Our Team

Our Team

Don Mahnke, P. Eng., President

Don Mahnke, P. Eng, is president and owner of Hydra-Slide Ltd. and its affiliate, Westport Canada Ltd. (www.westportcanada.ca).

Don has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been involved with the Heavy Rigging and Transportation business for more than 30 years — first as Vice-President, Lackie Transportation Services Ltd. then as President and co-owner of Engineered Transportation and Rigging Company Ltd. (ETARCO) and most recently, Sr. Vice-President Special Projects for Mammoet Canada Ltd. He officially retired in 2005 but remains active in the heavy transportation and rigging field.

The best part of his job: “My entire career has been in the Heavy Transport and Rigging field…now that I am semi-retired Hydra-Slide allows me to continue being a part of the industry and contribute to its future”

> Read our Feature Article – “How It All Started” by Don Mahnke

Janine Smith, Vice President

Janine Smith joined Hydra-Slide Ltd. in 2011 as Director of Sales & Marketing to better serve its growing client base. She is the first point of contact for many of Hydra-Slide’s new and returning customers.

Janine was promoted to Vice President in 2015 and enjoys her growing responsibilities including Inventory and Brand Management, Logistics and Client Relations.

The best part of her job: “What I like best are the customer visits and product demos I get to do. Meeting face to face and developing relationships with future clients will never be replaced by emails. Seeing the excitement about what our equipment can do for a client’s business is awesome”

Robert Young, Director of Operations

Robert Young is our Quality Control and Assurance Measures representative, and also provides on-site and classroom training on the safe operation and use of Hydra-Slide equipment. Robert has a background in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Construction and Start-Up.

The best part of his job: “A big part of my position involves our equipment designs and fabrication related issues, so when I get to see our equipment being used in the field and solving real rigging problems it comes to life for me”