Mr. Stafford is a retired lawyer and business consultant, having practiced with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a major Canadian based international law firm, and its predecessor firms, from 1966 to 2013, except for several years spent as in-house counsel for clients of the firm. Mr. Stafford's experience is in the areas of corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions. From 1989 until his retirement from full-time practice, Mr. Stafford served as senior partner in the business law department at Faskin Martineu DuMoulin LLP, including leading the start of its Johannesburg office in 2003. Since August 2013, Mr. Stafford has served as director, secretary and audit committee chair of Russell Breweries Inc. Formerly, he was a director and subsequently secretary of WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. until its amalgamation, a director and board chair of BC Bancorp from until its merger with Canadian Western Bank, a director of China One Corporation until it was acquired and a director of a director of Nissho Iwai (Canada) Ltd. Originally from South Africa, Mr. Stafford obtained a BA from the University of Cape Town and an LL.B from the University of South Africa. He was admitted as an attorney in South Africa and subsequently was called to the English Bar (Inner Temple).