2009 October, Maureen Bader

Maureen Bader


Maureen Bader is B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayer Federation. She has had several articles in recent newspapers (Province Sept. 22 and the Sun Sept.28) and the Financial Times.

Maureen grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia. She comes to the CTF from the Public Affairs Bureau with the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Before that, she was the Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Maureen completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the Universidad Internacional de Mexico in Mexico City and her MBA from Simon Fraser University in B.C. She has worked in agriculture, banking, transportation, and energy industries in capacities ranging from market analysis to communications. She was active on the boards of directors of the Simon Fraser University Alumni Association and the Canadian Council for the Americas.

Maureen is an artist who has exhibited her paintings throughout B.C. She is a writer and active athlete.

2009 September, Claes Fredriksson

Claes Fredriksson

Renewable Energy and Fuel, Challenges, Cost and Pricing, Hype and Reality


Claes is a co-founder of Bright Peak Power. Claes has 20 years experience in sales and marketing. Claes is President of Freethem Inc., a consulting firm focused on sales and business development for alternative energy platforms and waste management technologies. Clients of Freethem Inc. include IMW Industries, Yield Energy, Usitall, Terasen Energy Services, QuestAir Technologies Inc., and Delta-Q.

Claes obtained his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and served as a marine engineer in the Royal Swedish Navy. Claes also serves on a number of committees and supports the work of the Hope 4 Light Foundation.

2009 March, Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Managing the Risk of Fraud and Security Awareness for Business

Dan is a forensic investigator and certified fraud examiner with over 25 years experience in criminal and civil investigation utilizing innovative strategies and techniques.  In private practice, he specializes in litigation support, preparation of evidence for legal opinion, consulting, and fraud prevention programs.  Dan’s evidence in regard to a $70,000,000 class action law suit had been challenged and accepted by the BC Court of Appeal.  He is also employed in the financial sector of the provincial government as an investigator.
Dan is a recently retired member of the Canadian Military Police with extensive experience in criminal investigations, military security and national intelligence operations. He has held the position of Military Security Advisor for mainland BC post 9/11.

Dan has completed studies at BCIT to obtain a Bachelor of Technology degree in Forensic Investigation where he specialized in Economic Crime.  He has developed an innovative “Technology Assisted Self-auditing Internal Control Structure” (BCIT Graduation Project) for non-profit organizations to assist auditors by direct tracing of all financial transactions.  This project is sponsored by a leading audit software company.  Dan has also recently participated in a special project conducting business privacy compliance reviews on behalf of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada through a special BCIT sponsored project.

2009 May, Syd Heal

Syd Heal

The Vikings - Experiences Ancient & Modern

This month we will continue to explore the Worlds of the Vikings.  Syd Heal will address us tonight on The Vikings - Experiences Ancient & Modern.

SYD HEAL was born in 1925 and raised in England, living close to the great Port of Liverpool.  He joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and gained his commission in 1944 reaching the rank of Lieutenant RNVR being honourably discharged following command of a small navy vessel, LCI #11 based in Hong Kong.

Following demobilization he resumed a career in Marine Insurance. He came to Canada in 1952 with his wife and settled in North and West Vancouver and later in Gibsons and Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.  In 1962 he was the co-founder of a local tugboat company, leaving that business to return to Marine Insurance which he combined with several shipping ventures here on the B.C. coast and in Singapore.  From 1975 to 1990 he was in real estate as a broker and developer.

All along, shipping and maritime history were lifetime interests so with official retirement at 65 in 1990, he started up a small publishing company as a retirement venture. His business carrying the name CORDILLERA BOOKS is the only remaining consistent publisher of marine books in Canada. Others publish an occasional marine book but Syd's activities have seen him publish 20 books of which he is author and about 40 others of a more miscellaneous nature for other authors over the past 18 years. In addition he is a regular contributor and columnist to several marine magazines here in Canada and Britain.  In the past he has been published in American, Irish and Australian magazines and has both national and international status as an author and journalist.

With a lifelong interest in history it is consistent with this that he is to address us tonight on The Vikings - Experiences Ancient & Modern.

2009 January, George Pedersson

George Pedersson

The current economic crisis

George Pedersson, one of our newest members, will talk about the current economic crisis. George is a frequent commentator on economic issues in the press, on radio and TV; he is a frequent speaker at conferences and planning forums.

George has a Master’s Degree in Economics with emphasis in Macroeconomics, International Finance, Money and Banking and Econometrics and is on the board of Directors of numerous organizations and groups including past president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.

He has several books to his credit and is currently working for Dundee Securities Corporation as a “Wealth management, financial, investment & insurance advisor.”