Mr. Widman was formally the CEO of Cooper-Widman Ltd. Cooper-Widman was, at the time, Canada’s largest wholesale distributor of forest products with ownership of timber and sawmills in the Northern Interior of B.C. As president of this company, Mr. Widman was involved in the operations of the company’s sawmills at a time when sweeping changes were needed to make mill production more efficient. The company was sold to Consolidated Bathhurst and Bowaters Canadian in 1967. Mr. Widman was honored as “Lumberman of the Year” by the B.C. Wholesale Lumber Association in 1985. From 1952 – 1990 Mr. widman Guest Lectured for the Forest Products Department at the University of British Columbia. On the international front, Mr. Widman was a true pioneer. He was a delegate on the first Canadian government trade mission to the Middle East to expand forest products trade to this region. Mr. Widman was the first exporter in B.C. to open up the People’s Republic of China to lumber shipment from this province in the 1980s. Charles Widman continues to insprire our company’s leadership.
“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see.”
– Leroy Eimes, author and leadership expert
His understanding of both domestic and international trade channels encompasses retail sales, wholesale, OEM, catalogue sales, direct sales, leasing and government markets.
Among his significant previous positions, Jason served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Information Highway Corporation, a Vancouver-based startup technology firm that pioneered Internet services during the late 1990s. Jason is President and Director of Sylva Solutions Inc. a Vancouver-based holding company, and CEO and Director of WorldTel Systems, a managed technology services provider involved in consulting and professional services world-wide. Jason Roth is a B.Sc. alumni of the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, with primary focus in business, genetics, and computers.
Vice President of Business Development
Richard’s project work ranges from a 30 million dollar deployment plan for a voice, data and video search and rescue system for a West African Government to the development of a .net based case management system with voice activated case dictation with an annual budget of $200,000 US dollars as the IT manager for a an American healthcare service provider.
Richard brings key core skill sets in marketing, multimedia and online business development strategies to the firm. He is also COO and managing business partner at WorldTel Systems, a managed technology services provider involved in consulting and professional services world-wide. Mr. Butler has a BA degree in computer information and management technology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from Ashford University majoring in Organizational Management and specializing in project management. He is a husband and father of two who enjoys spending time with his family and researching new technology and business initiatives.
Vice President of Technology
Fausto brings his depth of experience, technical skills and management capabilities to his current position where he supports the administration and management operations.
Editor & Designer
Jane Keyes brings 25 years’ professional communications experience to her work as an editor, designer and desktop publisher. Her career began with Cossette Communication-Marketing in Toronto, and was followed by a two-year stint as a media buyer and production coordinator for The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. Since relocating to Vancouver, Jane has provided communications services to a variety of companies and associations, including the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia, several forest industry consultants (Widman Associates Inc, Sandwell Inc, and International WOOD Markets Group) and public relations firm Campbell & Company Strategies Inc.
Jane currently provides design, editorial and typesetting services to the Widman Publishing team. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1985 with a BA in English and Fine Arts.
Board of Directors
Janice (Widman) Matautia
Director and President
Director, Business Manager & Editor