About Us

The First Choice Team

First Choice Millwork is a 100% Canadian owned and operated company that has been in business since 1999. We foster a strong team environment that places a heavy emphasis on communication, collaboration, and development. Here is what best describes us:

  • 26,500 square foot manufacturing plant
  • AWMAC member
  • Strong sense of community
  • Fostering teamwork and collaboration
  • Strong apprenticeship program
  • Ongoing career development
  • Strong emphasis on safety
  • Incorporate the latest technologies
  • 3-dimensional drafting
  • Excellent problem solving
  • Consistent training to stay up to date on latest industry advances

Laurie Dube

Chief Operating Officer

Joined our team in 2015. 

With over 20 years’ business experience, Laurie brings a diverse background in finance and strategic planning to our team. She has exceptional attention to detail and provides pragmatic and solution-orientated leadership to our team. Laurie is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and is currently undertaking her executive MBA through the University of Calgary. 

Outside of work, you can often find Laurie, studying, practicing yoga, or relaxing with a good book.

Wayne Southall

Plant Foreman

Joined our team in 2014.

With over 30 years’ industry experience, Wayne brings a combination of technical expertise and passion for teaching, coaching, and developing our production team. Wayne is a red seal journeyman carpenter/cabinetmaker with a background in custom millwork.

Outside of work, you can find Wayne on the golf course or baseball diamond socializing with friends and family. 

Kim Merkel

Office Manager

Joined our team in 2015. 

With over 24 years’ experience in office administration, Kim brings a friendly and professional demeanour with a focus on providing exceptional customer service. 

Outside of work, you can find Kim camping and enjoying time with her family.

Suzanne Harms

Business Operations Manager

Joined our team in August 2020.

As a returning employee, we’re excited to welcome Suzanne back to the team as our Business Operations Manager. With over 11 years’ experience in the construction industry, she brings with her a diverse knowledge in operations, accounting and finance. Suzanne is a highly dedicated and driven individual who values processes, structure and organization.

Outside of work, you can often find her watching her son play soccer and spending time with family and friends.

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