Gerhard Kniehl

Through many years of experience managing hospitality operations I have learned the value of good customer service and I appreciate the personal service I receive at First Ontario. Before emigrating to Canada in 1969 I worked in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Swaziland. After High School I completed 2 years of business college, 2 apprenticeships, a hotel school in Switzerland and management Courses at the HI University in Mississippi.

In my first 17 years in Canada I managed Hotels and private clubs, had my own company, GHS Inc [Retail store, catering and consulting]. As General Manager it was most important to keep excellent relations with all employees, club members and Board of Directors as well as the public. During the next 24 years I worked in the outsourcing industry managing unionized and non-unionized operations from industrial cafeterias to Executive Dining Rooms and Leisure Operations. Then I became corporate purchasing manager in the same organisation finishing with the food purchasing for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler providing 20,000 meals per day.

Over my career I thoroughly learned to manage budgeting, financial operations incl. auditing, and human resources with up to 20 managers and 500 employees at any time. Respecting all employees and keep communications open in both directions was always paramount.

My volunteer work includes 15 years Rotary Club member, chairman SITAC, treasurer EHSCHA – the group that spearheaded St. Joseph’s Ambulatory Care Centre - helping the Stoney Creek Food Bank and Galcom as well as international work in Namibia and Ethiopia.

Having no other major commitment I am prepared to contribute to the Board of Directors of First Ontario in general and in various sub-committees such as Finance, Audits, Branch Operations, Governance and Strategic Planning.


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