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Francis Bordeleau Eng., M. Eng., PMP, Vortisand Water Expert, Vortisand

francis-bordeleauFrancis holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (1991), a Masters of Civil Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (1995) and the PMP credential from the Project Management Institute (2015). He started his career in 1996 as a process engineer and has since held a variety of project management positions at major water treatment companies and prominent engineering firms.  In 2015 he started his adventure with Vortisand®, and has been helping water professionals achieve their water filtration goals one drop at a time.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I’ve always had a passion for developing business opportunities for new outstanding technologies. Vortisand® as an RO pretreatment filter in seawater desalination is a perfect example of that. The reward I get is in the pride of providing solutions that surpass customer’s expectations in terms of performance, life cycle cost, ease of operation and carbon footprint.

What do you hope to bring to the audience with this webinar?

Without the RIGHT tools, achieving your water treatment goals can be like swimming upstream. This is an exciting webinar where we will introduce the concept of microsand media and cross flow technology. Register to our webinar, Every Drop Matters, to learn more about:

  • Assessing and acknowledging your water filtration requirements
  • The side effects of not effectively & efficiently filtering particles under 5 µm
  •  Demystifying microsand, media filtration & cross-flow technology
  • Capabilities & potential savings with submicron filtration

Who would you recommend should register?

Clean water is often a critical component for your plant operation, so is operating expense savings.  Whether you are directly or indirectly involved with reviewing your organization’s water filtration needs, this webinar will help shed some light on how attaining submicron filtration can provide short and long-term savings.

Why do you think this is important for the audience to know?

The growing concern for many organizations is the challenge of lowering operating expenses while still achieving water treatment objectives.  A 2013 survey conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) discovered the following main threats to water filtration processes:

  • A corroding water/wastewater infrastructure
  • Water scarcity & drought
  • Recovering the full cost of your investment
  • Changes in regulations & liability
  • Lack of available funding/budgets

Join us as our water expert Francis Bordelau dives into the media filtration industry, providing his insight and expertise on how you can maximize your efficiencies drop by drop. Register now!

Adrian Lara, Senior Upstream Analyst – Americas, GlobalData

Adrian LaraAdrian Lara directs GlobalData’s upstream analysis team in charge of conducting quantitative and qualitative research for oil and gas activity in the Americas region. His team monitors the key producing and planned assets in the region and oversees the methodology for specific asset valuations including forecasting assumptions in production and capital expenditure. Adrian has several years of experience as an oil and gas industry analyst, having held different positions within Pemex, where he focused on analysis of oil and gas fundamentals in the context of upstream exporting strategies and international trading. 

Adrian was also a visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in Oxford, UK, where his research focused on oil supply scenarios in the Western Hemisphere. He has a Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, with a specialization in oil and gas from the Institut Français du Pétrole. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

1. What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

I’d like the audience to gain insight on details related to the production forecast for Brazilian pre-salt resources. There is an enormous potential for these resources to be developed but there also big challenges some of which pertain to incentives to be provided by the government and other to the timeliness of FPSO deployment and final well productivity. I also think Brazil’s oil and gas sector outlook has to be assessed with a comprehensive time-period view considering the last 10 years of development to somehow put in perspective the volatility of the last 3 years and other near-term challenges.

2. What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

I think talking about how the pre-salt projects are moving forward in a more constrained equipment and services sector would be relevant. Also discussing possible future sales or farm-outs for offshore deepwater blocks or fields would be an interesting discussion in the context of Petrobras’ unknown strategy for divestment of upstream assets.

3. What do you enjoy most about your role?

Covering the oil and gas sector in the Americas allows me to assess the strategies that players such as IOCs, NOCs, government agencies use in different countries in order to improve their position. In most countries of the continent, other than the US, there is still an important involvement of government agencies through policy or fiscal regulations. However there is still significant variance among countries in the degree the sector openness, clarity of rules, economic and political stability making it very interesting to identify key supply drivers.

4. How did you get into the industry?

I was recruited by the trading arm of Pemex (known in the sector as PMI) about 12 years ago. It was a formative experience. The middle position of the trading arm allowed me to have a exposure to the international functioning of the sector, the organization of the Pemex subsidiaries and the way the  NOC interacts with government and other smaller players. In fact at that time the company was already showing signs of declining productivity in its key offshore fields and the company was well aware of the financial limitations that would eventually lead to a first energy reform attempt in 2008 and the more recent one from 2013.

Join Adrian in the GlobalData webinar ‘Growing Crude Production in Brazil Despite a Conspiracy of Corruption, Low Oil Prices, and Recession‘. Register now!

