanced entry program for Canadian Forces personnel into the BCIT School of Business. This program, the “Canadian Legion Skills Conversion Program”, has proven to be highly successful, and has resulted in the establishment of a working group, consisting of U.S. universities and the U.S. military, whose objective is to implement BCIT’s model in the United States.

From 2000 to 2005, Kevin served as President of the BCIT Faculty and Staff Association. Currently, he is a member of the BCIT Board of Governors, and Program Head for BCIT’s Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) program.

Kevin has a Ph.D. in economics from Simon Fraser University, where his fields of specialization were mathematical economics, industrial organization, law and economics, and environmental economics.  He is co-author of the book, Fundamental Methods in Mathematical Economics, the most widely adopted text in North American universities in this field.