CMEC has assembled the finest team of consulting experts with years experience in a multitude of businesses, industries, government, academia and knowledge based services. You will have direct access to this outstanding team of professionals who will connect you to a wide array of opportunities.

Meet the CMEC Team

Shawky Fahel

President and CEO, Canada-Middle East Consulting

Shawky Fahel started JG Contracting Ltd in 1979. He now owns and operates several successful businesses under the umbrella name JG Group of Companies including a successful woodworking shop, a property development company and, most recently (2015), Canada-Middle East Consulting Inc. (CMEC). Fahel’s companies are based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Shawky arrived in Waterloo from Jaffa in 1968. He still maintains strong connections to the Arab community and the Middle East. A Palestinian, he has written extensively about improving relations between Palestinians and Israelis. Fahel has helped establish several organizations including one that nurtures medical research ties between Canada and Palestine while another distributes medical equipment to the developing world. Fahel has served as an advisor on Middle East matters to the Canadian Departments of External Affairs and International Trade. He has been a delegate on Canadian trade missions (MENA) to Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and the West Bank. Fahel studied political science and Near Eastern Studies at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the distinguished recipient of several honours and awards including Waterloo’s Citizen of the Year, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award as well as several humanitarian and outstanding volunteer awards.

Dr. Rafat Faraawi

Rheumatologist. Faculty Member, McMaster University

Dr. Rafat Faraawi is a licensed Rheumatologist in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Faraawi is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, at McMaster University. During his outstanding career he has been the Principal Investigator in over 30 clinical research trials and has authored more than 50 abstracts and publications. Dr. Faraawi is the Principal Investigator with K-W Musculoskeletal Research Inc and he is the Consultant Rheumatologist with both the Grand River Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in the Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.

Bob Kalbfleisch

President, RS Kalbfleisch Consulting Inc

Bob Kalbfleisch established his own consulting company in 1999 after a 30-year career in the Ontario Public Service. As a consultant, he has delivered on several business management projects including senior communications advisor to the Innovation Institute of Ontario, the Ontario Innovation Trust and the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, CEO and Executive Director, Business Development for Agricorp, and senior marketing and communications advisor for the University of Guelph’s Laboratory Services. He has also assisted in the start-up of the Innovation Institute of Ontario, On-Trace Agri-Food Traceability Inc. and Canada’s Technologhy for Food Inc where he served as the Managing Director. During his career as a civil servant, Bob was Director of Policy Coordination, Executive Director for the Ontario Government’s relocation programs and Executive Officer of the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario. He was also the Chair and member of several Federal Provincial committees addressing food safety, food quality and food inspection matters. Bob assisted the Vineland Renaissance Panel during the development of the Business Case for the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and continued to consult for the Centre’s management team as a senior advisor for communications and policy as well as provide project management leadership in site master planning, and facility/lab renovations. Bob was a founding Director and the Managing Director of Canada’s Technology for Food (CTFF), a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of SMEs in Canada-Ontario’s food/beverage producing/processing industry by cultivating, and facilitating the adoption of “world class” innovative advanced manufacturing and information technology solutions. .

Klaudios Mustakas

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Mustakas & Associates

Klaudios is a former senior manager with the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). He has 37 years of federal government service, including international diplomatic assignments in the United States and the Middle East. He retired as Chief, Enforcement (CBSA). He has twice been awarded the Governor-General of Canada’s Peace Officer Exemplary Medal for exemplary service in the Canadian Government. Before opening his own practice, he was an advisor on immigration programs for the Pace Law Firm. An expert in Canadian immigration and enforcement matters, he has extensive knowledge of all levels of the federal and Ontario governments. Klaudios also has extensive ties with business and cultural communities in southern Ontario. He is frequently requested to speak on immigration and citizenship issues.

Donald Baker

Consultant, International Affairs and International Academia

Dr. Donald Baker has unusually broad experience in the strategic direction of higher education. In addition to serving as department chair, dean and vice president academic in Canadian Universities, he was vice president of a college that evolved into a university. He drafted the policy on credit transfer among Ontario universities, became the founding director of one of Canada’s first quality assurance agencies for higher education, and among other things, served for two terms as an elected Trustee on a large school board. In addition to honorary degrees, his service was recognized with an Alberta Centennial Award for Distinguished Service. From 2012 to 2016 Dr. Baker was consultant to the President of Qatar University on strategic management issues. This followed six years at United Arab Emirates University where he served at Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Services and then as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. In Canada, he was President of Mount Royal College (now University), Vice President Academic at Wilfrid Laurier University and director of the Secretariat for PEQAB. He also served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education. He held full-time faculty appointments at Stanford University, Michigan State University, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. As a consultant he has undertaken projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Jordon and Qatar. He served on the international team that reviewed the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. Twice he formally reviews the Qualifications framework of the UAE, once for Abu Dhabi Council and again for the National Qualifications Authority.

