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LEADING-EDGE CANADIAN INNOVATION COMPany

Mawashi Science & Technology is a leading-edge Canadian innovation company developing human augmentation systems, including game-changing exoskeleton technologies.

Based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on the south shore of Montreal, Mawashi uses modern science in human factors, ergonomics and biomimicry, as well as an approach to new product development that includes multiphysics engineering and industrial design.

 

Core Ideology

Mawashi's corporate mission is to:

  • Protect human life

  • Enhance human capabilities

  • Contribute to the technological advancement and well-being of humanity

Our core values are:

  • Respect & open-mindedness

  • Imagination & creativity

  • Passion & dedication

  • Empowerment & buy-in

 

COLLABORATION & INNOVATION CULTURE

Our corporate culture fosters:

  • Team spirit

  • Collaboration

  • Design & innovation

Mawashi promotes the collaboration between its multidisciplinary workforce in order to create a symbiosis between Design, Engineering and Human Factors. Through brainstorming sessions where all employees' experiences are pooled together, Mawashi reaches an unprecedented level of innovation.

Mawashi's workspace are optimized to facilitate communication and collaboration between employees. The increase of interaction between Mawashi's personnel gives rise to unconventional, out-of-the-box and innovative concepts and ideas that make Mawashi a unique and outstanding company.

 

Multidisciplinary Workforce

Mawashi's multidisciplinary team consists of experts coming from various domains, mainly:

  • Human factors & ergonomics (ergonomists, kinesiologists, biomechanics)

  • Multiphysics engineering (mechanical, structural, electrical and biomedical engineering, as well as mechatronics)

  • Industrial design (ideation, conceptualization, computer-assisted design and prototyping)

The plurality and diversity of knowledge and experiences as well as the combination of each employee's personality result in a creative, out of the box thinking and productive workforce with an extraordinary innovation potential.

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Mr. Alain L. Bujold, M.Phil., MECH
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Mr. Bujold is an analytical, out-of-the-box-thinking R&D strategist with an 24+ years track record of successes spearheading and driving the development of cutting-edge products for the defense and security industries. He draws on cross-functional state-of-the-art science in ergonomics and human factors, developing breakthrough research and design strategies via Biomimicry to efficiently take new products from concept to technology readiness. As a curious thinker, he enjoys using pragmatic logic to create new innovative ideas. He has developed over 130 scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) projects in defense and law enforcement. Mr. Bujold also worked in the construction domain for more than 10 years, which gave him a good understanding of the domain. Mr. Bujold has superb strengths in financial and technical analysis to ensure that product definitions are both feasible to manufacture and commercially viable. He is also a collaborative leader that delivers coaching targeted to individual strengths and weaknesses to optimize team performance. Finally, he has a proven ability to analyze market dynamics, customer demands and competitor activities, and position a company’s product offerings to take advantage of niche markets and emerging opportunities. In addition, Mr. Bujold is completing a double doctoral program in business administration and philosophy of innovation.

 

Mr. Simon Pesant, Ph.D.
Scientific Researcher, Project Coordinator

Mr. Pesant has completed a Ph.D. in Material Physics where he studied the properties of several polymers as well as superconductors. He has extensive knowledge in material science, mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and thermal physics. With more than 10 years of experience in R&D project coordination and management in the defense, aeronautics and aerospace industries, he has developed great technical skills in manufacturing processes, product development and product experimental testing. Mr. Pesant is resourceful, versatile and creative and has the ability to address complex problems and efficiently find the adequate solution.

 

Management Team

 

Mrs. Elodie Achard, BAA, CRHA/CHRP
Human Resources Manager

Mrs. Achard is a versatile human resources manager with strong communication, marketing and business development skills. Graduated in business administration (B.A.A), Ms. Achard mastered the various aspects related to human resources management, including recruitment, payroll processing, benefits, and health & safety at work. With 11 years of experience, she has implemented various human resources procedures and policies and has conceived and updated several human resources management tools.

 

Mr. Jean-François Morissette, B.Gest.
Program Manager

Mr. Morissette is a resourceful and versatile leader with more than 20 years of experience in management of R&D projects and teams. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management and a technical diploma in textile technologies and chemistry. Mr. Morissette successfully exercised leadership of new products development projects (small scale budget up to multi‐million scale), from design of initial concepts up to manufacturing ramp up. Also, he is an excellent project planner that always keep in mind project’s objectives, budget and schedule. He has experience in projects related to military personal protective equipment.

 

Mr. Dominic Ferron
Technical Manager, Senior Industrial Designer

Graduated in Industrial Design Techniques, Mr. Ferron cumulates 15 years of experience in product development. He has mainly worked in the automotive and defense sectors. Inspired to change the world by contributing to the development of exoskeleton technologies and other revolutionary products, the role of Mr. Ferron as technical manager is to lead the technical and technological decision-making process to ensure that the design output are products which are optimized, reliable and intuitive. Professionalism and quality of work are values promoted by Mr. Ferron, as well as an environment which favors a sense of belonging and fun at work.

 

Mr. Philippe Lavoie, Eng.
Lead Engineer

Mechanical engineer by training, Mr. Lavoie has, through is experience, successfully mastered most topics that are related to the development of new technologies.  With great skills in engineering, technics and manufacturing processes, he leads the process of development of the design deliverables through a methodical technical review. He has 12 years of experience in project management and high technology products development. Mr. Lavoie has great technical skills and knowledge in mechanics, robotics, system integration and numerical analysis which he uses to manage projects.

 

LCDR Jovanni F. Conway, USNR
Business Development Director (USA)

Lieutenant Commander Conway is a charismatic and motivated professional with over 20 years of proven experience leading high performance teams in dynamic, fast-paced environments. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biomechanics and a master's degree in Industrial/Human Factors Engineering. LCDR Conway is also a seasoned, results-producing management professional with experience directing all aspects of operations, engineering, administration, budgeting, recruitment, business development, organization and attention to detail, critical thinking and problem solving focused on consistent operational success.

 

History of Mawashi

Mawashi was founded in 2003 by Mr. Alain L. Bujold. Since its foundation, more than 130 research and development (R&D) projects were realized in the Defense, Law Enforcement, Correctional Services and the industrial sector. Notably, Mawashi worked in the past as a solution provider for several prime contractors, among which Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Sagem, Ultra Electronics TCS, CGI and DEW Engineering and Development. For more details about Mawashi's past projects see our Projects and Achievements section.

By employing over 18 years of direct experience in development and conception of Human Augmentation Systems (HAS), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Load-Carriage and Thermoregulation systems and relying on extensive research, development, and design knowledge Mawashi has created revolutionary new solutions and made significant enhancements to existing products for soldiers and special forces operators.

In 2014, Mawashi entered a new phase and reoriented its core activities towards Human Augmentation Systems. Effectively, Mawashi was selected by the Pentagon (US Department of Defense) to participate in an innovation contest on HAS, more specifically an exoskeleton for Special Operations Forces. This project gave rise to Mawashi's first functional exoskeleton prototype that later on served as a basis for our UPRISE® Tactical Exoskeleton.

Mawashi's team utilizes its expertise in Human Factors Engineering, Biomimicry, Impact Management, Load Carriage and its specializations in new product development, advanced apparel and equipment, novel materials, and systems integration to provide world leading products and solutions. Mawashi manufactures state-of-the-art products and we are dedicated to advancing the cutting-edge of science and technology, by developing innovative solutions for specialty-applications personnel.