Pinnacle’s management team has decades of experience in the wood pellet industry and in the industrial sector. The team has a track record of driving growth in production, productivity, and profitability while maintaining industry-leading safety standards.
Andrea Johnston was appointed CFO of Pinnacle in March 2017 and SVP in May 2021. She has an extensive finance background across several diverse industries, with more than 20 years of experience in CEO, CFO and senior finance roles. Prior to joining Pinnacle, she was Chief Financial Officer of Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA, a 3D modelling software firm focused on the natural resources sector. Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of NGRAIN, a provider of 3D simulation software. Ms. Johnston also served in senior positions at B.C. Hydro and Transmission Corporation, a large power utility, and NxtPhase T&D Corporation, a technology leader in providing patented products to the electric power industry. She is a Director of Bionic Power Inc. and sits on the Advisory Board for Sustainable Business for CPA Canada. Ms. Johnston is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), a Chartered Business Valuator, and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
Vaughan Bassett was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales and Logistics of Pinnacle in May 2011. He is responsible for Pinnacle’s wood pellet marketing, sustainability, sales, and logistics (including the Westview Terminal), and leads the development of the Company’s export markets. Mr. Bassett has an extensive international career in the forest products industry, having spent almost 20 years with Sappi, a global pulp and paper company. As the executive in charge of their worldwide pulp sales, he was stationed in Hong Kong for 10 years with Sappi Trading. He is a director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and serves as its president. Mr. Bassett is also a director of SBP, a certification organization based in the UK. He is a past chairman of the CME-BC. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Natal and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, both in South Africa.
Erin Strong was appointed Director of Human Resources of Pinnacle in July 2016. She has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the human resources field. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Ms. Strong served as Director of Human Resources at the Mark Anthony Group, a leading alcoholic beverage supplier, for more than 10 years. She also previously worked at Tolko Industries, a privately-owned forest products company, where she served as a Human Resource Advisor. Ms. Strong earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a diploma in Human Resource Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is a certified Human Resource Professional in Canada (HRPA designation).
Ranj Sangra was appointed General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Pinnacle in July 2018. He is responsible for the Company’s legal, compliance, and corporate governance functions. Mr. Sangra joins Pinnacle from Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where he served most recently as Vice President, Legal Affairs. In this senior management position, he led contract negotiations and corporate affairs, and played an integral role in M&A activities and oversaw corporate governance matters. Prior to Ritchie Bros., Mr. Sangra was Legal Counsel at CHC Helicopter Corporation. Prior thereto, he was an Associate at McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Vancouver, B.C. Mr. Sangra earned his J.D. from the University of Toronto and holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.
Adnan Khan was appointed VP, Strategic Capital in 2019. Adnan will contribute to Pinnacle’s strategy through the development of greenfield and brownfield projects, acquisitions and joint venture partnerships, with the overarching goal of strategically deploying capital to support the growth of the business and contribute to increasing shareholder value. Adnan brings over 25 years of international project, operations, and organizational leadership experience, both as a client and as a consultant, safely executing complex projects in forestry including pulp and paper and OSB, high tech environmental technologies including fuel cells and phosphate recovery, mining, chemicals, and oil and gas. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Adnan served as Division Manager at Allnorth Consultants Limited where he safely and efficiently implemented new and innovative technologies for the OSB and mining industries. He also served as Director of Automation for Ainsworth Engineered and was responsible for identifying and safely executing continuous improvement projects for multiple OSB facilities. Adnan holds a B. Eng. from the University of Victoria, Electrical Engineering specializing in Industrial Automation and Robotics, and a Diploma in Electronics Technology, Process Automation and Instrumentation, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.