PACIFIC FUTURE ENERGY’S ADVISORY BOARD PROVIDES THE MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH ADVICE ABOUT OUR AMBITIOUS PROJECT. WE WILL BE ADDING MEMBERS OVER THE COMING MONTHS.
Made up of people from many walks of life — including business, government, First Nations — the advisory board’s role is to:
• pose challenges to directors and management that could improve the business
• monitor business performance
• provide guidance on issues that are important to various stakeholders
• provide insights and ideas from an arms-length point of view, not involved in the day-to-day parts of the business
• encourage and support the exploration of new business ideas
• provide advice on the governance framework that enables sustainable growth of the company
WHO WE ARE
Senior Advisor, Chair of the Advisory Board – Stockwell Day
The Hon. Stockwell Day, PC, is Canada’s former minister of international trade, minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and regional minister for BC. He was also the leader of Canada’s Official Opposition (2000-2001). Before that he served as treasurer (minister of finance) and acting premier of Alberta.
Mr. Day serves on a number of corporate boards and NGOs, including Telus, RCI Capital, Western One Equity, Baylin Technologies, AWZ Ventures, the International Federation of Christians and Jews, the Canada-India Business Council, the Canada-China Business Council (vice-chair), and the Council on Jewish and Israel Affairs. He also serves as a Distinguished Fellow for the Asia Pacific Foundation.
Advisor - Jack C. Donald
Jack Donald and wife Joan opened a single retail service station in Edmonton in 1957.
By the time of his so-called “retirement” in 2002, his business had grown to include an oil refinery—and 454 Fas Gas service stations in Western and Northern Canada.
Jack and Joan first moved to Red Deer, in 1964. They started Parkland Oil Products Ltd. with one service station. They expanded that to 38, then sold in 1971 to Turbo Resources.
Then he and Joan bought Parkland Beef Industries Ltd., a publicly traded Red Deer company with a cattle feedlot. They dropped the beef, and Parkland Industries Ltd. became a TSX-listed fuel-distribution company.
That grew steadily into Canada’s largest independent fuel marketer and distributor with its 454 green and gold Fas Gas stations.
An active supporter of community, Jack became an alderman in Red Deer (two terms in the 1970s), and (among other community roles) a member of the board of governors at Red Deer College.
He supported his province, too, as director, then chair, of the Alberta Opportunity Company that funded small businesses across the province. He chaired and co-chaired three provincial tax review commissions. And served for more than 26 years as one of the founding directors and chairman of the Bank of Alberta which became Canadian Western Bank.
He has continued to serve as a director on boards of petroleum and agriculture equipment companies.
Advisor - Chief Robert Louie
Robert Louie, LL.B., OC, of Kelowna is past chief councillor of BC’s Westbank First Nation.
He is also the chair of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and a director member of Peace Hills Trust financial institution.
He served as a Board of Governors member with the University of BC, and as a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the University of BC Okanagan campus.
Chief Louie is a former practising lawyer who specialized in native law. Previously he was a member of a task group of the First Nations Summit, and was involved in BC treaty negotiations, representing the chiefs in BC, for four years.
Chief Louie has served on numerous other boards and advisory bodies, including the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, First Nations Finance Authority Inc., All Nations Trust Company, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, United Native Friendship Society, and the Premier’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Affairs.
Chief Louie has received many awards and recognitions, including appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. More recently, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Okanagan College, the Queen’s 2nd Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from Xerox Canada/Aboriginal Financial Officers Association. In February 2014, Chief Louie was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
He is also the owner of several successful businesses in the Kelowna area.
Senior Advisor – Ovide Mercredi
Ovide Mercredi is a Cree born in the northern Manitoba community of Grand Rapids. He served as Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation from 2005 to 2011.
A graduate of the University of Manitoba, with a law degree, he practised criminal law and later specialized in constitutional law as an advisor to Manitoba chiefs.
Mercredi has worked tirelessly for the rights of First Nations people throughout Canada.
In 1989, he was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Manitoba. He became a key strategist for the Assembly during the constitutional reform discussions on the Meech Lake Accord . He also had a strong leadership role in helping to resolve the Oka Crisis in 1990.
Ovide Mercredi was elected as National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations in 1991. He was re-elected in 1994 and served as National Chief until 1997. He addressed the United Nations in Geneva and New York.
Mercredi has received honorary degrees from Bishops University, St Mary’s University, the University of Lethbridge and Athabaska University. He received the Order of Manitoba in 2005. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Manitoba.
Ovide Mercredi is a strong believer in a positive future for all First Nations communities and recognizes the inherent strength and talents of First Nations people. He has always maintained that his people possess the answers to their needs and aspirations. To him healing can be accomplished by the simple application of traditional values such as respect and kindness.
Advisor – BRUCE CHAN
Bruce Chan spent nearly 20 years in senior positions with Teekay Corporation, one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies. it has offices in 15 countries and approximately 6,700 seagoing and shore-based employees.
Prior to that, Bruce was with Ernst & Young LLC in Vancouver. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.
Bruce currently serves on the Board of BC Ferries, one of the largest ferry operators in the world, providing year-round vehicle and passenger service on 24 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels.
Bruce also serves on the Board of the TK Foundation, a private grant-making foundation supporting non-profit maritime and disadvantaged youth development programs. The TK Foundation was established in honour of J. Torben Karlshoej, the founder of Teekay Corporation. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation’s grants, of approximately $50 million, have helped to provide valuable research, healthcare, facilities, education and other development opportunities.
ADVISOR – WALLY OPPAL
Hon. Wally Oppal is a former BC judge and former BC attorney general. He is an active community leader whose roles today include being chancellor of BC’s Thompson Rivers University.
Born and educated in Vancouver, he graduated from the University of BC law school, and practised as a lawyer and community advocate before becoming a judge. He was appointed to the County Court in Vancouver in 1981, to the Supreme Court of BC in 1985, and to the BC Court of Appeal in 2003.
Mr. Oppal resigned from the bench to run in the 2005 provincial election and became MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview. He served as BC’s attorney general, and minister responsible for multiculturalism, until 2009, when he sought a seat in the Delta South riding. He was narrowly defeated by the incumbent.
In 1992-94, he was commissioner of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Policing in British Columbia. In 2010, he was appointed commissioner of BC’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, and issued its report in 2012.