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Our Biggest Differentiator

We are proud to introduce you to our energetic, passionate, diverse and talented leadership team. 

Mike Callaghan

Mike has been passionately involved in the dental lab industry for over 34 years. In his career, Mike has managed all departments including dentures, porcelain and implants. He has a deep level of understanding in all aspects of dentistry.

Above all, Mike is a great people leader and a valued advisor to his customers.

Toronto Lab Manager


Peter Mckeon

Peter has 40 plus years of experience in dentistry and executive management in both Canada and the US. After moving to Canada, he obtained his Certified Dental Technician (CDT) license in 1974, LVI certificate in Advanced, Carp, and Full Mouth dentistry in 2001, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) certificate with President’s Honor Roll in 2004. He undertook management role in multiple renowned dental labs with proven success in managing and growing business and people.

Chief Operating Officer

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John Sawers

After graduating from George Brown College with honours in 1994 and working in a high paced, large dental laboratory, John obtained his R.D.T licence and opened his own Dental Studio in 1997.

Being involved in all aspects of the dental field has given John thorough knowledge of fixed restorations and a comprehensive understanding of removable dental prostheses. These are areas that he now specializes in as laboratory manager at Durban Burlingtons' modern, state of the art facility.

Burlington Lab Manager

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Russel Brown 

Russel is the founder of Durban and is responsible for managing the administrative, strategic and marketing components of the business. Russel’s two passions are his wife and 4 kids; and also growing Durban into a Digital Lab leader by building the best team in the industry. Russel is a South African trained Chartered Accountant. Prior to starting Durban, Russel was the Vice President of Sales and Operations at Henry Schein Canada.

President and CEO

Hayley Brown

Hayley is responsible for the financial aspects of Durban. Hayley is a South African-trained Chartered Accountant. She has extensive Corporate Accounting and financial operational experience.

Chief Financial Officer


Jay Mandel

Jay has been working in the dental laboratory business for over 25 years, beginning at 13 years old in his father's dental office. In 1999 he obtained his Registered Dental Technician (RDT) status and subsequently started his own dental lab in 2001. Jay is one of few technicians that have participated in and completed all requirements for the Misch Implant Institute Surgical Program. Jay forms a powerful relationship with you with his focus being all forms of customer service, chairside support, and technical advisory. 

Technical Support Manager


Emily O'connell

Emily has been committed to providing a high level of customer service for 13 years in the dental lab environment. She has been with Durban since its inception and, with her professional customer service skills, she helps build a strong communication channel between the dental office and our lab.

Toronto Customer Service

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Cate Mcphee

Cate's experience varies from her start in a large, high volume, production lab to owning her own studio.

An honour graduate of George Brown and accomplished RDT since 1997, Cate is now pleased to take a customer service role within Durban. She helps to facilitate a smooth liaison from dental office to lab floor.

Burlington Customer Service

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