Heavy Duty Mechanical & Welding Sector Chairs

 Hugo Cookson web Hugo Cookson is a third generation Kelowna resident. His father established Cookson Motors in 1964, and 20 years ago, Hugo became dealer principal. In 2001, Hugo expanded the business by adding a dealership in Penticton and today the business has more than 70 employees. A former Business Administration student at Okanagan College, Hugo has been the representative for the International Service Warranty Advisory Board for the International Truck and Engine Corporation.

General Manager, Cookson Motors Ltd.
Ph: 250-215-7507 E: hugo@cooksonmotors.com

Brian Crowley web Brian Crowley came to Kelowna in 2006 and purchased the John Deere Dealership which later merged with seven other locations in Northern Alberta and B.C. to become PrairieCoast Equipment. Brian has spent his life working in agriculture, primarily in Saskatchewan, but also in Western Australia where he managed an agricultural dealership for four years. Brian is a member of the PrairieCoast Equipment Board of Directors.

Branch Manager, PrairieCoast Equipment
Ph: 250-765-9765  E: bcrowley@pcequip.ca

Doug Noble web Doug Noble has been teaching at the College since 2008, with most of his experience in off road mechanics in the forestry and construction equipment. He holds Interprovincial tickets in Heavy Duty, Commercial Transport and Agricultural, plus an Instructors Diploma. Doug spent 16 years working in the industry for various companies, including PrairieCoast Equipment, Brandt Tractor, John Deere, Great West Equipment, and Volvo/Tigercat.

Instructor, Heavy Duty Apprenticeship
Ph: 250-260-0968  E: d-noble@shaw.ca 

Graeme Jenkins web Graeme Jenkins came to the Okanagan in 2005 with two decades of experience in the welding sector working in Europe and Asia in a variety of capacities, including the off-shore oil industry. Graeme started here with West Manufacturing and later joined Enterprise Steel. The company specializes in building pressure vessels and pressure piping for up north, and into China, with a $20-million project currently underway. Graeme is a member of the College’s Program Advisory Committee for welding.

Manager, Enterprise Steel Fabricators Ltd.
Ph: 250-878-7030 E: gjenkins@entsf.ca

Dean Nutter web Dean Nutter started as an instructor at the College in 1990, having worked in the welding industry in several capacities, including in mining, sawmill operations, oil and gas, and in fabrication plants. He was a foreman at Enterprise Steel, and worked for CE Natco, an Alberta company. He is the former welder-supervisor for the Canadian Welding Bureau and is Vice-Chair of the B.C. Council of Admissions and Transfers Welding Articulation Group.

Chair, Welding Trades Department
Ph: 250-762-5445. ext. 4433  E: dnutter@okanagan.bc.ca