Martin Schroter, Senior Manager of Business Development, Dürr Systems, Inc.

rkV1PTm4Martin Schroter holds both a master’s degree and PhD in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Clausthal in Germany, where he began his professional career in the chemical industry. For the following 15 years, he was an environmental catalyst product specialist in the power industry throughout Europe and the United States. Today Martin is developing products and business opportunities for Dürr Systems, Inc. out of Plymouth, Michigan.

1. How did you get into the industry?

I have been interested in chemistry since my introduction to the science in high school. I chose to become a chemical engineer and discovered my love for fundamental understanding. Going behind the scenes and into detail had always fascinated me. However, you need the right tools at hand to create fundamental understanding and my engineering education gave me that. I started as a process engineer for a German petrochemical company analyzing and optimizing their chemical processes. Backed by a team of experienced scientists and engineers, I took part in the design of single process units as well as a complete factory. We were led by a progressive management team with an understanding of the importance of intellectual properties, but moreover the confidence in our expertise of process fundamentals.

In the late 90’s I moved into the air pollution control business and engaged with a Danish catalyst supplier with a strong emphasis on scientific fundamentals and process understanding. From my different roles in sales, project execution and product management I learned that designing a NOx abatement solution for a utility customer requires different expertise than for a customer in a refinery. Facing customers in different industries however, also creates an understanding of the customer’s business situation as a very strong motive for investment decisions. Today, I am the Senior Manager of Business Development for Dürr Systems, Inc., a system integrator in the field of air pollution control technologies. In business development I can integrate my complete skill set, cultivated in different phases of my business career and best of all is that the company’s management is a strong supporter of my work.

2. What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?

We understand that different players in an industry like the power sector have different motives when listening to this presentation. With this in mind, the audience can expect a basic introduction to Dürr’s catalytic hot gas filtration technology. The presentation will show how Dürr is creating added value by utilizing synergetic effects through integrating a combination of different process steps with the already existing equipment. Finally, the audience will learn that installation of the Dürr technology is creating a ROI and encourages coal fired power plant operators to invest in air pollution technology independent of emission limitation that may or may not be required.

3.  What do you most enjoy about your role?

I very much enjoy the education aspect of my role in business development. The dialog with customers from different industries is a continuous learning process for all involved and inspires a ‘thinking outside the box’ environment. Suddenly, you can discover that someone in a different industry has already gained experience in a comparable situation. The most enjoyable aspect of my role is the support from Dürr, which takes pride in the idea of our clients becoming “customer for life”.

4. What motivates you?

My greatest motivation is satisfaction, whether that is the satisfaction of an external or internal customer or partner, as well as the contentment earned after a physical workout, a nice dinner or a holiday with the family.

5. What has been your best holiday and where would you recommend visiting?

My best holidays have been on a small island off the Northern German coast where my entire family, including kids and grandparents, all stayed under one roof. We had such a great time that the family repeatedly met on the same island for 10 years in a row while the kids were small.

Join Martin in the Dürr Systems, Inc. webinar ‘Making Air Pollution Control Profitable‘. Register now!


Joe Haligowski, Product Director for Water Filtration, Filtra-Systems

JoeJoe Haligowski is the Product Director for Water Filtration at Filtra-Systems Industrial Water Division. (Farmington Hills, MI, USA). Has worked to expand Filtra Systems water filtration, and chemical/mineral dewatering product lines. Joe started his career developing oil/water filtration solutions in SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) Applications, for the oil and gas industry, and presently is working to develop water filtration solutions, across all markets.


1. What did you enjoy discussing with the audience?

I enjoyed answering the questions at the conclusion of the Webinar.  There were lots a great questions and good to know the audience wanted to know a bit more about our water filtration product.

2. If you could give one piece of advice to another presenter, what would it be?

Typically, when I give a presentation it is just to a few people, and not being recorded for “On Demand” post presentation broadcasting.  This seemed a bit foreign to me, so my advice would be to embrace that odd felling and just “roll with it”.

3. What has been the highlight of your career?

Hard to pick one event or project, so I will just say the relationships I have been able to have with co-workers and clients that have been long lasting.  Those make the job/carrier fun and fulfilling.

4. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

There are so many wonderful places, but my two favorite places are:  1)  Any golf course, early in the morning with three people who are determined to have a fun round of golf and 2)  Mackinac Island (Northern Michigan) in August, riding our bicycles with my wife Heidi and my daughters Anna and Eloise.  Golf is a great distraction and reason to pull yourself and those you wish to spend time with away from the day to day chores, and spend four hours together to catch up and enjoy the outdoors and each other’s company.  Mackinac Island is a very unique place (state park) where no motor vehicles are allowed.   Horse carriage and bicycles are the only means of transportation and spending the day riding (or pulling) my girls around the Island is just a great way to enjoy a day.  If pressed to choose between my two favorite places, all I will say is that Santa’s Sleigh does contain golf clubs for both my young ladies.

