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Board of Directors

Canada West Foundation is governed by its Board of Directors. The Board provides direction on the current and future research and community engagement activities of the Foundation. The Board meets four times a year, and is comprised of prominent western Canadians who are committed to the social and economic well being of western Canada.

Board of Directors 2015


Geoff Plant, Chair
Counsel, Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, former Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations
Vancouver, BC

Dylan Jones, President & CEO
Canada West Foundation
Calgary, AB 

Charles Jago, Vice-Chair, BC
Board Chair, Northern Health
Prince George, BC

Charlie Fischer, Vice-Chair, AB
Retired President & CEO, Nexen Inc.
Calgary, AB

H. Sanford Riley, Vice-Chair, MB
President & CEO, Richardson Financial Group
Winnipeg, MB

Patricia Youzwa, Vice-Chair, SK
Retired President & CEO, Sask Power
Regina, SK

A.R. (Bob) Linner, Secretary/Treasurer
Retired City Manager, City of Regina
Regina, SK  

Honorary Chair

James K. Gray
Co-Founder, Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd.
Calgary, AB

Chair Emeritus

James (Jim) Dinning
Chairman of the Board, Western Financial Group
Calgary, AB  

Board of Directors

Theresa Arsenault
Pushor Mitchell LLP
Kelowna, BC

Larry Blain
Consultant and Corporate Director
Vancouver, BC

R.W. (Dick) Carter
Dick Carter, recently retired President and CEO of the Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) of Saskatchewan
Regina, SK

Ray Crossley
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Calgary, AB

Brad Ferguson
President & CEO, Edmonton Economic Development
Edmonton, AB

Ida Goodreau
Retired President & CEO Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver, BC

Diane Gray
President & CEO, CentrePort Canada Inc.
Winnipeg, MB

Tom Huffaker
Manager of Public and Government Affairs, Imperial Oil
Calgary, AB

Charles Jago
Board Chair, Northern Health
Prince George, BC

Ed Kennedy
President & CEO
The North West Company

Oryssia Lennie
Former Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada
Edmonton, AB

Charles N. Loewen
Co-Chair, Manitoba Manufacturers Hall of Fame
Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Janice MacKinnon
Professor of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Gary Merasty
Vice-President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cameco Corporation
Saskatoon, SK 

James A. Richardson
President & Director, Westmead Limited
Winnipeg, MB

Robin Silvester
President & CEO, Port Metro Vancouver
Vancouver, BC


Directors Emeritus

James (Jim) Carr
Founding President & CEO, Business Council of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Bill Deyell
Nanoose Bay, BC

Brenda Eaton, Vice Chair, BC
Chair, BC Housing Management Commission
Victoria, BC

Jim Eldridge
Special Advisor, Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

David Elton
Calgary, AB

Brian Felesky
Counsel, Felesky Flynn LLP
Calgary, AB

Jock Finlayson
Executive Vice-President, Business Council of British Columbia

Rt. Hon. Edward Schreyer

Gail Surkan
former mayor, City of Red Deer
Red Deer, AB

Dr. Robert Westbury
Chair, Telus Edmonton Community Board
Edmonton, AB