Management

DARRYL CHEKERDA, C.E.T.
President

Darryl started his career with Westwood in 1988. Since then, he’s developed extensive hands-on experience in all areas of the business, including field construction and supervision, engineering, marketing, estimating and project management. 

Darryl is an Electrical Engineering Technologist and an Interprovincial Journeyman Electrician. Some of his numerous certifications include Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in Alberta, Master Electrician (Alberta), Field Safety Representative Class A, Unrestricted (British Columbia).  Darryl is also an active member of the Progressive Contractors Association (PCA). 

Through his leadership and vision, Westwood has successfully diversified into several industries across Western Canada. Darryl is driven to ensure Westwood continues to be an employer of choice in the industry, to deliver successful projects and to build long-lasting relationships with valued customers. 


JASON McCORMICK, AScT
Vice President

Jason McCormick joined Westwood in 1994, and has brought extensive construction and project management experience to the senior management team. 

Jason’s numerous certifications include Electrical Interprovincial Journeyman Certification, Field Safety Representative Class A Unrestricted, a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology, and he holds the Applied Science Technologist (AScT) designation. He is a member of Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTT) and he also serves as a director on the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia (ECABC). 

In 2013, Jason became Vice President of Westwood, and now oversees the estimating, project services, and engineering departments. His leadership, technical expertise and experience have been essential in Westwood’s continued success.  


MARK ZAINO, CPA, CA
Vice President, Finance

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant, and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and Canada. Mark also has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University College of the Caribou. 

At Westwood, Mark is responsible for all accounting, financing and administrative functions as well as human resources. He is passionate about ensuring the viability of the company through effective and cost conscious business processes. 


KEVIN WESLOWSKI, AScT
Vice President, Construction
Area Manager – Alberta

Kevin Weslowski has been a valuable member of the Westwood team since 1996. Four years after joining Westwood, Kevin obtained his Electrical Engineering Diploma with honours. 

He also holds an Electrical Interprovincial Journeyman Certification, PMP Project Management Certification, Field Safety Representative Class A Unrestricted, and a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. He is a member of the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC), and he holds an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) designation. 

Kevin manages Westwood’s project services department, and he is responsible for overseeing all company projects. His extensive experience in cost and scope management as well as scheduling, quality control and electrical design are key in the successful completion of our projects. 


RON CHAMBERLAND, NCSO
Health, Safety & Environment Manager

Ron brings to Westwood an extensive background in industrial and commercial construction, having worked hands-on in the field as well as in both estimating and management roles. As an NCSO with more than 22 years’ experience in industrial safety and training, Ron is actively involved in all aspects of safety throughout our company.  

He is one of the driving forces behind Westwood’s progressive safety program, and he is an ardent promoter of our corporate objective “Zero in on Safety—For Life!” as we strive to achieve zero injuries and zero incidents throughout our operations. 


DAVE MANSON, GSC
Project Development Manager

Dave Manson joined the Westwood senior management team in 2015. Dave brings more than 25 years of experience in the industrial electrical sector, both in management and estimating roles. With his proven leadership skills, he is now also managing Westwood’s project development department. 

Dave began his career in Southern Ontario, and has worked on large-scale projects there as well as in Saskatchewan and Alberta, bringing that knowledge and expertise to Westwood. He holds an Electrical Interprovincial Journeyman Certification as well as his Master Electrician License.


GERRY FESTER
Area Manager – British Columbia

Four years after joining Westwood in 1988 as an apprentice, Gerry secured the Interprovincial Journeyman Electrician certification. With strong skills in client management, site organization and crew leadership, Gerry became a field construction foreman and supervisor in multiple industries. With additional training—including certification as a Field Safety Representative Class A Unrestricted—Gerry went on to become a project manager. 

In 2013, he was named Westwood’s BC Area Manager, expanding his responsibilities to include the Vernon warehouse and procurement departments as well as developing business in BC. Gerry takes pride in mentoring and leading staff to develop skilled tradespeople who meet clients’ needs and help ensure the continued success of Westwood. 


CAREY PAINCHAUD
Area Manager – Saskatchewan

Carey Painchaud started with Westwood in 2002 in the wood and paper industry and spent several years working on boiler builds. In 2006, he moved into the oil and gas industry and managed several major Fort McMurray projects including sites at CNRL, Suncor, and Imperial Oil. In 2012, Westwood opened a Saskatchewan office and this turned into be a natural fit for him since he was born and raised there. 

Today, as the Saskatchewan Area Manager, Carey combines his education in management, contract law, his dedication to the safety program and his many years of experience in the industrial electrical construction industry.