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 (non-manufacturers) 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.


“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 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.


Larry Livingston,  HMA Chair


Huron Manufacturing Association Board of Directors 2021 – 2022

HMA Chair                                               Larry Livingston, Cap Products Ltd

HMA Vice-Chair                                     Kenn Hines, Design Concrete

HMA Treasurer                                      Treasurer seat is Available

HMA Director                                         Brian Landsborough, Maelstrom Winery

HMA Director                                         Mark Flanagan, Huron Perth Catholic District School Board

HMA Director                                         Liz Balletto, Technical Training Group

HMA Director                                         Gemma Mendez-Smith, Four County Labour Market Planning Board

HMA Director                                         5 Seats Available

Facilitator                                                Susan Jared

Bookkeeper                                             Brenda McGregor

HMA CHAIR                     Larry Livingston               May 2017  to current  (Board Director since 2014)

 As Chair,  Larry presides at all meetings of the HMA.  He is the lead liaison between the Association and other manufacturing associations and groups.  With the assistance of the HMA Board Members and Facilitator,  Larry carries out assignments and instructions given to him by a vote of the Association and performs such other duties as customarily pertain to the office of Chair.

With the Treasurer and approval of the Board of Directors, Larry maintains signing authority for the deeds, transfers, licenses, contracts, and expenditures as required. 

Larry is employed as Maintenance Supervisor at Cap Products Ltd in Vanastra.  His passion for manufacturing and encouraging skilled trades shines through when he hosts School Bus Tours at Cap Products.  Larry lives with his lovely wife and family near Exeter. 

Larry intends to continue in his role as Chair of the HMA at the 2021 Annual General Meeting. 

HMA VICE CHAIR         Kenn Hines                     May 2016 to current

Kenn Hines is the Vice-Chair of the Huron Manufacturing Association since his appointment at the HMA Annual General Meeting in May 2016.  As Vice-Chair, Kenn’s role is to exercise the duties of the Chair in any absence or inability.  He is also called on to perform such duties as may be determined by the Executive Board of Directors from time to time.    

Kenn is a very supportive Vice-Chair and brings new ideas and his knowledge of the manufacturing sector to the table.  Kenn is the driving force behind the HMA’s newest project HMA GEARS.  

In 1932, Christopher J. Pink began making concrete urns in the backyard at his home. The business quickly grew, and a plant was built in London, Ontario. Under the direction of Christopher’s son Kenneth (Kenn’s namesake), C.J. Pink & Son became a leader in the production of many precast products including burial vaults, drainage, and commercial products. 

In 1979,  Design Concrete Systems Limited was incorporated by Alan Hines, Son in Law of Ken Pink as a branch into the agricultural precast market.  Design Concrete Systems Limited has been kept in the family over the generations – they recently celebrated their 40th year of successful business in Huron County and have since merged with the Powell Group of Companies to grow the market share of its newest endeavour, noise walls and retaining walls. 

Kenn is the youngest son of Alan Hines and great-grandson of founder CJ Pink.  Design Concrete Systems Limited has been nominated and received HMA Awards of Excellence including Innovative Manufacturer of the Year.  Design Concrete Systems Limited has sponsored HMA Annual Awards of Excellence events. 

Kenn continues as Vice-Chair since the 2021 HMA Annual General Meeting and looks forward to a very successful year for the HMA.  

Kenn lives with his family in Exeter.  He enjoys time with family and friends, coaching sports, and volunteering in his community.  

The Huron Manufacturing Association has been very fortunate to have Kenn as Vice-Chair since 2016. Kenn is a major contributor to the success of the HMA.  

