History

John Bell

Shred-Tech

John Bell founded Shred-Tech in 1977 and grew the company to become a global leader in recycling technology, manufacturing and marketing industrial shredding equipment for materials such as tires and municipal waste. Under his leadership, Shred-Tech developed the mobile document shredder – and began a new industry in North America. In 1995, John sold Shred-Tech to a NYSE company.

John Bell

Polymer Technologies

After the purchase Polymer Technologies in 1996, under the leadership of John Bell, Polymer grew from a $7 million injection moulding company to $125 million tier two auto parts manufacturer with seven manufacturing locations in four countries and over 1,000 employees. Polymer was also recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best managed companies for four years. In 2005, the company was sold to two private equity companies.

John Bell

ATS

In 2007, John Bell led a successful proxy fight to replace the board and senior management of ATS Automation Tooling Systems (TSX: ATA). Bell served as acting CEO while recruiting a new senior management team. ATS Automation Tooling Systems has 24 global manufacturing facilities, 4,000 employees and $900 million in sales.

Read "After the Earthquake" Exchange Magazine's account on John Bell's transformation of ATS

Buffer Box

Buffer Box

BufferBox Inc. is a Canadian startup company from the University of Waterloo. It is a service offering users a temporary parcel pickup station for packages ordered online. On November 30, 2012 it was acquired by Google.

John Bell

BSM Wireless

BSM Wireless (TSX-V:GPS) 2006-2014. Past Chairman and board member. Invested originally by convertible debenture, became principal shareholder, and led board and management renewal leading to substantial and profitable growth. Grew value from $10M to $100M and successfully exited in spring 2014.

Onbelay Automotive Inc

Onbelay Automotive Inc

Purchased this automotive e-coater and assembler primarily serving tier one automotive suppliers in 2008, exited in 2013.

Onbelay Automotive Inc is an industrial automotive e-coater, powder coater and assembler primarily serving tier one automotive suppliers. Capabilities include black epoxy e-coating and black epoxy powder coating using a cathodic system. The company also offers assembly and sub-assembly services to its customers. Onbelay Automotive Inc operates a 92,000 square foot facility strategically located in Chatham, Ontario.