Riva Rock Star: Meet Jameson Van Dijk, Director of Operations and Finance

When a company must strike a balance between growth and employee stability – they must hire the right person that can make this balance a reality. For Riva, Jameson Van Dijk is that person. Officially Jameson’s title is Director of Operations and Finance, but he is so much more than that. And so, he is this month’s Riva Rock Star.

Tell us a little about yourself

I grew up in Lloydminster, which is Canada’s only border city; sitting half on the Alberta side and half on the Saskatchewan side.  I always had a passion for computers, technology, and anything mechanical.  From the moment my parents brought home our first computer, a Tandy 64, I was in awe.  As we tried to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of technology my fondness for computers grew.  From my brother teaching me DOS scripting commands to using Number Crunchers at school – I could not get enough. 
After finishing high school, I was accepted to complete a degree in Computer Engineering but found the pull of Business Administration to be stronger.  Initially I wanted to pursue a degree in Human Resources and Management (imagine, a computer geek who actually liked to talk to people!), but it was Accounting that caught and held my interest. I made my career in heavy industrial and pipeline construction, focusing on Accounting and Finance.  While working away from home I was able to obtain my Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, which now falls under the banner of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
My wife and I have been together for eight years, and this month we are celebrating our son’s second birthday. Growing up, my role model was my dad.  He started working for Coca-Cola Bottling when he was 18, driving a semi on the ice roads of Northern Saskatchewan.  I can distinctly remember my father coming home from work and sitting at the kitchen table studying night courses at Lakeland College (to obtain a college diploma).  He knew if he wanted to keep progressing in the company it would take hard work and dedication, two things he never shied away from. 
In October 2015, my siblings and I were proud to host a retirement party for our dad, after he had completed 41 years with the company.  When he retired he was a National Key Account Executive and had held almost every position in the company through his years. 

Give us a little more insight into Jameson…

If you had to be trapped in a television show for a month, which show would you choose?
I would probably choose Home Improvement with Tim Allen.  I grew up watching Tim’s hijinks and search for “more power!”  and the constant pursuit of innovation always intrigued me.  I am still waiting for the Binford 6100 Kitchen, with built in butcher shop, to be a reality.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already possess, what would it be and why?
Emergency medical training.  I have always been in awe of what first responders are able to accomplish and how quickly they can deliver critical assistance in someone’s moment of need.  I have a passion for helping people.
If you could do any job in the world for one day, what would it be?
Working with Ron Offerman in his woodshop!  Aside from being a talented, and hilarious, actor; Ron is a skilled craftsman who makes incredible pieces.  I would love to learn from a master on how to transform a piece of timber into a work of art.
If you could live in any period of history, when would it be and why?
The 24th century.  Growing up I was a bit of a Trekkie, thanks to my older brother keeping the TV remote to himself.  I want to know if we ever do get to explore the stars, what else it out there, what have we accomplished, and were we ever able to join the world in a united goal.
What’s rocking your world this month?
I have just returned from a trip to our office in Pictou, Nova Scotia.  We opened the office in October 2016 as an extension of our Customer Success Team, and it was incredible to see the growth the Pictou group has gone through and the warm welcome we received from the town.  Plus, lobster season started on May 1st so it helped that the team put on a few true Nova Scotia get-togethers!
Riva is very lucky to have secured Jameson’s incredible talents and love for everything around him. If you are in the Edmonton area – stop by the Riva office and say hello to Jameson – it will be well worth it!