Ray Castelli is the CEO of Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of redeployable shelter systems. Founded in Vancouver 31 years ago, Weatherhaven has grown to become a key supplier to the Canadian, US, Australian and NATO armed forces, numerous resource exploration companies as well as the United Nations and other disaster and humanitarian relief agencies.
The company has deployments in more than 40 countries, including the 2,000 person Canadian Armed Forces camp in Afghanistan. In addition to production facilities in Burnaby and Surrey, the company also produces in South America and Africa.
Ray was invited to join the Weatherhaven Board more than 5 years ago while serving as President and CEO of Naikun Wind Energy Ltd. Prior to returning to Vancouver in 2005, Ray was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of Quadrem, a Dallas-based global supply chain solutions company owned by 19 of the world’s largest natural resource companies, including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Alcan and CVRD.
Prior to forming Quadrem in 2000, Ray was Director of Corporate Development for Alcan Aluminum, the world’s second largest aluminum company. This role involved evaluating acquisition and development projects around the world, including smelters, energy projects, and rolling mills. Ray was also responsible for managing M&A activities in the New York office.
Ray joined Alcan in 1995 as Director of Corporate Affairs in Vancouver. His mandate included resolving an energy project dispute with the BC government, re-negotiating a 285MW power purchase agreement and handling all corporate and community affairs in British Columbia. He moved to Montreal HQ in 1997 as Director of Strategic Planning.
Prior to Alcan and business school, Ray spent 6 years in the federal government, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Indian Affairs, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice as well as National Defence. Prior to moving to Ottawa in 1989 he managed the Federal Cabinet Office in Vancouver.
Born and raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Ray is an alumnus of the SFU Business School as well as the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). He holds both Canadian and European citizenship and speaks 5 languages.