Executive Team

Guy Nelson

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President - Empire Industries Ltd.

B.Comm., University of Alberta (1977); MBA, University of Western Ontario (1979)

Career Highlights

  • CEO and largest shareholder of Empire Industries Ltd.; successfully capitalized and restructured privately controlled industrial fabrication and construction companies into a well capitalized, public company called Empire Industries Ltd.
  • Former Vice President and Director of a public company; responsible for strategy, corporate development and acquisitions, helped grow a public company from $5 million in market value to $150 million over eight years. When Guy resigned, the company had become the largest multi-trade construction company in Canada
  • Former Vice President of Investments of a venture capital company called Cavendish Investing Ltd.

Allan Francis

VP - Corporate Affairs and Administration

LLB, University of Manitoba (1986), MBA, Ivey School of Business in London, ON (1991)

Career Highlights

  • Allan provides services to all the Empire subsidiary companies, particularly in the general areas of risk management, commercial management, acquisition due diligence and corporate governance.
  • Prior to joining Empire, Allan spent ten years in the steel fabrication business with Dominion Bridge and Canron in Toronto where he provided his expertise in all of the above areas.

Michael Martin

Chief Financial Officer

Chartered Accountant - Institute of Manitoba Chartered Accountants (2006)

Career Highlights

  • Michael joined Empire in 2010 as Director of Finance and Corporate Controller, after serving progressively senior accounting and finance positions at Ernst & Young, and Epic Production Technologies. He was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer of Empire Industries in May, 2012.

Board of Directors

Guy Nelson

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President - Empire Industries Ltd.

B.Comm., University of Alberta (1977); MBA, University of Western Ontario (1979)

Career Highlights

  • CEO and largest shareholder of Empire Industries Ltd.; successfully capitalized and restructured privately controlled industrial fabrication and construction companies into a well capitalized, public company called Empire Industries Ltd.
  • Former Vice President and Director of a public company; responsible for strategy, corporate development and acquisitions, helped grow a public company from $5 million in market value to $150 million over eight years. When Guy resigned, the company had become the largest multi-trade construction company in Canada
  • Former Vice President of Investments of a venture capital company called Cavendish Investing Ltd.

Ian Macdonald

Non-Executive Chairman - Empire Industries Ltd.

BComm, Carleton University (1973); MBA, Queen's University (1974), Chartered Accountant

Career Highlights

  • As a founding partner (1986) of Tricapital, Ian has been involved in a significant number of restructurings, financings, management buyouts and leveraged acquisitions across a broad range of wholesale and retail industries including: food; communications; consumer packaged goods; automotive parts; plastic packaging; cosmetics; fast food; and lighting.
  • Prior to joining Tricapital, Ian worked in an executive capacity with Currie Coopers & Lybrand and Bacardi Rum corporate organizations, where he was involved in strategic planning, financing and corporate development initiatives.
  • Ian is also currently the Chairman and 50% owner of Quadrant Cosmetics Corporation an entrepreneurially driven national distributor of prestige fragrances, cosmetics and skin-care to the department, drug and specialty retail channels.

Peter White-Robinson

Executive Vice President - Media Based Attractions

Career Highlights

  • Executive Vice President of Empire's Media Based Attractions Segment since 2014.
  • Founder of the Fitzroy Group of Companies in New Zealand, including Fitzroy Engineering Group Ltd., which is New Zealand’s largest heavy engineering company, and Babcock Fitzroy Ltd., a joint venture with Babcock (UK). Mr. White-Robinson is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, and he currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

Jane Lin

Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • System developer/analyst for Accenture, a management consulting and information technology company. She is a Canadian citizen who was born and raised in China. She has degrees from Guangzhou University and the University of British Columbia

Jack Chang

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Founder and managing partner of Canadian Resources Capital, a private investment firm that is active in cross border businesses. Previously, he has been a portfolio manager with UBS Bank (Canada) and a financial advisor with CIBC. Mr. Chang is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Financial Risk Manager.

