MISSISSAUGA OFFICE:
ADRIENNE WEBSTER, Purchasing/Inventory Control
CECIL DAMASO, Field ID Software- and IT Support
HEATHER CRAIG, Synthetic Web Slings Quality Control Inspector
MARISA LEGOVICH, Finance Support
KUKI PATEL, Inventory and Material Management
GAITHRE PERSAUD, Customer Support
JUSTIN BROWN, President, Product Manager Wire Rope
RYAN ARTHUR, Mechanical Engineer
GORD EDWARDSON, Plant Production Manager
THOMAS MICHNO, Customer Service
JAMES MICALLEF, Customer Service and IT Manager
KYLE WRIGGLESWORTH, Customer Service
SCOTT FLEMING, DIRECTOR and Sales/Rigging Training Manager
THOMAS CRITELLI, DIRECTOR and CFO/Administration and HR
KNUT BUSCHMANN, Engineered Product Development
 
 
MONTREAL DISTRIBUTION CENTRE:
RICHARD CHEVRIER, Customer Service
JOVANN GOSSELIN , Customer Service
 
 
EDMONTON DISTRIBUTION CENTRE:
DAVE ESKRA, Western Canada Sales Manager
STEVEN WOLOSHYN, Customer Service & Production Manager
 
Mississauga Office:    


ADRIENNE WEBSTER

Purchasing/Inventory Control

Adrienne has the sometimes tedious task of managing our inventory
system making sure that inventory levels are correct and up to
date. Also, she manages our purchasing system making sure our
suppliers ship their goods on time at the correct cost.

Adrienne’s background is in commercial work apparel business; so
if you ever wonder where we got our nice Unirope shirts and
jackets, here is the answer.

 
   


CECIL DAMASO

Field ID Software- and IT Support

Cecil’s role is to support our extensive Unirope field ID
database users and as such is the information resource for
customers’ questions and inquiries of how use our Field ID
Database system. She also manages all of the electronic
information exchanges with our JIT manufacturing customers on
forecasts and horizon events. Cecil immigrated from Manila,
Philippines and brings with her a BSc in Business Administration
with a Major in Management.

Cecil adds to the diversity of our mix of employees and
represents the new Canadian generation of business professionals.
She has great interest in music, theatre and arts.

 
   


HEATHER CRAIG

Synthetic Web Slings Quality Control Inspector

After being responsible for our logistics and shipping management
Heather now manages our Synthetic Web Sling Shop.

Besides this task she is also a Quality Inspector for selected
business partners in all other production departments.

Her first job at Unirope was to answer the phone and enter all
sales orders into our business system. Very quickly she became
familiar with the products and became interested what they
actually are. Heather is a curious person which led her to excel
and to complete our “Rigger’s Mortis” Training Program.

Heather’s challenge at home is that she has a puppy that thinks
he can fly which does not always fit her passion to browse her
extensive mysteries book collection.

 
   


MARISA LEGOVICH

Finance Support

Marisa started at Unirope as “background” staff who made sure
that your orders and invoices were properly processed. Today,
Marisa is responsible for all customer trade accounts ensuring
accurate and timely updates. Marisa also became the assistant of
our Director, Thomas Critelli.

Marisa is married to Gerry and has two young daughters named Emma
and Alanna who keep her super busy; but she loves it (most days).
She daydreams about photography, gardening, cycling and
travelling. In fact, you could put her on a plane and point it in
any direction and she wouldn’t complain one iota about its
destination.

 
   


KUKI PATEL

Inventory and Material Management

Kuki is responsible for our Inventory and Products Controll
Management. Her task is to ensure we have right raw materials at
the right place at the right time in the correct quality and
quantity. Sounds complicated ? Yes, it is. And sometimes a
harrowing task because we serve our customers on a day-to-day
basis but inventory replacement is measured in months ahead. Kuki
has a retail background where she managed an Inventory Control
team for a larger number of outlet stores Canada wide.

She grew up in Edmonton and holds a B/A from the University of
Alberta. Her passions include international travel and adventure,
with her two children being her favorite travel companions.

 
   


GAITHRE PERSAUD

Customer Support

Gaithre is the “background” staff who makes sure that your
orders, and most importantly, your invoices are properly
processed. Plus, of course, if you call us there is a great
chance that Gaithre is the first person you actually talk to.
Other duties include supporting our outside sales staff and being
a communication interface between our customers and the “rest” of
us.

Gaithre and her husband enjoy the summer activities.

