CFIB’s elected Board of Governors includes members with extensive business experience and expertise from every province, as well as our CEO, Dan Kelly, and our Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer, Laura Jones. The Board oversees the governance of CFIB.
Owner of Albert’s Draperies in Saint John, New Brunswick
CFIB member since 2003
Albert’s Draperies, Mike’s family’s window treatment fabrication and retail business, was established in 1966. In addition to managing the business, Mike is also currently starting a business that will import extruded moldings from Germany. Mike’s past work experience includes property management and renovation while in university, as well as marketing management and establishing an American distribution network for an Italian stone tile producer.
Born and raised in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Mike obtained his Bachelor of Science (1993) and his MBA (1998) from the University of New Brunswick.
From flying to skiing, Mike’s interests and hobbies are varied. He obtained his commercial pilot license and flight instructor rating in 1989.
Fluently bilingual, Mike has lived in Saint John since 1995 and is married with three young daughters.
Owner and President of Secure Store in Thunder Bay, Ontario
CFIB member since 2008
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Grant studied Business Administration and Marketing Management at Ryerson University. He received Ryerson’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1988, and planted his roots in the forestry industry, writing a business plan on Broland Enterprises, a tree planting company which he moved from Toronto to Thunder Bay in 1994. His current company, Secure Store, is a full-service provider of infrastructure, storage and logistical solutions serving the forestry, mining and construction sectors throughout northwestern Ontario.
Grant and his wife Susan have two daughters. His favourite pastime is ski racing; he is very active in the local ski community and is treasurer of a local junior ski racing club.
Owner of Carrosserie Arsenault in Granby, Quebec
CFIB member since 1989
France started her first business at the age of 21, and later found work with a car dealer—which came in handy in her current job. She and her husband, Jean Arsenault, later bought the equipment of a body shop that had recently closed. They hired their first employee in 1983 and now have 10 full-time staff, including themselves, with steady growth since the beginning.
France is a board member of the Corporation des carrossiers professionnels du Québec (Corporation of professional automotive body makers of Quebec) and is also involved in her community as a member and mentor of the Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Granby Business Network International Signature and of the Quebec Business Women’s Network, which named her Business Woman of the Year in 2014.
She has been playing the most satisfying role of her life since 2013, when she became a grandmother.
Owner, President and CEO of Great West Equipment in Vernon, British Columbia
CFIB member since 2004
Ross has co-owned Great West Equipment, which sells and services heavy equipment for the construction, forestry, mining, road building and oil and gas sectors in British Columbia, since 2001. Under his leadership, the company has grown fifteen fold.
Ross completed his CGA in 1979 and practiced as a public accountant in the North Okanagan region for 25 years.
Ross lives in Vernon, B.C. with his wife Sheryl. Ross and Sheryl have five children and seven grandchildren. They enjoy the mountains and take every opportunity to hike, climb or ski.
Owner, President and CEO of Peto MacCallum Ltd in Toronto, Ontario
CFIB member since 2014
Andrew has been with Peto MacCallum, an engineering consulting firm based in Toronto, since 1993. Most recently, he served as Vice-President, Finance and Administration, from 2007 to 2015. He is the first President in the company’s 60-year history not to be a professional engineer.
Andrew began his career in India, after obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce from Madras University in 1982. He also completed his FCA in India before obtaining his MBA at the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and his CPA, CA for Ontario.
He lives in Markham, Ontario, with his wife Sherine, son Sanjeevan and daughter Regena. A voracious reader, he also loves gardening and other outdoor projects.
Cory G. Litzenberger, CPA, CMA, CFP, C.Mgr
Owner, CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors in Red Deer, Alberta
CFIB member since 2013
An entrepreneur himself, Cory started CGL with the idea that he wanted to help clients adapt to the ever-changing tax and economic environment. He helps them increase their wealth through optimizing the use of tax legislation, coupled with strategic business planning and financial analysis.
Cory’s main area of expertise is tax, succession, and estate planning for owner-managers of private corporations, particularly those encountering the tax and business complexities that come with business growth and personal wealth.
