Weatherhaven Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading providers of redeployable shelter systems, announced today that B.J. Gordon has been appointed to become the company’s first Chief Financial Officer. The appointment of Ms. Gordon is another step in the evolution of the company as it progresses from being a BC-focused business operation to becoming a global integrated corporate entity. In addition to adding manufacturing capacity in Africa and South America, the company has recently established operations in Australia and Europe as well. All of these entities are successfully growing the global brand, presence and revenue base of the company, which augments Weatherhaven’s success in securing a number of long-term military contracts in North America. “Weatherhaven has made significant strides in the past few years as we successfully continue to implement our five-year strategic plan,” said Ray Castelli, Chief Executive Officer of the company. “This growth, and its related complexity, requires us to develop our corporate capacity in finance and administration, as well as our international consolidation and reporting. This is why we are delighted to have attracted an individual of B.J. Gordon’s reputation to join our management ranks.” B.J. Gordon is a graduate of the UBC Commerce faculty and earned her Chartered Accountant designation while articling at Touche Ross. She moved into the natural resource industry and served as Manager, Finance at Teck-Cominco Resources before becoming Chief Financial Officer of Homestake Mining Group in Canada. Since that time she has served as a C.F.O. to a number of publicly-listed mining companies in Vancouver, as well as being a senior financial advisor to Weatherhaven during the past...

Weatherhaven profiled on the “21st Century Business” CNBC

Weatherhaven profiled on the “21st Century Business” program, broadcast on CNBC across North America on Wednesday, October 8th, 2009. 21st Century Business, co-hosted by Jackie Bales and General Alexander Haig, is an award-winning business program that focuses on unique companies with innovative solutions, primarily focused around new technology, emerging trends and the environment. Weatherhaven was invited on the program to talk about it’s global redeployable shelter solutions and its key customers. The company also used the opportunity to launch a new product called the “HERCon” which is 5-1 hard-sided expandable container...

$130-million shelters contract Burnaby firm wins DND deal. Vancouver Province

Weatherhaven welcomes $130 million contract award from Canadian Department of National Defence British Columbia company to benefit from MSVS Baseline Shelter Program Left: Ray Castelli, CEO Weatherhaven | Right: Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence Burnaby, BC (August 12, 2009) Weatherhaven is pleased to announce that a substantial portion of the $130 million Medium Support Vehicle Systems (MSVS) contract will be designed and manufactured at its facilities in British Columbia. The announcement was made yesterday by the Minister of National Defence in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Weatherhaven and its teaming partner DEW Engineering and Development ULC (the Prime Contractor) were awarded this four-year contract to build 895 baseline shelter units to support the MSVS Program. The contract consists of engineering data and integrated logistics support, including an option to buy up to 110 more shelters. Under the terms of the teaming agreement between DEW and Weatherhaven, approximately $60 million of this contract will be performed in British Columbia by Weatherhaven and its network of locally-based suppliers. The scope and schedule of this manufacturing effort is expected to lead to the creation of more than 80 direct jobs in British Columbia, including the necessity for Weatherhaven to establish an additional manufacturing facility in the Lower Mainland to handle this demand. “This program is an exciting step forward for Weatherhaven and its suppliers in British Columbia,” said Ray Castelli, Chief Executive Officer of Weatherhaven. “Not only will this program provide better equipment for our troops, but it is also a clear example of how the Canada First Defence Policy can provide a major stimulus to the manufacturing sector in British Columbia.” The...

Weatherhaven – Shelter to armies and NGOs

Shortly after a major wind storm, crews arrived at an Arctic mining camp expecting the worst. When they arrived they found, as expected, their permanent wooden camp buildings were destroyed, the pieces strewn around like matchsticks. What they didn’t expect was what they noticed next—the only things left standing were the portable, temporary shelters supplied by a Burnaby company, Weatherhaven. “They were virtually left untouched,” said Weatherhaven CEO Ray Castelli with a laugh. For almost 30 years, Weatherhaven has been building portable shelters for everything from the military and the eco-tourism industry to mining and oil-and-gas exploration companies. The shelters, built in a South Burnaby plant overlooking the Fraser River, are made of aluminum or steel frames covered in layers of polyurethane and insulating material. They can be taken down on a moment’s notice, moved and reinstalled in a new location, as the armed forces are apt to do in warzones, such as in Afghanistan, where Weatherhaven’s installation is home to 2,000 Canadian soldiers. Within a matter of hours, a new base camp can be ready for use. And these are a far cry from a typical camping tent. These are a home away from home, fully equipped with electricity, heat, air-conditioning, clean water, washrooms, kitchen, exercise and sewage treatment facilities, said Castelli. In Afghanistan, the shelters are complemented by another Weatherhaven product, modified shipping containers where the sides are designed to fold down, tripling the floor space. The containers are used to house complete kitchen, washroom, medical or surgical facilities. As for the shelters themselves, they’re highly insulated and designed to withstand the hottest and coldest climates in...