Capabilities and Experience
     
Noulan Bowker’s management consulting practice offers a
breadth and depth of capabilities that make his services particularly valuable for helping CEOs and senior management teams to develop effective business strategies.

 
 
     

Noulan graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1971. While a student, he spent two summers surveying in the Eastern Arctic and two summers working in oceanography in Nanaimo BC. He also took 6 months off to tour Europe on a motorcycle.

After graduation he went to Thailand as a CUSO volunteer (CUSO = Canadian University Service Overseas - similar to the US Peace Corps) , where he taught electronics engineering for two years at a degree-granting technical institute that is similar to BCIT. You can hear an interview of Noulan about his CUSO-Thailand experience by clicking here.

Noulan backpacked around Asia for 6 months, prior to returning to Canada in the spring of 1974. He then worked for Digital Equipment of Canada Limited in Ottawa as an application engineer, designing, project managing and selling custom computer control systems for industrial and scientific applications.

He moved to Vancouver in 1977 to sell LANDSAT and meteorological satellite receiving station systems internationally for MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) until 1981.

Noulan's current capabilities come from his wide background in consulting, marketing, international business, engineering, entrepreneurship, management and a variety of personal interests. Prior to starting his current consulting practice in 1990, full- time extended employment, in reverse order, included:

  • Vortek Industries
  • Moli Energy Limited
  • Magee Robertson Consultants
  • MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates
  • Digital Equipment of Canada
  • King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in Thailand (CUSO)

 
      Noulan has had practical experience with over 70 industries. The following represent clusters of such industries in which he has had more significant levels of activity.

 
      Noulan has been providing his services as an independent consultant since 1990. Management Consulting, like Engineering or Accounting is a profession in itself. Noulan has developed methodologies and assembled resources that allow him to be highly effective and cost-efficient in working with clients to help them realize their business goals.

He has been recognized by his peers in the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC) by being awarded the Certified Management Consultant or "CMC" certification mark.

CMC’s undergo thorough investigation of their consulting experience; they are interviewed by a panel of senior consultants to verify their technical competence; and they must follow the Association's Code of Conduct.


 
     

  • Efficient and Effective Project Management
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Skilled at In-Depth Interviewing
  • Effective Facilitator
  • Exceptionally Broad base of Expertise and Experience
  • Strong Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Extensive Cross-Cultural Experience

 
      Noulan started his marketing career as an application engineer in the Special Systems Group of Digital Equipment Corporation in Ottawa, Canada in 1974, where he learned the basics of high tech product business strategy, product definition, costing, pricing, marketing communications and sales support in a company that was experiencing very successful and rapid growth.

In 1977, he joined MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates as a marketing representative, where he was responsible for pioneering the sale of its LANDSAT and meteorological satellite receiving stations in Asia and the Pacific. At the time, the company had just had its first year of a million dollars in revenue. He established a network of manufacturers' representatives in the region and was responsible for about $25 million total in sales in it over the following three years. His work involved creating the marketing and sales strategy, formulating turnkey projects from the company's basic technical components, direct selling, negotiating contracts and managing the rep network.

Later, he held marketing, sales and business development management positions with Moli Energy Limited and Vortek Industry.

From 1990 to 1996 he taught international high tech marketing courses at Simon Fraser University and the BC Institute of Technology. He is co-author of Celebrate Marketing, an anthology of marketing articles published in Silicon Valley.

Details on his Marketing Consulting capabilities are covered elsewhere in this website.

 
      In total, Noulan has visited 41 countries and has done business in 25 of these. His experience includes two years of teaching electronics engineering in Thailand and two six-month periods of traveling "on-the-cheap", first in Europe in the 1960’s and again in Asia in the 1970’s. Since then, he has had extensive experience in setting up and managing international business ventures for employers and consulting clients. His interest and involvement in several European and Asian cultures and languages have contributed to his effectiveness in international business.


 
      Noulan was licensed as a professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada in 1974, while working for Digital Equipment as an applications engineer. Although his career has been focused on marketing, business and management, it has always been with technical products and services and mainly for technically sophisticated customers in industry, business or government. From experience with a wide variety of technologies and technical applications, he has developed the ability to quickly learn the essentials of a new technology and identify and understand the business issues arising from important technical details.


 
     

Virtually all of Noulan's career, both as an employee in industry and as a consultant has involved helping entrepreneurial organizations to commercially exploit their technologies. He has been involved as a founder with partners in two start-up ventures and has had a successful consulting practice since 1990.

Starting in 1979, Noulan has successfully purchased,substantially renovated, rented out and sold a number of residential real estate properties in British Columbia: in the Vancouver area, on the Sunshine Coast and at Whistler.

 
     

Over the years, Noulan has frequently acted as an informal mentor on a voluntary basis to a number of young entrepreneurs, technical professionals and consultants to assist them in developing their businesses and careers.

In addition, for several years he has taken part as a volunteer mentor for advanced technolology entrepreneurs through:

  • The BC New Ventures Competition Program
  • The Simon University Time Centre Mentoring Program
  • Junior Achievement Canada (high school program)

For several years until July 2011, Noula served on the Advisory Board for ClearVision Technologies Inc., a company that supplies innovative camera-based quality control systems for the cardboard box manufacturing industry. This company was then successfully sold to a large competing firm in the United States.

 
  Noulan leverages his own capabilities through working with a large network of business associates and contacts he has developed over his 30 year career in many industries.

In addition, he benefits from participating in the following associations that he belongs to:

  • Institute of Management Consultants of America
  • Professional Engineers of Ontario
  • BC Technology Industry Association
  • The Vancouver Enterprise Forum
  • The Entrepreneurs' Toastmansters Club

He and his clients have also benefited greatly from his utilizing the help of the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and of many trade commissioners in Canada's embassies abroad.

For additional information, see the Resources Section of this Website.


     

In 1985, the United States and Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established the U.S.-Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP). As stated in the MOU's "Joint Terms of Reference for the United States-Canada Joint Certification Program," the program was established "to certify contractors of each country for access, on an equally favorable basis, to unclassified technical data disclosing critical technology"

Additional information and a copy of Noulan's
Form DD-2345 signed by the JCO
can be accessed by clicking here

 
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