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Meet Our Leadership Team

With close to 40 years in the restoration business, we have a thorough understanding of provincial and municipal regulations and building codes. We are well regarded by vendors and we have established relationships with the best consultants, tradespeople, and subcontractors in the business.

Ji Yoon

President & CEO

Ji Yoon is President and CEO for the Canstar Group of Companies.  Ji is a seasoned senior executive with a diverse background in both private and public companies with over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing, building materials distribution, forestry and restoration industries.  Throughout his career, Ji has demonstrated a commitment to creating value for shareholders and building strong, high-performing teams. He has a history of delivering results, both in terms of financial performance and operational excellence.  He has a deep understanding of the financial and operational complexities of businesses, and has a history of driving growth, improving financial performance, and leading successful mergers and acquisitions.

Previously, Ji served as CFO for a fully integrated resource development and forest management company and prior to that he was the CFO and IT lead for On Side Restoration where he led the ERP systems development and mergers and acquisitions initiatives in growing their revenues and footprint across Canada.

Ji holds his CPA, CMA, FCMA and C. Dir designations.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, a Business Diploma (Honours) from Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sarnia, Ontario and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, a Chartered Director and a Chartered Professional Accountant as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

In addition to his professional pursuits, Ji is an active member of his community, has served on a number of public company boards, and is a mentor for young aspiring professionals.  In his free time, Ji is an avid car enthusiast, world traveller, fitness fanatic and dog lover.

With Ji's financial leadership, knowledge of corporate governance and vast industry experience, the company is well-positioned for continued success and growth.

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Santosh Mohanan

Chief Financial Officer

Santosh Mohanan is the Chief Financial Officer for the Canstar Group of Companies. In this role, he has strategic and operational accountability for all finance functions, IT, and business processes. Santosh brings 16 years of direct industry experience at Canstar, and his executive business background includes concrete forming for a major regional player and senior roles in retail operations. During his tenure at Canstar, the company grew from 40 employees at one branch to 250 employees across 10 branches. He also has played major roles in our participation in RIA, Contractor Connection, and other industry associations He was a pivotal member of the transition team that facilitated the process that brought Canstar into the Fulcrum Capital Group of companies.

A life-long learner, Santosh obtained his MBA from SFU’s Beedie School of Business with a graduate certificate focusing on business in the four largest economies in the Americas. Dedicated to his community, Santosh is a board member of the CrossRoads Hospice Society in Port Moody, and is a founding member of the EMBArk Initiative, which is a program designed by him and his SFU cohorts to give back to society in a variety of programs.

In his spare time, he likes travelling, reading, and hanging out with his family.

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David Sheppard

Chief Marketing Officer

David Sheppard is Chief Marketing Officer for the Canstar Group of Companies. With his 13-year tenure at Canstar, he has served in several capacities but is now primarily involved in ensuring that our property management and insurance clients are fully represented in our production and operations initiatives.

Prior to joining Canstar, David worked in the insurance industry, holding senior roles with several major insurers. Those roles included responsibility for all claims operations regionally and then nationally, and in one case, creating the Practices and Procedures Manual that directed all claims functions companywide. David previously served as President of the Insurance Institute of BC, President of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Insurance Claims Manager Association and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Insurance Institute of Canada.

David is a Chartered Insurance Professional with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta.

David’s interests include animal charities, and he was responsible for Canstar’s partnership with the BCSPCA that sees a portion of every claim donated to this worthwhile animal welfare organization.

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Mike Nottingham

Vice President Operations

Michael Nottingham is Vice President Operations for the Canstar Group of Companies. In this role, Michael assumes leadership for the Canstar facilities and operations, which encompasses 12 locations across Western Canada. He is also integral to the leadership for the highly experienced and successful hazardous materials team at NorHaz Solutions. In addition, Michael sits on the safety committee and is committed to the well being and success of his team. He brings a high degree of strategic planning and operational excellence and is a leader who embodies the companies’ mission, vision, and values.

