Hougen Group


Map of service area NorthwesTel, formerly C.N.T served Northern B.C., the Yukon and Western N.W.T. , 1980.

Canadian National Telecommunications

Canadian National Telecommunications took over the land line following the U.S. army turn over of the Alaska Highway & airports to Canadian government. They also replaced the Royal Canadian Corp. of signals in communities throughout the north. In 1980 C.N.T changed its name to NorthwesTel and Rolf Hougen joined the board of directors.

Finning Tractor & Equpiment Company, 1980.

Finning Tractor & Equipment Company Limited

Mr Maury Young, chairman of Finning Tractor & Equipment Company Limited, invited Rolf Hougen to join the Finning controlled, public company, board of directors. Finning is the Caterpillar dealer in B.C. and the Yukon.

Left to right : Marg Hougen, Rolf Hougen, chairman, Ione Christiansen, vice-chair, Chuck Halliday, treasurer, Marylin Halliday, and (missing) James Smith, secretary, 1980.


Roy Minter presenting a cheque to Rolf Hougen, Chairman, to establish the "Minter Fund".

The Yukon Foundation

After a conversation with Howard Firth in the late 1970's, Rolf Hougen realized there was no organization that existed in the Yukon that could accept the proceeds of an estate for the benefit of the people of the Yukon. Rolf Hougen invited several long time Yukoners to participate in creating a body that could accept donations from wills or in honour of relatives or friends. In December 1980, seventeen Yukon men and women agreed to contribute their names and $100.00 to establish the Yukon Foundation, using the Vancouver Foundation (established in 1950) as a model.

The founding members of the Yukon Foundation are:
Ione Christensen, Laurent Cyr, Belle Desrosier, William L Drury, Robert Erlam, Thomas Firth, Charles Halliday, Rolf Hougen, Lorraine Joe, Roy Minter, Hon. Erik Nielsen, Willard Phelps, Gordon Ryder, James Smith, Aubrey Tanner, Charlie Taylor, Flo Whyard The Yukon Foundation is registered under the Societies Ordinance of the Yukon Territory and it's objectives are based on time honoured standards:

"The objects of the Foundation are to promote educational advancement and scientific or medical research for the enhancement of human knowledge; to support, which may be in the discretion of the Board, contribute to the mental, cultural and physical well-being of the residents of the Yukon Territory. In order to attain these objectives, the Yukon Foundation is empowered: to receive bequests, devices and donations of every kind and description whatsoever, and hold, control, administer and deal with property of every kind and description, whether real or personal, and whatsoever situate."


Quebec City by Horse & Buggy, 1980.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Attending a Canadian Chamber of Commerce Directors & Annual Meeting, Marg & Rolf Hougen with son, Erik take a break & tour Quebec City by horse & buggy - Sept 1980

Rolf Hougen at April Point Lodge on Quadra Island, 1980.

April Point Lodge

The fishing was good in September 1980 as shown by this photo of Rolf Hougen at April Point Lodge on Quadra Island, located opposite Campbell River.

Restored Village Historique Acadien, 1980.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

In June 1980 following a Canadian Chamber of Commerce meeting Marg & Rolf Hougen toured New Brunswick. This rural scene is at the restored Village Historique Acadien.

From L to R - Fred Collins, Gordon Cameron , Jim Smith, Art Pearson & Ione Christensen, 1980.

FH Collins High School

In May of 1980 Marg & Rolf hosted a gathering of Yukoners in honour of a return visit of Fred H Collins & Sybil. He addressed the students of the FH Collins High School - in this photo from L to R - Fred Collins, Gordon Cameron , Jim Smith, Art Pearson & Ione Christensen, all former Commissioners except Ione who is the current Commissioner.