Coastal Contacts has appointed Gary Collins as its president, a newly created position. The role of Coastal's chief executive and chairman of the board will rest with Roger Hardy. Collins was previously senior vice president of Belkorp Industries, a private company with holdings in various sectors including environmental services, real estate, sugar, agriculture, airlines and capital management. Prior to Belkorp, he was the president and chief executive of Harmony Airways. He was the minister of finance for the province of British Columbia from 2001 to 2004. He also serves as a board member at Lantic and Rogers Sugar, Chorus Aviation and Liquor Stores North America.