Leadership

Executive Leadership Team


Brad Eshleman

Brad Eshleman
President, Western Stevedoring Group of Companies 

Brad was promoted to President in 2011 after serving as Vice President, Finance & Administration since 1992.  Brad is a CA with a Commerce degree from the University of BC and an alumni of KPMG. He is active in various industry and government associations including serving as a Director and on the Executive Committee of the BC Maritime Employers Association, Chair of the BC Marine Terminal Operators Association, Vice Chair of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, Director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council and Chair of the BC Ports Competitiveness Committee.

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Dave Lucas
President Terminals & Stevedoring

Since joining Western in 1985, Dave has progressed through a number of key positions in Western’s Lynnterm operations and was promoted to President of Terminals and Stevedoring in 2019.  Dave is actively involved in representing Western and the terminal operators on the North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee and on a number of industry committees within the BC Maritime Employers Association. Throughout his career he has completed executive management and industry related programs including the Transportation Management Diploma Program with the BC Institute of Technology which was foundational to his waterfront career.

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Kim Stegeman-Lowe
Vice President Finance & Administration

Kim joined Western Stevedoring in 2018 following Western’s purchase of Squamish Terminals.  Prior to joining Western Stevedoring Kim served as President of Squamish Terminals and held senior leadership roles since 2008.  Kim began her career in the hospitality and tourism industry and held a variety of management and instructor positions, in the areas of marketing, administration, operations and education for two major hotel chains, a consultancy firm and a post-secondary institution. Kim is active in various industry associations (BCMEA, BCMTOA, NSWLC) and community organizations both past and present. Kim is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA), a Certified Port Executive, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hospitality & Tourism Management) from Ryerson University.

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Kelly Williams
Vice President, Terminals and Stevedoring

Kelly joined Western in October 2017 as Vice President, Terminals & Stevedoring. Prior to joining Western, Kelly worked in excess of 20 years with two major dry bulk shipowners in various locations around the globe including Asia, South America, Europe and North America. His most recent positions were the global Head of Open Hatch Division for d’Amico Dry Limited based in Monaco and General Manager for Gearbulk Shipping’s West Coast North America activities based in Vancouver.

Matthew May

Matthew May
President, Coast 2000

Matthew joined Coast 2000 Terminals in April, 2018 as President. As an accomplished supply chain executive with over 20 years of experience in the transportation, warehousing and logistics space, Matthew is not only an innovator but is also one who is not afraid to challenge all aspects of the supply chain to provide value to Company stakeholders. He is the current board chair of SafetyDriven and has recently completed the Executive Development program at Columbia Business School. Prior to joining Coast, Matthew was Vice President of the BST Transportation Group where he was responsible for a large asset-based transportation and warehousing conglomerate with multiple operations throughout BC. In 2013, Matthew was featured and named one of the Top 20 under 40 in a Today’s Trucking article.


Senior Leadership Team


Aylene Welch

Aylene Welch
Director of Finance

Aylene Welch joined Western Stevedoring in 2019 as Director of Finance. She has her degree from the University of British Columbia with post graduate studies from the Sauder School of Business and is a designated CA, CPA. Prior to joining Western, Aylene worked in senior management roles in the real estate and natural resources industries.

Dave Dunbar

Dave Dunbar
Group Controller and CFO

Dave joined Western in 1997 as Accounting Manager and was promoted to his current role in 2011.  Prior to joining Western he held a variety of senior finance positions in the resource sector and currently a Director and Treasurer on the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.  He also supports the Company through participation on various industry committees. Dave is a CPA - CGA (1985).  

David Roberts

David Roberts
General Manager, PNWTS

David Roberts has been working in the tourist industry over the last 25 years. He started as a tour bus driver and has gone on to manage a number of tourism companies ranging from attractions to transportation to sightseeing. After opening his own Company, A Capital Idea Consulting Ltd, he made it his mission to help companies of all sizes work cooperatively to strengthen their marketing opportunities. It was through this company that he started working at CVS Cruise Victoria Ltd, the parent company for Pacific Northwest Transportation Services Ltd., as their General Manager.

