Mentors

Our amazing team of mentors.


Mentor Facts

Total Years FIRST Experience:   160+ Years

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winners: 3


George Chisholm

Years in FIRST17
Skill Set: Design, Build (machine work, welding), Administration, Logistics, Purchasing, Joe Jobs
Awards: Woodie Flowers Finalist Award – Waterloo Regional 2011

Mr. Chisholm graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Geography and from the University of Toronto with a degree in Education and taught in the tech area at Oakville Trafalgar High School for 30 years until retiring in 2009.  In 2003, he was a founding mentor of FIRST Team 1334, The Red Devils.  In 2015, Mr. Chisholm was delighted to be part of a great group that started FIRST Team 1360, Orbit Robotics.  They’ve never looked back.  He is also a FIRST Senior Mentor for Southern Ontario.  Outside of volunteering with Oakville Community FIRST Robotics, Mr. Chisholm is President of the Oakville Historical Society, co-chair of the property committee at his church and he is a Scottish Country and Longsword Dancer.  Mr. Chisholm was the Commanding Officer of the local Army Cadet Corps off and on for 21 years and he is a member of the United Empire Loyalists Association.

Jim Wilks

Years in FIRST: 13
Skill Set: Electrical, Pneumatics, Common Sense
Awards: Woodie Flowers Finalist Award – Greater Toronto West Regional 2012

Mr. Wilks is an electrical engineer by training and he graduated from the University Of Waterloo many years ago. His first career was at Hatch in Mississauga, where he was involved in a wide variety of consulting engineering projects. Mr. Wilks’ second career is at Mohawk College in Hamilton, where he teaches Electrical Engineering Technology. He enjoys all aspects of FIRST, both technical and otherwise and he has filled many volunteer positions at FIRST events, including Lead Robot Inspector and Judge. His hobby is collecting, restoring and (of course) playing pinball machines from the 1960’s to the present.

Greg Chisholm

Years in FIRST: 10
Skill Set: Design and Manufacturing

Greg is a CNC machinist by trade. His hobbies include kayaking, 3D printing, playing drums – drum kit and bagpipe band snare, and obviously, robotics.

David Battersby

Years in FIRST: 9
Skill Set: Electrical Engineering, Programming, Wiring, Manufacturing

Canadian Branch Manager of a major US Industrial Controls Company. Manage a staff of 15 Engineers and Electricians in the company’s Burlington, Ontario office. 35+ years working in Industries such as Power Generation and Distribution, Food and Beverage Automation, Automotive Assembly Automation, Robotics. Regularly act as a Judge for regional and Provincial FIRST LEGO league, Guest Judge at the 2014 International Invitational at U of T

Brandon Jutras

Years in FIRST: 11
Skill Set: Electrical Design, Mechanical Design, Programming, CAD, Manufacturing

Brandon studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and was part of the graduating class of 2016. Brandon is currently working for The Woodbridge Group in the Corporate Engineering department.

Craig McMullin

Years in FIRST: 5
Skill Set: Program Management

Craig is a veteran of the Computer era, having worked (and continuing to work)  40+ years in the industry.  When he isn’t glued to a computer screen, he spends time working in the yard,  travelling when he can and is an avid reader of Tom Clancy style books.

Anthony Sulpizi

Years in FIRST: 9
Skill Set: Manufacturing Engineering

Professional Mechanical Engineer with many years experience as Plant Engineer in manufacturing plants. Worked with Duracell  Batteries, Dofasco , Stelco and Fisher & Ludlow.

Peter Lowes

Years in FIRST: 6
Skill Set: Fundraising, Team Organization, Leadership Development, Community Outreach

Peter Lowes is the retired Senior Vice President Bakery Division, Parmalat Canada. He regularly judges at both FRC regional and World Championship competitions. Peter is a guiding influence in developing team member’s leadership qualities including public speaking skills and sponsor presentations.

Pat George

Years in FIRST: 4
Skill Set: Fundraising, Grant Proposals, Administration and Organization

This is Mrs. George’s third year mentoring FIRST, although she have been volunteering in various capacities in the school system for 13 years. Having had two sons in the FIRST program for a number of years, she can attest to the positive influences it has had in shaping both their characters and futures. Mrs. George is enthusiastically looking forward to many more years of mentoring.

 

Sandra Wilks

Years in FIRST: 5

I am the mother of 3 children, all  have an interest in technology.  My husband has been in FIRST for years, and now I’m part of that experience. I’ve been involved since 2014 and I am enjoying it. I’m primarily interested in the non-technical aspects of the team.


Alumni

Andrew George

Years in FIRST: 10
Skill Set: CAD, SolidWorks
Program: Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University

Andrew is a FIRST Alumni now studying at McMaster University. He is a CAD specialist with experience in many different software packages. He is a member of the McMaster EcoCAR3 team and is planning on going into the automotive sector.

Rebecca Rayner

Years in FIRST: 7
Skill Set: Organization, Strategy, Media, Outreach and Awards submissions
Program: Management Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Rebecca is a Management Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, a program which focuses on optimizing and improving efficiency for engineering processes. She has had co-op experiences at Eventscape Inc, Manulife Financial and UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Rebecca joined FIRST as a student in grade 10 and is now an FRC mentor, FLL coach and a member of the University of Waterloo FIRST Planning Committee.

Cameron Swinoga

Years in FIRST: 9
Skill Set: Programming, Electrical, Pneumatics, CAD
Program: Mechatronics Engineering at McMaster University

Cameron is a FIRST Alumni studying mechatronics engineering at McMaster University.  He specializes in robotics, systems integration, and control theory.  He is a member of the McMaster EcoCAR3 team as part of the Controls and Simulation division and is planning to concentrate on using control theory in the workplace.

Stephen Atkinson