Hotel Management, joined Rotary in 1987 in Winnipeg, Club President 2002-2003, 2006-2007, 2014-2015 

Why I am a Rotarian

One might say that Rotary discovered me in Winnipeg. “Service to Others” was a foreign concept until Rotarians talked to me about community spirit.  Through Rotary I have met many good friends and the rewarding feeling of doing something worthwhile. My happiest moments with Rotary are with Rotarians at an International Convention, there, one sees, feels and truly comprehends the vastness of Rotary service throughout the world. After one International Conference, you change from being a name in a Rotary Club to becoming a Rotarian.
Two major inspirational milestones changed the course of my career.  One was Rotary, where I found a network of business and professional people to expand my base of connections.  Rotary also was instrumental in providing an environment of support and doing good things for others.  The other milestone was Toastmasters, which dovetailed with Rotary, provided the skill set required to work and communicate in group dynamics.
The people in these two organizations set out a path of community involvement which advanced my career and fulfilled my sense of “Service Above Self”.


  • Joined Holiday Inn Calgary in 1973, transferred to Winnipeg in 1986 and to BC in 1988
  • Opened and managed hotels until 2008 before semi-retiring into consulting
  • Past President, Burnaby Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President, Richmond Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President, Tourism Richmond
  • Past Chair, Richmond Economic Advisory Committee
  • Past Vice-President, Alberta Food Services Association
  • Past Vice-President, Calgary Hotel Association
  • Past President, Calgary Food Service Association
  • Past member, S.A.I.T. Hotel Programme Advisory Committee
  • Past Protocol Chair, BC Summer Games Burnaby 1997
  • Charter member Peak Performance Toastmasters, Winnipeg


  • Childhood in southern Alberta, High School in Prince George, BC, 
  • Graduated University of BC in 1972
  • Married Becky in 1980 in Calgary and have one son Makoto
  • Enjoy travel, photography and a little table tennis