Moosehead Breweries Limited is the last major brewery in Canada still owned by Canadians.
The brewery is located in Saint John, New Brunswick and operates with values that have been safely guarded by the same family for 148 years.
Despite obstacles – devastating fires, Prohibition, the Great Depression, two world wars, obstructive trade barriers, and bruising competition from breweries 100 times its size – Moosehead is one of the most durable and long lasting companies in Canada. Ultimately it has been the Oland family’s passion for beer that has enabled them to be successful over the long term.
With their product on beer shelves from the Maritimes to B.C., and its flagship Moosehead Lager shipped to approximately 350 distributors in the U.S.; Moosehead has become an iconic mainstay in North America’s beer industry.
In 1961, freshly armed with a business degree from UNB, a young Derek Oland put aside the notion of becoming a farmer, and joined the family brewery. Over 50 years later, we have come to appreciate just how inspired that move was.
Derek transformed Moosehead from a local New Brunswick brewer to Canada’s largest independent brewery. He spearheaded the company’s drive into the U.S., giving Moosehead the scale and marketing skills to spread its Maritime pride across Canada and in selected markets around the world. Moving up the ranks as President, then CEO & Chairman, Derek oversaw the expansion of the company’s portfolio.
Since 2006, Derek has served as Executive Chairman of Moosehead Breweries after handing over day-to-day operations to his sons Andrew, President, and Patrick, CFO. Most importantly, he set the stage for Moosehead to remain family controlled, proudly independent and Canadian-owned in the face of the mass consolidation and globalization of the beer industry.
Derek was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. He has served on a number of corporate Boards, is the founding Chair of the Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership and was elected Chair of the Brewers of Canada industry association for two consecutive terms. He recently received the Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his achievements.
He was educated at Rothesay Collegiate School and the University of New Brunswick (BBA 1962) and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. In 1998, Derek received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of New Brunswick.
Andrew Oland is President and Chief Executive Officer of Moosehead Breweries Limited. He is the sixth-generation member of his family to lead the Oland-family brewing business started by his great-great-great grandmother Susannah Oland in 1867.
Andrew received his business degree in 1989 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.
After several years’ experience in the heavy manufacturing industry, Andrew joined his family’s business in 1992 as a foreman in the Company’s bottleshop. Since then he has held a number of increasingly senior positions within Moosehead including Sales Manager for Nova Scotia, Sales Director for New Brunswick Alpine Lager Marketing Director, and President of Moosehead Quebec. He was appointed President April 1, 2008 and assumed Chief Executive Officer responsibilities in 2013.
As President and CEO Andrew has full responsibility for the performance of Moosehead Breweries and its subsidiary operations.
Andrew currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) , and as a board member with the New Brunswick Business Council, the Conference Board of Canada, the Brewers Association of Canada (BAC), and is a member of the Canadian Government’s Economic Advisory Council. He has a wide-range of concerns and interests outside the brewing industry.
Andrew and his wife Leslie reside in Rothesay, New Brunswick. They have three children.
Matthew Oland is Vice President of Supply Chain at Moosehead Breweries Limited. He is part of the sixth generation of Olands involved in running the family enterprise.
Matthew first joined the Premium Beer Company – a division of Moosehead, in 2012, assuming responsibility for distribution, warehousing and draught services for Moosehead and its contract products.
He has spent two decades working in the consumer packaged goods industry, for companies including H.J. Heinz, Colgate-Palmolive, J.M. Smucker, and Warner Bros. He brings extensive experience in sales, marketing, and management to the executive team at Moosehead.
Matthew studied at Dalhousie University, from which he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1994; and at Queen’s University, from which he received a Masters of Business Administration in 2004.
Matthew is involved in a volunteer capacity in local athletics organizations and fundraising agencies. He and his wife Tricia live in Toronto, Ontario, with their four children.
Patrick Oland is Chief Financial Officer of Moosehead Breweries Limited, a role he has held since April 2011. Patrick joined his family’s brewing company in 1996 following experience as a brand manager in the marketing division of Beatrice Foods, Toronto. At Moosehead, he first worked as marketing manager for Canada at The Premium Beer Company, the firm’s wholly-owned Toronto subsidiary. He then joined the company’s U.S. marketing team as marketing manager until moving to Moosehead’s finance department in 2002 where he discovered his aptitude for accounting.
Patrick took a leave of absence in 2004 to study for his Chartered Accountant designation which he obtained in 2008 while working as a senior associate with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. He returned to Moosehead in 2008 and was appointed Corporate Controller, moving up to Vice President of Finance in 2010.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in 1991. He followed that with his MBA in 1995 from France’s Insead, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. Active in the community, Patrick is currently Chair of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.
Patrick and his wife Jill reside in Rothesay, New Brunswick. They have three young sons.