On February 17, 2016 the CCBA elected a new board of directors.
Russ Jones - President - Rona Sunshine Coast
Rod Goy - Vice President
Clark Hamilton - Past President - Clark Hamilton Enterprises
Dennis Olson - Olson Electric
Shirley Van Esch - Secretary/Treasurer - AJ Pumps
Bill Stockwell - Central Coast Concrete/Stockwell Sand & Gravel
Jason Silverthorne - Vital Signs
Gwyntie van Tuyl Weswick - Emerge Design
John Ridd - Topshelf Creative
John McKenzie - Royal le Page Sussex
Board of Directors Bios
Russ Jones: Owner Coast Builders RONA - Sechelt & Madeira Park
Russ Jones has worked in the home improvement industry for 35 years; the first 20 years spent at various RONA Building Centres, Home Centres and Big Box Warehouse Stores in Western Canada. Russ won a number of awards as store manager for RONA, including the Canadian Hardware Merchandising Magazine Outstanding Big Box Store of the Year in 2003.
While working at RONA, Russ has always been committed to continuing education and completed the Executive Management Development Program at Simon Fraser University in 2003, and the RONA MBA program at Concordia University in 2010. Russ served as BC Director of Operations, Director of Marketing and Communications for Western Canada, and Director of RONA Olympic Programs for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Serving as past board member of Vancouver Tradeworks Training Society, Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, and North Shore Rescue Team Society - Russ currently serves as director on the board of Coast Community Builders Association.
In 2011 Russ and family made a lifestyle choice to leave the corporate world and purchased his first Building Supplies Store in Madeira Park, with a second location opening in Sechelt during the spring of 2015. He currently lives in Sechelt with his wife Tess and his two children, Isabella and Cooper.
Rod Goy – 2 ½ years director – Coast Community Builders Association
Rod’s 40-year professional career spanned from electrician to public school teacher to Dean -School of Construction and the Environment at BCIT. Rod enjoyed 30 years working in the educational and construction sectors as a manager, leader, educator and consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and P.D.P from SFU, 3 years of Arts at UBC and an Electrical T.Q., from the BC - Ministry of Labor.
In association with his professional career, Rod worked with many construction Industry groups such as; Industry Training Authority, Wood Manufacturing Council, and Skills Canada, BC – as a board member. Rod has also performed work in research, Labour Market analysis and presenter for the Construction Sector Council and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.
Rod enjoys family times together with his wife Donna and 5 children (and their families) and one grandson -and now enjoys working with his wife at the family business. Rod’s hobbies include boating, golfing, fishing and kayaking which are prime attractors for moving to Sechelt 3 years ago – however Rod’s coast experience didn’t start there. His parents moved to Halfmoon bay in the mid-1970s providing a wonderful opportunity to fall in love with this paradise we now call home.
Clark Hamilton – Owner and Principal Operator – Clark Hamilton Fine Homebuilding
Clark came to the Sunshine Coast in 1973 to build a home for some friends and never looked back. He built a number of homes over the next few years before joining Fjord Design and Construction. He soon became President of Fjord and held that position until 1985 when the downturn in the economy stalled the building industry. Clark then became involved in the burgeoning Fish Farming industry. He and his partner spent the next 5 years building a successful business supplying equipment and sites for Fish Farms.
In 1990 Clark turned back to his passion, designing and building, to lead the way to creating what has now become Clark Hamilton - Fine Homebuilding.
From the outset he established himself as one of many quality builders in the area. Clark's presence and influence can be seen throughout much of the downtown core of Sechelt and in many private residences up and down the Coast.
Clark and his wife Linda established a family of five boys (no easy task on its own) coaching many levels of hockey and being involved with Rotary International and the local housing society. As a founding member and first president of our CCBA, Clark is the never ending power house that propels everyone around him forward.
Dennis Olson: Owner and manager – Olson Electric – Sechelt – established in 1986
Dennis and his wife Diana have lived in downtown Sechelt for 29 years. They have four daughters and have been active in many community and business activities. He received his Red Seal certification for journeyman electrician 1978 in Winnipeg Manitoba and Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in 1986.
Olson Electric operates a number of subsidiary businesses including, Westcoast Phoneman, Sunshine Coast Fire Protection and APS alternative power systems. They have recently branched out as authorized Coast Cable and Winston Security installers. Dennis is a strong advocate for renewable energy and sustainable transportation.
The Sechelt Golf Course was designed, promoted and built by Dennis and his three brothers. They went on to design and build the back 11 holes at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.
