Profile: Tamara Mathies
“Being able to work with AgSafeBC is a great opportunity and privilege – we are about helping one another and implementing one of the most important points of safety which is that, ’Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.’”
Tamara is AgSafeBC’s Operations Manager. She works with our team of Safety Advisors and Consultants to develop and implement our safety initiatives and resources.
Tamara was born and raised in Chilliwack, BC. She grew up living on an active 25 acre horticultural operation and began working at her family farm, Cannor Nurseries at the age of 12, spending summers tying out in the field.
Upon finishing school Tamara began working at Cannor full time, learning all aspects of horticulture from Plant ID to Sales and Pest Control, SAWP program dealings and CFIA regulations.
Tamara was part of the TAC Committee, helping create and implement the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program for FARSHA. She also developed, implemented and maintained the Clean Plants Program to ensure conformance with all CFIA and associated regulations for control of plant disease in commercial nurseries and garden centres. Her family connection to the organization includes her father and grandfather, who are both former board members.
Tamara had the opportunity to learn from dedicated, experienced nurserymen such as her grandfather John Mathies and father Gordon Mathies, which influenced her passion for hard work and dedication to learn and master all different aspects of farming, while also learning the tough, though rewarding aspects of running a business, including the fact it never stops.
In 2015, Tamara stepped away from the nursery to begin work at Kan-Arm Contracting Ltd which specializes in drilling and blasting. It was an exciting opportunity to learn a completely new industry and all of the safety challenges it brings. She grew with Kan-Arm over the years from her start as Safety Officer to Office Administrator, and eventually became the Operations Manager. Tamara says that time was invaluable for her personal development and knowledge of all aspects of what make a company and a team work.
Tamara has completed safety courses and Certifications through BCIT OHS programs as well as Business Administration at the University of the Fraser Valley, and plans to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Tamara is pleased to bring her industry and business management experience to AgSafeBC and to be working with the amazing team that runs the association.
Tamara says that, “Being able to work with AgSafeBC is a great opportunity and privilege – we are about helping one another and implementing one of the most important points of safety which is that, ’Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.’”