Advisory Board

Ross Beaty
Ross J. Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with over 41 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. In 2008, he founded Magma Energy Corp. to focus on international geothermal energy development. In 2011 Magma and Plutonic Power merged to create Alterra Power Corp., which owns three geothermal power plants in Nevada and Iceland, two hydro plants and a wind farm in BC that together produce 366 MW of clean energy. Ross also founded and currently serves as Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world’s leading silver producers. Ross is a patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at UBC. He is a past President of the Silver Institute in Washington, D.C., a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, the Society of Economic Geologists, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, and a recipient of the Institute’s Past President’s Memorial Medal. In 2010, he was awarded the Viola MacMillan Award at the Prospect and Developers Association of Canada and selected as Mining Person of the Year by Canada’s Northern Miner newspaper. Ross served on the Board from 2007 to 2015 and on the Advisory Board since 2015.
Doug Christopher
Doug Christopher is the President of Montrose Development and G & B Estates. He has over 25 years of experience in the real estate and investment industries, and currently oversees a growing portfolio of investment assets. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of CMMT (Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics) and is a Director of the Vancouver Club. He holds a B Comm in Finance and Urban Land from the University of British Columbia. Doug is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, horseback riding and hiking. Doug served on the Board from 2007 to 2015 and on the Advisory Board since 2015.
Don Krogseth
A West Vancouver resident, Don is an avid outdoorsman and accomplished fly fisherman. He is a member and past Director of the Pennask Lake Fish and Game Club. Don’s success in the investment and financial services sectors includes leadership positions with Dixon, Krogseth Investment Counsel and Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. He is a past Director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Calgary, AB). His commitment to the community has included directorships with the Vancouver Oral Centre for Deaf Children and the Alzheimer Foundation of British Columbia. Don is a past Director of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC which is a non-profit organization with a mandate to conserve and enhance freshwater fish resources in BC for the benefit of the public. Don Krogseth served on the Board from 1997 to 2007 and on the Advisory Board since 2007.
Daniel Nocente Daniel Nocente
Daniel Nocente is Chairman and CEO of Vesper Capital, a private financial advisory firm. Previously he was Vice-Chairman of National Bank Financial (Corporate and Investment Banking) based in Vancouver. In addition, he has held positions at several other prominent investment banks in Canada. He has a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He serves on a number of publicly traded company boards and is Chair of the Audit Committee at Vancouver Coastal Health. He previously served as Chairman of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and as a Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company. Daniel also sits on the Dean of Arts Advisory Council at the University of British Columbia. Daniel Nocente served on the Board from 2004 to 2013, and on the Advisory Board since 2014.
George Reifel
As a founder and principal of the Reifel Cooke Group and a third generation conservationist and sportsman, George Reifel has assisted The Nature Trust with the negotiation of several key land acquisitions. George Reifel served on the Board from 1992 to 2003 and on the Advisory Board since 2007.
Dick Richards
Retired from Colliers International as Senior Vice President and President of Mackenzie Management Ltd, Dick Richards brought his expertise in real estate to the Board. Dick Richards served on the Board from 1994 to 2004 and on the Advisory Board since 2007.
Peter Speer
Peter Speer, FCA, is a former partner at the accounting and financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently works under contract with PwC as well as consulting to other clients. He is a trustee and chair of the Finance and Audit committee of the Vancouver Art Gallery. In the past, he has sat on other community boards, including the Vancouver Symphony Society and Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Peter Speer served on the Board from 2001 to 2009 and on the Advisory Board since 2009.
John West
John West is the president of Priority Management, a global training company with over 100 offices in 14 countries. Previous work experience includes marketing with Scott Paper and Nabob Foods in Vancouver and with an advertising agency in Toronto. He was director of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club and Marketing Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. He was trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, director of the Advertising Standards Council, and director and president of the American Marketing Association (BC chapter). He enjoys the outdoors, particularly canoeing, hiking, horse back riding and fly fishing. John West served on the Board from 2006 to 2016 and on the Advisory Board since 2016.
Kip Woodward
C.C. Kip Woodward is President of Woodcorp Investments Ltd, a private venture company. He is the Chair of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Chair of the Keg Royalty Trust Fund, Director of the Sea to Sky Gondola Corp., Director of Hy’s Canada Ltd., Advisor of Army and Navy Group, Director of Village Farms International, Governor of Brentwood College School, President/Director of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation, past Chair of Providence Health Care and past Member of the Provincial Judicial Council. Kip Woodward served on the Board from 1997 to 2007 and on the Advisory Board since 2007.

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