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The Crownsmen Podcast highlights the huge benefit that Mining, Energy, Construction, Forestry, and Transportation have on the economy. Watch on YouTube https://youtube.com/crownsmenpartners We highlight these industries by interviewing guests from First Nations Entrepreneurs, business owners, and top level executives from leading companies who all feel the effects from new projects that are approved or shut down. Join us as we promote industry and combat anti-business policies.
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We walk through the history of Ritchie Brothers including expanding into a global company, reaching major financial milestones, and the strategy that made them the largest equipment auctioneering company in the world. We look at their acquisitions, including IronPlanet and how they have been able to integrate technology and company cultures. Kieran Holm is the President of Canada for Ritchie Bros. and he shares his personal experiences with Dave Ritchie and the lessons he has learned while moving up through the company. Watch Ep 40. Here: https://youtu.be/2YwWqHBIMxM  
Kate Lampson is part of the third generation of the family owned and operated crane powerhouse Lampson Cranes. In Episode 39 of The Crownsmen Podcast Kate takes us through operating a global company with the family dynamics, how these amazing cranes like the Lampson Transi-Lift LTL 3000 were developed, and the complex logistics of getting their giant cranes from one site to the next. Lampson Cranes has been onsite for iconic structures that include Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium) and CenturyLink Field but for the industrial lovers, projects such as Chevron – Richmond or Plant Vogtle – Waynesboro, GA will showcase their incredible capabilities. Deeper in the interview Kate even takes us through Lampson’s long standing relationship with Hitachi, her time working outside the family business and views on carrying on her grandfather's legacy. Lampson is a crane manufacturer, onsite crane contractor, and a crane sales and rental company, this episode explores the industry of heavy lifting in major industrial sectors from a company who has been doing it for over 70 years. Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/HO7L6kvQi_U
Whether magnets are being used to protect equipment from an unwanted bucket tooth going into a processing system or they are part of a magnetic separation system on a mining operation they play an important role in almost all industrial operations. IMT Founder and President Dave R. Miles sat down with The Crownsmen Podcast to discuss in detail designing and manufacturing industrial magnetic equipment.We also look at the various types of magnetic equipment including Suspended Plate Magnets, Cross Belt Separators, Magnetic Head Pulleys, Magnetic Plate Separators, Magnetic Conveyors, Drum Separators, Lifting Magnets and Magnetic Sweepers. Dave also takes us through how the industry has changed, his professional career, and challenges facing industrial sectors such as manufacturing, mining, energy, and forestry. Watch Ep 38. Here: https://youtu.be/nI2kBWEcEyU
The history of hemp goes back thousands of years. There was a time in the United States that some farmers were required to grow hemp because it was a much needed resource to make many products. Fast forward to the 1900s and hemp was banned alongside Schedule 1 drugs. Then the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 proposed a law to remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule I controlled substances which would make it an ordinary agricultural commodity. Its provisions were incorporated in the 2018 United States farm bill that became law on December 20, 2018. Now, although individual states are still able to ban hemp, they cannot ban cross-state transport…thus the story of hemp continues.Ola Lessard from the US Hemp Roundtable and Barleans joins The Crownsmen Podcast to discuss both the history and future of hemp. She discusses the role of the US Hemp Roundtable which serves as a lobbyist organization on behalf of the hemp industry, and she outlines the role of its’ sister organization the US Hemp Authority which serves as a certification body to preserve integrity and quality within the industry. Ola is also VP, Marketing & Communications of Barleans who has expanded their business into the CBD Hemp Oil space.This episode also explores the United State’s complex relationship with Hemp as Ola talks about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell becoming an unlikely ally in removing hemp from the Schedule I controlled substances list. We look at how education has begun to shift people's attitudes towards hemp and allowed it to separate from cannabis in public perception. Most importantly how states that are commonly conservative such as Kentucky have realized the opportunity for struggling farmers who can now grow a crop because hemp allows multiple harvests in a year, has a stronger resistance to pesticides, and is a comparatively easier product to grow. Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/l6_eQ5nWGzA