Cory’s ability to take extremely complex legislation and explain it in down-to-earth language brings a next-door neighbour approach to a traditionally formal industry.
Co-owner, Diamond Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba
CFIB member since 2016
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Lisa has worked in her family business since the age of 13, and now co-owns of the Diamond Gallery with her parents. As a GIA trained gemologist and designer, she works closely with her clients to craft new pieces or redesigning family heirlooms.
As a dedicated community member, Lisa and her business have been recognized as 2017 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year (Retail Council of Canada), 2016 Manitoba Future 40 (CBC), and 2013 Canadian Independent Jewellery Retailer of the Year (Canadian Jeweller Magazine) to name a few.
Lisa is a proud Franco-Manitobaine, and she and her husband have a young son and daughter. They enjoy cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and time at the lake in the summer.
Co-owner of the Rodd Grand Yarmouth and other Nova Scotia properties
CFIB member since 2002
Christina Pace has owned various businesses since the early 2000s, and took over her family’s franchises in 2006. She was born and raised in Charlottetown and completed her Bachelor of Administration at Bishop’s University in 1995. After completing her Human Resources diploma from Holland College, she went on to work in the family business, Rodd Hotels and Resorts, as the Human Resource Manager until 1999.
After her father’s passing in 2006, her brother took over the hotel & resort business and Christina bought him out to own and operate the family’s franchise restaurants. She has served on the ALS board of Nova Scotia and is currently on the board for Dalhousie University’s Centre for Family Business.
Christina and her husband David have a daughter and live in Halifax. Christina enjoys yoga, hiking, boating and skiing.
Owner of Busy Bee Cleaners in Regina, Saskatchewan
CFIB member since 1982
The youngest of three children, Larry joined the family business, Busy Bee Cleaners in Regina, after attending the University of Saskatchewan in 1983. Thanks to his strong business acumen, he was able to purchase the business five years later and grew sales for 19 consecutive years. Busy Bee Cleaners is now a three-generation business, as his son Eric works in the family business as well. Larry and Busy Bee Cleaners have been described as “innovative and forward thinking” in a local paper profile about his business.
In 1995, Larry co-founded the Saskatchewan Professional Drycleaners Association, where he served as President for nine years.
When Larry isn’t working he can be found on the golf course, doing some woodworking or tuning up his 1965 Buick Riviera. Larry has been married since 1984 with one son.
Partner and owner, O'Dea Earle Law in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
CFIB member since 2015
David practices law in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, at the law firm O’Dea Earle. He has a general litigation and small business practice and can be found in the courthouse for an injury trial or addressing small business clients on their legal/corporate needs.
With a vibrant small business practice, David focuses on providing cost-effective solutions to many of the legal challenges that face small business owners. He has also volunteered with organizations such as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to provide business owners and sole proprietors the knowledge and tools they need to safeguard their businesses.
David and his wife April (a small business owner herself) have two children, Evaleigh and Benjamin. David has also volunteered on the board of the Open Book Literary Council, the National Salvation Army Ethics Centre and other organizations.
Co-owner of Southport Animal Hospital in Stratford, Prince Edward Island
CFIB member since 2007
Southport Animal Hospital is a busy small animal hospital where Jill performs general surgery and does medical appointments in addition to her duties as a business owner.
Hailing from Westville, Nova Scotia, Jill studied Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, then Animal Science at Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She graduated from the veterinary medicine program at the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2001 and practised as an associate veterinarian for six years before buying Southport Animal Hospital with a colleague. The hospital now employs two full-time veterinarians, two part-time veterinarians and five support staff.
Jill is married to John Wood. They have 3 children and are project leaders in the local 4-H program.
Owner of Excel Personnel Inc. in Montreal, Quebec
CFIB member since 2001
Robert was born and raised in Montreal, where he also first worked in employment placement services—more than 40 years ago.
In 1976, he was hired by a recruitment firm that was starting up its Montreal operations. Robert acquired the business in 1996 and renamed it Excel Personnel Inc. The firm now has five branches and more than 40 staff. Those staff have access to “mini-gyms” at the office—a testament to Robert’s enthusiasm for fitness. Robert’s success caught the attention of La Presse, which recognized his leadership in 2014.
