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Sean Irvine, P.Eng, CLP
Managing Director & Growth Coach

Sean Irvine is the managing director at Mojo Ventures. Within Mojo Ventures, he leads the consulting practice and a small investment fund.  In addition, he supports due diligence work at several other investment organizations in Canada and the US.  He also has corporate governance/board of director experiences including small technology companies, a venture capital firm, and several not-for-profit organizations.

He leads a consulting practice that helps executives to build effective competitive strategies and operational plans.  He coaches leadership teams using an array of simple tools to streamline decision-making and takes on special projects. To support this work, the company performs best-value for money analysis to maintain a network of growth advisors, digital marketing advisors, financial advisors, and intellectual property professionals.

As an academic for over 18 years, Sean taught at the University of British Columbia. He taught MBA students Intellectual property & Business Strategy, and in the Master of Engineering Management Program, he taught Intellectual Property & Technology Commercialization.

As a public servant, Sean held various federal government management roles ranging from delivering due diligence for large fed-prov infrastructure investments such as the BC Cancer Agency building, or drafting Ministerial briefings on cross-border tax policy. He served at the Canadian Patent Office where he issued over a thousand Canadian patents, spent a decade at Industry Canada investing in western Canada's life sciences industries, and then spent half a decade at Fisheries and Oceans Canada investing in sustainable aquaculture.  From political briefing books to management accountability frameworks and province-wide stakeholder communications, he has been there.

As an engineer in his early career, he managed complex construction projects in the field such as the installation of the first underground municipal services in Iqaluit under permafrost conditions. Since then, he has worked on many technology development efforts ranging from managing technology roadmaps to managing a software development team. He has broad project management and change management experience derived from managing people and running teams for over 30 years.

Sean is a skilled negotiator having led labor negotiations, real estate transactions, technology transfer transactions, and more. He is a skilled communicator having delivered investment pitch decks and industry-wide community engagements. Sean has crafted and delivered many sales and marketing messages over four decades. Storytelling and win-win negotiations are in his DNA.

Finally, Sean enjoys spending time as an Executive in Residence at the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator in Vancouver supporting “green tech” entrepreneurship across Canada.  He lives in North Vancouver with his wife, two daughters, and his guitar.

Walter Wardrop, P.Eng, FEC
Industrial Engineer & Operations Management Coach

Walter is a professional Industrial Engineer with over 40 years of experience working with industry and government in different management roles. He is comfortable leading teams across a variety of frameworks such as ISO, Lean and Six Sigma.  Walter has a P.Eng. in Industrial Engineering and a B.Sc (Hon) in Engineering-Physics.  He is also a Fellow of the Engineers of Canada (FEC) and is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) with the American Society for Quality.

As an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council, Walter visited 1,600 companies over 18 years, giving them operations management advice.  His best success was a factor 20 improvement in productivity.  In addition, he helped lead various national groups around Lean Manufacturing, Electric Vehicles, Green Energy and Construction.

Walter has many operations excellence stories to tell.  As a manager at a seafood company in Nova Scotia he instructed plant personnel on the implementation of new operations standards that delivered a savings of $1 million/year.  As a leader at a shrimp plant in Tampa, Walter led a team that saved $3.2 million per, with a 40% reduction in labour, and 50% increases in quality and productivity.  Finally, he coordinated the design and layout of a $2 million value-added fish plant for Saudi Arabia including documenting plant operations to assist in the start-up.

As the Production Manager at Coca-Cola, he managed 3 supervisors and up to 80 employees in a $100 million plant doing 15 million cases/yr.  He also improved line efficiencies by 15% while raising quality to best in world.  

While at Michelin, Walter managed a crew of 30 personnel in the rubber extrusion department.  He led the crew to first place (of 4 crews) in quality and productivity within one month through facilitation and employee empowerment.  His work as an industrial engineer and operations management expert saved the company $1 million/year in operations expenses.  He eliminated a $360,000 capital expenditure by designing and establishing a repair shop within the existing building and he saved another $800,000 by coordinating maintenance personnel between plants.

As an instructor, Walter taught Quality and Industrial Engineering at the BC Institute of Technology for many years.  He is a sought-after speaker and has presented as far away as Ecuador and wrote an operations management book on Quality and Food Handling.

Operations Management is a way of thinking. It is a philosophy where problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership results in the ongoing improvement in an organization. The process involves focusing on the customers' needs, keeping the employees positive and empowered, and continually improving the current activities in the workplace. Leadership, people, and culture are key value drivers in any organization.   Walter Wardrop is an expert in the field and currently consults with companies in western North America who are serious about operations excellence.  

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