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The Union of British Columbia Municipalities:
Conference and Municipal Marketplace

See our selection of stories and links from this 98th Annual Event.

The Eyes and Ears of Business and Industry
in British Columbia: BC's new Progress Board
The British Columbia Provincial Government "Watchdogs" were selected in July, 2001, and this select group includes some persons we have interviewed or profiled previously in our magazines.

DAVID EMERSON, CHAIRMAN: We profiled David Emerson in 1996 when he was President and CEO of Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR). The government recently appointed David Emerson as the new chair of the board of the BC Ferry Corporation, replacing Michael Francis. Emerson who has held positions such as CEO of Vancouver International Airport Authority and deputy minister to the premier, sits on the board of BC Gas Inc., Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Co of Canada, and is chairman of the Forest Products Association of Canada. David Emerson has also recently be appointed as chair of the BC Progress Board, a volunteer panel of senior business executives that establishes benchmarks for the provincial economy.

HERMAN DRIEDIGER: We interviewed Mr. Driediger in 2001 as Chairman of the Abbotsford Airport Authority and for a major feature on Agriculture in BC. He is CEO of Eze Rent-it Centre Ltd., an equipment rental company, and has also worked in banking, the livestock feed industry, livestock production and commercial construction. Driediger has served with a variety of agricultural organizations, associations, policy advisory boards and task forces. Now living in Abbotsford, he is a past president of the B.C. Egg Producers Association and the Abbotsford-Matsqui Chamber of Commerce.

PAT CORBETT: We had the privilege of meeting Mr. Corbett when he was first developing his Cariboo property. Pat Corbett is president of the the Hills Health Ranch and related companies, including a national distribution company, near 100 Mile House. Corbett started the Hills Health Ranch in 1983, together with his wife, after a career in building construction, land development and real estate.

JIM PATTISON: Our Editor has worked with and profiled Mr. Pattison's companies. Jim Pattison is chairman, chief executive officer and sole owner of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada's third-largest privately held company. The Jim Pattison Group has more than 24,000 employees, annual sales of $5 billion and assets totalling more than $3 billion. With investments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia, the Jim Pattison Group is involved in a wide variety of industries including food services, packaging, manufacturing, communications, entertainment, transportation and export services.

Other members include:

KATHRYN ADRIAN: Kathryn Adrian is the president of Please Mum, a children's-wear manufacturer and retailer firm, which she founded in 1986. It employs 800 people across Canada. A graduate of the B.C. Institute of Technology in marketing management, Adrian worked in retail fashion before establishing her company.

LAWRENCE BATES: Lawrence Bates is president and chief executive officer of Sun-Rype Products Ltd. He has been with Sun-Rype for 32 years and has held several senior positions including director of marketing and sales, vice-president of marketing and sales, and vice-president and general manager. Prior to joining Sun-Rype, Bates worked in food distribution management.

ALEX CAMPBELL: Alex Campbell is president and co-founder of Thrifty Foods, which operates 16 stores on Vancouver Island Victoria in 1977. The company has more than 2,400 employees, and a market share of 40 per cent on Vancouver Island.

DONALD GOULD: Donald Gould is president and CEO of The Pas Lumber Co. Ltd. in Prince George. He started with the company in 1965 as controller and office manager, then became senior vice-president and general manager in 1972, and president and chief operating officer in 1984. Prior to that, he was an accounting student with Gardner and Co. Gould has served as a director of numerous associations and companies.

NORMAN KEEVIL: Norman Keevil is chairman and CEO of Teck Corp., and effective Aug. 1, will become chairman of the merged Teck Cominco Ltd. He joined Teck Corp. in 1962 as vice-president exploration, became executive vice-president in 1968, president and CEO in 1981, and chairman and CEO in 2000. He is also chairman of the board of Cominco Ltd., and a director of the Mining Association of Canada.

DEREK LEE: Mr. Lee operates International Realty Inc., an integrated property management, brokerage and development company that manages a diversified real estate portfolio with a market value of more than $400 million. The company has expertise in the North American real estate market, and business contacts throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. Lee graduated from the University of B.C. in 1982 with a bachelor of commerce degree in urban land economics.

MICHAEL PHELPS: Michael Phelps is chairman and chief executive officer of Westcoast Energy Inc. He joined the company in 1982 as a special adviser to the president and has since held the positions of senior vice-president, executive vice-president and chief financial officer, and president. He holds a master of laws degree from the London School of Economics. Phelps has served as a member of numerous boards.

MARTHA PIPER: Martha Piper is president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC in 1997, Dr. Piper was vice-president research at the University of Alberta, and dean of the university's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. She received her doctorate in epidemiology and biostatics from McGill University in 1979, her masters in child development from the University of Connecticut, and her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Michigan.

STEPHANIE SHARP: Stephanie Sharp is managing director of corporate finance at Arthur Anderson LLP. Her experience with mid-size and large corporations includes a range of operational, strategic and advisory roles in the health care, energy, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications sectors. Sharp has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a number of business and not-for-profit ventures.

KEN SHIELDS: Ken Shields is president and chief executive officer of Raymond James Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of Florida-based Raymond James Financial, Inc. Shields is a founder of Goepel Shields and Partners Inc., which merged with McDermid St. Lawrence Securities Ltd. in 1998 to become the full service investment firm of Goepel McDermid Inc. It was acquired by Raymond James Financial in January 2001. Shields has been an active member of the business and financial community in Canada for more than 25 years. He is a director of TimberWest Forest Corp., a past governor of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, past chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, and a former director of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., Pacifica Papers Inc. and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.

MARK SHUPARSKI : Mark Shuparski is president and CEO of the Bentall Corp. Its principal business is the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and management of downtown and suburban office properties, primarily in Vancouver, Seattle and Southern California. Prior to joining Bentall in 1995, Shuparski was president of GWL Realty, and before that was a senior vice-president of Markborough Properties, responsible for its land, office and industrial portfolio in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. He holds a masters of business administration from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor of environmental studies from the University of Waterloo.

GERRI SINCLAIR: Gerri Sinclair is the founder and former president and CEO of Ncompass Labs, an Internet software company recently acquired by Microsoft. Sinclair is the founding director of the ExCITE lab at Simon Fraser University. She was an IBM consulting scholar, as well as a visiting research scientist at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Labs in New York. She holds a PhD from UBC and has served on advisory boards, including Canada's National Advisory Council on the Information Highway and the Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education.



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