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 and acquisition based 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 the Company’s key financial strategic planning, and brings with him an exceptional track record of disciplined capital allocation and 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 joined GDI in September 2016 after a year with IPL Inc., where he occupied the positions Executive Vice-President and CFO from July 2014 to July 2015 and President and CEO following the sale of the company from August 2015 to October 2015. Prior to his positions at IPL Inc., Mr. Lavigne held the position of Senior Vice-President, Corporate Business Development and M&A from January 2014 to June 2014 and Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Finance and IT from June 2012 to December 2013 with Superior Energy Group, a subsidiary of Superior Plus Corp. Mr. Lavigne joined Supremex Inc. in 1991 and occupied various positions including Vice-President and CFO from January 2006 to May 2012. Mr. Lavigne started his career with KPMG in 1988 and holds a Bachelor degree from Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA).

Ahmed Boomrod, Chief Operating Officer, USA

Mr. Boomrod has over 25 years of experience in the facility services industry and oversees the Company’s Great Lakes region in the United States, along with the food sanitation operations across North America. He was the Vice President of Operations and ran the aircraft services with OMNI, before becoming an owner of the company prior to its merge with the Company in 2015.

Mike A. Boomrod, President — Midwest US Region

Mr. Boomrod has more than 18 years of experience in the facility services industry and oversees all operations in the Midwest of the United States, with a strong focus on standardizing business processes and procedures throughout the U.S. Mike began his career in 2001 with Omni Facility Services as the Operations Director for janitorial services in Michigan. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Michael G. Cadotte, Vice President, Safety & Quality

Mr. Cadotte has more than 25 years of experience in the facility services industry and oversees corporate safety and quality initiatives (including ISO and CIMS certifications) for the United States. He began his career in sales and later held the position of Human Resource Director. Mr. Cadotte was the champion to achieve full ISO certification in the 1990s and later assumed the position of safety and Quality Vice President for U. S. operations. He completed his undergraduate work at Central Michigan University and his graduate work at St. Josephs College in Maine. He also holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Food Science from Ohio State University, and a Certified Safety Manager from the National Association of Safety Professionals.

Peter R. Criville, President — Northeast US Region

Mr. Criville has more than 35 years of experience in the janitorial and facility services industry. He joined GDI in 2014 as President of the Northeast U.S. Region and is responsible for directing the entire management infrastructure for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Mr. Criville is also responsible for overseeing all business development for the entire U.S.  His previous roles include serving as the President of Matrix Integrated Facility Management, and more than 15 years as the President and Co-owner of Shellville Facility Services. Mr. Criville is an active member of the BOLR (Building Operators Labor Relations) Board of Directors and has made significant contributions in union contract negotiations and economics within the Northeast Mid- Atlantic U.S. regions. In May 2007, he was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Top 40 Business Leaders in Philadelphia under the age of 40. Peter continues to be a significant contributor to various charities. 

Fred Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Edwards joined the GDI team in 2013 as President, Western Canada and in 2019 moved on from that role to become the Chief Marketing Officer for the GDI group of companies. Fred has over 35 years of experience in the janitorial services industry. Prior to joining GDI, Fred was the President & CEO of Servpro Cleaning (Calgary) Inc., which he grew to become one of the largest full service providers in Alberta. From 2013 to 2018, Mr. Edwards was the President of Western Canada, and during that time, GDI became the largest service provider in the West. Fred has served as a board member for BOMA Calgary, and is currently a board member for The BOMA Calgary Foundation, while also being the largest individual contributor to the Foundation. He is an active member of the Calgary community and supports multiple charities 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 the Company, 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 and provided merger and acquisition advisory services to the Company since 2011. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Hinchey served as Managing Director, Investment Banking of Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. At the Company, 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.

Hassan Kadouh, MSIE, Senior Executive Vice President — US Region

Mr. Kadouh joined GDI in 2011 as Director of Business Development for the Midwest business unit, focusing on expanding the company’s footprint in the sanitation market. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, where he was in charge of operations for the USA Food Sanitation Division. Mr. Kadouh directs all strategic planning for the sanitation division with an emphasis on leveraging GDI services with existing and future clients. He has more than 25 years of management experience and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Cathy Novy, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President Human Resources — US Region

Ms. Novy joined the GDI team in 2014 and soon assumed the Human Resource leadership role for the U.S. She has more than 25 years of success in the facility services and manufacturing industries. Her non-traditional career path includes diverse management and executive level experience in customer service, communications, product development, purchasing, quality assurance, safety and human capital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) designation from HRCI, and a Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP).

Craig Rudin, President, Superior Solutions Group LTD

Mr. Rudin joined GDI in January of 2015 as the CEO of their manufacturing and product distribution business. He has spent the last 30 years in the chemical manufacturing and distribution businesses. Starting out with his family at Huntington Labs which was sold to Ecolab, Craig went on to manage the Canadian Professional Products business for Ecolab an multinational chemical manufacturing business, later moving to their head office in Minnesota where he lead their business development and M&A activities for their janitorial cleaning segment. In 2002 Craig joined Unisource Worldwide, a $6 billion wholesale distribution business when Bain Capital purchased the business from Georgia Pacific Corporation. He held numerous roles at Unisource working with Bain to rationalize and improve the performance of the business most notably as senior Vice-President of business development and SVP/General Manager Canada. Prior to joining GDI Craig was the CEO for the America’s for Asia Pulp and Papers Tissue division. He has extensive international business experience in turn around management, sales & marketing, manufacturing, M&A and business development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carleton University and is a graduate of the executive management program at the Wharton School of Business.

Craig Stanford, President, Ainsworth Inc.

Mr. Stanford started his career in 1981 as a field technician with Honeywell. He held various management positions with several companies involved in the maintenance and repair of building systems. Craig had a 15-year career with Honeywell in field operations, sales, and management. Craig was Regional Director of Honeywell from 1990 to 1995. Craig held various senior manager positions with Stannair, Enbridge, and Direct Energy from 1995 to 2006. He also held the position of President of Modern Niagara HVAC Services from 2009 to 2013. Craig joined Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, in November 2016, following the acquisition of Airtron. He became president of Ainsworth after the acquisition. Previously, Craig held the position of President of Airtron from 2013 to 2016.

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