Starting out on Vancouver Island with 28 employees, and 12 trucks, Coastal Mountain Fuels was mostly a home heating oil supplier, with some marine and forestry contracts. The business soon grew to include more forestry contracts in southern island locations, and more industries such as marine and construction.
In February of 2012, Coastal Mountain expanded to the mainland, incorporating another Petro-Canada bulk fuel distributor, and doubling its size and service areas. In October 2012, Port Hardy Marine was acquired from WC Fuels, servicing bulk marine deliveries. Currently, the company is still rapidly growing, having over 80 employees, 40 vehicles, and servicing all areas of Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.
Many of our employees have remained loyal and proud throughout numerous ownership changes. With the combined skills, experience, and dedication to customer service we are quickly growing to be the best in British Columbia.
Our Community Involvement
Coastal Mountain Fuels is committed to community involvement in all areas that we operate. Here is a list of some of the initiatives we are involved in:
Ryan Hale – President & Owner
Ryan relocated to British Columbia in 2017 to take over the Coastal Mountain Fuels operation, and has been a member of the Petro Canada team since 2008. Ryan is based out of the Langley office, but splits time between the Island and the Lower Mainland. Ryan, his wife, and his three sons have all embraced their move out west and they’ve enjoyed getting to know the people, areas, and industries of BC.
John brings over a decade of successful experience in accounting, administration, HR, and operations to his role with Coastal Mountain Fuels. He was raised on Vancouver Island and currently lives with his family in Nanaimo. John has been with the CMF team since 2009, and he splits his time between the Island and the Lower Mainland operations. John enjoys staying active, traveling, technology trends, and motorcycling.
Richard Murphy – Operations Manager Mid-North Vancouver Island
Richard has been involved in the petroleum transportation industry for more than 35 years, and 28 of them have been with the team at Coastal Mountain Fuels. He currently lives in Campbell River and is married to his wife of 25 years, Tricia, with their two boys, Cory and Shane. An avid outdoorsman, Richard enjoys spending time with his family while fishing, prawning, crabbing, and hunting, as well as leisure activities that include golf and traveling.
Darla Tolmie – Port Hardy Manager
Darla joined Coastal Mountain Fuels in 2005 and has been managing the Port Hardy operation since 2012. With her husband and two children, Darla’s family has immersed themselves within the community of Port Hardy. They love living on such a beautiful part of Vancouver Island, and enjoy everything all the area has to offer from hiking and skiing to camping and hockey.
Richard Parry – Development Manager
Richard Parry moved to Vancouver Island where he began his role with Coastal Mountain Fuels in 2017. He brings over 13 years of Petro Canada experience, and helps to facilitate uniform and consistent policy and process across CMF branches. Richard has enjoyed the move to the Island, and discovering all that the west coast has to offer.
Brad Mills – Operations Manager
Brad has been part of the Coastal Mountain Fuels team since 2014, bringing along his knowledge and experience from previous endeavors. Brad is dedicated to developing a positive rapport with customers and helping to create a fun work environment with colleagues. In his downtime, Brad values family activities on the lake as well as travelling. He also enjoys restoring cars and touring car shows in the summer months.
Darrell Clarkson – Sales Manager
Darrell Clarkson is based out of the Coastal Mountain Fuels Nanaimo office. In his role, Darrell coordinates sales for Vancouver Island and operations for Mid to South Island. Darrell has been in the fuel industry for over 25 years and began working with the CMF team in 2007. Darrel embraces the Island lifestyle and outdoor recreation.