Gordon Howie, CPA, CA

Gordon is the president and CEO of Coast Wholesale Appliances Inc. (Coast), a leading independent supplier of major household appliances with operations across five provinces. He joined Coast in September 2012 as chief financial officer (CFO) and became chief executive officer (CEO) in 2015. He has more than 35 years of experience at the senior level in some of Canada’s most recognized retail and consumer product companies. Prior to joining Coast, he was the CFO at Coastal Contacts and vice-president, Finance Retail Business Unit, for Rogers Communications. He has a thorough understanding of the industry, an appreciation of operating issues and first-hand experience in strategic planning, finance, mergers and acquisitions.

In 2015, Gord was recognized by Business in Vancouver as B.C.’s top CFO in the Large Private Company Category. Gord qualified as a Chartered Accountant (now a CPA, CA) in 1980 while working for Price Waterhouse (a predecessor firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), and he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick.