Who am I?

 

I moved to the County in 2014 with my wife of 30 years after living and working in Ottawa, Caledon, Kitchener and Flamborough.

 

I had a career in Canada Customs, international trade consulting firms, purchasing and the logistics industry. Upon moving to the County, I spent 3 years part time at the Home Depot in Belleville as a way to ease into retirement.

 

Now, fully retired from the paid working world, I have been devoting my energies and passion to community organizations, focusing primarily on the environment and conservation, and mostly with respect to our beautiful, unique South Shore.

 

Always interested in everything going on in the community, I have frequently made deputations to Council and have worked closely with Todd Smith, our MPP and his staff.

 

My hobbies include landscape gardening, renovations, travel, photography and, of course, our cats.

Volunteer and Community Involvement

 

       Prince Edward County since 2014

  • 2018 – Founding Director and President of the South Shore Joint Initiative

  • 2016 – Present -Director of CCSAGE – County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy

  • 2015 – 2017 -Appellant in the successful WPD White Pines ERT appeal

  • 2015 – Present -Member of the Board of Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

  • 2015 – Appointed to the Board of Quinte Conservation Authority by the Municipality of Prince Edward County

    Flamborough Ontario

  • 2007 – 2013 supporter of FORCE – an organization which stopped development of a quarry in Flamborough

    Kitchener Ontario

  • 2003 – 2006 President Doon Mills Residents Association, Kitchener

    Caledon Ontario

  • 1999 – 2002 Chair Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks Task Force of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

    • Final report won Excellence in Planning award from the Ontario Provincial Planners Institute

  • 1998 – 2002 President Valleywood Residents Association, Caledon

  • 1996 – 1999 Member advisory board of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Customs and law enforcement program

    Ottawa Ontario

  • 1989 – 1996 Emerald Woods Residents Association, Ottawa

Professional Qualifications

 

Highlights

  • Significant experience:  managing multicultural workforces, running forward and reverse warehousing and distribution, purchasing MRO industrial and packaging supplies, managing workforce reduction / stabilization

  • Mature, energetic, passionate and imaginative continuous improvement expert in wide range of industries.

  • Extremely effective collaborative, inclusive management style – communicate effectively and work well with all levels from shop floor to management’s corner office

  • Strong financial P&L experience, process and systems analyst, problem solver, developer and implementer

  • Process Change Champion with triple barreled experience – Private Sector, Government, Consulting

  • Advanced IT development and Admin skills – MS Office, Excel, Oracle Discoverer, Cognos, AS400, WMS systems, SAP, etc.

  • Bilingual English and French

 

Employment Experience

 

 

The HOME DEPOT Canada – Belleville, Ont. – January 2015 to December 2017 - Retirement plan

  • Part time sales associate in doors and windows

 

GENCO RB Canada Distribution Center – Milton, Ont.  -September 2013 to April 2014

  • Position:  General Manager

  • Managing 50-60 teammates in complex, high throughput distribution operation receiving and shipping RB products across Canada on 3 shifts

  • 320,000 sq. ft. in 2 warehouses utilizing RF scanning and proprietary software to track and report on all aspects of product movement

  • Accountable for full GL and P&L of the operation

 GENCO Best Buy Canada Return Center, Brampton, Ontario  -Sept. 2012 to Sept. 2013

  • (Processing, sorting, shipping all vendor returns from Best Buy and Future Shop Stores)

  • Position:  General Manager

  • Managing 17-30 teammates in complex, high throughput operation which scans, sorts, validates serial numbers and condition, palletizes and ships store returns to original vendors for credit

  • 78,000 sq. ft. warehouse utilizing RF scanning and proprietary software to track and report on all aspects of product movement

  • Move over $180M product annually – approximately 15 warehouse turns annually

  • Accountable for full GL and P&L of the operation

 

GENCO Toronto Pearson Airport, Mississauga, Ontario  -August  2006 to September 2012

 

  • (Warehousing, transportation and distribution of all products at Toronto Pearson Airport)

  • Position:  Logistics Support and LEAN Process Manager

  • Won Sam Shear “Best of the Best” facility award 2011

  • Directing Operational Process Improvement projects – 15% productivity improvement in 2009, 17% in 2010

  • Development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures and best practices for staff of 100

  • Replacing Operations Manager/Facility Manager as necessary

Precidio Inc., Brampton, Ontario  July  2005 to April 2006

  • (Manufacturer, importer and distributor of melamine giftware and logoed promotional drinkware products)

  • Position: Continuous Improvement Manager

  • Managed inbound / outbound logistics department – staff of 10

  • Planned and implemented outsourcing of entire distribution and shipping operation to a 3PL

Marco Sales & Incentives, Paris, Ontario   2002 to July 2005

  • Position: Purchasing / Merchandise Manager

  • Responsible for all aspects of merchandise sourcing, purchasing, decorating and fulfillment for PPPC Task Force top 15 promotional products manufacturer and distributor.

  • Managed 25 head machine embroidery manufacturing operation – 5 staff

  • Managed purchasing staff of 9 buyers; 300 plus suppliers, $5M annually

JGH International Trade   1999 to 2001

  • Position: Owner

  • Career interlude - trading commodity futures for own account

 

Blaiklock Inc., Mississauga, Ontario (now Livingston Intl.)  1994 to 1999

  • Position: Director Consulting Services

  • Reporting to President, managed a staff of 11 consultants in a national, business process, import/export logistics and international trade consulting practice.

Foster International, Ottawa, Ontario    1988 to 1994

  • Position: Consultant

  • Provided business process and international trade procedure/logistics consulting to a wide variety of importers, trade associations and manufacturers.

  • Consulted for the Government of Mexico regarding rules of origin for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

 

Revenue Canada Customs, Ottawa, Ontario    1987 to 1988

  • Position: Director Tariff Policy and International Nomenclature

  • Managing a staff of 30, directed development and implementation of the new Harmonized System-based Customs Tariff which was implemented in 1988 – 7 year major project.

  • Canadian delegate to the Harmonized System Committee at the World Customs Organization in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Revenue Canada Customs   1974 to 1987

 

  • Various positions on the Harmonized System Task Force and in Tariff Programs, including – development of automated publishing systems, managing IT sub-contractors, international representation at the World Customs Organization and at GATT (now the World Trade Organization), Dominion Customs Appraiser, Commodity Specialist, Customs Officer.

 

Education

  • Ontario SSD (Grade13)

  • University of Waterloo – 2 years Engineering