Our Leadership

Advisory Board

Sam Gudewill
Chairman & Principal Shareholder

Sam has been Chairman and Principal Shareholder of NorLand since 1989 and is the President and Founder of Innovex Equities Corporation, an investment and acquisition holding company.  Sam was formerly the Chairman and Principal Shareholder of Versacold Corporation - the second largest independent cold storage logistics company in the world with 85 locations globally when it was sold in 2007 - and of Preisco Foods and Tier One Sales, industry leaders in Western Canada for wholesale grocery distribution and food brokerage, respectively, when they were sold in 2001.  Prior to 1985, Sam was one of the first employees of Intrawest Corporation, a leader in experiential destination resorts, serving as Vice President of Corporate Development until his departure to found Innovex.  Sam has been a member of YPO / WPO since 1993 and was Chairman of the Saint George’s School for Boys Foundation Board for five years through 2012.

Dale Bekar
Vice Chairman

Dale has been with NorLand since 1971 when he and his two brothers, Dennis and Brian, purchased Pacific Blasting Co Ltd.  Dale worked his way up from being a controlled blasting specialist to serve as President of NorLand for 28 years, becoming Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board after stepping down in 2016.  His invaluable experience working in the field and leading NorLand's diverse businesses allowed him to serve as Chairman of the Construction Labour Relations Association for 4 years.  Dale has also served on the Board of Directors of Skillplan (BC Construction Association Skills Improvement Council) and the Labourers Training Plan.

Bob McQuarrie, CPA, CA
Advisory Board Member

Bob has been involved with NorLand since 1989 and has served as a Director, Vice President and Secretary. Bob is a Chartered Accountant with more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of financial management, including strategic planning, financial controls and acquisitions, Bob joined Innovex Equities Corporation in 1986, as its first employee, and has assisted in its acquisitions since that date, including the original acquisition of NorLand in 1989 on behalf of its shareholders.

Don Fairbairn
Advisory Board Member

Don has over 35 years of experience assisting private and public sector organizations create capital intensive infrastructure. He has played leadership roles in the development, financing, construction and operation of a variety of assets, including electricity generation and transmission, gas pipelines, rapid transit, roads and bridges. He has led acquisitions on behalf of both corporate and pension fund investors and is the Chair of the Transportation Investment Corporation, Vice-Chair of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Board and a director of several private companies. He co-founded the Streetohome Foundation and was Board Chair of the Vancouver Community College for six years. His recent assignments include providing: refinancing, procurement and due diligence advice to an assortment of P3s; strategic planning advice to two private companies; and commercial advice to Pacific Northwest LNG, the City of Vancouver, TransLink, two BC Crown Corporations, and the Alberta Electric System Operators.

Anibal R. Valente, P. Eng
Advisory Board Member

Anibal holds a UBC Civil Engineering degree and has extensive knowledge in the construction industry. He spent 38 years working for Canada’s largest general construction firm, PCL Construction Group, starting as a field engineer on Vancouver area sites and gradually taking on more responsibility. In the late 1990’s, Anibal’s responsibilities grew to managing all the operations in Saskatchewan and then eventually relocating back to Vancouver as Vice President and District Manager. In this role, Anibal established company records in new work volumes and profits in PCL’s operations in BC and the Yukon. Anibal has been very involved with construction industry related boards having chaired the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA), the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the BC Construction Association (BCCA) and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). In 2013, Anibal was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal designated for Canadians demonstrating outstanding service in the construction industry.