Vancouver Foundation works with many leaders and advisors from all across British Columbia. These individuals generously volunteer their time and energy on our Board of Directors, our advisory committees, and through our Honorary Governors' Council. Their knowledge and dedication help shape our work, and ensure we remain in touch with the communities we serve.
Our Community Board and Committees
Board of Directors
Lacerte is the Provincial Executive Director of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, a position he has held for the past 15 years.
The BCAAFC represents the largest Aboriginal service infrastructure in British Columbia and is engaged in social and community development for aboriginal peoples.
He also serves as the CEO for the BC Centre of Excellence for Young Indigenous Leaders and has been instrumental in the establishment of an international Indigenous Youth Alliance. Lacerte currently sits as one of the Canadian representatives at the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples in New York. He is a practitioner of traditional Aboriginal culture and ceremony and is a member of the Carrier First Nation in northern BC.
The Honourable Robert J. Bauman was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996, was appointed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 2008, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on 9 September 2009 and appointed Chief Justice to the British Columbia Court of Appeal on 16 June 2013. Prior to his judicial appointment in 1996 he was in private practice with Bull, Housser & Tupper in Vancouver. He worked largely in the areas of local government and administrative law. While practicing law he also taught administrative law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law as an adjunct professor from 1991 to 1996.
Kevin was the former Executive Vice President, Western Canada for Postmedia Network Inc., and President and Publisher for Pacific Newspaper Group, with responsibility for Western Canada's largest daily newspapers — The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Victoria Times Colonist, The Calgary Herald and The Edmonton Journal.
Bent is a seasoned media executive, with more than 17 years experience in the newspaper industry. Following Postmedia's goal to support communities where they do business, he is active on local boards and charities including: BC Children's Hospital Foundation; Sunny Hill Health Centre; BC Business Council; BC Achievement Foundation; and Streetohome. He is also a director of the Vancouver Board of Trade; a trustee of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and is Vice Chair for Grey Cup 2011.
Tom Bradley is the President and co-founder of Steadyhand Investment Funds - a firm that manages money for individual clients. His education includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba (1979) and an MBA from the Richard Ivey school of Business (1983). Tom has 31 years of experience in the investment industry.
He started his career as an Equity Analyst at Richardson Greenshields. Tom spent eight years with the firm, the last three as Director of Institutional Sales. In 1991, he joined Phillips, Hager & North as a Research Analyst and Institutional Portfolio Manager. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of PH&N in 1996 and named President and CEO in 1999 - a role that he held until he resigned from the firm in 2005.
Tom is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and a long-time blogger.
Tung Chan is the former CEO of SUCCESS (a group of registered charities dedicated to multiculturalism through building bridges and fostering social integration). He is currently an Honorary Captain of the Canadian Navy and the Vice Chair of the Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Since coming to Canada in 1974 at the age of 22, Chan has been a waiter, bartender, radio producer, Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Vancouver, a branch manager of the Royal Bank, and a vice president of the TD Bank Financial Group. Chan has also volunteered his time at a long list of civic, cultural, business and educational organizations. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of this contribution to the community.
Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and a General Management Diploma from the Institute of Canadian Bankers where he is also a Fellow.
Fung is Vice-President, Legal & General Counsel for TimberWest Forest Corp. She has practiced law in BC for more than 25 years, specializing in corporate/commercial, aboriginal and administrative law.
Fung was an elected Bencher of the BC Law Society for 10 years and its President in 2007. She also served as President of the Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals and Chair of the People's Law School. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2000.
In 2007, Fung received both the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch's Equality and Diversity Award, and the Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Business & Professions category. In 2008, she was named one of the recipients of the BC Community Achievement Award and was a nominee for the UBC Alumni Award of Distinction.
Chief Justice Hinkson obtained a Bachelor of Laws in 1975 from the University of British Columbia. He was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1976 and is a past member of the Yukon Territory Bar. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.
Chief Justice Hinkson was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2007 and to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in 2010. Prior to his appointment, he practised with Harper Grey LLP (formerly Harper Grey Easton & Co.) from 1976 to 2007 and was appointed Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1997. His practice included medical malpractice, personal injury, professional negligence, commercial litigation, human rights litigation and administrative law.
Miranda Lam is a partner in the Litigation Group of the Vancouver law firm McCarthy Tétrault. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, including securities litigation, shareholder disputes, insurance coverage, real property disputes, and matters of corporate governance.
