James Allan (Al) Thorlakson
Executive Chairman – Tolko
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 on the corporate boards of Tolko, Timber, Columbia Containers, and Fibreco.
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 five 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.
President & Chief Executive Officer
As President and CEO, Brad sets the direction for Tolko by inspiring vision and alignment at all levels of the organization. Brad also works in partnership with other industry executives and federal and provincial government representatives to develop supportive government policies, progressive safety standards, new products and markets, improved supply-chain and transportation processes, as well as innovative people-policies that drive progress within the forest products sector.
Brad is the third generation of the Thorlakson family to lead Tolko. 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 President and CEO in February 2010. His broad experience has provided him with the appropriate skills to lead the organization.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Forest Products Association of Canada and as a Director and Co-Chair on the BC Lumber Trade Council. Brad is also an active member of the BC Manufacturers’ Advisory Group (MAG) CEO Safety Committee and the Softwood Lumber Board where he represents Canada West. In each of these roles, Brad has provided valuable perspective and leadership in his contribution to the industry and its organizations.
Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President, Finance
As CFO and Vice-President of Finance, Trevor is responsible for the management of our financial portfolio. He is an extremely focused, optimistic, and trustworthy leader who creates opportunities for growth and development in other’s careers and personal lives. He strongly believes that employees are the lifeblood of any organization and that it is imperative to build a strong, dependable, cohesive, and supportive team.
Trevor graduated from the University of Natal, South Africa, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Prior to leaving South Africa, he took a company public and became the Financial Director of a public conglomerate. After moving to Canada in 1997, he attained his Chartered Accountant designation and his Canadian citizenship. Trevor joined Tolko Industries Ltd. as the Chief Financial Officer in December of 2000 and is responsible for Finance, Treasury, Insurance, Pension, Credit, Internal Audit, and Information Technology.
He played an integral role in the acquisition of Riverside and subsequent amalgamation with Tolko, along with many other strategic Greenfield Builds, acquisitions, and divestitures. He successfully guided us financially through the recession and has since fully integrated Information Technology which was in maintenance mode, with Process Control, making it one of the most progressive teams in the industry.
Trevor lives our values by leading by example. He sets ambitious standards, not only for others but for himself as well, and holds people accountable. He is also passionate about helping underprivileged children and has been a director of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club for many years.
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Vice-President, Solid Wood
When you meet our Vice-President of Solid Wood, you’ll be struck by his commitment to the people he works with and to the values of the company. Troy is a people person who leads our solid-wood based operations with vision and a focus on developing strong, capable leaders. He does this by mentoring up-and-coming leaders with integrity and honest, supportive feedback. It’s his respect and emphatic belief in people that makes him such a capable leader.
Troy believes leadership can and should exist at all levels of our organization and if we engage and involve our employees in our decision-making process, we will be more successful. He understands that when people are inspired by their leaders, they are happier and they want to contribute and make a difference.
Troy began his career with Tolko as a summer student at the Nicola Division. He liked how the company operated and came back to work full-time. He quickly progressed through the company, working his way from Nicola to Quest Wood to White Valley, and finally to High Level where he took on the role of Area Manager. He moved back to Vernon in the role of Senior General Manager, Lumber before becoming the Vice-President, Solid Wood in 2018.
Vice-President, Environment and Forestry
Responsible for the coordination, monitoring, and direction of forestry and environmental programs, Bob champions the Tolko Values of Open Communication, Respect, Integrity, and Progressiveness. His dedication allows Tolko to stand firm on our commitment to ensure all forest management practices are up to internationally endorsed standards, as well as comply with environmental and sustainability excellence. His ability to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with indigenous communities makes Bob an integral member of our team.
A Forester Graduate from the University of Toronto, Bob worked for the Government of Ontario in the Ministry of Natural Resources in a variety of locations and progressively more responsible positions. Following his time with the government, Bob joined Grant Forest Products as Woodlands Manager, then became Vice-President of Woodlands and Environment with responsibility for mills in Ontario, Alberta, and South Carolina. Bob worked in the pellet industry prior to joining Tolko’s team as Vice-President of Environment and Forestry. His solutions-based, collaborative approach to complex public policy matters, combined with his progressive attitude toward First Nations rights and reconciliation, make him an irreplaceable member of the Tolko team.
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Vice-President, Sales, Marketing & Logistics
Overseeing Tolko’s Marketing & Sales division, Pino is an innovative strategist who leads the Sales, Marketing and Logistics teams as they seek to deliver quality products and services to new and existing customers around the world. Pino also plays a key role in leading our efforts to break into new markets through product innovation and geographical diversification.
With over 25 years of industry experience and managing people, Pino’s innovative approach to leadership inspires and challenges his teams to be their best and to deliver results. He believes in open communication and leads with a straight-forward honesty that is appreciated and valued by everyone he works with.
In 2017, Pino and his team were awarded the Tolko Award of Excellence in Innovation. Pino also serves on the Board of Directors for Tolko U.S. Operations, which includes LaSalle Lumber Company LLC and Southeastern Timber Products LLC.
Pino graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lakehead University before launching a career in the industry. His vast experience, from sales representative to president, gives him the unique ability to seek out the most effective cross-divisional communication strategies within the company.
Kevin is responsible for overseeing the process of moving fibre from the forest to the mills while honouring our commitment to sustainable forest management.
Originally from New Brunswick, Kevin brings with him an impressive 20+ years of experience in operational woodlands, government relations, executive leadership, manufacturing, and stakeholder relations for both large diversified producers and smaller regional operators. He holds a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and has held positions across the forestry sector, including time with AV Group, Canfor and Slocan Forest Products.
Kevin joined our team from Fornebu Lumber Company in New Brunswick, where he held the position of President and CEO. His extensive professional background and leadership philosophy make him a great fit for Tolko.
Vice-President, People & Services
As anyone who knows our VP of People and Services will tell you, Tanya is a change agent. A well-rounded business leader, she uses her vision and drive to create high-functioning teams that are focused on delivering on the strategic goals of the company.
Tanya is responsible for leading a service group that includes Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Office Administration, and Procurement. As her role has expanded in scope and responsibility, Tanya has made it her priority to ensure each of her team members understands their role and how they contribute to the success of the business.
Tanya is passionate about developing and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is given the opportunity to succeed and make the most of their career and their abilities. Most recently, her work led to the creation of both our Community Investment Strategy and our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy. In 2018, in recognition of her commitment to gender equality, Tanya became a member of the Gender Equality in Forestry Steering Committee, the first national public-private partnership on gender equality in the forestry sector in Canada.
Tanya is also a member of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) HR Committee and is a board member of the Vernon Women’s Transition House.
Tanya’s natural inclination for innovation and change, combined with her genuine dedication to moving Tolko and the industry forward, earned her the first-ever FPAC Women in Forestry Award of Excellence.
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Vice-President, Strand-Based Business
Jim leads our strand-based and engineered wood products divisions and is also our executive champion for safety and asset protection (which includes our Zero Fire Initiative). Jim has a passion for talent-development and collaboration and is a willing mentor who shares his know-how openly and with enthusiasm. Jim has collected many stories in his 40-year career in the industry and, if you join the Tolko family, you may be lucky enough to hear a tale or two from the man himself.
Jim joined Tolko 27 years ago, and in that time, he has harnessed his wide range of experience to build a high performance and profitable Oriented Strand Board business. He has also spearheaded many strategic initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions, and the founding of the Manufacturing Advisory Group (MAG) in BC. Jim is well-known in the North American structural panel business and has actively served for three years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for APA – The Engineered Wood Association.