James S. Locker



• Successful and seasoned executive with over 30 years of senior management experience in manufacturing, distribution and sales.

• Passion for innovation recognizing human and technological dimensions that drive successful change.

• Proud record of managing substantial long term growth prudently and profitably.

• International business experience with several organizations in France, Far East and USA.

• Successfully led the delicate task of shuttering a significant Canadian manufacturing operation.

Executive and Management Experience

• President and COO of G.N. Johnston Equipment Company Ltd . Johnston is the largest material handling dealer in Canada with 13 branches from coast to coast.

• Vice President and General Manager of Raymond Industrial Equipment Ltd (RIE) until transferred to Johnston. With my team transformed RIE, the only Canadian manufacturer of electric forklift trucks and pallet trucks, from traditional ‘batch’ manufacturing to lot size of one, synchronized continuous flow. RIE was first North American forklift manufacturer to be registered ISO 9001 and 14002.

• Vice President Manufacturing Tonka Toys Canada. Started with Tonka as an Engineering Manager; promoted to Plant Manager and then Vice President. Successful management career began with managing change at the shop floor level. 

Board of Directors and Advisory Experience

• Member of the Board of Directors of Johnston Equipment and Raymond Industrial Equipment Ltd.

• Former Chair of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Central West Region.

• Former Member of the Board of Directors of Enterra Communications Inc., an internet start-up company.


• BA with distinction, York University. Graduated Valedictorian Class of 1992.

• CIM, Certificate in Management and Administration, Canadian Institute of Management, 1973.

• Professional Manager Designation (P.Mgr), Canadian Institute of Management, 1985.

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