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

Board of Directors


Geoff Plant, Chair
Partner, Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP
Vancouver, BC

Martha Hall Findlay, President and 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

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

Charles N. Loewen, Vice-Chair, MB
Chair, Loewen Windows
Winnipeg, MB


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


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

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

Nancy Hopkins
Partner, McDougall Gauley LLP
Saskatoon, SK

Edward S. Kennedy
President & CEO
The North West Company

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

Susan Lewis
Retired CEO, United Way Winnipeg
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

Doug Moen
Former Deputy Minister to the Premier, Government of Saskatchewan
Regina, SK

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

Robin Silvester
President & CEO, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Vancouver, BC

Paul Vogt
President & CEO, Red River College
Winnipeg, MB

Directors Emeritus

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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