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OUR TEAM

Mike O’Toole
President of Great Western Malting

Mike O’Toole is the President of Great Western Malt. He is located at the Vancouver, Washington plant.

Mike has over fourteen years of public accounting experience last working as a Senior Audit Manager with Ernst & Young. He has been with Great Western and United Malt for seven years. Prior to his role as President, Mike served as the Chief Financial Officer for GrainCorp Malt working out of the UK and Vancouver, WA offices. Mike currently serves as a Board Member for the American Malting Barley Association.

Mike holds a BA in Business and Accounting from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Bob McWilliam
NA Operations Director

Bob is the Operations Director with Great Western Malting & Canada Malting. He is located in Vancouver WA. Bob has a BSc (Hons) in Science; an MBA; a Master Maltster diploma and has the IBD’s Diplomas in both Distilling and Brewing.

Bob started malting in 1985 and has worked in various roles in malting plants in the UK, Canada, USA and Russia.

As the Operations Director, he is responsible for all facets of the operations of the malting plants at Vancouver, Pocatello, Calgary, Thunder Bay and Montreal.

Scott Garden
Director of Quality and Technical Services

Scott Garden is the Director of Research and Technical Services for Great Western Malting Co.  Based in Vancouver, WA, Scott is responsible for the Vancouver, WA and Pocatello, ID quality assurance laboratories, as well as the malting and brewing research activities of the Company’s Malt Innovation Center.

Prior to joining Great Western Malting Co. Scott was Vice President of Technical and Innovations for John I. Haas, Inc. where he was responsible for quality and research initiatives for hops and brewing.

Scott’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in Food Chemistry from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

Patrick LaZelle
NA Director of Commercial Sales

​Dale Paul
Director Human Resources

Dale Paul is the Director of Human Resources for Great Western Malt, Canada Malting Company, and Country Malt/Brewcraft. He is located in Calgary, Alberta.

Dale has an extensive human resources background gathered from over 25 years of progressively responsible HR experience with previous companies in oil and gas, forest products, aerospace, education and healthcare.

He is currently responsible for leading all aspects of United Malt’s people practices and HR product/service offering across North America.

Dale earned an MBA from the University of Calgary as well as a B.Sc. from the University of Regina.