Board of Directors
Ross McDonald is a financial services executive and consultant with experience in strategy, finance, risk and regulation. Ross has held Director, VP and SVP level roles in Citigroup, Salomon Brothers, Ernst & Young, Clean West Capital and the B.C. Ministry of Finance. He received an MBA from London Business School, has a Chartered Accountant qualification and a Bachelor of Accountancy & Finance degree from Glasgow University. He is a member of GlobalScot, a Scottish government Trade & Investment program, and has supported numerous international trade missions. Ross has supported good governance practices at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union and at West Vancouver Field Hockey Club. Ross volunteers mentorship to CEOs of BC growth-stage technology ventures. Ross is a qualified ski race coach, ski race official and ski instructor.
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.
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.
Raymond McGovern is the Senior Director SDI Americas and is responsible for managing SDI’s Americas based trade and investment teams across 8 locations including Toronto, Boston, Houston, San Jose and Rio de Janeiro. Raymond and his team, in partnership with Scotland based trade and investment teams help companies and sectors move into international markets and help inward investors see the value of Scotland’s business environment.
Raymond is a graduate of Jordanhill College of Education and is married with two children.
Claire Gray, born , raised and educated in Glasgow Scotland , emigrated to Canada in 1976. Recently retired from a career in Financial Services in Vancouver BC , Claire has many family members in Scotland and holds a keen interest and close connection to Scotland, particularly the West Coast .
Claire and her husband recently relocated to Kelowna, a beautiful community in the Okanagan Valley of BC and is currently employed at one of the many vibrant and thriving wineries in the area.