Senior Management


 John Mannarino | President

John Mannarino, President of Mannarino Systems & Software Inc., founded the company in 1999.  An expert consultant in the field of gas turbine control systems and software, Mr. Mannarino has grown the company into a world-class engineering services firm specializing in the aerospace, defense, space, simulation, power generation and rail industries.

From 1989 through to 1998, prior to founding the company, Mr. Mannarino was employed by a leading Canadian aerospace engine manufacturer, where he held roles of increasing responsibility within the Engineering organization.

Born in Montreal (Quebec), Mr. Mannarino graduated from Concordia University in 1989, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, specializing in Mechanical Engineering, with the honor of Great Distinction. He was also the recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Medal for the highest grade point average among graduating mechanical engineers, the Chait Medal for highest grade point average among all graduating engineers, and Le Prix d’excellence awarded by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) for outstanding achievement.

Since 1999, Mr. Mannarino has grown MANNARINO Systems & Software from a one man/one customer consulting firm to a company employing over 50 engineers and analysts, providing safety-critical engineering services to over 25 customers throughout North America.

In 2016, MANNARINO Systems & Software was awarded the first ever service-based Design Assurance Organization for airborne software and electronic hardware by Transport Canada Civil Aviation – a worldwide first for a service based company. 

And in 2017, MANNARINO Systems & Software was awarded the largest ever Canadian SME Offset Investment by Lockheed Martin Aerospace. This agreement enables MANNARINO to develop and commercialize its own proprietary airborne software products and will complement MANNARINO’s existing airborne engineering and certification services offering.

 Gilbert Arsenault | Engineering Project Manager

Gilbert Arsenault joined the senior management team at MANNARINO in 2003 in the area of technical program management.

Mr. Arsenault is an experienced engineer and program manager with a broad range of expertise in aerospace development programs, predominantly in software development, systems engineering and program management.

Mr. Arsenault served in the Canadian Air Force as an Aerospace Engineering Officer. He left the Air Force with the rank of Captain to join Pratt & Whitney Canada as a Senior Control Systems Analyst for the PW150A engine development program. He was responsible for Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) requirements management, interface definition and supporting engine and aircraft flight testing. He later accepted a position at Bombardier Aerospace as Systems Integrator for the Engine Control System of the newly launched Challenger 300 aircraft program. In this position. he assumed project and technical lead roles working with partner companies to jointly define and execute the aircraft powerplant control system development for successful integration. Before joining MANNARINO, Mr. Arsenault was Program Manager at Thales Avionics in Montreal, responsible for Regional and Business Aircraft programs.

Since joining MANNARINO, Mr. Arsenault has led several airborne software development projects with many customers in the aerospace industry. These projects have ranged from performing specific work packages to entire software development projects, from planning to certification. Many projects involved the development of safety-critical airborne software developed to RTCA-DO-178B standards with design assurance levels A and B. Mr. Arsenault continues to provide his project management expertise both internally and externally.

Mr. Arsenault graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario having received the Departmental Medal for best academic average in mechanical engineering. With a scholarship from the National Research Council of Canada, he completed a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, specializing in aircraft aerodynamics, stability and control. Following his graduate studies, he returned to the Canadian Air Force where he completed the Aerospace Engineering Officer Basic Course with the following awards: the Air Vice-Marshall E.W. Stedman Trophy awarded to the top graduating officer based on leadership and academics and the Captain RG Gates trophy for academic achievements. Mr. Arsenault is a registered professional engineer in the province of Quebec with the Order of Engineers (OIQ) as well as an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 Mario Iacobelli | Engineering Project Manager

Mario Iacobelli joined the senior program management and technical development team at MANNARINO in 2003.

As a key member of the MANNARINO senior staff, Mr. Iacobelli leads the development, verification and certification of systems with embedded software adhering to the guidelines of RTCA/DO-178C for use on both fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft.

