James Allan (Al) Thorlakson is the Executive Chairman of Tolko Industries Ltd. Mr. Thorlakson graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and subsequently obtained his Professional Engineer designation. In 1972, he was appointed President of Tolko and in 1981, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Thorlakson is a Director of the Forest Products Association of Canada and is a Board member of the Canadian Forest Innovation Council. He is the current Chair of the NSERC Research and Development Partnership Committee and a former chair of the BC Business Council’s First Nations Policy Committee. Mr. Thorlakson is also a member of the North American Council of Forest Industry CEOs and director of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council.
John Thorlakson is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Tolko Industries Ltd. Mr. Thorlakson graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and began his engineering career with HA Simons (International) Ltd. in Vancouver where he worked for one year before returning to school to complete a Masters of Engineering (MEng.) at McGill. Following graduation, Mr. Thorlakson worked with Texas Gulf Sulphur Co. in Calgary for 5 years until he returned to his hometown of Vernon and Tolko. During his time with the company, Mr. Thorlakson has held a number of positions from planer mill scheduler to sales to vice president before accepting his current role of Vice-Chairman in 2010. During his career, Mr. Thorlakson has been known as a strong voice for innovation and championed Tolko’s expansion into the oriented strand board product sector and the establishment of Tolko OSB operations in Meadow Lake, High Prairie and Slave Lake.
Brad Thorlakson is the third generation of Thorlakson to lead Tolko since it was founded in 1956. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He began his career at the Lavington Planer Mill and progressed through the company to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales before becoming CEO and President in February 2010. During his career, Mr. Thorlakson has been involved in all aspects of the business, on both the operational and corporate sides, which has well prepared him to provide knowledgeable, experientially-based, leadership and direction for Tolko’s manufacturing facilities and marketing and sales divisions. Mr. Thorlakson studied Business Administration at Okanagan University College in Vernon, British Columbia.
Mike Harkies is a graduate of the Forest Resources Technology Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. After graduation, he joined Tolko in the Woodlands Division and has progressed through the organization to his present position. Mr. Harkies is experienced in all aspects of the operations business. As Executive Vice President, Solid Wood, He oversees all aspects of the solid wood side of the business from tree to customer in British Columbia and Alberta.
Trevor Jähnig graduated from the University of Natal, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Diploma in Accounting, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Prior to leaving South Africa, he was the Financial Director of a public conglomerate. Subsequent to moving to Canada, he attained his Chartered Accountant designation and his Canadian citizenship. Mr. Jähnig joined Tolko Industries Ltd. as CFO in December of 2000. As CFO and VP, Finance, he is responsible for treasury, risk, control, financial and information services for the Company.
Jim Baskerville is a graduate of the Forest Resources Technology Program at Lakehead University. After graduation, he was employed as a forestry consultant working throughout British Columbia until 1984 when he joined Doman Industries Ltd. In 1991, Mr. Baskerville joined Tolko in the Woodlands division and has progressed through the organization to his present position. As Vice President, OSB & Kraft Paper, Mr. Baskerville is responsible for OSB, engineered wood products and paper.
Tanya Wick joined Tolko as the Vice President of Human Resources in May 2010, and has since been appointed Vice President Corporate Services, a role that manages the HR, procurement, communications and strategic planning functions. An experienced HR professional, Ms. Wick obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and holds the Certified Human Resources Professional Designation. She has served in increasingly more senior roles with Applied Industrial Technologies Ltd., Culligan of Canada, and SaskPower. Ms. Wick is proficient at developing process strategies to support business objectives and strengthen operations.
Bob Fleet is a graduate forester from the University of Toronto. Mr. Fleet worked for the government of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, in a variety of locations and progressively more responsible positions. Following his time with Government, Mr. Fleet joined Grant Forest Products as Woodlands Manager, then Vice President of Woodlands and Environment with responsibility for mills in Ontario, Alberta and South Carolina. Mr. Fleet worked in the pellet industry prior to joining Tolko as Vice President, Environment and Forestry. In his role, Mr. Fleet is responsible for the coordination, monitoring and direction of the environmental and forestry programs necessary to ensure performance standards consistent with the company’s Environmental Policy and Forest Management Principles.
Pino Pucci joined Tolko in the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lakehead University and has been involved in the production, sales, marketing and logistics of forestry products for more than 25 years. In his career, Mr. Pucci has held various positions from Sales Representative to President and has led Sales and Marketing teams in developing new products, customers and markets.