Board of Directors

Raymond Protti


A University of Alberta graduate with both a BA and an MA in Economics, Raymond Protti was president and CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association from 1996 to 2007. Before that he spent more than 25 years in the federal public service where his positions included deputy minister of labour, director of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, and deputy minister of agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr Protti has served on numerous boards including those of Ryerson University, the Toronto Community Foundation, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. Upon moving to Victoria in 2007, Mr Protti was appointed to the Board of Governors of the University of Victoria where he served for six years including two as Chair. He recently retired from chairing the Audit Committee of Transport and Infrastructure Canada. Currently, he is a member of the board of Canadian Western Bank where he serves on the Audit and Governance committees. Mr Protti is one of the first eight directors to receive the ICD.D accreditation after completion of the Directors Education Program (2003-2004) offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors in partnership with the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

David B. Adams

Vice Chair

David B. Adams is a partner at the Victoria law firm of Patterson Adams, where his preferred area of practice is commercial real estate and land development. Previously he served as a director of the Victoria chapter of the Urban Development Institute and was the president of the Union Club in Victoria. Mr Adams holds a law degree from Queen’s University.

Nika Collison

Jisgang, Nika Collison, belongs to the Kaay'ahl Laanas of the Haida Nation. She is executive director and curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay and has worked in the field of arts and heritage for more than 20 years. Deeply committed to reconciliation, Nika is a senior repatriation negotiator for her Nation, pursuing reparation and relationships with museums on a global scale; she also serves on the newly formed Canadian Museum Association's National Museums and Indigenous Issues Council. In 2017 she received the international Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology from the Council for Museums Anthropology for her work in repatriation and Indigenous scholarship and was named one of the top 10 Cultural Professionals for 2017 by the BC Museums Association. Nika holds a financial management diploma from the British Colombia Institute of Technology.

Tewanee Rangiira Rongonui Joseph

Mr. Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of Tewanee Consulting Group Inc. He is a member of the Squamish First Nation, and is half Maori. Mr. Joseph served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council, and has a talent for facilitation and coordinating diverse groups to identify and achieve their goals. He has utilized his skills to work on a broad range of initiatives, including First Nations federal legislation, First Nations Land Management, Strategic Communications and Governance.

In the past, Mr. Joseph served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He worked with the Vancouver Organizing Committee and its partners to ensure unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning, hosting and staging of the 2010 Games. Mr. Joseph holds a Business Administration Diploma and Associate of Arts Degree from Capilano College.

Wendy King

Wendy King is responsible for managing the legal function, enterprise risk management and corporate governance at Capstone Mining Corp. She has been practicing law for more than 18 years, 14 of which were spent as in-house counsel, and four in private practice as an international-tax specialist. She is a certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors and served on the Board of Via Rail Canada for five years. She holds a Masters in International Tax Law and a Masters of Business Administration, and most recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Ms King joined Capstone following her role as Senior Vice President Government Relations, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Central 1 Credit Union. Prior to this role, she served as Senior Legal Counsel with Weyerhaeuser Company Limited for 11 years.

Dr. Daniel Muzyka


Dr. Daniel Muzyka is a professor of management in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He recently retired as president and chief executive officer of The Conference Board of Canada and as vice-president and chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He was previously the dean and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, as well as the dean of the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan. Prior to joining UBC, he was the IAF Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD (France), where he also served as associate dean of the MBA program and director of the 3i Venturelab. Dr. Muzyka was previously a faculty member at Babson College and a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Muzyka has been a board member and consultant to several other business and not-for-profit organizations, including vice chair and a public director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Vancouver Board of Trade (past chair), Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), New Ventures BC and the European Venture Capital Association. Dr. Muzyka chaired NSERC’s Expert Advisory Committee on Partnerships and Innovation. Dr. Muzyka holds a bachelor of arts in astrophysics from Williams College, a master of business administration in corporate strategy from the Wharton School, and a doctor of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School.


E. Michael O'Brien

Mr. E. Michael O'Brien recently retired after a distinguished career as a senior executive of the Vancouver Airport Authority where his responsibilities included strategic planning, legal services, corporate secretary, environment, community and media relations. Previously Mr. O'Brien served as Chief of Staff to the federal ministers of health, transport and employment and immigration.

He commenced his career as a barrister, having received his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Mr. O'Brien has served as a director of the Richmond Gateway Theatre and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. At present he serves a member of the Fraser Basin Society and is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation.

Ratana Stephens

Ratana Stephens is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Nature’s Path Foods, Inc., North America’s largest certified breakfast and snack food company. As a role model for women in business, Ms. Stephens’ contribution to the successful growth of her company has been recognized by the business community through a variety of awards, including being named one of Canada’s Top 150 Noteworthy British Columbians. She has also been voted one of Canada’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, and in 2015, one of BC’s 50 Most Influential Women. Active in her community, Ms. Stephens has been a member with both the United Way Lower Mainland and the Women’s Leadership Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters in English Literature from Agra University.

Anuja S. Varshney

Anuja Varshney is the executive director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation. Previously, she was an auditor for Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants and a customer service representative for Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank.

Ms. Varshney organized the Varshney Capital Corporation Charity Golf Classic, which has raised over $1 million for BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Learning Disabilities of Vancouver, Room to Read and other organizations. Active in her community, she is a member of the West Point Grey Academy Board of Directors, the honorary chair of the Heart and Stroke BC Foundation 2013 Fundraising Gala Dinner, member of the Kids Safe Golf Tournament committee, panelist for the Courage to Come Back Awards presented by Coast Mental Health and co-founder of the Vancouver Westside Indian Cultural Centre. Ms. Varshney was also the founding organizer of the Varshney Capital Corp. Annual Charity Golf Tournament, an advisory board member for the Vancouver Biennale, a gala committee member for Phoenix Academy of Learning Society (PALS), executive board member of Endeavor, panelist for BC Children's Hospital Foundation Miracle Weekend, Vancouver Chapter member of Room to Read, committee member of UNICEF, an organizer for West-Man Multicultural Society and an organizer for Canada India Friendship Association in Manitoba.

Ms. Varshney is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds her Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba.

Peeter Wesik

Peeter Wesik is the president of Wesgroup Properties, a family business started in British Columbia more than 50 years ago. Wesgroup is a private real estate organization with a diversified portfolio spanning residential and commercial real estate.

Wesgroup has also invested in the equipment sales and service business under the brand names Williams Machinery and Westerra Equipment, with 8 branches located throughout British Columbia.

Mr. Wesik previously practiced law as a partner at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) and is involved in numerous industry associations including the Urban Development Institute, where he served as a director and chair, and is a former trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery.