Einar Maynard Gunderson

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Einar Gunderson
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Similkameen
In office
November 24, 1952 – June 9, 1953
Preceded by Harry Denyer Francis
Succeeded by Frank Richter Jr.
Personal details
Born Einar Maynard Gunderson
1900 (1900)
Died January 11, 1980(1980-01-11)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party Social Credit
Occupation Accountant

Einar Maynard Gunderson (ca 1900 – January 11, 1980) was a chartered accountant and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Similkameen in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 1953 as a Social Credit member.

Gunderson served as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1936.[1] He was first elected to the assembly in a 1952 by-election held after Harry Denyer Francis resigned his seat to allow Gunderson to run for a seat in the assembly.[2] Gunderson served briefly in the provincial cabinet as Finance Minister. Although he was unsuccessful when he ran for reelection in the general election held in 1953 and a subsequent by-election later that year,[3] Gunderson continued to serve as financial adviser to W.A.C. Bennett's government.[4] He also served as vice-president of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway and as a director of the British Columbia Toll Bridge and Highways Authority, of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, of Black Ball Ferries Ltd. and of Deeks-McBride Ltd., a cement and gravel supply company.[5] Gunderson was a member of the board of governors for the University of British Columbia from 1957 to 1968.[6] In 1967, he was named provisional chairman of the Bank of British Columbia.[7] Gunderson also served on the board of directors for BC Hydro until the NDP came into power in 1972; he was removed from the board of directors of BC Rail at the same time.[8] He died in Vancouver at the age of 80 in 1980.[9]


  1. ^ "ICAA Past Presidents". Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Social Credit in Defeat". Star-Phoenix. Saskatoon. December 4, 1953. p. 17. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  4. ^ O'Keefe, Betty; Macdonald, Ian (1999). The Sommers scandal: the felling of trees and tree lords. Heritage House Publishing Co. p. 26. ISBN 1-895811-96-1. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  5. ^ "Conflict Of Interest Rule Raised In Gunderson Case". Vancouver Sun. April 19, 1956. p. 4. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Board of Governors 1913-2008". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  7. ^ "B.C. Bank Chiefs Chosen for Ability and Knowledge". Vancouver Sun. May 9, 1967. p. 7. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  8. ^ "BC civil service said virtually same". Leader-Post. Regina. November 15, 1972. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  9. ^ "Vital Event Death Registration". BC Archives. Retrieved 2011-12-01. [permanent dead link]

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