VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark introduced her next Executive Council to British Columbians at an event that included citizens from throughout the province.
"This is an exciting moment for British Columbia," said Premier Clark. "British Columbians have asked us to build a strong economy, a secure tomorrow, and a lasting legacy for generations. We will deliver."The Premier's nominees for the Executive Council will be formally sworn in on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Government House by Her Honour, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon. Parliamentary Secretary appointees were also announced today.
"My new team has the experience and the fresh perspectives that government needs, representing all regions of the province and united by a common commitment to work on behalf of every British Columbian," added Premier Clark. "Together, we have the opportunity and obligation to grow the economy, control spending, and put B.C. firmly on track to a debt-free future."
Today's event also celebrated the diversity of British Columbia. In attendance were First Nations leaders, mayors and community leaders, and representatives from the federal government, the business community, labour organizations and non-profit associations. Guests were welcomed by Elder Mary Charles of the Musqueam Nation, led in the singing of 'O Canada' by 11-year-old Lisalee Campbell of Clearwater, and entertained by the award-winning Moscrop Secondary school jazz band of Burnaby.
"To remain strong in the face of global economic uncertainty, we will accelerate our jobs plan and run a tight ship," added Premier Clark. "We will respect families who simply cannot pay higher taxes. We will also respect future generations and not burden them with our debt, so when it's their turn to lead they can make their own choices."
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Executive Council nominees
Premier Christy Clark identified the following MLAs-elect to be sworn on June 10, 2013, as British Columbia's next provincial executive council, and spoke about their primary areas of focus in their new duties. On Monday, full mandate letters will be issued to ministers.
The Deputy Premier and the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing will be Rich Coleman. He will:
- Ensure that British Columbia seizes the economic opportunity of a lifetime, liquefied natural gas, to create tens of thousands of new jobs and establish the Prosperity Fund that will put B.C. on the path to becoming debt-free.
- Work with investors and companies to take projects from drawing board to operation.
The Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation will be John Rustad. He will:
- Continue our success at securing non-treaty benefit agreements and secure a further 10 non-treaty benefit agreements.
- Work with First Nations to ensure progress is made on long-term treaties and collaborate with all First Nations to share in the opportunities offered by liquefied natural gas and other economic development opportunities.
The Minister of Advanced Education will be Amrik Virk. He will:
- Work to ensure B.C.'s post-secondary institutions stay on the cutting edge of research.
- Ensure our institutions are equipped to prepare graduates for the jobs of the future, and ensure targets are set to match the skills B.C. needs with graduating students.
- Work closely with the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Minister of Education to ensure a seamless delivery of education and skills training from high school through to entry in the workforce.
The Minister of Agriculture will be Pat Pimm. He will:
- Work to ensure that British Columbians buy local B.C. agri-food products.
- Ensure B.C. takes advantage of new market opportunities in Asia.
- Work to break down interprovincial barriers to create new opportunities in Canada to market B.C. wine.
The Minister of Children and Family Development will be Stephanie Cadieux. She will:
- Continue to implement the Early Years Strategy that ensures families and children receive the supports they need.
- Work with the Minister of Finance to introduce the early childhood tax benefit and ensure maximum participation in this important family support program.
The Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development will be Coralee Oakes. She will:
- Work to ensure communities are prepared for the liquefied natural gas opportunity including benefit agreements for impacted communities.
- Work with local governments throughout the province to ensure we are ready to participate in the next round of federal infrastructure funding.
- Continue efforts to create vibrant cultural and sporting opportunities throughout B.C.
The Minister of Education will be Peter Fassbender. He will:
- Work toward achieving long-term labour stability in the province's classrooms.
- Continue education reforms in the BC Education Plan, including performance assessments and providing additional supports for teachers.
- Work with the Minister of Finance to bring in the $1,200 BC Education and Training Grant to help parents invest in an RESP and save for their children's post-secondary education.
The Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review will be Bill Bennett. He will:
- Grow the clean energy sector and meet the commitments in the BC Jobs Plan to grow our mining industry.
