Martin J. Shen
Chief Executive Officer
Martin has nearly 15 years of experience in senior management roles in entrepreneurial startups as well as large multinational corporations. In those roles he has acquired wide-ranging expertise in corporate management, financial oversight and operational administration.
Most recently, Martin founded Imperial Distributors (formerly AP Martin Pharmaceutical Supplies Ltd.), establishing the company as the preferred choice for providing distributional support to regional pharmacies throughout Western Canada. His leadership duties included overseeing all aspects of operations, including managing legal and regulatory compliance issues. They covered ensuring compliance with Health Canada requirements as well as all relevant federal, provincial and municipal legislation. He also led the finance department, building a sound foundation for the accounting function and leveraging his extensive experience in public accounting to guide the acquisition of two companies in Alberta.
Prior to Imperial, Martin served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Wales and Son Industrial (later re-named Weir Minerals). The firm specializes in the global delivery of, and support for mining slurry equipment solutions including pumps, hydrocyclones, rubber and wear resistant linings. Sectors served include mining and mineral processing, energy and general industry.
As COO and CFO, Martin directed all financial and internal operational activities. This included financial statement preparation and tax filings, banking arrangements, executive compensation and share purchase agreements. He was also responsible for the analysis of monthly results and financial statements and reconciliations to Group head office.
Martin began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the tax department in Singapore and the audit and advisory group in Hong Kong. As a Tax Manager, he consulted with tax departments of multinational corporations, including Raytheon and Exxon, to provide tax saving mechanisms and future tax planning strategies. Martin also conducted tax conferences and seminars for current and potential clients to provide overview of tax planning scenarios.
Martin also spent several years in PwC Vancouver, auditing major Canadian companies and in the process building his expertise in financial management, compliance and financial statement reporting. A US Certified Public Accountant, he holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia.