|Capabilities and Experience
Noulan Bowkers 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.
|BIO of Noulan Bowker||
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:
|Industry Sectors||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.
|A Professional Consultant||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.
CMCs 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.
|Marketing and Sales||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 1960s
and again in Asia in the 1970s. 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
A Professional Engineer
|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
|Mentoring and Advisory Activities||
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:
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.
|Resources and Alliances||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:
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.
Certification to Receive Military Critical Technical Information
United States / Canada
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