Bernie, CEO and Joan Driedger have been the owners of Canada West Coachlines for over 30 years, growing a small fleet of seven to 20 top-of-the-line coaches that they have today, working out of Kamloops, Kelowna and Edmonton, travelling throughout North America. Bernie’s professional experience as a manager within the Royal Bank of Canada for 17.5 years prior to purchasing Canada West Coachlines helped give him the financial and business acumen to realize the steady and successful growth of Canada West Coachlines.
Bernie and Joan’s incredible work ethic and high standard of safety and customer service excellence is evident in the day-to-day running of the business. The business has grown to include a Full-Service Maintenance Shop as well as Sun Fun Tours Ltd. Each of these businesses is managed by share-holders, and the commitment and attention to detail, overseen by all the shareholders, ensures that standards are not only met, but exceeded. Bernie and Joan are very proud of their accomplishments within the motor-coach industry, and are highly thought of by their peers and competitors.
Brennan Driedger, Senior Vice President, heads up the Maintenance Facility for the company. This facility is a Government and Commercial licensed inspection facility with fully qualified, BC licensed mechanics. They have years of experience and training in fleet and mechanical coach repairs, providing mechanical support for Prevost, and MCI motor coaches including a/c, tires and minor engine repairs.
Stacey Ceron, Vice President of Operations and Sales started learning about the family business at the age of nine over the dinner table. She has worked her way up and now manages the day-to-day business of Canada West Coachlines, an incredibly busy motor-coach company. Stacey is on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Trucking Association and attends various motor coach conferences and trade shows throughout the year to ensure the business is kept current on the constantly shifting transportation industry.
Shelley Thiessen, Vice President of Sun Fun Tours since 1997, provides Canada West Coachlines with one of their best customers, as this industrious tour company keeps Canada West Coachlines busy! Shelley’s years in the travel industry, her business networks, attention to detail and high level of customer service ensures the continued success of this tour company.