About us

Value and experience

Many of the resident companies have been members of Sheridan Park Association (SPA) since its incorporation in 1965. The association is composed of representatives from the member companies whose goal is to maintain the Park as a world class technical and education-focused community in an attractive campus setting, to foster relationships and technical excellence to return economic and social benefits to its members, and to attract public awareness for the park. The SPA takes an active role in representing members’ interests within the park and with government, municipal and other external organizations.

Our vision is to continue using the breadth and depth of knowledge within the SPA community to create and maintain an environment that fosters innovation and education while promoting science & technology development.
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History shapes who we are

The founding companies - Abitibi, AECL, Cominco Ltd., Dunlop Research Centre, British American Oil Company, Inco Limited, Mallory Batteries, the Ontario Research Foundation and Warner-Lambert - all became landowners in the 1960s and developed their laboratories and offices. Together, these companies incorporated the Sheridan Park Association to foster and attract additional research and development investment to the Park. These pioneering companies formalized excellence in science and technology and encouraged collaboration with new and existing member companies.
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Innovation to the core

An extremely wide range of applied research and product development takes place at Sheridan Park. Supporting research activities for industries such as electronics, nucleonics, pharmaceuticals, engineering, movie-making and much more. Over 2,700 scientists, technicians, engineers and support staff are employed within the Park’s boundaries working towards a better future.
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Future oriented

Our mission is to maintain the Sheridan Science and Technology Park as a world class technical community in an attractive campus setting, fostering relationships to return economic and social benefits to its members. Strategic objectives involve representing members’ interests within the Park and with government, municipal and other external organizations. Promoting development of the Park in accordance with the Mission Statement. Providing quality services to SPA members. Promoting effective communication and interaction among members. Encouraging collaboration with potential new members, with other companies in the area and with educational institutions.

Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Perrier

President


Richard has a PhD in Chemistry from McMaster University, and he’s worked at Petro Canada for 23 years. He’s currently the Director of the Research and Development Department for Petro-Canada Lubricants based in Mississauga. Richard knows what makes vehicles run, and he knows how to run the Sheridan Parks Association.

Lindsay Stiles

Vice President


Lindsay is all about spaces that facilitate innovation. As the asset manager for Slate Asset Management, she leases the buildings in the park. Lindsay has more than a decade of experience in asset management and has held senior positions at Triovest Realty Advisors and Kipling Group Inc.

Fred Theiss

Treasurer


Nothing gets built if we don’t know how much it costs. That’s where CPAs like Fred Theiss come in at Engineering companies like Hatch. Fred has worked at Hatch for 11 years as Business Commercial Director for groups including Consulting, Iron and Steel and Infrastructure Groups. He’s also the money guy at the Sheridan Parks Association.

Pam Banks

Secretary


As the founder and executive director of the RIC Centre, Pam Banks is an expert at entrepreneurial support programs. She rallies collaboration from industry, educational institutions and the government. She has a passion for the Peel Region’s innovation ecosystem, and it shows in her work at the Sheridan Parks Association.

Dr. V. I. (Lucky) Lakshmanan

Director


Dr. V.I. Lanksmanan was born and educated in India. He immigrated to Canada in 1974 after serving as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has spent more than 40 years working on sustainable development initiatives in both the public and private sectors, including the United Nations. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the University of Toronto, a member of several environmental advisory committees and an active mentor of new entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Bergsma

Director


Jennifer Bergsma has been with Vale Canada Limited since 1996.  She is the Project Coordinator for the facility and oversees work and/or projects that are done to enhance and maintain the building. Jennifer started working in accounts payable and then took additional purchasing courses to excel in her job.  She now manages the contracts that keep the building running efficiently and effectively.

Tim Stauffer

Director


Tim started his career in the telecommunication industry in the 1980s, and he has seen the industry grow from traditional media to the digital age. He has been with Shaw since 2000, where he leads the Satellite engineering department and the satellite business divisions of Shaw’s Direct, Broadcast, Tracking and Communications departments.



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