General Manager, Boeing Canada Operations
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Kevin Bartelson is general manager for Boeing Canada Operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is responsible for leading Canada's largest aerospace composite manufacturer – the country's third largest aerospace facility.
From February 2011 to his current appointment in October 2011, Bartelson served as director of manufacturing and quality for Boeing Canada. Previously, Bartelson was president and chief executive officer of Aviation Fleet Solutions, an
aerospace company responsible for development and certification of performance modifications for MD-80 aircraft.
Bartelson started his career with The Boeing Company in 1979, working in the tool engineering department. He also worked on the B2 Program, managed several technology projects, led the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Lean Office, and ran various business units in Everett and Renton, Wash., before he took on a leadership role at a Boeing joint venture known as Aviation Partners Boeing. This joint venture designs, certifies, builds and markets winglets for Boeing aircraft.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Bartelson received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a graduate of the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing program, receiving master’s degrees in business and engineering science. As service to the community, Bartelson has mentored startup businesses in the Seattle, Wash., area.
James (Jim) Barnes
Business Development Director, Canada
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Jim Barnes is the director of Business Development in Canada for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions. Based in Ottawa, Barnes oversees strategic planning and business development activities for Boeing’s defense products and services to the Canadian government. He is responsible for the operation of the Boeing Ottawa office, with a focus on government relations and customer satisfaction.
Barnes has a unique blend of business development, program management and engineering experience that he has gained over the past 24 years with The Boeing Company. Previous assignments have included managing the Canada, Malaysia and Japan Super Hornet campaigns, serving as the on-site representative at Patuxent River, Md., for BDS naval programs, and contributing to the development and testing of a variety of aircraft and missile systems.
Barnes holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor‘s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has completed the Department of Defense Security Assistance Management executive course and Boeing Capture Team Leader training, and has received several awards and recognitions throughout his career.