Published On: Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Haarsma Waste Innovations Sells to Toronto-based Company

Haarsma Waste Innovations Sells to Toronto-based Company

- Mark MacDonald writes about business in Nanaimo. Tell him your news by emailing him at mark@businessexaminer.ca

NANAIMO - Derek Haarsma has sold his Haarsma Waste Innovations Inc. business to Toronto-based GFL Environmental. Derek started the business 10 years ago, and he is staying on with the company, now as District Manager for Vancouver Island.

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Nanaimo Chrysler on Wellington Road has been purchased by Tony and Leslie Harris, Tony’s brother Mike Harris, Craig Sabourin and Jason Neal. Mike heads the Harris Auto Group, which also includes the Harris Victoria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Victoria, was finalized on Sept. 5, which was the birthday of patriarch Tom Harris, who passed away in the summer.

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Registered Psychologist Dr. Arthur Burrows notes that the transition for his Becker Burrows and Associates taking over the practice of Dr. Larry Waterman at 12-1599 Dufferin Crescent has gone quite smoothly. The office will be providing services to the island and communities across B.C. and Alberta.

Sarah Becker, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and doctoral student at the University of British Columbia has recently moved to Nanaimo from Vancouver and has started taking clients.

Services the office provides include therapy for adults and children, psychological and psycho-educational assessment and consultation/professional training.

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HazBeans Coffee is undergoing an expansion at its location at 4890 Rutherford Road, next to the Island Highway.

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Congratulations to CAO Tracy Samra, CFO Victor Mema and the team at the City of Nanaimo, for earning a Community Excellence Award for Best Practices, Excellence in Financial Stewardship at the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities Annual Genreal Meeting.

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ScanDesigns is undergoing a renovation to the front of its store on Bowen Road.

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Nanaimo Athletic Club off Bowen Road at Quarterway has re-opened for business, after a lengthy closure due to a fire and renovations.

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Blue Poppy Garden Gallery has moved from Wallace Street to 310-60 Commercial Street.

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Plans are underway for a new facility for the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange on Kenworth Road. It will include a large number of parking spaces on a lot adjacent to the existing facility.

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Long Lake Chateau has a new Executive Director in Brande Terris, most recently with the Coast Bastion Hotel.

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Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society has a new Executive Director in Jennifer Fowler, most recently from Edmonton, where she served as Director of Communications and Director of Multicultural Relations.

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Terry Marshall has sold Marshall Plumbing Ltd. on Willgress Road. Details to come about the new owner.

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Physiotherapist Kyley Mohrenberger has opened her own practice at 901-5800 Turner Road.

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Nanaimo Port Authority has a new President and CEO to replace Ernie Dumas in Ewan Moir.

Moir, 56, arrives after completing his final duties as President and Chief Operation Officer at Pacific BioEnergy Corporation in Vancouver, which manufactures wood pellets at three plans in B.C.

Moir takes his post October 10, continuing a long career in senior management that has taken him to Norway, Singapore, Holland, India and the United Kingdom. His resume includes working for Ulstein, which was acquired by Rolls-Royce, as well as Mainland Sand and Gravel, SNC-Lavalin, Fraser River Pile and Dredge Inc. and Finning International.

Moir and his wife Lesley have three adult sons.

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There’s a new Community Engagement Manager at Habitat For Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island: Sarah Pachkowsky.