OUR PEOPLE

The ISO Edge provides highly skilled experts from various industry backgrounds to work directly with you.  We have carefully selected true subject matter experts who have relevant industry experience and backgrounds enabling them to apply Management System fundamentals in a way that is specific to your business.  Our people are diligent about maintaining their professional qualifications while also ensuring that their knowledge, their techniques and their personal development remain current and cutting edge.

LISA VELANOFF

Lisa has been a Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor since 1996 and a Certified Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor with RABQSA since 1999. In addition to her QMS Lead Auditor status, Lisa spent the years from 1997 – 2004 as an authorized QS-9000 Assessor with the AIAG Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force. Lisa has conducted hundreds of Certification Audits in various industry sectors such as: Basic Metals and Fabricated Metal Products, Printing, Manufacture of Coke & Petroleum Products, Chemicals & Chemical Products, Rubber & Plastic Products, Machinery & Equipment, Electrical Equipment, Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, Transport & Storage, Not-for-Profit, Municipalities, Project Management Firms, Retail, Wholesale, Health Care, Social Services, Professional Services, Engineering, Design Firms and Travel Agencies.
In addition to her Lead Auditor status, Lisa spends a significant percentage of her time as the Lead Instructor for a suite of ISO 9001, TS 16949, Process Management and Quality Management courses both for Accredited and Non-Accredited programs.


Lisa has been employed with The ISO Edge since its inception in July, 2002. In addition to being one of the company’s founders she also acts as President. Lisa is responsible for Business Development, Research and Design, Advisory Services and delivery of ISO Edge training courses. In her position, Lisa has overall responsibility for the maintenance of the QMS used to administer The ISO Edge’s activities.


Lisa has successfully assisted, advised and provided training for hundreds of organizations in their implementation or improvement efforts of their Quality Management Systems and Occupational, Health and Safety Management Systems.

Prior to The ISO Edge, Lisa was the National Sales Manager for an international Certification Body where she worked since 1994. Her responsibilities included management and coordination of sales activities for Canada, auditing both ISO 9001 and QS-9000 internationally, tutoring for the training department and sitting as a member on the North American technical committees for process design, improvement and new product offerings. She also acted as the Key Account Manager for the Canadian clientele.


Over the past two decades, Lisa has gained specific knowledge and experience working within the automotive industry through auditing and advising a variety of organizations including but not limited to: brake parts (including drums, rotors and friction components), rolled and stamped parts, plastic components, assemblies, springs, platers, anodizers, surface treaters and steel processors.

Lisa’s specialties are management system implementation, integration & improvement, process management and improvement, quality management systems auditing, and training.


Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Sociology and History from the University of Guelph, Canada.

GARY (BUCK) PENNINGTON

Gary B. (Buck) Pennington began working in Occupational Health and Safety in 1988 and in Environment and Quality since 1992. Gary has been a full-time, independent, Management System Facilitator and Consultant for the past 13 years. His experience is in the development and facilitation of Quality Management Systems through a broad range of government, service and industrial organizations.

Gary’s most recent projects include:

Assisting an Ethanol Plant during construction in developing its contractors safety management programmes.

Working with a highway construction and highway maintenance company in the development of its integrated management system of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001

Working with a tubular products manufacturer in integrating its OHSAS 18001 system with its current quality management systems

Conducting external/internal audits for a mining company and for an engineering company

Gary facilitates RABQSA Lead Auditor courses for one of the world’s largest registrars in ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001 across Canada and has completed RABQSA Lead Auditor courses for ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001.


Gary is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and member of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals. He is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) and member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).

Gary is a former contract instructor for IAPA WSIB Certified Joint Health & Safety Committee Member Part 1 and Part II courses. He also taught the Surface Miner Common Core course for the MTCU. He has been a volunteer instructor for: Safe Boating Courses for the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron; The Industrial Accident Prevention Association Young Worker Awareness Program: and The Greater Belleville Safe Community organization

Gary has a diploma in Business Administration from LoyalistCollege and a trade qualification from the military as a Communications Systems Technician.

Rick Beck

Having been involved in Manufacturing since his graduation from “Mechanical Production Technology” at Sheridan College, Rick entered the Automotive Tier 1 and Aftermarket sectors first as a Quality Supervisor graduating to a Quality Engineer and ultimately into the role of Quality Manager. Today, an OACETT-Certified Engineering Technologist (CET),Rick has held various Corporate Quality and Management positions including Director of Quality Systems and Plant Manager respectively, covering a wide range of industries including: Automotive Tier-1 Stamping; Truck and Car Tier 1 and 2 Interior Systems Manufacture/Integration; Plastic and Rubber Moulding; Sporting Goods Manufacturing and Agricultural Metal / Welding / Drivetrain Operations.
Having worked In Quality and Operations Management provides Rick with a unique point of view and allows him to speak to all groups and levels within an Organization related to Quality. For example, one of Rick’s significant career accomplishments included his tenure at a Tier 1 Stamping Supplier that experienced growth from 3 to 10 plants (8 in Canada and 2 in the US) and where 3 of the 7 plants were Greenfield start-ups. Rick’ responsibilities included presiding over initial domestic-import stamp/plate/paint launches.


