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Commercial Solutions elects three new board members

Edmonton, AB -- Commercial Solutions Inc. of Edmonton has elected three new directors, two of which are considered ...

Edmonton, AB — Commercial Solutions Inc. of Edmonton has elected three new directors, two of which are considered independent. The new board members are Stephen Kent, Richard Smith and Greg Florence.

Kent, a resident of Edmonton, is the managing partner of the Foundation Group, a private investment banking firm. Over the past 15 years, he has been the lead advisor on numerous acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance transactions in a number of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, service, energy and technology. He is considered an independent director

Smith, a resident of Calgary, is president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. He has management experience in the life sciences area, including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and plant sciences, as well as a number of commercialization initiatives in plant biotechnology. Smith is considered an independent director.

Florence, a resident of Regina, is director, investments of FCC Ventures, the private equity/venture capital division of Farm Credit Canada. He has over 20 years experience in private and public equity, as well as dealing with regulatory and corporate governance issues.


“We are excited to have these leaders join the Commercial board,” said president and CEO Jim Barker. “Each brings unique talents. Their combined business knowledge and experience will be of great benefit in guiding the corporation through its current growth period. We would also like to thank the three outgoing board members for their time and effort.”

Commercial is an independent industrial distributor with 23 services centres and approximately 242 employees located across Canada. The company offers more than 150,000 items critical to maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. Commercial represents 400 leading manufacturers and serves over 10,000 customer accounts within a broad cross-section of industries, including oil and gas, forestry, food processing, chemical processing, mining and aggregate, utilities, agriculture and construction.