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Douglas R. Larson
Class of 1956
Doug Larson worked in a logging camp in the summer of 1956 after graduating from Gladstone. He returned to Vancouver too late to enroll at UBC. Instead he began his career in the grain industry as office boy in the Pioneer Grain company in Vancouver. Doug prospered in the Company and by 1978 was appointed General Manager of Pioneer Grain Terminal. In 1988, Doug was appointed President and CEO of James Richardson and Sons Ltd.-Grain Division, Canada’s largest privately owned grain company. In addition to executive responsibilities Doug served the grain industry in many capacities, including: President of Vancouver Grain Exchange; President of B.C. Terminal Elevators Operators’ Association; a Director of the Canada Grains Council; Member of the Grain Elevators and Processors Society; Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Maritime Commerce; a Member of the Board of Directors of Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company; Member of the Labour Canada Working Group for the Western Grain Elevator Industry; Member, Implementation Advisory Team, Agriculture Canada Grain and Oilseeds Branch. Doug retired from the grain industry in 1995 but continues to work as a Director of BioSyent, a publicly traded Canadian pharmaceutical company.