of Par-Tek Environments Ltd., Andrew is a third generation
Canadian contractor and entrepreneur. He has been involved
in a broad spectrum of the construction industry for
over 25 years, and is a master carpenter. His extensive
experience includes: themed environments, museums, casinos,
exhibits, displays, movie sets, specialized retail environments,
commercial interiors, custom homes, and extensive experience
with renovations. He has performed in variety of capacities
as general contractor, freelance project manager, estimator,
sales, supervisor and carpenter. As such, he has practical
hands-on approach towards solving problems and ensuring
a quality product. Andrew's greatest asset is creative
and effective problem solving.
In addition to his ‘hands on’ experience,
Andrew has applied his carpentry skills to the invention
and patenting of various wood working related tools,
systems and jigs. These have been marketed in North
America and Europe. He is also a new product consultant
to the industry as well as private individuals.
Active in his community, Andrew served as a Niagara
Neighbourhood Association representative to the Toronto
Refiners and Smelters Decommissioning Committee for
a period of five years. The purpose of the committee
was to oversee a $24 million dollar soil rehabilitation
project in Toronto.
Andrew enjoys a wide variety of sports, including racing
sailboats, skiing, tennis and squash, but his main passion
is flying and racing sailplanes at the National level.
He is a volunteer director of Canadian Advanced Soaring,
which organizes most of the competitions and educational
seminars for gliding in Canada. He has been successful
in fund-raising efforts for the National Soaring Championships
and enjoys the challenge of organizing these events
almost as much as he enjoys the competition itself.
Andrew is also a level 1 certified ski Instructor for
the disabled (volunteer).