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 Expert  727577

Expert in Beverage Packaging, Glass Bottles, R&D, Packaging Standards and Supplier Qualifications

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Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has applied his business and engineering training in the development of primary and secondary packaging systems within the brewing industry. These designs have ranged from unique private mold bottles developed for specific brand related objectives, to the rationalization of multiple brands into a common bottle or family of bottles.

Expert has lead projects to meet marketing objectives of growth and product trialing, while optimizing the key operational factors that enhance the ultimate profitablilty a project.

Expert was a member of the original design team for the standard mold bottle (SMB) used within the Canadian brewing industry. Expert chaired the SMB technical committee for many years.




bottle design


bottle glass




glass bottle


glass container


glass product


beverage packaging process

Expert has applied his business and engineering training in the development of primary and secondary packaging systems within the brewing industry. These designs have ranged from modifying existing packaging equipment to work with new materials, to the installation of new packaging lines.

Expert has managed the development of new packaging and decorating equipment, inspection systems, and both primary and secondary package designs. He is experience in the design of both refillable bottle filling operations, and non-refillable bottle and can filling operations.


automated filling




bottle filler


carbonated beverage filling


container handling


packaging equipment


packaging machine


soft drink filling






beer filling


bottle inspection machinery


bottle washer


bottle washing


bottling sanitation procedure




aluminum can


caustic washing

Expert was the Manager of Packaging, Cooling, and Dispense Equipment Development for the North American operation of a major international brewing company. His department managed all stages in the development of a new package, ranging from concept feasibility studies through development, implementation and post launch project evaluations.

While in R&D Expert helped develop, and then managed all packaging projects, a standardized process for all decision requests that were made to upper management. The decision request was developed to provide a standard format when presenting the risks and benefits of proceeding to the next milestone.

Expert has modified package designs for both domestic and imported beer brands to ensure they met various Liquor Board regulations within Canada and the USA. Expert lead various developmental projects to optimize the washing, filling, pasteurization, decoration, and secondary packaging operations.


alcoholic beverage


beverage dispensing equipment






package handling


packaging automation


packaging material


packaging process




research and development management


product-package system development


development process


package design


packaging development

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2009   B.Ed.   Education   University of Western Ontario   Cum Laude
1999   MBA   Business   Wilfrid Laurier University  
1982   B.E.Sc.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Western Ontario  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to 2007


InBev - North America / Labatt


Science and Technology Development


Manager of Packaging, Cooling, and Dispense Equipment Development for North America


Expert managed a team of three engineers assigned to scientific / technological development projects, with a focus on long-term growth, profitability and competitiveness.

He also managed the packaging laboratory, which developed all packaging materials specifications and test protocols for North America.

Expert developed and implemented numerous innovations in packaging to meet marketing and operational objectives. His department succeeded in reducing costs and capturing market share on several projects that were tested and implemented

Expert liaised with marketing sales, technical development, supply chain management, suppliers and external partners, providing technical solutions for future needs, development and revenue opportunities

2003 to 2005


Interbrew / Labatt


Science and Technology Development


Global Technical Services Coordinator


Expert was the North American representative on global technical services team. In this role Expert developed technical solutions to packaging and equipment needs, issues and opportunities, collaborating with team members and global partners. Expert was the technical leader on project that rationalized European bottle designs, and were implemented in 2006-7.

1993 to 2003


Interbrew / Labatt


Technology Development


Packaging Development Project Manager


Expert developed several new packaging designs, and sourced / developed the necessary equipment to complete these installations.

Expert was one of the original 4-member committee that developed and negotiated the agreement on a standard Canadian brewing industry returnable bottle. For several years Expert was the chair of the Technical Committee to the Standard Mould Bottle Agreement for the Brewer's Association of Canada (BAC).

Over his career for Expert has audited several packaging suppliers to evaluate their manufacturing and product development capabilities. He has negotiated exclusive agreements for new designs in packaging materials, as well as royalty agreements for technical projects.

Expert has successfully managed a variety of projects, ranging from completely new package introductions to optimizing existing package designs between multiple packaging operations.

1985 to 1992


Labatt Breweries of Canada




Packaging Engineer


Expert has managed up to $20 million in concurrent capital projects, with over $8 million in active construction. Expert was responsible for all aspects of the capital projects, for the design and layout of the packaging line, through procurement of equipment, installation of the line, and final commissioning.

Based on his production training Expert initiated the use of a project team approach for major capital projects within Labatt's. This approach ultimately became the standard for the Engineering Department.

1982 to 1985


Labatt Breweries of Canada


National Office


Production Management Trainee


Expert was trained in brewing, packaging, maintenance, and quality assurance functions within various production plants. While in training he was responsible for front line management duties.

Career Accomplishments:

Professional Engineers of Ontario,


P.Eng., MBA, B.Ed.

Professional Appointments

Past Chair of the Standard Mold Bottle Technical Committee for the Brewers Association of Canada.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has patents in both the brewing and packaging processes.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert assisted a foreign glass bottle manufacturer in meeting the new supplier approval process for the Brewers Association of Canada. He conducted the plant audit and completed the production trial evaluations.
  • Expert revised the new bottle supplier approval process for the Brewers Association of Canada. He developed the production trial testing procedure and established the acceptance criteria required.
  • Expert has assisted brewers in the development of their packaging material specifications and finished package standards.
  • Expert has evaluated packages for beverage packaging companies while they were at various stages from the original concept development to the final market launch.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Beverage Dispensing Systems/Process Needed.
  • Expert needed to source a 12 oz. stock glass bottle with frost.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has has evaluated technical reports and made recommendations for his employer's legal offices regarding packaging complaints. Expert is trained in glass breakage analysis and the evaluation of consumer complaints.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert needed for case involving a glass bottle.
  • Bottle manufacture expert for consulting on lock out tag out in glass bottle manufacturing.
  • Expert in glass bottle design and manufacturing.
  • Bottle designer expert for consulting on Bottle design for flammable liquor.
  • Expert in packaging technology for litigation case involving glass particles found in food from food packaging.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2009 to 2009   Costa Rica   Audit of glass supplier.
2005 to 2007   Brazil / Europe   As the North American Packaging Development Manager Expert attended several meetings in South America and Europe to coordinate projects and provide technical assistance.
2003 to 2005   Belgium / Global   Although located in North America as the Global Technical Services Manager for packaging Expert reported directly into the Belgium offices of Interbrew. He frequently attended departmental meetings in Belgium, and provide technical assistance globally.

Market Research:
Expert has worked directly with sales and marketing managers to develop new packaging innovations that met their objectives. His experience and understanding of the major cost factors in packaging allowed him to reach the overall market objectives while minimizing the operational costs to implement the projects.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has run various internal packaging training courses. These courses have ranged from a general introduction to packaging for marketing managers, to specific equipment (eg. crowners and pasteurizers) for operators and maintenance mechanics.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert audited many potential material suppliers to determine their current technical capabilities, and evaluate their potential to assist in new package development projects.

Expert has worked with major packaging equipment suppliers to implement new technologies, such as fill height correction. Expert has also retained smaller companies to create solutions (like thread inspection equipment) when the projects were too small or specialized for larger vendors.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has conducted packaging material supplier audits, developed new supplier qualification procedures, and worked with suppliers to modify their operations so they meet their customer's standards.


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