Mr. Dryburgh was appointed President and CEO of Strongco in August 2008. Previously, he held senior management and executive positions in a number of public and private corporations in Canada and the U.S. They included: Executive Vice-President of Heico Acquisitions Inc., an investment holding company, and Executive Vice-President of a Heico portfolio company; Robertson-Ceco Corporation, a leading manufacturer of custom engineered metal buildings from 2004 to 2006; President of Straightline Division, United States Steel Corporation, a technology based steel distribution/supply chain management company from July 2001 to September 2004; and President of Jenisys Engineered Products Division of Jannock Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of construction products, from 1992 to 2000. Mr. Dryburgh is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Director. Mr. Dryburgh was a member of the audit committee of Strongco prior to his appointment as President and CEO. He is a trustee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the acclaimed architect’s works and educating architects.
Mr. Wood was appointed Vice-President, Finance and CFO of Strongco in December 2008. Prior to joining Strongco, Mr. Wood was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at CPI Plastics Group Limited, a publicly traded company involved in the manufacturing of thermo-plastic extrusion products. He has held senior financial management positions at various other public and private companies in Canada, including: Chief Financial Officer of CFM Corporation, a leading manufacturer of gas and wood-burning fireplaces and gas barbeque grills; Senior Vice President Finance of Magna International Inc., a manufacturer of auto parts and assemblies; and Director of Finance for Dell Computer Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of computer hardware and peripherals. Mr. Wood is a Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Forbes joined Strongco May 2007. Prior to joining Strongco, Mr. Forbes spent two years as the Director of Human Resources for L3 Aerospace, a large multi-national Defence and Space contractor. Prior to that, Mr. Forbes spent 7 years at Honeywell Aerospace Canada in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, finally as Director Human Resources.
Mr. Ostrander joined Strongco in 1998 as a result of Strongco's acquisition of Contractors Machinery & Equipment Ltd., an equipment distribution company, of which he was General Manager. On November 21, 2008, Mr. Ostrander became Vice President, Crane Division.
Mr. Perks has been employed at Strongco and one of its predecessor companies since October 1969. During this time he progressed from a technician to National General Manager, Product Support. In December 2004 he became Vice President, Product Support of Strongco. In November 2007 Mr. Perks assumed his current role of Vice President, Corporate Development.
Mr. Phillips joined Strongco in 1998 as a result of Strongco's acquisition of Contractors Machinery & Equipment Limited, an equipment distribution company. In October 2003 he was promoted to his current position of Vice President, Administration and Corporate Secretary at Strongco. Prior to joining Strongco, Mr. Phillips served as CME's Vice President, Finance and Administration.
Mr. Slama joined Strongco as Vice President, Multiline in Canada in February 2013. Prior to Strongco, he was Vice President, Mining Canada at Sandvik Mining and Construction. During his time there, he progressed through multiple roles including Vice President for Underground Mining for US and Canada, Product Group Manager and Director of North American Sales in their Underground Hardrock Mining business. He has also worked in the natural resources sector as the Business Development Manager for AMEC Americas Limited. Mr. Slama holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from McMaster University.
Mr. Welch is President of Chadwick-BaRoss Inc. and a member of the Strongco management team following its acquisition of the Company in 2011. He was Controller of Chadwick-BaRoss in 1978 and then went on to receive an MBA from Bentley University, after which he held progressively senior positions at various companies. Mr. Welch rejoined Chadwick-BaRoss in 1994 as Vice President and Treasurer and in 2007 he was appointed to his present position.
Mr. Nachevski is the General Manager, CASE. He joined Strongco in 1996. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Alberta where he held the title of Controller, Western Division. During his time there Mr. Nachevski earned a CGA designation. In 2004, he accepted a position at Head Office in Ontario as the Assistant Controller and National Credit Manager and later, Director, National Credit and Inventory. In 2010, Mr. Nachevski became the Operations Manager, Crane Division and most recently in 2012, was promoted to lead the implementation of Strongco's new computer system as Director, Dealer Management System Implementation.
Mr. Duperrouzel joined Strongco as Network Administrator in 1998 to design, implement and manage a new network and communications infrastructure. In 2005 he was promoted to Operations Manager and in 2007 he became Manager, Information Services, with responsibility for hardware, software and communications services for all Strongco locations and divisions. In 2012, Mr. Duperrouzel was promoted to Director, Information Services.