Our Team

Meet the team behind Emco Waterworks Interior

Being the best means having people who care about the business and our customers. Every one on our team brings something unique to the table. Learn a little more about us here.

Jeff Oakley

Manager (June 2017)

After obtaining a B.B.A. from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Jeff started his career with Emco at 21. Jeff has been in the Waterworks Industry for eight years now holding every position at Emco Waterworks from material handler, inside sales manager, project manager, outside sales manager, and finally Interior B.C. Manager.

While working for Emco Waterworks St. Catherines (Ontario) and Mount Pearl (Newfoundland) prior to Kelowna, Jeff was exposed to large scale civil construction management and the value of having expertise in this aspect in the business. Currently, Jeff still handles the bidding and execution of large scale civil projects for Emco Waterworks Interior.

Jeff lives with his girlfriend in the lower mission neighborhood of Kelowna, a short pedal away from the downhill biking at Crawford Mountain and the cold beers at Barn Owl Brewery!

Chad Long

Account Manager

Growing up in Alberta, Chad gained much of his professional experience in construction and sales working with large civil construction companies (PCL, Peter Kiewit, Viper Concrete) on commercial, industrial, and oil and gas mega projects. His responsibilities ranged from estimating and field engineering to leading large construction teams. He graduated from SAIT in 2012 from the Civil Engineering Technology program with a focus in construction management.

He transitioned into waterworks in 2015 and started working in technical sales for IPEX where he covered the territory of Southern Alberta. Since then his passion for mountain biking and the outdoors led him to Kelowna where he has gained two more years of exposure to waterworks and distribution with Emco Waterworks Interior. His responsibilities include account management, business development, technical sales, and field support for projects in the Interior of BC and Yukon.

As a Certified Engineering Technologist he has continued to build on his passion for technology and finding solutions to complex challenges. He is a member of several professional organizations within the engineering and waterworks sectors.

While away from the office, Chad lives for adventure and new experiences. Some people think he’s crazy jumping out of airplanes and cage diving with great white sharks, but he still has all limbs attached and looks forward to his next endeavor!

Valerie McIvor

Operations Manager

Val grew up in Vernon, BC. She studied Banking and Finance at Cariboo College in Kamloops after which she was employed with National Trust Company for 7 years, holding various positions in lending and investments. 

Val left National Trust in 1987 to join Emco’s computer conversion team, assisting in taking Emco operations online across the country.  Once completed, Val supervised the systems support team for 10 years and then went on to hold such positions as Regional Supply Chain Supervisor (SW Ontario), Regional Pricing Manager (SW Ontario), Branch Manager Plbg (Windsor Ont), Branch Manager Plbg (Osoyoos BC) and Operations Manager Plbg (West Kelowna BC).  She joined the waterworks team in July of 2017 and is thrilled to be working with such a young, energetic, talented team and jokes that she drags the average age up by at least 5 years.

Val was blessed with two children (now grown adults) who both reside in Kelowna.  She enjoys condo living in downtown Kelowna and spends her free time walking, shopping, travelling and socializing with longtime friends and family.

Aaron Jegen

Project Manager

Born in Malta, and having moved to Canada at the age of 9, Aaron has been able to explore several opportunities, both in the form of education and work experience. Aaron attained a BBA from Okanagan College in 2005, and later pursued education in Graphic Design and Web Development, which he actively pursues in his personal time.

In terms of work history Aaron is a jack of all trades. He has worked in everything from the restaurant industry, utilities, landscaping, and now waterworks. Aaron has been with Emco for 5 years now. He started as a material handler, working his way into the inside sales/project management role.

He brings to his role a high level of organization and efficiency. Aaron works hard and likes to play hard also. In his down time, he loves spending time with his wife and 2 dogs, whether that be taking in the Okanagan sites, going on a hike, or enjoying a dinner with a few beers on a patio!