Board of Directors

James Read <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">Director of Manufacturing, RIMEX Supply Ltd.</span>

James Read
Director of Manufacturing, RIMEX Supply Ltd.

Chair

James is Director of Manufacturing for RIMEX Supply Ltd, Surrey BC, where he manages the organizations operational functions. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the discipline of Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool. Early in his professional career he spent time serving as an engineer for the British Armed Forces and Prison Service.

James prides himself on his strong communications and leadership capabilities. Leading by example is an important value to James, inspiring positive ethical, moral and community spirt that can act as an over-arching foundation to him and his team.

James particularly enjoys creating and encouraging positive work environments, and organizational cultures that not only adhere to organizational policies but, thrive on continuous improvement that could be considered a market leading competitive advantage. This endeavor is attained by developing individuals through mentorship and education, whilst creating community stewardship by establishing regional partnerships with local charitable entities and organizations.

Chris Baby <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">CEO Surewerx</span>

Chris Baby
CEO Surewerx

Director

SureWerx is an unprecedented single source portfolio of owned brands, products and value-added services that enable a leadership position within the professional tool, equipment, shop and safety markets in North America. SureWerx designs and develops products with manufacturing partners from over 350 factories globally, all under their complement of brands.

In March 2016, JET Group rebranded corporately to SureWerx and at the same time was recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Chris currently serves as the CEO of SureWerx as well as a Director on the company Board.

Under Chris’ profound vision and courage, SureWerx is leading a transformational organizational change to position the company to an unparalleled leadership position in the Global marketplace to improve worker safety and productivity through their brands and services. SureWerx is working diligently on becoming OSSE Certified.

Mike Christensen <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">President/Business Agent, Teamsters Local 464</span>

Mike Christensen
President/Business Agent, Teamsters Local 464

Director

Mike is a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 464. Having worked for 20 years in the food manufacturing industry and now in his position with the Teamsters, Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience and understands how vital a well-run and cared for OHS program and Joint Health and Safety Committee can be in a workplace.

Mike brings a unique understanding of how OHS policies affect workers and their needs in a changing manufacturing landscape. Mike’s close ties to workers allow for a direct connection from the board to the perspective of every day workers on the front lines of OHS programs in the workplace. Mike has held a seat on a Joint Health and Safety Committee that failed the employees, then fought for management/ownership commitments to improve and saw the committee be reborn as a key contributor to a resurgent Health and Safety culture.

Now with the Teamsters, Mike advocates on behalf of the membership to create unified solutions to Health and Safety issues.

Carol Eamer <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(45,45,45);">President, OH&S Consulting Services Inc.</span>

Carol Eamer
President, OH&S Consulting Services Inc.

Director

Carol Eamer is currently President of her health and safety management system consulting company and has credentials as both a leader in workplace health and safety and community based program development.

Employed for more than 20 years with the Alberta government in the occupational health and safety portfolio Carol helped establish programs to establish effective injury prevention programs in partnership with communities, government agencies, labour organizations, not for profit groups and private corporations. Carol’s board experience includes holding positions with Injury Prevention Associations, the Alberta Occupational Safety Auditors Association, and Co-Chair of the Safer Calgary Board.

Currently a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Board of Directors, Carol believes the future of harm reduction lies in community based prevention programs that involve and integrate all aspects of the community into a cohesive, coordinated approach to health and safety.

Cynthia Lapointe <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(45,45,45);">Plant Manager, Kerry Inc.</span>

Cynthia Lapointe
Plant Manager, Kerry Inc.

Director

Originally from Quebec Cynthia has been the Plant Manager at Kerry’s Delta facility since 2016. The facility employs 75 people and runs 24/5.

Cynthia’s parents had a dairy farm, so working hard has been part of her DNA from a very young age. She originally studied Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing and from there she kept an open mind about work opportunities. She has been with Kerry, an OSSE certified company, for about 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility. Cynthia’s is a recent signatory to the BC Safety Charter.

Outside of work Cynthia’s family is very involved with downhill ski racing. She competed from age 6 to 16, started to give ski lessons and eventually moved to downhill ski coaching. She also owns a Kawasaki Ninja 650 and uses it to commute to work on sunny days.