- Work to minimize rate increases at BC Hydro, and continue the development of Site C and other major new sources of energy to power B.C.'s growing economy and LNG industry.
- Identify savings and efficiencies as part of a core review of government, and make recommendations to Cabinet on how to improve B.C.'s regulatory reform and red tape reduction.
The Minister of Environment will be Mary Polak. She will:
- Work to preserve B.C.'s leadership in the fight against climate change and protect the majesty of B.C.'s natural environment.
- Work to complete the marine and land-based studies as part of developing the five conditions for heavy oil pipelines in B.C.
The Minister of Finance and Government House Leader will be Michael de Jong. He will:
- Deliver the main order of business at this summer's legislative session by reintroducing Balanced Budget 2013.
- Deliver three additional consecutive balanced budgets by controlling spending to hold the line on taxes for families, and help protect B.C.'s hard-earned triple-A credit rating.
The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be Steve Thomson. He will:
- Work to get to 'yes' faster through efficient, fair permitting for all mining and resource development applications.
- Work with the forest industry to co-sponsor annual forest industry trade missions to Asia.
- Work with forest communities on the mid-term timber supply report to sustain efforts that, despite challenges like the pine beetle devastation, are making B.C.'s forest industry a sunrise industry again.
The Minister of Health will be Terry Lake. He will:
- Work to maintain B.C.'s leadership for the best health outcomes in Canada.
- Continue to drive innovation and change across the system to ensure costs stay among the lowest per capita in Canada.
- Execute the government's end-of-life care plan to double the number of hospice beds by 2020.
The Minister of International Trade, Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism will be Teresa Wat. She will:
- Develop and execute the government's international trade strategy as part of the BC Jobs Plan.
- Ensure the government serves, speaks to, and is accessible to the province's diverse population.
- Work with private-sector partners and the federal government to implement the Asian head office strategy that will make B.C. the first choice for Asian companies looking to locate in North America.
The Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour will be Shirley Bond. She will:
- Lead the acceleration of the BC Jobs Plan.
- Ensure that British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of today and tomorrow by developing a comprehensive 10-year skills training plan.
- Work with private-sector union partners to ensure B.C.'s labour code meets the needs of employees and people who want to invest in B.C.
Reporting to Bond, the Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business will be Naomi Yamamoto. She will:
- Ensure the completion of the Small Business Accord to make sure small businesses are heard and continue to grow in B.C.
- Work with the ministers of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training; and Finance to plan for a 40 per cent reduction of the small business tax rate.
- Ensure B.C. remains a global destination of choice for visitors.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General will be Suzanne Anton. She will:
- Work to enhance public safety and security for all B.C. residents and implement the Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy.
- Ensure reforms from our comprehensive review of the justice system are implemented, including greater court efficiencies to reduce backlogs.
- Begin consultations to modernize B.C.'s liquor laws.
The Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation will be Don McRae. He will:
- Ensure that significant reforms we have made at Community Living British Columbia are fully implemented and benefitting families.
- Continue efforts to assist people with disabilities earn an income.
- Deliver on the government's commitment to make B.C. Canada's most progressive province for people and families living with disabilities.
The Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services will be Andrew Wilkinson. He will:
- Work to grow B.C.'s technology industry and make it a significant contributor to the BC Jobs Plan.
- Successfully implement the new BC Services Card that will revolutionize service delivery.
- Continue efforts to be open and accessible to citizens wishing to access information online and engage with government in new ways.
The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Deputy House Leader will be Todd Stone. He will:
- Ensure continued investment in the province's infrastructure, which is so critical to achieving a healthy and growing economy.
- Lead efforts to complete the South Fraser Perimeter Road and the four-laning of the Trans-Canada Highway.
- Continue progress to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
- Ensure that the public approves any new funding sources for transit improvements in Metro Vancouver.
Parliamentary Secretary appointees
Norm Letnick - Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs. He will:
- Work with the Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat in the Premier's Office to further the interests of British Columbia at intergovernmental events.
