Derek Burney, Chairman, Director
Mr. Burney joined the board in June 2017. He currently serves as the Senior Strategic Advisor to Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, a global law firm, and is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Garda World Security Corporation. Mr. Burney served as Chief of Staff to Canada’s Prime Minister from 1987-1989, and as the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative from 1990-1992. He was also the former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America from 1989 to 1993. In 1993, Mr. Burney was named Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Public Service of Canada’s outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Burney was appointed as Chairman and CEO of Bell Canada International in 1993, and later served as President & CEO of CAE Inc., a leading independent provider of commercial aviation training from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Burney has also served as a director of Quebecor World, Canwest Global Communications Corp., Teleglobe Inc., Bruncor Inc., Moore Wallace Inc., TransCanada Pipelines Limited, and Rio Algom Limited, as well as on the advisory board of Paradigm Capital Inc.
John Barnett, Director
Mr. Barnett joined the board in June 2017. Mr. Barnett currently serves as a director of Clairvest Group Inc., a private equity management firm. Previously, Mr. Barnett served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Rothmans Inc. (manufacturer and distributor of tobacco products) from June 1999 until it was acquired by Phillip Morris International in 2008. Prior to his service in these roles, Mr. Barnett was an officer of Molson Breweries and its predecessor Carling O'Keefe from 1972 through 1998, acting as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer from November 1995 to November 1998. Mr. Barnett also served on the board of directors of Granite REIT (previously known as MI Developments Inc.) from 2006 to 2008, and the board of directors of Mosaic Group Inc. from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Barnett holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
James Burns, Director
Mr. Burns joined the board in June, 2017. He is a former private equity investor and former Partner at Gordon Investment Corporation based in Toronto, Ontario where he was responsible for the investments including: Specialty Equipment Ltd., Sound Warehouse Inc., Empire Realty Credit Corp., ConCap Equities Inc., Windmill Bakeries, and Shepherd Manufacturing Ltd. Previously, Mr. Burns was the former Managing Director at CIBC Wood Gundy and served as the director and CFO of Scott’s Restaurants located in Markham, Ontario. Mr. Burns also served 12 years to the Federal Government where he was the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
Gary Collins, Director
Mr. Collins joined the board in September, 2006. He has been a Senior Advisor at Lazard Ltd., a New York-based, publicly-traded, global financial advisory and asset management firm, since September, 2016. Previously, from February 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Collins was a Senior Advisor at Verus Partners & Co., a closely-held, Toronto-based strategic financial advisory firm. Before that, from August 2012 until May 2014, he was President of Vancouver-based Coastal Contacts Inc., a TSX-listed, leading online direct¬to¬customer retailer of replacement contact lenses and eye glasses. In May 2014, Coastal was purchased by Essilor International of France for $435 million. From April 2007 to July 2012, Mr. Collins was Senior Vice President of Belkorp Industries Inc. of Vancouver, a private holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Collins was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver-based airline Harmony Airways from 2004 until 2006. From 1991 to 2004, he was a member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly and held the portfolio of Minister of Finance from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Collins is also a director of TSX-listed companies Chorus Aviation Inc. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, D-Box Technologies Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, and Rogers Sugar Inc. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Collins was a member of the board of Vancouver-based Catalyst Paper Corp. and served as Chair of the Compensation Committee. From 2007 until 2012, Mr. Collins was a member of the board of Lantic Sugar Limited (a division of Rogers Sugar Inc.).
Peter Lynch, BSc, Director
Mr. Lynch joined the board in May 2014, and served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from June to August 2017. He is a director of NYSE-listed Retail Properties of America, Inc. of Oak Brook, Illinois, a real estate investment trust; he is also Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Lynch also serves on the Board of Advisors of Sid Wainer & Son, a private produce and specialty foods company based in New Bedford, Mass. and is a Trustee for Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. From 2004 until 2012 he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., a private, Florida-based retailer with 500 grocery stores, 150 liquor stores and 280 in-store pharmacies throughout the five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Before that he was President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations with Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's, Inc., one of the largest national U.S. retail food and drug chains, comprised of 2,500 stores. Mr. Lynch graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.
