Former Prince George-Mackenzie MLA and cabinet minister Pat Bell has stepped down from his position as Conifex’s executive vice-president.
A statement from the company issued yesterday says Bell wants to “focus more exclusively on family-owned business interests.”
After leaving politics in 2013 for health reasons, Bell announced in late 2013 that his family was going to build Canada’s northernmost winery. Construction has been underway on the Northern Lights Estate Winery since then.
Conifex, in its statement, said Bell will remain with the company in an advisory role for two months and will continue to sit on the board of directors.
In addition, Bell had another health scare on the weekend. He posted on his Facebook page that he was on the ski hill Friday taking his level 1 ski instructors course and didn’t feel well. He went home and tried to “tough it out.” Later in the day he went to emergency and that night underwent emergency surgery to remove his appendix.
“Saturday 9:45 discharged from hospital,” he posted. “10:00 Starbucks for a Pike!”
Plus, he added, two weeks of no shovelling show.