Tolko Announces Executive Changes


Tolko Announces Executive Changes

[VERNON, BC] July 20, 2011—Tolko Industries Ltd. announces recent changes to the Canadian forest products company’s executive team.

Hardy Wentzel, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, leads the company’s domestic and international market development and growth, plus oversees its logistics service. As a former Vice President and General Manager at Weyerhaeser Co. and Trus Joist’s European and North American operations, Wentzel brings extensive experience to the position. Bob Fleet, Tolko’s new Vice President, Environment & Forestry, brings experience from leadership positions at Grant Forest Products Inc. and more than 14 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Fleet will guide the company’s performance in the woods and compliance with forestry policy.

Tolko also acknowledges those who have left the company. Randy Chan retired from Tolko after a 40-year career with the company and its predecessor Balco Industries Ltd. Randy’s career and contribution to the BC forest products industry was celebrated by many past and current colleauges along with family at an event in Kamloops, BC.

Jonathan Rogers left Tolko after 5 years with the company in marketing and sales senior management positions. He played an instrumental role in the company’s move into engineered wood products.

“I welcome Bob and Hardy to the Tolko team,” says Brad Thorlakson, President and CEO. “We are confident that their knowledge, perspective, and leadership will provide strong contributions toward Tolko’s ongoing success.

“I also want to thank Randy and Jonathan for their contributions and wish them all the best in the future.”

Tolko Industries Ltd. is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company based in Vernon, British Columbia with over 3,500 employees. Tolko is a major producer and marketer of lumber, veneer, plywood, oriented strand board, and kraft papers, with manufacturing operations across Western Canada. The Company’s Woodlands operations have received third-party certification of their sustainable forest management systems.


Sheri Greeno Tolko Industries Ltd. Communications Advisor