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Our Community Board and Committees
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.
Board of Directors
Paul 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.
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.
Tom is one of the founders of Rethink Communications, one of Canada’s leading creative agencies and currently the only national, independently owned agency. Rethink has twice been named “Agency of the Year” for Canada and is consistently one of the top ranked creative firms in the country.
Tom is National Managing Partner at Rethink where he maintains and grows client partnerships in addition to managing the consolidated P&L. Tom also helps to build a trusting atmosphere in order to allow the team to find the right creative solution.
The Rethink founders strongly believe in giving back to the community, and as a result, the company has given significant “in-‐kind” services to a wide range of initiatives over the last sixteen years. Some higher profile work has included campaigns for: Canadian Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, Children of the Street, Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, Women’s Information Safe House (WISH), YWCA, Alzheimer’s Society of B.C, CKNW Orphan’s Fund and Directions Youth Services.
Outside of Rethink, Tom is an active board member with the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation where he is currently serving in his third term as a Director. In addition, Tom is the Communications Committee Chair and also serves on the Board’s Executive Committee.
Previously, Tom has served on a couple of other private and non-‐profit boards including The Haig Brown Institute. Tom has been recognized for his achievements as a BC “Top 40 under 40” recipient.
Tom lives in North Vancouver with his wife Roxanne and his two teenage children, Nolan and Julia. Tom loves to travel with his family, play hockey with his friends and hike the North Shore Mountains with his dog Logan. He can also be found riding his bike on Salt Spring Island or cooking his favorite meals with family and friends.
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 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.
Miranda Lam is a partner in our Litigation Group in Vancouver. Her practice focuses exclusively on business disputes, including contractual claims and economic torts, and her areas of specialization include securities litigation, shareholder remedies, corporate governance issues, and internal investigations, as well as internet and e-commerce issues and defamation. She has been counsel in matters filed in British Columbia and Ontario, as well as represented clients in various commercial arbitration proceedings and class action proceedings.
Miranda is also a member of McCarthy Tétrault's Consumer & Retail, Financial Services, and Mining Litigation groups, having worked extensively with clients from each of these industries, and also has a particular interest in assisting private and family-owned enterprises resolve disputes and achieve their objectives. A skilled litigator, she is recognized for her strategic thinking and business-oriented problem-solving approach to all disputes.
Miranda is ranked in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a future star (British Columbia) in the field of general commercial litigation. She is the recipient of the Association of Women in Finance 2014 PEAK Women in Finance "Rising Star" Award, and was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver's 2013 "Forty Under 40". In 2015, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association presented her with its "Best Lawyers Under 40" Award".
Miranda is a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada (now in its 4th ed.), published by LexisNexis, and a previous contributor to the Annotated British Columbia Securities Legislation (now in its 8th ed.), published by CCH Canadian Limited. Recently, she contributed to the firm's Mining in the Courts (Vol. VI) publication, released in March 2016. She is a frequent speaker on class action issues, investigations, shareholder disputes and dispute resolution processes, and has also served as faculty for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and for The Advocates Society.
Miranda was called to the British Columbia bar in 2004. She obtained her LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2002, where she received 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, she served as a judicial law clerk for five justices of the BC Supreme Court. In 2007, Miranda received the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law’s Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award, and in 2001, she was named YWCA Young Woman of Distinction.
Miranda currently serves on the board of the Vancouver Foundation, and is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the University of British Columbia Alumni Association (UBCAA). As Chair of the UBCAA, she chaired numerous committees, including the Chancellor Nomination Committee as well as the UBC Alumni Achievement Awards. She previously served on the boards of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Imagine Canada, chaired the Board of Directors of Vantage Point and was a member of the Nominations Committee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, including serving as Chair. She is a frequent speaker at various events and conferences on board governance, leadership, community building, and civic engagement, and has lectured extensively on the critical role of the board chair in a not-for-profit context.
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.
Anna 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.
Anna 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, Anna 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.
David Christopher was born and educated in Vancouver. He graduated from UBC in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Finance and Urban Land. He spent several years working for CIBC Wood Gundy in Vancouver prior to relocating to Tokyo, Japan to run CIBC’s Fixed Income business in Asia.
David worked in Toronto for seven years. He served as a Director of CIBC Wood Gundy followed by Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Merrill Lynch Canada. After working for Merrill Lynch for thirteen years, he transitioned to a family business focusing on commercial real estate and investments in public and private securities.
David has twenty-five years experience in the investment industry and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and the ICD-Rotman Director’s Education Program. He was a member of the board of West Point Grey Academy School and is currently a member of the Client Committee of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation. David is also a member of the Vancouver Foundation Investment Committee.
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.
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.
Retired from VF's Board of Directors since 2011
Chief Justice Robert Bauman, Kevin Bent, Ursula Botz, John Dustan, Dr. Vera Frinton, Yuri Fulmer, Jake C. Kerr, John McLernon, Floyd Murphy, Ida Goodreau, Gord MacDougall, Brandt Louie and Malik Talib.
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.
Judy 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.
Judy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
Stephanie 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.
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.
Past members of the HGC (in alpha order) include:
Michael Audain, The Honourable Donald Brenner, Bruce Buchanan, Tung Chan, Lynda Farmer, Nick Geer, Leila Getz, Martin Gifford, Robert (Bob) Hager, Judith Hall, Cheeying Ho, Michael Harcourt, Nezhat Khosrowshahi, Shamin Lalani, Risa Levine, Bob Lee, Peter Legge, Gerald McGavin, Mark Neale, Geoff Plant, Patrice Pratt, Heather Raven, Dr. Don Rix, Thomas Rust, Joseph Segal, Richard Whittall, Sandra Wilking, Milton Wong, and Yosef Wosk.