Mr. David E. Elhard, President/Founder


Dave received his Electronic Engineering Technology diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1987 and his Business Administrative Diploma with the University of Calgary in 1992. After completing his formal education at SAIT, he started work with Q-Tron Ltd., a manufacturer of locomotive monitoring and control equipment where he gained 13 years of electronic manufacturing and management experience. While at Q-Tron he served as Production Manager as well as Engineering Manager.


Mr. Elhard joined Turnkey Solutions/Electromec in 2000 when it was still a small company of about 10 people and contributed to its significant growth to over 120 people through his involvement with personnel, manufacturing, purchasing and quality improvement. During his time at Turnkey/Electromec he served as General Manager, VP of Purchasing/Planning, VP of Manufacturing and VP of Engineering.


In June of 2004 he left Electromec to start IMS, Innovative Manufacturing Source Inc. after seeing a need for a new alternative in Contract Manufacturing in Western Canada. Since starting IMS he has built a tremendous team and experienced growth in terms of customers, sales and equipment far beyond his expectations.


Mr. Stuart Henley - VP of Business Development


Stuart received his Telecommunications Technology diploma From Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1988. After completing his education at SAIT, he started work at Pelours Navigation Systems , a manufacturer of Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) used for the aeronautical industry and part of the ground landing systems used at airports around the world. He worked in the manufacturing division and served as a Technologist as well as the Technical Production Manager.


In 1998, Stuart found Turnkey Solutions Inc.  In the role of President / CEO he grew the business to 120 personnel and sales in excess of 6 million in less than 4 years. In 2002 Stuart was instrumental in the merger between Turnkey Solutions and All New Manufacturing to create Electromec Inc. with 250 employees and a manufacturing facility of 115,000 square feet, creating a one stop manufacturing facility for Electronics and Metal Fabrication. During his time there he held positions of Vice President, COO and Director.


In 2004 Stuart resigned from all positions at Electromec Inc. and joined August Electronics Inc. as the VP of Business Development. During his time with August, he grew the personnel from 40 to 160 and sales over 800% in his 7 year tenure. During his time as the VP of Business Development, August made the top 200 fastest growing companies in Canada 3 times in Profit Magazine.


In 2012 Stuart joined Innovative Manufacturing Source (IMS) and once again teamed up with his old friend Dave Elhard (President / Founder of IMS) as the VP of Business Development. Stuart brings his knowledge and experience to work with the IMS team to aid in building a world class Contract Manufacturer in Calgary.  His experience fits the continued growth plan and further strengthens the commitment by IMS to create manufacturing excellence and unparalleled customer satisfaction in Western Canada.


Mr. Carlos Avelar - Senior Quality Manager


Carlos joined IMS in August of 2014 as the head of of our Quality Department in the position of Senior Quality Manager.  His background includes his Electro-Mechanical Technical Engineering Degree from Central American Institute of Technology, San Salvador, El Salvador.  He also attended New Brunswick Community College in Moncton, NB where he received his Computer Engineering Technology Degree.  He is Co-Founder of ASQ for Atlantic Canada, a Certified Quality Auditor and Continouous Improvement Associate by ASQ.


Carols has been employed with Contract Manufacturing, Integrated Circuits TI, Capacitors AVX, Resistors IRC/TT Electronics and a variety of box build products, including but not limited to Military and Commercial throughout the course of of his career.


Carlos' most recent employment was with Smart Technologies in Calgary, AB,  where he was employed from 2011-2014 in the role of Senior Quality Specialist.  He was responsible for quality on all the Interactive Flat Panels, from 42" to 84", responsible for new product introduction and sustaining quality.  His main responsibilities were all Korean Suppliers, board suppliers and integrators, Qualification of assembly lines and the products built.


Prior to Smart Technologies, Carlos was employed with Cobham Tracking and Locating from 2009-2011 in Dartmouth NS as Senior Quality Specialist and Acting Quality Manager.  He was responsble for Tracking and Locating Device quality, and Military and Law Enforcement products.  He was a team member of the 100% Outsourcing Project.  His contribution won him the Silver Awared by 2010 Cobham PLC Corporate Improvement Boards.


Other employment exists of positions held with IRC/TT in Corpus Christi Texas from 2000-2009 where he was in the position of Senior Quality Manager/Program Manager, responsible for quality at two facilities in Corpus Christi and Matamoros, Mexico.  He oversaw the production of chip, network and automotive HVAC resistors and was directly involved and responsible for all new programs launched.


And lastly, his employment with Philips Displays Components in both Ottawa and Ohio as a Senior Customer Service Engineer and providing Technical Support to Latin America and Chinese Customers.



Mr. Tony Sauve - Production Manager / Process Manager


Tony joined IMS in May 2013 the role of Process Manager.  Hailing most recently from British Columbia, Tony spent most of his "formative" years in Lethbridge where he gained valuable manufacturing experience with Novatel.  He served as Process Engineering Lead for more than 10 years with Creation Technologies where he lead teams through the introduction of new technologies - including 0201 production to RoHS-compliant soldering processes and various box build inititives.  Most recently, Tony has also added Production Manager to his responsibilities at IMS.


Tony and his wife Robin have returned to Alberta to be closer to family and for the kind of lifestyle afforded here.  His boys are very active and share their dad's passion for hiking, skiing and biking.


What Sets us Apart !


IMS sets itself apart from its competition through the level of quality and service we deliver. This difference is a direct result of the staff at IMS and their commitment to providing our customers with products we can all be proud of. This attitude combined with the experience they bring, results in a combination that leaves our customers satisfied.


We take great strides to ensure your product is built as specified but when an error occurs on your product, we do not finger point or avoid taking responsibility, our focus is on your satisfaction and ultimately your customer's satisfaction.  Every company will make mistakes but what sets them apart is the way they respond to them, IMS will always stand behind its product.

We offer full procurement for some products/customers, often for marginally more or sometimes less than your current costs of procurement. Our veteran purchasing and material handling staff coupled with a full MRP system and vendor managed inventory, will do an excellent job of managing material for you.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.



IMS employs a staff of 80 in the following areas;


Inside and Outside Sales


Material Management


Stockroom, Shipping and Receiving




Quality Control and Inspection


Production Support and Programming




Production Staff including;


Surface Mount Technology


Thru Hole and Final Assembly


Mechanical Assembly/Box Builds