Joe recently presented in the Filtra-Systems webinar ‘Improve water filtration efficiency with our backwashable Walnut Shell Water Polishing Filter‘. Watch now!

Craig Jones, VP Enterprise Sales Engineering, PRISYM ID


Craig Jones is the Vice President of Enterprise Sales Engineering for PRISYM ID with responsibility for understanding customer needs and industry challenges to drive solutions to improve efficiency, minimise risk, address regulatory requirements and provide new approaches to business systems and processes. Craig has 14 years of experience delivering validated label lifecycle management solutions to life science and healthcare industries including medical device, pharmaceutical and clinical trial organisations. His experience includes roles as an industry consultant, in IT management and as a senior manager for global technical support and professional services.

1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?

As a company we have worked with Business Review Webinars before and have found them to be very professional and helpful in promoting our webinar to companies within our industry.

It is the perfect platform for PRISYM ID to interact and engage with its audience and show a snapshot of our capabilities with our latest-technology global label lifecycle management software.

With this being a live event, it gives the audience the opportunity to ask on the spot questions which we can answer there and then.  It saves time and money for all those involved with a watch-back session provided afterwards.

2. What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?

I’m looking forward to introducing the audience to the output of the PACT project (Project Authoring For Clinical Trials) and how it addresses the common industry labelling requirements for language management, regulatory content management, ‘just in time’ labelling and label postponement.

3. What do you most enjoy about your role?

I enjoy working with our customers to overcome industry challenges that are presented, and to make real and measurable improvements to current systems and processes. This is only achievable by working closely with a highly-experienced team who really understand these challenges and how to overcome the problems.

4. What would someone be surprised to know about you?

One of the things that many customers would not know is that I’ve worked on the majority of PRISYM ID’s software implementations.  Before moving to head up Pre-Sales in 2013, I headed up the technical support Helpdesk and Professional Services teams for 6 years.

5. What do you do in your leisure time to relax?

My favourite pastime is spending time with my family.  When I manage to get some time off, I love to jump on the road bike or head up to the local kick boxing club.  Although with a 2 year old child, there really isn’t much time to relax!

Join Craig as he discusses ‘Local Language Labeling Delivered on a Global Scale‘ by registering here.


Kevin J. Wrigley, Product and Service Manager, Vetter Pharma International GmbH

Kevin J. Wrigley

Kevin J. Wrigley earned his MSc in International Business from the University of Ulster, UK in 2009. At Vetter, he is responsible for managing the commercial manufacturing business as it pertains to the product lifecycle and portfolio management perspective. Kevin began his career in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries in management positions at Smith & Nephew, and MorphoSys. He joined Vetter International in 2013 as Product & Service Manager.

1.      Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?
Webinars are an important vehicle for helping us reach our target audiences with key messages. Given our positive experience with webinars in the past, it is to our advantage to continue participating in them. We see Business Review Webinars as the right partner to help deliver our messages to the market.

2.      What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?
We would like to educate audiences to the trends that are occurring in the pharmaceutical industry, and what to consider when choosing a drug delivery system. In particular, we would like to make them aware of the options available with prefilled syringes.

3.      How did you get into the industry and what do you most enjoy about your role?
I started working in the industry in the area of drug discovery, followed by positions in medical technology, and drug development. I am fascinated by the ever-changing nature of the industry. My current position offers me a great deal of satisfaction as I have the opportunity to interact with a wide-variety of internal and external stakeholders.

4.      Football or tennis?
I like both sports, though I am but a spectator in football and a more talented in playing tennis.

5.       What would someone be surprised to know about you?
I see myself as a cosmopolitan; living & working in so many different places that I feel the world as a whole is my home!

Don’t forget to join the upcoming Vetter Pharma webinar titled ‘Packaging challenges for prefilled syringes in a growing biologics market‘ on November 17th. Register here.


Spotlight Interview: Bob Buchanan

Bob Buchanan is the Global Marketing Manager for Canusa-CPS. He has over 30 years experience in technical service, product management and marketing of construction products, including the last 15 years with Canusa-CPS. Mr. Buchanan is active in AWWA and NACE chairing, several committees and task groups that are either updating existing standards or developing new standards toward improving pipeline construction methods. He has also presented several papers and written a number of articles about pipeline coatings.


1.       Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?

Actually, I have been thinking of using webinars as a sales & marketing tool for some time and BRW provided a tailored package that was exactly what we were looking for.