DIRECTOR                Brian Landsborough            May 2017 to current

DIRECTOR                Liz Balletto                             May 2018 to current

Liz Balletto joined the HMA Board of Directors at the 2018 HMA Annual General Meeting. Liz is the TTG Office and Pre-Apprenticeship Program Administrator for Technical Training Group, an Associate Member of the HMA.  Liz joined the HMA Board of Directors “to assist with helping to promote and support the manufacturing sector in Huron County. “

Technical Training Group’s area of specialty is technical and skilled trades training. Course offerings include;

  • Welder and Metal Fabrication Apprenticeships,
  • Red Seal Prep and Practical Assessment
  • Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure programs (Tuition-Free)
  • Working At Heights certification and recertification
  • customized training packages for companies
  • industry readiness training for workforce entrants and
  • FunTECH Youth Programs.

TTG is a not-for-profit corporation structured as a partnership business model and uses existing community resources to deliver its training. Local school boards provide TTG with technical facilities and classroom space and local Employment Ontario agencies assist with recruitment, academic upgrading, work placement and career services. This shared delivery model, under TTG’s leadership, has successfully provided industry-sensitive training opportunities in our rural area for almost two decades.

Liz attended Niagara College’s Theatre Arts program (stage management), which led to a 15-year career in Television Production. Liz then worked for a number of years at a marketing and communications agency in Calgary as an account and project manager. Liz has been with Technical Training Group for the past 5 years and is incredibly proud to be part of an organization that promotes the skilled trades and provides local, accessible training which benefits our youth, our communities and local industry.  Liz is a very proud stepmom, daughter, and sister and is very fortunate to have an amazing and talented spouse to share this journey with. Favourite hobbies and interests include gardening, reading, camping, exploring Canada… did I mention gardening?!

Liz has been with the HMA for the past 2 years and likes to be active in the community engaging with youth and promoting awareness of the skilled trades through experiential learning opportunities.  If you are interested in joining the HMA Board of Directors, Liz would encourage you “Joining the HMA Board of Directors provides an opportunity to promote, support and celebrate our local manufacturing sector in a number of different ways. It allows you to connect with students/youth and educate them about career opportunities available to them right here in Huron County. It also provides opportunities to grow and expand your own business network”.

Liz volunteers her time and awareness of the manufacturing industry and education opportunities to the HMA Board. She is a positive member of the HMA and the HMA Board of Directors and its initiatives.

DIRECTOR                Mark Flanagan                      May 2018 to current

DIRECTOR                Gemma Mendez-Smith       May 2020 to current

Gemma Mendez-Smith joined the HMA Board of Directors at the 2020 HMA Annual General Meeting. Gemma is the Executive Director of the Four County Labour Market Planning Board, an Associate Member of the HMA.

Gemma joined the HMA Board of Directors “to solidify our partnership with the Huron Manufacturing Association through support and collaborative activities to improve the work around the workforce supply chain”. The Four County Labour Market Planning Board plays a leadership role in the development of innovative labour market strategies.

The FCLM Planning Board accomplishes its mandate by working collaboratively with business, workforce and community organizations to plan and initiate projects and programs that address the specific needs of workforce development in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties. “For over 20 years we have been delivering sound, reliable reports and direction in the development of skill sets of the local population. With this information, we have been able to offer strategic options for businesses to succeed. We are able to work with business and community groups to address their most pressing concerns. This allows us to help develop a strong and vibrant future outlook” says Gemma.

Gemma joined the FCLM Planning Board as an administrative assistant in 2001. With a coach that saw her potential and provided guidance, she was able to take training that led to her promotion as Executive Director in 2007. Her motto is to “Stay in a learning mode as you never know where it will lead you.”

Gemma has been married for 30 years and has 4 children. She and her spouse love Canadian road trips and can’t wait to be on the road again once COVID-19 releases its grip. Gemma also volunteers with the Zonta Club of Owen Sound Volunteers at several local events and charities.

Gemma contributes her time and extremely valuable knowledge about the manufacturing labour market to the HMA Board. She is a wonderful addition to the HMA Board of Directors and its initiatives.


Retired 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 practices 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 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 he completes 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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