HMA Board of Directors

The HMA Board of Directors is composed of a minimum of 7 members and a maximum of 11 members. Up to three Associate Members can serve on the board.

When there are openings on the board, Full Members and Associate Members can apply to the board of directors at any time to serve as a board member. When the board is at maximum membership new board members can be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Membership Chair are elected by fellow board members and serve a 2-year term. Executive positions can be held for up to 2 terms. Board Members hold their position for a 2-year term for a maximum of 4 terms.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE HMA

On behalf of the Huron Manufacturing Association (HMA) I am pleased to welcome you to our website. You will find many resources for your business, including the latest contact information in the Huron Manufacturing Directory, programs and events.

Remember to think Huron first when looking for a supplier for your business, or a place to stay, or alternate banking facilities. There is so much available in Huron County and you may be pleasantly surprised to find that what you are looking for is right here in your own backyard.

If you have any problems finding what you need please feel free to make direct contact with us through our email address info@huronmanufacturing.ca for a prompt response and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Personally, I would like to challenge our membership to provide greater involvement in the HMA.  We need you to reach out to our board of managers communicating your achievements to include your future needs.

Regards,

Larry Livingston, 2020 – 2021 HMA Chair

 

Huron Manufacturing Association Board of Directors 2020 – 2021

HMA Chair                               Larry Livingston

HMA Vice-Chair                    Kenn Hines

HMA Treasurer                     this position is vacant

HMA Membership Chair    Stephen Oud – AGM 2013 to AGM 2021

HMA Director                        Brian Landsborough

HMA Director                        Mark Flanagan

HMA Director                        Liz Balletto

HMA Director                        Gemma Mendez-Smith

Facilitator                               Susan Jared

Bookkeeper                           Brenda McGregor


HMA Membership Chair           Stephen Oud   May 2013 to May 2021

Stephen has been a Director with the HMA 2012. Stephen “joined the HMA in 2012 so I could network with other businesses in Huron County.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to open my mind to new ideas and new business practise to help excel our company.  Since joining it has been everything I imagined and much more!”

As Membership Chair Stephen is the lead contact for new memberships or membership inquiries.  He uses the opportunity well with his positive attitude to network and encourage with new ideas and new manufacturing businesses. Stephen is a fabulous member of the Board of the HMA. He carries out any assignments and instructions of the Board of Directors the HMA successfully

Stephen is an owner and Operations Manager of Vanastra Packaging, and Seaforth Elevators & Expediting, run alongside his brothers Jason Oud and Andrew Oud.

Vanastra Packaging – VANPACK is a customer-oriented commodity handler that specializes in custom packaging for hard to flow & nuisance products.  The main focus is packaging / de-packaging products that need to be re-processed & warehoused.  The products we handle are distributed within the agri & industrial markets across North America.

Seaforth Elevators & Expediting offers complete rail transfer, elevating, grain cleaning, packaging & storage solutions for bulk or palletized goods.  They are connected to all rail points in North America.

Stephen was “raised in Huron County and comes from a farm background where we grew Rutabagas and were cash crop producers.  Our family was exposed to many different types of business because my father was an entrepreneur in every sense.”  

“I went to school in London Ontario for Business Marketing at Fanshawe College.  My family and I started Vanastra Packaging in 1999.  In 2005 my brother Jason & I started Seaforth Elevators & Expediting to expand our operations. Younger brother Andrew joined the team and now the three Oud Brothers Stephen, Jason and Andrew run both businesses together.”  They drive the “brother bus” to and from work every day.  Stephen is also a member of the Vanastra BR&E.

Stephen lives with his beautiful wife Teresa and three wonderful children near Lake Huron. Stephen enjoys “Sun, Sand, Surf!  Boating on Lake Huron, driving my Cadillac convertible, relaxing with friends & family, Enjoying a nice cold glass of beer.”

The Huron Manufacturing Association has been very fortunate to have Stephen Oud as Membership Chair for eight years.  We will be sorry to see him leave the Board of Directors in 2021 after his completion of two four-year terms.  The HMA Board wishes Stephen and his family and businesses continued success in manufacturing in Huron County.

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