BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Feldinger - Chair
Mark began his career with Canfor in 1984 and was recently appointed Vice President - Manufacturing. Prior to his appointment, Mark held a number of senior management positions in the company. Born and raised in BC, Mark is a graduate of the Science in Forestry program at UBC. He is a Registered Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. Mark joined our Board in 2007.
Steve Nycholat - Vice Chair
Steve Nycholat is the General Manager and CEO for TDB Consultants Inc. (TDB) headquartered in Prince George BC. TDB is a resource consulting and contracting company providing services primarily to the forestry and energy sectors. Steve has been with TDB since 1989, and is a graduate of Forest Technology Program at the College of New Caledonia and Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Northern British Columbia.
David George - Treasurer
Born and raised in Prince George, David has over twenty years business experience as the owner of SpeeDee Printers. He is very busy managing the four stores throughout northern BC, employing 80 staff, and making the time to be an active Initiatives Prince George Board member. David has been on the Board for seven years.
Dr. Charles Jago
With a B.A.(Hon) from The University of Western Ontario, and an MA and PhD from Cambridge, Charles Jago joined the Department of History at McMaster University in 1971, eventually achieving the rank of Professor. From 1987- 1995 he served as Principal of Huron University College, the founding College of the University of Western Ontario, and from 1995-2006 and 2008-2009 as President of the University of Northern British Columbia.
He currently serves or chairs the Boards of the Fraser Basin Council, Canfor Pulp Co. Ltd. Partnership, the Northern Health Authority and the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, and serves on the Board of Initiatives Prince George and the Canada West Foundation. He was a founding board member of Partnerships BC and also served on the board of 2010 Legacies Now.
Dr. Jago is the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada, the latter primarily in recognition of his role as a founder of the Northern Medical Program at UNBC.
Rosalind is President of the Prince George Construction Association and BC Construction Association - North. She lends her professional expertise to many groups in Prince George including the College of New Caledonia and the Immigrant Skilled Trades Employment Program. Rosalind just complete five years on the Progress Prince George Board and this is her first term on the Initiatives Prince George Board.
Ken was appointed General Manager of Television and Radio operations in Prince George (CKPG-TV, CKKN-FM and CKDV-FM) with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in the summer of 2002. Born and raised in the lower mainland, Ken is a graduate of Broadcast Media Communications at BCIT. He is an award winning broadcaster whose career has taken him across the country with stops in Alberta and Manitoba. Ken has served on numerous community boards and is currently President of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters.
Greg Stewart is the President of Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd., a role he assumed in 2009. He has played an integral role on the Sinclar Group strategy team and has been involved in numerous business development initiatives. Greg joined the family business in 2005 as a manager of Winton Global Homes Division headquartered in Prince George, BC. Greg returned to the Central Interior after beginning his career working in various roles at Teck Cominco’s metallurgical facility in Trail, BC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.
Bob Redden is a Registered Professional Biologist and the President of EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. (EDI); a consulting firm that provides environmental management as well as aquatic and terrestrial biological services to all major natural resource sectors across Canada. Founded in Prince George in 1994, EDI has expanded to five office locations in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon and now conducts hundreds of projects annually throughout Canada, including in the Arctic. Bob is very proud to be a member of the dynamic team at EDI and is particularly proud of being recognized as the national Environmental Employer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Like many citizens of Prince George, Bob enjoys volunteering his time to assist with community events and initiatives that make Prince George a great community in which to live and work.
Ken Gebauer is a Sr. Account Manager with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Commercial Finance. He manages BC North’s largest commercial client base, with a combined loan and investment portfolio in excess of $200 million. Ken has 30 years of experience with RBC, and has been a Sr. Manager in both Commercial Finance and Credit Risk Management over the last 20 years. He started his career with RBC in 1982 after completing a Diploma in Business Administration at SIAST in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Ken has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of the McLeod Lake Indian Band Group of Companies since 2007 and is also a past President/Chair of the Prince George Jaycees. Family is near and dear to Ken’s heart. He and his wife Laura have two grown children, one dog and two cats.
Kathleen Soltis - City of Prince George (Ex-Officio)
Kathleen Soltis has been the Director of Corporate Services and Financial Officer for the City of Prince George since 1997 and assumed the role of Acting City Manager in October 2012. She joined the City in 1986 as a Personnel Officer and was promoted to Manager of Personnel Services within a year. Kathleen began her career in government managing grant programs for the federal government through the Canada Employment and Immigration Council. She has a BA in Economics and a MBA in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
John Bowman - College of New Caledonia (Ex-Officio)
John Bowman was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of New Caledonia in 2007. John was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1983, and a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in 2003. From September 2006 to May 2007 John served in the role of "Interim" President at CNC and prior to that was Vice President Student Services from August 2004 to September 2006. Prior to moving to Prince George in 2004, he served as the college's Regional Director in Quesnel for seven years. John's varied career path includes senior positions at Kwantlen University College, Manitoba Department of Education, Winnipeg School District and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Dr. George Iwama - University of Northern British Columbia (Ex-Officio)
Dr. George Iwama comes to UNBC from Carleton University, where he spent two years as Dean of the Faculty of Science. He previously held the same position at Acadia University, where he also served for a year as Vice-President Academic. George holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia and was a professor there for 15 years, during which time he received numerous academic fellowships and awards and conducted research on animal physiology. He has experience in building university-industry-government-community partnerships and was the driving force behind the creation of "science cafes" in Ottawa and Nova Scotia in an effort to bring the excitement of scientific innovation to the public.
Jennifer Brandle-McCall - Prince George Chamber of Commerce (Ex-Officio)
Jennifer Brandle-McCall moved to Prince George from Victoria in 2005. During her first few years in Prince George, she worked towards achieving her MA in Professional Communication through Royal Roads University. In 2009, she worked with the College of New Caledonia International Education Office as their International Summer Program Coordinator. Jennifer enjoys giving back to the Hart community, where she resides, by volunteering as the Communications Officer with the Hart Community Association. Jennifer joined the IPG board in 2010 after taking over as Chief Executive Officer for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. She manages a committed staff of five and a dedicated and resourceful Chamber Board of Directors and Executive.
Jim Martin - Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (Ex-Officio)
Jim is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Based in Prince George, Jim has been with the Regional District since 1994 where he started in the Environmental Services Department and over time progressively advanced to his current role. Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University in 1990. Over the years Jim has enhanced his academic education with additional studies in the fields of leadership, executive management and local government administration.
Cathy Ulrich - Northern Health Authority (Ex-Officio)
Cathy was appointed President and CEO of Northern Health in June 2007. Prior to that she was Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing officer where she successfully garnered and engaged resources for rural and northern health initiatives. Cathy spent the majority of her medical career in rural and northern locations where she gained a solid understanding of rural health issues and unique approaches required to meet these needs. She has always taken an active role in health services research, teaching and graduate student support. Cathy was appointed to the Initiatives Prince George Board in 2008.