Mutual Fire Insurance’s leadership is elected by the member policyholders in attendance at the Annual General Meeting. As members, the Directors understand your way of life and how insurance needs to work for you.

Don Hooge

Don Hooge

Chairman of the Board

What do you do?

As Chairman of the Board, I review and evaluate the overall performance of Mutual Fire Insurance. I am passionate about the industry and have been involved in many different agriculture boards. My experience strengthens the focus of our Company’s deeply rooted Canadian farming history.

What’s your career background?

As a true entrepreneur, my business knowledge ranges from retail sales, to construction, to real estate, and poultry farming., I also recently planted 60 acres of hazelnuts and built a hazelnut processing plant that serves other BC growers in the Fraser Valley.

I have served on several boards including: Lilydale Poultry, Agro Pacific Industries, Chicken and Broiler Breeders Association, and the Chilliwack Real Estate Board.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I spend most of my time with family enjoying both winter and summer activities. In the winter, it’s all about skiing, snowmobiling, and travelling. In the summer, I like to work on my family cabin, water ski, fish, and hike. 

Jake Bredenhof

Jake Bredenhof

Vice Chairman

What do you do?

I have been on the Board of Directors for more than 25 years working on every committee and served as Chairman for 10 years. Presently, I am Vice Chairman and support the Audit and Donation Committees.

What’s your career background?

I have been a farmer all my life. The first few years I spent working with my family on a mixed farm with layer poultry, broiler chickens, and a dairy operation. In the early ‘90s, I began farming broiler chickens exclusively, producing 1.5 million kilograms of chicken annually and raising some beef.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I have spent 10 years as a volunteer with the local RCMP detachment doing bike patrols to help keep my neighbourhood safe. I have also served on church councils and boards of private schools. I feel strongly that it is important to give back to the community and I find volunteering very rewarding.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

My wife and I love to travel and we both garden. I am also a recreational cyclist. Since I’m not raising chickens anymore, I volunteer 3-4 times per week at Hope for Children Thrift Store in Langley, BC. The funds go to support orphanages, a soup kitchen in Mexico, and BC Children’s Hospital. 

 W.J. (Bill) Adams, C.A.

W.J. (Bill) Adams, C.A.

Treasurer

What do you do?

I am the Treasurer of the Board which includes financial oversight and budget review. I also chair the Audit Committee. I have been on the board for seven years and I like having the opportunity to contribute to the governance of my insurance company.

What’s your career background?

I am the Chief Financial Officer of Response Biomedical Corp., a BC-based company that develops, manufactures and sells medical diagnostic tests in over 35 countries worldwide. With over 25 years of strategic financial management experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge in overseeing and driving change in complex commercial organizations, as well as managing the challenges of both significant growth and financial restructuring. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA and hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I run a horse training and boarding stable in South Langley, BC –  I call it my “John Deere Therapy”. I also enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending time with my family. 

Mike Bose

Mike Bose

Director

What do you do?

My family has been on the Board of Directors at Mutual Fire Insurance for four generations. I bring a unique historical perspective to the Board and I Chair both the Investment Committee and the Donations Committee. 

What’s your career background?

Our family raises turkeys and grows corn. We also farm vegetables and have produced many crops that we sell commercially and at farmers’ markets. If you can name it, I’ve likely farmed it. In 1999, we opened the Bose Corn Maze and pumpkin patch in Surrey, BC. We operate from August to Thanksgiving every year and have become a popular family destination in the fall.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I have long been involved in the agriculture community in the City of Surrey. I played a part in founding the Surrey Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee in the ‘90s – the first in Metro Vancouver – and I still serve as Vice-Chair for this initiative. I am also a Director and Grant Committee Chair for the Surrey Cares Community Foundation.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I have coached hockey for over two decades and, though I “retired” in 2013, I still coach a women’s senior team and participate in a midget scholarship tournament.

Sam Wind

Sam Wind

Director

What do you do?

I serve as a Director, and Chair the Conduct Review Committee.

What’s your career background?

In the early ‘80s, I joined my father at John Wind Insurance and then took over the family business after he retired in 1990. After 25 years in the industry, I sold the business in 2006 and began working as a business coach and facilitator with The Alternative Board until I retired in 2013. I also have my Chartered Insurance Professional designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

My passion is serving at the Mission Thrift Store in Langley, BC where donated goods are turned into cash while saving tons of debris from entering landfills. I serve as a commissioner for the Agricultural Land Commission, an appointment dealing with applications regarding land in the ALR.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I love to travel and enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. 

John Pruim

John Pruim

Director

What do you do?

I have served on the Board of Mutual Fire Insurance for five years. I like working with Management and our Directors, and I really enjoy the business. At present, I am a member of the Donation Committee, Nomination Committee, and Conduct Review Committee. I envision Mutual Fire Insurance as a leader in the mutual insurance industry for service, competitive pricing, and quality product.

What’s your career background?

My wife, Jenny, and I are shareholders in a dairy farm which we established many years ago, and partners in a chicken farm in the Matsqui area of Abbotsford, BC. We are also involved in a farm near Saskatoon, SK. I was a member of the BC Milk Marketing Board for 14 years and have served as Chairman of my church council and a private school board for several years. I earned an Agriculture Business Degree from a college in Holland before immigrating to Canada.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I am very passionate about helping people who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol and young people that live in dysfunctional families. My wife Jenny and I donate our time and support charities like Union Gospel Mission, Life Recovery Abbotsford, and Cyrus Center Abbotsford.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

My hobbies include reading, attending plays and concerts, and travelling. I am a history buff so I like to travel to different countries, especially in Europe. I also very much enjoy biking.

Tako van Popta

Tako van Popta

Director

What do you do?

I have learned a lot about the insurance industry during my tenure on the Board of Directors. I enjoy interacting with the talented staff and management team and participate on the Audit, Conduct Review, and Enterprise Risk Management committees.

What’s your career background?

I am a business lawyer and managing partner in a medium sized law firm in Surrey. I have an undergraduate degree from Trinity Western University and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I serve on the Board of Directors of Elim Housing Society, a Christian seniors housing organization that operates a full aging in place campus of care senior’s village in Surrey, BC and is expanding into Chilliwack, BC. I have been actively involved with local and federal politics and am currently serving as a director of the Langley-Aldergrove Electoral District Association for the Conservative Party of Canada. I also serve as a director on the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association where my office is located.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

When I’m not working as a lawyer or attending to the business of running a law firm, I spend as much time as possible on my bicycle exploring the country roads of the Fraser Valley and riding annually in the Whistler Gran Fondo. My wife Inga and I also enjoy spending time with our big family.

Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson

Director

What do you do?

I have been on the Board for over two years, I find the insurance industry fascinating and like the opportunity to be involved with Mutual Fire Insurance. Currently, I support the Nominating Committee and the Investment Committee.

What’s your career background?

I was a partner with the family mechanical contracting business for the first 20 years of my career. I am now a managing partner for a company that owns and constructs hydroelectric assets within the province of BC. I am also actively involved with the ownership and management of blueberry, Christmas tree, and nursery farms.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I am passionate about helping the growing community of seniors across the province find quality independent, assisted, or full-care living. Every family goes through this transition and serving on the Board of Baptist Housing means helping over 2,200 seniors in BC.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I enjoy playing recreational volleyball, travelling with my wife, and spending time with my grandchildren.