Board of Directors

Susan Knott

Chair

Susan Knott was born in Vancouver, and after a long and varied career in all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal), she began her next career as an organization consultant specializing in event management with a focus on organizing, motivating and directing volunteers. Previously, Ms. Knott was a member of the British Columbia Board of Parole and the National Parole Board of Canada. She is active in her community, with a particular focus on non-profit organizations and is a former director of the Gastrointestinal Society of Canada. Ms. Knott attended Vancouver Community College and the Dubrulle Culinary Institute.

Raymond Protti

Vice Chair

A University of Alberta graduate with both a BA and an MA in Economics, Raymond Protti was president and CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association from 1996 to 2007. Before that he spent more than 25 years in the federal public service where his positions included deputy minister of labour, director of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, and deputy minister of agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr Protti has served on numerous boards including those of Ryerson University, the Toronto Community Foundation, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. Upon moving to Victoria in 2007, Mr Protti was appointed to the Board of Governors of the University of Victoria where he served for six years including two as Chair. He recently retired from chairing the Audit Committee of Transport and Infrastructure Canada. Currently, he is a member of the board of Canadian Western Bank where he serves on the Audit and Governance committees. Mr Protti is one of the first eight directors to receive the ICD.D accreditation after completion of the Directors Education Program (2003-2004) offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors in partnership with the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

David B. Adams

David B. Adams is a partner at the Victoria law firm of Patterson Adams, where his preferred area of practice is commercial real estate and land development. Previously he served as a director of the Victoria chapter of the Urban Development Institute and was the president of the Union Club in Victoria. Mr Adams holds a law degree from Queen’s University.

Gordon Fitzpatrick

Gordon Fitzpatrick is President of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards and was former President of CedarCreek Estate Winery, which was twice named Canada’s Winery of the Year at the 2002 and 2005 Canadian Wine Awards.

Gordon was a member of the founding Board of Directors of Destination BC (2013-2017) and was a Member of the Minister’s Council on Tourism (2011-2012). Gordon also served as Chairman of the B.C. Wine Institute (2004-2006) and was a Director of the Canadian Vintners Association (2002-2014).  In addition he is also a Director of Greata Ranch Holding Corporation (a property development company).  He was the founding Co Chair (2001-2006) of the Okanagan Partnership and a Director of the Economic Development Commission of the Central Okanagan Regional District (2001-2005).  He also served as a Director of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Bid Corporation.

Prior to operating the family-owned CedarCreek Estate Winery (1996-2014), Gordon worked for 10 years in the mining industry (1986-1996), serving as Vice-President, Corporate Relations and Secretary of Viceroy Resource Corporation, a gold company headquartered in Vancouver.  Gordon is also experienced in government, having served as Director of Western Operations, Office of the Leader of the Opposition (1990-1991) and as Special Assistant to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources/Minister of External Affairs (1983-1984).

Gordon received a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1983 while playing varsity rugby for the Thunderbirds (1980-1983).

Tewanee Joseph

Tewanee Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of Tewanee Consulting Group Inc. He is a member of the Squamish First Nation, and is half Maori. Mr. Joseph served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council, and has a talent for facilitation and coordinating diverse groups to identify and achieve their goals. He has utilized his skills to work on a broad range of initiatives, including First Nations federal legislation, First Nations Land Management, Strategic Communications and Governance.

In the past, Mr. Joseph served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He worked with the Vancouver Organizing Committee and its partners to ensure unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning, hosting and staging of the 2010 Games. In this role, he spearheaded the largest re-brand of Aboriginal people in Canadian history, and led the team that overcame countless obstacles and doubt to create a world renowned brand and a new model for inclusivity. His goal is to carry on these teachings and share best practices long into the future. Mr. Joseph is the proud recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, Diamond Jubilee Medal, and is one of Capilano University's Top 40 over 40 years.

Wendy King

Wendy King is responsible for managing the legal function, enterprise risk management and corporate governance at Capstone Mining Corp. She has been practicing law for more than 18 years, 14 of which were spent as in-house counsel, and four in private practice as an international-tax specialist. She is a certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors and served on the Board of Via Rail Canada for five years. She holds a Masters in International Tax Law and a Masters of Business Administration, and most recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Ms. King joined Capstone following her role as senior vice president–government relations, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary at Central 1 Credit Union. Prior to this role, she served as senior legal counsel with Weyerhaeuser Company Limited for 11 years.

E. Michael O'Brien

Mr. E. Michael O'Brien recently retired after a distinguished career as a senior executive of the Vancouver Airport Authority where his responsibilities included strategic planning, legal services, corporate secretary, environment, community and media relations. Previously Mr. O'Brien served as Chief of Staff to the federal ministers of health, transport and employment and immigration.

He commenced his career as a barrister, having received his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Mr. O'Brien has served as a director of the Richmond Gateway Theatre and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. At present he serves a member of the Fraser Basin Society and is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation.

Anuja S. Varshney

Anuja Varshney is the executive director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation. Previously, she was an auditor for Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants and a customer service representative for Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank.

Ms. Varshney organized the Varshney Capital Corporation Charity Golf Classic, which has raised over $1 million for BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Learning Disabilities of Vancouver, Room to Read and other organizations. Active in her community, she is a member of the West Point Grey Academy Board of Directors, the honorary chair of the Heart and Stroke BC Foundation 2013 Fundraising Gala Dinner, member of the Kids Safe Golf Tournament committee, panelist for the Courage to Come Back Awards presented by Coast Mental Health and co-founder of the Vancouver Westside Indian Cultural Centre. Ms. Varshney was also the founding organizer of the Varshney Capital Corp. Annual Charity Golf Tournament, an advisory board member for the Vancouver Biennale, a gala committee member for Phoenix Academy of Learning Society (PALS), executive board member of Endeavor, panelist for BC Children's Hospital Foundation Miracle Weekend, Vancouver Chapter member of Room to Read, committee member of UNICEF, an organizer for West-Man Multicultural Society and an organizer for Canada India Friendship Association in Manitoba.

Ms. Varshney is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds her Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba.

Peeter Wesik

Peeter Wesik is the president of Wesgroup Properties, a family business started in British Columbia more than 50 years ago. Wesgroup is a private real estate organization with a diversified portfolio spanning residential and commercial real estate.

Wesgroup has also invested in the equipment sales and service business under the brand names Williams Machinery and Westerra Equipment, with 8 branches located throughout British Columbia.

Mr. Wesik previously practiced law as a partner at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) and is involved in numerous industry associations including the Urban Development Institute, where he served as a director and chair, and is a former trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Angela Wesley

Angela Wesley has provided services to First Nations, organizations, other governments and potential partners for the past 20 years through her consultancy, Wes-Can Advisory Services, based in Terrace. Ms Wesley is Huu-ay-aht (Nuu-chah-nulth). Her primary focus in recent years has been on the development and implementation of the Maa-Nulth First Nations Treaty which came into effect on April 1, 2011. She has completed a diploma program in real estate appraisal, a skill set she found valuable during her time with Real Estate Services and Property Administration at Public Works Canada. Ms Wesley is board chair for the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and is the Maa-Nulth representative on the tripartite Implementation Committee for the Maa-Nulth First Nations Treaty.

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