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

Expert ID: 727577 Canada

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Expert has applied his business and engineering training in the development of packaging systems (cans, bottles, and kegs) within the brewing industry. These designs have ranged from bottles or cans developed for specific brand related objectives, to the rationalization of multiple brands into a common package formats or sizes.

Expert has led projects to meet marketing objectives of growth objectives while optimizing the key operational factors that enhanced the profitability.

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.

Expert has modified existing packaging equipment to work with new materials, and installed new packaging lines for specialty packages. He managed the implementation of new bottles, cans, and secondary packaging. He is experienced in the design of high-speed bottle and can lines, as well as intermediate Craft brewing scale equipment.

Expert was the Manager of Packaging, Cooling, and Dispense Equipment Development for the North American operation of InBev. 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. Expert also managed the material specifications for all existing packaging materials and coordinated the approval process for any physical change to a bottle, can, or carton.

Expert helped develop and standardize a process for all requests made to upper management to change a package design or specification. This process provided a standard format that listed all the risks and benefits from each stakeholder when making the change. It provided feedback from management if further input was required, and was used for each milestone on major developmental projects.

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 packaging material specifications for both bottle and can line operations. As the internal expert in packaging material manufacturing processes Expert conducted several audits of new and existing can, bottle, and carton suppliers for both procurement and quality assurance departments.

As a consultant, 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.

As a consultant, Expert has assisted brewers in the development of both their packaging material specifications and finished product packaging standards.


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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Department: Consultant
Expert has provided consulting services to major Canadian and international brewing companies. He has developed packaging material specification for their suppliers and the quality standards and procedures used by the breweries for their finished products.

Expert has worked with an international brewery and their glass supplier to determine the root cause and resolve a randomly occurring quality problem. Expert was known by both organizations and he was hired by them jointly to represent both companies and resolve their problem.

Expert has acted as an expert witness.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: InBev - North America / Labatt Title: Manager of Packaging, Cooling, and Dispense Equipment Development for North America Department: Science and Technology Development
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 (bottles, cans, cartons, and kegs) and the test protocols for all North American packaging.

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.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: Interbrew / Labatt Title: Global Technical Services Coordinator Department: Science and Technology Development
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.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to 2003 Employer: Interbrew / Labatt Title: Packaging Development Project Manager Department: Technology Development
Expert developed several new packaging designs, and sourced / developed the necessary equipment to complete these installations.

Expert was one of the original four-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 (bottles, cans, and cartons) to evaluate their manufacturing and product development capabilities. He has negotiated exclusive agreements for carton designs, and royalty agreements for the development of packaging inspection equipment.

Expert has successfully managed a variety of projects, ranging from completely new package introductions to the optimization of existing package designs used in multiple packaging operations.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1985 to 1992 Employer: Labatt Breweries of Canada Title: Packaging Engineer Department: Engineering
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, from the design and layout of the packaging line, capital estimates, procurement of equipment, installation, and final commissioning.

Expert initiated the use of local project teams for earlier plant input and training on major capital projects within Labatt's. This approach ultimately became the standard for the Engineering Department.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1982 to 1985 Employer: Labatt Breweries of Canada Title: Production Management Trainee Department: National Office
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.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2009 to 2009 Country / Region: Costa Rica Summary: Audit of glass supplier.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Country / Region: Brazil / Europe Summary: As the North American Packaging Development Manager Expert attended several meetings in South America and Europe to coordinate projects and provide technical assistance.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Country / Region: Belgium / Global Summary: 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.
Years: 2019 to 2020 Country / Region: Turkey Summary: Audit of glass plant for the qualification of bottle supplier. Assisted supplier through the Brewers Association of Canada's supplier qualification process.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Engineers of Ontario, - Retired
Licenses / Certifications
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.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has has evaluated technical reports and made recommendations for his employer's legal offices regarding packaging complaints on bottles, cans and kegs. Expert is trained in the evaluation of packaging failures.

Provided expert witness services as a consultant regarding the development of a glass bottle and personal injury claim.

Provided expert witness services in plastic bottle packaging line design and operation.
Training / Seminars
Expert has run various internal packaging training courses and developed on line packaging courses used within the brewing industry. These courses have ranged from a general introduction to beer packaging for Craft brewers to advanced courses for large brewers (eg. The operation of keg lines, can lines, bottle lines, packaging materials and quality checks, conveyor controls, and different beer fillers.)
Vendor 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.
Marketing Experience
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.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has conducted packaging material supplier audits (bottles, cans, and cartons), developed new supplier qualification procedures, and worked with suppliers to modify their operations so they meet their customer's standards.

Fields of Expertise

bottle, bottle design, bottle glass, carton, glass bottle, glass container, glass product, beverage packaging process, automated filling, beverage, bottle filler, carbonated beverage filling, container handling, packaging equipment, packaging machine, soft drink filling, uncaser, bottling, beer filling, bottle inspection machinery, bottle washer, bottle washing, bottling sanitation procedure, washing, aluminum can, caustic washing, alcoholic beverage, beverage dispensing equipment, brewing, package, package handling, packaging automation, packaging material, packaging process, pasteurizer, research and development management, product-package system development, development process, package design, packaging development, development management, automatic vision system, advertising, carbonated beverage, glass thermal stress, packaging ink, glass packaging material, cardboard box, plastic can, Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, automation, air rinsing, plastic closure, secondary packaging, cleaning material, adhesive application machine, polyethylene terephthalate bottle washing, cardboard carton, corrugated carton, paperboard carton, water, blow-molded bottle, polyethylene terephthalate bottle, aluminum bottle, plastic bottle, folding carton, microbial control product development, packaging machine performance, automated test equipment design, glass recycling, research and development organization, research and development planning, aluminum forming, filling machine, manufacturing process development, curriculum development, plastic container, plastic product, packaging technology, object design, research and development, bottled water, aseptic filling, can filler, bottle rinser, new product development management, blow-molded container, container, soft drink, sanitizing, research and development productivity, paperboard, glass, boxboard, blow molding, aluminum, aluminum cans, can liner, can specifications, shaped cans, can ends, can seamer, supplier audits

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