Board of Directors

Executive Chairman & Founder

Peter Armstrong is the Executive Chairman, Founder and a principal of the Armstrong Group, owner and operator of Rocky Mountaineer.

In 1989, Mr. Armstrong assembled the successful team to bid on the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer service that was being operated by Via Rail, a subsidized federal crown corporation.  The company's turnaround and subsequent success has been achieved without government subsidy.

Mr. Armstrong contributes considerable time to business and community boards.  He is currently the Chair for the Vancouver Police Foundation, serves on the Board for the Business Families Centre (Sauder School of Business), the Board of BCAA and the Public Private Partnership Board (P3).  He is also the past Chair for the Board of St. George’s School.  Mr. Armstrong has received a Doctor of Technology from BCIT, a Doctor of Technology from Thompson Rivers University and a Honourary Fellow of the Sauder School of Business.  He is a recipient of the Canadian Venture Capital Association's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Tourism and Hospitality and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for contribution to Canadian communities.  He has also been inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame and was named the 2007 Tourism Leader of the Year by Tourism BC.

Mr. Armstrong is native of New Brunswick, and has been a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia for over 45 years


John Furlong was the instrumental leader behind the team that organized and staged the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. From the very beginning of the project, Mr. Furlong envisioned that the Games could be a true nation builder, helping to improve the fabric of Canadian society.

Prior to his appointment at VANOC in 2004, Mr. Furlong was the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. In his role, he became the Bid’s international face and key spokesperson, tirelessly clocking more than 1.2 million miles in his travels to promote the Vancouver 2010 Bid.

Mr. Furlong’s service to sport has landed him with numerous other forms of recognition - among them The IOC’s Olympic Order and the IPC’s Paralympic Order. He was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as the 2004 W.A.C. Bennett Award winner.


Laura Lee Armstrong is a native of Victoria, British Columbia. Her professional career encompasses a wide spectrum of experience within both the forest and tourism industries. Ms. Armstrong's forestry background includes positions within the U.S. rail, timber wholesale and export market segments with corporations such as Weldwood Industries and BC Timber. Her tourism experience includes FIT management experience with Gray Line Tours.

Ms. Armstrong graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.

Ms. Armstrong offers a great deal of time to local major event charities and has contributed significant community volunteer time to Family Services of the North Shore, Kenneth Gordon School and Fraser Academy School.

Ms. Armstrong resides in West Vancouver, Canada.

Senior Advisor

Tom Chambers is an experienced professional accountant, senior executive, corporate director and business advisor having served for 26 years as as Partner in senior management roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP while advising a wide range of clients. He is an acknowledged leader within the profession and business community on strategic and corporate governance issues. He currently serves on the boards of Terasen, Norske, and the Victorian Order of Nurses among others.


Al Duerr is a founding partner and Managing Director of General Magnetic Inc., a company that has developed and is currently producing leading edge permanent magnet motors and generators for the energy and propulsion industries. His holding company, Al Duerr and Associates, has operations in China and Canada, and has provided training, upgrading, international certification and labour force recruitment services.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Duerr was the CEO of the International Projects Group for a Dutch owned investment company. Mr. Duerr also served as the Mayor of Calgary, Alberta for twelve years, from 1989 to 2001. In this capacity, over subsequent terms of office, Mr. Duerr obtained the highest level of public support of any Mayor in Calgary's history.

Mr. Duerr's career has included extensive international involvement both in the public and private sectors, especially in Asia. He was a founder and President of an environmental technologies company in Malaysia, and a Project and District Manager of an Alberta based Land Development Company.

Mr. Duerr earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Urban Geography from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration (Honours) from the University of Calgary. He has held and continues to hold numerous positions on Boards and Committees in Calgary and across the country including Chairman of Canadian Aviation Industries Inc., Chairman of Strategy Committee, Haskayne School of Business Management Advisory Committee, and immediate past Chairman of FortisAlberta..

Mr. Duerr resides in Calgary, Canada.


Jim Dinning serves as chairman of the board of directors of Western Financial Group. As well, he serves as a director on a number of public, private and not for profit boards.

Western Financial Group is a leading western Canadian-based financial services company with a focus on rural markets. The Company provides more than 180,000 customers with insurance, investment and banking services through its WFG Agency Network, Bank West and The Western Mutual Fund Company.

Until December, 2004 Mr. Dinning held the position of executive vice president, TransAlta Corporation. Prior to joining TransAlta in 1997, Mr. Dinning held several key positions during his 11 years as a member of the legislative assembly in Alberta. Of note is Mr. Dinning’s service as provincial treasurer from 1992 to 1997.

Mr. Dinning is a graduate of Queen’s University with two degrees: a Bachelor of Commerce in 1974 and a Masters in Public Administration in 1977. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2002.

Mr. Dinning is married with four children and resides in Calgary.


Michael Phillips is retired as Senior Vice-President, Investments of GrowthWorks Capital Ltd., which manages the Working Opportunity Fund in British Columbia, Canada. The Working Opportunity Fund is a uniquely Canadian form of financial institution dedicated to providing risk capital to a wide range of entrepreneurial business in B.C.

Prior to joining GrowthWorks Capital Ltd., Mr. Phillips spent over twenty years with financial and venture capital businesses such as Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd. and Business Development Bank.

Mr. Phillips is currently a director on the boards of nine Canadian companies including Armstrong Group (owners and operators of Rocky Mountaineer) where he has served as a director since 1991 and as Chairman since 1998.