Mr. L’Abbé graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 1979. Two years later, he co-founded Med-Eng Systems, which became a world recognized leader in the design and production of suits, helmets and electronic products to protect first responders against the effects of explosive devices. Mr. L’Abbé began as Production manager, and evolved to the position of President and CEO, and has travelled to over 100 Countries and Territories. Under his leadership, the Corporation won numerous awards including Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed Private Company Platinum status, and the Canada Export Award lifetime achievement award. Mr. L’Abbé was the first civilian to be awarded the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators Distinguished Service Award, and he received the Medal of Distinction from the Hungarian Building Society. In 2003, Mr. L’Abbé was named the Ottawa Business Journal’s CEO of the year. Mr L’Abbé is now retired, but is active on a number of Community and Corporate Boards. He also mentors CEO’s from SME’s located in the Ottawa region.