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› The Management Team

Richard Ford
Richard Ford

Dick was born and raised on a sheep farm near Rotorua, New Zealand. He completed the Agricultural program in NZ at Lincoln University. In 1967 he married Donna and they have 4 grown children. In 1969, Dick had the vision and good fortune to get involved with the irrigation industry in central BC. Together with Donna he has worked to establish Highlands Irrigation as the largest and oldest family owned Irrigation Company in BC. His agricultural background has been a huge asset to his work with ranchers and farmers. Dick is a Certified Irrigation Designer and with over 40 years of experience he has an excellent understanding of all irrigation projects and any water related problems. He and his competent staff have improved the agricultural landscape throughout the Province of BC significantly. Aside from work, Dick’s greatest enjoyment is his 4 children and 6 grand children. He travels to NZ for a few months each winter to work on his own sheep farm, "Woodstock," near Rotorua. He also loves to do rafting expeditions in Canada’s north and he enjoys sailing and skiing.

Donna Ford
Donna Ford

Donna was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. While on a working holiday in Britain in 1966 she met Dick Ford – and the rest is history! They were married in 1967 then moved to New Zealand. They moved to Williams Lake, BC. in 1969. Donna studied accounting to prepare for the task of Administrative duties for Highlands Irrigation. Her main focus has always been enjoying her 4 children. In the early 90s she was the BC representative on the National Advisory Council for Aging. She also sat on the Board of Governors at St. Michaels University School in Victoria for 3 years. Fitness is a big part of her life and she loves running, hiking, rafting, golfing and skiing.

Chris Ford
Chris Ford

Chris is the youngest son of Dick and Donna Ford. He was born the year Highlands began so you could say he's been with Highlands Irrigation all of his life! After completing a Tourism/Outdoor Recreation Management course at Capilano College he started a career with Canadian River Expeditions which he owned and operated until 2007 when he joined the Highlands Team in Kamloops. Chris leads our Agriculture division in the design, layout and installation of our equipment. His expertise and knowledge of the technology offered by our manufacturers is a great asset to us and to our customers. He is proud of his hands on involvement with hundreds of Center Pivots, Laterals and other irrigation systems throughout the Province of BC. Chris and his wife Alison and their 2 children are a great community family involved in soccer, hockey and skiing.

Nigel Pedersen
Nigel Pedersen

Nigel joined our Company in 2014 when he and his wife Heather moved to Kamloops from Alberta. He was raised in New Zealand where he completed his Business degree followed by an MBA at Massey University. Nigel has a significant background in Agriculture and Industrial services. He leads our team in Financial Management. He and Chris work together to cover a wide range of duties with a specific contribution to sales and service. Nigel is best described as a common sense, down to earth guy who solves problems with confidence.

Colin Boreham
Colin Boreham

The Welshman on our management team - Colin was born and raised in Britain where he did his Bsc. Agricultural Technology Management. Before moving to Williams Lake in 2007 Colin worked in the UK and Europe. He has an interesting work experience including working with Jaguar/Landrover in their technical division. He also has extensive experience in Agricultural Equipment. In BC and the Yukon Colin has worked at open pit and underground mines as a buyer and inventory control analyst. Colin applies this extensive experience to manage our Williams Lake branch and leading us in customer service. Colin's calm, helpful, pleasant demeanour is appreciated by our customers. Colin enjoys many sports but he especially enjoys his property at Spokin Lake near Williams Lake.

Nikita Leavitt
Nikita Leavitt

Nikita started working with Highlands in 2012. She looks after counter sales, inventory, and invoicing in our Kamloops office. Being raised on a ranch just north of Kamloops, Nikita is very familiar with the agricultural community. When she isn’t at Highlands, she is working hard to help manage the family’s cattle ranch. Nikita enjoys camping, hiking and horseback riding.

Darlene Wiebe
Darlene Wiebe

Darlene joined the staff at Highlands in 1998. She is first on her feet to welcome customers and provide service. Her office adjacent to the front door keeps her busy welcoming our customers. She also controls our Accounts Receivable department and her meticulous detail in that role makes the follow up for the rest of Highlands staff and our customers very easy. Darlene is originally a prairie girl and now at home in Williams Lake with her husband Don. Darlene enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Barb Van Riesen
Barb Van Riesen

Barb’s infectious smile and her great sense of humour keeps our office bright and cheery. She is a high-energy "people" person who keeps a close tab on all the staff. She was raised on Vancouver Island but knows BC well having lived in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. Barb joined Highlands in 1995 and she has total responsibility of our Account Payable division. Her dedicated work ethic and her attention to detail are unsurpassed. Barb enjoys life with Jack, their children and grandchildren.

 

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