 
     


JUSTIN BROWN

President, Product Manager Wire Rope

As of April 2020 Justin was appointed as President of Unirope
Limited. Justin will continue to resume his role as Unirope’s
product manager and technical advisor for wire rope. Justin has
worked with both manufacturers and end users alike to improve the
lifetime of their wire rope systems and troubleshoot potential
and existing problems. He has performed countless failure
investigations and is no stranger to the spectacular views from
the top of a tower crane.

Justin’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and
leadership. He thrives on challenges; particularly those that
help expand critical knowledge in the industry. He has been
called upon by various trade organizations and local regulators
to help further their own efforts in bringing key knowledge to
their stakeholders.

Justin currently serves as a director of the Associated Wire Rope
Fabricators,
Vice Chair of the AWRF Test Methods Sub-Committee and is
a long-time member of the
International Organization for the Study of Ropes.

Justin and his wife Geraldine love to golf, travel and entertain
whenever possible.

 
     


RYAN ARTHUR

Mechanical Engineer

Ryan is responsible for overseeing all engineering related
activities at Unirope Ltd. With a Mechanical Engineering degree
from Ryerson University, Ryan’s job is to design, analyze and
contribute to the continuous improvement of the manufacturing
process. He has a background in machining.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing soccer, playing guitar and
hanging out with friends.

 
   


GORD EDWARDSON

Plant Production Manager

Gord has learned this industry from the “ground up”. After having
worked in the construction industry he became a splicer and
rigger fabrication wire rope slings and products made from wire
rope. Well, he must have done something right as he first became
the supervisor and then the shop foreman. Because of his
extensive knowledge of the ‘details’ in our industry he is also
our Service Manager for all rigging- and sling related repairs
and re-certifications. Gord coordinates between our Field
Inspection Group and our inside inspection and proof testing
department. Gord is one of the first Canadians who was certified
by the NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane
Operators) as a certified rigging professional (Certification
#100756727).

Gord (married with 2 children) is an outdoor enthusiast and goes
camping at every opportunity he has. On the other side, he and
his wife like to visit Las Vegas, mainly because of its beauty
and relaxing atmosphere.

 
   


THOMAS MICHNO

Customer Service

Thomas is a 100% “homegrown” staff member by Unirope. Back in
2004 he joined us as a splicer in the wire rope sling fabrication
department where he got training in all aspects of wire rope
sling production methods. He then moved to our Shipping/Receiving
department where he was instrumental in introducing and setting
up of our automated computerized shipping tag printing. To this
day he is our resident “label expert”.

In 2009 he took the plunge and accepted our promotion to join us
as a staff member in the inside sales Department. His rich
experience and practical knowledge he gained on the ‘shopfloor’
is a great asset for our customers who need some real practical
product advice. So, it comes to no surprise that Thomas is
accredited by the NCCCO [National Commission for the
Certification of Crane Operators] as a “Certified Rigger”;
Certification #111169395.

In his spare time he rides mountain bikes until the “frame gives
way”.

 
   


JAMES MICALLEF

Customer Service and IT Manager

James is one of our “homegrown” rigging specialists who started
in our Mississauga shipping department and moved up into an
inside sales consultancy role. As many of us wear multiple hats
all the time James is no exception as he also looks after our IT
requirements and polishes and adjusts all of our electronic
communication stuff.

But he also became an NCCCO Certified Rigger to make sure our
customers get the best advice and service possible (Certification
#111169396). James comes from the island of Malta and holds a
degree in Computer Science.

In his pastime he likes to travel, play the odd video game, watch
movies and keep up with the latest tech trends.

 
   


KYLE WRIGGLESWORTH

Customer Service

Kyle came from the shipping and inventory logistics department
from the fastener industry and he joined our shipping department
and sales shop in 2018.

He gained his position as customer service representative in the
inside sales department in January 2019 by displaying his
outstanding manner in providing a timely, attentive, upbeat
service to our customers in our shop.

In his spare time he likes cycling, motorbiking and camping. In
the past he was also involved in some professional computer
gaming.

 
   


SCOTT FLEMING

DIRECTOR and Sales/Rigging Training Manager

Scott’s mission is to train all of us to become a true “Rigging
Professional”, regardless if we want it or not ! Just kidd’n .
Scott has developed the original “Rigger’s Mortis” Rigging
Training Program to comply with our Canadian Standards and Health
and Safety Regulations.