Lam is a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada, and to the Annotated British Columbia Securities Legislation. She has also served as faculty for The Advocates Society on advocacy before administrative tribunals.
Lam received her LLB from UBC in 2002, where she was awarded the Honourable Ray Herbert Award as the All-round Graduating Student and the Alumni Association Achievement Award as Outstanding Student of the Year. After graduation, Ms. Lam served as a judicial law clerk for five justices of the BC Supreme Court. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2004.
In 2001, Lam was named YWCA Young Woman of Distinction. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award from UBC’s Faculty of Law. She was recently appointed a member of the Premier's Chinese Advisory Council and serves on the Council's Executive. Lam is also a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Imagine Canada.
Sarah Morgan-Silvester is Chancellor of UBC, a Director of ENMAX Corporation and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Westerkirk Capital Inc.
She was formerly Executive Vice President, Wealth Management, for HSBC Bank Canada, President and CEO of HSBC Trust Company (Canada) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Her past affiliations include: Chair of Port Metro Vancouver; Chair, Vancouver Port Authority; Chair, HSBC Securities; Chair of the Blue Ribbon Council on Vancouver’s Business Climate; Director, Canadian Direct Insurance Inc.; Director, CD Howe Institute; and Member, David Suzuki Foundation National Business Advisory Council.
Morgan-Silvester serves on UBC’s Board of Governors and as a Director and Past Chair of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation.
She has received numerous awards recognizing her achievements including: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012; Association of Women in Finance Lifetime Achievement Award; Influential Women in Business Award; Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award; she has been named one of BC’s 100 Women of Influence; and included in Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 list.
Ms. Pankratz, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western, has over 28 years of experience in the investment industry and capital markets in both executive and advisory capacities working with multinational and international companies. For over 12 years, she has also served as a board member of corporations in the financial services and global media industries.
Ms. Pankratz currently serves on the boards of Sherritt International, IA Clarington Investments Inc. and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is an advisor to the Investment and Loan Committees of Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life & Casualty Company. Her philanthropic work includes serving a director on the boards of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Vancouver Foundation.
Ms. Pankratz previously served as a member of the Board of CanWest Global Communications Corp., the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and as a member of the Accounting Policy and Advisory Committee advising the Ministry of Finance for the Province of British Columbia.
She was President of Mackenzie Cundill Investment Management Ltd., President and Director of CIR Investment Research Ltd. (formerly Cundill Investment Research Ltd.), and Chief Compliance Officer for The Cundill Group.
She has received the Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, the Influential Women in Business Award from Business in Vancouver and the Peak Award for Performance and Excellence from the Association of Women in Finance.
Sarah joined the Initio Group, a Vancouver based early stage investment fund in June 2012. She is a practicing lawyer and provides advice regarding transactions in areas of corporate, commercial and securities law. Sarah began her career at a national law firm where she practiced for four years before moving to a Vancouver based law firm.
Sarah commenced her undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science and Minor in Publishing). She subsequently completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Manitoba where she also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Manitoba Law Journal. She was admitted to the Bar in British Columbia in 2007.
Sarah currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Musicfest Vancouver and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Talib is a tax lawyer turned entrepreneur. In the past 16 years, he has started businesses in publishing, real estate, wireless technology and, most recently, mining and exploration.
His expertise includes acquisitions, tax planning, real estate planning, global market analysis, import and export, people and organizational change management, corporate governance, corporate strategy and business planning and operations. In 1999, Talib was named as one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 under 40.
Talib has served at national and local levels on corporate and community boards, including: BC Children's Hospital Foundation; Research Institute of BC; and Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. He is currently Vice-President of the Aga Khan Council for Canada.
Retired from VF's Board of Directors since 2011
- Ursula Botz
- John Dustan
- Dr. Vera Frinton
- Yuri Fulmer
- Jake C. Kerr
- John McLernon
- Floyd Murphy
Honorary Governors' Council
Our Honorary Governors' Council are a group of individuals who are committed to Vancouver Foundation's mission, vision and values. They represent a mix of high profile British Columbians, community and corporate leaders, past board or committee members, and influential persons from a diversity of sectors and backgrounds that have a commitment to the goals of Vancouver Foundation.
Kyle Mitchell is a Founding Partner of the Vancouver office of Boyden International, originally known as the Tanton Mitchell Group, and later Odgers Berndtson.
