More Than Just Rubber on the Road

VersaCold is Canada’s largest supply chain company focused exclusively on the handling of temperature sensitive products. More than services, we provide completely integrated and customized solutions to your cold chain integrity and logistics challenges.

VersaCold's advanced technologies are the leaders in accessibility and information visualization, delivering real-time tracking and inventory management through the ePower client interface. This technology ensures client satisfaction through a North American network of industry-leading facilities and transportation fleets as well as a suite of fully integrated logistics services.

While our technology provides the competitive edge, it is our people who deliver the experience. They have the expertise and depth of knowledge to improve the performance of your supply chain, helping you realize enhanced efficiencies and reduced costs.

Empowered by a commitment to safety, exceptional service and a culture of continuous innovation, VersaCold works as a trusted and valued partner, enabling your business strategies and revenue growth within highly sensitive and regulated environments.

History

Cool Since ‘46

Today’s VersaCold started in 1946 as B.C. Ice & Cold Storage Co., serving Vancouver’s fishing industry. In the decades that followed, the company expanded steadily east. By the '80s we had established a strong base in the west with 8 facilities in BC, Alberta and Washington. A series of mergers and acquisitions throughout the '90s put VersaCold on the continental and, by 2005, global map, as the purchase of P&O Cold Storage added operations in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.

In 2010, we sold our offshore operations and returned to our Canadian roots, using our global knowledge and experience to help our North American clients navigate and improve their increasingly complex supply chains. Today VersaCold operates the largest temperature sensitive logistics network in Canada, with 31 temperature controlled warehouses and distribution centres and a fleet of trucks providing local, regional, national and international transportation across Canada and the United States.

Our Vision
Our Culture

Your Trusted Partner

Enhance our customers’ success and be their most trusted, reliable, long-term partner.

Our vision is supported by our:

  • Performance-driven culture focused on continuous improvement that leverages technology and our employees' skills
  • Investment in a national, highly efficient logistics infrastructure
  • "Easy to do business with" partnership approach that starts with our customers and extends to our employees, vendors and communities
  • Continued commitment to the involvement, development and recognition of the employees who contribute to our success

Performance-Driven

Our performance-driven culture is how we live and what we value, and is defined by our commitment to:

  • Safety as our number one focus
  • Being trusted, respected and accepting feedback
  • Taking accountability and maintaining a sense of urgency
  • Continuous improvement
  • Setting and measuring goals
  • Understanding the marketplace and industry trends
  • Attracting and retaining talent
  • Having fun in the process
Leadership & Innovation

The Future is the Focus

"The leadership team at VersaCold is performance driven and future focused. There is no resting on their laurels. Leadership at VersaCold is an exercise in constant innovation, anticipating the future, and being ready for it when it arrives."

-Doug Harrison President and CEO, VersaCold

With the dramatic evolution of logistics and supply chains over the last 20 years, the ERP/DRP and modelling applications required to manage, integrate and leverage supply chain data have become critical. It’s crucial to ensure that supply chain management and execution are aligned with broader corporate strategies. Today, an effective supply chain isn’t just a gain in efficiencies, it’s a competitive edge. VersaCold’s innovative services and solutions help you gain that edge.

Management Team

Doug Harrison

President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 905-265-7176
Douglas.Harrison@VersaCold.com

Doug Harrison is President & CEO of VersaCold Logistics Services. Previously, Doug served as Chief Operating Officer of Day & Ross Transportation Group (a subsidiary of McCain Foods); President of Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s leading industrial and safety supply company; and Vice President and Managing Director for Ryder Integrated Logistics, where he oversaw Ryder’s business units in Canada and Europe.

Doug has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders and was honoured by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation with its Award of Excellence. He is also the recipient of the National Transportation Award of Achievement and is an Alumni of Distinction from Mohawk College.

With an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), Doug is also a Graduate of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CCLP) and holds a number of other transportation and logistics designations. He has been awarded the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a graduate of the CMA’s certification program (CPA).

Doug currently serves on the Boards of Superior Plus Corp (TSX:SPB) and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). In the past, he served on the Boards of The Conference Board of Canada, Hamilton Utilities Corporation, Horizon Utilities, Mohawk College and was Chair of the Board of Directors at Livingston International for many years.

Michele (Mike) Arcamone

Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 905-265-7177
Mike.Arcamone@VersaCold.com

Michele (Mike) Arcamone is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VersaCold Logistics Services.

Mike has 36 years of experience in production, operations, supply chain management, engineering, and general management. Most recently, Mike was the President of the Commercial Aircraft Division of Bombardier. Mike’s extensive background also includes senior executive roles such as President and CEO of General Motors Korea, Vice President of the Powertrain Europe Division for General Motors, and a number of other plant manager roles.

