Canada's Top 40 Under 40(TM)

They are the next generation of excellence in business and beyond. They are the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Canada's Top 40 Under 40 is an annual list of the best, brightest, and youngest: people who have accomplished great things before their 40th birthday. The 40 are drawn from a rich national pool of nominees, and chosen based on their professional accomplishments, vision, leadership, innovation, and community involvement.

Waterloo alumni have made the Top 40 Under 40 list 30 times in the award’s 12-year history – with 18 of those nods going to engineering alumni. The Faculty of Engineering congratulates these exceptional young leaders.

Please note: the companies and titles listed indicate the company and position for which the recipient was working at the time the honour was awarded.


Leonardo Simon
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo


Tom Chau
Scientist, Bloorview Kids Rehab, and
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
PhD 1998, Systems Design Engineering

Patrick Lamarre
President and CEO, SNC Lavalin Nuclear Inc.
BASc 1995, Chemical Engineering

Alim Somani
President, Infusion Development
BASc 2001, Electrical Engineering

Susan Tighe
Canada Research Chair and Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
MASc 1997, Civil Engineering
PhD 2000, Civil Engineering


Cameron Piron
President and Co-Founder, Sentinelle Medical Inc.
BASc 1998, Systems Design Engineering

Marlo Raynolds
Executive Director, Pembina Institute
BASc 1996, Systems Design Engineering


James Dean
President and CEO, DPoint Technologies Inc.
BASc 1990, Civil Engineering


Joseph P. Mattell
Country Leader, Canada, BearingPoint
BASc 1989, Mechanical Engineering

Parker B. Mitchell
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Engineers Without Borders
BASc 1999, Mechanical Engineering

George E. Roter
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Engineers Without Borders
BASc 1999, Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Salvadori
Executive Vice-President, Business Transformation, & CIO, TELUS
BASc 1993, Systems Design Engineering

Lucas A. Skoczkowski
CEO, Redknee Inc.
BASc 1997, Electrical Engineering


Catherine A. Booth
Vice-President, Capgemini Canada
BASc 1988, Systems Design Engineering
MASc 1990, Management Sciences Engineering


Joseph M. Natale
Country Leader, KPMG Consulting Canada
Senior Vice-President, Global Automotive and Transportation Industries, KPMG Consulting
BASc 1987, Electrical Engineering


W. Dean Hopkins
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Cypberplex Inc.
BASc 1991, Systems Design Engineering


Christopher E. Erickson
President & Co-Founder, 724 Solutions Inc.
BASc 1989, Computer Engineering

Ross S. Mitchell
Vice-President, Packet Telephony, Broadcom Canada Limited
BASc 1984, Electrical Engineering


Timothy D. Collings
V-Chip Inventor
Director & Chair, Research Committee
School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University
BASc 1984, Electrical Engineering
MASc 1986, Electrical & Computer Engineering


James A. Estill
President & CEO, EMJ Data Systems Limited
BASc 1980, Systems Design Engineering


Donald J. Walker
President & CEO, Magna International Inc.
BASc 1980, Mechanical Engineering