Rusty Goepel

Chairman , VANOC Board of Directors
Nominated by the Province of British Columbia

Rusty Goepel is senior vice president of Raymond James Ltd, the Canadian arm of Raymond James Inc, one of North America’s largest full-service investment firms.

Goepel entered the investment business in 1968, joining Ryan Investments as a specialist in institutional sales. He quickly rose to an executive vice president and director role when Ryan Investments merged with Pemberton Securities in 1974. Fifteen years later, Goepel was a founding partner and CEO of Goepel Shields and Partners, which in 1998 merged with McDermid St. Lawrence to form Goepel McDermid Inc. He served as vice chairman until 2001, when Raymond James Inc. acquired the company.

Currently on the Executive Committee of the BC Business Council, Goepel is also active as a director with numerous corporations: Amerigo Resources, AutoCanada Income Fund; Baytex Energy, Spur Ventures, TELUS Inc. and Vancouver Airport Authority.

Goepel has been involved with the Vancouver 2010 Games since the early bid days, when he served the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation as a director and member of the Executive Committee, and chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee.

A recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal for Business Leadership and Community Service, Goepel is past governor of The Vancouver Stock Exchange; past chair of the BC Business Council; and a past member of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada Executive Committee. In addition, he is a former governor of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Goepel holds a B.Comm (Honours) from the University of British Columbia. A longtime golfer and former rugby player, he was a director of the UBC Thunderbird golf program for more than a decade. He continues to chair the Kidsport golf tournament, which he has done every year since its inception in 1997.

Born in Kelowna, BC, Goepel now lives in Vancouver with his wife, three children and two grandchildren.

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