TEAM

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. - Phil Jackson

The most important part of our business is our people. We owe much of our success to their unique talents, skills, and determination. Together, we’ve seen the results of their efforts and innovative thinking. We celebrate accomplishments and have a system for recognition and rewards to show appreciations for individual hard work and dedication.

MEET THE NUTRIVANS

Amanda Huizing

Finance Manager

Amanda Huizing

Finance Manager

Amanda is our ‘number cruncher.’  She recently completed her Bachelor of Accounting (Yay!) and has over 8 years of accounting experience in the agriculture and restaurant industries.  She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Abbotsford and now lives in Vancouver.  She is willing to drive the crazy commute for the opportunity to work in a flexible and supportive workplace with a great group of people that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth.  When she is not crunching numbers and balancing budgets, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and traveling.

Baktybek Osmonov

Sumas Vacuum Services Driver

Baktybek Osmonov

Sumas Vacuum Services Driver

Try and say his name fast 3 times without getting tongue-tied. Baktebyk is an honest, friendly, and hardworking SVS driver.  He has had experience with wide load trucking, long haul cross-continent driving, and happens to be a World Traveler Extraordinaire – and worked as a mountain tour guide in Kyrgyzstan.  When he is not behind the wheel of a truck or on a service call, he likes to spend time with his family sipping Hot Green Tea and believes that ‘It is not our words that define us; it’s our actions.’

 

Bill Vanderkooi

General Manager

Bill Vanderkooi

General Manager

Bill grew up on a dairy farm in Abbotsford. After finishing high school, he earned a master’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University. Once his schooling was completed, Bill returned to the Fraser Valley and worked in the agricultural industry. In 2009 he established Nutriva Group, which is a group of grassroots businesses with a focus on innovation in the dairy, egg and beef sectors. A short time later, he added Eco-Dairy, a not-for-profit agritourism destination. A father of five active kids, Bill makes time for family, travel, and fitness.

 

Breanna Sublett

Office Administrator

Breanna Sublett

Office Administrator

Breanna is the queen of first impressions here at Nutriva Group. Her warm and friendly personality is often the first thing that people encounter when they call us over the phone, connect with us online or stop by in person.

Breanna lives with her husband and their dog and when she is not busy at work keeping things organized and running smoothly, Breanna spends time mountain biking with her husband and hiking with her dog. For Breanna, “The best views come after the hardest climb”.

Bryce Hewko

Agribuilders Supervisor

Bryce Hewko

Agribuilders Supervisor

Builder Bryce has been in agricultural construction for almost 10 years now.  Bryce is a bright young fellow who is a hard worker with a friendly out-going personality, a great attitude, and a big heart.   When he is not wearing a tool belt, spending time in his newly refurbished trailer, or building a barn, he likes to play rugby.  Be careful out on the rugby field, Bryce…we wouldn’t want you to mess up that pretty little face of yours. We are glad to have Bryce as part of our team.

Darwin

Bakerview Farmhand

Darwin

Bakerview Farmhand

Darwin believes that ‘Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted’. With that kind of attitude, we are happy to have Darwin as part of the team, not to mention he holds a Bachelors’s Degree in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science and has experience working on swine, poultry, and dairy farms.  We appreciate his honesty, perseverance, and hard work ethic, and are glad he left the Philippines to join us her eon the farm.

 

Dimitriy Filyushin

Diverse Driver

Dimitriy Filyushin

Diverse Driver

Dimitriy Filyushin – try say that fast 3 times.  His name may be difficult to say and spell but he’s not a difficult guy to like. Originally from Belarus, Dimitriy moved here with his young family.  He is the best-dressed truck driver you ever did see and he loves the peace and quiet he gets to enjoy while driving the truck.  Dimitriy is kind, honest and reliable and we’re glad to have him as part of our team.

