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Charlie Andersen, Owner

Charlie grew up in North Vancouver, leaving home for Winnipeg at an early age to work for a food broker and continue his education. Family circumstances brought him back to North Vancouver a few years later where he got his start in the business working for a log broker. He spent his first few years in the office learning the ropes and taking various industry related courses before becoming a trader himself. Charlie found that he enjoyed it as much as he excelled at it and when the opportunity to purchase a log brokerage company presented itself, he and a partner took the plunge. It was 1964 and their newly formed company had only three employees: Charlie, his partner and their secretary. They became prominent suppliers to both local and Japanese mills. When his partner decided to retire in 1992, Charlie purchased his stake in the company. Canadian Overseas currently has 13 employees.

Ron Andersen, President

Ron was appointed President of Canadian Overseas Log & Lumber Ltd. and Northview Enterprises Ltd. in the fall of 2005. Prior to that Ron had been one of our principal log traders and timber appraisers. He joined COLL full time in 1991 after working as a logger in Alaska and then for a major BC Coast company as a timber cruiser. Ron received his Diploma of Technology in Renewable Resources Forestry Option in 1989. Ron was born and raised in North Vancouver and succeeds his father as president.

Graham L. Rush, Chief Financial Officer

Graham just may have been destined for a career in this industry. He grew up in small logging communities – Nanaimo River, Menzies Bay, Campbell River, Powell River and Squamish. His summer jobs during high school and university were in logging and sawmilling. After university, he worked with a large chartered accountancy firm, obtaining his CA designation in 1991. Many of his clients were forest companies, so when he joined COLL as Chief Financial Officer in 1984, the business was very familiar.

Roger Marshall, BSc, RPF, Senior Log Marketer

Roger started his forestry career in 1976 after graduating from the University of British Columbia. He worked for Tahsis Company, Crown Zellerbach, Canfor and Western Pulp before joining Canadian Overseas in 1992. His business travels have taken him throughout BC, the US (including extensive travel in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska) as well as to Japan.

Roger says the most rewarding part of his job is finding solutions for the sales and supply challenges of our customers. He believes the many long term relationships we’ve maintained with our customers attests to the success we’ve had meeting these challenges.

Roger Watt, RFT, Log Marketer

Roger is based on Vancouver Island where his primary focus is acquiring and managing timber through BC Forest Service small business programs and developing long term relationships with Native groups and community forests in Campbell River North as well as the Sunshine Coast.

Roger has over 20 years of experience in the Coastal Forest Industry including cruising and accessing standing timber, forest engineering, supervision of heli and conventional logging operations, quality control and project management.

Dave Cheung, Log Marketer

Dave has been in the lumber industry since 1989. Before joining COLL in 2001, Dave worked for MacMillan Bloedel and then Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. He has extensive experience in Japan lumber export sales, production supervision, remaning and custom cutting.

Dave is fluent in both English and Cantonese.

 

 

Angus Hope, P.Eng., RPF

Angus has over 16 years experience as a professional engineer and professional forester working on the coast in all phases of forest management. His primary roles are licence management, strategic and operational planning, layout and design. He has extensive experience working with Licensees, First Nations, Government and environmental groups. He is also responsible for maintaining and expanding certification for the Canadian Overseas Group and their clients. His expertise will be further utilized in developing full phase management opportunities amongst the increasingly diverse coastal forest industry.