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Director of Program Management & Engineering

Halifax, NS, Canada
October 22, 2019

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Marc G. Charbonneau

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Focused, dedicated and highly motivated Director, offering strong technical, planning and organizational skills with proven ability to increase productivity and profits. Proven experience managing product and research development programs from conception to customer delivery, acceptance and in-service support. Exceptionally proficient at ensuring customer satisfaction by anticipating their needs and providing creative solutions to meet program requirements. Skilled problem solver capable of using root cause analysis across a wide range of technical and business areas to improve operating efficiency through the implementation of effective change management processes and procedures.

Program Management

Earned Value Management

Integrated Master Scheduling

Process Improvement

Personnel Management

Systems Engineering Management

Balanced Scorecards

Strategic Planning

Risk & Opportunity Management


ULTRA ELECTRONICS MARITIME SYSTEMS, Dartmouth, NS January 2018 – Present

Director of Program Management & Engineering

Promoted to the Senior Management Team, reporting to the President, and responsible for the whole of the Engineering/Product Development Department. As the Director of Program Management & Engineering, I have extensive experience with Earned Value Management, Variance Reporting and Root Cause Analysis, Risk and Opportunity Planning, Comprehensive Estimates at Completion, and performance management of multi-disciplined engineering professionals.

Leading a team of 75 Program Managers, Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, & Software Engineers, generating in excess of $20M in revenue per year.

Overseeing 10 year, $23M Research & Development Program with support from various universities and government to deliver next generation Variable Depth Towed Active/Passive Sonars.

Contributing to and reviewing the 5 year Company Strategic Plan.

Responsible for Operating Budget of $2M per year (engineering infrastructure, training, professional development, travel, tools and test equipment, software licensing, etc…).

Improving on business performance metrics and chairing Program Review Meetings.

Ensuring adherence to the Systems Engineering Life Cycle in the execution of our programs.

Responsible for assigning engineering resources across programs.

Responsible for reviewing proposals, including estimates for labour, subcontracts, materials, risks, and Industrial Technical Benefits (offsets).

Led the Underwater Warfare Sonar Upgrade contract negotiations for the design and delivery of six new Low Frequency Active Sonars for the Royal Canadian Navy valued at over $20M.

ULTRA ELECTRONICS MARITIME SYSTEMS, Dartmouth, NS May 2016 – December 2017

Head of Program Management

Led a team of 5 Program Managers, generating in excess of $20M in revenue per year.

Set program goals to meet company financial objectives.

Successfully led Ultra’s multinational capture efforts for the Canadian Surface Combatant Sonar Suite worth over $100M for the down selected LM/BAE Team (awarded in February 2019).

Introduced Earned Value Reporting methodology to all programs.

ULTRA ELECTRONICS MARITIME SYSTEMS, Dartmouth, NS October 2014 – May 2016

Senior Program Manager

Led a team of 13 Electrical, Mechanical, Systems and Software Engineers on the VICTORIA Class Submarine Towed Array Sonar System (SUBTASS) Program.

Ensured proper requirements derivation, production of System Requirements Specifications, System/Subsystem Design Descriptions, conduct of Design Reviews, System Test Plans, Environmental Qualification, First Article Tests, Production Readiness Reviews and System deliveries.

Successfully secured a contract ceiling increase of $7M on the SUBTASS Technical Investigations and Engineering Support Contract, with another $5M increase awarded in 2017.

Exceeded 2015 SUBTASS Program objectives with $3.1M in orders and $4.9M in sales.

Exceeded 2016 SUBTASS Program objectives with $3.9M in orders and $3.05M in sales.

BLUEDROP PERFORMANCE LEARNING, Halifax, NS May 2014 – October 2014

Director of Sales

Managed the Naval and Defense Sector Key Accounts including the Navy Learning Support Centre, Lockheed Martin Canada, CAE, General Dynamics, L-3 MAPPS, Fleetway and Ocean Systems.

Led multiple proposals and secured over $2M in new contracts.

Developed and fostered key strategic partnerships for major naval programs such as the AOPS and JSS In-Service Support, Naval Remote Weapon Station, Halifax Class Modernization, AOPS, ANZAC Modernization, and the Canadian Surface Combatant.

LOCKHEED MARTIN CANADA, Dartmouth, NS January 2012 – March 2014

VISTATM Program Manager

Led a team of 22 Software Developers, 6 Software Testers, 3 Multimedia Developers and 3 Project Managers in the creation of high fidelity, 3D and 2D Synthetic Maintenance Trainers for the US, Canadian, Australian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean and Japanese Navies.

Conducted Business Development and Proposal Management for new VISTATM customers and markets, this includes presentations at trade shows and international user group meetings.

Set and achieved clear strategic goals including delivering on existing projects, building effective relationships with other e-learning businesses, improving internal development processes and tools and providing cross-pollination opportunities to strengthen the team’s technical capabilities.

Led the VISTA III proposal and secured a $10M USD contract to deliver simulations to the USN in September 2013.

LOCKHEED MARTIN CANADA, Dartmouth, NS May 2007 – December 2011

Systems Engineering Program Manager

Program manager for the Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Trainers Systems Engineering Design. Led the systems engineering team responsible for the logical, functional and physical architecture, and sub-systems specifications for HCM Trainers. Conducted successful Systems Requirement Review, Systems Design Review, Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review to ensure customer needs were met within the allocated budget and schedule.

