Meet The Team

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John Witt

President

At one time, I didn’t know there were fire truck salespeople – like most people, I just thought they showed up. We bring a passion and an integrity to the market, and care about what our customers need. We drive the truck once, our customers drive it countless times after that. I truly love what I do and couldn’t retire. I’d go crazy!

Artist: Beach Boys

Passions: Cruising, travel and fine dining.

Quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

Wayne Stevens

Vice President

Having had the privilege of serving as a firefighter for many years, I know well the important role the fire service plays in keeping our communities safe. Firefighters are true role models and super heroes, and I am now honoured to help firefighters safely serve their communities.

Artist: The Tragically Hip

Passions: B&W Landscape Photography, Road Cycling and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quote: “Be brave enough to suck at something new.” - Unknown

Rebecca Masuhara

Chief Financial Officer

With a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, Rebecca became a Charter Professional Accountant in BC in 2000. She has been an essential part of our team since 2012 and has been ‘letting it ride’ ever since!

Artist: Coldplay

Passions: Yoga, walking, reading and baking.

Quote: “The Serenity Prayer is my mantra.” - Unknown

Isabelle Donohoe

Executive Assistant

Isabelle’s extensive administration experience and office support has molded her career in supporting high-level executives. Her role comes along with day-to-day variability, excitement and independence.

Artist: Elton John

Passions: Interior design, family time and her Chihuahua, Taco.

Quote: “SIMPLIFY - Live Simply, Live Well.” - Unknown

Gregory Rivers

Product Specialist/Operations Manager

Ontario, Eastern Canada

From rail to road to fire, Gregory holds an extensive portfolio of industry knowledge. He has a 25 year background in transportation engineering, manufacturing and sales.

Artist: The Tragically Hip

Passions: Hockey coach dad, aspiring fishing pro, coffee addict and ex-pumpkin carving champ.

Quote: “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking. It’s called integrity.” - Unknown

Sean Montague

Inside Sales Manager

With a background as a sales engineer, Sean joined the team in 2000 and has been an integral part of our growth. He has always had an interest in building mechanics and is continuously challenging the status quo of fire trucks to make them work better.

Artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Passions: Old cars.

Quote: "Honey, where's my super suit?" - Frozone

Tyson Kennedy

Production Manager

Western Canada

Tyson’s knowledge as a Commercial Transport Mechanic as well as time spent as a Volunteer Firefighter has shaped his career as a Production Manager.

Artist: All rock & classic rock

Passions: Mountain biking and skiing.

Quote: “The harder you work for something, the greater it feels when you achieve it.” - Unknown

Kyle Wilkinson

Product Specialist

Alberta, Saskatchewan & South Eastern BC

Kyle spent over two decades working the streets as a career and paid on-call firefighter and Advanced Care Paramedic. His passion for fire services unique needs and operations are what make him an asset in guiding our customers.

Artist: Bob Dylan

Passions: Photography & Travelling.

Quote: “Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” - Lemony Snicket

Alex White

Product Specialist

Western Canada

Alex has spent her career specializing in technical sales and project management at various levels of dealerships. Alex brings with her an enthusiastic approach to scheduling and organization that is always looking to “make it better”.

Artist: Too Many Zoos

Passions: Taking over the world.

Quote: “Change is inevitable, but struggle is optional.” - Kate Bilenki

Colin Darling

Inside Sales

Eastern Canada

Colin comes with 10 years of diverse knowledge in firefighting, agriculture and heavy trucks. Having dealt in both rural and urban areas he looks forward to supporting customers and finding their best fit.

Artist: Good Music

Passions: Farming & Social Sports.

Quote: “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” - Victor Kiam

Zachary Button

Inside Sales

Western Canada

Zachary grew up in New Brunswick where he put himself through school and managed group homes. He ventured to Alberta for a change in scenery where he spent 5 years working in the insurance industry before just recently relocating to BC with Safetek Profire.

Artist: Halsey

Passions: LGBTQ+ Rights, trying new restaurants, reading & astrology.

