CALGARY — The Honourable Stockwell Day, P.C. announced the appointment of two new members to the Pacific Future Energy Advisory Council today. The two new additions will continue to strengthen the company as they work to develop the world’s greenest refinery in British Columbia, Canada.
“We are very pleased to announce that Jack Donald and Chief Robert Louie are joining us,” said Day, while speaking at the 2014 Calgary Energy Roundtable. “They both bring a wealth of business experience and technical expertise to help guide us through this ambitious project,” he added.
Jack Donald, is the founder of Parkland Industries and a Member of the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame. Robert Louie is the Chief of the Westbank First Nation. He is also the Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Chairman and Board Director Member of the Peace Hills Trust.
Pacific Future Energy has assembled a global team to build a refinery that will protect Canada’s West Coast from the threat of a heavy oil or bitumen spill. Mr. Day was announced as the chair of the company’s Advisory Council in September of this year, and several additional appointment announcements are expected shortly as the company continues to expand.
About Pacific Future Energy
Vancouver-based Pacific Future Energy is a company that has been developed to finance, design and construct the world’s greenest oil refinery in British Columbia, Canada. The management team consists of leaders from the venture capital, corporate and government sectors, who share the belief that while it’s in Canada’s national strategic interest to diversify its markets for oil, it should be done in a socially and environmentallywhile ensuring the protection of Canada’s west coast.
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Kate Guest, Citizen Relations on behalf of Pacific Future Energy
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New Appointees to Pacific Future Energy Advisory Council
Jack C. Donald
Jack C. Donald, injected the “upstream” exploration sector’s streak of entrepreneurial independence into “downstream” refining and retailing from his home base in Red Deer.
Starting with two gas stations and a truck in 1977, he built Parkland Industries into a chain spanning western and northern Canada with 454 retail locations, a trucking fleet and a former Shell refinery at Bowden, Alberta.
The firm was a case of building an entry in a hotly-competitive field virtually from scratch. In 1971-76, Mr. Donald honed his skills as marketing vice-president of Turbo Resources, a highly successful refiner and retailer of the period. Mr. Donald and his wife Joan charted an independent course by buying control of Parkland Beef Industries Ltd., which was at the time a 15-year-old operator of a cattle feedlot. Within a year, the Donalds dropped the beef and steered the firm into oil products under the Fast Gas brand.
He put his stamp on the industry as president of River Ridge Resources Ltd. and as a former director of TransAlta Corp., Ensign Resource Services Group and Del Roca Energy Ltd.
His expertise has also been recognized with appointments such as chairman of Canadian Western Bank, Alberta Opportunity Co. and provincial tax reform commissions.
Mr. Donald is an active member of the Red Deer community serving two aldermanic terms and as a member of the board of Red Deer College. He has also received the Pinnacle Award for Business Excellence.
Robert Louie, LL.B., OC, of Kelowna, B.C. is the Chief of the Westbank First Nation. He is also the Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Board of Director member of Peace Hills Trust (Financial Institution). He served as a Board of Governor member with the University of British Columbia and as a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC-O).
Chief Louie is also a former practicing lawyer who specialized in native law. Previously he was a member of a Task Group of the First Nations Summit, and was involved in B.C. treaty negotiations representing the Chiefs in B.C. for a period of 4 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 Premiere’s Advisory Council of Aboriginal Affairs.
Chief Louie has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions over the years. By far the most prestigious, was his appointment as an Officer to the Order of Canada. More recently, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Okanagan College, the Queen’s 2nd from Xerox Canada/Aboriginal Financial Officers Association. In February 2014 Chief Louie was presented with an honorary Doctors of Laws degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
He is also the owner of several successful businesses in the Kelowna area.