Mr. Nodwell graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Alberta in 1964. He immediately formed a new company and developed its first product, a large off-road vehicle. As the former President and Chairman of Foremost Industries Inc., he has 40 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and CEO of a large equipment manufacturing company. Over the years Foremost became known for its large innovative products, its exports to many countries, particularly the Soviet Union, and its support of customers. Foremost became public in 1971 and over time, expanded its business with several diversifications, including oil production and oilfield services. Foremost also developed a range of large drilling rigs and related products for the oil and gas, water well, construction and environmental industries.
Mr. Nodwell has been a director of several public company boards and associations, including: Foremost Industries Inc.; Sheritt - Gordon Ltd.; Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd.; Advanced Process Systems; The Enterprise Development Board (Industry Canada); The Alberta Research Council; President of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, Chairman of the Alberta Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, Chairman of the Alberta Chapter of the World Presidents Organization, and Chairman of the Military Museums Foundation.
Mr. Nodwell was awarded the Premier of Alberta’s International Marketing Award, for continuous outstanding achievement in international marketing in 1985; the Pinnacle Award issued by Fraser Milner Casgrain and The Calgary Herald for entrepreneurial achievement in times of adversity in 1988; the Award for Excellence in International Business from the University of Calgary in 1992; and in 1995 the John C. Sproule Memorial Award, from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, in recognition of technological advancements and business leadership in assisting exploration and development of petroleum resources in Canada’s northern frontier.
Mr. Nodwell retired from Foremost Industries in 2003 and has been active with several startup companies, some of which folded during the recent downturn and some which are showing strong growth. Mr. Nodwell is currently a director of Strad, a public company, and is the Chairman of SafetySync Corp., a technology company that offers an internet-based safety management system to over 700 North American clients.