Weatherhaven to Supply Soft Shelters

JP2060 has reached an important milestone with a contract being signed by Canadian-based manufacturer Weatherhaven for supply of the Controlled Environment Soft Shelter (CESS)-Medical. This is the first initiative to reach contract stage of 17 scheduled to occur under Phase 2B of JP2060, which aims to enhance the Australian Defence Force’s deployable health capability. CESS-Medical is a system of soft shelters complete with Environmental Control Units (ECUs) and a number of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter systems. The latter will be used to filter cooled or heated air prior to its distribution into critical functional areas such as the Operating theatre. The major sub-contractor and supplier of the ECU and HEPA filter systems is Hill Defence, Adelaide. The main users of the Soft Shelters will be Health Support Battalions (HSB) and Expeditionary Health Squadrons. The shelters will be used on deployments where strategic lift is constrained, where notice to deploy is very short, when the duration of deployment is expected to be less than six weeks or where a high level of tactile mobility is required. The new shelters will be thermally more efficient than what is currently available and will provide a controlled environment suited for close and theatre health support elements, which is currently not available to users. The scheduled date for delivery of the equipment is Mar...

Ray Castelli appointed CEO of Weatherhaven

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading providers of redeployable shelter systems, announced today that Ray Castelli has been invited to join the ownership group of the company and will serve as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1st, 2008. The appointment of Mr. Castelli, a member of Weatherhaven’s Advisory Board since 2006, coincides with the company’s decision to embark on a 5-year growth strategy which would involve significant expansion into key markets such as Latin America and Africa, as well as the introduction of several new product developments. “Weatherhaven is delighted to have attracted an individual of Ray Castelli’s calibre to join our ownership group and serve as our Chief Executive” said Brian Johnson, Managing Partner of the company. “Weatherhaven’s Board has been very impressed with Ray’s contribution to the development of our company as well as his experience in global business development, the natural resources industry and the military.” Mr. Castelli was most recently President and CEO of Naikun Wind Development Inc., a Vancouver-based wind energy company. Prior to that role he spent 12 years in the international business development area focused on the natural resource industry. His responsibilities included being co-founder and Senior VP of Quadrem, a procurement services company formed by 19 of the world’s largest mining and metals companies, as well as Director of Corporate Development for Alcan Aluminum Ltd. Prior to joining Alcan, Mr. Castelli spent 6 years in the federal government including serving as Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada. Weatherhaven is...