Leadership

Sterling Industries has been providing high quality medical device and component manufacturing for over 40 years. As our reputation and success has grown, we’ve continued to invest in our people; building a leadership team of industry veterans, an innovative group of engineers and technologists, as well as a devoted and disciplined manufacturing and assembly workforce.

David Van Slingerland

CEO

David assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and has architected the company’s strategic direction, leading 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. He has built a leadership team with deep industry knowledge. Prior to Sterling Industries, David held a variety of executive positions with Manulife Financial and Shoppers Drug Mart.

John Pleskina

Director of Global Operations​

John is the Director of Global Operations for all our facilities, 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.  John was previously the 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. 

Jason Kneen

Director of Global Quality Management

Jason is the Director of Global Quality Management. An expert in FDA and ISO compliance as well as quality systems, he brings deep knowledge of design controls, risk management, NC/CAPA and change control. Prior to joining Sterling, Jason was Sr. Manager of Global Quality Systems at Orchid Orthopedic Solutions; he also spent 16 years at Stryker in various R&D, quality and M&A roles. Jason holds a degree in mechanical engineering as well as an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

Rom Koubi

Director of Engineered Solutions

Rom is a multidisciplinary leader at Sterling, in charge of our engineering and R&D efforts, responsible for new solutions and tooling, and working closely with clients to execute their product goals. He has extensive experience across a variety of manufacturing and automation disciplines. Among his past positions, he was previously Vice President of Engineering at Sidac Automated Systems. Rom holds degrees in computer engineering and project management, including the PMP designation. 

Lilian Soo

Director of Finance

Lilian is the Director of Finance here 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.

Ronitt Katz

Director of Business Development

Ronitt is our Director of Business development with 25 years of experience, and is responsible for Sterling’s global business development.  Ronitt has an extensive background in the high tech industry, having worked for IBM and several software companies, from start-ups to industry leaders. She has vast experience in partnering with Fortune 100 organizations, early stage corporations, and everything in between.

Denis Mursoi

Operations Manager, USA

Denis Mursoi is the Operations Manager for our Michigan facility with over 10 years of experience in manufacturing. He is responsible for the development and execution of operational and strategic plans; He has leadership experience in Production Planning, Continuous Improvement, Facilities Planning and Production Launch. Denis is a graduate of the University of Western Michigan with both an MSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Engineering management. He is a Certified Lean Trainer with expertise in deploying Manufacturing, Quality and Business Systems.

Libni Cano

Regulatory and Quality Systems Manager

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

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