You will be surprised to learn how much you did NOT know about
rigging and rigging products. Scott is also available to consult
with our customers on specific rigging solutions or to develop
special rigging procedures to meet customers specific
manufacturing environment. Scott is one of the first Canadians
who was certified by the NCCCO (National Commission for the
Certification of Crane Operators) as a certified rigging
professional (Certification #100756730). Scott is the current
President of the ACRP, Association of Crane and Rigging
Professionals (http://www.acrp.net/). He also serves on the WSDTA
(Web Sling & Tie Down Association) Board of Directors as well as
on their Technical Committee.

He is married to Trudy, lives in Milton, and collects and
restores Pin Ball machines. However, he is also a member of the
“UR-MCC” that is our Unirope Motorcycle Club.

 
   


THOMAS CRITELLI

DIRECTOR and CFO/Administration and HR

Thomas is responsible for all aspects of the finances of Unirope
Limited. He is the guy who watches over the “cookie jar” so that
no one is caught with their fingers in it. As a Director of
Unirope he is part of our Management Team and as such is actively
involved in all aspects of our corporate decision process.

Thomas, his wife Lisette and daughter Rylee live in Toronto. If
time permits Thomas likes to play hockey.

 
   


KNUT BUSCHMANN

Engineered Product Development

A native from Germany, Knut joined Unirope in 1989. His
educational background includes commercial banking and mechanical
engineering, a combination he sometimes jokes about. Knut is
associated with the wire rope- and rigging industry for over 40
years now; much of that time he was involved with marine rigging
and heavy lift cargo gear.

He is a member of the Cordage Institute’s Board of Directors and
their Technical Committee, the AWRF Technical Committee, the
AISE, the MTS – Marine Technology Society, served on CSA and OHSA
Standards Committees, is Past President of the AWRF (Associated
Wire Rope Fabricators) and is a member of the Management Board of
the European Scientific Organization OIPEEC (International
Organization for the Study of the Endurance of Rope). Aside from
that he is also the chairman of the AWRF Sub-Committee “Testing
Procedures” which develops “Recommended Practices and Guidelines”
for our industry. As of 2011 he also holds a seat on the ASME
B30.30 Committee, which is responsible for the development of a
Safety Standard for Wire- and Fiber ropes.

Since 1991 Knut was Unirope’s President/General Manager and as of
April 2020 his role changed to engineering support and marketing
content development allowing him more time to spend with his wife
Gerda.

 
   
Montreal Distribution Centre:    


RICHARD CHEVRIER

Customer Service

Richard works in our Montreal Branch as an Inside Sales
Consultant. He joined us in 2012 and quickly became an integral
part of our service team. Richard went through extensive
technical and application training, involving wire rope, lifting
slings, and rigging hardware. Richard’s mission is to put
customer satisfaction and service to a higher level, and he is
having great success with that!

Richard is accredited by the NCCCO (National Commission for the
Certification of Crane Operators) as a “Certified Rigger”;
Certification #130690459.

In the summer Richard is an avid camper, enjoys the outdoors and
in winter loves to play pick-up hockey with the kids.

 
 


JOVANN GOSSELIN

Customer Service

Proud employee since April 2019, Jovann has become a team member
of our Inside Service group in Montreal. His expertise in
different levels of customer service will make sure that our
clients have the best experience and exchange possible with
Unirope.

Jovann has been practicing classical piano and pop guitar for
over 10 years. In his spare time, if he is not spending time with
his lovely wife Philly, Jovann can teach you a lesson or two
about video games.

 
 
Edmonton Distribution Centre:    


DAVE ESKRA

Western Canada Sales Manager

Dave has been with Unirope for more than two decades. His
background is that of an application specialist for wire rope and
slings but also for all of our synthetic product lines. Dave grew
up in Saskatchewan, started in this industry in 1977, later
worked for Wrights Canadian Ropes, before moving to Ontario in
1990.

Dave is our Key Account Manager for the construction, heavy
equipment and mining industry In Western Canada and manages our
Edmonton Branch.

Dave lives in Edmonton and is accredited by the NCCCO [National
Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators] as a
“Certified Rigger”; Certification #100756729.

 
 


STEVEN WOLOSHYN

Customer Service & Production Manager

Steven has been with Unirope since 2012. He started in our
rigging shop and quickly progressed to became shop foreman. He is
now using everything he’s learned along the way to advise our
Alberta customers as well as head up production.

Steven loves anything to do with being outdoors, especially
biking and hiking. Outside of that he spends lots of time with
his two loving dogs (a husky and a border collie).