Doug was born on September 7, 1939 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 1945 Doug moved with his family to Toronto, Ontario where Doug resided until 1981. Doug worked for Commercial Credit Corporation Ltd for 19 years at a series of high level positions before joining Kootenay Savings Credit Union in 1981.
Two years after joining Kootenay Savings as Operations Manager Doug was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. During his twenty years at the helm of the company it expanded from $108 million to over half a billion dollars in assets while employing 207 people before he retired in September 2003. Headquartered in Trail, B.C. with Branches in Trail, Waneta, Warfield, Fruitvale, Salmo, Castlegar, South Slocan, New Denver, Nakusp, Kaslo, Kimberley, Invermere and Edgewater – Kootenay Savings is a leading financial institution in our area.
Doug brought community values and support during his time at Kootenay Savings. Through his past 22 years in the Kootenays, Doug became a strong community activist focusing on community initiatives and interests throughout our community:
Chairperson Kootenay Friends of Children Foundation
Past President of Kootenay Savings Community Foundation and Kootenay Savings Insurance Services Limited
Active Member of Trail Rotary Club
President and Host Committee Chairperson of the 1995 Senior Babe Ruth
World Series Event - raised in excess of $600,000 capital and operating revenue
Co-chair, 2001, City of Trail Centennial Anniversary Committee
Co-founder and organizer of the "Home of Champions Monument" in recognition of community champions, located on downtown Trail
BC Summer Games: Friends of Games Corporate Fund Raising Committee - the Financial Legacy to Cities of Trail and Castlegar was $300,000
Past President of the Trail Junior Smoke Eaters Hockey Club
Past President of the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Association and a past director of Trail Minor Hockey Association
First Chairperson, serving six years, Stabilization Central Credit Union of British Columbia
Past Director of Pathfinder Learning Systems Corporation. PLSC was a developer of e-learning educational software in support of life long learning programs for schools and corporate environments
Doug’s community involvement has been recognized through the following awards:
The Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal from the Office of the Premier of British Columbia
The Credit Union Foundation of BC Distinguished Service Award presented for outstanding service at the community, regional, provincial and national levels.
The President's Award of Special Recognition from Babe Ruth League International Inc. in recognition of hosting the Best Ever World Series Event in the league's 50 year history.
Chosen by Kootenay Business Magazine as one of the Kootenay's top business leaders.
Additional professional activities and memberships include:
Appointed by an Order in Council, Province of British Columbia to the Board of Directors of the PHSA (Provincial Health Services Authority) where he presently serves on the Audit and Finance Committee and served as past Chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Appointed as the British Columbia Director to serve on the Board of the National Credit Union entity (Credit Union Central Canada) for all credit unions in Canada.
Elected Director-at-Large to the Board of Credit Union Central of BC, re-elected in 2003.
Member of the Credit Union Executive Society of North America
Member of the Conference Board of Canada
In 1964 Doug married Katherine Primeau, a graduate of St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto. They have three children: a son, Blair MD who is a Family Practitioner in Fruitvale, BC; a daughter, Barbara LLB, who practices law in Trail, BC; a son, John, DMD,MD, who is a surgical resident in Detroit, Michigan.