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PFb Board of Directors  C. Alan Smith Photo



Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada with the designation CPA CA. He was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PFB Corporation in January, 1993. On March 8, 2018 it was announced that Mr. Smith became Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of PFB Corporation as part of a planned realignment of executive responsibilities within the Corporation. Since 1981 Mr. Smith has served as a director of many stock exchange listed companies through his role with Aeonian Capital Corporation, an affiliate of PFB. Mr. Smith is a member of the World Presidents Organization.

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PFb Board of Directors Bruce Carruthers Photo


Mr. Carruthers graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Business Administration in 1971. Immediately after completing his diploma he joined Plasti-Fab Ltd. His first appointment with Plasti-Fab was Plant Manager and Sales Representative. During his long career with the company spanning over 46 years, Mr. Carruthers has held progressively senior positions within the company. He has been instrumental in the company’s development to become a highly-respected and significant player in the North American market for expanded polystyrene rigid insulation products. Mr. Carruthers has been a director of PFB Corporation since 1992 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of PFB Corporation in March 2007.

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PFb Board of Directors  Don DouglasPhoto



Mr. Douglas has served as President of Jetstream Capital Corporation since 1992. Mr. Douglas served as President and CEO of United Communities Inc. since it commenced operations in July 1993 until his resignation in 2014 and also served as President of its predecessor companies, United Inc., United Management Inc. (1991 to 1993) and United Management Ltd. (1984 to 1991). Prior to joining United Management Ltd., Mr. Douglas was President of L.K. Resources Ltd. from 1981 to 1984; Vice-President, Corporate Development of Turbo Resources Ltd. from 1978 to 1980; and prior to that, he was involved in the investment industry.

Mr. Douglas has been, and continues to be, a director of numerous investment and management companies in Alberta, including PFB Corporation and GVest Fund. Mr. Douglas holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from IMEDE Management Development Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Mr. Douglas is a founder and director of United Active Living, a director of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a member of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, , and a member of the World President’s’ Organization in Alberta.

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PFb Board of Directors  Gord Tallman Photo



Mr. Tallman retired as the Senior Vice-President, Royal Bank, Prairies Region, after a banking career spanning 42 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of PFB Corporation. He has also served as Chairman of the Boards of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., Afexa Life Sciences Inc. and Enerjet Airlines and on the Boards of Big Rock Brewery Inc., Canadian Utilities Ltd., ECL Group of Companies Ltd., Investment Saskatchewan Inc., Oilsands Quest Inc. and Gwich’n Development Corporation, Inuvik, NWT.

He is the Past-Chair of the Mount Royal College Foundation and has served on a number of other Community organizations. He was presented with both the Saskatchewan and Alberta Centennial medals in 2005. He was awarded the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award for Calgary in 2012. Mr. Tallman successfully completed the Institute of Corporate Directors – Corporate Governance College Director’s Education Program in February, 2006 and completed the Directors’ Certification examinations in April, 2006. Mr. Tallman attributes much of his success to the power of teams and lives by the motto, “Individuals get things done – teams create miracles”

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PFb Board of Directors  John Read Photo


PRESIDENT, Picante Capital Corp.

John Read graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Following assignments with oil and gas operating companies, John accepted an offer in 1974 to join a new start up company, Colt Engineering. Over his career with Colt he held various engineering and project management positions, was General Manager of one of the engineering divisions and was the founding General Manager of Cord Projects, Colt’s construction division. In 1983, John assumed the role of President and CEO of the Colt Companies, a position he held until 2006 when he retired.

During this time, the Colt Companies became one of Canada’s leading engineering and construction firms with 4,500 employees in Calgary, Edmonton, Sarnia, Toronto and Anchorage, Alaska. During his career John has participated in numerous industry and business organizations including the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Oilsands Task Force, past director of the Bi-Provincial Upgrader and Young President’s Organization. He is currently a director of PFB Corporation,. John’s community service includes United Way of Calgary, past director and Chairman of Alpine Canada Alpine and he is currently President and a trustee of the Manning Innovation Awards.

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PFb Board of Directors  Vanessa Rennie Photo



Vanessa H. Rennie is currently Vice President at Aeonian Capital Corporation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. She has worked in various financial roles over her career, largely in the field of equity research and valuation. In the past decade, she has worked with family offices and in private equity. In addition, she has held board positions with small private and public entities. Ms. Rennie is a Canadian Investment Manager.

