JOAN YOUNG: CHAIR

Joan is a partner and senior litigator in the Advocacy and Litigation Group at McMillan LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. She is the BC Co-Chair, Litigation as well as BC Co-Chair, Administrative & Public Law for McMillan. Known as a highly skilled advocate with over 25 years of trial and appeal experience, Joan’s practice emphasizes complex civil and commercial litigation, class actions, and administrative/regulatory hearings representing a wide range of clients and industries. Joan is a former Legal Advisor to the Office of the Premier, and Special Assistant to the Attorney General. She has significant public-sector experience serving on both the policy and legal sides of the Ministry of Attorney General for eight years. Joan previously served as a director of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Victoria Airport Authority and the Vancouver Island MS Society. Joan holds a B.A. (Political Science and English) from the University of British Columbia and a LL.B. from the University of Victoria.

 
 

 
 

NIGEL BULLERS: VICE CHAIR

Nigel joined EasyPark in 2013 as CEO and brings more than two decades of operational, marketing and loss prevention experience in customer service driven companies.  Prior to joining EasyPark, Nigel spent 3 years as VP, Operations with Securiguard Services Ltd., Western Canada's leading provider of corporate security through a focus on customer service, customized service for our clients and the community.  Also, Nigel spent more than four years in a senior position with Indigo Books and Music, and over 20 years with Viacom in big box retail entertainment where he oversaw the company’s expansion into IMAX facilities, introduction of QSRs and pioneered the multi-plex movie entertainment experience we enjoy today.  In addition, lead a JV partner program with Alliance Atlantis Communications with a focus on a membership program, evolved the Alliance Atlantis Cinemas arthouse brand across 3 provinces for entertainment complexes. Nigel has been a Board member of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) since September of 2015, a member of the DVBIA’s member of the Access and Mobility Committee since 2014 and is currently on the Board of the Canadian Parking Association (CPA) as the west coast representative. When not working, Nigel is also a photographer who has exhibited work in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and is the recipient of a Spider Award in 2014 and a Tzipac Zebra Award in 2012 for his work in black and white photography.

 
 

EDDY ADRA: TREASURER

Eddy is an Assurance and Accounting senior manager with BDO Canada LLP, the fifth largest accounting firm in the world. He brings with him over ten years of experience in public practice specializing in public sector organizations, not-for-profit organizations and private companies. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) who leads BDO Vancouver’s Information Technology Services Group. Eddy also served on several of other boards including the Canadian Mental Health Association and We Matter.

 
 

CHRISTINA CLARK, BSC, MHA

Christina is a quality improvement and change management consultant with the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation and principal of Ideate Group.  Specializing in health and social systems, Christina has extensive experience providing facilitation, training, coaching, and consultation support to help diverse clients plan, initiate, manage, and sustain system transformation initiatives. Christina also shares her time working as a visual artist focusing on Canadian landscapes. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.


PAMELA GOOSSEN

Pamela is the founder and CEO of Zoom Consulting, a Vancouver-based marketing and communications firm that serves both local and global clients across a variety of sectors. Specialties include branding, web content strategy and lead generation. Pam started her career with BC Tel (now Telus) where she was director of advertising and direct marketing during the critical early days of long distance competition. She went on to lead marketing teams in Bell Canada International start-up companies in India, Mexico, and Brazil, responsible for everything from marketing plan creation to product management to subscriber revenue. Pam holds a BA in English from UBC and is an accredited public relations professional.


CHIEF JANICE GEORGE/CHEPXIMIYA SIYAM

Chief Janice George/ Chepximiya Siyam is a master weaver and teaching artist from the Squamish Nation. She co-founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving. Chief Janice George graduated from Capilano University, North Vancouver BC, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, USA.  She is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. George also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers. She is the co-author of Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth.


MELISSA HOLLAND

Melissa believes in volunteerism and sharing skills with the local community.  Melissa has previously served on the boards of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the College of Physical Therapists of BC, and currently serves on the MPA Society Board.  Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the energy and utilities sector and is the Vice President, Project Delivery with BC Hydro.  She holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts.


