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DEW Engineering and Development ULC is recognized as a successful aerospace and defence company that provides our customers with total solutions for vehicle armour innovation, platform integration and large-scale manufacturing. Incorporated in 1978, DEW is h... more.
Tim Dear, Associate
Tim Dear, Associate After graduating from the Royal Military College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical), Tim served in the Canadian Forces as a Combat Engineer, a Construction Engineer as well as being both a Project Director and a Program Manager on capital equipment programs. He retired from the Canadian Forces at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. Tim is a Licensed Professional Engineer and over the course of his military career, Tim continued his professional development by graduating from the Canadian Forces Land Staff College, the Technical Staff College at Royal Military College at Shrivenham, England, and the Command and Staff College in Canada. Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, Tim was appointed Vice-President of DEW Engineering where he played a major part in DEW's growth throughout the 1990s, creating and implementing several programs, including "Success Through Strategic Partners". Tim held various senior positions at DEW including Business Development, Project Management, Research and Development, and Strategic Initiatives. In 2004, Tim was appointed President of DEW and he was instrumental in the successful purchase of the company by CoorsTek, in June 2008. Tim also has corporate experience at both the Officer and Director level of several Canadian and US companies. Tim has recently joined Centre-Arch Inc. and brings to the firm a wealth of knowledge and capability in the defence and security industries. im's significant experience with building successful industry teams and partnerships will be an important part of his contributions to the Centre-Arch Inc. and our clients.
Biography and Background on Timothy Dear, P.Eng., President and CEO
Prior to DEW Engineering, Tim served in the Canadian Forces as a Combat Engineer, a Construction Engineer as well as being both a Project Director and a Program Manager on capital equipment programs. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1988 and immediately joined DEW. Upon joining DEW, Tim was appointed Vice President where he played a major part in DEW's growth throughout the 1990's, creating and implementing several programs including "Success Through Strategic Partners". Tim held various positions at DEW including Business Development, Project Management, Research and Development, and Strategic Initiatives. He became President in 2004 and was instrumental in the successful purchase of DEW by CoorsTek in June 2008. In the last three years at DEW, Tim's major focus was to team DEW with key bidders for defense programs valued at over $7 billion for capital as well as another $7 billion in Long Term Support. Tim was an Officer and Director of DEW, a Director of CoorsTek Armor Solutions and an Officer and Vice President of CoorsTek. Other Information Tim graduated from the Royal Military College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, Mechanical and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces Land Staff College, the Technical Staff College at Royal Military College Shrivenham, England, and the Command and Staff College in Canada. Tim was a previous member of the Defence Advisory Committee (DIAC) with Assistant Deputy Ministers from DND, PWGSC and IC. Tim is also a member of WIDS and is the Industry Representative on the Scholarship Committee.
Tim Dear, president and CEO of DEW, said the armour manufactured in Miramichi - a lightweight ceramic composite technology - offers the same ballistic protection as the traditional steel armour at half the weight.
"As the Stryker vehicles get older and need to be refurbished, we replace the heavy steel with our ceramic composite armour to get those vehicles back to the mobility they had when they were first made," he said. Miramichi Centre MLA Robert Trevors, also minister of public safety, said the announcement is "nothing but positive" for a region struggling with high unemployment. "A number of corporations on the river like DEW are really helping build us a foundation to get the Miramichi back up again," he said. Dear said it's important that the firm continues to win competitive manufacturing bids. "We need to keep winning competitive contracts to keep the 160-plus people working here," he said. Meanwhile, Dear hopes DEW will snare some bigger contracts with the Canadian military. Several contracts worth roughly $12 billion for tanks, trucks and other vehicles are expected to be tendered by the Department of National Defence after the federal election. "We need to keep winning these smaller contracts so we're ready to go out and nail and win and deliver the big vehicle jobs," he said. Dear said the larger contracts would be a boon for the entire province because DEW would team up with local suppliers in areas like machining, metal fabrication and rubber manufacturing, creating spinoffs in the economy. "DEW Engineering and Development is proud to support Canada's troops as it fulfills its demanding and challenging role overseas", stated DEW President Tim Dear. "DEW Engineering and Development is pleased to be supporting the Department of National Defence on the Field Heating Equipment program", stated DEW President Tim Dear.
In 20 years of military service and another 23 years at DEW, company president Tim Dear hasn't seen this level of spending at one time.
"Never in my living memory has there been this many major programs all at once for the army. Never," Dear said in an interview Thursday. "These programs are all going to be bid in the next nine months. What happens in the next nine months will define the Canadian army for the next 25 to 35 years," he said, alluding to what work could mean for DEW. Winning even a slice of the work that the federal government plans to have done for the military will mean DEW will need to outsource, Dear said. Much of the work DEW wants to outsource the firm could do itself, but it plans to be too busy to take care of it alone. "It is everything from mechanical machining services, to small forging and casting, to gear cutting, to sheet metal fabrication, sub-assembly, coatings," Dear said. It's a winner-take-all system with military programs. Those companies that bid and win need deep pockets, but get handsomely rewarded. On top of the roughly $6 billion in capital expenditures on vehicle acquisitions, the military will be doling out about the same amount in 25-year deals for vehicle maintenance. Dear highlighted four key programs. The roughly $2-billion Close Combat Vehicle project - through which the army plans to source 108 armoured vehicles for infantry use with the option of up to 30 more - has DEW teamed up with Sweden's BAE Systems Hagglunds to bid; Dear expects the final request for proposals from the military for the 35-tonne vehicles will be out today or Monday. "Should we win this project we would do the complete turret assembly and we're looking at doing that work here in Miramichi," he said. Then there's the roughly $1-billion Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAP-V) project, the Force Mobility Enhancement Project - for tanks - and a program to source about 1,500 new military trucks worth $1.2 billion called the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. "They're buying over 100 close combat vehicles, they're buying 500-600 tactical armoured patrol vehicles, they're buying 1,500 standard military-pattern trucks and they're looking at upgrading or the purchase of a wide variety of armoured, engineer tanks and armoured recovery tanks. DEW, formed in 1978, employs more than 400 people, and has historically kept between 160-320 people working in Miramichi over the years, depending on projects. "We will add more people as we bid and win contracts," Dear said. DEW has a 125,000-square-foot facility in Ottawa and a 90,000-square-foot building in Miramichi. The New Brunswick facility has manufactured ceramic composite armour, the bulk of which goes on U.S. front-line military Stryker operational vehicles - used in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the 1990s, the first program DEW introduced in Miramichi was vehicle assembly, re-life and re-roll, which saw the company bring in older vehicles, strip them and rebuild them for new roles. Dear said DEW made all the armoured ambulances in use in Afghanistan, in Miramichi. Tim Dear - DEW President lead off the reception by welcoming the companies as well as senior members of the New Brunswick government, local dignitaries, and media to the event. "DEW anticipates substantive and sustainable growth going forward based upon DEW's participation in both major Canadian Army programs a lead Canadian partner on several bids teaming with leading global OEMs; as well as from DEW's intent to pursue opportunities in environmental technologies both in Canada and elsewhere globally" stated Dear. "DEW Engineering and Development is proud to support Canada's troops as it fulfills its demanding and challenging role overseas", stated DEW President Tim Dear.
"DEW Engineering and Development is pleased to be supporting the Department of National Defence on the Field Heating Equipment program" stated DEW President Tim Dear.