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PFb Board of Directors  William Smith Photo



William (Bill) Smith, Q.C. has been involved in the legal aspects of local, national and international business transactions and is currently a director of 4 listed companies in Canada and the UK. Bill was a partner in McCarthy Tetrault LLP practicing corporate and securities law for 30 years. He is an advisor to public and private companies, individuals and corporate boards involved in a wide variety of businesses. Bill has served on the Board of Directors and as Corporate Secretary of PFB Corporation since 1985.

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Leslie received her Bachelor of Commerce degree (finance concentration) from the University of Calgary in 1992 and earned her CFA designation in 1995. At the time of Leslie’s retirement she was a Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager and also the firm’s real estate analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.

Leslie spent over 20 years in the investment management industry in Calgary, beginning at Bissett & Associates Investment Management Ltd. in 1992 and remaining with that firm through its evolution to Franklin Bissett Investment Management until her retirement in 2015. During that time she filled various roles, including trading and analysis functions on the fixed income and equity desks, analytical responsibilities for income trusts, real estate investment trusts and other high dividend stocks, portfolio management responsibilities for high net worth, institutional, and not-for-profit groups, and fund management responsibilities for Bissett’s income trust (later high dividend) mutual funds.

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Senior Wealth Consultant & Director, and Portfolio Manager at Cidel Asset Management Inc.

Mr. Joss is a Senior Wealth Consultant & Director, and Portfolio Manager at Cidel Asset Management Inc., a Canadian-based global private bank and asset management firm.  He has over 25 years of experience in the investment and asset management industry, including portfolio management, capital markets, investment banking and credit and risk management. 

Mr. Joss is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand (B.EconSc) with majors in Economics (honours) and Actuarial Science.  He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Calgary.

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Mr. Graham is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and has completed the Queen’s School of Business Executive Program. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Alberta and Ontario. He joined PFB Corporation in March 2016 and after executing a comprehensive transition plan, Mr. Graham was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2018. Mr. Graham has over 25 years of business, manufacturing and technical experience across a broad base of industries including: commercial and residential construction, automotive, bulk transportation and industrial manufacturing and oil and gas services. Mr. Graham has held various executive level positions, including COO and CEO roles at a number of successful mid-size Canadian companies.

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Mr. Papuga is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction). He has also attended University of Lancaster, United Kingdom (with distinction) and JD Law program at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia (with distinction). Additional areas of courses and training include several International Tax, US Tax, CICA In-Depth Tax, COSO Framework, IFRS, and TSX public-company courses and more currently is a registered candidate to write the Level II exam in the CFA program. Mr. Papuga is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. Mr. Papuga has over 18 years of public practice and industry experience in Australia, Canada and the European Union (Netherlands). Prior to joining PFB, Mr. Papuga held positions across a range of industries in real estate REITS, construction, HVAC, powerline utility, oil and gas, along with progressively senior positions within the advisory groups at Deloitte LLP and KPMG LLP. Mirko Papuga joined PFB Corporation in 2014 as the Manager of Financial Reporting and Compliance. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of PFB Corporation in 2016. 

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Mr. Ortega is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Information Systems from the Haskayne School of Business. Shortly after concluding his studies, Mr. Ortega joined PFB Corporation as a Business Research Analyst. During his career of over 20 years with the company, Mr. Ortega has held progressively senior positions in both Digital Marketing and Information Technology. He was appointed Chief Information Officer in May 2013. Focused on deriving full value from Information Technology investments, Mr. Ortega has led transformative initiatives in Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Business Process Automation, Internal Controls and Cybersecurity.

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Mr. Carr has over 25 years of management and executive leadership experience in the building supplies industry. He has led mid-sized regional companies and worked at the executive level with a large national home improvement retailer. Mr. Carr has been involved in strategic expansions and led post acquisition integration processes that improved network operations and profitability. He holds an MBA from Athabasca University and joined PFB Corporation in February 2019 as the Senior Vice President.

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Mr. Banner attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Over the course of his career, Mr. Banner has served in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, sales, marketing and general management roles across a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution and retail. Mr. Banner joined PFB in 2011 through the acquisition of PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes, where he served as General Manager. Since that time, he has led the PFB Custom Homes Group and in 2017, he also assumed responsibility for Insulspan. Focused on revenue growth through both Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer marketing, the Custom Homes Group and Insulspan rely on robust business processes and systems to drive profitability.

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