Dr. Ian J. Potter, Vice-President, Engineering, for the National Research Council of Canada has announced the appointment of Terry Lindstrom as General Manager of the Ocean, Coastal and River (OCRE) Engineering portfolio. Lindstrom has been interim in this position since April 2012.
He came to the NRC in 1983 after a two-year stint as hull technologist with Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd. in New Brunswick under the then Canadian Patrol Frigate Program and Nordco Limited. Since he began his career as a young, ambitious technician in St. Johns, Lindstrom’s reputation as a go to guy has become well known within the National Research Council.
From 1987 to 1997, Lindstrom was a member of the NRC Institute for Ocean Technology (NRC-IOT) team in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he held positions of increasing responsibilities in varied capacities from technical design and applied research through to research facility management.
Fourteen years after joining the organization, he moved to Ottawa to join NRC’s Design and Fabrication Service as Group Leader, Capacity and Resource Planning of NRC-DFS for six years. In that position he contributed to the introduction and growth of project management principles and procedures within a research prototyping environment. During that time he also found the time and the energy to complete an MBA.
In 2003 Lindstrom entered NRC’s management group as Manager and later Executive Director of DFS. At various points during his career he has accepted a range of assignments to NRC Corporate office for special tasks, rising to the occasion while gaining additional experience.
In 2004 Lindstrom was appointed Executive Director of the NRC Design and Fabrication Services (NRC-DFS) where, until this appointment, he led the engineering, design and manufacturing of research apparatus and experimental prototypes in support of NRC research efforts.
Mr. Lindstrom received a Diploma of Technology in Naval Architecture from the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1983 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 2003. While with NRC-IOT, Mr. Lindstrom authored/co-authored several technical papers on ice interaction of various hull forms as well as Submarine Sub Sail surfacing. He is also an alumnus of the NRC LEAD Executive Challenge program (2009).
His current appointment is being greeted with enthusiasm by members of the ocean technology cluster in St. John’s, NL.