Greg Kyllo - Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. He will:
- Use his experience as a business owner to work with government to update and continue implementing the BC Jobs Plan.
Linda Reimer - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for Communities. She will:
- Draw on her experience in municipal government, and work with communities to build strong partnerships across the province.
Jane Thornthwaite - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education for Student Support and Parent Engagement. She will:
- Continue her work in education to ensure parents and students receive the support they need for strong student performances in our public schools.
Marc Dalton - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education for the Independent School Sector. He will:
- Continue his work with the ministry to ensure independent schools are supported by government, and that we have an open dialogue between government and this sector that provides parents with choice in how their children are taught.
Donna Barnett - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Rural Development. She will:
- Will use her passion for rural British Columbia to make sure our government is helping build the economy in these important regions of the province.
Dan Ashton - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Core Review. He will:
- Use his experience as mayor of Penticton to help Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett undertake the government-wide core review process to ensure government is using its resources in the areas that can make the difference for citizens or the economy.
Linda Larson - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors. She will:
- Work with seniors throughout the province to make sure the services we provide are able to be accessed by seniors and make recommendations to the minister on how to keep improving seniors' health-care services.
Michelle Stilwell - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living. She will:
- Use her experience as a high-performance athlete to work with medical professionals and make recommendations to the minister on how government can support healthy living and preventative health measures to keep B.C.'s citizens healthy and out of hospital.
Darryl Plecas - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Crime Reduction. He will:
- Use his experience as a criminologist to chair a blue ribbon panel to study crime reduction opportunities.
Laurie Throness - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Corrections. He will:
- Work with stakeholders in the corrections field to propose changes and improvements to how we protect staff, inmates and the communities in which correctional facilities are located.
John Yap - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Liquor Policy Reform. He will:
- Lead the stakeholder consultation on modernizing B.C.'s antiquated liquor laws and recommend improvements to the minister to take to Cabinet.
Jordan Sturdy - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for Transportation. He will:
- Work with communities as they contemplate transit and infrastructure improvements for their residents.
Richard T. Lee - Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia Pacific Strategy to the Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. He will:
- Continue his work as Parliamentary Secretary for Asia Pacific and help the minister as she develops her Asia Pacific strategy focussed on expanding our trading opportunities in Asia.
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Biographies of Executive Council nominees
HON. RICH COLEMAN
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT AND MINISTER
RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSING, AND DEPUTY PREMIER
Rich Coleman was re-elected for a fifth term as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove in the 2013 general election.
His previous cabinet positions include Minister of Energy and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Housing and Social Development and Minister of Forests and Range.
Before entering public life, Coleman was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and a director of several volunteer boards.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF ABORIGINAL RELATIONS AND RECONCILIATION
John Rustad was re-elected to represent the riding of Nechako Lakes in 2013.
He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and as a member of the Environment and Land Use Committee, Legislative Review Committee, Treasury Board, Select Standing Committee on Education, Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Select Standing
Committee on Health.
Rustad was born and raised in Prince George and has lived all of his life in northern B.C. He grew up enjoying fishing and hunting. In 2009, he and his wife Kim moved to Cluculz Lake where they enjoy the peace and beauty of rural living.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF ADVANCED EDUCATION
Amrik Virk was elected as MLA in the riding of Surrey-Tynehead in June 2013.
An extensive career with the RCMP included a variety of policing duties with a substantial portion of his experience with various First Nations communities. In 2001, Virk was commissioned to the rank of Inspector and posted to Surrey where he was active in the issue of youth and gang violence in communities throughout the Lower Mainland and worked
extensively with community leaders to help create the British Columbia Integrated Gang Task force.
He left Surrey RCMP in 2006 while serving as the acting Officer in Charge of Operations (one of two Deputy Chief equivalents) and transferred to Langley as the Officer in Charge of Operations.
Virk is the consummate community volunteer and in the six years he spent on the board of directors of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, and helped raise millions of dollars for enhancing health care for Surrey residents. He also served on the board of Kwantlen
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
Pat Pimm was re-elected to represent the riding of Peace River North in 2013.
