OUR TEAM

DUARTE OLIVEIRA

SALES & CUSTOMER RELATIONS As Vineyard Manager for 15 years, Duarte has developed extensive knowledge of all types of vineyard/orchard farm equipment. Duarte specializes in soil management and canopy maintenance implementations and can drive just about anything with 4 wheels! He can speak English and Portuguese. When not at Lakeview Vineyard Equipment, Duarte is spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

MIKE KEY

SERVICE MANAGER Joe recruited an old neighbour – Mike Key, to become our Service Manager in 2018. Mike came to us from Vineland Co-op after working there for 10 years. Having worked in and being a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Mike knows just about everyone within our local farming community. Mike plays drums for the Weiss Blau Band and is an avid Ice Dogs fan.

KEN SLINGERLAND

WIND MACHINE SPECIALIST Ken came to us from OMAFRA after working with them for 36 years., where he worked as the Tender Fruit and Grape Specialist for the province of Ontario. Now a Wind Machine Specialist, Ken has been with us for the last 8 years when we became a certified Orchard-Rite dealer. Outside of Lakeview Vineyard Equipment, Ken owns an 11-acre vineyard equipped with an Orchard-Rite 2600.

ROB GOERZEN & TERRY HAMM

PARTS MANAGER & SHOP PARTS Terry has been with Lakeview Vineyard Equipment since 2012 Originally joining our team as a Wind Machine Technician during his apprenticeship and continuing to work on Wind Machines for two and a half years, we quickly began to see his knack for finding the ‘impossible-to-find’ parts and so Terry joined Rob in the parts department. Together, Rob and Terry have 48 years of parts experience!

LISA FOCHTBERGER & LISA FLETCHER

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

‘Lisa Squared’ make a great team. It must be in the name! Between the two, they have 20 years’ experience with Lakeview Vineyard Equipment Inc. Lisa Fletcher has become a mentor for Lisa Fochtberger (or Little Lisa as we call her). Lisa Fletcher, is a graduate of the Business Administration-Accounting Program that Little Lisa is currently attending at Niagara College. Their shared knowledge has allowed them to work seamlessly side by side. Both Lisas are gifted with musical talent, between them, they play the piano, trumpet and saxophone. Little Lisa also speaks fluent Russian and German.

JAKE PAULS

INFACO PRUNING SPECIALIST

Jake joined our team in 2011 and has become our Infaco Pruner Specialist. Mechanical Hand Pruners first came out in 1980. Jake sells, services and warranties parts all from our shop to get you back in the fields as quick as possible. When Jake isn’t at work, you’ll find him in Northern Ontario at his family’s cottage.

KYLE COMEAU

SHOP MAINTENANCE & DELIVERY DRIVER Kyle started with us in 2018 after being with the Fort George National Historic Site for 18 years. Kyle maintains our shop, our company vehicles and equipment, and also visits our customers to personally pick up and deliver your equipment. Kyle’s favourite brand of tractor to operate is a John Deere.

MEAGAN MEEBOER

MARKETING MANAGER & WARRENTY Meagan started at Lakeview Vineyard Equipment in 2018. She graduated from the Winery and Viticulture Technician Program at Niagara College in 2015 and has been in agriculture for the last 13 years. Meagan manages our marketing platforms, handles warranty applications and assists in the service office. Meagan has been lucky to have travelled to many places in the world, but her favourite place will always be Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.

TECH TEAM

Gerhard Hiebert, Custom Welding & Fabrication - Has been with Lakeview for 16 years
Rick Kish, Licensed Agriculture Mechanic - Has been with Lakeview for 10 years
Rory Ellsworth, Licensed Agriculture Mechanic - Has been with Lakeview for 12 years
Ryan Kaslauskas, Wind Machine Technician – Has been with Lakeview for 4 Years
Aaron Reid, Licensed 310-S Mechanic – Has been with Lakeview for 5 Years 

Juan Wiebe, Technician Specializing in Harvesters & Sprayers – Has been with Lakeview for 16 Years (Not Pictured)
Isaac van der Zalm, Apprentice – Has been with Lakeview for 5 Years (Not Pictured)

John McCarthy, Wind Machine Technician – Just joined Lakeview May 2019 (Not Picture)