Stephen Armstrong has over 25 years of success, leading C-level strategic change and business transformation initiatives, with an initial pedigree in the aerospace and defense industry and then spreading to other sectors. Included are 23 large-scale enterprise-wide turnaround assignments, in technologically complex environments. In 2014, Armstrong was appointed Professor of Innovation, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, at the University of Toronto.
Armstrong built his leadership capability on a solid foundation as an aerospace manufacturing engineer after serving a 5 year higher technical apprenticeship at Bombardier Aerospace-Belfast. His engineering specialty was the development of manufacturing processes for advanced aerospace composite materials. After a period in operations management he changed career direction and entered the management consulting industry in 1988 with KPMG becoming principal in charge of the manufacturing system practice in Canada.
His first entrepreneurial venture was in 1993, creating AMGI, an Innovation Management company specializing in leading long term Strategic Change Initiatives, initially in the aerospace and defense sector
He has led over 30 executive steering committees and built 150 plus self-directed work teams in every functional business discipline to achieve dramatic improvement results.
Initiatives have spanned companies in size from a family owned start up business with 10 employees to large multi division enterprises with 15,000 employees.
He is an author for Cambridge University Press and the Industrial Press, New York, USA, as well as a number of other publications. This groundbreaking work has been recognized in the over 50 public presentations and workshops that Armstrong has delivered.
This expertise led to Armstrong receiving a teaching appointment in 2009 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. He was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer, Adjunct Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and in 2014 Professor of Innovation, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. In 2015 he was appointed as professor in the Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (TIAM). In 2012 he received an appointment as Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster, London, in the Department of Business Psychology, Faculty of Science and Technology. He is pioneering the development of new graduate level courses for Engineers and Applied Scientists. These are in the fields of the Management and Application of Innovation, Operations and Production Management, Organizational Design, and the History and Philosophy of Engineering.
Armstrong has been a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) since 1992.