Community Papers

Chamber Board

Kara Biles, CHRP

At this point in my career, my goals gravitate around growing, giving back and making a difference in our community. I was born and raised in P.G., am familiar with the many facets of both business and HR opportunities and challenges in our area and am passionate about Northern BC and working to make our community a better place to live and work. I am a Certified HR Professional (CHRP), and a graduate of the HR Management Certificate (HR Major) and Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing at UNBC.

I began my career as an HR Business Unit Assistant with the BC Public Service Agency and continued to progress as the Project Coordinator - Marketing and Training, Northern Region, and then E-Learning Specialist in which I developed training programs to include 30,000 employees in 280 communities. In 2011 I was awarded the BC HRMA’s “Rising Star” – a prestigious award that recognizes an HR professional who is “lighting the HR community on fire”.

I then moved to the private sector as an HR Manager at Canfor, Isle Pierre and at the same time, began working as an Instructor in the HR Management program at CNC.  I am now the Recruitment Coordinator with Canfor’s head office in PG and continue to instruct part-time. In 2012, I was named one of the P.G. Chamber of Commerce’s “Top 40 Under 40” Finalists. As well, I am currently the Chair of the BC HRMA Northern Region Advisory Council and have previously served as an Advisor. I coach the UNBC JDC West HR business competition team and volunteer as a Leadership Facilitator with the Canadian Cancer Society and other various causes in P.G.

I am committed to personal and professional excellence supported with continuous growth and I can assure you that as a Director I would bring value to the PG Chamber of Commerce and its members in growing and supporting trade and commerce encompassing economic, civic and social welfare.


Carrie Comack

Cost Accountant

Carrie Comack is a seasoned Accountant with over 15 years experience in multiple industries. She currently works with Columbia Bitulithic and is helping to reshape the future of the company. Ms. Comack’s experience includes not only the accounting functionality of a business, but also the administration, marketing and management aspects.

Through her experience and education, Ms. Comack has developed a keen sense of accounting and administration expertise. She has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of Health and Safety courses including the Construction Safety Training System course. Ms. Comack is currently completing an Accelerated Program with the CMA of B.C. in hopes of being one of the final designated CMA’s of B.C. by 2015.

Ms. Comack was a recipient of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40 that was announced in late 2012. She is an active member of the Prince George community as a volunteer coach with PGYSA; she currently sits on the board of PG AIR as a Director and on the EAWG Committee.

Carrie Comack is a mother of two and has lived in Prince George since 2010. When Ms. Comack is not working she likes to coach, play soccer and give back to the community in which she lives. After being nominated and placing in the Top 40 Under 40, Ms. Comack decided that becoming a part of the Prince George Chamber’s Board would be an excellent way to give back and help out the city that she has grown to love and now calls home.

Richard Oviatt

I first started my career in banking with the Bank of Nova Scotia, here in Prince George in 2001. I spent four years there as a Personal Banking Officer. In 2005 I moved over to the Bank of Montreal as a Branch Manager in Training and later that year I was transferred to the Yukon as the Branch Manager of the Whitehorse Branch. During my time in Whitehorse, a colleague and I founded a new Rotary club the “Midnight Sun” club, which now has over 30 members. It was a club focused on young professionals that wanted to network and give back to the community. After three years, my family’s Yukon adventure was over and we returned to Prince George. I became the Branch Manager of the Prince George branch. Since my return to Prince George I have been very involved volunteering with the UNBC Commerce students JDC West team. This has been very rewarding and a benefit to the bank as we have hired well over 20 commerce grads involved with JDC to senior Banking roles in the North. Two years ago I decided to make the switch from retail banking to commercial. The involvement in the business community has been a great change for me and I have truly found a new passion, helping business be more successful and profitable is very rewarding.

Why I want to become a Director of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, is to work at making a difference to expand and grow business in the North. I want to give back to my community in lasting and impactful way. I feel the Prince George Chamber is a great way to do this.

Shane Larsen

Chamber members and executive; thank you for the opportunity to inform you of my business background and my intention to stand for election. My business background spans 20 + years of strategic leadership at the highest levels. Below is a synopsis of my past duties:

VP of Operations, Private Career College

President & CEO, Pets Plus

Regional Manager, Western Canada, Alsco Linen Canada

Regional Manager, BC & Yukon, Atco Structures & Logistics

Past Director, Chamber of Commerce, Chetwynd, B.C.

As a volunteer, coach, mentor and sponsor of many charitable organizations I give of my time freely for the betterment of my community. As a past Director of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce I understand what is needed at the Chamber level. As a past VP of Operations at a private college I understand the intricacies of working with government agencies, boards and departments. I am confident in my abilities to serve as a Director for the Chamber of Commerce.


Todd Bugge has 30 years of Radio and TV marketing experience and recognizes how important good communication is to business and organizations.  His enthusiasm is tempered with a strong understanding of the local market and its community. Todd served as a director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upper Fraser Valley and most recently was a Director with the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce for the past 4 years along with being the Events Committee Chair for three years. Todd now resides with his wife in Prince George and has joined Vista Radio West serving Prince George and other regions of B.C., Alberta and Ontario. He strongly believes in not only being a part of the business community but in giving back.

