Board of Directors
Ross McDonald is the President and CEO of Clean West Capital Inc, a corporate finance firm specialising in clean technology and energy. Ross has 20 years of experience in corporate finance and corporate strategy, including roles at Citigroup, Salomon Brothers and Ernst & Young. He received an MBA from London Business School, has a Chartered Accountancy qualification from ICAS and a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy & Finance from Glasgow University. He is a member of GlobalScot, a Scottish Trade & Investment network and advises government organizations about grant funding of clean technology ventures. He is a coach with Grouse Tyee Ski Racing Club.
Gareth Withers is from the Scottish Borders and arrived in Vancouver in January 2006 to work with Ernst & Young after being transferred from their Edinburgh office. He is a Scottish Chartered Accountant, having spent his formative years in Edinburgh focusing on the brewing and distilling sector, an industry he remains passionate about. As a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s audit practice, Gareth has worked with many of BC’s leading industries including mining, technology and life sciences. His combined experiences of living and working in Scotland and BC have resulted in a desire to help create a vibrant Scottish Canadian business network in BC.
Darren Hutchison is an entrepreneurially minded Scottish Canadian who grew up in Edinburgh and now lives in Vancouver, BC. Darren’s involvement with ScotCanBC stems from his interest in Scotland’s global diaspora and the evolution of global diaspora engagement and related industries around the world. He is the owner of Hutch&Co. Communications, a communications consultancy that specializes in copywriting, public relations and content marketing. Darren is a big football fan and has played and coached the sport for most of his life. He is viscerally connected to Hibernian FC, the Scotland national team and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Iain G. Ball, MBA, CA
Iain is a Financial Consultant with over 25 years of international experience in finance, corporate finance and management. He is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Vancouver, BC, in 1981. Iain is the former Chief Financial Officer and Director of Progressive Solutions Inc., a software company that was acquired in 2012. Iain established the company’s UK operations in Glasgow, Scotland, where he was the company’s Financial Director. He has experience in the successful growth, financing and international expansion of a range of businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Aberdeen, a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is both a Scottish and Canadian Chartered Accountant.
Ian Davidson is a native of Edinburgh and was educated in Canada. Ian is Vice President and Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. He has served on the Boards of Directors of private and public companies and as a Governor of the Vancouver Aquarium. He is on the Executive of the Patrons Corp of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and is a member of the Sovereign Order of St.John of Jerusalem. Ian and his wife Billee have three children, a son-in-law and two granddaughters.
Micky is originally from Stirling and came to Vancouver in 2002 to take up the role of President and CEO of snowboard sports retailer, Westbeach, after leading the company’s European operations in Innsbruck, Austria. He has a wealth of leadership experience in the global apparel industry with expertise in the action sports, fashion and cycling sectors. Micky is passionately grateful to Scotland for providing opportunities to kick-start his career. In return he wants to help ScotCanBC build successful business relationships between Scotland and BC that make a real impact. Micky studied Sports Studies and is committed to personal excellence and helping others to reach their full potential. He mentors others as a management consultant and utilizes a coaching style developed over many years in the sports arena. Micky is an advocate of climate change and has been involved in climate change initiatives since 2008.