Dennis is a 20-year board member and past president of the SDBA, Sechelt Downtown Business Association. He is also a 6-year board member of the Coast Community Builders Association and continues to be chairman of the Home Show committee. As a Rotarian he was instrumental on the committee that established the Cash Calendar in the early 1990’s.
Shirley Van Esch:
Shirley Van Esch and her husband Will moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2011 after many years of ‘week-end warrior’ visits to their Secret Cove property. After starting and then selling businesses in the Chilliwack area for a dozen years-four Subway restaurants, house building and a heavy duty commercial truck repair and inspection—they traveled Canada, USA and Europe.
Over the winter of 2011-2012 they opened their AJ Pumps & Water Management dealer store in downtown Sechelt. With Shirley’s bookkeeping/administration skills and Will’s mechanical/analytical mind they have grown a successful business over the past 4 years.
Shirley was an active Rotarian for over 10 years until a year ago and now looks forward to lending her skills to the Coast Community Builders Association endeavors in building a sustainable future.
Born and raised in Sechelt by parents Ray and Shannon Stockwell, Bill and his sister Airlie and brother Robb are fourth generation Sunshine Coasters. After graduating from Chatelech School in 1985, Bill then worked for his father in the forest industry learning all aspects of logging equipment operations from setting chokers, loading logs, falling trees, road building, to log booming and running tug boats.
Bill and his father started Stockwell Enterprises Ltd in 1996 and worked on various projects on the coast including Malibu Club’s private power project up Jervis Inlet.
Stockwell Sand & Gravel was formed in 2000 and supplies aggregates for local contractors. In 2012 Bill added Central Coast Concrete to his Businesses with a modern concrete batch plant supplying projects such as Sechelt’s new waste water treatment plant among many others.
Bill is married to Gina and have two children, (Ayla 16 and Dayton 13 years). Bill and his wife are also partners with a group that created Coast Gravity Park, Sechelt’s world famous downhill mountain bike park.
Jason Silverthorne: Owner - Vital Signs and Graphics & The Sunshine Coast Super Map
Prior to moving with his family from the North Shore, Jason provided graphic design and web services to a variety of local clients. After discovering the Sunshine Coast’s back country, Jason created the Sunshine Coast Super Map, a company that provides custom maps for different uses across the Sunshine Coast and beyond. With over 100,000 maps sold, the Super Map is on it’s 5th edition for 2016.
In 2010 Jason started Vital Signs and Graphics, a Roberts Creek based Sign Company which was a natural progression from designing maps. Now 5 years on and 3 employees, Vital Signs is a full production creative sign shop producing materials for over 3000 Sunshine Coast clients.
Gwyntie van Tuyl Weswick - Founder & Principal Interior Designer - Emerge Design Inc. Creating Spatial Experiences
Emerge Design will be reaching its seventh year in the design world this summer; four of those have been on the Sunshine Coast and the previous three in the Peace Region. Gwyntie’s studio is located above a delicious bakery where she can be found most mornings with her daily coffee and a quick read of the latest local paper. Her work focuses on helping individuals and businesses with spatial awareness, conceptual development, and project management. Gwyntie develops concepts for clients that reflect what’s important to them by implementation in way of full construction drawings and three dimensional interior renderings that lead to the end result.
She loves her job and living on the Sunshine Coast!
John Ridd: Owner – Topshelf Creative
John is an art director with over 20 years’ experience designing logos, websites and marketing material for a diverse list of local and national clients. Born and raised in North Vancouver, where he graduated from the IDEA design + illustration program at Capilano College, he and his wife Roberta moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2004. Together they own Topshelf Creative — a Gibsons based company that specializes in graphic design for print and web.
John McKenzie: Realtor, Royal LePage Sussex
John McKenzie moved to Sechelt B.C. in July 2003 having spent the first 42 years of his life in Calgary, Alberta. John spent 21 years as a manufacturer's agent traveling all of Western Canada operating his own clothing agency before becoming licensed as a professional real estate agent in 1999 with Royal LePage in Calgary.
The beauty of the Sunshine Coast is what attracted John and his wife Bev to move with their two daughters, having spent time during the summer season on the SC for many years. John was instrumental in bringing the Royal LePage brand to the Sunshine Coast in 2004 which has continued to grow and expand with offices in Gibsons, Sechelt & Pender Harbour. For a little rest & relaxation, John enjoys boating, golf, & tennis, and has had a secondary home in Palm Desert for the past 10 years. Both John and Bev love the Sunshine Coast and are involved in a number of worthwhile causes & charities both on and off coast.