Group Solum Office Staff
David was raised in a farm and has a strong agricultural background. He started working at 15 years old at his oldest brother’s company. It was there when he discovered his passion for the strategy side of business. He went on to work with small businesses and startups, and enjoyed working with small groups. Later on in life, he worked for his father. He got married and lived in Mexico for a while before he returned to Canada to work with his brother again.
As things progressed, he and his brother, Roger, started taking over the farm and the business from their father on 2012. It was also around that time that David started running LaSalle Agri. They became partners and co-founders of several companies since then.
He firmly believes that everybody’s weakness is somebody else’s strength. He sees the potential in people, and knows how magnify them and where to place them to bring out their best. He is also a visionary, and has an ability to see the bigger picture. Which is why he knows exactly which direction his business should grow and how to lead people towards success.
Chief Financial Officer / Controller of Finances
John is a certified CPA/CMA. He’s been working in a lot of industries over 30 years. He was in Trans Alta on 2002-2018 in the Gas and Renewables division. After that, he started working at a startup company called EGMATICA Bio Fans and then at Shore Stores. He’s been with Buurma Acres since June 2021.
He leads the finance team of the company and is responsible for the treasury, castles and financial analysis. He believes in harmony at work and enjoys working with different groups.
He loves to go golfing, and walking his dog in his free time.
Juan Pablo Hernandez
Director of Business Development
"I have lived, worked and studied all over the world and bring a unique global perspective to start-ups and large organizations alike."
Executive Administrative Assistant
Throughout Shelby’s life, she has mainly worked in the customer service industry. She has also worked in the health/social work area. She fell in love with the agriculture industry when she participated in the farm shows and conventions with her grandfather and the company he worked for. She had never envisioned herself having a passion for this field but is happy be a part of something she enjoys.
Shelby has a Diploma in Native community worker (Traditional Aboriginal healing methods) from St. Clair college and the Anishinabek Education Institute. An associates degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus.
Administrative Assistant / Health & Safety
"I'm new to the agricultural sector and loving every opportunity to learn and grow with our team."