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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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 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.
Co-owner of Tehran 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 Triware Technologies Inc. in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
CFIB member since 1991
With a passion for small business and the entrepreneurial spirit, Art has led Triware Technologies Inc. to be the largest independent information technology and consulting organization in Newfoundland and Labrador. As President and co-founder of Triware, Art’s business abilities, instinct and knowledge of the corporate landscape are evident.
Art’s experience, spanning over 35 years, includes a wide range of business leadership, human resource management, and service delivery responsibilities.
As an active member of the corporate community, Art has participated in many volunteer roles, including serving as a 15-year member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East.
Art is married to Holly and they have two children, Lisa and Ryan, and one grandchild, Toren.
Co-owner, Diamond Gallery
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.
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 of Crisp Ranches in Stettler, Alberta
CFIB member since 1993
Terry runs Crisp Ranches, which celebrated its centennial as a family farm in 2011. In 1998, Crisp Ranches was recognized by the Beef Improvement Federation as one of the top three commercial beef operations in Alberta.
Among his many accomplishments, Terry was a 11-year board member of Alberta Farming for the Future. He is a member of the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame, in recognition of his 25 years of leadership, including five years on the Alberta 4-H Provincial Council. In 2005, Terry received the Habitat Stewart Appreciation Award from Alberta Fish and Wildlife for maintaining and enhancing natural habitats. He is President of the Stettler Social Society.
Terry and his wife Dianne raised five children and are in the process of transferring the family farm to their two sons.