Jan Nielsen
Jan is the son, of the father-son partnership that began in 1978. Born into a family of craftsmen, he inherited his family’s appreciation and skill with wood. Born in Denmark, Jan has lived on the Saanich Peninsula since 1974, and intends to call North Saanich home; not withstanding the frequent trips to Mexico and abroad.
Lars Nielsen
Vice President/Sales
Lars is Jan’s brother and born in Quebec; raised on the BC coast where he acquired a great appreciation of the sea while living on a boat with his parents. Boats have factored largely throughout Lars’ life, as even his marriage took place aboard his 1947 Chris Craft. Lars is committed to his family; his newest project – another boat, and sustained personal growth.
Shelley Nielsen
Operations Manager
Shelley is Jan’s wife. A true BC’er born and bred, she has been part of the West Wind team since 1978. A true family business, their daughters Olivia and Anna have occasionally lent a hand. Shelley thrives with West Wind’s successes and sees no early retirement… perhaps just a few more extended holidays with Jan. Those many hours of Spanish lessons and homework will not be in vain!!
Joel Radford
Flooring Specialist
Joel is our wood-flooring expert becoming the icon of West Wind’s flooring expansion. He is thoroughly knowledgeable with all aspects of our brand name and custom floors. Joel started some years ago as a part-time student coming highly recommended by his woodworking teacher at Parkland Secondary.
John Wrobel
Building Supplies/School Sales
A little long in the tooth BUT ‘young at heart’! John is our School Rep and he brings a long association with building supply stores with him. John likes to be known as a true Westerner – having lived in our four Western provinces – he has settled in North Saanich with his wife of many years. In his spare time, he can be found tending his small garden and orchard.
Danny Schaftlein
Milling Manager
Danny is our Milling Manager. He has been with us since 2004; coming highly recommended by his woodworking teacher at Stelly’s Secondary. Danny has a passion for the forest and the working with the wood that comes from within. As a ticketed joiner, Danny heads up the production department at West Wind Hardwood creating custom floors, countertops, and much more!
Ethan Tarr
Ethan is a Parkland grad… of course. He has developed a passion for woodwork and design. Ultimately, his goal is to become an architect. In the meantime, he likes long bike rides on and off roading; loves photography and capturing cinematic beauties. His current fave wood is American black walnut.
Britney King
Website/Social Media
Hailing from the bustling metropolis of Vancouver. Now she is enjoying the simple, married life in Sidney with her husband. Britney has a background in fashion and is excited to bring in a bit of style to the website and marketing materials. Being a talented seamstress, Britney creates bridal and other attire in her spare time.
Gordon Aggus
Gordon graduated from Stelly’s where he played rugby. He is a Formula One fan, Arsenal fan and of course, the Canucks. He is still figuring out what he sees himself doing in the future.
Jorden Cooper
Jorden is also a Parkland grad who came with a glowing recommendation from his shop teacher. We keep him hard at work filling orders, stocking, making invoices and helping out customers in the warehouse. Always eager to lend a hand and we are grateful for that. Next time you are in give him a holler!
Tyler Strank
Tyler Strank is another Parkland Secondary Grad that has developed a passion for woodwork AND wants to become a joiner. His favourite wood is poplar for its wide colour range.
Lucy II
Customer Appreciation
Lucy greets customers who visit our office, so don’t leave without giving her a pat or scratch! No treats necessary, just a little affection.