With his extensive past chamber experience, Todd strongly believes that he can be a positive driving force in enhancing the goals and accomplishments of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Quinn

A professional executive coach, Bill brings with him over thirty years of experience in natural resource management in northern B.C. and six years coaching managers to be leaders. His focus has changed to Growing people & organizations.  As a coach, he helps managers become leaders both professionally and personally with over 85 per cent of his clients having moved up to more senior leadership positions or moving their businesses forward at an accelerated pace. As a change leader, his work in the BC Government focused on steering major provincial initiatives and helping people adjust to the new challenges.

He is very proud of the three daughters he and his wife have raised, especially of their independence and their desire to make a difference.

A sole proprietor, Bill has enjoyed representing the majority of the Prince George Chamber’s membership. With the future business opportunities happening in the north, he sees a need for local businesses to be positioned to take their rightful place as Prince George is on the edge of becoming a player in the global market. As a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, a key accomplishment has been being instrumental in creating the Chamber’s new Strategic Plan. In addition, helping to crystallize the Chamber’s initiative to managing the business licensing process has been very gratifying.

Bill looks forward to another opportunity to help move the small business community forward as a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Dorothy Friesen

Dorothy moved to our City in 1986 to take the position of Executive Officer of the BC Northern Real Estate Board.  She retired in 2011.

Dorothy is  currently very much involved in our community.  In addition to being on the Chamber Board of Directors, she is Chair of FMC’s Community Advisory Panel; sits on the Finance and Lending Committee of Community Futures; is on the grants committee for the Northern Land Use Institute at UNBC; is on the Enhance PG Committee at the City; is one of the City Ambassadors who tour potential job candidates around the City to sell them on how great our City is as a place to work, live and play; is on the City’s Heritage Commission; is Treasurer of the Prince George Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization; and is a member of the both Prince George Genealogy Society and of the Prince George Photography Society.

Dorothy has been involved in the following organizations: The City’s Advisory Planning Commission; appointed co-chair of the Prince George Long-Range Economic Plan; treasurer of the Board of the Fraser Fort George Community Futures for 13 years; taught for the entrepreneurial course at College of New Caledonia - Business the Next Generation; was on the Board of Initiatives Prince George (IPG); advisor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Governance Committee to revise their Bylaws; a founding member of the Prince George Business and Professional Women’s Club; on the Advisory Board of Junior Achievement; Kiwanis Club; in charge of the Gingerbread section of the Festival of Trees for several years; and appointed by the Mayor to the Prince George fundraising group for the Northern Medical Program Trust.

Dorothy has the experience, time and drive to continue to make an outstanding contribution to the Chamber.  She is truly an ambassador for our City and asks for your vote.

Joy Sturgeon - Magnell

I want to be part of the solution as a Chamber Director:

A creative edge, diverse background and a “can do” attitude that delivers solutions! Those are the contributions I bring to make a difference in the community I work and live in. The Chamber team makes a difference in our community and it is a team I want to be a part of!

I have spent the last 26 years acquiring experience in the areas of Public Relations, Management, Marketing, Sales and Facilitation. I have the ability to see things from both a creative and business perspective: this is what sets me apart from most and it is this unique vantage point that allows me to identify and initiate inspired results that support business objectives. In me you will find a professional that will give 150%, a willingness to challenge common perceptions and a “can-do” attitude! For example, I have helped the unemployed at an employment company achieve an 80% success rate on re-entering the work force, thus helping to grow the local economy. I find personal satisfaction in working for businesses that make a difference in the region that I work and live in and through my contributions I too want to be known as an individual who can make a difference and contribute to the economic growth of my community.

I have volunteered as a job retention coach, provided administration duties for a local softball team, raised money for community sport groups, and coached gymnastics for the CHCA for eight years.


Presidents Club Award, 100% Club (five years in a row), International Shopping Centres -Bronze Medal, Bronze - MA Murray Award and a five year Community Service Award.

Ernest Daddey

Ernest Daddey comes to the ICS with over 25 years of private sector experience from the high-tech industries in Europe, Canada and U.S.A. He has worked with startup companies, SMEs, entrepreneurs and blue-chip companies which include W.R Grace, Symbol Technologies, Xaar Plc UK, Taiyo America and Creo.

Through his consulting work on advanced engineering materials, chemical technologies, sustainable environmental technologies and project management, Ernest has delivered value in product development and has led to capabilities creation.

As the founding scientist at Solegear bioplastics, his innovation won three awards in the 2010 BCIC-NVBC competition as well as the Frost and Sullivan award for materials innovation.

Ernest has been instrumental in the development of leading edge bioenergy and materials technologies.

He was recognized for the 2006 Tricities Business Awards and a finalist in the 2006 TELUS NVBC competition and has mentored executives, entrepreneurs and innovators in the technology sector.

Ernest has a passion for coaching and an advocate for local and regional economies by delivering solutions for sustainable technologies for environmental and economic development.








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