Leadership

Carlos de Oliveira, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Co-Founder, President and Ceo

Carlos is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Cast Connex Corporation, is the company’s Principal Structural Engineer, and is recognized as a foremost expert in the design and use of steel castings in building construction. Carlos received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Applied Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Toronto. Carlos’ Master’s Degree research in the use of steel castings in seismic applications formed the basis for the company and its High Strength Connector line of products. Carlos is the recipient of the Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Excellence in Innovation in Civil Engineering Award, the Ontario Centres of Excellence Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship, the Heffernan/Co-Steel Innovation Fellowship, and the Comite International pour le Developpement et l'Étude de la Construction Tublaire (CIDECT) President’s Award for Research, amongst other industry and academic awards, fellowships, and scholarships. Carlos is a registered professional engineer in the Provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Michael Gray, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President

An inventor of the technology behind the Scorpion Yielding Connector and a co-founder of the company, Michael is the Executive Vice-President at Cast Connex Corporation. He received both his Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering from the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Michael’s ground-breaking Doctoral work on the use and design of cast steel yielding elements in high-ductility non-buckling braced frames forms the basis of the Scorpion line of products. Michael has won several prestigious provincial, national, and industry scholarships and fellowships including the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) G.J. Jackson Fellowship, the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction John L. Kellerman Fellowship, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Donald Jamieson Fellowship in Structural Engineering. In addition to his expertise in non-linear finite element analysis, seismic design, mechanics, and low cycle fatigue of steel materials, Michael also has extensive experience in structural engineering and steel connection design and detailing.