Senior Executive

John Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

John Simmons began his career in 1976 by joining multi-national Deere & Company. In 1983 Mr. Simmons began a lifelong pursuit of entrepreneurial activities by founding (or co-founding) three companies in succession - Contour 
Window Fashions Ltd., InsulPro Industries Inc. and Integrated Paving Concepts Inc. - each of which grew from startup to become TSX listed. In 1998, Mr. Simmons briefly stepped away from operating management and founded JC 
Simmons & Associates, Inc., which participated, directly or indirectly, in the early stage financing of several companies including Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, Protox Therapeutics (now Sophiris Bio) and Contigo Systems.
In 2000 Mr. Simmons was appointed CEO of TSX listed Bridges Transitions Inc. a position he held until its sale in 2006. Following this assignment Mr. Simmons returned to Integrated Paving Concepts Inc. as its CEO and led it to a successful restructuring and turnaround. Between 2011 and 2013 Integrated Paving spun out and divested two of the company’s brands and businesses which were followed by a concluding sale in 2013. In 2008 Mr. Simmons acquired Boulevard Magazine. This company was sold to Black Press Group in 2013.

Mr. Simmons graduated from the University Of Western Ontario School Of Business (now Ivey School of Business) in 1976.

Stuart Williams
Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Secretary

Stuart Williams started his Financial career at KPMG, joining the firm as a CA articling student in 2002.  While at KPMG, Mr. Williams had exposure to a broad range of practice areas within the firm, including tax, assurance and other advisory services.  After obtaining his CA designation in 2005, Mr. Williams worked on a number of special projects within the Internal Audit group at BC Ferries. 

In 2007, Mr. Williams joined Carmanah as Manager of Financial Operations and was responsible for financial reporting and internal controls.  During his tenure, Mr. Williams’ role has progressively expanded and grown within the Company.  In addition to his CA designation, Mr. Williams obtained his Bachelors of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management in 2002 from Royal Road University and prior to this his Accounting Diploma from Camosun College.