Trustees

Here is an introduction to our Trustees.

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Mr. Merrell articled in Winnipeg and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1971. He joined what is now Grant Thornton LLP in 1978 and specialized in taxation for 16 years with the balance of his career dedicated to general audit, accounting and financial practice. In addition, Mr. Merrell served two three-year terms on Grant Thornton LLP’s Board of Directors, served as a Director of Grant Thornton Productivity Improvement Inc., was managing partner of both the Winnipeg and Vancouver offices and of the BC region. Mr. Merrell has served on a number of professional committees including the Council of the Manitoba CA Institute, the National Firms Committee, the Professional Conduct and the Discipline Tribunal and Chaired the Taxation Committee of Manitoba. In 2001, Mr. Merrell obtained a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and in 2006 he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) in British Columbia. He has also served on the Board of Directors of many organizations including Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Society BC and Yukon Division, Director of the MS Society of Canada, Chair of the Vancouver Summer Music Festival.

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Mr. Guay retired from PepsiCo Foods Canada Inc. in 2015 after a lengthy career spanning 29 years. Over his career with PepsiCo, he held various positions in sales and general management throughout Canada and the United States. Mr. Guay was appointed the President of Frito Lay Canada Inc. in 2001 and held that position until 2008. From 2008 until his retirement in 2015, he was the President of PepsiCo Foods Canada Inc. Mr. Guay currently serves on the boards of Metro Inc. (2016 to present) and Food Banks Canada (2011 to present). He previously served on the boards of The Grocery Foundation (2009 – 2011), the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (2003 – 2006), Food and Consumer Products of Canada (2001 – 2014) and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (2017). Since 2016, Mr. Guay has also been an Executive Advisor with Presidents of Enterprising Organizations. Mr. Guay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Université de Montréal) and completed an Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University (Chicago). Mr. Guay is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Ms. Hiebert is the former Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary of The Northwest Company Inc., serving in this position from 2009 through 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Hiebert was the Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary for The Brick Group Income Fund (2002 to 2009) and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Trans Global Insurance Companies, the financial services segment of The Brick Group (2004 to 2009). She began her legal career in 1994 with Milner Fenerty (now Dentons LLP) after holding senior finance positions in the banking, financial services and venture capital industries for 7 years (1984 to 1991). She left private practice in 1997 and joined ATB Financial as Associate Counsel, Legal Services, which position she held until 2002. Ms. Hiebert currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (2016 to present). Ms. Hiebert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Bachelor of Laws degree (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of Manitoba.