Mike has significant supply chain, executive leadership, quality and process experience. Throughout his career, Mike has focused on leadership, customer commitment, and employee engagement. As COO of VersaCold, Mike has responsibility for the company’s seven business units.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Administrative Management from Concordia University and a Diploma in Management from McGill University.

Jim MacIntosh

Senior Vice-President and General Manager, VersaCold Warehousing Solutions
Phone: 905-265-5944
Jim.MacIntosh@VersaCold.com

Jim MacIntosh is Senior Vice-President and General Manager of VersaCold Warehousing Solutions. Jim joined VersaCold in 2015 with over 30 years of experience in transportation and logistics. Jim has overall responsibility for VersaCold’s warehousing business unit and is also a member of the Executive Team.

Jim joined VersaCold from Purolator where he held various senior executive positions including Vice President Operations, General Manager Field Operations and Sales and Managing Director.

Jim is a graduate of the Human Resources Program at Seneca College and a number of executive programs at Queens University, Wharton and the Schulich School of Business.

Sandro Caccaro

Senior Vice-President and General Manager, VersaCold Transportation Solutions
Phone: 905-265-7194
Sandro.Caccaro@VersaCold.com

Sandro Caccaro joined VersaCold in 2015 with over 25 years of experience in asset and non-asset based transportation and logistics. Sandro is a member of the Executive Team at VersaCold and has overall responsibility for VersaCold Transportation Solutions, the company’s asset-based Truckload and Less Than Truckload (LTL) business unit. In addition Sandro also has executive responsibility for VersaCold Distributor Services, the companies Distributor business unit.

Prior to joining VersaCold, Sandro was President and COO of Bruce R. Smith, and previously held a number of senior executive leadership roles including Senior Vice President Operations at Canada Cartage and Vice President & General Manager (Canada) at Schneider National.

Sandro has served as a longtime member of the Ontario Trucking Association Board of Directors and holds a BA from Trent University.

Paul Merrick

SVP & General Manager, Coastal Pacific Xpress
Phone: 604 575 4200 x324
paul.merrick@versacold.com

Paul Merrick is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Coastal Pacific Xpress, a business unit of VersaCold Logistics Services.

Paul has over 35 years of experience in the transportation industry. Most recently, Paul was the Vice President of Field Operations with Purolator where he had responsibility for all terminal and hub operations across Canada and a team of 8,000 people and owner operators. Prior to this Paul held various roles in Purolator having responsibility for Vancouver, BC and Western Canada Operations and Sales.

Paul has a tremendous track record of delivering high service levels to customers, creating great team work and growing businesses. Paul is responsible for our CPX business unit, including operations, growth, strategy and overall performance.

Paul holds a general arts diploma from Humber College in Toronto and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Queens University in Kingston.

Richard Tremblay

Senior Vice-President & General Manager, VersaCold Transportation Management & 4PL Solutions
Phone: 905-265-5932
Richard.Tremblay@VersaCold.com

Richard Tremblay joined the Executive Team of VersaCold Logistics Services in 2013 as Senior Vice-President and General Manager of VersaCold Transportation Management & 4PL Solutions, responsible for the VersaCold Transportation Management and 4PL business unit.

Richard has a deep transportation and logistics background, with over 25 years of industry experience. Most recently, he was Executive Vice-President of Hyphen Transportation (4PL and Transportation Management) and Euroworld Transportation (International Ocean). Previous to this, he held executive roles within Progistix and Livingston International and was one of the founders of Ryder Integrated Logistics’ transportation management business unit.

Richard has lived and worked in the US, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands. A graduate of the University of Windsor in Business Administration, he is also a licensed customs broker and a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Roger Rees

Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 905-265-5934
Roger.Rees@VersaCold.com

Roger is the Chief Financial Officer of VersaCold Logistics Services. Previous to joining VersaCold in 2016, Roger held the position of CFO of the Canadian business unit of WESCO, one of the largest industrial and electrical distributors in Canada. Prior to Wesco, Roger was CFO of SCI Logistics, a subsidiary of Canada Post. Roger has extensive global business unit experience having spent time leading various senior finance functions within Nortel, including CFO of a publicly traded Joint Venture.

As a member of the VersaCold Executive Team, Roger is responsible for all Finance, Accounting, Risk Management and Financial Planning and Analysis within the company and its operating entities.

Roger holds a BA from Staffordshire University (UK), Finance and Accounting, and is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA).

Mark Dienesch

Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing
Phone: 905-265-5947
Mark.Dienesch@VersaCold.com

Mark Dienesch is Senior Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. Mark joined VersaCold in 2015. Mark has over 17 years of business development, strategic marketing and customer satisfaction experience at the leadership level. Mark’s background includes leadership positions with Supply Chain Solutions providers, GE Capital, News Corporation and, immediately prior to joining VersaCold, as COO of iMD Health, a technology based digital healthcare services provider.

