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.

Tako van Popta

Tako van Popta

Chairman

What do you do?

In 2018, I accepted the role of Chairman of the Board at Mutual Fire Insurance. I enjoy interacting with the talented staff and management team and look forward to helping the company achieve our strategic initiatives.

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.

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 ten years. Presently, I am Vice Chairman and support five 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 eight years and I like having the opportunity to contribute to the governance of my insurance company.

What’s your career background?

I have over 25 years of strategic financial management experience as a Chief Financial Officer of both private and publicly listed companies. 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 chair the Investment 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 an annual midget scholarship tournament.

Don Hooge

Don Hooge

Director

What do you do?

I am passionate about the farming industry and have been involved with many different agriculture boards over the years including: Lilydale Poultry, Agro Pacific Industries, Chicken and Broiler Breeders Association, and the Chilliwack Real Estate Board. 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.

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. 

Ken Huttema

Ken Huttema

Director

What do you do?

I was elected to the Board at MFI in 2018 and support four committees. My previous Board experience includes serving as Chairman of the provincial and national poultry marketing boards; two terms on the board of a large credit union; and as Chairman of the school board for my church community.

What’s your career background?

My wife and I purchased a Chilliwack, BC area poultry farm in 1987 and I have been actively involved in the poultry industry ever since. I am a partner in a poultry processing plant located in Abbotsford, BC that employs about ninety people. My family and I continue to be involved in the day to day operation of the farm and processing business.

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

In my leisure time, I enjoy golfing, travelling, and, most importantly, spending time with my grandkids.

Dave Pruim, CPA, CMA

Dave Pruim, CPA, CMA

Director

What do you do?

I am recently elected to the Board at MFI, and support four committees. My previous board experience includes serving eight years on the Board at the school my children attended and on the Council of my family church.

What’s your career background?

I have spent most of my career in industries related in some way to agriculture. For twenty years, I worked in food manufacturing, specifically eggs and meat. Currently, I am the CFO for North West Rubber a recycled rubber products manufacturing. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business at Trinity Western University after which I received my Certified Management Accountant designation.

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

Outside of work and home, I like to play sports and serve in the community. I’ve enjoy riding my road bicycle throughout the summer and play ice hockey in the winter. My family and I live on a Christmas tree farm in Langley, BC area.

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.