2015 Canadian Defence Executive of the Year

2015 Canadian Defence Executive of the Year

Ray Castelli, the CEO of Vancouver based, Weatherhaven,  a builder of deployable military shelters, has brought in a private equity firm to bolster capitalization and boosted revenues 5 fold over his tenure at the company. For the full CDR article, please click here: 2015 Canadian Defence Executive of the...
Weatherhaven Aquired by Fulcrum Capital Partners, Chooses to Remain 100% Canadian-Owned and Operated

Weatherhaven Aquired by Fulcrum Capital Partners, Chooses to Remain 100% Canadian-Owned and Operated

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Weatherhaven Global Resources Ltd. (“Weatherhaven”), one of the world’s leading providers of redeployable shelter systems, has completed a transaction with Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. (“Fulcrum”), which will see the Canadian-based private equity firm acquire a majority interest in the Canadian defence and infrastructure company. In connection with the transaction the founding shareholders are stepping back and will assume an advisory role while the current senior management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Ray Castelli, has reinvested and will continue to lead the Company through this next phase of growth. “We made a deliberate decision to remain 100% Canadian-owned and operated despite receiving compelling offers from strategic and financial buyers outside of Canada,” says Weatherhaven CEO Ray Castelli. Weatherhaven is one of the few companies in the Canadian Defence Review Magazine’s annual ranking of the Top 50 Defence Firms in Canada that is 100% Canadian-owned and operated. Last year, Weatherhaven engaged a leading global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) firm in the defence and aerospace industry to assist in identifying an ideal financing partner. While more than a dozen competitive bids were received from around the world, Weatherhaven ultimately chose Fulcrum Capital due to its Canadian heritage and proven track record of growing small and medium-sized companies. “Fulcrum is excited to invest in Weatherhaven alongside current management and to play a role in maximizing the growth potential of this innovative shelter solution provider,” says Fulcrum Capital Partner Michael Berkson. “We have been tracking Weatherhaven for the past five years and the timing of this investment is ideal as the potential global market opportunity for Weatherhaven’s innovative...

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CSI Norway and Weatherhaven announce Teaming Agreement

CSI Norway and Weatherhaven announce Teaming Agreement

London, U.K — CSI Norway – a global provider of containerized solutions and Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading providers of re-deployable shelter systems is pleased to announce the signing of a Teaming Agreement. The Teaming Agreement will enable both CSI and Weatherhaven to market each firm’s products within defined geographic regions globally. Initially, CSI will offer Weatherhaven products and services to the Norwegian, Russian and Chinese markets, while Weatherhaven will represent CSI products within the Canadian marketplace. “We are delighted to be working with Weatherhaven and look forward to offering Weatherhaven’s expandable shelter technologies to both CSI’s current and future customers” stated CSI’s Managing Director – Stig Harald Andersen. Mr. Ray Castelli – Weatherhaven CEO stated, “Weatherhaven is pleased to be working with CSI Norway, a company whose products are complementary to Weatherhaven’s existing product line. This Teaming Agreement further expands Weatherhaven’s global strategy and we are excited to be working together CSI Norway – a company with an excellent reputation for quality and service”. Contact: Karianne Andersen Executive Project Manager CSI Norway Karianne@csinorway.com Craig Campbell Managing Director, Global Partnerships Weatherhaven ccampbell@weatherhaven.com About CSI Norway: CSI Norway is a global leader in containerized shelter systems. Headquartered in Sandefjord, Norway with production and development in Skien, Norway and manufacturing in Changzou, China, CSI has extensive experience in the development, production, and support of container-based solutions for both military and commercial applications. www.csinorway.com About Weatherhaven: Weatherhaven is a leading provider of portable shelters, camps and systems for remote sites around the world. It is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., and has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and Brazil....
Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta – Richmond East, Visits Weatherhaven

Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta – Richmond East, Visits Weatherhaven

