Suits and Boots Names Two New Directors

Rick Peterson is pleased to announce that Kathleen Brayford of Edmonton, AB and Gord Shank of Burnaby, BC have been named new directors of Suits and Boots, a national investment industry not-for-profit group that supports Canada’s resource sector.

“These two new directors bring added strength and diversity to our board,” said Peterson, Suits and Boots founder and Edmonton businessman. “Kathleen is a bright, young professional woman with boots on the ground in the energy sector, and Gord brings insight as a very successful First Nations businessman. We’re thrilled to attract such talent to our group.”

Kathleen is a resident of Edmonton and works as a training professional in the midstream energy sector for a large national energy infrastructure company. She previously worked in the oil and gas services industry and has been in the energy industry for more than 7 years.  She is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Suits and Boots at this critical juncture for the resource economy,” said Kathleen.  “Being a part of the millennial generation, I’m keenly interested in advocating and working for greater economic opportunities for young Canadians. It’s clear to me that Suits and Boots will be a powerful agent of change to help assure responsible resource development across the country.”

Gordon, whose mother is Cree First Nations,  was a founding partner and Managing Director of Trimar Inc. of Richmond BC, where he grew it from a start-up to the largest Canadian owned advanced materials company prior to its sale in 2003. He is currently a consultant to the aerospace and defence industry. In 2017 he was named winner of the BC Government’s 2017 Innovation Challenge, and was listed in Business in Vancouver asone of BC’s“Top 50” innovators.

“I’m very impressed with the work Suits and Boots has done in the past six months, and very much looking forward to putting my shoulder to the wheel with the group,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to do to push back against the negativity we hear about the resource sector in Canada and I know we’re going to make a difference in this battle.”

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