VANCOUVER, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - WesternOne Inc. ("WesternOne") (Toronto
Stock Exchange: WEQ, WEQ.DB and WEQ.DB.C) today announced that its
Board of Directors has appointed Peter Blake as Chief Executive
Officer, effective September 1, 2014. Mr. Blake will succeed Robert
King, who has acted as interim CEO since September 8, 2013. Mr. King
will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Blake is currently Chief Executive Officer of Ritchie Bros.
Auctioneers Inc. ("Ritchie Bros."), a public company listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. As announced on
October 8, 2013, Mr. Blake is stepping down from Ritchie Bros.
"Peter brings extensive knowledge and experience of leading a highly
successful organization that has grown to a global scale and created
exceptional shareholder value. Under Peter's leadership Ritchie Bros.
has grown in 10 years from a $250 million market cap business to a $2.5
billion market cap business," says Mr. King. "Peter's credentials from
the construction and infrastructure background are ideally suited to
the WesternOne business. Our Board is confident that he is the right
CEO to lead this next exciting stage of growth for WesternOne."
"WesternOne has achieved a solid track record of growth and I'm excited
about the appointment," says Mr. Blake. "I look forward to working with
the leadership team when I join in September and driving future growth
Mr. Blake joined Ritchie Bros. as a controller in 1991 and has assumed a
number of senior positions within the company. Since 2004, he has
served as Chief Executive Officer of Ritchie Bros. Mr. Blake is a
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia,
and has a Diploma of Technology from British Columbia Institute of
Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of
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future plans and operations. Although the forward-looking information
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of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the
results discussed in the forward-looking information, and a description
of these factors can be found under "Risk Factors" in WesternOne's
Annual Information Form dated March 28, 2014 and Management's
Discussion and Analysis dated May 14, 2014, which are available on
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assumes no obligation to update or revise such information to reflect
new events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable
WesternOne seeks to acquire and grow businesses in the construction and
infrastructure services sectors in order to generate stable and growing
dividends to its shareholders and to achieve capital appreciation.
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Backgrounder: Mr. Peter Blake
Peter James Blake was raised in Richmond, B.C. and earned his Diploma of
Technology at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and
Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta. He received
his Chartered Accountant designation while at KPMG Vancouver. Peter
joined Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. ("Ritchie Bros.") in 1991, and
has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ritchie Bros. since 2004.
Peter has been involved in several community organizations, including
West Point Grey Academy, BCIT and BC Women's Hospital foundation
boards. He has served as a Director of Accruit, LLC as well as the
Board of Directors of Ritchie Bros. He has also served as the co-chair
of the Cabinet for the Business Laureates of BC for Junior Achievement.
Peter supports local post-secondary students through yearly tuition
sponsorships via the Marion Stevenson Endowment Fund, which he and his
wife created to support student nurses at BCIT, and through the Cmolik
Foundation. He has also supported the BC Children's Hospital, and is an
ongoing supporter of Hannah's Heroes Foundation, Kidsport BC, and PALS
Autism School Society.
Peter has received recognition through the years, including the 2012
Distinguished Alumni Award from BCIT and in 2013 he was honoured with a
fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British
Columbia (ICABC). The fellowship (FCA) designation is awarded to
chartered accountants for contributions to the community and service to
He and his wife, Leslie, have two daughters and reside in the Lower
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SOURCE: WesternOne Inc.
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