John K. Bell



• An entrepreneurial career that has seen him commence, operate and eventually sell companies in automotive parts and recycling technology.

• A member of several Boards of Directors including: automotive parts, telematics, private equity, construction equipment, hospital, emerging hybrid and electric vehicles, polices services, and pension plans organizations.

Executive and Management Experience

• Shred-Tech Limited. CEO and Owner. Started the Company in 1977 and grew it to become a world leader in recycling Technology, and developed the mobile document shredder – and the beginning of an industry in North America. Sold the Company to a NYSE Company in 1995.

• Polymer Technologies Inc. CEO and Owner. Purchased the Company in 1996 and grew from a $9 million plastics Company to $125 million tier two Auto parts manufacturer with 7 plants in four countries and over 1,000 employees. Recognized as one of Canada’s 50 best managed Companies for four years. Sold to two private Equity Companies in 1995.

• ATS Automation Tooling Systems. In 2007 led a successful proxy fight that replaced the board and senior Management. Served as CEO while recruiting a new senior management team. The Company has 24 global manufacturing facilities, 4,000 employees and $900 million in Sales.

Board of Directors and Advisory Experience

• Chairman, BSM Wireless Incorporated, a TSE listed venture Company providing GPS/cellular enterprise management capabilities for trucking fleets in North America and Globally

• Board Member and Audit Chair, Newport Partners Income Fund, a $700 million TSE listed Investment Company with 18 operating partners in manufacturing, remediation and financial services.

• Board Member, ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., A $900 million global designer and manufacturer of Automation for healthcare, solar and automotive industries.

• Chairman, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, a community Hospital with $100 million budget and 1200 employees.

• Chairman, Crosschasm Technologies Inc., a University of Waterloo ‘spin-off’ Company developing processes and technology for hybrid and electric vehicles.

• Board Member, Royal Canadian Mint, a $2.1B for profit Crown Corporation

• Chairman, Waterloo Regional Police Commission, $100 million budget and 1,000 employees

• Chairman, Canada’s Community Triangle Accelerator Network

• Co Chair, Region of Waterloo Prosperity Council

• Board Member, Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan, $18 Billion of Pension Assets

• Other – Member and executive of various other private Company and not for profit boards


• BBA, University of Western Ontario Ivey school of Business

• FCA, Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountant, degree in 1973, Fellowship awarded in 2005

• Harvard – OPM (owner presidents program), Oxford – International Marketing

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