THE WESTMILL TEAM
Westmill Industries is an award-winning dryer manufacturer, parts supplier and design services company serving the North American and international panel board industry. The Company has serviced some of the largest and most respected wood products and gypsum board companies with innovative dryer and material handling equipment solutions.
Highly Knowledgeable Team
Westmill employs engineers and consultants with deep dryer knowledge sought after by customers looking for cutting-edge, innovative solutions.
Our dedicated team members are at the core of who we are; please read below to meet our team!
Mike Crondahl – Owner /CEO
From a young age, Mike Crondahl grew up in-and-around Plywood Mills always wanting to help his father Victor when calling on customers, looking at equipment or holding the flashlight for his father.
Fresh from high-school in 1980, Mike spent 4 years working in the property admin. department of a Vancouver based bank, 3 years working as a Property Administrator for the North Fraser Harbour Commission, then 4 years as the sole-owner and president of “International Patent Search Corporation”
where Mike help businesses and individuals to search for prior ‘intellectual property’ within the US,
Canadian and International Patent offices.
In 1990, at 28 yrs. old Mike started working with Vic at Westmill, eventually taking over as President &
sole-owner after Vic’s passing in 1996.
Mike is an outdoorsman, sportsman, golfer, hunter, fisherman and avid powerboater/sailor. Mike raced sailboats competitively for many years, and now enjoys casual cruising with friends and family. Mike enjoys getting away on his Harley or on his Adventure Touring bikes whenever he can.
Mike and wife Jeanette have 3 beautiful young children…. Mary, Tommy, and Lily.
Born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, married Linda with one daughter Caroline. Immigrated to Canada in 1998. Enjoys travel, photography, and soccer
Stephen Peel – General Manager
Joined Westmill in September 2020 as General Manager. Looking after day to day running of the organization. Qualified as a ticketed machinist in 1984, and worked as a hydraulics systems designer for 10 years.
In Canada designed Crane products in Delta, moved to Chilliwack in 1999, and started designing Natural Gas compressors and Roll Forming equipment. Mechanical designer at Alliance Concrete pumps.
2008, Ironside Design Manufacturing Vice President.
Past Chair Canadian manufacturers and Exporters BC Division.
Board member Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters National Board.
ITA BC TAC (Manufacturing) Board Member.
George Harmati – Technical Sales Manager
George completed his education at the University of British Columbia, earning a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has over 20 years of Technical Sales and Service experience selling chemicals and machinery to Pulp & Paper, Mining, Plywood, and the Gypsum Board Industries. George enjoys working in the forestry industry and is passionate about delivering first-class solutions to customers to increase their production and improve their processes.
George enjoys spending time outdoors with his family skiing, camping, swimming, and coaching his sons’ soccer teams.
Jenny Jeffries – Parts Sales Manager
Jenny has worked in the forest industry for 20 years. She’s proud to work for a company that plays a part in the production of sustainable and renewable building products. Focused on customer service, she’ll take on other roles as needed in order to deliver customer satisfaction. She values the relationships she has with customers.
Jenny’s joy is spending time with her family. They love to explore and camp, and also to cruise in their classic cars and trucks. Her personal hobbies are reading and gardening.
Stacey Brown – Part Sales Specialist
With over a decade of experience in sales and project co-ordination, Stacey takes pride in fulfilling customers’ needs and exceeding expectations.
She enjoys being involved in company committees and operations projects, striving to improve processes and efficiency for an efficient professional environment.
Stacey comes from a busy household including 2 kids, 3 pets, and an amazing husband of over 16 years.
When not driving her kids to sports or music practices, Stacey enjoys designing and creating homemade projects and long-distance running.
Shelby Yates – Marketing Specialist
With several years of marketing under her belt, Shelby brings with her a passion for design and a flair for the creative.
After graduating from the Vancouver College of Art and Design, she began working as a graphic artist in Northern British Columbia.
Once she returned to the mainland, her career took her to new heights (literally). Joining an aviation school, she worked on rebranding the image of the company and successfully launched them into the European aviation market.
Shelby also works as a freelance designer with her company.
When not working on a current project, Shelby loves anything outdoors. From camping, and kayaking, to off-roading. And, when she’s not getting lost in the woods, Shelby spends plenty of time entertaining her two nieces, Payton and Parker.
Samantha Buwalda – Logistics & Warehouse Manager
Samantha joined the team after several years’ experience in international shipping logistics.
She is passionate about moving Westmill forward and exceeding our customers expectations for delivering the product they need to reach their production goals. She graduated from UFV with her BA in Communications & Marketing in 2011.
Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping and road trips around our beautiful province of BC.
Vivian Jie – Project Manager
Vivian has Master of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of Toronto and Project Management Certificate from University of Waterloo.
Vivian has her Project Management and Engineering practices for the past 20 years in Automation, Automotive, Water Treatment and Spaceflight-Aerospace Industries. Vivian enjoys working in Project Management align with Engineering field, and passionate about finding the solutions whenever problems may occur.
