Management

Management Team 

Paul Nephin

Paul Nephin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul co-founded Neptec Design Group (1990) and Neptec Technologies (2011) and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NDG and NTC. He oversees company direction, development and growth. Prior to forming Neptec, his career history included engineering and programs  leadership roles with several defence companies.  Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo.  He is a former board member of the Canadian Foundation of the International Space University and of the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology, an Ontario Centre of Excellence.

John Schneider

John Schneider

Vice President, Operations

John has over 30 years’ experience in the aerospace and high tech industries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Concordia University of Montreal, Quebec and started his career in the software development field working for various aerospace and high tech companies. John is a member of the founding group of Neptec Design Group Ltd. where he has held various positions, sits on the board of directors, and is currently the Vice President of Operations.

 

Ken J. Killin, BBM CPA, CA

Ken J. Killin, BBM CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Ken has enjoyed over 30 years of financial, management, executive and strategic advisory experience achieved with several private and public companies in various industries. He has been a member of the CICA Accounting Standards Board’s Task Force on Business Combinations (1996-2001), has served as a member (and  Chairman) of Dean’s Advisory Board, Ted Rogers School of Management / Ryerson University (1998 -2013) and has served as the Treasurer and a board member of The Canada Trail Foundation  (2011 -2016).

 

Mike Kearns

Mike Kearns

Managing Director, Neptec UK and Board of Directors, Neptec Design Group

Mike has over 22 years’ management experience in the international space industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of both Neptec Design Group and Neptec UK Limited. Mike holds degrees from Mount Allison University and McGill University. He is a member of the International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) and the Air Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). He sits on the IAF Space Exploration Committee. Prior to joining Neptec, Mike worked in the defense and aerospace industry at several Ottawa area companies.

 

Stéphane Ruel, M.Sc., MBA

Stéphane Ruel, M.Sc., MBA

Vice President, Innovation

Stéphane has over 16 years’ experience at Neptec and is currently responsible for overseeing company activities and developments relating to computer vision sensors and software for terrestrial and Space applications. He holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from the International Space University (ISU).

 

Stéphane Gagnon, B.Sc., MBA

Stéphane Gagnon, B.Sc., MBA

Vice President, Space Programs

Stéphane has over 20 years’ experience in project management and the development of complex electrical systems for aerospace, telecommunication, military and medical applications. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. Stéphane has held various positions at Neptec and is currently the Vice President of Programs.