Foundation Board

The CMTN Foundation Board members are comprised of individuals from the communities that are reached by Coast Mountain College. Each must have:

  • A stated commitment to the organizational mission, vision and values.
  • An absence of conflict of interest.
  • High personal integrity.
  • The commitment and time required fulfilling member responsibilities.

Board Members  


WBennett Wade Bennett
General Manager, Community Futures Development

Wade has been in the financial service industry for over 15 years. Wade is committed to the development of small business throughout the northwest. As a former Director of the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce and Terrace Economic Development Authority, he enjoys developing partnerships with community, business, education, and government organizations to support asset development and capacity building of individuals, groups and businesses for the long term strength and resilience of our region.



KBurtKen Burt
President & CEO Coast Mountain College

Ken Burt joined Coast Mountain College in October of 2014. Before joining CMTN, Ken had more than a decade of executive experience in the post-secondary education field in two very different provincial environments including serving as Vice President of Finance & Administration at Dalhousie University from 2007-2013. Prior to that Ken served as VP of Finance & Corporate Services at Okanagan College in Kelowna. His experience in this sector has served Ken well in his role as President at CMTN.

Ken has a successful track record of anticipating and managing environmental shifts in funding, demographics, technology, politics, and the economy. He is an accomplished leader specializing in organizational development, establishing cultures of economic and environmental sustainability. Under his leadership, Coast Mountain College has seen the start of an $18 million trades training building renovation, the opening of an innovative work-camp style residence to offer an experiential living environment for trades students and re-branding of the institution. He has also established the CMTN President’s Art Award recognizing students in the world-renowned Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Under his direction, Coast Mountain College is developing and growing its International student program which is already having positive impact on the campus community.

Ken Veldman
Director, Public Affairs Prince Rupert Port Authority

Ken is reponsible for leading the Port's relationshps with governments, communities and stakeholders. His focus is on ensuring this vital network is aware and engaged in the Port of Prince Rupert's expanding role as Canada's natural trade gateway to Asia Pacific markets.

Ken has over 20 years of experience in economic development, including senior roles in the Terrace Economic Development Authorirt, Initiatives Prince George, and Vancouver Economic Development Commission. Most recently, Ken played a key role for the BC Olympic Winter Games Secretariat by engaging BC companies in the business of Vancouver 2010 and global sport.

Born and raised in British Columbia, Ken has a degree in Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

PBernier Philippe Bernier
Director, Community Relations and Business

Philippe Bernier was born and raised in the Northwest and grew up in Smithers, BC. Phil moved back to his home town of Smithers after a 15 year career in Calgary, AB where he went to school at Mount Royal University and then went on to work as the Director of Events for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

Phil currently has the role of Director, Business Development and Community Relations for BV Electric Ltd. where he is actively involved in the community and growing BV Electric’s business.

“I’m excited to be involved with the development of the Foundation and look forward to supporting the projects, initiatives and events that will help grow CMTN”

Shaun Bilodeau
Branch Manager, Finning Canada - Terrace, Houston and Red Chris

Shaun has been with Finning for 11 years across 5 different cities. He has a wife and two daughters who moved to Terrace in August 2014. Shaun is currently on the Board of Directors for The Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce and is a Rotarian. He is a Junior Achievement facilitator for high school career programs and has done that for the past 14 years.

Shaun is a staunch supporter of CMTN and recognizes the importance a strong post-secondary option in Northwest BC is. He has worked with the Heavy Duty Technician program as a speaker on a number of occasions and is a Friend of the College. One of the biggest strengths of the college is that is services a wide geographic area and wide array of course options. Shaun is excited to be working with the Foundation to assist in developing programs to facilitate financial gain so the college itself can continue to grow and modernize its course offerings.

GAppletonDr Geoffrey Appleton
Retired Physician and former Northwest Medical Director for the Northern Health Authority

Originally hailing from England, Dr Geoffrey Appleton has dedicated much of his professional career rallying for and supporting rural physicians. Arriving in Terrace, BC on our northern coast in 1974, Dr Appleton figured he’d give this small town a whirl for a few years. Well, 43 years later he’s still there. For 41 of those years Dr Appleton provided full service family practice – that for many years included obstetrics – to the residents of Terrace.

Even though he has now retired from family practice, Dr Appleton is still very much involved in patient care, rural issues, and making a difference. Dr Appleton began his Doctors of BC career in 1985 representing the Skeena district – and for the next 25 years dedicated much time to the Association in many different capacities. He rose up through the ranks – as it used to be done – first as Board Delegate for a number of years, then Honorary Secretary Treasurer, Chair of the General Assembly, until becoming the Association’s president in 2007 - 2008.

Dr Appleton has a keen appreciation of both the challenges and the benefits of practicing in rural British Columbia. He held a number of key positions that included: Chair of the Rural Physicians Committee, Chair of the Northern Isolation Committee, Member of the Provincial Coordinating Committee on Rural and Remote Health Services, Member of the Interview Panel for the Rural Locum Program and Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues.

More recently, Dr Appleton was the Northwest Medical Director for the Northern Health Authority. A position he held for 7 years and just retired from last year. Not one to retire completely, he is continuing to work with the local physician community and is currently the Physician Lead for the Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice.

Cathay Sousa

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