HFI Pyrotechnics (formerly Hands Fireworks) has been creating commercial pyrotechnics since 1873, when it was founded by William Hand.
HFI was initially a fireworks manufacturer and then transitioned into a specialty pyrotechnics supplier for the Canadian Military during the first and second world wars. As a result, HFI has developed a wide range of specialty pyrotechnic products to meet the needs of the global Defence and Security market.
As a leader in the design and manufacturing of specialty pyrotechnics products, HFI’s products are used around the world by military and commercial clients to meet their specific needs for safety, steadfast reliability and cost-effective performance.
For over 146 years, HFI has provided product performance and value that our clients have come to expect and is Canada’s premier producer and supplier of military quality, specialty pyrotechnics products and services for military and commercial use.
John Witherspoon / President & CEO
Rhiannon Iles / Chief Operating Officer
Joe Lalonde / Chief Financial Officer
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from McGill University. Joe brings a broad experience as a critical member of growing companies from local success to international stars. Until recently Joe was the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Morberns Inc. (2020 and 2021 Canada’s best-managed companies), building the business significantly over his tenure. Joe was also Director of Finance at SigmaPoint Technologies and Chief Financial Officer at Ross Video during equally significant growth periods.
Martin Brown / Director of Business Development
Martin started in the security field, with the Royal Hong Kong Police, including stints working closely with the UK Military. He then had a series of successful international business development positions, based in the UK, Singapore, and Canada, focused on developing markets for innovative respiratory protection. For over 20 years Martin has made his home in Eastern Ontario during which time he had a lengthy career with leading professional services organization, Lloyd’s Register. With Lloyd’s, he was involved in business development, marketing, and sales, driving growth in various global geographies. Martin joined HFI Pyrotechnics in January 2021 in the role of Director of Business Development, reporting to the CEO. Martin is focused on building HFI’s current impressive growth rate further by expanding solid relationships with valued customers and establishing sustainable new markets and customers in the defence, security and commercial sectors.
Todd GIles / Director of Site safety, Regulatory compliance and security
Todd holds numerous Canadian and internationally recognized qualifications, specific to the Ammunition Professional Practitioner field. As a retired Air Weapons Systems Technician and Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent, Todd brings a wealth of operational health and safety, strategic and programmatic regulatory compliance, as well as security experience to HFI from Royal Canadian Air Force. With a strong instructional background in both, technical and adaptive leadership fields, he is noted for his ability to develop multifaceted, highly capable, technical teams who deliver assigned objectives, in timely fashion, and all within scope of governing policies. Joining the HFI Team in January 2022, Todd’s focus will be the continued development of a multifaceted team of safety professionals, who’s objective will enable HFI to lean forward into the future, continuing as a world-renowned manufacturer of military pyrotechnics.
Marcus Shaw / Director of Production
Steve Moore / Director of Organizational Effectiveness