Jeanette O’Brien

Jeanette O’Brien
Director, Human Resources, Administration & Community Relations

Jeanette was promoted to her current position in 2014 following a career with the Company that began in 1982.  She has participated on industry and municipal committees in support of both business and community interests, she is a past Director of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Management Degree from the BC Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.  

Jordan Welch

Jordan Welch
General Manager, Victoria Cruise Ship & Deep Water Terminal

Jordan joined Western Stevedoring in 2016 as a Superintendent responsible for both cargo operations and Health & Safety. He took over his current role at the beginning of 2020 and is responsible for the company’s cruise and stevedore operations in Victoria. Prior to joining Western, Jordan spent 25 years in the shipping industry and has held both operational and commercial positions, including agency, carrier operations, commercial management, brokerage and shipboard operations management.

Michael Baker

Michael Baker
General Manager, Ship Operations

Michael joined Western’s ship operations in August of 2018 as a Ship Superintendent and was promoted to his current position in September of 2019.  Over his 24-year career since joining Western Stevedoring he has worked in all facets of the marine industry on both the terminal and stevedoring side.    During this period, he has gained significant expertise in all aspects of operations as well as deep relationships with customers, employees and industry stakeholders.  Michael is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of our ship operations ensuing the effective dispatch and supply of all necessary supervision, labour and equipment to the vessels.  

Michael was born in Montreal and has a BA with a double major in Geography and Sociology from Concordia University.  During his time at Concordia he was a double letter varsity athlete playing both Basketball and Soccer for the University.  He enjoys the outdoors and coaching his three boys in many sports. 

Miles Hollingbury

Miles Hollingbury
Director Marketing and Business Development

Miles joined Western in 2012 as a Superintendent following an extensive marine career as master mariner, supercargo, port captain, stevedore superintendent, general manager marine facilities and business owner.  He was promoted to his current role in 2014 where he utilizes his extensive marine knowledge to further promote and develop company operations.

Paul Morris

Paul Morris
Terminal Manager, Squamish Terminals

Paul joined the team at Squamish Terminals in May of 2018 as the Terminal Manager and has been a part of the waterfront industry since 2002. Paul completed a diploma from BCIT in International Trade and Transportation. He started his career in operations at Fraser Surrey Docks, four years later he made the move to Western Stevedoring in North Vancouver, most recently holding the position of Ship Superintendent.

Roger Dias

Roger Dias
Director of Information Technology

Roger was promoted to his current position in 2018 and currently oversees the technology infrastructure, software development and support services for the company. Since joining the Company in 1987, Roger has held a variety of roles including Senior Systems Analyst and software development team lead.  Roger holds a Diploma of Technology in Computer Systems from the BC Institute of Technology and obtained his Red Hat Certified Engineer accreditation in 2002.

Russ Peters

Russ Peters
General Manager, Lynnterm & Squamish Terminals

Russ’ waterfront career spans more than 43 years and includes 40 years working with Seaboard International Shipping in a variety of roles including ship/dock superintendent and terminal manager. Russ joined the Western team in 2013 as Terminal Manager, Lynnterm.

Ryan McGillis

Ryan McGillis
BC VPC Manager

Ryan joined Western in 2018 to open the BC Vehicle Processing Centre in Nanaimo. Ryan has diverse background ranging from IT where he acquired his MCSE accreditation to automotive new business start-up and Fixed Operations. With over 20 years of progressive experience and education in automotive Fixed Operations from BCIT and luxury manufactures BMW & Mercedes-Benz. His extensive automotive operations experience along with industry leading customer service and business practices were obtained during his time in the highly competitive luxury market. He has also been an active member of the industry consultation board for Automotive Trades at Vancouver Island University.