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Derek Dougherty, Senior Manager, with Canadian Western Bank, has been involved in commercial banking since 2010. Prior to that Derek spent 14 years in public practice accounting where he was involved in numerous First Nations, not for profit and private business audit and review engagements, consulting and advisory engagements, and specialized in management information systems design, implementation, and business process improvement and automation. Derek is also experienced with banking and insolvency transactions and has experience with corporate recovery engagements under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act as well as the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
Derek spent seven years working for a national accounting and advisory firm where he obtained his CGA designation. In 2007, Derek joined the tax practice and completed the three-year Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax program to become a tax specialist and rose to the rank of Tax Manager. After leaving public practice, Derek turned his attention to commercial banking and finance where he has structured deals of various sizes for all types of business. He currently holds the position of Senior Manager with the Canadian Western Bank Group.
Derek is a UNBC graduate, married, and enjoys spending time with his family. Derek is proud to call Prince George home, despite being a lower mainland transplant, and currently sits on various boards in the Prince George region. Currently Derek sits as Vice President of Finance for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, the Province’s fifth largest Chamber. Derek also sits as a Director with the Downtown Business Improvement Association and as Treasurer for the Northern B.C. Friends of Children Society.
Bill Phillips is the Managing Editor of the Prince George Free Press and the co-owner of a cattle ranch. He is the past-president of the Kiwanis Club of Prince George. Bill has lived in Prince George for six-and-a-half years and just finished building a “dream home” here.
Bill was elected to the Chamber of Commerce board of directors two years ago and has been vice-president since June 2011. He is chairing the board’s Strategic Planning and Visioning Task Force, which is nearing completion of a strategic plan for the Chamber. He has sat on the Non-Dues Revenue Committee and the Advocacy Committee. He also chairs the Policy Review Committee, which is about to embark on a full review of Chamber policies. Last year he sat on the B.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Prioritization Review Task Force.
He is the winner of the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s 2009 Ma Murray award for editorial writing and the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s 2007 Ma Murray award for column writing.
I have been involved with the Prince George Chamber of Commerce for over two years. In 2011 I served on the board as a director and last year I served on the executive a Vice President. It has been a very rewarding experience to work with such a talented and passionate group of people.
As I wrote last year, “Connect, Engage and Enhance,” is the Chamber motto. I am proud we have been innovatively achieving those objectives. For me, the most exciting project we took on this year was the Top 40 under 40. It was borne from the desire to not only promote Chamber members but also this great city and all it has to offer.
As the owner operator of McCall Communications and Marketing and what I love about my work is that every day is different and I get to help businesses solve problems and promote themselves effectively which results in increased sales. And that’s why I am involved with the Chamber, everyday they too work to help members grow their businesses. It’s amazing what a strong network can do for business and the community. I see immediate results from our offerings. Whether it’s a referral, a timely workshop or great event, the Chamber connects people and businesses. Membership does have its benefits.
This year I am completing my MBA at UNBC. I look forward to finishing my degree in a couple of months and having more time to dedicate to the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and its good work.
Ranjit is a dedicated, highly motivated and reliable professional with excellent marketing, sponsorship and fundraising/event planning experience.
Strengths include positive media relations, partnership experience and the ability to fundraise and foster successful board and staff relationships. Also a member of the RDFFG Cultural Services Advisory Committee and Cultural Services Marketing Committee, Ranjit is currently a Heritage BC board member and the vice-chair of the City of Prince George Heritage Commission.
She is a member of the Northern BC/Yukon Red Cross Advisory Committee and the 16/97 Economic Development Committee. As well, she founded the Prince George Military Families Support Group which provides assistance and support to military families who have loved ones involved (past, present or future) in the efforts in Afghanistan. Ranjit would like to become the Vice President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce because she would like to make a positive difference in her community. She has been the chair of the Advocacy Committee for the past two years. She also enjoys the challenges in participating in building mutually beneficial partnerships and enhancing community relations.