Hougen Group

Rolf Hougen’s Curriculum Vitae

As of November 2013
NAME:  Rolf B. Hougen, O.C.
MARRIED:  Margaret Vandyke (six children, 18 grandchildren)


Chairman/Past President
The Hougen Group of Companies
Whitehorse, Yukon

Hougen's Ltd. was founded in 1944. Through expansion and acquisition, it grew to become the largest retail organization in the Yukon, with over 75,000 square feet of retail space in Whitehorse, and approximately 150 full and part-time employees. Today, Hougen's Limited is essentially a real estate company; however, family members still are very much engaged in several successful retail and other business ventures.

Chairman/Past President
Klondike Broadcasting
Whitehorse, Yukon

Founder, Past President and current Chairman. CKRW commenced broadcasting in November 1969, and was the first commercial radio station "North of 60". The station broadcasts 24 hours daily in Whitehorse and to other towns and cities throughout the Yukon and via satellite across Canada. It has 14 employees. In 2004, it began to broadcast in FM in addition to AM.

Northern Television Systems
Whitehorse, Yukon

WHTV commenced operation in 1958 with one black and white channel operational four hours a day with pre-recorded programming that was six months old. Today it is a multi-channel service receiving all Cancom channels plus Pay TV and others. WHTV is the largest cable company in the North, employing 12. In 2007, the company was sold to Northwestel, a Bell Canada company.

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. In 2009, the company was sold.

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 all communities in Canada providing multi-channel television and dozens of radio signals. It also provides data communication services and satellite mobile tracking for truckers. Shaw Communications acquired control and now operates as a division of Shaw. In January 2000, Rolf retired from the board.

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. The company has since sold its licences.

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Director, Finning Ltd. (1980–1999)
B.C., Yukon, Alberta, NWT, U.K., Poland and Chile. Since Rolf left the board in 1999, the company has expanded to Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay.

Director, Alberta Power Ltd. and Yukon Electrical Col. Ltd. (1969–1999)
Edmonton, Alberta and Yukon

Director, Cominco Ltd. (1980–2002)
Vancouver, B.C.  A worldwide mining and smelting company now known as Teck Resources Ltd.

Director, NorthwesTel (a BCE company) (1979–1999)
Whitehorse, Yukon. A telephone company serving the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon and northern B.C.

Director, NorthwesTel Cable Inc. (1979–1999)
Yellowknife, NWT. A cable company serving the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon and northern B.C.



Officer of the Order of Canada (1987)

Officer, Ordre National du Merite (France 1992)

Honorary Consul for France (since 1980); succeeded by Erik Hougen in 1999

Chancellor, Yukon College (a four-year term starting in September 2009)

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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, Confrerie des Chevaliers Du Tastevin



Member, Yukon Order of Pioneers

Member, Yukon Historical & Museum Society

Member, Yukon Parents for French

Member, Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce



1986: Yukon Businessman of the Year

1987: Tourism's Yukoner Award (Government of the Yukon and Yukon Chamber of Commerce)

1990: Honours List – Canadian Cable Television Association

1991: Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Certificate of Recognition

1992: Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Lifetime Achievement Award

1992: Canada 125th Anniversary Medal

1994: Commissioner's (Yukon) Award

1996: Vancouver Yukoners' Association, Lifetime memberships awarded to Rolf and Marg

1998: Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow

1998: City of Whitehorse, appointments of Rolf and Marg as Honorary Admiral for the HMCS Whitehorse

2000: Canadian Satellite Users Association, Outstanding Service Award

2003: Friends of the Yukon Archives Society, honorary membership (Rolf and Marg)

2004: Up Here magazine 20th anniversary issue cites Rolf Hougen as one of "20 Great Northerners"

2010: Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE), 2010 Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award

2010: Yukon Historical & Museums Association, Lifetime Achievement Heritage Award

2011: The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award, "Best Entrepreneurial Partnership" – presentation in Toronto, October 6, 2011



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, The Yukon Foundation, now administering more than five million dollars

Banff 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

Member, Yukon Science Institute



1955: Four-month honeymoon in Europe

1962: Rome, Isle of Capri

1976–77: Lived one year in Grenoble, France with family

Other: Visits to People's Republic of China (1966, 1972 and 1987) and five times more. Several visits to Japan and Hong Kong. Visits to Caribbean Islands and Mexico; visited most countries of Europe including Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia while they were still under Communist control; travelled to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, visiting mines, etc.; travelled to Australia and Papua, New Guinea; toured mines in Australia.

1989: Thailand, spoke in Bangkok on behalf of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

1989–90: Bombay, New Delhi, Rome, Taipei, Hong Kong, Washington during term as Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

1989: Accompanied Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to Moscow; dined in the Kremlin

1990: River cruise with family through Burgundy region, France

1994–96: Attended board meetings in Chile for Finning and Cominco

1995: Sailed from St. Lucia to Grenada with Craig and MJ Hougen

1997: Southeast Asia: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur – cruise

1998: Jersey, Guernsey, London prior to Finning board meetings

1999: Black Sea and Mediterranean cruise

2000: Sweden and Paris with Greta and Bob Gray

2001: New Zealand: three-week drive, touring both islands with Kelly and Heather Hougen

2002: Family of 32: Disneyland, Mexican Riviera cruise

2002: Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, Prague – land tour by bus

2003: Family of 32: Paris, barge tour on canal, Riviera

2004: Family of 32: Alaska fishing (leased four boats)

2005: Family of 32: China, Korea, Japan, Vladivostok including cruise; Budapest to Amsterdam 12-day cruise

2006: Panama Canal cruise; Family of 32: Hawaii for Christmas, island cruise

2007: France, Brittany to visit Consul General and Marie-Noelle Defay with Karen Hougen-Bell and Jim Bell

2008: Sailing British Virgin Islands with Craig and Mary-Jane Hougen; Family Heritage tour to Holland and Norway

2009: Southern Spain, Morocco with Kelly and Heather Hougen

2010: Dubai, cruise to London via Suez Canal, ten days in Ireland

2011: Tahiti island cruise, Hawaii; St. Petersburg, river cruise to Moscow, one week in London