Board of Directors

The North West Company Inc.

H. Sanford Riley - Chairman of the Board, Winnipeg, MB

H. Sanford Riley

Chairman of the Board, Winnipeg, MB

Mr. Riley was appointed Chairman of North West in June 2008. Mr. Riley has been President and CEO of Richardson Financial Group Limited since 2003. He held the positions of Chairman of Investors Group Inc. from 2001 to 2002, and President and CEO of Investors Group Inc. from 1992 to 2001. Mr. Riley is a director of Richardson GMP, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Canadian Western Bank and Chairman of the University of Winnipeg Foundation. In addition, Mr. Riley was the Chairman of the Board of Manitoba Hydro from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Riley was appointed to the Order of Canada in July 2002.

Brock Bulbuck - Board Member, Winnipeg, MB

Brock Bulbuck

Board Member, Winnipeg, MB

Mr. Bulbuck is the Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Group Income Fund. He has been CEO since 2010, but since joining Boyd in 1993, Mr. Bulbuck has served in many senior leadership roles and has played a leading role in the overall development and growth of Boyd Group’s business. In his current leadership role at Boyd, he has overall responsibility for the affairs of Boyd, including strategy, operations and performance. In addition to his executive management position at Boyd, Mr. Bulbuck also serves on the Board of Trustees of Boyd Group Income Fund. He is also a past Chairperson of the Winnipeg Football Club Board of Directors, a past member of the Canadian Football League Board of Governors and a current Director of the Pan Am Clinic Foundation. Mr. Bulbuck has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee

Deepak Chopra - Board Member, Toronto, ON

Deepak Chopra

Board Member, Toronto, ON

Mr. Chopra most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Corporation from February 2011 to March 2018. Mr. Chopra has more than 30 years of global experience in the financial services, technology, retail and logistics & supply-chain industries. Prior to that he worked for Pitney Bowes Inc., a NYSE-traded technology company known for postage meters, mail automation and location intelligence services, for more than 20 years. He served as President of Pitney Bowes Canada and Latin America from 2006 to 2010. He held a number of increasingly senior executive roles in Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. He has previously served on the boards of Canada Post Corporation, Purolator Holdings Ltd., SCI Group, the Canada Post Community Foundation and the Toronto Region Board of Trade. He currently sits on the board of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Chopra is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee

Frank J. Coleman - Board Member, Cornerbrook, NL

Frank J. Coleman

Board Member, Cornerbrook, NL

Mr. Coleman has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Coleman Group of Companies since 1991. This includes retail food, retail furniture and clothing operations throughout the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a past Director of the Distribution Council of Canada, The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador Holdings Incorporated., Fishery Products Ltd., and Newfoundland Power (a subsidiary of Fortis). He is currently the Honorary Lieutenant Col. of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Battalion 2.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee
Governance and Nominating Committee

Wendy F. Evans - Board Member, Toronto, ON

Wendy F. Evans

Board Member, Toronto, ON

Ms. Evans is President of Evans and Company Consultants Inc., which she founded in 1987. The company provides international expansion, strategic planning, marketing and research services to clients across North America. Previously she held executive positions with several national retailers. From 1992 to 2016 she also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, at Ryerson University. Currently she is a Director on the boards of the Canadian Executive Services Organization and the City Living Foundation. She is the author of “Border Crossings, Retailers Doing Business in the U.S.” Ms. Evans has served as a Director on a number of boards, including Sun Life Financial Trust where she was Chair of the Conduct Review Committee, Chair of the Ontario Retail Sector Strategy Board, member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Director on the Canadian Cancer Society board. Ms. Evans obtained her ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2016.

Committee Memberships:
Governance and Nominating Committee (Chairperson)
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee

Stewart Glendinning - Board Member, Ocean Ridge, FL

Stewart Glendinning

Board Member, Ocean Ridge, FL

Mr. Glendinning has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Foods since 2017. Prior to that he worked with Molson Coors Brewing Company beginning in 2005 where he held the positions of (i) Chief Financial Officer, Molson Coors UK, (ii) Global Chief Financial Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Company, (iii) President and Chief Executive Officer, Molson Coors UK, (iv) President and Chief Executive Officer, Molson Coors Canada, and (v) President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors International. Before joining Molson Coors, Mr. Glendinning worked with KPMG and The Hackett Group, both professional services companies where he held various senior audit and consulting roles, working with a broad array of multinational clients. He has also served with various organizations within the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee
Governance and Nominating Committee

Edward S. Kennedy - Board Member, President & CEO, Winnipeg, MB

Edward S. Kennedy

Board Member, President & CEO, Winnipeg, MB

Mr. Kennedy, who joined North West in 1989, was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of North West in 1997. He is currently a Director of United Grocers Inc., the Canada West Foundation and Canada’s History Society. Mr. Kennedy has served on several profit and not-for-profit- boards and has received retail industry and community leadership recognitions, both locally and nationally.