Bob Marshall, P.Eng

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Robert Marshall was the former Technical Advisor to the Aboriginal Pipeline Group
  • He was an operational executive for TransCanada Pipelines and was the project manager for a major pipeline installation in South America
  • Robert is currently a minority partner with aboriginal controlled, RAIMS International, a medical and safety services provider to the oil and gas industry in Alberta and the North West Territories

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • For the last 15 years as a consultant Terry has: started and operated a new Canadian refinery maintenance company; reorganized a major industrial services and construction company with revenues of $2 billion; and offered M&A consulting focused on industrial service and construction in the Western Canada oil and gas industry.
  • Terry's previous career experience includes: GM of Delta Catalytic Corp. (Calgary, AB); President & GM of Tru-Way Group (St. Hubert, PQ); GM & Partner of National Construction Corporation (Longueil, PQ); Resident Construction Manager, Lurgi Corp (River Edge, NJ) for the construction of an oil shale project in California; and Senior Resident Engineer, Parsons Corporation (Pasadena, CA) for construction of a major sulphur recovery plant in the Middle East.
  • Terry's record of achievement in all aspects of general management, marketing, skillful negotiation and consulting in industrial engineering, construction, and manufacturing is a tremendous addition to Empire's board.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors for three other private industrial companies: Dynamic Water Gate Control Valves Inc., Scancode Ltd., and Browns Concrete Group of Companies.

Audit Committee

Guy Nelson

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President - Empire Industries Ltd.

B.Comm., University of Alberta (1977); MBA, University of Western Ontario (1979)

Career Highlights

  • CEO and largest shareholder of Empire Industries Ltd.; successfully capitalized and restructured privately controlled industrial fabrication and construction companies into a well capitalized, public company called Empire Industries Ltd.
  • Former Vice President and Director of a public company; responsible for strategy, corporate development and acquisitions, helped grow a public company from $5 million in market value to $150 million over eight years. When Guy resigned, the company had become the largest multi-trade construction company in Canada
  • Former Vice President of Investments of a venture capital company called Cavendish Investing Ltd.

Ian Macdonald

Non-Executive Chairman - Empire Industries Ltd.

BComm, Carleton University (1973); MBA, Queen's University (1974), Chartered Accountant

Career Highlights

  • As a founding partner (1986) of Tricapital, Ian has been involved in a significant number of restructurings, financings, management buyouts and leveraged acquisitions across a broad range of wholesale and retail industries including: food; communications; consumer packaged goods; automotive parts; plastic packaging; cosmetics; fast food; and lighting.
  • Prior to joining Tricapital, Ian worked in an executive capacity with Currie Coopers & Lybrand and Bacardi Rum corporate organizations, where he was involved in strategic planning, financing and corporate development initiatives.
  • Ian is also currently the Chairman and 50% owner of Quadrant Cosmetics Corporation an entrepreneurially driven national distributor of prestige fragrances, cosmetics and skin-care to the department, drug and specialty retail channels.

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • For the last 15 years as a consultant Terry has: started and operated a new Canadian refinery maintenance company; reorganized a major industrial services and construction company with revenues of $2 billion; and offered M&A consulting focused on industrial service and construction in the Western Canada oil and gas industry.
  • Terry's previous career experience includes: GM of Delta Catalytic Corp. (Calgary, AB); President & GM of Tru-Way Group (St. Hubert, PQ); GM & Partner of National Construction Corporation (Longueil, PQ); Resident Construction Manager, Lurgi Corp (River Edge, NJ) for the construction of an oil shale project in California; and Senior Resident Engineer, Parsons Corporation (Pasadena, CA) for construction of a major sulphur recovery plant in the Middle East.
  • Terry's record of achievement in all aspects of general management, marketing, skillful negotiation and consulting in industrial engineering, construction, and manufacturing is a tremendous addition to Empire's board.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors for three other private industrial companies: Dynamic Water Gate Control Valves Inc., Scancode Ltd., and Browns Concrete Group of Companies.

Corporate Governance Committee

Ian Macdonald

Non-Executive Chairman - Empire Industries Ltd.