He has supported many leading organizations in British Columbia recruit board members, CEOs and other senior executives. He has retired from his active practice in executive search and focuses on providing advice and support to boards on issues related to governance and CEO succession.
Kyle is Chair of the Board, BC Life & Casualty Co., where he also chairs their Investment Committee, a member of the UBC Sauder School of Business Advisory Board where he is Chair of the Nominating Committee, an Honorary Governor of the Vancouver Foundation and a member of the Board of the Pacific Blue Cross Foundation.
Kyle has served as Vice Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Chair of the Vancouver Public Library Board of Trustees, Chair of the UBC Alumni Association and as Chair of the Jack Webster Foundation. He has also served as a board member of Via Rail Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Craft Museum and the Stanley Theatre Leadership Cabinet.
Kyle's earlier career was in a senior human resources role with a major Canadian bank in Montreal and with a multi-divisional consumer products company in New York. Kyle holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of British Columbia. For his community service, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Commemorative Medal in 1992.
Barbara Brink is vice president of Applied Strategies Ltd., a management consulting firm. Previously, for 12 years, Brink was president and CEO of Science World, where she spearheaded the campaign to secure the present site, $12 million of public funding, and oversaw a $19 million retrofit of the facility.
A very active volunteer, Brink serves on the boards of the Legal Services Society, the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants, and Junior Achievement. She is also past Chair of the VGH and UBC Foundation; a former campaign Chair for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and has served on the boards of the B.C. Heart Foundation, the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Rehabilitation Workshop, Lester Pearson College of the Pacific, KCTS Public Television; and as president of the Junior League of Vancouver.
Brink is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. She is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Simon Fraser University's 1994 President's Club Distinguished Leadership Award. In 1993, B.C. Business Magazine included her as one of the 12 most powerful women in British Columbia.
She has a BA from the University of British Columbia.
Carlson has been active in local philanthropy and community work for more than 30 years. She was an original volunteer and 20-year supporter of Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities, a long-time member (and recent Chair) of the Children's Hospital Foundation Board, has served on the boards of the Vancouver Aquarium and Avalon Women's Centre, and has co-chaired the United Way of the Lower Mainland campaign. For her efforts, she has been honoured by Volunteer Vancouver, and is a recipient of the BC Achievement Award.
Carlson is the grand-daughter of H.R. MacMillan — one of the founders of the Vancouver Foundation. She has four daughters of her own and two grand-daughters.
Madeleine Dion Stout, a Cree speaker and Registered Nurse, has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University.
During her career, Dion Stout has served variously as Professor in Canadian Studies; founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture at Carleton University; President of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; and Vice-chair of the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Now self-employed, Dion Stout adopts a Cree lens in her research, writing and lectures on First Nations, Inuit and Métis health. Her active involvement in research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is shaping the way equity is understood for Aboriginal women and children.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge; Honorary Doctor of Laws from UBC and the University of Ottawa; the Centennial Award from the Canadian Nurses Association; and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (health category).
John Dustan moved to Vancouver from Ontario in 1984 to work in the investment business. In 1989, he founded Dustan Wachell Capital Management , a firm with private and institutional clients from across Canada and one of the first investment firms to offer socially responsible investment options. He oversaw the firm's transition to Genus Capital Management, as Chair and CEO until he retired in 2001.
Dustan is past Chair and Director of Special Olympics BC and a Director of Special Olympics Canada. He was also Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, and a member of the Professional Conduct Enquiry Committee of the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Currently, John is an investment advisor to the Alberta Public Service Pension Plan, Pacific Blue Cross, the Vancouver School of Theology and is a Board member on a number of public companies. John has also served on the Board of Directors of Vancouver Foundation.
He has an MBA from McMaster University.
Farmer's working life began in the non-profit sector, working for the Canadian Red Cross Society and The Arthritis Society. Following a career in administration and communications with the provincial healthcare sector, Farmer consulted on local and national communication initiatives. She is now a partner in two firms -- Westside Equestrian Centre at Bonnie Brae Farm in Saanich, and Beckton Estates Inc.
She and her husband recently co-chaired the Shaw Ocean Discovery Campaign, to fund the creation of a new $8 million world-class aquarium exhibit in Sidney, BC. She is currently the Chair for the Board of Governors of Camosun College, and has served with Camosun College Foundation; BC Cancer Foundation; Rogers Radio Group; United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada; United Way of Greater Victoria; The Arthritis Society; Mary Winspear Community Cultural Centre Foundation; Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence and; Pacific Opera Society.
