Board of Directors


B.E.S.T. Total Return Fund Inc.

David Alexander Copeland is a private investor investing in small, growth-oriented businesses. Mr. Copeland has held executive roles in the automotive parts manufacturing industry including President, Co-founder and a Director of TRIAM Automotive Inc. and Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Magna International Inc. Mr. Copeland is a director of Nuvo Research Inc., The B.E.S.T. Discoveries Fund Inc., Axis Investment Fund Inc. Mr. Copeland is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

Jocelyne M. Côté-O’Hara is President of The Cora Group, a corporate strategy and performance consulting firm. Ms. Côté-O’Hara is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Stentor Telecom Policy Inc. and served for seven years as an executive and an officer of BC TEL. Over a period of ten years (1984-1994), she served in the credit union movement, including six years as a director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Civil Service Credit Union and three years as a director of the Ontario Deposit Insurance Corporation. She is currently a director of a number of companies and other organizations including Axis Investment Fund Inc., The B.E.S.T. Discoveries Fund Inc., Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Xerox Canada Inc. and Ryerson University. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

David A. Turnbull is the President & CEO of Arch Capital, Inc. and has extensive experience in the financial services industry specializing in structuring, pricing and raising capital for business acquisitions, expansion, management buyouts, leveraged buy-outs and corporate restructuring. He has operated as Chief Financial Officer for three early stage high growth companies. Previously, Mr. Turnbull was with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance, Scotia McLeod Inc. and Richardson Greenshields of Canada Inc. (now RBC Capital Markets). Mr. Turnbull holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Western Ontario and has been awarded the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Financial Planner.

George Russell Paterson retired as Treasurer of IBM Canada Ltd. in 1990 and has worked as a consultant since that time. He held a number of senior management positions with IBM including Director of Finance and Administration in Europe, Canada and Asia. Mr. Paterson serves on several boards including The B.E.S.T. Discoveries Fund Inc. and Axis Investment Fund Inc., as well as a number of private companies, and provides strategic and management assistance to emerging technology corporations.

John-David (J.D.) Alkema is an Ontario Representative for the CLAC for over 11 years in the Chatham and Mississauga Regional Offices. Mr. Alkema also serves as the secretary for CLAC’s National Executive. Mr. Alkema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Business from Redeemer University College.