Karen Prentice, LLB, Director
Ms. Prentice joined the board in June 2017. Most recently, Ms. Prentice was a director of Matrix Solutions Inc., chaired the board of trustees of CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission. Prior to her service in these roles, Ms. Prentice was an Executive Vice-President of ENMAX Corporation, where she was responsible for legal services, corporate governance, human resources, facilities, environment, health and safety, government relations and corporate communication functions. Ms. Prentice holds an L.L.B. from the University of Calgary and the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Denis Ryan, Director
Mr. Ryan joined the board in June 2017. Mr. Ryan's career includes serving as an investment advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy, an executive with BGH Investment Management Limited, Vice-President Institutional Asset Management with Altamira, an investment banking role for Griffiths McBurney and Partners and a founding partner with Morrison Williams Investment Management Limited. Mr. Ryan's career also includes serving as Co-founder and Director of Keeper Resources Inc., as well as serving as Director of Front Street Capital. Other publicly listed past directorships include serving as a member of the Board and as a financier of Immnovaccine.
Kenneth Barbet, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Barbet was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2017, after joining the board in June 2017. From 2009 to 2017 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Eye Care Co-Op Ltd., a cooperative network of independent optometrists. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Barbet served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Rock Breweries Ltd and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Barbet's private sector retail career includes serving as the Director, Sales and Operations for Ontario and Atlantic Canada of the Drug Trading Company. Before joining the Drug Trading Company, Mr. Barbet served for 16 years in positions of increasing responsibility with the Calgary Cooperative Association, the largest North American retail co-operative, which specializes in grocery, and related retail products including pharmacy, liquor, travel and fuel.
David Gordey, CPA, CA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Gordey was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada in July 2016. Mr. Gordey previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2014, after joining Liquor Stores in March 2012 as Vice President Finance. He is a Chartered Accountant, formerly of KPMG LLP (Edmonton) where he was a Senior Manager in their public company audit group leading multi-functional teams and supporting clients with their securities transactions.
Richard Perkins, MBA, Executive Vice President, Business Transformation
Mr. Perkins was appointed to Executive Vice President, Business Transformation in August 2017, after previously serving on the board from June to August 2017. Mr. Perkins served as Vice President in the areas of business development and strategy, marketing and communications and IT at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation from 2003 to 2013. Mr. Perkins co-founded an investor relations and corporate marketing firm in Toronto in the late 1990s and previously served in executive roles at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Newcourt Credit Group. Mr. Perkins also served on the board of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada ("BDC") from 2008 to 2015. During his directorship at BDC, Mr. Perkins chaired the Human Resources Committee and served on several committees including pension, governance and credit and risk. Mr. Perkins served in senior policy roles in the Federal Government of Canada for almost a decade including as Policy Advisor to the Minister of Privatization, and as Executive Assistant and Senior Policy Advisor to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Perkins holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University.
Matthew Rudd, CPA, CA, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rudd assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in July 2016. He previously served as the Company's Vice President, Finance after joining the Company in October 2014. Mr. Rudd is a Chartered Accountant formerly of KPMG LLP (Edmonton).
Jim Yaworski, Senior Vice President, Construction and Design
Mr. Yaworski joined Liquor Stores in 2008, and is responsible for overseeing the construction and renovation of the Company’s new and existing stores. Prior to joining Liquor Stores, Mr. Yaworski was a Project Manager at Sobeys specializing in store construction and design.
David Crapper, Senior Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Crapper joined Liquor Stores in August 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the Company's marketing strategy. Prior to joining Liquor Stores, Mr. Crapper served as president of Genesis Public Opinion Research Inc, specializing in political polling.