In addition to his work career, Rick has also acted as a Consultant supporting Painting, Pressure Vessel and Heavy Rubber Manufacturing organizations.


Rick’s technical specialities include:

  • Stamping:

    • Auto A-Class panel blanking
    • Progressive and transfer tool
    • Steel strip roll and coining

  • E-coat/mono and clear coat Tier 1 painting
  • Canadian Steel mills - statistics-driven improvement and performance-based sourcing
  • Steel slitting, tube manufacture and forming
  • Joining: Bronze brazing, MIG, resistance, and laser welding
  • UHSLA structural roll forming for crash bars and seating components
  • Functional assembly and testing - seat tracks
  • Sintering, heat treat and CNC machining
  • Plastics injection(and over-moulding), blow moulding, and rubber compression moulding

Rick’s experience in Supply Chain Selection, Development and Management include:

  • Steel mill-direct and processing
  • Plating
  • Painting
  • Heat Treating
  • Tooling
  • Fasteners
  • Plastic Resins

Rick’s Professional Accomplishments include:

  • Mechanical Engineering projects involving facility, process and product development
  • General metals manufacturing in Quality and Production Management
  • Quality management in multiple process environments
  • Automotive QMS development and implementation
  • ISO-IATF Auditing - RAB recognized Omnex Lead Auditor
  • 6 Sigma implementation and Green/Black Belt Management
  • Training, Coaching and Mentoring for improvement
  • Automotive APQP/Core Tools

LARI DAKIN

Lari has been providing environmental, heath and safety and quality auditing and training services, for over 15 years. He has conducted several hundred registration and surveillance audits of companies, to various management system requirements. Lari is a Registered Lead Auditor of Quality under the IRCA scheme. He is an EMS Lead Auditor, and was one of the first Certified Environmental Auditors in Canada, both under ECO Canada Certifications. Lari was one of the first Certified Health and Safety Management Systems Auditors in Canada under the Auditing Association of Canada (AAC). He is also a Professional/Chartered Chemist with the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario and a Certified Training Specialist with Langevin Learning Services.
Lari provides hands on direction and coaching services to clients in the quality, environmental and safety fields and has directed a number of clients through implementation of management systems to International Standards. He has also developed and implemented management systems (including a national award winning environmental management system) and internal auditing programs for a variety of clients and employers to assist them in achieving and demonstrating compliance to management system requirements. In addition, Lari specializes in the optimization of existing management systems, to increase efficiency and effectiveness; and waste management systems to reduce costs and environmental effects. He develops and provides training in management systems, conducts health, safety and environmental legal compliance audits and provides assistance and information for legally required government reporting.


Lari has extensive environmental and safety experience (>25 years), including twenty years in management systems experience in the manufacturing, utilities, chemical, waste management and public sectors. He has previously fulfilled environmental, health & safety and quality duties within the plastics, chemical and automotive industries, regional and provincial government, and on-site environmental services companies. He has provided a number of employers/clients with the development and presentation of quality, health, safety and environmental training programs, including OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 Lead/Internal Auditor training, WHMIS, Confined Space Entry, Respiratory Protection, Site Safety, Environmental Awareness & Due Diligence, Chemical Handling and Emergency Response.


Lari has also been directly responsible for waste minimization/diversion programs and waste/scrap product and customer development. He has held supervisory and management positions in several companies. Lari has had experience in landscaping and grounds/lawn maintenance, including chemical application.

Lari holds a Bachelor of Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Conestoga College and a Diploma in Legal Office Administration from Fanshawe College.

Rob Morris

With over 39 years experience in the construction industry, and more than 30 in Senior Management, Rob has held positions such as Project Director, Construction Manager and Regional General Manager in the UK, Canada and the Middle East. He spent 12 years working in the UK for an International Contractor, then 15 working in Canada for an established multidisciplinary Consulting firm prior to joining a Swiss-owned Global Inspection, Testing and Certification Business based in Toronto. To further his career he moved to the UAE / KSA in the Middle East for 12 years working for a Specialist Materials organization and Project Management Consultancy respectively. Rob moved back to Canada in 2017 and now operates as a Senior Consultant and Advisor for The ISO EDGE supporting our expansion in the Construction Industry.
Rob is a European Engineer (Eur. Ing.), a Chartered Civil Engineer (B.Sc. Hons. C. Eng. MICE) and a Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada (P.Eng.). He has a diverse portfolio of experience working for Contractors, Consultants, and Specialist Materials Consultants. His Experience has included Infrastructure (Rail, Roads, Bridges, Airports and Ports), Energy (Nuclear Power, Waste Management and District Cooling), Oil and Gas (Upstream and Downstream), Public Health (Water and Sewage Treatment), Mixed Use Developments (Residential, Commercial and Retail Shopping Centres), Hospitality (Hotels, Resorts and Conference Centres).


