OUR TEAM

Kelly Tkaczyk
Vice President
Kelly is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, marketing and operations. Prior to joining Columbia Containers, Kelly held Sr. Leadership roles at Gateway Casinos and Suntech Optics Inc. She focuses on strategy, leadership, and ensuring that Columbia Containers is the preferred choice for container transloading services on the west coast.


Dean Giles
General Manager
Dean’s experience in the grain industry has spanned over 16 years. Graduating with an engineering degree, Dean initially entered the grain industry by designing and constructing large inland concrete grain elevators, but quickly moved into elevator operations management, including large bulk terminal operations. In addition to his day-to-day duties, Columbia plans to use Dean’s expertise in engineering and operations to oversee the approved plant rebuild currently underway.


Cory Patterson
Director of Sales and Marketing
Cory co-founded Cwest Solutions Inc in 2012, and has over 20 years of experience in Agricultural Freight Forwarding & Transloading. Since Cwest’s move to Columbia’s transload facility in the port of Vancouver in 2015, she continues to be the driving force behind Cwest and is also responsible for Sales and Customer service for Columbia Containers with the primary objective of creating customer service excellence & efficiencies within the combined companies.


Connie Shepherd
Controller
Connie Shepherd is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience in financial reporting, forecasting, planning and analysis, treasury, and business process improvement. She has held senior finance and consulting roles with HSBC, Northbridge Financial, Cummins and Performance Analytics. In addition to 19 years in the financial services industry, Connie has worked with clients in transportation, crown corporations, mining, utilities, manufacturing and hi-tech.


Brian Hetherington
Director of Transportation
Brian has over 30 years’ experience in Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation with 15 of those years in a Senior Management role. He has worked extensively within the Vancouver Port Community in focus groups, advisory committees and project groups to promote the growth and stability of the Supply chain in Vancouver. Brian has implemented unique strategies and operational process changes in continuing efforts to adapt in the ever changing Supply Chain sector. He finds great value in developing and mentoring the new generation of Logistics professionals.


Cory Wellicome
Plant Manager
As Plant Manager , Cory’s responsibilities include direction of all the outside staff, plant maintenance, equipment R+M and daily operations of the facility. Cory has been with the Company since 2007 has seen many changes and growth over the years.


Anna Samoylik
HR Advisor
Anna has more than 15 years’ experience in the HR field. Her wide range of expertise includes recruiting, strategic planning, team development and employee engagement. Her people development skills have enhanced through her senior level positions in different sectors including construction, hospitality and most recently as the HR Director for Ophthalmological Clinics in Russia. Anna holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Psychology and has completed a in Human Resources Management certification program from SFU.
hr@columbiacontainers.com



A Few Words From Our Employees:

"Great place to work - goals are well defined for the company as a whole and individually as well. The employees work together very well as a TEAM."

"A wonderful team oriented group who cares about their customers AND employees."

"We are a team oriented company, who takes pride in meeting customers demands. We have fun but also take our work seriously!"

"A company that cares for its employees and has an amazing work environment."

"A successful and exciting place to work."

"Great company to work for, everyone seems to have the same strong work ethic & care about everyone else."  

A Few Words From Our Previous Co-op Students: 

"Columbia Containers' is a company that is committed to its values and stakeholders. The company fosters a work environment that is welcoming and positive. Columbia Containers constantly encourages its people to continue to grow, just as it constantly evaluates its own processes to see where improvements can be made. This proactive mindset has enabled the company to continue to provide it's outstanding services to customers all around the world."

"Columbia Containers offers an excellent, thought-provoking environment with many varied viewpoints. Whenever improvements to their business processes were observed by employees, Columbia Containers was quick to implement them. Altogether, Columbia Containers allows one to thrive in a positive, team-focused environment."

Contact us to see what our location, capacity and service can do to impress you.

Office: 604.254.9461 | Email: info@columbiacontainers.com