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. In 2010 he retired as CEO, taking on his current role as Executive Chairman.
Mr. Thorlakson is a Director of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council and is on two other Corporate Board of Directors.
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, Strand Based Business, Mr. Baskerville is responsible for oriented strand board (OSB) and engineered wood products.
Tanya Wick joined Tolko as Vice President, Human Resources in May 2010, and by 2016 her role grew to Vice President, People & Services. Her leadership expertise spans human resources, payroll, procurement, administration, and communications. Add to this her many years of leveraging HR metrics to influence corporate decisions and she is a well-rounded business leader equipped and driven to manage critical change and strategic objectives.
Tanya is forward-thinking and innovative, bringing on board new technologies and fresh initiatives to boost productivity. Tanya’s affinity for acquiring and shaping talent and holding leaders and teams accountable is the foundation of her success. Critical change takes investment and focused direction. It also takes perseverance. Tanya has the capacity to lead change initiatives in any work environment with determination and an unwavering focus on the best interests of the company.
Her latest endeavor is Tolko’s Women in the Workplace Strategy, which, as part of a broad Diversity Strategy, will make the forest products industry more welcoming to women. Tanya’s thought leadership on this topic can be found on LinkedIn.
An experienced HR professional, Tanya obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and holds the Certified Human Resources Professional Designation. Before joining Tolko, she served in increasingly senior roles with Applied Industrial Technologies Ltd., Culligan of Canada, and SaskPower.
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, Forestry and Environment. In his role, Mr. Fleet is responsible for the coordination, monitoring and direction of the forestry and environmental programs necessary to ensure performance standards consistent with the company’s Forest Management Principles and Environmental Policy.
Pino Pucci joined Tolko in the role of Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Logistics 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.