These systems include Full-Authority Digital Electronic Controls (FADEC) for engines, Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Avionics, Health & Usage Management Systems (HUMS) and Fuel Quantity Indication Systems (FQIS). Many of these complex systems are developed in accordance with SAE ARP 4754 standards, including the performance of the System Safety Analysis as outlined in SAE ARP 4761. Mr. Iacobelli is also the MANNARINO representative on the SAE E-36 Committee dedicated to Electronic Engine Controls.

Prior to joining MANNARINO, Mr. Iacobelli was employed by a major turbine engine manufacturer holding a succession of increasingly responsible technical and management positions, participating broadly in engine control system design and development activities. His last position was in Project Management, where he managed the development of hydro-mechanical and electronic engine control systems for the small engine family.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Mr. Iacobelli is a graduate of Concordia University, from which he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also received a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from McGill University in 2001

 Angelo Labbate | Engineering Project Manager

Angelo Labbate joined the senior program management and technical development staff of MANNARINO in May 2002 as an Engineering Program Manager. In this role, he leads company projects from their initial phase to completion and represents MANNARINO during customer meetings and software audits with certification authorities.

Prior to joining MANNARINO, Mr. Labbate held the position of Senior Controls Staff Specialist with Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he was employed from 1989 through to 2002, holding a succession of increasingly responsible positions and participating broadly in engine control system design, development and certification activities.

Mr. Labbate is a graduate of Concordia University, from which he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 . He also worked at Concordia University performing research and development of low cost fuel control systems. Mr. Labbate published a paper entitled “Digitally Controlled Fuel Metering Pump for Small Gas Turbine Engines” which he presented at the SAE International Congress and Exposition on 25 February 1991 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

 Luc Vouligny | Engineering Project Manager

Luc Vouligny joined the senior program management and technical development staff of MANNARINO in 2001.

As a Program Manager, Mr. Vouligny is responsible for various systems and software development projects. Over the years, Mr. Vouligny has acquired a broad range of expertise including engine simulation, hardware in the loop bench setup, ground support equipment, UAV ground station and gas turbine system design and validation for turboshaft and industrial applications.

Prior to joining MANNARINO in 2001, Mr. Vouligny had amassed 18 years of experience in simulation and control system design. Mr. Vouligny worked as a Senior Control Systems Design Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Canada from 1989 to 2001, where he worked on various levels of the gas turbine engine control systems development phase. He also spent five years at CAE Inc. as a Software Engineer as well as an Integration Specialist and Project Engineer for the St. Lucie nuclear powerplant simulator.

In 1983, Mr. Vouligny received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke and has been a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers (OIQ) ever since.

 Nicolas Ulysse | Engineering Project Manager

Nicolas Ulysse joined MANNARINO in 2012 as a Senior Analyst. In this role, he was provided the opportunity of participating in a wide range of projects from industrial gas turbine control systems & flight simulation, to design & development of safety-critical airborne software developed to RTCA-DO-178B standards. Mr. Ulysse was promoted to Technical Specialist in 2015 and joined the Engineering Project Management team in 2016.

Prior to joining MANNARINO, Mr. Ulysse was employed by a renowned Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer, where he began in flight dynamic and systems simulation, while simultaneously acting as Flight Control System Specialist/System Integrator before taking on the position of Avionic & Flight Control Systems Simulation Manager.

In 2003, Mr. Ulysse received a MA Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University, during which he worked on a Flight Control Systems Modeling project for Bombardier Aerospace. He also holds a Masters degree from a French engineering school specializing in the field of mechanical energy.

 Amanda Melles | DAO Chief Airworthiness Computer Scientist

Amanda Melles joined MANNARINO in May 2014 as a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware (AEH) Design Approval Representative (DAR).  Ms. Melles has been working with airborne software and Airborne Electronic Hardware design assurance since 2002, and became a design assurance delegate in 2005.


Having worked with major aerospace industry OEMs, Ms. Melles has been involved with highly complex safety-critical airborne software and AEH systems, including Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA), electronic displays, fly-by-wire, landing gear and air management systems for Part 25 aircraft.


Ms. Melles has participated in the complete life cycle of multiple aircraft certification programs, having been deeply involved in software and AEH certification plans and strategies as well as process improvements.  For several years, she was involved in fly-by-wire software and AEH, resulting in successful certification of large aircraft programs.