Previously, Michael served as Director of Operations, where he worked with Canstar’s Project Management teams and their vender partners to ensure the quality and customer experience exceeded the expectations of its customers across multiple key segments. By installing a sense of pride to his role and overseeing Canstar’s success, Michael has helped lead the team through the challenges associated with the pandemic and ensured process flexibility during those unprecedented times.

Before joining Canstar, Michael worked in Seattle, Washington, as Director of Service for DSL Inc., a restaurant equipment, service, and construction company that is an innovative and technologically driven restaurant service and construction firm. He served in the operation and service departments as a leader delivering superior customer service to major international clients throughout Western Canada and Northwestern United States.

Michael is proud of his two daughters and is an alumnus of the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. He is also an avid car enthusiast owning multiple classic American muscle cars.

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Andrew Quick

Vice President Client Solutions

Andrew Quick is Vice President of Client Solutions for the Canstar Group of Companies. In this role, he is accountable for branch operations and project management functions which include development and evolution of key performance indicators, supporting business development initiatives, growth of Canstar’s insurance program, and delivering solutions for an amazing client/customer experience.

Prior to joining Canstar, Andrew has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry with his last role leading the Claims division for BCAA with accountability for home, small business, travel, and recreational vehicle claims. His experience in the insurance industry and claims background provides him with in-depth knowledge to adjust and measure Canstar’s performance so it aligns with its insurance partners. Andrew has successfully led and implemented large cross functional projects that centralized back-office functions, introduced specific KPIs to drive operational efficiency and introduced customer experience measures that delivered best in class customer satisfaction scores. Andrew is an engaging leader who focuses on results through business process optimization and fostering a highly collaborative and engaging work environment.

Andrew is very proud of being both a Kwantlen Polytechnic and Queen’s University, Ontario Alumni where he attained his BBA and MBA respectively.

Andrew is married and has 2 children. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys cooking, reading spy novels, hiking, and spending time with his family and their 2 dogs.

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Christine Gibson

Vice President Human Resources

Christine Gibson is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Canstar Group of Companies. In this role, Christine brings over 10 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries. She strives to create an engaging, safe, and rewarding work environment where every employee is empowered and confident in career growth and advancement. In this position, she oversees all aspects of human resources management including payroll and health and safety.

In her previous roles she gained a solid background in workforce planning and recruitment, occupational health & safety, succession planning and employee development and coaching.

Christine is a CPHR member and has completed leadership training specializing in recognizing one’s own interpretations of a situation or person to improve a relationship.

In her down time Christine enjoys reading and traveling with her husband and children.

Ken Zwiers

Vice President Northern BC Region

Ken Zwiers serves as the Vice President of Northern BC for the Canstar Group of Companies. He oversees operations for Universal Restoration Services (“URS”) in locations including Prince George, Terrace, Smithers, and Quesnel. A proud resident of Prince George, Ken co-founded URS two decades ago. Under his leadership, and with a strong operations team, URS has emerged as the region's leading restoration company. Their emphasis on safety ensures top-notch performance that safeguards both clients and team members.

Ken's late father was a renowned developer in the Prince George area, having spent his entire life in northern BC. Before spearheading URS, Ken was involved in the family business and managed a value-added mill, exporting wood components to Japan and Germany.

Together with his wife, two sons, and a pair of dogs, Ken cherishes the vibrant outdoor lifestyle that Prince George offers.

Blaine Jackson

Vice President Prairie Region

Blaine Jackson serves as the Vice President, Prairie Region, for the Canstar Group of Companies. He oversees operations for Lydale Property Restoration’s (“Lydale”) four locations including Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Regina. Blaine has over 37 years of experience in the restoration industry. Joining Lydale in Saskatoon in 1987 as an Estimator and Project Manager, he eventually went on to take ownership of the company in 1991.

In 1996, Blaine expanded the company and opened a second branch in Regina. After continued success in Saskatchewan, Blaine relocated to Edmonton where he opened a third branch in 2002, and a fourth branch in Calgary in 2004. Under Blaine’s guidance, Lydale has emerged as one of the prairie regions leading restoration companies, with a customer first policy, maintaining a hands-on approach at all four Lydale branches.

Away from the office, Blaine enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.