Jason Longden <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">COO, Silver Hills</span>

Jason Longden
COO, Silver Hills

Director

Jason is the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Hills, a family owned company that includes the Silver Hills Bakery, One Degree Organic Foods and Little Northern Bakehouse brands. Prior to his appointment he was the COO of Garden Protein International. Previous positions have included Vice President of Operations at Pineridge Bakery providing leadership and direction to the Operations group; 10 years at Maple Leaf Foods where he held the senior positions of Operations Manager of the Calgary Bakery, VP Operations and Technical Controller for Maple Leaf Bakery UK.

Jason has been instrumental in the leadership of business turnarounds and multimillion dollar plant start-ups in both Europe and North America. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker at several industry conferences on the topics of leadership, food safety and health and safety.

Kevin Thorburn <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">Supply Chain Manager, Nestle Waters Canada</span>

Kevin Thorburn
Supply Chain Manager, Nestle Waters Canada

Director

Kevin Thorburn is the Supply Chain Manager Western and North West Canada for Nestlé Waters Canada. Nestlé Waters Canada is affiliated with Nestlé Waters North America which has over 6,500 employees in 30 different facilities. Closer to home Nestlé Waters Canada has been a sponsor of and a signatory to the BC Safety Charter and their BC bottling plant in Hope has achieved OSSE certification.

Kevin has been responsible for the operation of the Hope facility, which has 85 employees, a sales force and a retail operation, as well as the supply chain function for the past seven years. Under his leadership, and that of his senior management team, the plant has transformed from a culture of accepting at risk behaviours to one that sees safety as an everyday value. He has worked hard to earn the workers’ trust and empower them to take the lead in safety.

Kevin’s areas of expertise include industrial engineering and operations management. He has spent the majority of his career in manufacturing and distribution. He is passionate about safety and understands the importance of incorporating safety into operations.

Julie Woodward <br /><span style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">People, Culture & Mission Manager/Safety Coordinator, Que Pasa Mexican Foods, a division of Natures Path Foods, Inc.</span>

Julie Woodward
People, Culture & Mission Manager/Safety Coordinator, Que Pasa Mexican Foods, a division of Natures Path Foods, Inc.

Director

Julie Woodward is the People, Culture & Mission Manager and Safety Coordinator for Que Pasa Mexican Foods, a division of Natures Path Foods, Inc. Natures Path has achieved Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the past 6 years, and the Que Pasa facility is certified as the first Canadian Zero Waste Manufacturer in addition to recently achieving OSSE certification in 2018.

Julie has a degree in Business Administration and is also a designated Canadian Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Julie understands the significant impact that a serious workplace injury can have on the people, culture and a business’ economic viability. She recognizes the importance of safety leadership and sees the opportunity to affect change in a positive way through a strong Safety Program.

Chris Inkster <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">President, Freeport Industries Ltd.</span>

Chris Inkster
President, Freeport Industries Ltd.

Director

Chris Inkster is the President of Freeport Industries, a custom manufacturer of modular structures for industrial, residential and institutional use that employs 80-90 people. Freeport was part of the first safety pooling system (SPS) group and under his leadership successfully challenged the OSSE audit after only 14 months.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Management and Diplomas of Technology in Wood Products Manufacturing and Forestry from BCIT. He has 19 years’ experience in plywood plant, sawmilling/log yards, and modular manufacturing.

Craig Ogilvie <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">Plant Manager, Pinnacle Foods</span>

Craig Ogilvie
Plant Manager, Pinnacle Foods

Director

Craig Ogilvie is the Plant Manager at Gardein Protein International. He employs approximately 240 people operating seven days a week with two production and one sanitation shift per day. It is a comparatively small but complicated operation for Gardein. Craig has been responsible for introducing process flows and other improvements at his location that have led to improvements in safety over the last three years.

Craig holds a first class BA (Hons) in business administration with HR management, a NEBOSH diploma (OHS certification) and a CIPD (master’s qualification in HR management) from the UK.

Prior to moving to Canada he worked for United Biscuits in Scotland; Nestle where he set up new production lines gaining experience in risk management and for a nutraceuticals company where he gained further experience in safety dealing with exposure to potential hazardous materials.

Steve Mander <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">President & COO, Knight Signs Ltd.</span>

Steve Mander
President & COO, Knight Signs Ltd.

Director

As Pacific Sign Group’s (dba Knight Signs) President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Mander leads all of the company’s facets from sales & marketing, project management, creative design & engineering, production, customer service, information technology and finance. Under his leadership, the company has achieved the highest revenue and profits in their 48 years’ history. In the six years as an executive, Steve Mander has driven a strong track record of results, execution excellence and improved efficiency while infusing customer centric policies and service.

Steve Mander has over 20 years of business experience and has been involved with many organisations to help overcome negative growth by identifying areas of strength & weaknesses and implementing policies, standards, changes in operations and systems that are optimised for productivity and the bottom line.

Born and raised in England, UK where he received his academia with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematical Modelling. He has used his problem solving and troubleshooting skills in all of his positions from business analysis, project management, senior management to president within retail, manufacturing, distribution and entertainment industries.

Moved to Canada in 2002 and used his entrepreneurial skills to establish a successful consulting business that has helped in the creative and development of business growth. By working collaboratively with his clients he has been able to offer his dynamic approach to challenges.

John Sykes <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">Director of Operations - Annacis Plant, Earth’s Own Food Company</span>

John Sykes
Director of Operations - Annacis Plant, Earth’s Own Food Company

Director

John Sykes is the Director of Operations at Earth’s Own Food Company, a leading Canadian healthy food and beverage company dedicated to nutritional innovation. John has been in the food and beverage industry for 38 years having started on the production floor. He has been part of and has led many teams during his career and has chaired and sat on numerous safety committees. He has mediated successfully in a union environment both as a part-time business representative on the shop floor, and as a manager. Currently John has the additional roles of the Health and Safety and Environmental coordinator, and Asbestos Abatement Lead at his facility.

John has continued his professional development throughout his career attending over 100 seminars and mini courses with topics ranging from safety, management, human resources, labour law, mobile equipment operating, to ergonomics. He has real world experience along with training relating to health and safety and knowledge of rehabilitation, mental health, substance abuse and return to work programs.

Nick Reiach <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(25,25,25);">VP of Operations, Great Little Box Company (GLBC)</span>

Nick Reiach
VP of Operations, Great Little Box Company (GLBC)

Director

Nick Reiach is Vice President of Operations at the Great Little Box Company (GLBC). He has 15 years of Production and Warehouse experience; 10 years as a VP.

The Great Little Box Company is an OSSE certified, award-winning manufacturer and distributor of custom and stock packaging solutions. It is highly regarded in BC for being a best managed company and top employer.

In the last 10 years, GLBC has acquired eight new companies ranging from Folding Cartons, to narrow web Label manufacturers, to distributors. Nick played a key role in integrating these target companies into the existing operations.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Western Ontario. In 2009, he completed the Lean Sensei Greenbelt certification program then in 2012, he successfully completed the Lean Sensei Blackbelt certification program. Nick is a member of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Alpha group: a networking group that meets once a month, to share best practices across a broad network of BC based manufacturers.

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Director

Peter has recently retired as President and CEO of Magnum Trailers & Equipment, apposition that he has held since 2012. Prior to this he held a variety of senior management positions; with the General Electric Company, BMW Canada, and Magellan Aerospace where he ran their Orenda Aerospace division. Peter holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Memorial University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. He is also a member of CME BC and regularly takes part in the MacKay CEO forums.

Lisa McGuire <br /><span style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(45,45,45);">CEO, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC</span>

Lisa McGuire
CEO, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

Director (Non-Voting)

As CEO, Lisa is responsible for all fiduciary, management and governance issues as well as the day-to-day operations of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC.

Lisa’s educational background includes a diverse Agricultural Science education through the University of Saskatchewan and University of British Columbia with recognition on the Deans honour roll. She achieved her Occupational Health & Safety certification ‘with honours’ through the BC Institute of Technology and received her external safety auditor’s certification through the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships. Lisa obtained her professional safety designation through the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals in 2004.

Lisa served ten years in the poultry industry in food safety and cost process analysis positions with the latter six years in charge of the Occupational Safety Program of a poultry operation. In 2007 she led the task of securing support from the food industry to establish the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (originally FIOSA) in 2007 and was appointed Executive Director then CEO. The organization has since expanded to serve members within the general manufacturing industry. She is one of the founders of the BC Food Processors Association which was originally composed of safety and human resource professionals.