Throughout her career, Ms. Melles has accumulated vast array of experience as it relates to design assurance processes, oversight and audits. She has liaised with multiple certification authorities namely, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND), the Canadian Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA), the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Civil Airworthiness Administration of China (CAAC). Ms. Melles had also led several on-site audits for software, AEH development and verification organizations, including major avionics and flight control manufacturers in the United States. As a result, Ms. Melles has accumulated extensive experience with RTCA/DO-178B/C and RTCA/DO-254 standards, including the writing of all associated life cycle data and compliance reports.


From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Melles was part of the RTCA Special Committee SC-205 "Software Considerations", responsible for DO-178B updates, where she was part of the Model-Based Development & Verification Sub-Group.


In 2016, MANNARINO Systems & Software was awarded the first ever service-based Design Assurance Organization for airborne software and electronic hardware by Transport Canada Civil Aviation – a worldwide first for a service based company.   As such, Amanda Melles heads this effort as DAO Chief Airworthiness Computer Scientist.

Sue Dabrowski | Offsets & Communications

Sue Dabrowski joined the senior management team at MANNARINO in 2007 to support Marketing & Business Development activities.

Having more than 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries, Ms. Dabrowski is well-positioned to address the complex issues surrounding the globalization of the aerospace & defense marketplace. With an accomplished background in the industry, as well as a stellar reputation with both industry leaders and governments alike, Ms. Dabrowski brings a strong presence to the Mannarino team as well as a wealth of networking capabilities.

Ms. Dabrowski spent 16 years with Bombardier Aerospace over two separate periods of time: from 1980 to 1983 in Procurement, while the company was still owned and operated by the Crown as Canadair, and later from 1989 to 2002, starting with the Regional Jet Division of Bombardier in Contracts, and later holding a variety of positions within the Business Aircraft Division of Bombardier in Program Management, Customer Relationship Management and Sales Administration. She also held the position of “Chief of Staff” to three Presidents in Business Aircraft on the Global Express Program, while concurrently holding the position of Director, Customer Relationship Management for the Global Express Program. During this same period, and in conjunction with the Vice President of Engineering & Procurement, Ms. Dabrowski assisted in weekly meeting on the status of engineering and procurement activities for the full line of Bombardier business aircraft (Lear, Challenger, Global Express and Continental).

From 1984 to 1989, Ms. Dabrowski worked for PARAMAX Electronics (today Lockheed Martin Canada) on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Program where she held a variety of positions in Subcontract Management and Administrative Management.

In May 2004, Ms. Dabrowski was named Director General of the Quebec Aerospace Association and held that position until April 2007. During that time, she worked diligently to brand the AQA and bring it to a level of international recognition.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Ms. Dabrowski is a graduate of Concordia University from which she received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1981, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Personnel Management. In October 2004, she was awarded one of 30 Portraits of Success by Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business for excellence in professional achievement. In March 2007, Ms. Dabrowski was named as one of the top 4 women in aerospace for International Woman’s Day by La Presse and recognized as an aerospace pioneer.

 Maria Del Re | Administration

Maria Del Re joined MANNARINO as Senior Administrator in May 2006. In this role she led the Administration department and was responsible for human resources, contracts, intellectual property and administrative services. She was promoted to Director, Administration in December 2008.

Ms. Del Re began her career at Bombardier Aerospace in 1992 as part of the Legal Department, where her responsibilities grew to include managing intellectual property, policies & procedures and participating in International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001 meetings.

After six years, Ms. Del Re ventured out of the aerospace industry and in 1998 joined Cyber World Group, a marketing e-commerce company where she worked until 2005, holding a succession of increasingly responsible positions; her last being Director of Administrative Services where she managed the company’s benefit plan, policies and procedures, intellectual property, contract administration and purchasing.

Ms. Del Re’s strengths lie in the understanding the dynamic nature of the aerospace industry as well as knowing what it takes to see a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) through rapid growth.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Ms. Del Re is a graduate of Concordia University from which she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Administrative Management.

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