MEET THE TEAM

JUD BUCHANAN
PRESIDENT & DRIVE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jud Buchanan

Jud started VDG in 2000 combining his experience and insight gained from a career in automotive marketing, including 12 years as the National Director of Marketing Communications for Yokohama Tire Canada, and a serious passion for all things automotive. He has been an organizer and fierce competitor in autocross, road racing and rallying, winning numerous championships along with six overall podium finishes at Targa Newfoundland. Combined with eight years as Lead Instructor with the Porsche Canada Advanced Driving School, and four years as Lead Instructor with the Audi Canada Precision Driving Program, Jud brings a unique perspective to any drive program.

 

DUSTIN WOODS 
PROJECT SPECIALIST

 

Dustin Woods VDG

Combining his passion for cars with his enthusiasm for a career in the Canadian automotive industry, Dustin has contributed to some of Canada’s leading publications and represented a number of automotive manufacturers as a public relations practitioner. His previous roles have given him intimate industry knowledge and provided valuable experience that help him plan and manage successful events with VDG. 

 

ROBIN LYNN BUCHANAN 
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT MANAGER

Robin Lynn brings years of experience as an educator and facilitator to the planning and running of events, particularly in the areas of logistics, organization and accounting.
 

JOE CAMILLERI
CREATIVE SERVICES

A life-long amateur racer, Joe is a facilitator and driving instructor at VDG. Combining his automotive enthusiasm and insights with a career in advertising creative, Joe designs our event graphics, writes, directs and produces automotive videos and dealer training material among other creative endeavours.

 

LEN WELIN
DRIVE EVENT COORDINATOR

Len brings a combination of motorsport enthusiasm and management skills to VDG. As a life-long motorsports participant, Len has several national and regional autocross championships along with 5 years as Director of Pro Racing for the Canadian ASN. From business, Len brings his experience as an automotive manufacturing plant engineer and general manager to the planning and execution of dynamic exercise activities.

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EVENT FACILITATORS

 

The VDG Team of professional facilitators have very diverse backgrounds – sales, marketing, engineering, education and motorsports. They are skilled professionals with widespread experience in event management and are committed to the flawless execution of every event element. The majority of our team is bilingual.