Executive Team

Claude Bigras, Director, President and CEO

Since 1982, Mr. Bigras has spent his career in the construction, janitorial and facility maintenance industry. He joined GDI in 1994 and later became a major shareholder in 1998. Over the years, he has held many positions, and became President and CEO of GDI in December 2004. In his role as President and CEO, Mr. Bigras has overseen GDI’s significant organic growth, leading GDI to become the largest janitorial services company in Canada, and one of the largest in North America. Through his leadership, perspective and experience, Mr. Bigras has driven the development of GDI’s key financial strategic planning, and brings with him an exceptional track record of strategic acquisitions. Mr. Bigras holds certificates in Finance and Management from École des Hautes Études commerciales in Montréal.

Stéphane Lavigne – Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lavigne is a seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of experience working in senior roles with Canadian public companies. In addition to his finance and capital markets background, Mr. Lavigne brings a skill set that includes IT and systems implementation, operations optimization, business development and strategy.

Jocelyn Trottier, Executive Vice-President of GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. and President of GDI Services (Quebec) L.P.

Mr. Trottier first joined the team at GDI as Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 to October 2012. He then became the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Kevlar Group Inc., a real estate developer and property manager in Québec. He was also Vice-President, Finance and Administration of a major real estate developer, builder and property manager in the Montreal region specializing in retirement homes. From 1988 to 2000, he was the owner of a consulting firm specializing in the interim management of companies. Throughout his career, he has acquired a multidisciplinary expertise, particularly in the areas of operations management, human and financial resources, and strategic planning. Mr. Trottier rejoins the GDI family as the Executive Vice-President of GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. and President of GDI Services (Quebec) L.P.

Ahmed Boomrod, Chief Operating Officer, USA

Mr. Boomrod has over 25 years of experience in the facility services industry and oversees GDI’s Great Lakes region in the U.S., along with the Food Sanitation operations across North America. He was the VP of Operations and ran the aircraft services with OMNI, before becoming an owner of the company prior to its merge with GDI. Mr. Boomrod is actively involved with a number of charitable causes internationally.

Robert Crozier, President, Atlantic Region

Mr. Crozier joined GDI in 2011 and is currently the President of its Atlantic Region division. In this role, he oversees all operations in Atlantic Canada and assists GDI’s senior management with respect to ongoing corporate matters. Mr. Crozier began his career with Modern Building Cleaning and has been in the janitorial services industry in Atlantic Canada since 1981. In 1989, Mr. Crozier was named General Manager for Atlantic Building Cleaning, before ultimately purchasing the firm in 1995. Under his guidance and oversight, Atlantic Building Cleaning grew to become the largest janitorial services company in Atlantic Canada, before ultimately being sold to Empire Maintenance and ultimately, to GDI in 2011. Mr. Crozier is a member of the board of directors of RediShred Capital Corp, a publicly traded company for which he previously served as CEO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Irina Dounaevskaia – Senior VP, Finance – GDI Integrated Facility Services

Irina Dounaevskaia is GDI Services (Canada) LP’s Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for directing the overall financial policies, including strategic planning, operational accounting, budgeting, banking relations, credit, tax, and cash management. In the fall of 2008, Irina was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance of GDI, upon closing the largest transaction in the history of the building services and facility maintenance industry in Canada, a key milestone in GDI Services (Canada) LP’s expansion strategies. With more than 15 years of accounting and financial management experience, she has held lead accounting positions with a variety of companies. A Certified General Accountant with a MSc. in Engineering, Ms. Dounaevskaia is a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario.

Fred Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer & President, Western Canada

Mr. Edwards joined the GDI team in 2013 as the President of Western Canada and oversees all aspects of operations in the four Western provinces, as well as coordinates efforts with respect to ongoing corporate matters. He is also GDI’s Chief Marketing officer. Mr. Edwards has over 35 years of experience in the janitorial services industry, and prior to joining GDI, he was the President & CEO of Servpro Cleaning (Calgary) Inc., which he grew to become one of the largest cleaning service providers in Alberta. Fred has served as a Board Member for BOMA Calgary, and has recently become a Board Member for The BOMA Calgary Foundation. He is an active member of the Calgary community and supports multiple programs around the city.

David Hinchey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development

Mr. Hinchey joined GDI in 2014 as its Senior Vice President, Strategic Development after a 14 year career in the investment banking industry. Prior to joining GDI, he served as Managing Partner of Milton Capital Partners Ltd., an advisory firm providing mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory services to public and private companies, where he specialized in the facility services industry for several years. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Hinchey served as Managing Director, Investment Banking of Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. At GDI, he is responsible for the company’s mergers and acquisitions activities and strategic business initiatives. Mr. Hinchey holds an MBA from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder.

Craig Rudin – CEO – Superior Solutions Group LTD

Mr. Rudin joined GDI in January of 2015. He was CEO of the Americas for Asia Pulp and Paper. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President/General Manager of Unisource Canada and Senior Vice President Business Development for Unisource Worldwide.

Daniel Sklivas, President, Central Region

Mr. Sklivas joined GDI in 2006, and is currently the President of its Central Region division. In this role, he oversees all operations in the Canadian central provinces and coordinates efforts with respect to ongoing corporate matters. Prior to joining GDI, he spent five years at Manulife Financial as a director of facilities and property management. Mr. Sklivas holds a Management Certificate from Concordia University, as well as Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facility Management Administrator (FMA) designations from the Building Owners and Managers Institute. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Sklivas served as the Chief Operating Office of Distinction Group Inc., GDI’s direct predecessor entity.

Avi Steinberg – President, Franchises Group

Avi Steinberg is responsible for the management and expansion of the Franchise Group, which includes Modern Cleaning and Steamatic Canada. Prior to joining GDI, he developed long-term growth strategies and led large M&A initiatives for Iron Mountain. He also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and founded a college marketing business that grew to reach 3 million students at nearly 250 campuses across North America. Mr. Steinberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.