The Canada International Trade Promotion Society
Don A. Fast 唐范德
Honorary Advisor 名誉顾问
Don Fast set up DFast Consulting in 2013 and joined the Progressive Group as a partner specialising in government relations and pubic policy. Don uses his many years of experience to facilitate successful relations for the private sector with all levels of government in problem solving, strategic direction, policy development and process management.
Don is a results and service oriented leader that knows how to get things done. His broad experience at a senior level in three provinces and with the federal government has enabled him to have collaborative relationships with governments and businesses to accomplish mutually beneficial outcomes.
Don was the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Development from 2006-2010. Don’s responsibilities included the Provincial Nominee Program for skilled and unskilled workers, the labour market development agreement, venture capital and international trade and investment, BC’s international offices and trade missions, small business, regulatory reform, research and innovation and community economic development and infrastructure. During his tenure Don developed and implemented BC’s international trade and investment organisation and strategy and opened offices in Asia, Europe and the US.
During the period 2010-2013 Don had various DM responsibilities including universities, science and technology, first nations university education strategies, community legislation/policy/funding/infrastructure, sports and arts policies and funding, gaming grants for non profit organisations, and culture.
From 2000 – 2006, Don was the Regional Director General, Pacific and Yukon Region of Environment Canada. Prior to 2000, Don was Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Lands Headquarters for the BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, following a position as Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Department. Don’s environmental responsibilities included policy and regulation of fish and wildlife, land management, crown land sales and rental, outdoor recreation, meteorology, water quantity and quality, industrial and municipal wastewater, hazardous waste, drinking water quality, climate change, and air quality. In 1991, Don was the acting CEO of the BC Hazardous Waste Management Corporation.
Don worked for the Saskatchewan government in various senior management positions, including the Director of Federal/Provincial Relations. Previous to this, Don was a scientist in charge of provincial environmental laboratory facilities for one of Ontario’s regions.
Don has a science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a M.Sc. from York University and is a registered professional engineer. He has a farming background and leased and operated a grain farm during his university years.
Recent BC agency responsibilities include the Premier’s Technology Council, the BC Innovation Council, the Film Commission, Creative BC, BC Assessment Authority, Property Assessment Appeal Panel, Islands trust, BC Games society, ViaSport, and the Royal BC Museum.
Don is married with two grown children, four grandchildren and also has a young son born in 2005.