Gordon R. Barefoot
Director, Chair of Audit Committee
In addition to serving as a Director on the FWS Board of Directors, Gordon R. Barefoot, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, is the Board Chairman of Vancouver-based utility Corix Infrastructure Group, and a Lead Director on the Board of Auto Canada Inc., an Edmonton-based auto retailing public company. Mr. Barefoot had served on the boards of Fairbanks Sewer and Water and Doyon Utilities in Alaska, until November 2015 and on the Board of the Institute of Health System Transformation and Sustainability until December 2014. His contributions included roles on the Audit Committees of all entities. His extensive board leadership experience includes past roles as Chair of the Fraser Health Authority and Vancouver Community College as well as three other public company boards over the past decade and on several not for profit boards including Alberta Ballet and the Victorian Order of Nurses. Mr. Barefoot formally held a number of senior executive positions including Interim CEO at Corix, Senior Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer of Terasen Inc., a public gas utility and major oil pipeline company that became part of the Fortis group and Kinder Morgan. His other senior positions at Terasen included roles in Corporate Development, Strategic Planning, and Multi Utility Services. Prior to joining Terasen, he was a partner at Ernst and Young Chartered Accountants where he spent more than 22 years in the utilities, gaming, education, healthcare, construction, mining, retail, transportation, forestry, and financial services industries. Mr Barefoot also held a number of financial positions at Canadian National Railways between 1977 and 1981. Mr. Barefoot received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and his Chartered Accountants designation in 1975. In 2007, he was awarded the FCA designation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC for service to the profession and the community. He also attained his ICD.D designation in 2007. Mr. Barefoot lives in Surrey/White Rock with his wife Cheryl and has one grown married daughter.