BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steve Nycholat - Chair
Steve Nycholat is the Prince George Divisional Manager for Allnorth Consultants, a multidiscipline engineering firm servicing the Pulp & Chemical, Mining, Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors. Founded in Prince George, Allnorth currently operates 15 divisional offices across Canada. Prior to joining Allnorth, Steve worked in the natural resource consulting and contracting field as General Manager for TDB Consulting starting in1995, but he was with TDB since 1989. He 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.
Mark Feldinger - Past 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.
Ken Gebauer - Treasurer
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.
Greg Stewart - Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beth James - City of Prince George (Ex-Officio)
Beth James has been the City Manager for the City of Prince George since May 1, 2013. James has led a number of large and complex organizations. She has substantial experience in a variety of senior executive positions in the provincial government of British Columbia, and has also worked in the private sector as a management consultant. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, capital planning and infrastructure management both as the Associate Deputy Minister and Head of the Capital Planning Secretariat, as well as her position as President and CEO of Shared Services BC; understanding of taxation issues as the Associate Deputy Minister of Revenue Solutions in the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue, and as an Assistant Deputy Minister for Small Business and Revenue; and economic development programming and regulatory reform as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development, and as the the Assistant Deputy Minister for Small Business and Regulatory Reform.
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.