Regional News: Jensen steps in as new CBT board chair, Deck retires

Rick Jensen, former president and CEO of Panorama, has replaced Greg Deck as chair of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

Rick Jensen, former president and CEO of Panorama, has replaced Greg Deck as chair of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

Radium Hot Springs’ first mayor and current mayor of Jumbo Glacier Resort Mountain Resort Municipality, Deck has been on the Board since the Trust’s inception in 1995, serving as vice-chair from 2008 to 2012 and chair from 2013 to 2015.

“On behalf of the Trust’s Board and staff, I would like to thank Greg Deck for his contributions to the formation and growth of the Trust,” said Jensen. “For over 20 years, he has been an instrumental part of this organization and has dedicated his efforts to the well-being of our region and its residents.”

Jensen, who is from Cranbrook, is replacing Deck as chair as of January 1st, 2016. He joined the Trust Board in 2013 and served as vice-chair in 2015. He is the chair of New Dawn Developments, a director of New Dawn Restorations, president of the Canadian Institute of Excellence and a director of Columbia Power Corporation.

“The Trust has achieved remarkable success, and I’m confident Rick Jensen, Laurie Page and the rest of the Board will carry this success forward,” said Deck, who is now retiring from the CBT. “This is a solid team committed to an extraordinary organization that will continue to serve the Basin well.”

Nakusp’s Laurie Page, who joined the Board in January 2012, is being reappointed until December 2018 and is taking over as vice-chair. She also served as vice-chair from 2013 to 2014.

“I’d like to thank Greg Deck for his years of dedicated service and leadership as chair of the Trust, and for all the help, sound guidance and advice he has shared with me personally as a resident of the Columbia Basin and in my work as an MLA and minister,” said Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett in a press release. “I’d also like to welcome Rick Jensen and Laurie Page to their new roles. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Board as they continue to invest and deliver benefits to the Basin, improving lives, communities and the environment.”

The Trust’s 12-member Board consists of individuals appointed by the provincial government: six from the five regional districts and the Ktunaxa Nation Council, and six others. All directors must live in the Basin. For more information about the Board, and to read highlights and minutes from Board meetings, visit