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Honorary Colonel
Edwin (Ted) A. Hawthorne

Ted was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and moved to Burnaby, British Columbia in 1954.  He received his Juris Doctor from UBC and has been a partner in the law firm of Hawthorne, Piggott & Company since 1973.  He has been actively involved in numerous aspects of The British Columbia Regiment (DCO) for many years; initially serving in the Cadet Corps, joining the Regiment in 1961 and participating in all facets of the Regimental Family.  Ted is Chairman Emeritus of Columbus Long Term Care Society after 27 years of service and also serves as a director and officer of many other non-profit charitable organizations, including The Hatfield Society, Chacko & Lize Simon Scholarship Trust, The BC Regiment (DCO) Charitable Trust, The Army Cadet League of Canada (BC Branch) and Past Chairman of the 2290 BCR Cadet Corps Executive Committee of the Sponsoring Committee.


He is a member of the BC Veterans Commemorative Association (which includes the highly successful veterans’ license plate program), the Honorary Officers Association of BC, Royal United Services Institute-Vancouver, Life Member of The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association, Past President of The BC Regiment (DCO) Association, member and past director and officer of The BC Regiment (DCO) Museum Society and Royal City Youth Ballet Company Society, Chairman of the Commanding Officer’s Committee, Governor and Chairman of The BC Regiment (DCO) Regimental Trust, Counsel Emeritus of Honour House Society and past Trustee of the Burnaby Art Gallery.  Ted is also Special Counsel to the Vancouver Artillery Association, 15th Field Artillery Regimental Society, 15th Field Museum and Archives and Royal United Services Institute – Vancouver.


Ted has led two BC Regiment (DCO) Association Battlefield Tours, including the 2007 Vimy Memorial Re-dedication and the 2008 BC Regiment (DCO) European Battlefield Tour where ten Regimental remembrance ceremonies were conducted and seven commemorative plaques dedicated.


Ted was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in March 2012 in recognition of his contributions to Canada.  In addition, Ted was appointed Honorary Colonel of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) by the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, upon recommendation of the Chief of Defence Staff on 2 November 2012.  Professionally, Ted is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association.

Mr. Shepherd was born in Chatham, Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA-Hon) and Dalhousie University (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Inc. in Vancouver, an organization that provides financing to credit-worthy international buyers of Canadian goods and services. The company has regional offices located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.


Prior to founding NORTHSTAR in 1994, Mr. Shepherd had wide-ranging executive careers in finance in both the private and public sectors. He was formerly President of Dalhousie Financial Corporation in Richmond B.C., Chief Financial Officer of the Nexus Group of Companies, Burnaby B.C., Treasurer and Finance Manager of Chemetics International Company, Vancouver B.C., Export Finance Officer for the Export Development Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario and Assistant Trade Commissioner for the Dept of External Affairs in Manila, Philippines.


Mr. Shepherd currently holds directorships in the NORTHSTAR group of companies, Sovereign Star Trade Finance Inc. (UK), MDS Aerospace Corporation (Montreal) and Pender Financial Corporation (Vancouver). He also serves and has served on a number of charitable and volunteer boards and committees including: The Richmond Hospital Foundation (Vice-Chair and Treasurer), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (National Board Director and Chair of Export Finance and Insurance Committee), York House School (Chair of Capital Campaign) Saint Georges School (Past-Chair New Parents Committee), Dalhousie University- Associate Governor (Management Without Borders Capital Campaign), the B.C. Institute for Studies in International Trade (Director) and the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (B.C. Chair).


Mr. Shepherd was honoured with the Transport Canada Award by Transport Canada in 1982 and 1983, and the Export Excellence Personal Leadership Award by the B.C. government in 1999.


He was appointed the B.C. Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council in the Year 2004 after serving several years as a Regional Director.


Mr. Scott Shepherd was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) in 2012.


Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel
C. Scott M. Shepherd