Our Team

Ed Tams

The Tams family has been in the grocery industry in Lethbridge and southern Alberta for over 40 years. Ed got his start when he was 14 years old in 1973, working with his father after school in a family operated meat market. Over the years, together with his father and brothers, the family expanded their business to include other stores, and in 1995 Ed began Lethbridge Food Market, a wholesale distributor.

In 2010 he began a European importing company called Global Reach Confections & More, which merged with Hollshop Imports in Langley, BC.

Maurits Vanderstoep
(British Columbia)

Maurits moved from the Netherlands to British Columbia in 2015 and has worked for Global Reach Confections since.  His food service experience and product knowledge back in The Netherlands makes him a natural fit for heading up our import purchasing and inventory control.

When he’s not researching new and exciting products, Maurits can be found exploring the outdoors with his family or terrorizing his opponents on the soccer pitch.

Harry Houkes

Harry is our Senior Account Manager for Alberta. Born in the Netherlands, Harry was a store manager for 30 years before he immigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta in 2010.  Harry continued his management expertise for 4 years at The Wooden Shoe and joined Global Reach Confections in 2014.

Harry loves the outdoors, going for hikes, and listening to music. He’s spent many of his weekends spinning tunes as DJ at multiple functions.

Reinier Lanting

Reinier immigrated from The Netherlands to Canada in 2005. Serving as a Logistic Supply Specialist in the Royal Dutch Army, including a NATO deployment to Bosnia, followed by 6 years retail-management with a large multinational retailer in Holland.

This gave Reinier the right background and experience to start his own Canadian retail business in 2006. Reinier joined our Global Reach team in 2017 as a Retail Development Coordinator. Reinier enjoys traveling, and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Martin (Marty) VanderWel
(British Columbia)

Marty joined the team in 2018 and is our Senior Account Manager for British Columbia and can often be found travelling Vancouver Island, The Okanagan, & Fraser Valley. Born in the Netherlands, He and his family immigrated to Canada in the late 60’s.

Marty worked in the automotive parts and supply industry for over 30 years as general manager of an auto parts chain, and also served several years in food distribution as a HACCP & Food Safe controller. His “happy places” are boating, camping, enjoying a good book, or listening to music.

Katelyn Schouten
(British Columbia)

Since her start in 2013, Katelyn has been keeping the Langley office shipshape, overseeing day- to-day details as well as filling in the blanks on all kinds of projects – everything from product photography and labelling to logistics and shipping.

Aside from keeping the Global Reach orders on track, Katelyn spends her time hanging out with her husband, playing with her dog, and tending to her chickens.

Nathanael Black

Nathanael joined Global Reach in 2018 and is an assistant in the Eastern Division of Global Reach Confections & More. Nate was born in Hamilton but his whole family is Jamaican.

He has multiple years of skilled machinery and sales. Nate is married and has a dog named Yeezy. His biggest passion is basketball where he coaches prep high school and plays in a men’s league.

Jeff Van Niekerk

Jeff joined Global Reach in 2015 and manages the Eastern Division of Global Reach Confections & More.  Jeff was basically born in a Dutch store.  Upon release from the hospital his parents put him in a crib in their Barrie store, Continental Specialties and never left.

Jeff brings 30+ years of retail and wholesale experience in the Dutch food business.  Jeff is married with 2 sons and a daughter, Kees, Henk and Laura.  He enjoys taking his kids to the park, spending time with his own brothers and goaltending.

Charlie Huls

Charlie joined the Global Reach team in 2020 and will assist in building  sales for the Ontario marketplace.

Charlie is no stranger to the industry. Over the past 34 years he has serviced customers both in retail and wholesale in the Dutch Food industry. Through those years he’s established a solid reputation with clients.

Charlie was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario. A big sports fan, he enjoys golf in the summer, hockey in the winter, and follows the Raptors his favorite basketball team!

Labelling Crew

Canadian Law dictates that all imported foods require English nutrition labels / ingredients. Our hard working team of labellers are invaluable, spending all day on their feet to ensure Global Reach Confections & More stays compliant with the regulations!

The team works very well together, and brighten all our days with their songs and friendly chatter.

Warehouse Team

Our warehouse crew is top notch and work very hard to ensure our customers are happy when they receive their product! That means checking and double checking all incoming and outgoing product for accuracy, wrapping, and loading orders, and making sure customers get their stock fresh, on time, and undamaged!