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Brad Miller – President
Brad graduated from BCIT with an honours diploma in Mechanical Technology in 1986. At the age of 25, he purchased his first manufacturing business, Van Ingen (now Advanced Bending Technologies). He later went on to purchase IMW Industries, which he built into a globally successful exporter with subsidiaries in five countries around the world, with over $100 million in revenue and 700 employees. After selling IMW in 2009, Brad continued to invest in the manufacturing space in Canada and the US and currently owns seven companies specialized in marine and industrial manufacturing with a focus on clean tech manufacturing. Additionally, Brad is a significant investor in several tech start-ups in the food processing and medical device sectors.
Brad is also active as a volunteer director on the boards of two foundations, three not for profits and one NGO with a focus on education and health in Canada and Uganda.
A mechanical engineer (P.Eng) by education, with significant experience (15+ years) in gas compression & manufacturing, David VanLaar is currently tasked with the day to day operations of all AdvanTec Global Innovations (AGI) companies/divisions. At AGI he has operational oversight and P & L responsibility of both the marine and the industrial divisions. This enables him to make strategic decisions for the entire organization. David has extensive experience managing complex projects from their inception through their completion.
David’s history with AdvanTec starts with AGI’s predecessor (IMW). While at IMW, he was an integral member of the team that made IMW one of Canada’s first “clean tech” success stories. Within AdvanTec David is a recognized leader who is eager to share his knowledge and experience with his colleagues and external partners. Complimenting AdvanTec’s flexibility and nimbleness, David encourages his teams to look beyond the obvious and pursue opportunities outside AdvanTec’s perceived capabilities. In this role he also provides both technical and professional guidance to his teams that enables project/program success.
Jerry has over 30 years of experience across a broad range of international automotive, aerospace and industrial manufacturing. He started his career in Toronto as an aerospace CAD/CAM programmer and then as a computer systems manager. After moving to Vancouver, he became the estimating manager for a global supplier to the major commercial aircraft manufacturers and the NASA manned space flight program. During this time he was instrumental in the company rising to the top of this highly competitive industry.
Subsequently, he used his MBA in International Finance as the VP of South and Central America at a major global compressed natural gas company. There he grew the sales and service operations from 5 employees in 2 cities to 120 employees in 29 cities over a 3 year period. When the company was purchased Jerry was promoted to Global Sales Manager directing the world-wide sales team.
Currently as the Director of Strategic Planning at AGI Jerry has been managing and growing the business with a major international hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer. He is also responsible for developing new business opportunities and promoting synergies and manufacturing efficiencies between the diverse group of AGI companies.
Darren began his career as a tradesman. Over the years he worked hard and moved his way up through the ranks to a management position of a small manufacturing company. He left the company to become an entrepreneur and formed a manufacturing company of his own which he owned and operated. Darren eventually sold his business and returned to the production management team of a larger manufacturing facility. This eventually led him to Advanced Flow Systems where he started working as the plant manager in charge of operations at the Maple Ridge location for both Advanced Flow Systems and Surround Technologies.
Ivan Zivkovic – Director, Strategic Development (Industrial)
Graduating from Simon Fraser University with a B.A. in International Relations, Ivan began his career growing the business of IPN Brainpower, a niche German consulting firm with new offices in Canada. After successful 3 years , he transitioned into a National Sales Manager role with IMW Industries where he was responsible for the most mature and active market in the organizations global portfolio. After the acquisition of IMW Industries by Clean Energy Fuels Ivan transitioned into a sales role with Surround Technologies, a division of AdvanTec Global Innovations.
Tasked with maintaining and developing relationships with large national and international EPC’s Ivan’s vision was key in realizing the vision behind AdvanTec Industrial, a vertically integrated entity comprised of AdvanTec Global Innovations entire industrial portfolio. Currently Ivan is responsible for managing the contract manufacturing portfolio within AdvanTec Industrial, strategic partnerships and technology investments.
Rod began working in the manufacturing sector in 1992 and earned a reputation for being both reliable and resourceful. In 1999 he founded a machine shop offering alternative and innovative solutions to his clients. This became a focus and passion for the company. While operating his own business, he became acquainted with Advanced Bending Technologies (ABT) while supporting their machining needs and as a result, joined ABT in 2002. The machine shop he founded became an integral part of the AdvanTec Group as other companies were acquired.
Rod managed ABT and provided working support to co-ordinate staff at both B.C. and Alberta plants. This continued for several years until Rod transitioned into a more active role in business development. Rod is the General Manager at ABT and also supports sales throughout the AdvanTec Industrial group of companies.
Thomas graduated from BCIT in 2001 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Tech. He started working at Advanced Bending Technologies (ABT) the summer of his graduating year. In 2003 he took over as branch manager of ABT’s Calgary branch. Thomas left the organization in 2004 to gain outside experience in a technical sales role and returned in 2005 as the Calgary branch manager. Over the years, Thomas has helped the company grow by gaining market share and revenue and also adding staff to the Calgary facility. Thomas has been instrumental in moving the company twice, with the latest move to our new 68,000 sq/ft facility which houses all of our Industrial companies, Advanced Bending Technologies, Advanced Flow Systems and Surround Technologies.
Justin is an account manager representing Advanced Bending, Advanced Flow Systems and Surround Technologies. He has over 15 years of Oil and Gas experience with over 5 years in a business development and technical sales role. Justin also brings 8 years of bending industry experience. Mr. Roe is responsible for communication with key stakeholder, vendors and prospects and assists in project planning and estimating while clearly communicating with all vested team members to his clients expectations are met.
Allan has been with the organization since 2012. His main focus is on the business development, sales and estimation for projects focused on Advanced Flow Systems core capabilities. Prior to joining the team, Allan spent 4 years in construction, working as an Executive Director for a 450 employee electro-mechanical in the Middle East. He also has 10 years of experience working in the automotive industry in Canada and the United States focused on project and production management. In the United States, Allan was part of a core team to set up a new manufacturing facility. Allan received his Mechanical Engineering Degree at University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Business Administration at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Allan volunteers for Scouts Canada and his local baseball amateur association.