DR. BRUCE GRANVILLE MILLER

Bruce is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He received a BA from Brown University and a PhD from Arizona State University. He's the author of eight books on Indigenous law and society and served as editor of Culture, the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society. His long-term fieldwork is with the Coast Salish peoples of British Columbia and Washington State. He has written about the use of oral histories of Indigenous peoples in the courts of Canada, the US, and Brazil and has served as an expert witness in Canadian and US Indigenous litigation. Bruce is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Canadian Anthropology Society and was a Jacob Javits Fellow. He and his wife live in Kitsilano and two adult sons are also Vancouver residents.


LINDA MORRIS

Linda retired from Vancity in late December 2016. Linda was Senior Vice President of Business Development, Member and Community Engagement at Vancity. Under her leadership, Linda and her team designed and executed Vancity’s “Make Good Money” branding strategy and developed the industry’s first purpose-built alternative to payday loans: Fair & Fast Loans.

Linda has served as the CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (BC/Yukon), Deputy Minister in the Public AffairsBureau for the Government of British Columbia, Vice President, Communications & Community Engagement for Vancouver Coastal Health, and Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Port Authority. Linda holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, an MA in Canadian History from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Honours) in Canadian History from McGill University.

Linda held senior positions with two national museums in Ottawa:  The National Science Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation.  She has served as a board member and later Board Chair of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Currently, Linda Morris sits on the Board of Reconciliation Canada, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to engage Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.


LEONA SPARROW

Leona is the director of Treaty, Lands and Resources for the Musqueam Indian Band. Ms. Sparrow has served on the UBC President’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs for the past several years and from 1993 to 2003 was an appointed member of the UBC Senate. She has also served on advisory boards for the Peter A. Allard School of Law and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). 


KAREN THOMAS

Karen is from Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, with family ties to the Semiamoo and Squamish Nations. She graduated with a BA Honours Archaeology, Minor Anthropology from Simon Fraser University in June 2017. She's currently enrolled in an MA Anthropology program at the University of British Columbia. Her research seeks to examine trade relationships and the continuity of ritual in the archaeological record of the Salish Sea region using geochemical analysis and collaborative ethnography to explore the ritual properties of ochre. She sees archaeology as a direct, tangible means of exploring the intangible lifeways of the Ancestors and takes great pride in doing archaeology on their behalf throughout these territories.


MARK VIRGIN

Mark is active in numerous community and professional organizations. He serves as President of Anxiety BC; he is a director on the board of the Courthouse Libraries Society of BC. 

Some notable achievements in his community service includes his instrumental role in raising the public/private monies of nearly $10,000,000 to build the Dr. Peter Centre (world renowned healthcare facility) which provides palliative care to 24 and provides day programming to over 150 individuals with HIV/AIDS. While Chair, Mark stewarded the foundation through the ground-breaking introduction of supervised injection services by staff at the Centre which ultimately helped reshape the law in this area of healthcare in Canada. 

During Mark’s leadership of AnxietyBC, fundraising has escalated by $500,000 per annum and the organization is rapidly expanding its reach.


VIRGINIA WEILER

Virginia is a business consultant experienced in micro- and conservation-based finance. She lived in Africa for several years structuring innovative financing programs to scale up the fight against HIV/AIDS. She now helps small businesses and non-profits build their financial, strategic and governance capacity. Virginia serves on the board of Vancity Credit Union (as board chair 2011-14) and other local boards. In 2014, Virginia received the Association of Women in Finance Community Legacy PEAK award. She is certified corporate director (ICD.D) with an MBA from University of Victoria and BA from Boston College. She loves skiing and biking with her family.


KORY WILSON

Kory is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation (Quadra Island) and is Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach. Both nations are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, also known as the Kwak’wala speaking people. Kory is the Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT, and the Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and a Global Access to Post-Secondary Education Ambassador.  With a Law degree from UBC and over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession, Kory’s passion lies “in ensuring success for Aboriginal Learners and other multi-barriered learners”.  She has a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community.