Farmer has received numerous awards for her contributions, including: the Generosity of Spirit Award for Philanthropy; the Queens Jubilee Medal; Community Leader of the Year Award from CFAX Radio; and Chair's Award of Distinction from United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada.
In 1996, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June 2008 to March 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development, which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative.
Jake Kerr is Managing Partner of Lignum Forest Products LLP — a wood products distribution and trading company — and Chair of Lignum Investments Ltd., a privately-held investment company. He is also majority owner of the Vancouver Canadians baseball club.
For 35 years, Kerr was Chair and CEO of Lignum Limited, one of Canada's largest, privately-held forest products companies. He was previously employed by the International Paper Company in New York, and Botsford Advertising in San Francisco.
Kerr was educated at UBC and received an MBA in Economics and Finance from the University of California at Berkeley.
He is a member of the Chief Executive Organization; Past Chair of the International and BC Chapters of the Young Presidents' Organization; a Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia; and founding Chancellor of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Kerr also served as Chair of the Vancouver Foundation for four years, until 2011.
He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the province and the country including: an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from SFU; the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.
Kerr's interests include art collecting, fly fishing, tennis, golf and baseball.
He has five grown children and four grand children
Rob McConnachie, CFA, has been Chief Investment Officer at Dixon Mitchell since 2003. Prior to that, McConnachie was a Portfolio Manager with a Vancouver-based money management firm, and a nationally-ranked equity analyst for a bank-owned investment dealer. McConnachie also held positions as co-director and director of research at his former firms.
McConnachie's current volunteer work includes serving on the Advisory Board for KidSport BC and the Board of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
McConnachie attended the University of Victoria, has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Floyd Murphy is a founding member and President of The Nakamun Group, which for more than 35 years has offered comprehensive advice and services for retirement, estate and business financial planning. He received his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 1978, Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) designation in 1989, and is also a Certified Financial Planner.
Murphy is a past National Chairman of the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, a past National Chairman of the CLU Institute and a past President and Life Member of the Vancouver Estate Planning Council.
Murphy was a member of Vancouver Foundation's Board of Directors from 2005 to 2012. During that time, he served variously on the Finance and Audit Committee, the Investment Committee, and as Chair of Animal Welfare and Environment Committees.
George Pedersen's career in public education has spanned more than 60 years. He began teaching in the North Vancouver School District in 1952 and, by 1965, had worked as vice-principal and principal at elementary and secondary levels, and earned two degrees — a B.A. with double majors in history and geography from UBC, and an M.A. in geography and administration at the University of Washington. His Ph.D, completed at the University of Chicago, focused on economics and Public administration.
Pedersen's academic achievements exective positions with the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Western Ontario, University of Northern British Columbia and Royal Roads University.
He has received honorary degrees from McMaster University, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, and University of the Fraser Valley. He is the recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of B.C.
Since "retiring," Pedersen has been active in community work, as well as volunteering with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has also served as a Citizenship Court Judge, a volunteer consultant to the Salzburg Seminar, Chairman of the Board of the Bill Reid Foundation, a volunteer consultant to Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a, the Nisga'a Nation's post-secondary education program, and Chairman of the Board of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Rogers is a senior advisor on government affairs, communications and workplace diversity issues to private and public-sector companies, crown corporations and not-for-profit agencies. She spent more than 20 years at the City of Vancouver, eventually becoming City Manager.
Rogers is Chair of 2010 Legacies Now, Vice-Chair of the UBC Alumni Association, Director of the BC Assessment Authority, and co-Chair of Capilano University Masters' Advisory Committee. She has an Honourary Doctor of Laws from Capilano University, a Masters in Public Administration from UVic, and a Bachelors degree from UBC.
Past members of the HGC (in alpha order) include:
- Michael Audain
- The Honourable Donald Brenner
- Bruce Buchanan
- Tung Chan
- Nick Geer
- Leila Getz
- Robert (Bob) Hager
- Judith Hall
- Cheeying Ho
- Nezhat Khosrowshahi
- Shamin Lalani
- Risa Levine
- Bob Lee
- Peter Legge
- Gerald McGavin
- Mark Neale
- Patrice Pratt
- Heather Raven
- Dr. Don Rix
- Thomas Rust
- Joseph Segal
- Richard Whittall
- Sandra Wilking
- Milton Wong