Trustees

Here is an introduction to our Trustees.

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Mr. Sadler, QC was a founding partner of the law firm of Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA 63, LL.B 66) and practiced law since his call to the Bar in the province of British Columbia in 1967 until his retirement from active practice in 2013. Mr. Sadler’s professional practice included financial restructuring, taxation and the organization and reorganization of various business structures. He was Chair of the Board of the University of Northern British Columbia during its formation, facilities construction and initial startup. Mr. Sadler ended his 10 year term as a director of the Provincial Health Services Authority of British Columbia on December 31, 2015 where he served as Chair of its Research Committee and member of its Audit and Finance Committees. These collective experiences have provided Mr. Sadler with exposure to accounting and financial reporting issues. Mr. Sadler has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Northern British Columbia and was awarded Queen Elizabeth II Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

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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.