Border Brokers

Our Difference

Border Brokers helps you build trust and peace of mind by always delivering on our promises. We start by listening to your needs, then work tirelessly to meet them, with customized solutions and personal, proactive support. We stay prepared for tomorrow by investing in infrastructure, technology and insights today. And above all, we make sure your goods get to where they’re going.

Our Team

We take pride in maintaining a level of customs brokerage service that sets us apart. Our policy of being available to you 24/7 means you can count on us to answer our phones when you call.

Royal Unruh
Mike Prieur
Systems Manager
Trevor Franzmann
VP of Business Development
Alfred Chase
Director of Compliance
John Van Benthem
VP of Finance
Sarah Abbott
Director of Operations
Geri Dezarn
US Operations Manager
Jackie Fraser
Client Relations Manager
Roxy Lemoine
Human Resource Manager

Our History

Border Brokers was founded by Allan David Rutherford in 1982 under the name A.D. Rutherford & CO Ltd. In 1987, Allan approached Royal Unruh, a customs duty and tax calculator with notable talents, to join the team as a clearance technician. Royals desire to provide superior customer service to the A.D. Rutherford clients secured his position as a crucial member of the team, and he took over day-to-day operations when Allan promoted him to the role of Office Manager in 1993. 

Over the next 10 years, the company entered a phase of significant growth under Royal’s direction, leading to the acquisition of J J Coleman Ltd.—a customs broker in Brandon, MB—and an expansion from a single Winnipeg location to four locations across Manitoba. Royal’s passion for growth and desire to lead in the customs brokerage industry ultimately led to him purchasing A.D. Rutherford & CO. Ltd. in 2012. 

With the change in ownership, the company changed its name to A.D. Rutherford International to better describe its new mandate. Our U.S. Brokerage Division was born, with new offices in Blaine, WA, Pembina, ND and Buffalo, NY. Our service area having expanded all across Canada and into the United States, we once again looked to change our name to better describe our services and reach, and thus became Border Brokers in 2021.