A member of the Executive Team, Mark is responsible for leading VersaCold’s solution sales team as well as focusing on customer satisfaction & value, growth strategies and the continued expansion of VersaCold's brand presence.  

Mark holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing his CCLP designation.

Laurie Wright

Senior Vice President, HR and Health & Safety
Phone: 905-265-7185
Laurie.Wright@versacold.com

Laurie Wright is the Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Health & Safety at VersaCold. Laurie joined VersaCold in 2016 with over 25 years of senior leadership experience. Laurie joined VersaCold from Samuel, Son & Co., where she led the global responsibility for people and culture. Laurie’s extensive background includes executive roles in Human Resources at Acklands-Grainger Inc., EMCO Ltd. and Magna International. Laurie has deep expertise in leading organizations to high levels of employee engagement, talent and culture.

A member of the Executive Team, Laurie has overall responsibility for talent, people practices as well as health and safety within VersaCold and all its operating companies.

Laurie holds a BA in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and has attended the Executive Leadership Program at Columbia School of Business. Laurie is a member of the Board of Governors of Waterstones “Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture.”

Bala Puvitharan

Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer
Phone: 905-595-0307
Bala.Puvitharan@VersaCold.com

Bala Puvitharan is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at VersaCold. Bala joined VersaCold in 2016 with over 25 years of international experience in engineering, information technology, program management, finance, and operations in multiple industry verticals including supply chain, manufacturing, insurance, banking, and financial services. Bala joined VersaCold from TD Bank Group where he led enterprise wide corporate technology functions, and various transformation programs. Bala’s background includes executive roles leading business and technology transformations at Aviva Insurance, W.W. Grainger, Canada Life Financials, and Bombardier.

A member of the Executive Team, Bala is responsible for leading information technology strategy and execution, program management, process engineering and supply chain effectiveness. He also leads the enterprise wide governance and utilization of data and information as an asset.

Bala is a Professional Engineer and Accountant, holds P.Eng (Professional Engineer, Ontario, Canada), CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant, Ontario, Canada), CMA (Certified Management Accountant, Ontario, Canada), ACMA (Chartered Management Accountant, United Kingdom), CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) designations as well as M.Sc., and B.Sc. Honours in Industrial Engineering and Management. He is a recipient of Scholastic All-American Award from The United States Achievement Academy.

Joe Sammon

Vice-President, Engineering, VersaCold Warehousing Solutions
Phone: 905-265-7182
Joe.Sammon@VersaCold.com

Joe is Vice-President of Engineering for VersaCold Warehousing Solutions and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He joined VersaCold in 2014.

Joe is responsible for leading the site engineering/physical plant function to optimize the safety, efficiency, capacity and maintenance of VersaCold’s national warehouse network.

Previously Joe was with Blackberry Canada where he held the role of Manager of Facilities. Prior to Blackberry, Joe was the Director, Engineering with Niagara Machine Products.

Joe is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Ryerson University) and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Aqshai Vasan

Vice-President, Finance
Phone: 604-258-0381
Aqshai.Vasan@VersaCold.com

Aqshai is the Vice-President of Finance for VersaCold Logistics Services and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Aqshai joined VersaCold in 2009, coming from New Zealand where he held senior finance positions in the consumer goods, forestry and banking industries. Aqshai is a Chartered Accountant in both Canada and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from the University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand.

Tim Hoppe

Vice-President Effectiveness, Warehousing Solutions
Phone: 647-501-5915
Tim.Hoppe@VersaCold.com

Tim has more than 24 years of experience in the refrigerated warehousing and transportation industries. In 2003, Tim joined VersaCold with the acquisition of Geneva Lakes Cold Storage. He held the position of Operations Vice-President of the Midwest Region and commenced his current position in December of 2011.

Food Safety

Our Number One Focus

Nothing else we do counts unless we can deliver food safety and cold chain integrity. Our investment in a dedicated food safety and cold chain quality assurance team ensures the integrity, quality and freshness of your products and the health and wellness of the families who enjoy them. No other supply chain company in Canada can match our capability in this area. There are no higher standards than our own.

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Sustainability

Careful What We Leave Behind

Success today shouldn't come with a price for tomorrow. At VersaCold we are committed to continuously investing in ways to reduce the ecological impact of our facilities, our fleets and every aspect of our operations. One initiative that has seen results is educating our engineering teams and employees on ways to reduce energy consumption at their sites and giving them the advanced tools to do so.

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Certifications

Awards

We are honored to be recognized as a Top 3PL & Cold Storage provider and a Green Supply Chain Partner. Recognition like this further drives our commitment to the continuous improvement and innovation of our services and to enabling our valued customers to achieve outstanding business success and peace of mind so they can focus on what matters most – the families around the world who enjoy their products.

Award