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Consulting - Don Mahnke has been involved with the Heavy Rigging and Transportation business for more than 30 years, most of the time as Owner or Senior Management, with emphasis on the engineering aspects of the work and equipment design. Westport Canada Ltd. and its affiliate Hydra-Slide Ltd. supply Specialty Rigging Equipment to the Industry and Don maintains a strong involvement as a Consultant to various operating companies primarily on a project basis.

Business Interests - Part of Don's and Westport Canada's diversified interests include participation in other businesses such as:

Hydra-Slide Ltd. – Don is President and majority Shareholder of Hydra-Slide Ltd. Hydra-Slide Ltd. handles the Development, Sales and Marketing of Specialized Industrial Rigging Equipment particularly the innovative Hydra-Slide™ Hydraulic Skidding systems as well as Synchronous Hydraulic Power units, powered turntables, electronic load cell weighing systems and Ekki jacking timbers, etc.

Emerald Lake Camp – Westport Canada Ltd. is a shareholder of Emerald Lake Camp, a Hunting/Fishing Lodge on Hwy 805 north of River Valley, Ontario. Emerald Lake Camp is operated by Dene Vellow-Eaton as a year-round facility offering some of the best outdoor and wilderness experiences in Ontario's near north. Here they offer new Cedar Log cabins for sale or charming rustic cabins for short or long term rental and a trailer park facility. 705-858-1452.

Hacienda de Taos – Don is a Shareholder and participant in the development of a Vacation Ranch and Horseback Riding Experience in the mountains of Central Mexico near Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Hacienda de Taos is operated by Celina Reynolds and is an eco-friendly working cattle ranch along the shore of a small man-made lake and near several quaint little Mexican villages. Solar power, windmill water well and several new small comfortable wooden cabins combine with more than 30 well trained riding horses and miles of open countryside to explore make for an unforgettable Western experience. +52-1-333-749-7730

PBJ Cleaning Depot Inc. – Westport Canada Ltd. is a shareholder of PBJ Cleaning Depot Inc., a retail cleaning and paper products supply company focusing on commercial and industrial customers throughout Mid-Western Ontario. PBJ Cleaning Depot is managed and operated by Paul Stewart and is based in Listowel, Ontario. 519-291-6513.

Hanselmann Pottery – The Mahnke family are Shareholders in Hanselmann Pottery which is based in Corrales (Albuquerque) New Mexico. Hanselmann is a well known brand that has been producing superb quality, handcrafted tableware in the USA since 1970. Now under new management and in the capable hands of Luke Parker and Rachel Reynolds, Hanselmann Pottery is carrying on the old traditions in a timeless style geared to today’s household needs. 505-897-0271

SkyHook International Inc. – Don is one of the founding members of SkyHook International and a Shareholder in the company. SkyHook is a privately held, Calgary based company that has teamed with The Boeing Company to developing a neutrally buoyant heavy lift aircraft. The JHL-40 will be capable of lifting a payload of 40 tons with a range of 200 miles traveling at 70 knots

WorkOne International Inc. – Don is president and co-owner of WorkOne International Inc., a company formed in 2003 for the development and implementation of a Smart Card based Worker Credentialing system. The WorkOne system is a secure data management system that allows workers to carry a Smart Card that stores their particular accredited job-related qualifications and certifications

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