BURNABY, B.C. – Today, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta – Richmond East visited Weatherhaven to announce the awarding of a significant subcontract that will create jobs in British Columbia and play an important role in supporting Canada’s Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter Project. Weatherhaven, of Burnaby, British Columbia, has been awarded a subcontract by Boeing for approximately C$5.7 million in support of the Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter Project which will help to create high-quality, skilled jobs in the Metro Vancouver area. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s ongoing commitment to ensure our brave men and women in uniform have the equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for decades to come,” said Minister Findlay. “At the same time, our Government is proud to say that our investments in military equipment are contributing to the creation of highly-skilled jobs across Canada – including right here in Metro Vancouver.” Weatherhaven will fit made-in-Canada portable repair and maintenance shelters for the CH-147 helicopters, which the Royal Canadian Air Force will take delivery of in the near future. These portable shelters can be trucked and/or airlifted to locations to meet the Canadian Armed Forces’ various needs in the field, both domestically and internationally. This subcontract is a result of the Government of Canada’s $1.2 billion contract award to Boeing in 2009 for the purchase of 15 medium-to-heavy lift Chinook F-model helicopters (also known as CH-147F) to fulfill the Canadian Armed Forces’ transport requirements. The new Chinooks will be used in a wide variety of roles, from transporting equipment, troops and supplies within...
Weatherhaven Awarded US $5.6-million Boeing Contract To Support Canada’s Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter Program

Weatherhaven Awarded US $5.6-million Boeing Contract To Support Canada’s Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter Program

(Burnaby, B.C, Canada) — Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading providers of re-deployable shelter systems, has been awarded a USD $5.6M contract by Boeing to modify and convert existing Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) shelters to portable repair and maintenance Special Equipment Shelters for Canada’s CH-147 helicopters. The Special Equipment Shelter system will be used to provide support and test equipment for the repair and maintenance capability in support of deployed operations as part of the Canadian Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter (MHLH) Program.The CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter (MHLH) is a multi-mission helicopter that will help meet Canada’s obligations domestically and abroad. The CH-147F fleet of helicopters will be operated out of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, in Petawawa, Ontario. Weatherhaven’s portable repair and maintenance shelters will be trucked and/or airlifted to locations as needed to meet Canadian Forces land-based operations requirements. “We are delighted to be working with Boeing to provide this important service to the Canadian military,” said Ray Castelli, the CEO of Weatherhaven. “This is further proof that Canadian manufacturers have both the talent and design excellence to provide cutting-edge products for the aerospace and military markets.” The Canadian government awarded Boeing a contract for fifteen Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopters in June 2009. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013. The CH-147F missions may include air mobile operations, special operations, casualty evacuation, tactical transport, medical evacuation, logistical transport, aid to civil power, counter-drug operations, counter-terrorism operations, humanitarian assistance and peace-keeping support. The helicopters — and Weatherhaven’s shelter systems — will operate in extremes of weather on deployed operations throughout the world during day and night conditions. About Weatherhaven: Weatherhaven is...
Weatherhaven is voted #2 among BC Business Magazine list of Top 20 Innovative companies in BC

Weatherhaven is voted #2 among BC Business Magazine list of Top 20 Innovative companies in BC

Weatherhaven Resources Ltd. With an economy built on extracting resources from remote terrain, it’s only natural that B.C. has developed expertise in supplying portable field camps to resource industries. But one company has continually innovated on the basic prefab model, to the point where it is now supplying not only mining and forestry companies with bunk houses, but militaries around the world with popup field hospitals and satellite ground stations. Burnaby-based Weatherhaven got its start in 1981 supplying remote mining operations with prefab offices and bunk houses. The initial units, like tents in the shape of Quonset huts, were reusable, easily transported and quick to set up and take down. The first milestone innovation came about 20 years ago, when the Canadian military asked for a self-contained unit complete with plumbing, electrical systems, furniture and specialty equipment. Weatherhaven’s response was its patented Mobile Expandable Container Configuration, or MECC: a standard shipping container whose walls come down to triple the floor space; soft fabric walls pop out and inside are all the fixtures and equipment. Outside are standard connections for water and electricity. “It’s plug and play,” says CEO Ray Castelli, adding that units are fully operational within a half-hour of delivery. Weatherhaven initially sold about 200 of these units to the Canadian military, and went on to sell 2,500 to armed forces around the world. The company has configured the units as surgical operating theatres, satellite ground stations, vehicle repair centres and offices. The U.S. military liked the idea, but wanted hard walls. Weatherhaven’s response was the HERcon, or hard-wall expandable redeployable container. The company secured a U.S. patent...