He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Northeast and has served as chair of the Northern Caucus and two Select Standing Committees: Aboriginal Affairs and Finance and Government Services. Pimm has also served as a member of Treasury Board.
A lifelong resident of the Peace River region, Pimm served 12 years as councillor for the City of Fort St. John from 1993 to 2005. With 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry, he was co-chair of the BC Oil and Gas Conference in 2002 and 2005, bringing together industry stakeholders to identify further strategies and opportunities for economic development in British Columbia's northeast region. He has also served on a variety of other local community boards and committees.
HON. STEPHANIE CADIEUX
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Stephanie Cadieux was re-elected for a second term as MLA in the 2013 general election.
She previously served as Minister of Social Development, Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government, and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Living with a spinal cord injury since a car accident at the age of 18, she became a strong community advocate for programs to assist people with physical disabilities to achieve their goals and regain independence. In 2007, Cadieux worked with 2010 Legacies Now to develop
an Accessible Tourism Plan for B.C.
Cadieux worked with the BC Paraplegic Association for eight years, most recently as director of marketing and development.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF COMMUNITY, SPORT AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Coralee Oakes was elected to the represent the riding of Cariboo North in 2013.
Oakes is a former two-term Quesnel City councillor and executive director of the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce since 1999. She is a strong believer in a vibrant and healthy business community. As a result of her community work, in 2007 Oakes was appointed by the Province to the Small Business Roundtable to represent the rural voice of small business. This work led her to be appointed to the Minister's Council on Tourism in 2009.
Oakes is the past president of the British Columbia Chamber Executives and has served as a director on the BC Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives, Cariboo Chilcotin Tourism Association and numerous local not-for-profit organizations.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Peter Fassbender was elected to represent the riding of Surrey-Fleetwood in 2013 after a distinguished career at the municipal level.
Fassbender was elected for the first time to the City of Langley Council in November 2002 and then as mayor in the November 2005, 2008 and 2011 civic elections. Prior to his election, Fassbender served two terms as a school trustee in the late 1970s and the community and region in a host of other volunteer capacities and served on numerous national, provincial and civic committees.
HON. BILL BENNETT
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR
Bill Bennett was re-elected to a fourth term as MLA for Kootenay East in 2013.
He previously served as Minister for Community Sport and Cultural Development, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Minister of Community and Rural Development, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Minister of State for Mining.
Bennett has chaired the BC Legislative Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, and chaired the BC Legislative Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides. He has been a member of various legislative committees and government committees, particularly focused on land use and natural resource issues.
Before being elected, Bennett was a partner in a law firm in Cranbrook. He also owned and operated fly-in wilderness fishing and hunting lodges in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba.
HON. MARY POLAK
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
Mary Polak was re-elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005.
Prior to her new cabinet post, she served as the Minister Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.
Before being elected to the legislative assembly, Polak served as a trustee and former chair of the Surrey school board.
HON. MICHAEL DE JONG
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF FINANCE AND GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER
Michael de Jong was re-elected in 2013 as the MLA for Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the legislative assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 by-election.
The six-term MLA previously served as Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services, and Minister of Forests. In addition, he also served as Government House Leader.
Before his election as a member of the legislative assembly in 1994, de Jong served two terms as an elected school trustee for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practising lawyer with his own Abbotsford firm. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a law degree from the University of Alberta.
HON. STEVE THOMSON
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF FORESTS, LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS
Steve Thomson was re-elected to represent the riding of Kelowna-Mission
Prior to being reappointed as Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, he served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations, Minister of Energy, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands.
He previously served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations and Minister of Energy, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands.
Thomson is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council and has developed his career and experience working on behalf of British Columbia farmers and ranchers. He has served as general manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers
Association. He has also served as a director of the Kelowna Museum, the Okanagan Innovation Fund and the BC BioEnergy Network.
