Richmond Steel Recycling is full of talented and motivated people who are committed to excellence and value being part of a team. Meet some of the great people who make up the team at RSR below.
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Harbinder Dhillon is the President of Richmond Steel Recycling, reporting to Regional President at Sims Metal Management, Steve Shinn, on the overall performance of the company.
Harbinder joined Richmond Steel in 1990 and worked throughout the organization in roles ranging from scale operator, safety officer, buyer, operations supervisor and accounting clerk. He completed his studies at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in finance and accounting in 1987. Harbinder values the importance of continuous learning, from further education as well as through people.
With over twenty-five years of experience in the industry, Harbinder has seen it all. He is constantly looking for new ways to improve operations and the lives of his employees. He is proud of the evolution at Richmond Steel over the years, both in terms of the skill level of the employees today, as well as their future potential.
John Rai, Dipl. Transportation Logistics and International Trade
VP of Commercial
John began his career with Richmond Steel Recycling in 1998 and served in a variety of roles with the company. A graduate of BCIT’s Transportation Logistics and International Trade option in the Operations Management program, he began his career in the scale.
John has a cross-section of experience in the industry having worked as a Safety Manager, Senior Buyer and Commercial Manager. During John’s tenure, Richmond Steel Recycling grew its business into new markets including Alberta, Alaska and Washington State. As Safety Manager, John helped oversee expansions of the safety program to industry-leading levels.
In 2014, John left Richmond to pursue opportunities working as a consultant for removal of machinery and equipment and brokering scrap metal in Alberta.
With twenty years of scrap metal experience, knowledge of Western Canada as well as having managed several demolition and equipment removal jobs, John rejoined the Richmond Steel Recycling team in early 2017 as Assistant Manager.
Doug Hallson, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Doug first joined Richmond Steel Recycling in 2004 and, in that time, has seen the organization grow from two to four yards. No two days are the same in his position and it’s the challenge and pace of the company that he most enjoys. Doug’s role revolves around systems, financial reporting, and corporate compliance. His background prior to joining the Richmond Steel Recycling family includes a strong systems background with programs still sold in the marketplace. In his off duty time he has been extensively involved in his professional organization as an educator including coaching gold medalist performance from one of his accounting students.
Project Team Lead
Coming to Richmond Steel Recycling in 2016, Nathan is the regional operations manager for RSR’s yards, including Richmond, Prince George, Kamloops and Fort St. John. With a strong background in operations, project management and manufacturing, he has consistently been utilized throughout his career to streamline business operations and improve organizational effectiveness.
In his previous positions, innovatively applying lean manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies were key in his ability to successfully implement process/system improvements, which were later used in other plants across Canada. Since coming to Richmond Steel, he has immersed himself in the industry focusing on safety, efficiencies and growth.
A former Director of Business Outreach at the Project Management Institute, he is educated in Project Management from UBC, Marketing Management from BCIT and is just completing his Bachelor of Business Administration.
Laura Necochea, CPHR
Laura is RSR’s Human Resources Manager reporting to Harbinder Dhillon. Laura’s responsibilities include all things people and culture and she works very closely with all departments to ensure proper staffing, development and engagement are occurring throughout the organization.
Laura recently joined RSR in 2018 and has many years of HR experience from the automotive collision repair sector, she is very excited to join the RSR team.
Laura holds a BA from Simon Fraser University (2012) and the Certified Professional in Human Resources designation from the CPHR of BC & Yukon (2016).
David joined Richmond Steel in 2005 and currently manages the commercial department, overseeing the monthly/annual buy plan for both ferrous and non-ferrous.
David finished his studies in Environmental Technology from Kwantlen University in 1995. He brings more than twenty years of scrap metal experience of providing innovative and cost-efficient solutions to ensure business integrity and service commitment to all our customers.
David’s responsibilities include the company’s commercial goals, with a key focus on safety and long-term business development. He works closely with transportation and operations departments to maintain consistent and efficient flow of material.
David believes in building partnerships with suppliers and consumers through communication and trust, delivering mutual benefits to all parties involved.
Jody is the primary contact for all mobile material processing. She joined Richmond Steel Recycling in 2015. Her responsibilities include all landfill material management and contract procurement, account management, and management of the mobile material baling and car crushing crews. She manages three teams of balers and 4 teams of car crushers covering British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Prior to joining Richmond Steel Recycling, Jody worked in the self-serve automotive recycling sector from 2001 to 2016. During this time she managed operations for sales and production at multiple sites in British Columbia and Alberta. Daily she managed teams of 20-50 people, ensuring their safety and efficient productivity. Jody also performed as a project manager in multiple store acquisitions and shut downs, managing multiple projects in different locations.
Jody has a safety first attitude and is always available for her customers and contractors concerns.
Geoff Salton, BCom
Geoff Salton joined Richmond Steel in 2014 as the operations manager for the Prince George yard. He is responsible for the central and western areas of BC and works with a car crushing crew for larger scale recycling projects. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Prior to joining Richmond Steel, Geoff worked for Maple Leaf Loading Ltd. as the business manager. Maple Leaf Loading was a mining transportation and logistics company which provided considerable experience in his new role as operations manager.
Kelly joined Richmond Steel Recycling in 1979 and moved into his current role as the yard manager of the Fort St. John yard in 2005. Kelly’s career spans from being a scale operator, machine operator, truck driver, buyer, setting up a new yard, barge loading and staff coordination. He has also owned his own metal recycling business in the past.
Kelly’s hobbies include car racing, fishing, quading and just about every outdoor activity.
Joe was appointed Transportation Manager at Richmond Steel in 2017, where he is charged with the planning and development for the company’s transportation, logistics and supply chain needs.
He is an innovative, entrepreneurial and performance focused leader with a 25-year record of demonstrated managerial sales and operational achievements within three key interlocking areas; Global Transportation & Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Freight Auditing.
Prior to joining RSR, Joe held executive management positions as Vice President Sales, Director Business Development and Project Manager working for several multinational Freight Forwarding and 3rd party logistics companies in both Canada and Europe.
He has a proven track record of managing and executing multiple transportation and logistics projects for Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, and Terex where he successfully redesigned their distribution networks, delivering significant improvements and benefits including a 20 to 30 percent reduction in freight costs, increased resource productivity, reduction in capital assets through facility consolidation, shorter cycle times from order to delivery, with the improved effectiveness of functional business processes from the integration of suppliers, logistics service providers and manufacturing.
Joe holds a BIFA (British International Freight Association) Certificate of Recognition in all modes of transportation: Air, Road, Sea and Rail.
Divyajeet Tiwana, BSME, MM
Transportation & Logistics Coordinator
Divyajeet Tiwana (Dev) started working at Richmond Steel in 2017 and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the delivery of scrap using various modes of transport.
Dev is a dynamic, analytical and entrepreneurial individual. With five years of logistics and supply chain management experience, he is focused on improving operational efficiency and targeting sustainable growth for all parties involved, from the supplier to the customer. He has previously worked at Huawei Technologies as a project logistics specialist as well as successfully managed a start-up called XPS Trucking Inc.
Dev is currently pursuing SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) Certification from Simon Fraser University.