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Rolf Hougen's Biography

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As of June 1997
NAME: Rolf B. Hougen, O.C.
MARRIED: Margaret Vandyke (six children, 17 grandchildren)


The Hougen Group of Companies
Whitehorse, Yukon

Hougen's Ltd. was founded in 1944. Through expansion and acquisition, it has grown to become the largest retail organization in the Yukon. With over 75,000 square feet of retail space in Whitehorse, the company has approximately 150 full and part-time employees. Hougen's Ltd. is associated with Coast Mountain Sports Ltd., in Vancouver, BC and Whitehorse.

Klondike Broadcasting
Whitehorse, Yukon

Commenced broadcasting in November 1969, CKRW was the first commercial radio station "North of 60". Founder, President and controlling shareholder since its inception, CKRW broadcasts 24 hours daily in Whitehorse and to other towns and cities throughout the Yukon and via satellite across Canada. The company has 14 employees.

Northern Television Systems
Whitehorse, Yukon

WHTV commences operation in 1958 with one black and white channel operation four hours a day with pre-recorded programming that was six months old. Now a 38 channel service receiving all Cancom channels plus Pay TV and others. WHTV is the largest cable company in the North, employing 12.

Whitehorse Motors Ltd.
Whitehorse, Yukon

Acquired the existing Ford-Mercury dealership in 1969. Relocated and expanded the facilities to the point where the dealership is now the largest automotive outlet in the Yukon employing 50 people.

Founder and Director
Canadian Satellite Communications Ltd.
Toronto, Ontario

Started in 1978 as a basis for delivering multi-channel television services to under served regions of Canada through a satellite delivery network, Cancom obtained its license from the CRTC in 1980. Today Cancom services 2600 communities in Canada providing over 20 television channels and a dozen radio signals. It also provides data communication services and satellite mobile tracking for truckers.

Chairman and Director
Regional Vision Inc.

A company based in Montreal with 127 licenses to serve communities of 10,000 households or less with wireless LMCS (cellular vision) technology.

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Director: Finning Ltd. (Since 1980)
B.C., Yukon, Alberta, N.W.T., U.K., Poland and Chile
Director: Alberta Power Ltd (Since 1969)
Edmonton, Alberta
Director: Cominco Ltd. (Since 1980)
Vancouver, B.C.
Director: NorthwesTel (a BCE company) (since 1979)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Director: NorthwesTel Cable Inc.
Yellowknife, N.W.T.


Officer of the Order of Canada (1987)
Officer, Ordre National du Merite (France 1992)
Honorary Consul for France (since 1980)

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Past Chairman of the Board - Canadian Chamber of Commerce (1989-90)
Member - Vancouver Consular Corps
Member - Canadian Cable Television Association and many trade organizations
Member - National Council for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Canada
Member - Canadian Cable Television Pioneers Club
Trustee - Nature Conservancy of Canada


Member - Yukon Order of Pioneers
Member - Yukon Historical & Museum Society
Member - Yukon Parents for French
Member - Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce


Yukon Businessman of the Year (1986)
Tourism's Yukoner Award (1987)
Honors List - Canadian Cable Television Association
Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Lifetime Achievement Award (1992)
Commissioner's (Yukon) Award (1994)
Canada 125th Anniversary Medal


President and Founder Young People Association (1945-1952)
Vice President, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
President and Founding Member Whitehorse Board of Trade
Founder and Chairman Yukon Research and Development Institute
Chairman and Founding Member Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous
Director Canadian Chamber of Commerce (1960-61, 1978-82, 1985-91)
Founder and Chairman of the Yukon Foundation
Banif School of Advanced Management (1965)
Director - Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (1984-90)
Member - Canada Post Stamp Advisory Committee (1991-96)
Yukon Medical Services Foundation
Secretary - Yukon Fish and Game Association
Treasurer - Whitehorse Merchants Hockey Club
Emergency Measures Organization - Yukon
Treasurer - Yukon Ski Runner
Yukon Science Institute


Traveled to Thailand, 1989
Visits to People's Republic of China (1966, 1972, and 1987)
Several visits to Japan and Hong Kong
Lived one year in Grenoble, France (1976-77)
Visits to various Caribbean Islands and Mexico
Visited most countries of Europe including Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia
Traveled to South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Traveled to Australia and Papua New Guinea
In 1989-90 visited Bombay, New Delhi, Rome, Moscow, London, Taipei, Hong Kong, Washington
In 1993 visited Chile
In 1994 visited Chile and Argentina
In 1995 traveled to the U.K., France, and Italy
In 1997 traveled to Southeast Asia - Singapore, Kuala Lumpur


With most boards requirement of directors retiring at age 70, Rolf is no longer a director of corporations other than those that are family owned.

The number of grandchildren is now 18, all under 14 years of age.

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