2.       What are you hoping to achieve from doing the webinar?

Simply a continuation of the marketing efforts that we are currently doing along the lines of the topics that we will present.  That, along with presenting Canusa as a professional organisation that our customers want to go to for quality information.

3.       What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?

We have a message that we are working to get out and webinars provide an alternate platform to get that message out.

4.       Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

Canada – a great place to live and work!  Aside from that, I enjoy travelling and Latin/South America has been interesting – favourite place would be Buenos Aires Argentina because it has the South America feel with an old European twist.

5.       How did you get into the energy industry?

Always worked for manufacturers of commercial construction products and ended up coming to Canusa through a colleague who I worked with at a previous company.

Thank you Bob for taking time out to answer our questions. To hear more about what Canusa-CPS can offer you and your company please sign up to their complimentary webinars on the 15th and 29th October 2013.

Spotlight Interview: Aneta Manningtonova

We will be bringing you new monthly interviews from our team, sponsors and key industry leaders.

Our first spotlight interview is with our new Marketing Manager, Aneta Manningtonova.

Find out more about Aneta, her ideas for Business Review and where to find the best Pizza in London!




1) As our new marketing manager, could you introduce yourself?

I am happy to announce that I have recently started work as part of the Business Review Webinars team with my role focusing on marketing and communications. Having found my feet and been introduced to the team, I would like to introduce what I want to achieve in my role. I am planning to re-launch our new blog and increase activity on all of our social media channels, improve communication between BRW & our audience and re-launch our monthly newsletter. Sign up to our new and improved monthly newsletter. The purpose of my role is twofold. Firstly to improve the marketing presence of  Business Review Webinars (and support our groups) and secondly is to improve communications with our various partners, groups and of course our customers. The overall goal of these activities is to grow our business, continue to inform our customers of the value of webinars and increase live attendees. As a result we want to hear more from our customers and increase the interaction during our live webinars.

2) What motivates you?

My best motivators are my dreams in life! The reason why I am doing this is that I keep believing that after all these years of sacrifices I would come up with decisions that could contribute to my best ever success and help my team members to excel .

My motivation is to excel and be successful in my professional career and my personal life outside of work. I am a ‘stay busy’ type of person who thrives on accomplishment and forward motion. Sometimes, in life, we all blunder and those instances are learning experiences to propel forward and strive to attain our maximum potential.

3) How are you hoping to help Business Review Webinars to grow in the near future?

Webinars allow people throughout the world to learn and to communicate. Particularly in the past two years, webinars have rapidly gained prominence as an important component of many marketing plans. No longer considered an afterthought, a well-crafted and successful webinar can greatly enhance a company’s reputation, sales and benefit the audience as a progressive learning tool. I am hoping to help increase our webinar traction, boost  our live attendees and create more interesting topics. Ultimately the key is to understand what our audience is looking for. One of the reasons for this rapid growth and success is the lowered costs of both creating and attending a webinar. Without requiring the expenditure of significant amounts of time, energy, and money traveling to in-person events, webinars allow attendees and presenters to easily attend events via the internet. These savings in time and money for the presenters are significant, ranging between 60 – 90 % when compared to the cost of live location based events. Social media is a very powerful medium for meeting people and for doing business. This industry has rapidly matured in the past ten years, however, one of its biggest hurdles is the amount of time and effort required to build and maintain a loyal following. In most cases, sales that are done through or as a result of social media are one-to-one. Though effective, it’s not time efficient. Conversely, webinars utilize a one-to-many approach, making them highly effective and providing them with the ability to reach a worldwide audience through a single online presentation.

4) In your experience, what makes a successful webinar?

The single most important tip is to approach our work from the audience’s perspective. This philosophy should influence everything from initial planning, content preparation, delivery style, and follow-through after the event. That is not to say that our own goals are unimportant. We should have a clear and explicit statement of intent for our webinars. Why are you hosting it in the first place? Look beyond the surface-level delivery of information. If we hold an educational event, it is obvious we want to educate our audience. But why do we want to educate them? What are the benefits that the organiza­tion receives if the webinar is successful? Ideally we want to introduce potential customers to our services, enthuse them about our webinars, and make them receptive to our webinar topics.

5) As a pizza taster, what has been your favourite pizza you’ve eaten and where?

I highly recommend Franco Manca in Chiswick. It’s one of the best Pizzas I have tasted. The Pizza is made from slow-rising sourdough and is baked in a wood burning brick oven made on site by specialized artisans from Naples. This oven produces a heat of about 500C (930F). The slow levitation and blast- cooking process locks in the flour’s natural aroma and moisture, giving a soft and easily digestible crust. As a result, the edge is excellent!!

A big Thank You to Aneta for taking time out to answer our questions. If you’d like to reach Aneta, please contact her at [email protected]