Robert has four children and also has seven grandchildren. He is devoted to his work and his family, and takes part in all their activities.
Owner-operator of a Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch franchise as well as King West Brewing Company – RustiCo. Restaurant and Cannon’s Cross pub in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Member since 2013
Mike started his career in the restaurant industry in 1998, progressing from dishwasher to owner of three pubs and restaurants. After working as general manager of the restaurant Snooty Fox from 2007 to 2012, Mike bought a Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch franchise in Fredericton in 2012. His Cora’s has then achieved continuous revenue growth for 5 continuous years.
With the help of his business partner, Mike continued to grow his operations in 2017 by purchasing Cannon’s Cross, a British-styled pub. One year later, the two partners launched King West Brewing Company – RustiCo., a new concept restaurant that serves wood oven pizza and craft beers. As the Owner-operator, Mike manages his establishments with the strong belief that employees are a crucial part of the team and the business’ success.
Born and raised in Minto, New Brunswick, Mike studied in French and is bilingual. When he has spare time, Mike enjoys fixing and restoring old motorcycles with his brother.
Owner and President of Tanglebank Country Gardens in Abbotsford, British Columbia
CFIB member since 2000
Arnold started Tanglebank Country Gardens in 1996 in Abbotsford, where he was born and raised. With the addition of a gift shop in the late 90s and a bistro in 2012, Arnold and his wife transformed the store into a destination you can relax, reconnect and enjoy nature. Arnold received the 2000 Business Excellence Award in agriculture and the 2005 Business Excellence Award in tourism, recreation and leisure from Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to Tanglebank Country Gardens, Arnold owned and ran a landscape and maintenance company from 1993 until 2003. He studied Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he graduated in 1995.
Arnold continues to nurture his passion for gardening at his own store by fostering a diverse plant garden with his family. The family runs workshops for children which explore food cultivation and spread agricultural awareness.
John F. Bulloch
Founder and former chairman of the board of CFIB
Mr. Bulloch taught business and finance at Ryerson Polytechnic University between 1963 and 1969, when he founded the Canadian Council for Fair Taxation, inspired by a government proposal that would have hiked the small business tax rate to 50 per cent. The council defeated this proposal, quickly grew and became CFIB two years later.
Educated in engineering and business, Mr. Bulloch formed Canada's first Entrepreneurship Education and Research Centre at Ryerson, which was the forerunner of the Entrepreneurship Centres at universities across Canada. He has been recognized with a fellowship from Ryerson and the Distinguished Business Alumni Award from the University of Toronto; and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
John’s wife, Mary Bulloch, played an instrumental role in the growth of CFIB. In 2016, the Federation re-named its headquarters in Toronto the John and Mary Bulloch Building, in honour of their contributions.
CFIB’s President, CEO and Chair of the Board of Governors
Dan is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 110,000 small and medium-sized member businesses.
Dan has been with CFIB since 1994, when he joined as Policy Analyst for the Prairies. Following stints in Winnipeg and Calgary, Dan was named Senior Vice-President, Legislative Affairs in 2009. In 2012, he replaced Catherine Swift as CEO, and became chair of the board in 2014.
He has successfully spearheaded CFIB’s fights on many issues, including labour shortages, immigration, and credit and debit card fairness.
Dan was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. Immediately following university, he spent a year living and teaching in northern Japan.
Dan and his wife live in Toronto with their young son.
CFIB’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer
Laura is responsible for the Federation’s legislative, communications, research, and IT functions.
Since joining CFIB in 2003, Laura has spearheaded a number of high-profile campaigns on behalf of small businesses, including CFIB’s annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM. Laura is passionate about red tape and other issues that don’t get the attention they deserve, and has led ground breaking research on the costs of regulation in Canada and in the U.S. She has also served on a number of federal and provincial committees that advise government on reducing the regulatory burden.
Prior to joining CFIB, Laura worked for the Fraser Institute where she created a Centre for Studies in Risk and Regulation and published a number of policy studies on resource use and regulation. Laura and her husband live in Vancouver with their three spirited children.