Board of Directors


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

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.

David A. Turnbull is a senior finance executive active in mergers & acquisitions, private placements, buyouts, and strategic business development. Mr. Turnbull was Senior Vice President, Business Development at Crown Capital Partners, Vice President and Head of Private Company Advisory within Manulife Capital Markets, and Founder and President of Arch Capital Inc., a boutique investment bank. In addition, he served as Chief Financial Officer for several companies. Mr. Turnbull holds the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Financial Planner, has a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Western Ontario.

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.

G. Keith Graham is the Founder and President of Rondeau Capital Inc., a private investment and advisory company. In addition, he has over 25 years’ experience as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Executive with firms such as AGF Funds Inc., Trimark Investments and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He has broad governance experience in the public, private and non-profit worlds having acted as Lead Independent Director and Audit Chair for a TSX-listed, technology company and Board Chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto in addition to governance roles with other private and non-profit enterprises.