Management Team and Board of Directors

Corporate Governance

WesternOne's directors and management team have a breadth of experience in capital markets, corporate finance and operations management.

Name

Position

Audit
Committee

Compensation
Committee

Nominating
and
Governance
Committee

Environment,
Health and Safety

Robert W. King

Director &
Chairman of the Board

 

M

M

M

J. Lee G. Matheson

Independent Director

 

M

M

 

Geraldine Prior *

Independent Director

C

 

 

M

T. Richard Turner

Lead Independent Director

M

C

C

 
 
Notes:  
"M" = Member of committee
"C" = Chair of committee
* Ms. Prior was appointed to the WesternOne Inc. Board of Directors on May 30, 2017
 

Founder

Darren Latoski (1969 - 2013)

On September 9, 2013, WesternOne announced the passing of founder, director and Chief Executive Officer, Darren Latoski. Darren fought a valiant battle with cancer and was active in his role with WesternOne until his death. He was one of Canada’s most successful young entrepreneurs and will be deeply missed by family, friends and colleagues alike.

Management Team

Peter Blake, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Blake began his role as CEO of WesternOne Inc. on September 1, 2014. Prior to joining WesternOne Inc., Mr. Blake served as the CEO of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest auctioneer... Read More

Mr. Blake began his role as CEO of WesternOne Inc. on September 1, 2014. Prior to joining WesternOne Inc., Mr. Blake served as the CEO of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest auctioneer of heavy equipment and trucks, where he held several key positions including CFO and director. Mr. Blake is involved in several community organizations, including West Point Grey Academy and Junior Achievement of BC, and previously has served on both BCIT and British Columbia Women’s Hospital foundation boards. He has also served as the co-chair and remains a member of the Cabinet for the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala. Mr. Blake received his Diploma of Technology at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta. Mr. Blake is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (British Columbia), and was honoured with a fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (formerly Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia), for contributions to the community and service to the profession. Mr. Blake also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from BCIT in 2012.

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Carlos Yam, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Yam joined WesternOne Inc. on October 1, 2007. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Yam was Director of Financial Planning of Intrawest ULC (formerly Intrawest Corp.). Mr. Yam was primarily responsible for... Read More

Mr. Yam joined WesternOne Inc. on October 1, 2007. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Yam was Director of Financial Planning of Intrawest ULC (formerly Intrawest Corp.). Mr. Yam was primarily responsible for the business planning and financial analysis functions of the company’s real estate division, and was instrumental in the company’s strategic review process in 2006 which later led to the divestiture of the company. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Yam worked in the Business Assurance and Financial Advisory Services groups of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Vancouver.  His experience included working with public companies and private businesses to perform acquisition, divestiture, refinancing, forensic and litigation support, and audit-related services. Mr. Yam has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Yam is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (British Columbia) and US Certified Public Accountant (Illinois).  In 2013 Mr. Yam was inducted into Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 in recognition of his professional achievements.

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Geoff Shorten, President and Chief Operating Officer, WesternOne Infrastructure Services

Mr. Shorten joined WesternOne on February 19, 2008 in conjunction with WesternOne’s acquisition of Deerfoot Equipment Rentals located in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Shorten has extensive experience in... Read More

Mr. Shorten joined WesternOne on February 19, 2008 in conjunction with WesternOne’s acquisition of Deerfoot Equipment Rentals located in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Shorten has extensive experience in equipment rental, manufacturing, and product design and development.  From 2003 to 2008, he was the President and co-owner of Deerfoot Equipment Rentals Ltd., a southern Alberta based equipment rental business. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Shorten was Senior Vice President of Strategy with VentureWorks Inc., an Alberta based venture capital firm, and was the principal of Mainsheet Management Inc., a management and strategy consulting firm.  Prior to 1998, Mr. Shorten was Vice President of Operations with Amptech Corporation, a contract manufacturer with operations in Calgary and Mexico, and was Director of Product Design with Novatel Communications Inc.  Mr. Shorten has an MBA from the University of Calgary and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art with a major in Industrial Design, receiving the Lieutenant Governor General’s award. 