Leaders lead by example. So simple yet so often is a neglected value. Burns Lake Band Chief Dan George is one of those leaders who not only holds that value but seems to put it at the forefront. Chief George is also the chairman of the First Nation LNG Alliance and for the last 6 years has not only lead his band in negotiations with governments and companies over LNG pipelines but has used FNLNGA as a way to educate and support the indigenous communities as the LNG industry expands across their territories. This episode of The Crownsmen Podcast explores everything from the LNG industry and LNG pipelines, to First Nations relationship with the LNG industry. We also explore education and developing infrastructure in First Nations communities as well as Chief George’s own professional career. Watch Ep 36. Here: https://youtu.be/6pkR8Fm1D5Q
Energy efficiency and innovation is a crucial part of producing profitable mining operations. Greg Rasmussen joins The Crownsmen Podcast to give us a window into how companies like Gekko are able to continually provide innovative equipment to the mining industry around the world. He also walks us through how equipment suppliers work as both partners and competitors with the industry. We also examine modular processing plants, how GEKKO partners with universities to spur new ideas, and how mining technology has changed over the last 20 years. Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/crOainTFTr8
CEO of BC LNG Alliance, Bryan Cox joins The Crownsmen Podcast to discuss the global demand of Liquefied Natural Gas and British Columbia’s expansion into new markets with LNG. Bryan also discusses how BCLNGA provides value to its members and stakeholders including the public. This podcast digs deep into the LNG industry, investments in processing terminals and pipelines made by companies like LNG Canada, and relationships between the energy industry and First Nations People. Watch Episode 34. Here: https://youtu.be/LcRJx7yO1qk
Cementation is an underground mine contracting and engineering company that has worked on major mining projects around the world. Roy Slack, Founder, former President, and now Directors of Cementation Americas joins The Crownsmen Podcast to talk major project, safety, and how the mining industry has changed. Roy also serves as the current president of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and laid out their future approach for supporting bother their members and the mining industry. Roy explains that from the moment the Cementation started profits were not the primary focus. He wanted to remove the typical adversarial relationship between mine operators and mine contractors, he wanted safety to be at the forefront, and he wanted design-build to integrate input from all stakeholders. This in-depth interview unpacks one of the most challenging parts of the mining industry… building the mine! Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/xLdorkmJlbU
In the small village of Ashcroft with a population of about 1600 sits British Columbia's largest inland terminal that is responsible for importing and exporting goods and natural resources to and from the BC interior to the United States and around the world. This massive 320 acre terminal has both CP and CN railway lines passing through and access to  major highways into the province. Kleo Landucci joins us to talk about the history, current news, and the future of Ashcroft Terminal. She also gives her outlook on developing long term partnerships and maintaining them and how that strategy lead to the acquisition made by PSA International. Watch Ep 32. Here: https://youtu.be/Nq0Dp4QdT7s
Millions of square feet around the world is covered by fabric buildings. What we wanted to know is how much has the technology has evolved? Fabric buildings were at one time typically used for equipment or product storage but are now being constructed for sport facilities and even housing. The reason is in no small part thanks to innovations within the industry that have made fabric more durable and airtight, designs being more customized and the steel frames stronger while minimizing steel waste. Watch Ep 31. Here: https://youtu.be/IWNAt7wTgukVisit The Crownsmen Podcast Website: https://www.crownsmen.com/podcast/
According to a US Hemp Corp, in 2017 23,343 acres of hemp were cultivated that year across the United States. In 2018, that sum swelled to 77,000 acres. There are few (if any) agriculture sectors that are growing at a comparable rate and farmers have a new opportunity to grow a renewable crop with high returns. As the industry grows the stigma of hemp also is beginning to disappear and uses for hemp products continue to be explored. With rapid growth there is a demand for industrial scale harvesting and production equipment. Corbett Hefner - Vice President R&D for Formation Ag joined us to explore the industry, the machinery they have developed, and the product itself.
Tradesmen International serves industries that include construction, manufacturing, power, heavy industry, mining, and skilled workers in both the United States and Canadian markets. Since 1992 when Joseph O. Wesley, an electrical contractor from Northeast Ohio, recognized first-hand the vast need for a new construction staffing paradigm to deliver superior construction labour to the contractor’s workforce they have expanded to 200 offices in the United States and now have an office in Canada which David hopes will increase to eight or nine. Labour is always a major cost on any project and efficiency to maximize profits is always the goal. The type of service Tradesmen International provides leads to the question…do we truly have a labour shortage for skilled workers and trades or do we have an efficiency shortage that leads to employment volatility? 
