B. Sc. Chemistry University of Toronto. 6 years developing and commercializing new automotive coatings at Dupont and ICI. 14 years technical sales and business management at Ciba-Geigy. 14 years in the Canadian specialty chemical distribution market working with manufacturers like Dow, Huntsman, Akzo, Hexion, Lonza and Momentive
Chief Executive Officer
Senior executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record building, restructuring, and growing technology, service and healthcare businesses. Mr. Ritz’s work experience spans 20+ years in management roles with GE, Allied Signal, and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Ritz obtained his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and BSME Mechanical Engineering, from Clarkson University.
Dr. Gary Jialanella
Interim Chief Technology Officer
Senior executive with a 33+ year track record developing and commercializing new technologies at Dow Chemical Company, Loctite and GenCorp. Dr Jialanella is skilled in research and development (R&D) methodologies, chemistry, materials science, adhesives, coatings, and polymer modifications. A Dow Fellow with a PhD in Polymer Science from University of Akron, Ohio, he holds 30 U.S. Patents, 10 patent applications and has authored multiple publications
Advanced Manufacturing Leader
15+ year process and manufacturing professional with fit function and design experience in advanced composite manufacturing industry, specializing in vacuum infusion and closed mold processes. Has leadership experience training production staff, technical staff and sales staff in composite manufacturing process, mold design and advanced composite repair in industrial settings across Canada, United States and Europe. Knowledgeable and experienced in thermosetting polymer resin systems.
Founder & Chief Innovation Officer
Founder of Presidium, Mr. Blumsom has a strong mechanical background and has been a successful serial entrepreneur for many years. Prior to starting Presidium in 2011, he founded Nipissing Glass & Metal (1990), Northern Services Ltd. (1994), Gateway Telecom Canada (1997) and Equont Inc. (2008). Mr. Blumsom started his career with a survey engineering degree from University of New Brunswick, Canada and has several patents related to impact testing and unique composite materials.
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Chief Financial Officer
Senior executive and entrepreneur with 35+ year track record in finance, risk management, insurance, and capital markets, most recently as CEO of two startup companies. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Mr. Sekse's experience included derivatives trading and investment banking roles at Manufactures Hanover / Chemical Bank, commodity trading at Brandeis Brokers and Enron, and reinsurance and asset management as CIO and Board Member for the Imagine Group. Mr. Sekse holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University