Board of Directors


George R. Paterson retired as Treasurer of IBM Canada Limited in 1990 and has worked as a consultant since that time. He held a number of senior management positions with IBM in Europe, Asia and Canada in Finance and Administration.

Harold F. Jones (retired) has over 35 years experience as an investment counsellor and portfolio manager. He was involved in numerous merchant banking and international business consulting projects in North America and abroad. Mr. Jones has been a director of certain public and private Canadian companies, including The Business, Engineering, Science & Technology Discoveries Fund Inc., Axis Investment Fund Inc., and O’Donnell Investment Management Corporation.

John-David (J.D.) Alkema is the Regional Director for the Mississauga office of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). Since 1999, Mr. Alkema has worked for CLAC in the Chatham and Mississauga Regional Offices. Mr. Alkema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Business from Redeemer University College.

Geoff Bedford is an experienced executive most recently serving as Director and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Performance Materials (TSX:Neo), a global manufacturer of advanced industrial materials. Over his 21 years with Neo, Mr. Bedford served in several senior positions with the Company and its predecessors including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and from 2013 to 2020 Director and Chief Executive officer. He is a Canadian Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Business and Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and has completed the Making Corporate Boards More Effective program at Harvard Business School.