Vivian was born in Beijing and raised in Shanghai China. Vivian was a very athletic through the school years: tracking field competitions in middle school; basketball team player in high school; and gymnastics team leader in university.
After immigrated to Canada, Vivian starts to enjoy outdoor hiking, golfing, indoor badminton, dancing and musical instrument playing.
Vivian also enjoys traveling and exploring with her husband Frank.
Kryston McGinn – Project Purchasing & Data Entry Assistant
With a strong history in Logistics, Kryston gained her certification in Production and Inventory Management through BCIT shortly after joining the Westmill team. Her high mechanical aptitude combined with a hands-on can-do approach allows her to work as a close liaison between engineers and suppliers.
Born and raised in BC’s Lower Mainland, Kryston is a little old lady at heart with a modern twist. She can often be found gardening, crocheting, cross-stitching, or making bread and homemade preserves, when she isn’t busy working on her classic car or racing at the local indoor karting tracks.
Grace Born – Accountant and Office Manager
Grace has been with Westmill for more than 25 years and is our longest-serving employee. She is responsible for managing the financial affairs for Westmill’s Canadian and US operations. Her friendly smile and attitude help make Westmill a pleasant place to work. She is a very honest, meticulous, hardworking individual with unwavering dedication. Grace is detail oriented with a very strong work ethic.
Grace is a world-class fencing athlete and has participated in many international competitions with excellent results and medals in the past 15 years.
Michael Dow – Sr. Engineering Manager
Over 20 years experience working in industrial/agriculture, R&D and engineering/project environments. Have been leading multidisciplinary teams since 2017, turning passion into product.
Spending time with family is important, a close second is riding bikes and reading.
Brett Jarvis – Engineering
Bachelor in Mechanical Design from BCIT.
Diploma in Web Development from Lighthouse Labs.
Played in bands since age of 12, including Richard on Richards, the first Pemberton music festival, opened for The Hives at the Commodore Ballroom (Played a promo game of shinny hockey at GM Place with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Alex Edler, and The Hives that afternoon).
Paul Manoj – Engineering
Technically oriented Mechanical Engineer with over 6 years of experience in product design and development of metallic and composite structures. Completed a master’s degree in Aerospace and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Certified Solidworks Professional with advanced skills in 3D Modeling and Finite Element Analysis.
I enjoy socialising with friends and family, loves playing badminton every weekends. Actively engaged in volunteering activities for church/community services
Noel Barker – Engineering
Noel started his working career as an apprentice Diesel and Electric Fitter. Repairing and maintaining rail locomotives. Moving on to the Mechanical Drawing Office. In his career as a machine designer Noel has designed machines for a sweets and chocolate factory, large wire mesh welding machines and designed large scale vacuum and microwave drying machines for the food industries.
Noel believes that through new innovations Westmill Industries will become the leader in the veneer drying industry.
Loves to go fishing, do some painting, sitting in the sun with his wife, Susanna, or go fishing.
Don Boyd – Mechanical Designer
I have been involved in mechanical design for over 25 years now, I have had my hands in many large projects from Water park design. Almost all aspects of the lumber industry as well as in mining machinery design.
Have been called the BBQ king on many occasions, enjoy spending time outdoors with family and friends, Drone photography is new to me, but I truly enjoy it. I am a total gadget person and my daughter teases me all the time.
Andrew Ott – Automation Technologist
Andrew’s career in electronics/automation has been diverse and filled with many great opportunities:
- Avionics Technician in Royal Canadian Air Force
- Automation and Robotics Diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley
- Controls Systems Technician at Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Tsawwassen
- Automation Technologist and Junior Developer at VES-Artex
Andrew is excited to use the skills that he has developed and learn new skills to contribute to Westmill’s mission.
Outside of work, Andrew loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Karel Otcenasek – Machinist & Fabricator
Karel has been with Westmill for over 20 years. He started out doing a myriad of jobs, including setting up and running the machine and fab shop. Prior to being with Westmill, he built and repaired boats.
Karel loves the outdoors. His passion is sailing and kayaking; he’s also an avid snowboarder and mountain biker, and he enjoys gardening.
Steven Born – Sales Manager – RMMC Division
Bachelor of Arts, Diploma – Applied Urban Planning, Certificate – Spatial Information Systems
Started working at Westmill as a summer student in the machine shop and later moved to sales in the RMMC division.
Steven lives in Abbotsford with his wife and two children, Luke and Mila and loves travelling and exploring, especially within the great Province of BC
Michael Massey – Technical Sales Assistant – RMMC Division
Michael started off in the warehouse working for Westmill and RMMC where he brings 5 years of experience working with the 80/20 product, which has now helped him transition into the sales position. He’s a strong believer of being a team player and always living the dream!
When not at work Michael is enjoying his time with his wife Taylor, and 2 Daughters Mieka and Kaydence, doing everything from attending several First Nations ceremonies and pow wows with the local community, too staying at our cabin at Shuswap Lake