All members of the MANNARINO Senior Management team are seasoned professionals with significant experience in the aerospace & defence industry. Each of them brings their unique skillset to the fore and contributes towards the growth and development of the company.
As a highly-regarded engineering firm whose reputation and values lend to technical excellence, MANNARINO prides itself on attracting the best talent available in the industry today. This technical excellence is achieved through the use of highly experienced engineers who are able to immediately contribute to new programs.
Active participation in technology-driven industry committees ensures our senior engineering team is kept abreast of the latest industry developments, which allows MANNARINO to remain competitive and always on the technological cutting edge.
To learn more about our Senior Management Team, we invite you to consult the Biographies below.
The Senior Management
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Jim Palmer began work at MANNARINO in May 2017 as Director of Business Development. As a member of the MANNARINO senior staff, Jim is responsible for establishing and implementing plans for growth in the services and products business lines.
Jim worked for more than 30 years at a leading Montreal high-technology firm with a wide array of international customers in both commercial and military sectors. For the last 12 years he was a Vice President – first of Customer Support and Commercial Services (pricing, contracts and subcontracts); and most recently VP, Products and Navigation Solutions. In this position, he was responsible for product direction (products, integrated systems & cockpits) and across three company sites; and managed strategic planning, engineering, product management, marketing, and program management for a broad product portfolio.
Jim’s career is characterized by diverse experience and achievements in the aerospace and defense realms, with notable emphasis on strategy development, negotiation, acquisitions and divestitures, program management, contract management, product support and after sales services, operations management, procurement acquisition planning and sourcing and logistics. He is known for his innovative and long-range business vision as well as for building mutually rewarding teams and customer relationships.
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.