BComm, Carleton University (1973); MBA, Queen's University (1974), Chartered Accountant

Career Highlights

  • As a founding partner (1986) of Tricapital, Ian has been involved in a significant number of restructurings, financings, management buyouts and leveraged acquisitions across a broad range of wholesale and retail industries including: food; communications; consumer packaged goods; automotive parts; plastic packaging; cosmetics; fast food; and lighting.
  • Prior to joining Tricapital, Ian worked in an executive capacity with Currie Coopers & Lybrand and Bacardi Rum corporate organizations, where he was involved in strategic planning, financing and corporate development initiatives.
  • Ian is also currently the Chairman and 50% owner of Quadrant Cosmetics Corporation an entrepreneurially driven national distributor of prestige fragrances, cosmetics and skin-care to the department, drug and specialty retail channels.

Bob Marshall, P.Eng

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Robert Marshall was the former Technical Advisor to the Aboriginal Pipeline Group
  • He was an operational executive for TransCanada Pipelines and was the project manager for a major pipeline installation in South America
  • Robert is currently a minority partner with aboriginal controlled, RAIMS International, a medical and safety services provider to the oil and gas industry in Alberta and the North West Territories

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • For the last 15 years as a consultant Terry has: started and operated a new Canadian refinery maintenance company; reorganized a major industrial services and construction company with revenues of $2 billion; and offered M&A consulting focused on industrial service and construction in the Western Canada oil and gas industry.
  • Terry's previous career experience includes: GM of Delta Catalytic Corp. (Calgary, AB); President & GM of Tru-Way Group (St. Hubert, PQ); GM & Partner of National Construction Corporation (Longueil, PQ); Resident Construction Manager, Lurgi Corp (River Edge, NJ) for the construction of an oil shale project in California; and Senior Resident Engineer, Parsons Corporation (Pasadena, CA) for construction of a major sulphur recovery plant in the Middle East.
  • Terry's record of achievement in all aspects of general management, marketing, skillful negotiation and consulting in industrial engineering, construction, and manufacturing is a tremendous addition to Empire's board.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors for three other private industrial companies: Dynamic Water Gate Control Valves Inc., Scancode Ltd., and Browns Concrete Group of Companies.

Safety Health Environment And Community Committee

Peter White-Robinson

Executive Vice President - Media Based Attractions

Career Highlights

  • Executive Vice President of Empire's Media Based Attractions Segment since 2014.
  • Founder of the Fitzroy Group of Companies in New Zealand, including Fitzroy Engineering Group Ltd., which is New Zealand’s largest heavy engineering company, and Babcock Fitzroy Ltd., a joint venture with Babcock (UK). Mr. White-Robinson is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, and he currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

Bob Marshall, P.Eng

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Robert Marshall was the former Technical Advisor to the Aboriginal Pipeline Group
  • He was an operational executive for TransCanada Pipelines and was the project manager for a major pipeline installation in South America
  • Robert is currently a minority partner with aboriginal controlled, RAIMS International, a medical and safety services provider to the oil and gas industry in Alberta and the North West Territories

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • For the last 15 years as a consultant Terry has: started and operated a new Canadian refinery maintenance company; reorganized a major industrial services and construction company with revenues of $2 billion; and offered M&A consulting focused on industrial service and construction in the Western Canada oil and gas industry.
  • Terry's previous career experience includes: GM of Delta Catalytic Corp. (Calgary, AB); President & GM of Tru-Way Group (St. Hubert, PQ); GM & Partner of National Construction Corporation (Longueil, PQ); Resident Construction Manager, Lurgi Corp (River Edge, NJ) for the construction of an oil shale project in California; and Senior Resident Engineer, Parsons Corporation (Pasadena, CA) for construction of a major sulphur recovery plant in the Middle East.
  • Terry's record of achievement in all aspects of general management, marketing, skillful negotiation and consulting in industrial engineering, construction, and manufacturing is a tremendous addition to Empire's board.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors for three other private industrial companies: Dynamic Water Gate Control Valves Inc., Scancode Ltd., and Browns Concrete Group of Companies.

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