James F. Shepard, P.Eng., of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on July 27, 2007. Mr. Shepard is a Director of the Company.
Mr. Shepard retired from Finning International Inc. in April 2000 after a 32-year career, including nine years as Chief Executive Officer (1991 to 2000). Mr. Shepard also served as Chairman of the Board of Finning International Inc., Chairman of the Board of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Vice-Chairman of the Conference Board of Canada, Vice-Chairman of the Business Council on National Issues, Honorary Chairman of Leadership Vancouver and is the past Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Business Council of B.C. He was founding Co-Chairman of the Business Summit of B.C. and is a member of The Conference Board, Inc., New York. Mr. Shepard was a Director of Imperial Oil Limited and initial Chairman of the Cabinet of the Business Laureates of the B.C. Hall of Fame.
Mr. Shepard received a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C.