Not many people would dispute innovation needs investment and that R&D is as necessary, as it can be challenging, for companies trying to compete on a global scale. Governments have long developed programs to help incentivize companies to invest in updating and advancing their technology. However, even for large companies understanding where they fit into incentive categories, what type they are eligible for, and even when to apply is complex. Jacqueline Gustafson with KPMG helps us explore different options by explaining the categories of R&D incentive programs and highlighting various bodies that make the final decisions of who gets funded. Here is some basic incentive information and government targets that every business should know. Watch Podcast Here: https://youtu.be/nVsUyIZlqZU
From Formula One Championship, Site C to LNG Canada and all the way over to aerospace, not many companies cover as much ground as Wainbee. We sat down with their Regional Sales manager John Lamb to understand their company, their customers and their offerings. Wainbee Limited provides engineered systems, products and services for motion & control, industrial filtration and automation solutions. They partner with manufacturers and sell directly to customers, as well as, provide engineered solutions depending on the clients needs. The supply side is for customers who know what they need to have an internal team install or update their equipment. Their specialized offerings are clients who either have pre engineered systems and need Wainbee to build the system or have an end result they require and Wainbee builds a custom solution to achieve the customers goal.
J. Paul Stevenson is the CEO of Sego Resources Inc. and has lived and breathed exploration and mining since he was 15 years old when his uncle helped get him his first job. Sitting down with Paul was an opportunity to understand the exploration process step by step. The process of getting a mining claim from the exploration stage to a full production mine often takes years and hinges on so many factors including the economy, current markets, government, and local communities. Here are some common events and steps that are involved for making a junior mining company successful.
Welcome to the world of robotics in the industrial sectors! Today on the show Afshin Doust the CEO of AIS (Advanced Intelligent Systems) joins The Crownsmen Podcast to give incredible insight into how they have developed both an IoT platform and used AI technology to fulfill labour shortages and optimize efficiency challenges in agriculture and more specifically in horticulture.In the interview Afshin explains how the IoT platform helps AIS robots learn from each other and make decisions about the behavior required through its artificial intelligence capabilities. He lays out how the company has evolved its products and their business model. AIS now has two products ready for market including robots fully  equipped for moving and spacing plants. They have another ten in the works including pruning and shelf moving robots. This is all built off a subscription based business model so customers up front cost is minimal and they essentially only pay based on usage. With rising labour costs in both North America and Europe and a decrease in willingness to do repetitive and labour intensive jobs, robotics companies provide a strategy for industry to offer higher skill level jobs without the physical demand. But what is the risk of robots replacing humans? Afshin points out that at one time you hit zero and a live operator came on the line. Now with all the automation telecommunications employees more people than ever before. Partnerships have been key for AIS. Their manufacturer, Valid Manufacturing, and distributor, Agrinomix, are both also investors. Afshin outline how those partnerships developed and what each brings to the table. He offers his own outlook on how to maintain partners and resolves resolve conflicts. In many ways this episode is as much about leadership and successful collaboration as it is about technology and innovation. Watch Ep 25. https://youtu.be/rYl9puHt6B8
In 2018 at one of the largest mining shows in North America CIM Vancouver, Crownsmen Partners launched The Crownsmen Show & Podcast designed to explore the technology, environmental challenges, public relations, and even the politics of heavy industry. In 1 year we have done just that.For this special episode we have our first official interview of The Crownsmen Podcast that features former Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum President Michael Winship. Then we show highlights of some of our favorite episodes over the last year. Since we started our show has unpacked new mining technology with engineers and CEOs whose companies are leading the way for mining to become more efficient, safer, and better for our environment. We drove through the world of transportation to explore incredible systems to manage everything from monitoring technology for braking systems in heavy trucks to booking commercial shipping online . We drilled down into IoT and sensor technology used on modern day drills. We have looked at business models, growth strategies, finances, and the future of automation. It is our hope that you, our audience, have learned as much as we have and that we have opened your eyes to the world of heavy industry in a whole new way. We provide the platform, our guests provide the expertise, sponsors provide funding, and our audience gives us every reason in the world to make our show better every week… together we are “The Voice of Industry. Watch Ep 24. Here: https://youtu.be/ua3-9InigDETHANK-YOU FROM ALL OF US AT CROWNSMEN PARTNERS!Jerrod Downey - President 
