Dean Prodan, Board Chair
Advisory Board Member, Manitou Investment Management
Dean currently holds board positions on several private companies including Chair of the Board for CoolIt Systems Inc., Jowidana Hotels Ltd., Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges Ltd. and Castle Mountain Resort. Dean is also active on the Advisory Board of Priviti Capital Corp.
His other current board and volunteer activities in the not-for-profit sector include a current position as a Director of The Palix Foundation, Chair and Director of The Calgary Arts Foundation, a Director of the Calgary Stampede Foundation, member of the Investment Committee for the Max Bell Foundation, a member of the Alberta Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada as well a member of the NCC Investment Committee.
From 2009 to 2019, Dean was a shareholder and President of Knee Deep Development Corp., sole owner of Whitewater Ski Resort (WH2O). During that time WH2O maintained its trend of positive earnings for 10 years prior to change in ownership and the 10 years of involvement. During the period WH2O invested over $6mm in capital improvements primarily from internally created cashflow. Also, during that time skier visits grew from 80,000 annually to over 120,000 on a consistent basis.
Dean was also previously President and sole Owner of UTA Asset Management, a registered Portfolio Manager who acted as Sub-advisor for Dynamic Mutual Funds. UTA was responsible for the investment decisions with respect to Oil and Gas investments for several Dynamic portfolios.
From 1989 to 2009, Dean's experience consists of four years as an Institutional Salesmen for Peters & Co. Ltd., five years as Managing Director and co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp., four years as President and Portfolio Manager of Dominion Equity Resource Fund and Managing Director of Canfund VE Management Corp. All businesses were focused in the Canadian Energy Sector, specifically in the public markets.
Dean's past public company board experiences include Macro Energy Services, NQL Energy Services, Gentry Exploration and Nexstar Energy. Dean has also held several volunteer positions in the past as Chair and Director of the Calgary Arts Development Authority, Chair and Director of The Calgary Foundation, Chair and Director of the Alberta Performing Arts Stabilization Fund, Director of the Norlien Foundation as well as member of the Investment Committee, President and Director of Quest Theater Company, Director of Calgary Social Venture Partners and a member of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo Committee.