 

Gavin Rowell

Framer for Nutriva Agribuilders

Gavin Rowell

Framer for Nutriva Agribuilders

Gavin is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day and he brightens our world at Nutriva Group.  He appreciates the innovation and people at Nutriva and they appreciate his dedication to the team and his outgoing and happy personality. When he is not at work building stuff, fixing things and framing barns he likes to play rugby, camp, hike and relax around a campfire and, truth be told, he sure can get things moving on the dance floor. Thanks Gavin, for making us all smile.

 

Geoff Beukens

R&M Technician

Geoff Beukens

R&M Technician

Hands up if you recognize this guy.  Geoff is one of the friendliest guys you ever will meet and seems to know everybody.  And even if you don’t know him, he’ll make you feel like you do.  Geoff is great at a lot of things and has a variety of roles and responsibilities.  Geoff will give you the shirt off his back and will get the job done. We appreciate Geoff with his friendly smile and his willingness to help.

Glen Rau

Diverse Driver

Glen Rau

Diverse Driver

Glen is probably one of the most helpful guys you’re ever going to meet, and we are glad to have him as a driver. Glen has years of experience in the autobody industry, as a business owner and in trucking. When he is not behind the wheel of his truck, he can be found spending time with family and friends, volunteering at church, gardening, cooking, or woodworking. He is quiet, passionate, creative, and seems always to have a smile on his face.

Helinda Vanderkooi

HR Manager

Helinda Vanderkooi

HR Manager

She’s the CFO, the F is for FUN.  Helinda and Bill started the company some time ago; while he was busy running the business, she was busy holding down the home front and their 5 active kids.  As the kids are all now of school age she has more time to dedicate to the business and heads up the Culture Club, acts as a marketing assistant and spends time at EcoDairy with various programs and events as well as ‘Cow School’.  At Nutriva Group we like to call her Big Mama…but we mean it in the nicest way.

 

 

Jas Gill

Marketing Manager

Jas Gill

Marketing Manager

Jas is Nutriva’s cool-headed, warm-hearted marketing manager. Born and raised in India, Jas settled in Abbotsford where she completed her business degree at UFV and went on to study public relations.

She’s worked in marketing for over a decade and loves the dynamic environment at Nutriva. Outside of work, you can often find Jas reading, writing, practicing yoga and brunching.

Jonathon Hirch

Bradner Driver

Jonathon Hirch

Bradner Driver

Got milk? Jonathan does. Jonathon, also known as Jono is one of our most honest, loyal, patient, and organized milk haulers. He was born and raised in Brazil before moving to Canada to be closer to his family. When he is not driving the truck, he is happy to spend time with his beautiful family, working on his house or in his yard.  One of his favorite sayings is from Philippians in the Bible, which reads: ‘For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’ And Jono, we have no doubt you can do it all!

Kevin Sinclair

Bradner Driver & Driver Trainer

Kevin Sinclair

Bradner Driver & Driver Trainer

Kevin is not only a great guy, but he’s also a great driver.  With over 25 years of experience hauling all sorts of stuff using all sorts of truck & trailer configurations, he’s been tasked with being our on-site Driver Trainer and his experience and attitude make him the man for the job.  Everyone appreciates Kevin’s great attitude, he’s a team player and a hard worker.  Kevin is driven by the value that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you…and it shows.

 

 

Kent Thomas

Bradner Milk Driver

Kent Thomas

Bradner Milk Driver

Kent is one of our BMT-certified Bulk Milk Tank Graders. He’s been proudly driving truck for over 30 years including long haul, short haul and bulk materials.

Outside of work, you can often find Kent composing music, playing one of a number of musical instruments or spending time in the great outdoors. Kent’s approach to most things is based on one of his favourite quotes: “Never take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyways.”

