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Ivan Bradaric

George Rowbottom
Ivan Bradaric  
B.Sc Mechanical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Management course, Mohawk College, 3 years (part-time)
Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, B.Sc. Mechanical

Ivan left the country of Croatia to come to Canada to seek a better life. It was here that he began to sharpen his skills. He started off working at Niagara College in Welland Ontario where he became the program coordinator for their Power Engineering program. He started to envision a private enterprise where he could provide consulting services as an Operating Engineer.

He became the head Power Engineer for St Lawrence Starch in Port Credit Ontario in 1986 where he was responsible for the entire plant. He was in charge of power plant maintenance managing 3.2 megawatt (MW) generators. He eventually installed a system that would end up saving St Lawrence Starch $3.7 million per year, a number that they were quite content with. The opportunities in consulting forced Ivan to eventually leave Niagara College and continue using his knowledge with large companies in order to increase their saving annually.

These types of savings caught the interest of a few other companies including Imperial Tobacco. Ivan was in charge of rebuilding both the Alymer and Guelph plants where he managed to save $800 000 and $600 000 respectively with the boiler rooms he designed from scratch.

After a successful attempt at consulting, he realized his love of teaching and decided that it was something he wished to continue doing. He began negotiations with Stelco in hopes of using his knowledge to help train their operating engineers and IBA's Industrial Training center was born in 1992. He was responsible for the training of 200 plus employees. Soon many companies like Ontario Hydro in Kincardine became interested in Ivan's philosophy of providing theory along with hands on experience in a work environment similar to what operating engineers were used to.

George Rowbottom  
M.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Waterloo University
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with distinction
Ordinary National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with distinction
General Certificate of Education (Cambridge), U.K. Rowbottom

Professional Engineer of Ontario - P.ENG.
European Engineer - EUR ING
Chartered Engineer - U.K.- C.ENG (Retired)

George left school at the age of 16 to complete a five-year apprenticeship. The company manufactured tea-processing cutters and dryers, combined harvesters, wheeled and track-laying tractors, excavators, road rollers, naval gun shell hoists, pressure vessels, Wickes water tube and Cleaver-Brooks fire tube boilers, and many other products.

He gained his B.Sc. after only a further five terms of full-time study. Major topics included Thermodynamics and Nuclear Power Engineering. During the summer he worked as a draftsman -in the Medium Speed Diesel Engine Design Office of Alsthom GEC (Ruston & Hornsby Ltd), Lincoln, U.K.

With Delta-Catalytic Enterprises Limited George worked as a draftsman on the Bomark intercontinental ballistic missile defense installation, later as a piping draftsman and engineer at the polybutadiene plant for Bayer Inc. He compiled a database of all instrumentation at the Sun Oil Refinery.

At Shell Canada Limited, Sarnia Refinery, George was an Design & Construction Engineer and Resident Engineer for the construction of Canada's first hydrocracking plant, using hydrogen at over 15 MPa. Later, as Inspection Engineer, he was responsible for the integrity of pressure piping and vessels throughout the refinery mostly using non-destructive testing methods. He redesigned a fired heater with the convection section in reboiler service and the radiant section in catalytic reformer duty, providing a reactor feed of hydrogen and hydrocarbon vapour at 525 degree Celsius.

While at Lambton College George performed testing for Welding Procedures for scores of companies. For the training of operators George was instrumental in the introduction of the first Honeywell distributed control system and a simulator in any college. After he left, others grew this into a centre of excellence.

At Lambton, he gained his M.A.Sc. Degree, while studying part-time. Arising from his thesis, he co authored a published paper on the bulge forming of superplastic metals.

At Niagara College, as part of his responsibilities in five different locations, George facilitated the introduction of laptop computers, believed to be the first in Canada, and initiated the first cooperative experience for students in technology programs at Niagara College. He introduced a number of new courses and redesigned facilities to accommodate automotive training on campus. He also led a team to the Peoples Republic of China on a federally funded technical exchange program.