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Board of Directors

Robert W. King, Director & Chairman of the Board

Mr. King is President of King Pacific Capital Corporation, a private equity firm involved in corporate and real estate investment and finance. Mr. King is also a principal of Westbridge Finance... Read More

Mr. King is President of King Pacific Capital Corporation, a private equity firm involved in corporate and real estate investment and finance. Mr. King is also a principal of Westbridge Finance Inc., a full-service commercial mortgage brokerage company. Mr. King is a trustee of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (“PIRET”) (TSX: AAR.UN), a real estate investment trust established for the purpose of acquiring, owning and operating a diversified portfolio of income-producing industrial properties, and a director of the governing general partner of Pure Multi-Family REIT LP (TSXV: RUF.U, RUF.UN), which owns and operates a portfolio of high quality apartment communities in the US sunbelt growth markets. Mr. King is a director of Wall Financial Corporation (TSX:WFC), a real estate investment and development company.  Mr. King is also a director of the general partner and/or corporate trustee of each of the limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts of Sunstone Realty Advisors Inc., which has participated in the negotiation, acquisition, redevelopment and asset management of over $700 million in commercial, residential and office properties in Canada and the United States.  Mr. King earned his MBA from Dalhousie University in 1992 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1989. Mr. King is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.

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J. Lee G. Matheson, Independent Director

Mr. Matheson is a co-founder of Broadview Capital Management Inc. (“Broadview”), an investment management firm that invests in inefficiently priced North American securities.... Read More

Mr. Matheson is a co-founder of Broadview Capital Management Inc. (“Broadview”), an investment management firm that invests in inefficiently priced North American securities. Prior to founding Broadview, Mr. Matheson was a securities analyst with KJ Harrison & Partners from 2006 to 2008 and a securities analyst with AIC Investment Services from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Matheson holds the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.  He is currently a director of RDM Corp. (TSX: RC), Alarmforce Industries Inc. (TSX: AF), and was a director of Medworxx Solutions Inc. (TSXV: MWX) until its sale in October 2015.

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Geraldine Prior, Independent Director

Ms. Prior is currently the Vice-Chair and incoming Chair of the YWCA, Metro Vancouver. She served as Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair of the Capilano University from 2010 to 2013 and has been... Read More

Ms. Prior is currently the Vice-Chair and incoming Chair of the YWCA, Metro Vancouver. She served as Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair of the Capilano University from 2010 to 2013 and has been the Chair of their Foundation since 2014, and is currently serving as Past Chair. Ms. Prior was the CFO for ICBC for 16 years from 2000 to 2016 and was interim President and CEO in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPA). Ms. Prior is actively involved in the community and currently volunteers with the CPA profession on the Fellowship Recognition and Lifetime Achievement Committees and volunteered in the past with the Presidential Selection Committees. She was a member of the CFO Council Leadership Team, and was a supporting instructor for Institute of Corporate Directors courses. She has been recognized by the Association of Women in Finance: Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) and the Performance and Excellence Award (2003), WXN: Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2012), Business in Vancouver: CFO of the Year, Transformation Agent (2012), and Deloitte Alumni Leadership Award (2011). Ms. Prior is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and in 2010 received her ICD.D designation. 

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T. Richard Turner, Lead independent director

Mr. Turner is President and Chief Executive Officer of TitanStar Investment Group Inc., a private company engaged in the provision of private equity capital to midmarket businesses and capital for... Read More

Mr. Turner is President and Chief Executive Officer of TitanStar Investment Group Inc., a private company engaged in the provision of private equity capital to midmarket businesses and capital for real estate developments and acquisitions. Mr. Turner currently serves on the board of a number of private and public companies, including Board Chair of TitanStar Properties Inc. (TSXV: TSP); Board Chair of Pure Industrial REIT (TSX:AAR.UN), lead director and Audit Committee Chair of Mainstreet Health Investments Inc. (TSX: HLP.U) and director and Audit Committee Chair of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Mr. Turner was director of the Organizing Committee of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and served as Chair of its Audit Committee; Governor of the B.C. Business Council; Board Chair and director of the Insurance Corporation of BC; Board Chair and director of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation; Chair and Governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade; and director, President and Chief Executive Officer of the operating subsidiary of IAT Air Cargo Facilities Income Fund, a business involved in the development and management of real estate at airports. Mr. Turner serves as the Honorary Consul for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Vancouver. In 2003, Mr. Turner received H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee Award for public service in Canada. Mr. Turner holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia and holds the ICD.D designation.

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