Operating as a constructor of choice since 1951, Farmer knows that by creating collaborative experiences we all win. Led by Gerrit Vink, this is a team that works towards empowering each other with integrity and respect. By taking pride in their work, they strive to deliver exceptional value to their clients. This happens when they embrace the challenges, seek innovative solutions in an effort to continuously improve.
Gerrit Vink, B.Eng., GSCPresident
Knowing how to work closely with teams and drawing on the strengths of individuals is what Gerrit is well known for with clients and Farmer. Born and raised Victoria, Gerrit is well versed on the island’s construction nuances.
He began his career with Farmer working on site at Shoal Point for four years followed by Dockside Green and numerous other well known Victoria landmarks. As part of Farmers’ succession plan, Gerrit was promoted to Manager of Operations in 2006. In 2016, Gerrit purchased Farmer and continues working on the business as its President.
As your first point of contact, you can expect Gerrit to take responsibility for how the job gets done, to listen and respond to any project issues, and to celebrate with the team at the completion of a job well done.
Matthew ClaytonChief Executive Officer
Matthew was born and raised in Victoria and graduated Mount Douglas Secondary. He earned a Division 1 NCAA scholarship to play men’s varsity golf at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), where he studied business and education.
Matthew has been managing and building companies in both the private and public sectors for over twenty-five years. His career has taken him into a multitude of industries, including construction, aviation, biotech, nutritional sciences, and transportation. He has worked extensively with Coastal First Nations, driving economic development, employment and skills training, and strategic partnerships for some of the most significant industrial projects in Canadian history.
His additional experience includes being a co-founder of bioLytical Laboratories, a private medical diagnostic company located in Richmond, BC, focusing on the rapid detection of antibodies within HIV, hepatitis, and recently COVID-19. This company holds approvals in more than sixty countries worldwide, including Canada, Mexico, EU member countries, and the United States.
Matthew proudly sits on the Board of the Washington Kids Foundation, providing youth access to sports and recreational activities in safe environments for children in need.
Saeed Vafaei, M.Eng., PQS, GSC, MRICSVice President, Preconstruction & Estimating
Saeed likes learning and new challenges. After graduating in 2003 he worked for a cost consulting firm where he developed his conceptual estimating skills before joining a GC in 2005 in Montreal. Since then and while in his M.Eng., (Construction Engineering) program at ETS in Montreal, he wanted to widen his base of potential opportunities and started dealing with risk management side of contracting. Since that time, he has worked with several GCs in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver and he enjoys the GCs side of the industry as he thinks there are a lot of problem solving skills required. Saeed holds PQS designation, is Gold Seal Certified (GSC), and is a member of the globally recognized professional body – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
In his current role, as Vice President, Preconstruction & Estimating, Saeed is responsible for the leadership of Farmer Estimating, Preconstruction and Project Management departments (RFP, Major Projects, Special Projects, Concrete Self-perform, Project Management). Responsible for professional development of all team members ensuring they reach their full potential. Provides direction on pre-construction efforts and development and maintenance of sound estimating, preconstruction and project management best practices including risk identification, mitigation, and management programs.
Saeed's commitment to excellence and diligence will ensure Farmer’s continued success. Him and his team hire and train dedicated, accountable, passionate and enthusiastic people to play a crucial role in the construction of a project by recognizing the project’s value and by committing the resources needed to serve the owner’s and project’s needs.