SEP 22, 2021
Van Kam Freightways Ltd. is excited to announce Pete Korotash as the newest member of our Business Development Team!
Pete will manage all Van Kam customer accounts in Northern BC: 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Burns Lake Smithers, Terrace Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Chetwynd, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and surrounding areas.
King of the North
We couldn’t resist using the Game of Thrones reference title for this section, but Pete might just be the one most suited for such a title!
Though originally from Manitoba, Pete has been heavily involved in serving Northern BC communities since 1993. He has held previous supervisory, managerial, and administrative roles with significant companies such as Ledcor and the Unversity of Northern British Columbia (UNBC); he has been a Business Development Manager since 2015.
“I’m delighted to know that Van Kam always puts the customer first…“
On the Same Page
“I’m excited to be a part of the Van Kam team,” says Pete when asked about his expectations in his new position. “I trust my years of experience and relationship-building qualities will be integral to our customers and their freight transportation needs. Customer service is my number one priority as I develop the Northern BC market, and I’m delighted to know that Van Kam always puts the customer first… we’re on the same page.”
It All Started with UNBC
When asked about his career highlights over the past 25 years in Northern BC, Pete fondly recalls a particular project at UNBC – – which was just in Phase 1 of the campus’s construction in 1993. “I had come to Prince George to help build one of the newest universities in the province at that time,” says Pete. “As the Senior Telecommunications Administrator for UNBC, my input and contributions during its construction made me realize that I will be bringing a significant change to the students and citizens of the North.”
“…it’s very satisfying to know that my team and I were a part of that success.“
Pete explains, “At that time, there was no access to such a facility in the region. With UNBC being ushered in, I knew that a host of post-secondary education possibilities would now be more readily available without having to travel out of Northern BC… and that was a gratifying feeling.”
“I’m very proud to say that UNBC has fulfilled the expectations of many northerners, and it’s very satisfying to know that my team and I were a part of that success,” says Pete.
All Fore(!) Fishing
When Pete’s not out conquering the North, he’s usually out fishing, camping, and losing golf balls off the fairway beyond the rough. “I love golfing out at Aberdeen Glen in PG, but I’ve had some very memorable experiences fishing along the Kitimat River,” says Pete. “There’s just something about fishing with eagles flying up above, seals swimming in the water, and grizzly bears roaming along the river’s edge. Being in nature like that is so special. It’s not something that I ever experienced back in Manitoba!”
Grandkids, a Fire Pit and a Lawn Chair
Pete and his wife, Sylvia, have two children, Meghan and Jason, who have since moved out and have children of their own. As empty-nesters, the two loving grandparents cherish spending time with their three grandchildren, Ruby, Georgia and Jack-Peter.
Pete ultimately shares his favourite pastime, “If there’s a fire pit, you will probably find me close by in a lawn chair cozying up to its warmth.”
We concede Pete, it must get cold being the King of the North!
If you have any questions, or just want to say “Hi” to Pete and talk about “fishin’ ‘n freight,” please reach out to him at: