Dan McLaren was raised on Vancouver Island. He moved to Prince George in 1987. In 1995, after a successful career in commercial banking, Dan founded Commonwealth Financial.
Dan has served on many corporate and philanthropic boards, including: BC Rail, Junior Achievement of BC, the BC Chamber of Commerce and is a Past President the BC & Yukon Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is the Founding President of the Rocky Mountain Rangers Regimental Association (PG Branch). He is also the Founding Chairman of the Commonwealth Cup, Northern BC’s largest charity golf tournament.
Dan has been awarded a Senatorship and Life Membership in Junior Chamber International. He is twice runner-up as Prince George’s Business Person of the Year. He has been recognized by the insurance industry as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriters. In 2008, in recognition of his community service, he was knighted by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. In 2022, Dan was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medallion. In 1986, Dan became a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Dan and his wife Roberta enjoy travelling and spending time at the lake.
Roberta McLaren is a native to Prince George who has reaped the benefits of living in the North and has developed a strong passion for Northern Communities However, she feels it’s the people that are so exceptional! From Haida Gwaii to Valemount, Fort Nelson to Williams Lake, Roberta has special memories from the tens of thousands of people and First Nations who she has had the pleasure to meet, support and work with.
As a high-profile business leader, influencer, advocate, and ambassador, Roberta guides organizations to achieve growth, visibility, performance, and social impact. Roberta has a genuine passion for delivering a lasting impact on the region. She excels at forging strategic partnerships and building consensus amongst stakeholders. A strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Executive Management, Sustainability and Coaching.
Roberta loves animals, outdoors, music and new adventures with her husband Dan.
Learn more about Commonwealth Financial at https://www.mycommonwealth.ca/