Bio summaries for new board directors

Cameron Ackerblade

Cameron Ackerblade is a 2005 graduate of the School of Business, IT and Management Accounting program and holds accreditations in Financial Services Advice, Lending Qualification and Investment Funds.  He is currently Account Manager for Grand & Toy covering territory in southeast GTA and Durham Region. He brings extensive experience in Customer Relationship Management systems, various marketing collaterals and has built and maintained numerous community relationships during his over 10 year sales career.  His community work includes being a member of the Golf Tournament Committee for the Oshawa Seniors Citizen Centre; vice-president of Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club; member of Rotary Club Oshawa-Parkwood and chair of Annual Reverse Draw; member of Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen is a 2016 graduate of the Centre for Food Horticulture- Food and Farming program and holds an Honours degree in Psychology with Business Administration-Research Specialist from Wilfred Laurier University (2006).  Ryan is currently employed as the Field Coordinator at Durham College managing a team of students at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food.  He is responsible for management of the greenhouse, fields and orchard including developing an Urban Farm Strategy and community outreach.  He served as Student Governor (2016-17) to the Board of Governors for Durham College and was responsible for bringing a student’s perspective.  As a volunteer, he managed a collaborative partnership between a student entrepreneur program (ENACTUS) and a community organization which develops neighborhood garden projects.  The project involved designing and building a 70’ color wheel vegetable and herb garden; designing a passive solar greenhouse, producing a promotional video and fundraising activities.

Doug Duplantis

Doug Duplantis is a 2001 graduate of the School of Business, IT and Management Business Marketing program and is certified NFPA Standard 1001, Firefighter I and II under IFSAC and NPQS as well as Emergency Medical Responder.  He is currently a Mentor/Territory Manager for StonCor Canada-Fibergrate Division in Toronto.  His responsibilities include overseeing sales and installation operations of assigned territory while assisting and cultivating new Territory Managers joining the team with a core responsibility of maximizing sales while ensuring client satisfaction.  Strengths and expertise include Business Plan Management, Relationship Building and new Business Development.  Doug brings a dedicated, goal-oriented work ethic along with strong interpersonal skills.

Brent Lessard

Brent Lessard is a 2014 graduate of the School of Science and Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology program.  Brent is Co-Founder and Project Manager of rLoop, a globally distributed and decentralized moonshot engineering non-profit organization.  He successfully established vision, strategy, platform and process to facilitate virtual and physical collaboration among a community of over 1300 globally distributed engineers.  He also manages business development and funding streams, including crowdfunding, strategic partnerships and sponsorship opportunities.

One of the first projects rLoop worked on was the Hyperloop. The brainchild of Elon Musk at SpaceX, the Hyperloop is a ground-based method of transportation to take people from one place to the other in a matter of minutes. rLoop was one of the more than 1,200 teams that competed in an open-source competition to help bring the project to life. Brent, along with his collaborators, made a name for themselves with SpaceX by winning the Hyperloop Pod Innovation and Best Non-Student Hyperloop Design Awards. He also won the Best Hyperloop Design, Drama and Excitement Award in a competition held by Asite and the Dubai Future Foundation.

Brent is a 2017 Alumnus of Distinction and the recipient of the 2017 Premier’s Award.  His volunteer work includes serving as an advisor on the President’s Panel of Durham College for the 50th anniversary; Guardian Angel mentor to Grade 10 students at St. Michael’s Choir School and disaster relief volunteer in Thailand after the 2014 tsunami.