Board of Directors Biographies
Blair Ross, Chair of the Board
Blair Ross, Board Chair (Chair, Audit and Finance Committee), of Regina, Saskatchewan is co-founder of SRG Security Resource Group Inc., a Saskatchewan-based security firm providing investigation, security patrol, 24 CCTV real-time monitoring and information technology security services across Western Canada. Mr. Ross has over 25 years of experience in business with the majority of his experience gained in the private security industry. In those 25 years, he has built and managed security operations from the ground up. He has managed the security personnel at large scale events (e.g. the Pan American Games in Winnipeg) across Western Canada. A recipient of an Honourary Lifetime Big Brother award for his volunteer commitment, Mr. Ross has co-chaired the CTV Sandra Schmirler Charity Golf Classic. Currently, Mr. Ross serves as chair of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
Patricia Thomson, Vice-Chair of the Board
Patricia Thomson, Board Vice-Chair (Chair, Governance and Human Resource Committee), is member of Carry the Kettle Nakota Band. Ms. Thomson has extensive expertise in management, administration and operations in business. She brings to the board a record of clear decision making, team leadership skills to drive critical strategic shifts, can realize peak performance for top quality organizations and brings governance integrity. She has proven to excel in operations, leadership and organizational development. Ms. Thomson personal goals align with an executive that possesses the proven ability to empower individuals and groups to build strong organizations.
Chief Cadmus Delorme
A Cree and Saulteaux, Cadmus Delorme is a citizen and currently Chief of the Cowessess First Nation. Mr. Delorme received a Master of Public Administration from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Business Administration along with a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management from the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv). While a student, Mr. Delorme served in several capacities within the student association, including vice-president and president, and also served as a student ambassador. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his student leadership and the hospitality he showed to Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when they visited FNUniv in 2012. Mr. Delorme has also been named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, which celebrates the province’s new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40. He lives with his wife Kimberly and their daughter on Cowessess First Nation.
Eileen Libby, Q.C.
Eileen Libby, Q.C., of Regina, Saskatchewan, is a partner at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP. She acts as counsel to employers in a full range of labour relations and employment law matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, restructurings, labour relations board matters, human rights proceedings, and occupational health and safety matters. Ms. Libby also practices extensively in the areas of professional regulation and health law. Ms. Libby has appeared before all levels of courts in Saskatchewan, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, boards of arbitration, human rights tribunals and professional regulatory bodies. Ms. Libby serves on a number boards and associations, including the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Administrative and Public Lawyer of the Year (2016) and Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year (2012) by Best Lawyers.
Paul Pastor, CPA, CA, CBV
Paul Pastor is a founding partner at Buckberger Baerg & Partners LLP. He has over 12 years of professional experience, including seven years of business valuation experience. Mr. Pastor brings to the firm a diverse and unique skill set through his extensive experience in assurance services, business valuations, litigation support, transaction support and business consulting. His experience serving a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, automotive, transportation, construction, and agriculture, gives Mr. Pastor a clear vision of western Canada's business landscape and a clear understanding of his clients' needs.
Ernest Standingready is a citizen of the Ocean Man Nakota First Nation and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of general management, administration, operations and strategic development. He is a 20-year veteran of the Saskatchewan gaming industry, having worked many roles in a casino operation from the front line to executive management with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Mr. Standingready has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina, a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Regina and a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management from the First Nations University of Canada. He is currently an elected Councillor and Treaty 4 Headman for the Ocean Man Nakota First Nation, and sits on many other boards and committees. Mr. Standingready is committed to enhancing the lives of Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the Treaty relationship. He believes in positive, cooperative partnerships, and understands the strength they can deliver for everyone.
Donna Strudwick has extensive experience in municipal administration. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Rural Municipal Administrators' Association of Saskatchewan, and is currently the Senior Office Inspector for the Rural Board of Examiners. In 2013 Ms. Strudwick was the recipient of the Lou Jacobs Award, acknowledging her service in the field of local government administration in the Province of Saskatchewan. She has held several board and committee positions, and is a past Show Chairman of the Western Canada Farm Progress Show. Ms. Strudwick resides in Balgonie, Saskatchewan, and remains actively involved in the family's grain-farming operation.