His diversified experience has been focused on 5 main areas: Engineering (Technical and Management), Quality Systems (Management, Consultancy, Implementation and Certification), International Trade (Global procurement, Logistics, Contract Compliance & Quality), and in Business Development, where he has specialized experience in Organic and Inorganic Growth, Diversification Geographically and Services and Joint Venturing and Acquisitions.


During his career he has worked with Owners and Developers, Public Sector Government Departments, Private Companies and Organizations, Multidisciplinary Design Consulting Companies, Specialist Consulting Organizations, Multidisciplinary Contractors and Sub Contractors, Quality Management Companies, Major Suppliers & Inspection and Testing Organizations.


In his current position he is able to draw on this experience to position The ISO EDGE to expand on its current success and sustainably grow the business, adding value our Clients.

Omer Tigani

Omer Tigani is a Quality Management and Organizational Excellence Expert with more than 15 years of experience as a Senior Manager. He has lead organizations to design and establish robust Quality Management Systems (QMS) for ISO accreditations by continually improving their operational management systems. Using various sets of ‘Excellence’ and ‘Quality’ tools and techniques such as ISO Standards and Excellence Models, Omer has been enabling organizations to achieve and sustain outstanding performance.
Omer has extensive experience as an ISO QMS Lead Auditor and Senior Consultant, advising and coaching organizations in wide-ranging areas of business such as Construction, Project Management, Engineering, Real Estate, Education, Municipal Services and Manufacturing.


Omer is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality Management (ASQ), an ASQ-Certified Instructor and ASQ-Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). He holds a Leader for Excellence (L4E) and is an EFQM Assessor accredited by the European Foundation for Quality Management in Belgium. Omer is also an accredited Certified Excellence Professional (CEP) by Excellence Canada, an accredited Chartered Quality Professional (CQP) by the Chartered Quality Institute, and a registered QMS Auditor by the International Register for Certified Auditors (IRCA) in the UK.


Omer has presented at many events in the United States, Qatar and Sudan. He has many peer-reviewed articles published by international magazines, including ASQ (Quality Progress, Journal for Quality and Participation). Omer is a professional trainer for both corporations and universities.


Omer earned his Doctoral Degree in Business Administration, specialized in Quality Management, and holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Management (Grade Excellent) and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering Sciences (with Honours).

PAUL SPATAFORA

Paul has been working in the Quality field since 1982 and has held every possible position in the Quality Discipline. Throughout his career, Paul has been responsible for the full development and deployment of Quality Management Systems in the plastics, ink making and metal stamping industries.
In 1984, Paul was hired by Fry Copy System to revamp their Quality system to ensure that there was complete traceability throughout the organization. Within one year, the system was documented and in place, serving the company. During 1985 – 1993, Paul worked as a Quality Coordinator, Quality Engineer, and Quality Supervisor in the plastics and metal stamping industries gaining valuable hands on experience in each of those industries. During this time, Paul acquired on-the-job knowledge working at a heat treating facility which also did Zinc Dichromate plating and phosphate and oil. He also conducted supplier development and liaising with all types of suppliers. He dealt with organizations that performed chrome plating to steel mills that in turn provided the coiled steel for stampings. From 1994 – 2009, Paul worked at Cam Tool & Die as the Quality Manger and the TS-16949 Manager responsible for implementing and overseeing the Quality Management system in three facilities. Paul is now working as an independent Quality Consultant and ISO 9001 QMS Auditor.


Paul Graduated from Humber College in 1982 with an Electro Mechanical Engineering Diploma and in 1986 he received his Quality Certificate from Ryerson University. During his career, Paul acquired theoretical and practical knowledge in the following automotive areas: APQP, FMEA, MSA, Internal Audits, Continuous Improvement, and Quality Management Systems (QS 9000, ISO 9001, and TS 16949). He recently took the SAI Global Training RABQSA Certified ISO 9001 Competency Based Lead Auditor course and completed it successfully.


In addition to implementing Quality Management Systems, Paul has a strong background in the technical areas of Quality. He is fully conversant in blue print reading, GD&T, and specification writing. Other areas of knowledge include, plating, heat treating, and both injection and blow mold plastics. Paul has working knowledge of most of the measuring equipment utilized in manufacturing such as CMM, hardness testing, plating thickness, and all hand measuring devices.


Paul brings 25 years of Quality knowledge in both the Automotive and Non-Automotive industries with the focus on creating and deploying Quality Management Systems in diverse fields.

"It is fair to say that we do not look at The ISO Edge as a consulting company… We regard you as an extension to our very qualified ‘Quality Management Team’."
Phill Rozak , Group Director, Quality - Dana Brake & Chassis

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