Phil Cole

Vice-President, Business Development


Phil Cole joined Marinvent as VP Business Development in December 2011. Since that date, Phil has also taken up roles of VP Business Development for Marinvent’s Advanced Aerospace Solutions Joint Venture and for Marinvent’s recently launched sister company Certification Center Canada. He is responsible for all front end of the business activities of the company including marketing, sales, business development and contracts for all three companies. Phil has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for more than 30 years since graduating from Brighton University in England with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1986. Phil also serves as a member of AIAC’s Technology and Innovation Working Group, AIAC’s Public Procurement and Defence Committee, and on the Industry Board of NSERC-NCADE at Concordia University.

Phil is a hands-on, customer-oriented, executive with a track record of successfully building small-to-medium sized aerospace and defence businesses, leading to their acquisition. Phil is also a specialist in certifiable embedded systems and software, simulation and qualifiable software tools and led the implementation and launch of the world’s first certifiable embedded OpenGL driver, the world’s first qualifiable graphics prototyping and design tool and the world’s first DO-254 certification kit for a COTS embedded graphics device and the world’s first certifiable OpenGL subset API specification.

Prior to joining Marinvent, Phil has held the following positions:

  • VP Sales, Marketing & Programs at Embvue 2008 – 2011
  • VP Sales and Marketing at Seaweed Systems, Inc, 2002 – 2008 (Acquired)
  • Director Marketing at Presagis 1999 – 2002 (Acquired)
  • Commercial Director at Air Safety International 1997 – 1999
  • Manager Civil Updates Group at Thales Training and Simulation 1995 – 1997
  • Regional Customer Support Manager at Thales Training and Simulation 1993 – 1995
  • European Customer Account Manager at Thales Training and Simulation 1992 – 1993
  • Program Manager at Thales Training and Simulation 1990 – 1992
  • Resident CAE Site Manager, Montreal, Canada at Thales Training and Simulation 1987 – 1990
  • Systems Engineer & Product Manager at Thales Training and Simulation 1986 – 1987