 

Kylie Akers

Payroll Administrator & Venue Rental Coordinator

Kylie Akers

Payroll Administrator & Venue Rental Coordinator

Without Kylie, nobody would get paid, and we’d never have parties, so we like having her around.  Kylie has two very different roles at Nutriva; she takes care of payroll and helps coordinate events for Bakerview Farm Venue Rental.  She loves Nutriva’s positive team atmosphere and the flexibility with her schedule, and we love her big smile, her great attitude, and that she is reliable, loyal & kind.  When she’s not at the office, she can be found exploring nature with her two young adventurous daughters, her husband, and her dog or listening to and writing music.

 

 

Lara Hirowatari

Fraser Analytical Services Lab Manager

Lara Hirowatari

Fraser Analytical Services Lab Manager

Armed with her Bachelor of Science degree, Lara spends her days running the Nutriva lab. Her many important tasks include analyzing feed, ensuring optimal animal nutrition, coordinating research studies, ensuring quality control on food products and conducting water testing.

On Friday afternoons, you can usually find Lara doing her ‘Friday Happy Dance’ in preparation for a weekend that will be spent with her grumpy cat, baking cakes, hiking, brunching and hanging out with family and friends.

Leyla Amar

Nutritech Logistics Coordinator

Leyla Amar

Nutritech Logistics Coordinator

Leyla came to us from Chile with a Master’s business degree from Vina Del Mar University. With her husband and two children, she left her family’s coffee and tea import/export company and cherry orchard behind to pursue opportunities in Canada. A trusted and dedicated team member, Leyla helps us improve warehouse logistics and tackles administrative tasks.

Leyla finds a lot of things are ‘super’…mostly because that word is spelled the same and means the same in both English and Spanish.

Matthew Roy

Diverse Driver

Matthew Roy

Diverse Driver

We love having Matt as one of our drivers. He is the strong silent type so focused on getting the job done. Keep going, Matt!

Mariah Dykman

Fraser Analytical Technician

Mariah Dykman

Fraser Analytical Technician

Mariah grew up on a dairy farm in Sumas Prairie so when it comes to farming, cows, feed and forage, she really knows her stuff. Mariah truly appreciates the culture at Nutriva.

When she’s not busy working in the lab, Mariah enjoys hanging out with family and friends in the great outdoors. (Don’t let that lab coat fool you. We know Mariah is reliable and hard-working but we’re told she has a bit of a wild side.)

 

Mark Viger

R&M Coordinator

Mark Viger

R&M Coordinator

Mark is an expert at paying attention to detail, and we know this because he owned his own mobile detail business for 20 years. When Nutriva Group decided we needed a designated Repair and Maintenance Coordinator to ensure things run tickety-boo around here, we knew Mark was the man for the job. He is an honest, fun, kind, and caring team player and believes in a job well done.  When he’s not at the site making sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently, and in tip-top shape, he might be golfing, skiing, climbing a mountain, or wandering in the great outdoors.

 

Misty Kitt

Payroll / Accounts Payable

Misty Kitt

Payroll / Accounts Payable

Everybody likes Misty here at Nutriva Group. And we’re not just saying that because she’s the one that makes sure we all get paid. All kidding aside though, Misty is a great addition to the team: helpful, organized, hardworking and positive.

She grew up in Abbotsford and still calls it home, where she lives with her husband and two very active children. You can often find Misty running, hiking or cheering on her kids in one of the many sports they’re involved in.

Randy Adamson

Diverse Driver

Randy Adamson

Diverse Driver

When it comes to truck driving, Randy is a bit of an expert with 35 years of experience.  He went from crawling to walking to driving truck.  He is a hard worker and enjoys being part of the Nutriva team, driving his truck, chatting with the farmers and he takes pride in an honest day’s work and a job well done.  Randy was born and raised in BC and calls Abbotsford home and when he is not behind the wheel of his truck you might find him exploring, walking and hiking in the Fraser Valley or working on his sweet set of wheels;  a blue, vintage ’66 Mustang.

