How long have you been involved with CNATCA?
I have been involved with CNATCA since 2015.
Tell us a bit about your personal background. Where were you raised? (Education, Family, Career)
I was raised on a farm east of Lampman, Saskatchewan; it was a mixed grain and cattle operation. I graduated from Lampman High School and then went on to various jobs in addition to helping out on the family farm. In 1976 I started my employment with the M & S Coal Company. I have been happily employed to this day. I met an Estevan girl and we married in 1980, and I am proud to say she is still my wife. We have had the privilege of having 3 children, and currently we have 5 grandchildren. My oldest son and daughter are both married with families of their own, and my youngest is still single.
In 1994 I ran and was elected for Estevan City Council as Councillor. I have had the privilege of serving 6 consecutive terms on Council. In 2012 I was elected Mayor for a 4-year term and in 2016 was re-elected for another 4-year term.
In September of 1999 I obtained my Labour Relation Certificate from Athabasca University. In 2012 I was awarded the Queen Diamond Jubilee Metal for Service to Community.
I have enjoyed being a part of CNATCA and all that it brings, the best being the great fellowship with the my fellow Canadians and some great Americans.
I look forward to continuing in that roll, and I am excited for our upcoming conference in Estevan where we can get together and enjoy some great fellowship and exchange ideas on innovative technologies.
Describe one of your current projects that you are excited about and how it relates to CNATCA.
I am very excited about our upcoming conference. Dwight Bramble, our Economic Developemnt Officer, has done a lot of ground work, and all other board members and staff of the City of Estevan have made this conference a reality.
How can CNATCA support the sustainability of communities in your area—particularly rural communities?
We can continue to support the sustainability of our surrounding communities through innovation and positive technological change. We are continuing to grow in this area along with the Mayor of Weyburn, who recently put his name forward as a member of the CNATCA board.
CNATCA has a very ambitious agenda: to be the conduit that brings trade, development, and commerce to the Central North American Trade Corridor. To accomplish that mission, what do you think CNATCA should be focused on over the next 5 years?
We have to continue to get involved in the issues of the day, such as continuing to foster the free trade agreement between our two great countries as well as Mexico. We also have to continue to be a conduit of change--especially artificial intelligence, technological change, and a lot of the other new innovations that are coming down the pipe.