By: Pacific Seafoods International  09-12-2011
Keywords: Fish

Clare Knutson

Clare was raised in Port Hardy.  Leaving to attend college, Clare returned to begin her working career in office administrative capacities.  Taking time off to raise her two, now teenage sons, Clare has worked many areas of accounting within the fish and logging industry since 1999.  Creating data base programs to track production and inventory for two of the largest primary fish processors on the North Island, Clare also initially worked for a short period of time for Hardy Buoys in 2007, when she wrote and implemented an electronic record keeping system for all sports caught processing and smoking orders. When an opportunity to further develop her skills within the logging industry Clare left and was a key employee in production analysis, new employee training, accounts receivable and payable, managing payroll and benefits for up to 300 employees.  Knowing that Hardy Buoys was looking to grow it’s management team in the area of administration Clare decided it was time for a change.  Clare’s attention to detail and understanding of the industry coupled with her background in IT, networking, data base and all aspects of Office administration made her the front runner for the job.  Hardy Buoys welcomed Clare back to the team in March 2011.  In addition to being the Office Manager, Clare heads up Occupational Health and Safety.

Mike Schurr

Mr. Schnurr has over 25 years of corporate accounting and management experience.  He has worked a variety of positions, from blue collar to executive management in  manufacturing,  retail sales and city hall.  Mike’s  experiences within pulp milling, construction, truck manufacturing, and automotive dealerships allows him to draw on his skills and abilities in business as well as life.  Mike is active in the local community, volunteering countless hours of time and energy.  Mr. Schnurr is an active member of the Rotary Club of Port Hardy, as well as a FreeMason.  Mike has served on the Board of Governors for the North Island College for 6 years.  A father of four beautiful daughters, Mike is enjoying his newest role of being a grandfather.  Mike brings fresh eyes, (appetite) and questions to our food manufacturing business. 

Helen Smith

Helen has always loved the outdoors, so a move to the North end of Vancouver Island in 2004 was the perfect place to set down roots with her husband and raise their family. Helen has worked in the field of Quality Control since 1985. Specializing in the Food Industry since 2001 and moving into the fish industry in 2004. Helen’s many years of experience in dealing with government agencies, implementing and adhereing to specific guidelines and policies with regards to food safety, quality assurance, lot controls and traceability ensure that the company is operating to the highest standards as set out by Federal and Provincial government. Securing our Kosher certification, as well as our export capabilities outside of B.C., Canada and all over the world.

When not hard at work, Helen enjoys entertaining family and friends, showing off this beautiful part of the province we get to call home. Spending time with her two grown daughters, husband and the family pets is the perfect down time for Helen.

Ashley Flannigan

Ashley joined the Hardy Buoys family in April 2004. As one of the youngest employees at that time, Ashley began her career with Hardy Buoys from the ground up in an entry level position, her days (and nights) consisted of packaging all species of sportscaught salmon and ground fish for the busy summer tourism season. Many years of college, summer and seasonal employment allowed Ashley to gain a solid foundation with regards to food safety in a value added, ready to eat food manufacturing plant, labeling requirements, and industry standards. In 2008 when Hardy Buoys expanded from a crew of 20 to 55, as well as expanding the product line up and wholesale markets Bruce and Carol knew they needed someone in place to oversee quality assurance with regards to new employees, product packaging and labeling. Ashley decided to make Hardy Buoys her full time priority and returned to Port Hardy permanently. Ashley is now hands on in the design and creative process for all packaging materials, working with suppliers and agencies to ensure that Hardy Buoys is following all regulations and requirements. Some courses in business accounting and marketing have strengthened her position within Hardy Buoys. In recent years, Ashley has taken on the role of leading the sports caught summer crew June through end of August in addition to her regular duties.

Lucille (Mama Lu) Beck

Affectionately known as Mama Lu by all the crew, Lu has come by this nick name for obvious reasons. Initially hired in October 2003 as a fish processor Lu’s caring, and sincere personality immediately made her a favorite with fellow employees. Lu worked side by side with owners Carol and Bruce in those still early years helping them through many growing pains. Long days and the need to just get the job done, Lu tried her hand at every task that was put in front of her. During this time Lu developed a solid understanding of the direction and vision Bruce and Carol had for their small but growing company. Lu plays an instrumental role in ensuring that their vision is carried out on a daily basis. Always ready with good advice and a hug. In 2008 when the business expanded from a crew of 20 to 55, Lu was the obvious choice to manage Human Resources, and Employee Wellness. Lu and her husband Ken have made Port Hardy their home for nearly 30 years. Their children now parents of teen agers, Lu is a member of the woman’s auxiliary, and Senior’s Center. Lu’s previous work experience is a long and colorful history having spent time in the logging, retail, grocery, banking, and dairy industries before settling into Hardy Buoys, which will no doubt be a retirement job. Now with a crew of 70 at times Lu spends most of her day doing what she loves and does best, being Mama Lu with an ear to listen and a hug to those that need one.

Jay Carnell

Jay was born and raised in Campbell River, B.C. Having spent the previous 20 years in the hotel industry working her way from chamber maid to management, a move a little further North up the Island in 2004 found Jay ready for a change.  With no experience in the seafood industry Jay took a job with Hardy Buoys in February 2004 as a clerk in the retail store front.  Jay’s easy going, friendly and dependable personality quickly saw her a valued member of the team.  Having spent time helping in every area of the process, has given Jay the knowledge to confidently coordinate the phone and internet orders of the value added seafood and ready to eat smoked salmon products that are sold in the same retail store front that she now manages.  Jay is a hands on mom to two teen age daughters.  Jay and her husband enjoy camping with their family. 

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