CEO of Sterling Industries, David Van Slingerland’s signing the Order of Vaughan certification

CEO Awarded Vaughan’s Highest Honor

At Sterling, we were thrilled to hear that our CEO, David Van Slingerland, was selected to receive the Order of Vaughan, the highest civic honor available from the City of Vaughan. David was chosen based on his contributions to both business and medical technology, having been a long-time collaborator and supporter of the city’s economic development initiatives, and a significant driver of the city’s vision to become a world-class center for medical innovation. Besides his success in creating valuable, high-tech manufacturing jobs at Sterling Industries, David has also been an active supporter of the city’s MedTech startup ecosystem, donating both time and resources to growing the next generation of Vaughan’s MedTech leaders. 

CEO of Sterling Industries, David Van Slingerland and Mayor Bevilacqua at the Order of Vaughan Ceremony
The Order of Vaughan's Audience’s watching CEO of Sterling Industries, David Van Slingerland, receiving his award from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua in the investiture ceremony at Vaughan City Hall.
CEO of Sterling Industries, David Van Slingerland, is accepting his award from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua at the investiture ceremony at Vaughan City Hall.

On November 3rd 2022, David was honored by the city, and presented the Order of Vaughan by Mayor Bevilacqua. Vaughan is part of the Greater Toronto Area and has been one of Canada’s fastest growing cities and economic zones in recent decades. “I am extremely grateful to be recognized by the City, and for the opportunities that Vaughan has provided both myself and Sterling Industries, through continual collaboration and a shared vision for the city’s future,” said Van Slingerland. Vaughan has been developing a reputation as both a center of medical innovation, and a critical hub in the Ontario Technology Corridor. 

People's greeting CEO of Sterling Industries, David Van Slingerland, at the Order of Vaughan Ceremony
CEO of Sterling Industries, David Van Slingerland and his sons at the Order of Vaughan Ceremony

On behalf of all of us at Sterling Industries:
Congratulations, David!
Thank you for all that you do for our team and our community. We look forward to pushing the vision forward: working together, continuing to grow, create great jobs and support medical innovation in our community.

Dale Morgan, Director of Global Quality at Sterling Industries

Dale Morgan

Director of Global Quality

Dale is our Director of Global Quality. He brings a career’s worth of experience and leadership in Medical Devices, with deep expertise in quality management systems, regulatory submissions, quality engineering, and more.  Dale has worked with both established medical device OEMs and start-ups, as well as product certification and audit organizations. A licensed professional biomedical engineer, Dale is also certified as an ISO 13485 auditor/MDSAP.

Tim Doyle | Quality Manager, U.S. Operations

Tim Doyle

Quality Manager, U.S. Operations

As Quality Manager of our U.S. Operations, Tim brings over 30 years of experience in computer-aided surgical devices, electromechanical devices, metal fabrication and assembly processes, including clean room assembly and packaging for sterilization. He has extensive international experience, partnering on quality and supplier development projects. Tim holds the ASQ CQE designation. He also proudly served 7 years in the United States Air Force.

Patrick Tam | Quality Manager, Canadian Operations

Patrick Tam

Quality Manager, Canadian Operations​

Patrick serves as Sterling’s Quality Manager, bringing over 20 years of Quality Systems Management experience in the Medical Device and Pharma industries. He leads our Quality Management proactive, bringing a tactical and strategic focus to ensure consistent, repeatable quality for our clients. Prior to joining Sterling, Patrick served as Quality System Manager at Integra LifeSciences where he was responsible for maintaining Quality in their Canadian operations.

Jeff Kiel | Manager, Engineered Solutions

Jeff Kiel

Manager, Engineered Solutions

Jeff serves as Manager of our Engineered Solutions. He works closely with clients to evolve and refine their Medical Device designs — sometimes from the idea stage — through to a fully-optimized, scaleable, ready-to-ship product. He uses his engineering and technical expertise to design our production processes. Prior to joining Sterling, Jeff worked with Toyota in their Prototype Weld Group.

Libni Cano is our Toronto operations’ Regulatory and Quality Manager, responsible for quality and regulatory.

Libni Cano

Regulatory and Quality Systems Manager​

Libni serves as Regulatory and Quality Manager for Sterling’s Canadian sites, responsible for both quality and regulatory compliance. She has over 14 years of experience in medical device quality management systems, with expertise in FDA and Health Canada regulations as well as electronic QMS implementation. Libni is a BSI-certified Lead Auditor for ISO 13485:2016.; she is also ASQ certified with CQE and CMQ designations, and holds a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Ronitt is our Director of Business Development with 25 years of experience, and is responsible for Sterling Industries' global business development.

Ronitt Katz

Director of Business Development

Ronitt serves as Sterling’s Director of Business Development, bringing 25 years of experience. She has an extensive background in the tech industry, having worked for IBM, TIBCO and several software companies, from startups to industry leaders. Within the Medtech space, She has vast experience in partnering with Fortune 100 organizations, early stage startups, and everything in between.

Jojo Wang is our Engineering Manager, responsible for leading our Sterling Engineering Team.

Jojo Wang

Engineering Manager

As Engineering Manager, Jojo is responsible for leading the Engineering Team. She brings a wealth of experience in Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, and Product Development, and expertise in designing manufacturing solutions and driving business improvements. Prior to joining Sterling, Jojo served as a process engineering leader for Boston Scientific, focused on electrophysiology solutions. She holds a BSc in Mechatronic Engineering & Automation, and a Masters in Engineering Management.

Lilian So is the Director of Finance here at Sterling Industries.

Lilian Soo

Director of Finance

Lilian is the Director of Finance at Sterling. She is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of progressive experience in Finance, and a talented CPA/CGA who unites operations with finance continuously improving company performance. She has extensive experience with fast paced environment, driving innovations and process improvements to help drive positive changes and optimize profitability.

John Pleskina is the Director of Global Operations for all our facilities, responsible for manufacturing operations.

John Pleskina

Director of Global Operations

John is the Director of Global Operations for Sterling, responsible for manufacturing operations. John has over 25 years manufacturing experience in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as VP of Manufacturing at Southmedic Inc.  Previously, John was Director of Operations for Scapa Healthcare where he was responsible for the effective operation of sites in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo, John served over 14 years with the Royal Canadian Navy.

David Van Slingerland, CEO of Sterling Industries

David Van Slingerland


David assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and has led Sterling Industries through transformative growth. He brings over 30 years of executive experience, with deep expertise in change management and growing organizations through innovative technology and human capital. At Sterling, he has introduced an agile manufacturing model, built an industry-savvy leadership team, and is responsible for driving customer-focused end-to-end solutions. Prior to Sterling Industries, David held a variety of executive positions with Manulife Financial and Shoppers Drug Mart.