Ray Kaufman

Bakerview Herdsman

Ray Kaufman

Bakerview Herdsman

Ray is like our very own ray of sunshine on the farm with his easy-going, jovial nature. He grew up on a dairy farm in Ontario and has spent his whole life either working on farms or driving trucks. This experience and his desire to raise healthy animals make him a perfect addition to our Bakerview Farm team. When Ray is not taking care of the farm and all the animals, he might be bowling, watching sports, or spending time with his family.

 

Ruth Aconley

Logistics & Dispatch Coordinator

Ruth Aconley

Logistics & Dispatch Coordinator

Born and raised in England, Ruth lives by the motto: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  Warm, caring, reliable, organized and fun-loving are just a few of the words that best describe Ruth.

She finds Nutriva a friendly and positive workplace. We think she’s one of the reasons why it is that way. “Toodle Pips Me Lovely” is a favourite phrase of hers. We don’t know what it means but it sure makes us feel good.

Scott Johnson

EcoDairy Manager

Scott Johnson

EcoDairy Manager

Scott has a Masters in Educational Leadership from UBC and has worked as a teacher/administrator. He wants to blend his educational experiences, interest in health & wellness and passion for learning into interactive and informative opportunities for all EcoDairy guests.

Scott moved to Abbotsford from Manitoba 20 years ago and is proud to be a member of the Abbotsford community. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

Stephen McMurrer

Diverse Driver

Stephen McMurrer

Diverse Driver

Steve is a man of few words. But if you catch him at the right time, the conversation comes easily as he likes to express his opinions. He also happens to be fiercely loyal when it comes to the people he loves. We are grateful to Steve for being part of the Nutriva Group.

Todd Sommer

Bradner Driver

Todd Sommer

Bradner Driver

Todd has been with Nutriva since before it was even called Nutriva.  Those who know him know that Todd is an all-around good guy and when we asked him what he liked about working with Nutriva he said ‘good people, good hours, good money, good bosses, good benefits. Todd is always chatty and friendly, he is open, honest and hard working.  He is grateful for the people in his life and enjoys golf, skiing and kicking back and watching TV.  Life is good with Todd!

 

 

Vanessa Venema

EcoDairy Guest Services

Vanessa Venema

EcoDairy Guest Services

Creative and passionate are a few words to describe Vanessa. She coordinates programs, runs camps, gives tours, sets up workshops, writes newsletters, plans events, oversees social media and is often the friendly face that greets people when they walk in the front doors. We honestly don’t know what we’d do without her.

If EcoDairy was a kingdom, Vanessa would be our queen. In other words, we consider Vanessa our “dairy queen”.  (Yeah, we just went there.)

Current Openings

Repair and Maintenance Technician- job posting

About us

The Bakerview EcoDairy Farm is host to modern facilities, equipment, and a progressive management system. Bakerview is part of the Nutriva Group and provides R&M services to several Nutriva business units.  The Nutriva Group is built on the core values of being open & honest, developing win-win relationships, finding solutions, and making a difference.  Our vision is to make a difference for the common good.  Joining our team means being part of a community that is committed to improving health and well-being through innovation and collaboration.  We actively work with our staff to develop a healthy and balanced lifestyle and a career, not just a job.

Who we are looking for

  • Repair & Maintenance Technician with general mechanical and equipment experience
  • Motivated and dependable person who can carry out the given tasks
  • Strong work ethic and a sense of personal accountability and ownership
  • Attention to detail and excellent communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license (class 1 an asset, but not required)

What will be your Role

  • Duties to include regular inspections, greasing, and minor repairs (lights, mirrors, glad hands, etc.) of tractors, trailers, gas pumps, and farm machinery & equipment
  • Repair and maintenance of site storage and product handling equipment (steel tanks, valves, pumps, pipes)
  • Installation of on-farm plastic tanks, pumps, and pipe

What we offer

  • A full-time position
  • Competitive wages depending on your qualification and experience
  • Extensive medical and dental benefits plan
  • RRSP Match and Profit Share programs
  • An environment with family-friendly values, where employees are respected and treated well

To apply for this opportunity, please reply via email to mphillipson@nutrivagroup.com