Directors

Chairman

Spence Fraser

Spencer Fraser

Mr. Spencer Fraser is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BA - 1987), Kings College London UK (MA - 2000) and Queen's University (MBA - 2003). Mr. Fraser is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA - 2004).

Mr. Fraser served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for 20 years in a variety of Canadian frigates and destroyers and was a member of several RCN operational staffs. Mr. Fraser specialized in Anti-Air, Anti-Surface, and Electronic Warfare. Some of Mr. Fraser's RCN career highlights include being selected as the first Anglophone Canadian Naval Officer to serve on exchange with the French Navy as well as being selected to attend the Joint Services Command & Staff College in the UK.

From 2000 until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Fraser served as a Project Director for the Directorate of Maritime Requirements Sea (DMRS) where he oversaw various national and international programs and was the RCN's representative to a number of NATO committees and Working Groups.

Since his retirement, Mr. Fraser has been working in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) and has focused primarily on systems designed for military training and surveillance.

Mr. Fraser pitched the creation of the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) in 2003 and was part of the team that brought the concept to fruition. He has served on its Board since its inauguration in 2007 and has been the Chairman of the Board since 2011.

Mr. Fraser has served on various aerospace and defence boards and is currently serving as a board member of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).

Directors

Rolf Brandt

Rolf Brandt

Born in Munich, Germany, Rolf Brandt joined the German Air Force in 1984 after graduating from the Technical College in Munich. During his 22 year military career he held many out of country postings. Mr. Brandt has an Instructor WSO licence for the Tornado Fighter Bomber. During his last posting to the US, he served as a senior flight instructor. He was then assigned the position of Senior Operations Officer in Holloman AFB, New Mexico. After retiring in 2006, he joined Serco Facilities Management Inc. where he currently serves as the Flight Operations Manager in Goose Bay, NL. With experience in UAS operations, his focus is to provide the best and most flexible airspace available in Canada for the testing and operation of UAS.

Greg Luoma

Dr. Greg Luoma

President, LuomaTech Inc.

Dr. Luoma is the President of LuomaTech Inc, a strategic planning and technology consulting company. He is a technology leader with over 30 years experience in the defense and security industry, combining broad technical expertise with strong business acumen to produce world leading solutions. From 2004-2008, he was Chief Technology Officer at General Dynamics Canada, a Canadian defense company, where he restructured the technology development program to greatly enhance its impact on business success. He is a member of several boards, including Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and the University of Calgary Institute for Quantum Information Science.

Len Mitzel

Len Mitzel

Len Mitzel has been an active community member in SE Alberta for the past 40 years.  He has served in numerous council and activity groups and has held seats in a number of elected municipal and provincial political parties.  Mr Mitzel served as a Municipal Reeve for 12 years and as Health Region chair for six years.   He sought the seat as MLA for Cypress Medicine Hat and represented the area in the Legislature for 8 years.  He has also served on a number of committees and been involved in several organizations and associations:

  • President, zone 1 of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties
  • Chair, Provincial Mayors’ and Reeves’ Association of the AAMD and C
  • Co-founder and chair, Mayors’ and Reeves’ Association of Southeast Alberta
  • Chair, Southeast Alberta Water Task Force Committee, which won an Emerald Award for its work on reclaiming abandoned water wells
  • Member, Alberta Environment Water for Life Task Force
  • Alberta Vice-president, Red Coat Trail Highway Association
  • Executive member and president, Southeast Alberta Travel and Convention Association
  • Director, South East Alberta Water Co-op, which brings quality water by pipeline to most farms and ranches of southeast Alberta

Len continues working to raise awareness for a 24-hour border crossing at Wild Horse and for recognition for an alternative north-south transportation corridor along the east side of the province. In an effort to increase economic development in southeast Alberta, Mr. Mitzel is also working with the unmanned vehicle systems and robotics technology at DRDC Suffield. He also now is a Director for the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce. 

Lloyd Sherk

Lloyd Sherk

Lloyd Sherk is a consultant specializing in UVS and innovative technology. For the last 5 years Lloyd has worked on various contracts for the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) and the GPRC Centre for Research & Technology. Projects have included an UVS Opportunity survey of the Peace River Region, new product development, a regional manufacturers association and social licence. Lloyd’s working career started as a Canadian Air Force pilot spending 21 years in uniform. After leaving the military, Lloyd spent 18 years working in oilfield related small businesses in the Grande Prairie area prior to becoming a consultant. He has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Royal Military College and a MBA from University of Alberta. Lloyd owns a share in a Piper Warrior aircraft, is slowly building a kit aircraft; and maintains current glider pilot and commercial fixed wing pilot licences.

Elvira Smid

Elvira Smid

Elvira Smid is Director-Medicine Hat Region in the Alberta Ministry of Finance and Enterprise. She has worked in economic development for the Government of Alberta for eleven years, ten in the Regional Development Branch and one with the Alberta Economic Development Authority. Elvira attended the University of Manitoba (BHEc, and C.Ed.), has an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Waterloo and completed the Banff Centre's Leadership Development Program. She spent 30 months working in international development in Brazil. Upon returning to Canada, she worked as a Rural Development Specialist with the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture, and was a business analyst with Community Futures before moving on to her present position.

Mike Trentini

Mike Trentini

Michael Trentini received the B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in flight control systems from the University of Calgary, Alberta, in 1999.

In 2003, he joined the Autonomous Intelligent Systems Section at Defence R&D Canada, and in 2008 became a Group Head in Autonomous Systems Operations. His research interests include control systems theory for flight control that combine control and vision for robust autonomous navigation. He is applying this expertise to a Canadian autopilot solution developing flight control algorithms that address issues of rapid integration to new platforms; robust helicopter performance for severe wind and weather; and reconfigurable control strategies based on flight conditions.