Our current Directors are:

Gary Fribance, President

Gary received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC in 1965 and his Chartered Accountant’s designation in 1968.  He was a Partner with KPMG, Chartered Accountants, and predecessor firms.  During his career he was the Managing Partner of a mid-sized office, Chairman of a National Specialized Industry Committee and a member of the National Firm’s Board of Directors.  He was also an investment advisor with Raymond James.  Gary has served as an officer and director of many organizations.  He was President of his Chamber of Commerce and his Rotary Club and Chairman of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.  In semi-retirement he offers consulting services particularly in business planning and related matters.

Colin Palmer, Vice-president

Colin has been a resident of Powell River for fifty years. He has served the city as a Councillor and then its Mayor, the Chamber of Commerce as President, and the Community Futures Development Corporation as Chair.   He also sat on the Provincial Environmental Appeal Board and was leader of a group of Coastal Regional District Chairs focusing on Ferry Issues.  He is at present the Director for Area C on the Regional Board.  A graduate of London University, UK, Colin was originally a teacher before starting Phoenix Printing, a business he continues to operate.

Richard Furness, Secretary

Richard is a retired journalist who worked for several newspapers including The Globe and Mail before taking a job at Ontario Hydro writing speeches and dealing with government and the media.  In 1994 he moved to British Columbia and bought The Boundary Creek Times, a small newspaper in the historic Kettle Valley, serving it as Editor and Publisher.  A student of English and History, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1964.  He settled in Powell River in 2006.

Tod English, Director

Tod was born and raised in Powell River, left for a few years to play professional hockey in Germany, then returned to be involved in the family business that dates back to the Sixties. As a member of the Powell River Regals, Tod played and coached in nine Allan Cup championships and toured with the team internationally. He has chaired three National Championships in Powell River and hosted numerous provincial and interprovincial events as part of the Powell River Regal Hockey Society. A Certified Financial Planner, Tod was in the financial services business for twenty years.

Robert Hainsworth, Director

Robert attended the University of Prince Edward Island where he was the class Valedictorian when he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2013.  He went on to earn a law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University in Toronto in 2016.  He is with Fleming & Associates, Lawyers, in Powell River.

Meaghan Westie, Director

Meaghan was born and raised in Powell River, never having left, and works as a full time Realtor for RE/MAX Powell River. She is a proud mother of two very active school aged children whom are part of various sports and arts organizations in the area. Meaghan is very active in the outdoors, spending any free time hiking the local trails or on Powell Lake at the family cabin. In the winter Meaghan is exploring the back country of Powell River, snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing.