Mark Aruja has diverse experience in Government, Defence, industry and the not-for-profit sector spanning over 40 years, characterized by leading change. His boyhood dreams of flying were fulfilled with an aviation career in the Canadian Armed Forces ending with several senior appointments including Wing Command. He closed his military career by being selected to be the first Commandant of the Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre. Here, Mark established the first experimentation program with UAVs, and the start of his engagement with Unmanned Systems Canada. 

Mark leveraged his operational and procurement experience in Defence during 12 years as a Business Development Manager with Thales, a multinational company in the Defence, aerospace and security sectors. Mark is an engineering graduate of the Royal Military College and has taken numerous courses over the years in aerospace systems, international security and in business management.

Mr. Aruja’s first participation with USC-STC was in 2003 at the inaugural annual conference, participating as an industrialist. He viewed this association as an invaluable initiative to bring together the diverse parties necessary to create and realize transformational change opportunities. Mark has been an active contributor to USC-STC’s activities, including as a member of the Board of Directors for almost 10 years, and Chairman from 2015-2019.

You can reach Mark at [email protected]