Proposal manager for the Marine Engineering Systems Operator Trainer charged with leading an international team in producing a compliant bid in response to a DND Request for Proposal.

Training Sub-Integrated Product Team Manager on the HCM Proposal, responsible for the approach to training, estimating, scheduling, resource planning, subcontractor source selection and proposal writing for LM Canada’s successful bid for the Navy’s HCM Project.

Systems engineering manager for Operations Room Team Trainer (ORTT) technology refresh projects addressing software and hardware obsolescence issues while ensuring system remained available for customer operations.


Training Program Manager

Led the day-to-day and long range planning of the Combat Systems Technician Training Department

Owned the development of a Strategic Plan and Balance Scorecard that focused efforts on innovation, financial efficiency, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.

Planned and executed the allocation and purchasing of new resources and the effective reallocation of existing material inside a $1M operating budget.

Program managed 50 instructional staff, senior technicians and junior officers resulting in a highly capable and cohesive team dedicated to providing excellence in training.

Successfully qualified over 200 Combat Systems Technicians per year.

UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN THE SUDAN, Khartoum, Sudan October 2005-April 2006

United Nations Military Observer

Monitored and verified Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudanese People’s Liberation Army units for compliance to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, including: leading patrols, investigating, negotiating and reporting.

Ensured the operational readiness of twelve member team as the Team Site Logistics Officer, including: food and supply requisitions, inventory control, vehicle maintenance, communication and IT equipment control, fuel requisition, electrical generator operation and maintenance, assets totalling $1.2M.

Managed Assistant Logistics Officer, Camp Manager, two cooks, a waiter, two cleaning staff and four security guards resulting in an efficiently run camp and in the assurance of high morale among the UNMO team.


Engineering Manager

Responsible for the following major engineering areas of the platform: Command and Control, Weapons, Communications, Sonar and Radar systems.

Utilized extensive experience in project management to design and implement project plans for the ship’s maintenance periods to ensure the successful completion of all outlined work.

Assisted in successfully leading the Combat Systems Engineering department in ensuring the technical readiness of the ship for deployments including: risk management, preventive and corrective maintenance prioritization, ammunition safety, and non-ionizing radiation (RADHAZ) safety.

Managed five senior maintainers and 20 technicians resulting in a high performance team dedicated to ensuring optimum performance of the ship's war fighting capabilities.


Underwater Warfare Analyst

Analyzed joint and combined multi-asset anti-submarine warfare training exercises to ensure the success of defensive tactics including: test planning, data collection, event reconstruction, video rendering, and briefing.

Developed the Operational Analysis training package in order to expedite assimilation of new staff to the team.

Participated in the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) planning for the VICTORIA Class.

Defined the requirements for a database to address the lack of data collection capabilities on the VICTORIA Class Submarine in order to support the analysis of its OT&E program.

Managed three data collectors resulting in complete data sets available for post-analysis.

HMCS FREDERICTON, Halifax, NS September 2000 – February 2002

Engineer in Training

Completed on the job training on the following systems: Radar Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, the Command and Control Processing and Display System, Communication Systems, Sonar Systems, navigation equipment and Weapon Systems.

Led the Evidence Gathering Team during boarding’s of vessels of interest and maintained the chain of evidence.

Developed and maintained a networked email system during deployments at sea, including Windows Network Administrator, Web and Email Server Administrator, and Email Client Java Applet software development.


DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY, Halifax, NS Sep 2007-2008

Master’s Degree – Business Administration (select courses) Not Completed

Select courses toward MBA post graduate studies completed.


Specialized Training/Course - Combat Systems Engineering Theory

Studied Antenna and Radar Theory, Electronic Warfare Theory, Information Processing and Display Theory, Communication Theory (HF, VHF, UHF, SATCOM), Sonar Theory, Navigation Equipment Theory (GPS and Laser Ring Gyro), Ballistic Weapons Theory, Control Theory, Missile Guidance Theory and Signal Processing


Bachelor's Degree - Computer Engineering

Graduated with a Bachelor's of Computer Software Engineering with emphasis on Relational Database Design


2018 Earned Value Management Refresher

2017 Change Management

2016 Maximizing Leadership Impact

2014 Sensitive Information and International Trade

2013 International Business Practices

2013 Counterfeit Parts Prevention

2013 Quality Management Systems

2012 Crucial Conversations

2012 Risk & Opportunity Management

2012 Advanced Program Management Workshop

2011 Capture Management – Advanced

2011 LM Certified PM Professional Lvl 2

2010 Capture Management – Fundamentals

2009 Subcontract Program Management

2008 Earned Value Management Certification

2008 Behavioural Interviewing

2007 Unit Non-Ionizing Safety Officer Course

2006 Presiding Officer Course (Military Law)

2006 Training Management Course

2006 Expenditure Management Certification

2006 Synergest REAL Project Management Course

2005 Addictions Awareness for Supervisors Seminar

2005 Peacekeeping Support Training Course

2004 RADHAZ Safety

2003 Matlab Refresher Course

2002 Ethics & Leadership

2002 Human, Financial & Material Resources

2002 Ship's Team Diving Officer

2000 Safety Management Course

2000 Suicide Intervention Course


MS Office Suite

MS Outlook

MS Project

IBM Rational DOORS

Eligible for PMP & PEng

Bilingual (English/French) EEE


NATO Secret


Available upon request

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