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Farmer Construction appoints new CEO

Matthew Clayton joins Farmer after serving as CEO for the Good Flour Milling Corporation
Matthew Clayton is the new CEO at Farmer Construction. FARMER CONSTRUCTION

Matthew Clayton has been appointed chief executive of Farmer Construction, one of the Island’s largest building companies.

Clayton joins Farmer after serving as CEO for the Good Flour Milling Corporation, a publicly traded Canadian food production and distribution company operating throughout North America.

He was responsible for all aspects of the company’s direction, including manufacturing, product development, regulatory and public finance.

The change at the top comes as part of a planned succession process. Gerrit Vink continues in his role as president of construction.

Clayton has more than 25 years of cross-industry experience in private and public companies, leading organizations in the medical diagnostics, transportation and LNG sectors. He has collaborated with many Coastal First Nations on some of the leading energy projects currently underway in Canada.

“Farmer is committed to delivering projects that meet the region’s needs,” Clayton said in a statement. “This is an incredible opportunity to lead a well-established company, trusted to deliver the highest quality products for our customers, partners and generations to come. The future of the construction industry is bright on Vancouver Island, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

Farmer is currently building McCallum Lands in Langford with Starlight Developments, the region’s largest residential housing development with four, six-storey wood frame buildings containing 597 rental units.

Farmer also has upcoming projects with Nicola Wealth, including Spencer Block in downtown Victoria scheduled to start this summer, and McKenzie Centre in Saanich, scheduled to break ground in early 2024.

Other active projects include partnerships with the Greater Victoria Housing Society, Island Health and the Department of National Defence.

Farmer Construction traces its Island roots to 1951.