Canadian Linen and Aramark have brought together two great leadership teams to facilitate the merger of our organizations and accelerate profitable growth. The team is identifying and adopting best practices to create a stronger, more efficient company that is able to provide even better quality and service to our customers.
Annie Houle, President of Canadian Linen and Uniform Service
Annie Houle is the President of Canadian Linen & Uniform Service. She joined Canadian Linen in 2014 as a Senior Director of Operations and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2018. She has more than 20 years of leadership and P&L experience in business-to-business sales, service and operations. Annie also has extensive experience in growing market share through new sales, customer retention and business partnerships. Elected by her industry peers in 2017, Annie currently serves as the President of the Québec Laundry Association (ALLQ).
Annie has a degree in Business Administration from John Abbot College and is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration from The University of Fredericton. She is also fluent in French and English.
Al Ertz, Vice President of Production
As Vice President of Production, Al Ertz is responsible for environmental, engineering and production in our plants, focusing on design, planning, and maintenance to improve operational reliability. His experience and commitment to quality, efficiency and availability supports production optimization and promotes continuous improvement across our plant operations.
Al joined the company in 1992 and has held various operations roles at Canadian Linen, including Production Manager, General Manager, Director of Operations and Senior Director of Plant Operations. He has a BA in Management from Concordia University St. Paul.
Angie Kervin, Vice President, Human Resources & Diversity, DSD
Angie joined Aramark in 2010, and most recently held the position of Vice President, Human Resources. She has held a series of progressive HR positions supporting Aramark Uniform Services and Canadian Linen, including Human Resources Director, Senior Human Resources Director and Associate Vice President, Field Human Resources.
Prior to joining the company, Angie spent 15+ years in multi-unit Field HR roles in the retail space. Angie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in Marketing from the University of North Texas.
Ryan Flaherty, Senior Vice President, DSD Growth
Ryan Flaherty currently serves as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Aramark Uniform Services, Aramark Refreshment Services and Canadian Linen. He is responsible for leading growth strategy for the textile rental business, direct sales and national accounts.
Ryan has worked at the company since 2006 in several leadership roles, including Vice President of Regional Sales and Vice President of the Healthcare Sector. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Milliken & Company in a variety of sales, marketing and operations roles, and he has BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin.
Steven John, Vice President of Information Technology
Steven John joined the company in 2014 and currently provides overall IT leadership for Aramark Uniform Services, Aramark Refreshment Services and Canadian Linen. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the company’s technology systems, information management initiatives and digital strategy.
Prior to Canadian Linen, Steven held leadership positions at Workday, H.B. Fuller, the Society for Information Management (SIM), First Health, CIGNA, Unisource and Transora. He holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and is a prolific industry speaker, teacher and mentor.
Dave Rotman, Vice President of Systems Transformation
Dave Rotman is currently responsible for overall leadership of the company’s systems transformation, including analysis and integration of Canadian Linen and Aramark’s processes and systems and the development and execution of the company’s transformation strategy.
Dave has worked in the industry since 2007 in various leadership roles. He has more than 30 years of project and systems management experience and previously held positions at Teleplan Wireless, Gelco Information Network, Wam!Net and 3M. Dave has a BA degree from the University of Minnesota.
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