Board of Directors

David Bevan
Interim Chairperson of the Board
Interim Chairperson, Audit and Risk Committee
Ottawa, Ontario

David Bevan comes to Freshwater Fish after a public service career that spanned 39 years. He spent six years as an Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for fisheries and aquaculture management and four years as the Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and an MBA. During his time at DFO he had responsibility for FFMC and was familiar with the governance of the Corporation. He brings that experience to his current role as Chairperson of the Board.

Stan Lazar
Interim President
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Stan Lazar is a results-oriented senior executive with extensive financial and operational experience gained in national and international corporations. Stan’s professional background and strong organizational, analytical and decision-making skills merge to provide effective fiscal leadership for Freshwater Fish. Interpersonal and communication skills make him the valued leader of the executive team. Stan enjoys the opportunity to work with fishers and employees to contribute to Freshwater Fish’s success today and ensure continued growth in the future.

John Wood (semi-retired)
Past President and CEO
Sarnia, Ontario

John Wood served as President and Chief Executive Officer of FFMC from 2006 – 2014. He returned as Interim President for most of 2016. John holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics and has held Director and Chief Operating Officer positions with a number of food processing companies both in Canada and overseas. He brings experience in strategic planning and international business development to FFMC.

Vincent Crate
Koostatak, Manitoba
Occupation: Commercial Fisher

Vincent Crate comes from a fishing family in Fisher River and has been involved in the industry from an early age. He has earned community college diplomas in both business and landscape management. Vince is a commercial fisher and board member with the Macbeth Fisheries Corporation. He served as a member of council for Fisher River for eight years. Some of the portfolios he was responsible for during that time were: Health, Economic Development, Education, Housing, Justice, Child and Family Services and Natural Resources (fishing, farming and forestry).

Bert Buckley
Hay River, Northwest Territories
Occupation: Commercial Fisher

Bert Buckley of Hay River, Northwest Territories has served on FFMC’s Board since 1999 as a federally-appointed representative for the Northwest Territories. He is the past President of the NWT Fishermen’s Federation, with over 40 years of experience as a commercial fisher. Bert has owned and operated both summer and winter commercial fishing operations on Great Slave Lake for more than 30 years.