CTMA elects new president and board members

Louis Jahn was elected as the CTMA’s new president by the Association’s members at the CTMA’s Annual General Meeting on Sept. 21, 2023, at the Lamplighter Inn in London, Ont.

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) recently announced Louis Jahn as its new president, effective Sept. 21, 2023. Louis replaces the outgoing president, Chris Hergott, who held the president title for four years.

Louis was elected by the Association’s members at the CTMA’s Annual General Meeting on Sept. 21, 2023, at the Lamplighter Inn in London, Ont.

“Our industry is facing headwinds on several fronts, which makes belonging to the CTMA that much more important for individual companies so that together they have a larger voice and can learn from each other to keep Canadian industry at the forefront of technology on the world stage,” said Louis.

Louis is the owner of Jahn Engineering in Windsor and brings with him more than 30+ years of industry experience. He started his career in 1979 as a tool and die apprentice at Kardam Manufacturing Ltd in Windsor, Ont., where he completed his journeyman’s status. He then moved on to the University of Windsor for a short time before joining the NARMCO Group as a corporate tool engineer. From there he went back to Kardam Manufacturing as a QA Manager and took over as General Manager in 1991.

In 1996, Louis started his company, Jahn Engineering Ltd, and is responsible for business development, die engineering, and human resource management. Jahn Engineering Ltd designs and builds metal stamping dies, automation assembly equipment and has a check fixture division called JE Fixture & Tool.

In his spare time, Louis enjoys sailing the Great Lakes with his wife, Linda. He is also an avid hiker and casual golfer. His interests include working with various non-governmental organizations and sits on the board of Lifesong for Orphans Canada, where they have two schools located in Zambia, Africa, educating and feeding under privileged children.

Louis also sits on the board of the Apostolic Christian Church Mission Board of Canada, is actively involved in his local ACC church as a past trustee, trustee chair and has held various volunteer teaching and mentoring positions with both adults and teens.

In addition to the induction of the new president, the Association also announced three new board members: Arman Pouragha, Rapid Enterprises; Michelle Henning, Answer Precision Technologies; and Scott Allan, Integrity Tool & Mold Inc., who will replace Anjan Tak, Robust Gear & Industries; Kyle Patton, Answer Precision Technologies; and Ray Buxton, Mazak Canada.

The CTMA thanks Anjan, Ray and Kyle for all their time and dedication throughout their time on the board of directors.