Fred Withers, BCom’77, FCPA, FCA

Fred WithersFred is a retired partner of Ernst & Young Canada, having retired in 2014 after 37 years with the Firm.

His various roles prior to retirement were as Chief Development Officer for Canada (2011 to 2014), Managing Partner Western Canada (2005 to 2011), Managing Partner British Columbia (2001 to 2005) and Program Director for the Ernst & Young Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year Program (2001 to 2010).

Fred has been active at the University as a member of the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board (2004 to 2014) and served as Vice Chair of the Board from 2007 to 2014. He chaired the Opening Worlds Campaign, a campaign for the major redevelopment of the business school facilities.

Fred is a member of the Thunderbird Big Block Club (rowing) and represented Canada at the 1977 Rowing World Championships and the 1979 Pan American Games (silver medal).

In the community, Fred is the current Chair of the Vancouver Symphony Society and a member of the Boards of the Vancouver Symphony Foundation, Junior Achievement of British Columbia and the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. He is a past chair of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, a past chair of the Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Greater Vancouver and a past vice chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade. Fred is married to Dr. Kathy Jones (UBC BSc’80) and together they are the proud parents of 4 daughters.

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