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Mawashi Science & Technology is a Canadian company located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, on the south shore of Montreal.

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 Operations Forces (SOF) operators.

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.

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.

 

Design & Innovation Culture

Mawashi Science & Technology 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.

 

Core Ideology

Mawashi's Core Purpose is to:

  • Protect human life

  • Enhance human capabilities

  • Make technological contributions for the advancement and welfare of mankind

Mawashi's Core Values are:

  • Tip of the Spear: Leading-Edge Technological Innovation

  • Failure is Not an Option: Get the job done no matter what

  • Buy-In: Truthful belief in Project and Team Success

  • Creativity: Insight and Imagination

  • Passion: Dedication and Hard Work

  • Team Spirit: Empowerment, Communication and Collaboration

 

Multidisciplinary Workforce

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

  • Human Factors Engineering (ergonomists, kinesiologists, biomedical engineers)

  • Multiphysics Engineering (mechanical/structural/electrical engineering, and mechatronics)

  • Industrial Design (ideation, concept art, 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.

 

Executive LEADERSHIP

 

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

Mr. Bujold is a human factors and ergonomics specialist with more than 20 years of experience in new product development within the defense and security industries. Through observation, imagination and intuition he has developed the skills for finding new and better technologies by the use of Biomimicry.

Mr. Bujold is a curious thinker who enjoys using pragmatic logic to create new innovative ideas. He has developed more than 130 scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) projects in the law enforcement and defense domains. His particular experience lies in human physiology and vulnerability, human factors & ergonomics, advanced materials and technologies, and impact management (blunt-trauma, stab, fragmentation, ballistic).

Mr. Bujold is completing a Doctoral program where he focuses on the process of innovation and design within the Biomimicry field.

 

Mr. Jean-Marc Sheitoyan, PMP, BDI, ADIQ 
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

Passionate about design, art, science and technology, Mr. Sheitoyan is a thoughtful and empathetic leader. His core values are creativity, team spirit, empowerment and buy-in. His core purpose is to protect human life and augment human capabilities. Ingenious and resourceful, he anticipates obstacles and finds solutions to fulfill project objectives on time and on budget. Trilingual, he is an excellent communicator and a responsible manager who performs very well under pressure.

Mr. Sheitoyan's expertise combines strategic innovation, industrial design, project management, new product development, human factors, and biomimicry. His experience relies in human augmentation systems (HAS), exoskeleton technologies, wearables, smart textiles, load-carriage, thermoregulation, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Using his imagination, intuition and can-do attitude, Mr. Sheitoyan has accomplished several R&D projects with aggressive schedules and limited budgets. With his team, he has developed several breakthrough technologies, notably: Passive and active exoskeletons, low burden gas mask, personal thermoregulation system, and combat helmet suspension system.

Mr. Sheitoyan holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He orients the strategic innovation and planning processes for the organization. Mr. Sheitoyan promotes a culture of design, collaboration, innovation and sustainable development.

 

Mr. Benoit Lauzon, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Mr. Lauzon has more than 22 years of experience as a controller, payroll department supervisor, manager and finance director either in the private sector or in public corporations. In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience in financiers’ relationship management and more than 23 years of experience with financial audit. Mr. Lauzon is quick to adapt and versatile and has extensive knowledge in individuals tax systems, payroll services, as well as legal and regulatory obligations for small and medium businesses.

 

Management Team

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mrs. Marie-Pier Lague, BDI, ADIQ
Program Manager

Mrs. Lague is a senior industrial designer who is passionate about new product development and has extensive experience in working in a multidisciplinary team. Very rigorous and unifying, she can quickly grasp the issues and bring people together in order to find solutions to move projects forward. Mrs. Lague has been working in new product development for more than 20 years in companies in different sectors: human augmentation systems, rail transport, law enforcement and institutional aquatic equipment. For more than 10 years, she has focused mainly on project management.

 

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 1997 by Mr. Alain L. Bujold, subject matter expert in ergonomics and human factors. Since its foundation, more than 115 research and development 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.

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.