In 1951 Kinder Morgan began laying a pipeline across the Simpcw First Nation’s land. How was the deal negotiated? By a government official that spoke on behalf of the Simpcw people and Chief and Council was only symbolic. This was during a time when residential schools were considered the norm, and the Indian act controlled almost every aspect of Indigenous People’s lives. This history is where we started our interview with Keith Matthew who is a former Chief and Council of the Simpcw First Nation, a successful businessman, and member and founder of multiple organizations that are working to build economic opportunity for Indigenous People across BC.Fast forward from 1951 to today and Keith’s community is now a power house of industry, negotiating with Kinder Morgan to secure maintenance and safety contracts for hundreds of kilometers of pipeline, partnering on a 7 million heli ski lodge investment, building up their forestry sector, and working with Canadian hydro developers. Keith has played many key roles along the way and offers deep insight into how deals get done and why so often disputes end up in court. Watch episode here: https://youtu.be/IjsksJg-WTg
Where do we go from here? This question is being asked across almost every spectrum of society. It is not easy to answer but a good place to start is by hearing what true experts in their perspective fields have to say. A major topic within major industrial sectors like mining, energy, and forestry is these industries responsibility to the environment. For those who work in heavy industry the question is also how can we responsibly manage the environment  while keeping major industrial sectors competitive on a global scale? Peter Krahn who is currently running a Nomination Candidate - North Vancouver for the Conservative Party of Canada has served as a Sr. Enforcement Engineer and National Operational Adviser for Environment Canada for over 35 years and to say he is an expert on industrial environment responsibly and enforcement would be an understatement considering her literally helped write the book on environmental forensics to support Canadian and global enforcement of environmental laws. Peter talks about early memories of being a kid  fishing and pulling garbage out of the river, in one case finding a twenty dollar bill. Coming from an immigrant family without much extra cash that was not a small amount of money for a young boy to find. In some ways it seems to still represent his view of what it means to be a conservative. To conserve, not just for the bottom line but for our environment. Over 35 years Peter has worked with saw mills to reduce their environmental impact, he has made recommendations to the fracking industry to ease environmental damages, he has been part of the team responsible for dealing with oil and chemical spills into waterways, and he has dealt with mines to raise their environmental standards… all while wanting industry to move forward. Internationally he was a project leader to develop an international environmental forensic investigation manual specifically targeted for developing economies on behalf of INTERPOL. Peter has also worked as an independent environmental consultant through Genesis Environmental Sciences. This all comes with a BSc in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Lakehead University and Undergraduate from University of British Columbia in Biology and Chemistry. This impressive resume makes Peter the perfect expert to really dig in and help us understand how industry and environmental concerns can collaborate and even thrive. Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/w8nn4YNvibY
Watch Full Episodes:  https://www.crownsmen.com/podcast/ In December of 2018 Global News released an article stating that  total national Caandian wealth hit $11.415 trillion in the third quarter, and at $8.752 trillion, real estate made up a 76-per-cent share of that figure. This staggering statistic made it clear to us that we need to have episodes that are focused on real estate, and being that we are a heavy industry show, we need to zero in on commercial real estate. Cory Wright, Founder and CEO of William Wright (a boutique style commercial real estate company) laid out in a clear way the reality of how commercial real estate works, the challenges, and the misconceptions people have. Commercial Real Estate TopicsIndustrial & Commercial Real EstatePhase 1 & 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)Small Businesses Buying Commercial Real Estate - Operations Vs Investment PropertyWilliam Wright - Developing a Commercial Real Estate CompanyRental Rates, Rental Inventory Shortage, & Real Estate Investment IncentiveCory Wright has spent years in the real estate business, working for other firms and now for 6 years running his own. Like many experts he can unpackage complex issues and make them easy to understand and help us realize that what we thought were simple can be complex and may have a hidden downside. Perhaps at times real estate becomes such a normal part of our lives that we only rely on news headlines and quick google searches to inform us. But if you run a business, rent a home, or want to invest in property this episode will give you in depth information to help you take advantage of the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls. 
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