Who We Are


The Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc. (CIC) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports and stimulates economic growth through innovative research, development and the application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries.

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Our staff works collaboratively with industry, government agencies and educational establishments on projects that result in measurable economic benefits to the project participants and the community.



To support these activities, we are funded by and have affiliations with several government, research and educational establishments as well as private industry organizations.

Our capabilities are developed around core technologies to assist industry in keeping pace with competitors and to advance technologies to provide a competitive advantage.

Our Mission

Our mission is to drive economic growth in the composite manufacturing industry through assisting industry in developing and commercializing new products and services using composite technologies, being the catalyst for attracting new industries and encouraging start up companies and adopting a leadership and innovation position to further build the composites cluster.

Our Vision

​We aim to be the heart of composites, driving solutions vital to our manufacturing partners.

Our Values

We value the contributions of all employees and nurture a workplace ethic predicated on the principles of trust, mutual respect, open communication and empowerment. We encourage collaboration and cooperation amongst our partners and our staff. We advocate accountability in our business dealings, founded on the highest professional and ethical standards. We endorse excellence in leadership, initiative and innovation. We promote environmental stewardship throughout all aspects of our business including projects, operations and facilities.

Our Board Members

Chris Saunders

Director, Chairman
Acsion Industries Inc.
President

Greg Dandewich

Observer, Secretary
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Chad Brick

Director, Treasurer
Eastside Group of Companies
President

Sean McKay

Officer
Composites Innovation Centre
President and CEO

Ron Koslowsky

Director
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Regional Vice President

Digvir Jayas

Director
University of Manitoba
Vice President Research & International

Jim MacDonald

Director
Motor Coach Industries
Director, Engineering

Ken Webb

Director
Manitoba Aerospace Association
Executive Director

Alan DeBaets

Director
The Intec Group Ltd.
President

Neil Carlson

Director
Carlson Engineered Composites Inc.
President

Rick Jensen

Director
Boeing Canada Technology Wpg. Division
Senior Director

Thomas Small

Director
New Flyer Industries
Director, New Product Development

Udaya Silva

Director
EMTEQ
General Manager

David O’Connor

Director
Magellan Aerospace
Division Manager, Space and Defence Products

Ray Hoemsen

Director
Red River College
Director, Applied Research & Commercialization

Robert Manson

Observer
Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
Senior Project Manager

Nathalie Leroux

Observer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Senior Marketing and Trade Officer

Walter Saltzberg

Honourary Director
ISIS Canada Research Network
Technical Consultant – Retired