John’s parents immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1953, a year when several families of Dutch heritage travelled to Canada in hope of a brighter future after World War 2. John was born in 1961 and grew up on the family farm, so much of his upbringing involved work around the farm which would have included, amongst regular chores, repairing equipment and other things.
One of John’s early childhood memories was watching his brother repair an old Ford Fergusson Tractor and getting it running by replacing the points. He was fascinated how that all worked and perhaps it “sparked” his interest in the repair industry. In 1981 he began working at Maple Leaf Motors in Chilliwack (The same building he now owns and operates!), and began his career as a repair technician. In 1987 he began his own shop in Rosedale, only to shut it down a year later for the opportunity to move it to the same building he had worked at for all his apprentice years!
John is a journeyman Automotive Technician, a government licensed vehicle inspector, and an Air Care inspector. John is very aware that to remain a top notch facility he needs to continue his own education, and over the years has attended multiple courses to stay “in tune” with the industry. He also understands that in order for the company to grow he needs to continually invest in the proper equipment, tools and software to stay current. He’s done just that, and it shows as Agrimotive continues to be one of the top shops in the local market.
Brent joined Agrimotive in 2007 and is a licensed commercial transport mechanic who also holds his inspector’s certificate. One of his favorite jobs is a major engine repair! He recently purchased his first house and now renovations are one of the top things on his mind. Brent plays Hockey year round and also loves the outdoors, camping in the woods and snowboarding.
Daniel is an automotive technician who joined the Agrimotive team in 2008. He is a licensed inspector and is looking to learn and achieve more in the upcoming years such as gaining his Air Care certification and labscope training. Daniel is recently married and has started a new chapter in his life. His spare time is spent working on his new home.
Stephen has been with us since 2011. He finished his apprenticeship and is now a licensed automotive technician. He is looking forward to continue his training as well.
Jonathan is the most recent addition to the Agrimotive team in 2012. He works on the heavy duty side of the shop and just finished his first year of training as a Commercial Transport Mechanic.
RED SEAL CERTIFIED
Our technicians are Red Seal Certified, or on their way to becoming so, which means you can be confident the person working on or inspecting your vehicle has been trained to the highest standards in the trade!