Don Bourgeois


Don Bourgeois is a lawyer who practices primarily regulatory law, and charitable and not-for-profit law. Mr. Bourgeois was General Counsel for a large regulatory and law enforcement agency in Ontario, reporting to the Ministry of the Attorney General, for almost a decade, during which time he also served as Deputy Registrar, Director of Licensing and Registration, and Director of Legal Services. Mr. Bourgeois has extensive experience in public policy and public law. He is the author of Public Law in Canada, and several texts for the charitable and not-for-profit sector, including The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Elections Law of Canada. In recognition of his contributions to his community and profession, Mr. Bourgeois is the recipient of several honours and awards, including The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, AMS/John Hodgson Award, The Amethyst Award, Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award, and the Canadian Gaming Association’s Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution.

Ray Simonson

Business Entrepreneur

Ray Simonson is a founder and former CEO of Coreworx Inc., an enterprise software system that enables Oil and Gas companies, Mining companies and Engineering companies to automate major capital project best practices to mitigate schedule and cost risk through the entire capital project lifecycle. Coreworx customers manage a portfolio of more than 900 capital projects valued at over $1.2 trillion. Coreworx has offices in Houston, Calgary, Waterloo and Abu Dhabi. The company is currently expanding its market in China and the GCC. Ray attracted a top class management team that raised over 30 million dollars for Coreworx. Ray brings a 32-year record of accomplishment with a deep technology expertise in enterprise software development and a proven entrepreneurial approach to business.

John Gillberry


A seasoned senior executive with a track record spanning nearly three decades of success with particular expertise in managing the finance and operations of venture capital backed enterprises. Successfully completed complex transactions including mergers, acquisitions, cross-border business arrangements and international business agreements and has held a variety of senior roles ranging from CFO and CEO at a variety of leading firms including G.A. Finance, RCA Corporation, General Electric, Thomson SA, and Newcourt Credit Group. A successful entrepreneur in his own right, John is the founder and president of Bayfield Capital Group, a specialized corporate finance advisory firm providing expertise in areas of mergers, acquisitions, asset based lending solutions, capital acquisition and other growth strategies which may take advantage of non-traditional or equity financing. He has held C-level roles with companies such as WireIE, eSentire, QHR Technologies Inc. and CoreWorx, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for companies including ZAIO Corporation and BTE Technologies Inc., Wi-Lan Inc. and Guest Logix. John holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Douglas Carruthers

CEO and Board Member, Titan Management

Douglas Carruthers has a BA from McMaster University. Douglas has over forty-five years of management experience with complex business models in agriculture and environmental solution activities. He executed very successfully as VP Corporate Development at Organic Resource Management Inc., a TSX listed company organic waste recycling services company between 1992 - 2012. He is a skillful planner, communicator and team motivator. During his career he has held various senior executive positions in public companies and sat on two public company boards. He was also sales manager of a large Canadian commodity trading organization, a credit risk analyst to agricultural enterprises and a recycling technology adoption risk analyst with a venture capital firm. In the fall of 2015, Douglas executed a consulting engagement with Titan Logix Corp. a TSX listed oil field services company to develop a more comprehensive strategic planning process in response to the dramatic downturn in the crude oil market. In February 2016 he joined Titan’s board of directors and became Titan's CEO.

Dr. Bob Rosehart

Retired President, Wilfid Laurier University and Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada)

Dr. Bob Rosehart is the Past President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Waterloo, Ontario. He assumed this position on September 1, 1997 and completed a ten-year term in August 2007. During the previous thirteen years he served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dr. Rosehart holds honorary degrees from University of Waterloo (2006), Nipissing University (2007) and WLU (2008) as well as degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He was a professor of chemical engineering at Lakehead University during the 1970's.. Dr. Rosehart’s interests are in economic development, science and technology policies, corporate governance and indigenous self-government policies. Dr. Rosehart has served as an environmental and public policy consultant to both the federal and provincial governments. He has served as a member on the Executive Committee for Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. (the former economic development partnership for the Region of Waterloo). In 2008and 2009, Dr. Rosehart served as the Interim Principal of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo. Currently, Dr. Rosehart serves on a number of Boards including Academics Without Boarders where he is the Treasurer. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Intelligent Mechatronics Systems (IMS). IMS is a mid-sized Waterloo-based technology company. (http://www.intellimec.com/) He recently retired after nine years as a Board member of the Grand River Hospital Foundation (Region of Waterloo). Dr. Rosehart is the past-chair, and current Board member, of St Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo. Recently, he participated in the search process for the new Principal at St Paul’s.

Mark Whaley

Entrepreneur and City of Waterloo Official

Mark Whaley is well known as “the man with many hats.” As an elected official in the City of Waterloo, Canada, he is a four-term Councillor who has often represented his Region on the world stage, including its recognition as “the world’s most intelligent community” by the Intelligent Community Forum in New York. In business, he is a partner and president of two highly successful technology companies, Horizon Engineering Solutions and Canadian Lite Incorporated. Both companies are located in Waterloo, Canada, in the heart of the nation’s technology hub. He also sits on the board of directors of a number of for profit, charitable and research organizations. Mark is an award winning environmental activist who has been honoured locally with his city’s highest award of merit, his provinces premiere recognition for volunteerism and the Canadian Urban Leadership Award.