Weatherhaven and AAR sign licensing agreement for new HERCon™ product in the US market

First time unique patented 5-1 hard-walled expandable will be offered in US market Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading providers of re-deployable shelter systems, announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with AAR for its new Hardwall Expandable Redeployable Container (HERCon™), to serve a significant segment of the United States market. AAR, a leading aerospace and defence company in the U.S., will have rights to market as well as manufacture, the HERCon™ product for all services and agencies within the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Justice. Weatherhaven’s unique design concept for this container system, which received a U.S. Patent in May 2012, is that it enables two, four-foot wide, containers to be connected and shipped as a single ISO eight-foot container footprint. When the walls are fully expanded, these units become 2 x 400 square foot hard-wall buildings, creating more than 800 square feet of shelter, or more than 5-1 expandability from its original ISO shipping footprint of 160 square feet (8’x20’). The unit can be fully deployed within 15 minutes and can also be pre-fabricated to fold out in to apartment units, dormitories, kitchens, medical centres and washrooms. AAR will be the first company to have the right to offer these units for sale in the United States. “This unique design has been in development for more than 6 years and has been very successfully trialed in Africa and South America,” said Ray Castelli, CEO of Weatherhaven. “We’ve proven that the ability to rapidly deploy fives times the space of an ISO container, quickly...

Weatherhaven lands $60m military contract

(PORT COQUITLAM) – The first mobile shelter unit of a $60 million “Made in BC” procurement program was unveiled today, showcasing state-of-the-art engineering, design, and manufacturing from around the Lower Mainland. More than forty-seven BC companies have contributed as part of the supply chain to build these world-class structures, under contract to Burnaby-based Weatherhaven. Eight of those companies, representing more than 90% of the value of the work effort, were invited to participate in the event today. When fully deployed on military vehicles, these shelters can be outfitted into more than thirty configurations including command centres, medical clinics and kitchens. A key feature of these units is an on-board mechanical room, which enables each unit to operate independently. These vehicles will be used to support both domestic needs as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world. Weatherhaven CEO, Ray Castelli marked the occasion by leading a tour of the final assembly facility located at Wesgar Completions in Port Coquitlam. Castelli was joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible for British Columbia, Keith Day, facility operator and Wesgar CEO, and representatives from key supplier companies involved in the project. “These new military truck bodies represent world class design and manufacturing capability,” Castelli explained. “Part of our business strategy, as well as one of our contractual obligations under Canada’s Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program, is to build and enable a local supply chain capable of doing world class manufacturing to challenging military specifications. We’re extremely proud of what our BC supply chain team partners have been able to achieve,” he added. “These state of the art units are...
Weatherhaven Rides to Conquer Cancer

Weatherhaven Rides to Conquer Cancer

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ride, and very grateful thank you to those who came to support us. We cycled just under 250km in two days, through wind, rain, mud, and at the end a little sunshine. We had some blood, seat and tears, we earned every penny, yet still our achievement pales in comparison to the courage, and strength that is required by those caring for and suffering from the many forms of Cancer. This was a very humbling experience, talking with Cancer Victors on the ride (one of the people I spoke with said he wasn’t a Cancer Survivor and was a Cancer Victor) makes you realise how strong they are, and if that wasn’t enough there were the riders on tricycles, and fixed speed bikes who always seemed to be ahead of us. Our fundraising was exceptional, we ranked 8th out of 339 teams on a per rider donation, we outperformed the likes of Team CTV, ICBC, KPMG etc. This is a massive achievement and something that we should not be modest about. We have to give credit to the internal fundraising team for organising the 50/50’s, BBQ’s, Breakfasts, Auctions, Pub Nights, etc; our partners TriMetal, Seagull, Wespac, RedDOT, Frontier, and our other suppliers that helped us; last but not least our riders who did an excellent job fundraising on their own. We are already planning what we should do next, so if anyone is interested in a ride please let me know (we might do a different ride or our own ride), I will be doing the RTCC again in 2013. The main...