Robert J. Kennedy - Board Member, Winnipeg, MB

Robert J. Kennedy

Board Member, Winnipeg, MB

Mr. Kennedy has been the Chief Executive Officer and founder of WiBand Communications Corp. since 1999. He was an acquisition consultant for IBM Corporation from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Kennedy was President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of PBSC Computer Training Centres from 1985 to 1997 and President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of ComputerLand Stores Western Canada from 1978 to 1987.

Committee Memberships:
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee (Chairperson)
Governance and Nominating Committee

Annalisa King - Board Member, Vancouver, BC

Annalisa King

Board Member, Vancouver, BC

Ms. King is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Best Buy Canada Ltd., serving in this position from 2008 through 2016. Prior to that, Ms. King was Senior Vice President of Business Transformation for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. She has also held senior positions, primarily in finance, throughout her career at consumer packaged goods companies, Kraft and Pillsbury Canada. In addition to the public company directorship set out below, Ms. King is a director, and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Vancouver Airport Authority and a director of the Templeton DOC General Partnership Ltd. Ms. King obtained her ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2014.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee

Violet (Vi) A.M. Konkle - Board Member, Fenwick, ON

Violet (Vi) A.M. Konkle

Board Member, Fenwick, ON

Ms. Konkle is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brick Ltd. Prior to joining The Brick in 2010 as President of Business Support; she held a number of positions with Walmart Canada, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Customer Officer. Ms. Konkle also held a number of senior executive positions with Loblaw Companies Ltd., including Executive Vice President, Atlantic Wholesale Division. Ms. Konkle is a director of Boyd Group Income Fund, Bailey Metal Products and Elswood Investment Corporation. She is also on the advisory Board of Longo’s Fruit Markets Inc. She is a past director of Dare Foods, The Brick Ltd., Trans Global Insurance, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Konkle obtained her ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2014.

Committee Memberships:
Governance and Nominating Committee
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee

Eric L. Stefanson - Board Member, Winnipeg, MB

Eric L. Stefanson

Board Member, Winnipeg, MB

Mr. Stefanson was the managing partner of the Central Canada Region for BDO Canada LLP Chartered Accountants and Advisors from 2004 to 2009. He also held various positions with Assante Canada, including the position of Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Stefanson was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1990 to 2000 and held various portfolios, including the position of Finance Minister and Chair of the Treasury Board from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Stefanson was a Winnipeg City Councillor from 1982 to 1989 and served as Deputy Mayor. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Via Rail Canada from 2007 to 2016 (serving as Chair of the Audit Committee and as Interim Chairman). Mr. Stefanson is the former Chair of the Audit Committee for FWS Holdings Ltd., the former Chair of the Investment Committee of the Winnipeg Civic Employees’ Benefits Program, the former Chair of the Audit Committee for the Winnipeg Foundation and the former Chair of the Board for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. In 2000, Mr. Stefanson received the Icelandic Order of the Falcon from the President of Iceland. In 2013, Mr. Stefanson was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Manitoba.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee (Chairperson)
Governance and Nominating Committee

Victor Tootoo - Board Member, Iqaluit, NU

Victor Tootoo

Board Member, Iqaluit, NU

Mr. Tootoo is the Vice President of NVision Insight Group, which specializes in strategy, budgeting and reporting for local development projects with all levels of government and Inuit organizations in Northern Canada. He is also the President of Northern Allied Nunavut Travel, a travel management company which caters to corporations in Northern Canada; the President of Kivallingmiut Aviation, which provides helicopter and charter services in Northern Canada; and President of Nahanni Nunavut Construction, which provides civil project management and general contractor services. Prior to launching his commercial career, Mr. Tootoo held numerous positions with various governments in the North. Mr. Tootoo holds a Certified General Accounting designation, and also attended Assiniboine Community College where he obtained a Diploma in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Committee Memberships:
Audit Committee
Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee