NEWS RELEASE · 6th April 2010
Office of the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today on the passing of Chester Johnson on March 29, 2010:
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to extend condolences to the family of Chester Johnson, a great British Columbian and a friend.
“Chester was a true builder of the British Columbia we know today. His contributions working in both the public and private sectors have made our province a better place to live and were significant factors in the success of B.C.
“He founded Whonnock Industries and was a leader in the forest industry for many years. He’s widely recognized as the man who transformed Whistler into an internationally acclaimed resort destination. He was the first chair of the Vancouver Airport Authority and also served as the chair of BC Hydro.
“Chester was critical to the success of Expo ’86 as the director of finance, and helped our province win the right to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games by serving as the chair of the transportation committee for the bid.
“Chester has been recognized with some of our highest honours for his contributions. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Order of British Columbia, the Canada 125 medal, the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Medal and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
“Chester will be missed by his friends and family, and the legacy of what he has given to British Columbia will never be forgotten.”