I was born in Lethbridge Alberta in 1984, and moved to the Comox Valley in 1993 with my family. After graduating from Highland Secondary in 2002, I went on to attend Vancouver Island University and the University of Calgary, focussing on Political Science and International Relations.
At 21 years old I took an offer for a summer internship in the Republic of Kazakhstan working for a Chinese/Kazakhstani Drilling company and soon worked my way up to Field Superintendent overseeing a field staff of 400 personnel in a remote camp. In the following years, I spent time both in the Comox Valley, Calgary and Kazakhstan working for several large engineering and energy companies focussing on large project management and procurement.
At 26 years old, my wife Jennifer - a Denman Islander - and I took over a struggling Calgary based drilling company who had recently sold their assets to a company based in Kazakhstan and reorganized it as a consulting firm providing training, management, and parts support to overseas operations. With a team of 20 hardy Canadians, we worked to train the new Kazakh owners to safely operate, supply, and maintain their newly purchased equipment.
After winning and executing several large contracts for international energy and construction majors, I moved on to take on a role as Country Manager for a Canadian Construction and Heavy Equipment company based out of Victoria BC with operations in Kazakhstan. Overseeing a staff of 600 expatriate and local personnel I led the company through a severely depressed energy market, increasing efficiencies to ensure we remained profitable in the face of challenging market conditions while putting a high value on our employees to ensure we made it through tough times together.
At 32 years old, after a successful run of almost 12 years rotating between time in the Comox Valley, and overseas, my wife Jennifer and I agreed that it was time to start a family here in the Comox Valley which we have always considered home. Our son Lochlan turns 3 this year, and I am now working in a management role at Hyland Precast in Cumberland; we couldn’t be happier to finally be living full time in the place we love.
My career has been anything but typical, but I have taken every opportunity in stride and looked at every challenge as an opportunity. I build teams based on respect and am never shy of consulting the experts to get sound advice to make the best decisions possible. I am a strong believer that free enterprise combined with fiscally sound monetary policy does the best job of ensuring our social safety net has the resilience to weather any storm.
Now, more than ever, we need leadership that addresses our current challenges head-on to ensure we can build a future for our children that we can be proud of. We need to ensure opportunities for all British Columbians.