HON. TERRY LAKE
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF HEALTH
Terry Lake was re-elected in June 2013 as MLA for the riding of Kamloops-North Thompson.
Lake has served as Minister of Environment. Prior to that, he served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Health Promotion to the Minister of Health Services and Parliamentary Secretary for the Ranching Task Force to the Minister of Agriculture and Lands. He also sat as a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health and on Legislative Initiatives.
A veterinarian by profession, Lake served as the mayor of the City of Kamloops from 2005-2008 and as a city councillor from 2002-05.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC STRATEGY AND MULTICULTURALISM
Teresa Wat was elected to represent the riding of Richmond Center in 2013.
She is the president and CEO of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation CHMB AM1320 and has also served as the news director at Channel M Television (now OMNI TV), and previously served as a communications advisor at B.C.'s Cabinet Policy and Communications Secretariat.
She was instrumental in the launch of the first-ever live Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi daily television news programs. In 2010, Wat was appointed to the Canadian Women Voters Congress Advisory Board and was appointed one of B.C.'s top 100 most influential women by the Vancouver Sun. She is also currently a board member of the school of journalism at UBC.
HON. SHIRLEY BOND
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF JOBS, TOURISM AND SKILLS TRAINING AND MINISTER
RESPONSIBLE FOR LABOUR
Shirley Bond was re-elected for a fourth term as MLA in the 2013 general election.
She previously served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy and Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of Health Services. She also served as vice-chair of the Treasury Board, chaired the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination, and sat as a member of the cabinet climate action committee.
Before being elected to the legislative assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George school board.
HON. NAOMI YAMAMOTO
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF STATE FOR TOURISM AND SMALL BUSINESS
Naomi Yamamoto was re-elected as MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale in 2013.
She has served as Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations, Minister of State for Small Business and Minister of State for Building Code Renewal.
Yamamoto had been the president and owner of Tora Design Group in North Vancouver for 21 years. She also enjoyed working with the business community as chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce, chair of the North Shore Credit Union, and represented the North Vancouver Chamber on Vancouver's North Shore Tourism Association Board.
She served a six-year term on the board of Capilano College (now Capilano University), with the last three years as chair. She also enjoyed six years as a director of the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
Suzanne Anton was elected to represent the riding of Vancouver Fraserview in 2013 after a distinguished career at the municipal level.
She has nine years of elected service on Vancouver city council and the Vancouver park board, and served as director of Translink and Metro Vancouver. She is a lawyer, mathematics teacher, and has experience in the leadership, management and financialoperations of some of B.C.'s largest organizations.
HON. DON McRAE
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
Don McRae was re-elected in the 2013 general election.
He has served as Minister of Agriculture and as Minister of Education. Prior to that, he was convener of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and was a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health and Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
McRae was born and raised in the Comox Valley. For 14 years he taught at GP Vanier Secondary school in Courtenay. McRae also served as a Courtenay city councillor from 2002-09.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND CITIZENS' SERVICES
Andrew Wilkinson was elected MLA in the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena in 2013.
He is a former deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade and tourism. He also served as deputy minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier's Office for two years.
Wilkinson works as a lawyer in the Vancouver offices of a major national law firm, where he has a special interest in green renewable energy development. Prior to being called to the bar, Wilkinson was educated and licensed as a physician. He lived and worked as a doctor
in Campbell River, Lillooet and Dease Lake.
He has also served as president of the BC Civil Liberties Association and president of the BC Mountaineering Club, and president of the BC Liberal Party.
NOMINEE FOR MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEPUTY
Todd Stone was elected to represent the riding of Kamloops-South Thompson in 2013.
He is the founder and CEO of a Kamloops-based software company. He serves on the board of the Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way (though currently on leave), and served for over six years as vice-chair of the board of governors of Thompson Rivers University.
He also served on the boards of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Ventures Fund (VCC) Inc., ACETECH, and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). In addition, he was an active contributor to the Friends of UCC University Society and the Friends of the Kamloops Airport.
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