Quote: "I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us." - Judy Hopps, Zootopia

Emma Fanning

Marketing & Brand Manager

Through Emma’s passion for aesthetics and post-secondary education in emergency services, she curates a voice and visual for our brand elevating the connections we make at Safetek Profire.

Artist: Passenger

Passions: Calligraphy, stationery, photography and dogs.

Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney

John Donohoe

Marketing Co-op Student

John is currently in his final year of working towards his Bachelor of Business with a major in marketing management. He has a passion for using a creative mindset to help achieve marketing and brand identity goals. He approaches marketing with a willingness to learn and overcome obstacles.

 

Artist: The 1975

Passions: Hiking, experiences with friends, and the Green Bay Packers.

Quote: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth

Denise Vander-Molen

Financial Accountant

With the help of Denise’s office side-kick “morkie” companion, Sam (woof), the pair assist in many areas of the finance department. Denise holds over 25 years of bookkeeping experience.

Artist: ABBA

Passions: Reading sci-fi romance novels.

Quote: “Bazinga!” - Sheldon Cooper

Janet Davies

Accounts Payable

Janet comes with a range of professional backgrounds including work in television, the NHL and the NBA. You can also catch her on occasion in the office with her massive, but sweetheart dog, Wilson.

Artist: Watchmen

Passions: Photography, painting, yoga and organizing.

Quote: “La vie est belle.” - Unknown

Branden Vander-Molen

Accounts Receivable

Having a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Fraser Valley, Branden has established himself as a hard-working individual who always has a positive attitude. He is currently starting the process of getting his master’s degree in economics.

Artist: Rush

Passions: Building computers & history.

Quote: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” – Mark Twain

Carey Hildebrandt

Parts & Equipment Manager

Western Canada

Carey has served as an important part of our growth since 2003. He has spent most of his career working in the fire industry. Carey is passionate about work, family and many outdoor activities.

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Passions: His family, hiking & geocaching.

Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." - Unknown

Rob Sarnowski

Shipper & Receiver, Parts & Equipment

Western Canada

Rob is the master of all things shipping and receiving. He says Safetek Profire is a great place to work with great people.

Artist: Moonshine Bandits

Passions: Golf and watching his wife cut the grass.

Quote: “Happy wife, happy life.” - Rob’s wife

Gord Coles

Customer Experience (CX) Team Lead

Eastern Canada

With 13 years of industry experience, Gord specialized in fire truck manufacturing before joining our team in 2013.

Artist: Dungeon Kru

Passions: Music Production & DJing.

Quote: “Get that garbage outta here!” - Jack Armstrong

Will Coles

Customer Experience (CX) Advisor

Eastern Canada

Since 2017, Will has played an important role serving our customers through his customer service and parts knowledge.

Artist: Motorhead

Passions: Music Production & DJing.

Quote: “That’s the way she goes.” - Ray Lafleur

Dorrie Sochan

Service Manager

Western Canada

Dorrie joined the team in 2002, building her career from our admin & finance department to management of our service department. She has truly paved her way by way of her notable achievements in leadership and industry knowledge.

Artist: U2

Passions: Wine tasting & doll collecting - usually at the same time…

Quote: “Life can be dramatic and funny all in the same day.” - Jennifer Aniston

Jeff Whitehead

Customer Experience (CX) Team Lead

Since 2017, Jeff has been an integral part of the Safetek Profire team with his ambition for new challenges and and willingness to learn new things.

Artist: All genres

Passions: Family, team sports and coaching.

Quote: “Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” - Vince Lombardi

Jessica Malhi

Customer Experience (CX) Advisor

Jessica was born and raised in North Delta and has completed her post-secondary studies at JIBC studying Law Enforcement. Her past work experience includes public transportation with BC Ferries, hospitality and the retail industry.

Artist: Drake

Passions: Her Boston Terrier, Milli, working out, socializing and enjoying the outdoors.

Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” - Coach Carter

Mike De Leon

Customer Experience (CX) Advisor

Looking for a change in his career, Mike joined our team in 2022 from past experience in automotive, retail and construction supply industries. Mike, enjoys learning and taking on new challenges. He believes to serve the community is a privilege, but to serve our brave members of the fire service is truly an honour.

Artist: Dr. Dre

Passions: Food, family, friends and his faith.

Quote: "Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life." - Jerzy Gregorek

Nick Gauthier

Customer Experience (CX) Advisor

Western Canada

Nick is a driven automotive enthusiast with an engineering mindset that is constantly thinking about what makes things work and how they can be better. He grew up enjoying automotive with his father and has spent over 11 years working with fire & emergency vehicles.

Artist: Cody Johnson

Passions: Hunting, working out, video creation, computer design & family.

Quote: "You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky

Laura Gallant-Woodfine

Customer Experience (CX) Advisor

Laura is an all-star mom to 3 kids, a cat and a bunny. She is a proud ‘goalie mom’ and plays baseball on a co-ed team in her community.

Artist: No Particular!

Passions: Cooking, family, animals and hockey.

Quote: "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." - Unknown

Eddy Sousa

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Eastern Canada

Eddy’s success as an EVT has been rooted from his passions relating to mechanical and electrical projects. He’s gone from building bicycles as a kid to fire trucks, cars and motorcycles professionally.

Artist: Rolling Stones

Passions: Automobile & motorcycle building & restorations, RC helicopters, drones, cars and electric guitars.

Quote: “Get busy living or get busy dying.” - Stephen King

Devon Gillespie

Master Emergency Vehicle Technician

Alberta

Devon, is a dedicated mechanic who has a passion for the outdoors – especially snowmobiling. He is soon to be married to his fiancé, Megan, who he shares random adventures with along with their Sheltie dog.

Artist: Dallas Smith

Passions: Outdoors, snowmobiling and adventures.

Quote: "Get after it." - Berta

Al Rowse

Senior Technical Advisor

Western Canada

A legend in the industry, Al’s 30 years of experience as a firefighter combined with over 45 years of experience building and fixing fire trucks, gives him the insight to solve any problem. 

Artist: AC/DC

Passions: Building/Maintaining race & muscle cars, racing and spending time with his wife & granddaughter.

Quote: "Racecar spelt backwards is still racecar." - Unknown

Kerry Whitworth

Lead Hand, Welding Supervisor

Western Canada

Starting out as a welder fabricator, Kerry holds over 37 years of fire truck manufacturing and repair experience. With a short timeline to his well-deserved retirement, Safetek Profire is soaking up all they can of his irreplaceable leadership and commitment. 

Artist: Anything, but country!

Passions: Bow hunting & fly fishing.

Quote: "Keep calm and go hunting." - Unknown

Tom Saulnier

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

As a constant innovator and fixer, Tom thrives in his career as a welder/ fabricator and has been loving it for over 30 years.

Artist: No Particular!

Passions: Fishing, hunting and golf.

Quote: "Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.” - Unknown

Nicholas Colpitts

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

From cars to boats, Nicholas has always had an interest in the mechanics of how things work. He works in a rewarding role as an EVT where he applies his skills to some of the most technical vehicles there is.

Artist: STP

Passions: Quading, drawing, building and weekend adventures.

Quote: “Love the life you live, live the life you love.” - Bob Marley

Robert Grootendorst

Emergency Vehicle Technician

Western Canada

From agriculture, the truck industry and custom vehicles, Robert holds a wide base of knowledge that is evident in his quality workmanship.

Artist: Colter Wall

Passions: Dirt biking, drag racing and hanging out with his wife & kids.

Quote: “If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.” - Jordan B. Peterson

Ken Allegretto

Building Maintenance

Western Canada

After many years as a small business owner and Licensed Automotive Mechanic, Ken joined Safetek Profire to keep busy and stay involved in the automotive industry. Ken is key to our #SafetekProfireAdvantage by getting urgent parts and trucks moved to and from local fire departments.

Artist: Beatles

Passions: Woodworking.

Quote: “Where are you going? - Crazy, want to come?” - Ken Allegretto