Leadership at Mutual Fire Insurance

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

Mike Bose

Mike Bose

Chair of the Board

As a young boy helping on his family farm, Mike Bose heard of “Mutual Fire Insurance” time and time again. Since 1892, the Bose family has been farming in Surrey, BC and over the past four generations, a member of the Bose family has been on the Board of Directors at Mutual Fire Insurance, providing passionate guidance. Mike is proud to continue the family tradition around the table and brings a unique historical perspective to the Board, highlighted by his enthusiastic leadership and engagement. Continuing his family’s trade, Mike and his family raise turkeys and farm produce to sell both commercially and at farmers markets in the Fraser Valley. If you can name it, Mike has probably farmed it! Mike is passionate about the agricultural community, playing a part in founding the Surrey Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee in the ‘90s – the first in Metro Vancouver. In his spare time, Mike is passionate about coaching hockey and spending time with family.

Sam Wind

Sam Wind

Vice Chair

Before joining the Board of Mutual Fire Insurance, Sam Wind spent over 25 years working as a broker in the insurance industry. He joined his father in the family business, John Wind Insurance, and took over in 1990, growing the agency to eight employees. After selling in 2006, he joined The Alternative Board as a business coach and facilitator until his retirement in 2013. Today, Sam is passionate about serving at the Mission Thrift Store in Langley, BC where donated goods are turned into cash while saving tons of debris entering the landfill. In his spare time, Sam serves on several non-profit boards sharing his knowledge and expertise. He loves to travel and spend quality time with family and friends.

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

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

Treasurer

Bill Adams has a wealth of knowledge in overseeing and driving change, and in managing the challenges of both significant growth and financial restructuring in complex commercial organizations. As the Chief Financial Officer of NervGen Pharma Corporation, a BC-based life-sciences company that is developing novel pharmaceuticals for the treatment of nerve damage in spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, Bill is dedicated to the constant improvement and wellbeing of his company, and MFI. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. As the Treasurer of the Board, Bill provides financial and corporate governance oversight and budget review at Mutual Fire Insurance. He enjoys having the opportunity to contribute to the governance of his insurance company. After hours, Bill and his wife run a horse boarding stable in Langley, BC. He also enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family.

Steve Czeck

Steve Czeck

Director

Steve Czeck has worked in the information technology industry for over three decades, bringing invaluable IT insight to the Board of Directors at Mutual Fire Insurance. After a career portfolio which included working for various companies and financial institutions, Steve and his wife Jennine grew a successful IT business, Empyrion Technologies Inc. Empyrion Technologies employs more than 20 staff members, empowering other organizations through technology and strategic partnerships. Steve has actively served on the board of his church and is pleased to serve on the Board of his insurance company, Mutual Fire Insurance. When not around a Board table, Steve enjoys road cycling, fishing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Yvonne Hogenes

Yvonne Hogenes

Director

Yvonne Hogenes is a long-term resident of and business owner in Surrey, BC. She established Malary’s Fashion Network in 1998 in the town centre of Cloverdale. She is founder and supporter of the Inn for Women – Chic Second Hand Boutique which supports women and their families in the community. In 2004, Yvonne was awarded Business Person of the Year by the Surrey Board of Trade and has won the Women’s Entrepreneurship Award twice, in 2010 and 2018. She holds a business and commerce degree with a marketing major from the University of Alberta. Yvonne is active in the community supporting many initiatives including Mercy Canada, an organization that takes in young women struggling with eating disorders, addictions, self harm, and mental health issues and helps them realize their tremendous worth and value. When she’s not working, Yvonne loves to knit, read, and spend time with her five grandchildren.

Ken Huttema

Ken Huttema

Director

Ken Huttema and his wife bought a poultry farm in Chilliwack, BC in 1987 and have been actively involved in the poultry industry ever since. He is also a partner in a poultry processing plant. Ken has expansive Board experience, bringing a wealth of wisdom to the Mutual Fire Insurance Board. Ken has served as Chair on both the provincial and national poultry marketing boards, sat for two terms on the Board of a large credit union, and as Chair of the school board for his church community. Ken was also elected to two terms as Councillor for the City of Chilliwack, where he provided support for downtown city initiatives and expanded understanding and focus of local rural and agricultural needs. Ken enjoys golf, travel, and spending time with grandchildren.

Dave Pruim CPA, CMA

Dave Pruim CPA, CMA

Director

Dave Pruim spent twenty years in agriculture, specifically food manufacturing for eggs and meat, before transitioning to a role in recycled rubber products manufacturing. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business at Trinity Western University and then pursued the Certified Management Accountant designation. With experience on the Boards for both his church and children’s school, Dave has a comprehensive understanding of Board governance and committees. Dave and his family live on a Christmas tree farm in Langley, BC and he enjoys road biking and ice hockey in his spare time.

Michael A. Kendler

Michael A. Kendler

Director

Michael Kendler has a law degree from the University of Toronto and has represented clients for McQuarrie Hunter LLP in Surrey, BC for over 40 years. He has gained extensive experience on Boards by supporting organizations within his community. Since 1989, Michael has been with Options Community Services Society (its predecessor Surrey Community Resource Society, and its sister Habitat Housing Society) as a Board Chair for 14 years and on various committees through the decades. Options is a dynamic organization with dozens of programs ranging from employment to housing to daycare with talented management and a diverse community board. He has also served on the Surrey Libraries Board of Trustees since 2017. In his free time, Michael enjoys bicycling, traveling, and growing fruit and vegetables.