Trustees

Here is an introduction to our Trustees.

Marc Guay, Chair

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Mr. Guay was President of PepsiCo Foods Canada at the time of his retirement in 2015. Over his 29-year PepsiCo career, he held a variety of positions in sales, marketing and general management throughout Canada and the United States. Mr. Guay started his career at Procter and Gamble in 1981 where he spent 5 years prior to joining PepsiCo. Mr. Guay currently serves on the board of Metro Inc (2016 to present) where he is a member of the Human Resources and Audit committees. He previously served on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (2001-2014), Food Banks Canada (2011-2019) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (2003-2006). Mr. Guay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Universite de Montreal) and also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern University). Mr. Guay is a graduate of the Directors Education Program (2014) of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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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. He 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 Policy Board, served as a Director of Grant Thornton Productivity Improvement Inc. and 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 2006, Mr. Merrell 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 and Chair of the Vancouver Summer Music Festival.

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Ms. Hiebert is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (2016 to present). Prior to that, Ms. Hiebert was the Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary of The Northwest Company Inc., serving in this position from 2009 through 2017. Before her role at The North West Company, she was 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. She left private practice in 1997 and joined ATB Financial as Associate Counsel, which position she held until 2002. 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.

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Ms. Williams is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an extensive corporate finance and capital markets background. She has held senior positions at some of BC’s largest multinational public companies, including Vice President Treasurer at Finning International, and Corporate Treasurer at Fletcher Challenge Canada. Ms. Williams has significant governance experience at both public and private sector organizations, as well as unique ownership and multi-stakeholder environments. Currently, she is serving as a Director on the Board of the Bank of Canada (January 2023 to present). Ms. Williams has recently served on the Boards of Concentra Bank (2017 to 2022) and Concentra Trust (2019 to 2022), where she was Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and a member of the Special Committees overseeing the sale of the Bank and Trust Company to Equitable Bank. She has also served on the Board of BC Life & Casualty Company (2015 to 2021) where she chaired the Audit, Risk, and Conduct Review Committees and oversaw the merger of the Company with Blue Cross Life. Previously Ms. Williams served as Chair of the Douglas College Board (2010 to 2017), Vice Chair of HFN LNG Development Corporation, and as an Independent Commissioner at the BC Securities Commission. Ms. Williams is active in the community and is currently serving as Chair of the Sources Foundation. She has held the ICD.D designation since 2009.