Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides direction on research and community engagement activities of the Foundation. It 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
Partner, Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP
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

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

Patricia Youzwa, Vice-Chair, SK
Retired President & CEO, Sask Power
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, Q.C.
Pushor Mitchell LLP
Kelowna, BC

Larry Blain
Senior Director, Global Infrastructure, KPMG
Vancouver, BC

R.W. (Dick) Carter
Corporate Director and retired President & CEO of Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan
Regina, SK

Raymond D. Crossley
Chartered Accountant and Corporate Director
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
Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, Imperial Oil Ltd.
Calgary, AB

Charles Jago
Board Chair, Northern Health
Prince George, BC

Edward S. 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
President and COO, Des Nedhe Developments LP
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
Minister of Natural Resources
MP, Winnipeg South Centre
Founding President & CEO, Business Council of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Bill Deyell
Nanoose Bay, BC

Brenda Eaton, Former Vice Chair, BC
Corporate Director
Victoria, BC

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

David Elton
President, Max Bell Foundation
Calgary, AB

Brian Felesky
Founding Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP
Calgary, AB



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

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

H. Sanford Riley
President & CEO, Richardson Financial Group Ltd.
Winnipeg, MB

Rt. Hon. Edward Schreyer

Gail Surkan
Former Mayor, City of Red Deer
Red Deer, AB

Dr. Robert Westbury
Chief Advisor, Relations and Innovation, TELUS
Edmonton, AB

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