Advisory Board Members

Gordon R. Barefoot

 

Gordon R. Barefoot, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, was the CEO and President of Corix Infrastructure Inc. from December 2017 to July 2019 and the former Board Chairman of Vancouver-based utility Corix Infrastructure Group since 2006. He retired in 2020 as Chairman Emeritus and Executive Advisor from Corix. He is the past Chair of the Board of AutoCanada Inc., an Edmonton-based auto retailing public company. Gordon is currently the Audit Committee Chair of FWS Group, a Winnipeg based Design Build Contractor, primarily serving the Agriculture Commodity, Energy and Mining and Forestry sectors.

 

Mr. Barefoot had served on the boards of Fairbanks Sewer and Water and Doyon Utilities in Alaska. He also served on the Board of the Institute of Health System Transformation and Sustainability from 2010 until December 2014. His contributions included roles on the Audit Committees of all entities. His extensive board leadership experience includes past roles as Chair of the Fraser Health Authority 2006-2010 and Vancouver Community College 2000-2006. He has served on three other public company boards over the past decade and on several not for profit boards including Alberta Ballet and the Victorian Order of Nurses.

 

Mr. Barefoot formally held a number of senior executive positions including Senior Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer of Terasen Inc., a public gas utility and major oil pipeline company that became part of the Fortis group and Kinder Morgan. His other senior positions at Terasen included roles in Corporate Development, Strategic Planning, and Multi Utility Services.

 

Prior to joining Terasen, he was a partner at Ernst and Young Chartered Accountants where he spent more than 22 years in the utilities, gaming, education, healthcare, construction, mining, retail, transportation, forestry, and financial services industries. Mr. Barefoot also held a number of financial positions at Canadian National Railways between 1977 and 1981.

Mr. Barefoot received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and his Chartered Accountants designation in 1975. In 2007, he was awarded the FCA designation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC for service to the profession and the community. He also attained his ICD.D designation in 2007. Mr. Barefoot lives in Surrey/White Rock with his wife Cheryl and has one grown married daughter.

 

John Walker

A career at senior executive levels that spanned more than 32 years in non-regulated businesses and the regulated electric and gas industries. A broad spectrum of experience with Corporate Boards and Industry Associations. Career included work in mergers and acquisitions, major project development, strategic planning and operations.

 

Mr. Walker has more than 27 years of experience with the Fortis Group of Companies. He began his career in utility operations with Newfoundland Power Inc. Mr. Walker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, FortisBC in 2005. He has advised on the development of B.C. energy policy, having served as a member of the B.C. Climate Action Team, and the Task Force Group on Resource Development under the Green Energy Advisory Task Force.

             

Brad Miller

Brad Miller graduated from BCIT with an Honors diploma in Mechanical Technology in 1986. At the age of 25, he purchased his first manufacturing business, Van Ingen (now Advanced Bending Technologies). He then went on to purchase natural gas clean tech company IMW Industries, which he built into a globally successful exporter with subsidiaries in five countries around the world, with 100 million in revenue and 1000 employees. After selling IMW in 2009, Brad continued to invest in the manufacturing space in Canada and the US and currently owns seven companies specialized in marine and industrial manufacturing with a focus on clean tech manufacturing.

 

Additionally, Brad is a significant investor in several tech start-ups in clean tech, food processing and medical device sectors. Brad serves as volunteer director on the boards of two foundations, three not for profits and one NGO with a focus on health in Canada and Uganda.

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