is a BC business leader with an extensive record of public service.
Mr. Powell began his career over 40 years ago as part-owner of a chain of camera stores and a photographic lab. He has since developed a national reputation for excellence in retailing and has risen to be President and Chief Executive Officer of London Drugs, London Air Services, TLD Computers, and Sonora Resort. He also serves as a Director of London Drugs, IGA Canada, and BC Bearing Group, and was formerly a Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council.
For his active role in the community, Mr. Powell received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, as well as medals from the Order of St. John and the Order of the Hospital of St. John.
Mr. Powell holds a Fellowship from the Certified General Accountants Association and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). His long affiliation with BCIT began with his graduation from the Business Administration program; he later served as Chair of the BCIT Board for eight years, Chair of the BCIT Foundation, and is now a lifetime Governor of the BCIT Foundation. In 2003, Mr. Powell received a distinguished alumni award for lifetime achievement.Term of appointment: December 12, 2001 - extended to December 31, 2014
Committee Membership: Ex-Officio of the Research Committee, Audit
Jim Armitage held positions as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Catalyst Paper Corporation, Chief Operating Officer of Southam Metro Newspapers, and President of The London Free Press. He also worked as a management consultant in the areas of strategic planning and marketing. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the PHSA Board, Mr. Armitage is a Director of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, a past Chairman of the North American Newsprint Producers Association, and a past Director of The Canadian Press, the Canadian Daily Newspapers Association, and Victoria Hospital Corporation in London, Ontario. Mr. Armitage has a BA (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He lives in Vancouver.
Term of appointment: March 21, 2008 - extended to March 31, 2014
Committee Membership: Chair of the Finance Committee, member of the Research and Audit committees.
Dr. Donald Brooks
is the Director of SPARC (Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity) at the University of BC, where he plays a leading role in building UBC's research capacity and competitiveness, and in promoting collaboration within the scientific community, both nationally and internationally. This appointment follows ten years as Associate Vice-President, Research at UBC. An alumnus who joined UBC in 1974, Dr. Brooks is a professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Chemistry, a founding member of the UBC Centre for Blood Research, and has published over 200 research studies. He is also a past Board Chair of the Child & Family Research Institute and a past chair of numerous advisory and review committees at TRIUMF and the Canadian Space Agency.
Term of appointment: March 14, 2012 - to December 31, 2015
Committee Membership: Member of the Research, Governance & Human Resources, and Quality & Access committeesBetsy Gibbons
has over 20 years of executive search and human capital experience. She is a Senior Client Partner in Korn/Ferry International’s Vancouver office, where she specializes in senior-level executive recruitment in the industrial, financial services, government, development, and association sectors. Ms. Gibbons is active in civic organizations: she is a Director and past Chair of BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, a member of the Judicial Council of BC, and serves on the External Advisory Board for the Faculty of Business at SFU. She holds a BA (Economics) and an MBA from SFU.
Term of appointment
: February 6, 2007 - February 6, 2015
Committee Membership: Member of the Governance & Human Resources and Quality & Access committees.
Tim Manning is Regional Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services (BC) for RBC Royal Bank. Since joining the institution in 1975, Mr. Manning has held a number of leadership positions covering a broad range of disciplines and customer markets, including Multinational Banking, Special Loans, Commercial Markets, Small & Medium Enterprises, Retail Banking, and Internal Audit Services. Tim has lived in different cities across the country and has been actively involved in many local community organizations and events. These include: United Way, Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for the Kids, Variety’s Boat for Hope, the Justice Institute of BC Foundation, Junior Achievement BC, Vancouver Economic Development Commission, Fraser River Discovery Centre, and the Greater Toronto Hockey League. Mr. Manning graduated from Stanstead College and Bishop’s University in Quebec.
Term of appointment: October 11, 2010 - December 31, 2015
Committee Membership: Chair of the Audit Committee, member of the Finance Committee
Lorraine McGrath, MBA, ICD.D is a certified corporate director and business advisor with an extensive career in financial services and healthcare. Highlights from Lorraine’s accomplished career include senior positions with the Bank of Montreal, where she specialized in commercial, wealth, and retail banking; executive positions with Prospera Credit Union, where she led its launch into the BC Interior; and President of Paragon Pharmacies Ltd., where she successfully led a major merger and operational turnaround. Lorraine has an exemplary record of community involvement that has included sitting on the Board of the Interior Health Authority, acting as past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and serving as a Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Commission, Okanagan Partnership, Okanagan College Foundation, UBC Okanagan Advisory Board, and Wear-Air Oxygen. She also co-founded and is currently the Director of the Okanagan Innovation Fund.
Term of appointment: October 11, 2010 -
December 31, 2013Committee Membership: Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee, member Research and Quality & Access committees.
George Peary holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Simon Fraser University, as well as undergraduate degrees in Arts, Education, and Science. His career in Secondary School Administration spanned three+ decades across western Canada and the Yukon Territory.
George has had a long and varied record of community service. He has served the Fraser Valley as a member of Abbotsford City Council, including a term as Mayor. He was a Board Member of Habitat for Humanity and chaired the successful Campaign for Health Care Excellence that raised $7.5 Million for the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.
George is now working as a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of the Fraser Valley. He recently completed a full semester assignment for UFV teaching at their campus in Chandigarh, India.
Term of appointment: December 12, 2012 - December 12, 2014
Committee Membership: Member of the Research, Audit, and Finance committees.
J. Pauline Rafferty is a trained archaeologist and the former chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM) in Victoria. Under her leadership, RBCM was transformed as a Crown corporation, and she was also deeply involved in enacting a new Museum Act that helped the museum achieve greater financial self-sufficiency while ensuring the history of the museum is maintained and understood by future generations. Prior to RBCM, Ms. Rafferty’s position was assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Women’s Equality. She currently sits on the advisory board of the National Capital Commission, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Government House Foundation Board and is a former board member of multiple provincial and national organizations. Ms. Rafferty has been honoured for her work at the RBCM with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and awards from Royal Roads University, the Canadian Museum Association, and Tourism BC.
Term of appointment: December 31, 2012 - December 31, 2014
Committee Membership: Member of the Research, Audit and Finance committees.
Allan Ritchie is currently Vice-President of Western Canada Operations for Spectra Energy Transmission. He previously served as Vice-President of Field Services, Vice-President of Pipeline & Field Services, and Vice-President of Field Operations at Duke Energy, as well as Vice-President of Operations at Westcoast Energy Inc., Pipeline & Field Services Divisions (Calgary) and Vice-President of Process Operations (BC). Mr. Ritchie holds a BSc from the University of Lethbridge. He currently resides in Fort St. John.
Term of appointment: July 26, 2005 - July 31, 2013
Committee Membership: Chair of the Quality & Access Committee, member of the Governance & Human Resources Committee.
is a founding partner of Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP, a Prince George law firm. A Queen's Counsel since 1987, Mr. Sadler practices in several areas of corporate and commercial law, including forestry. He has been elected as a Director of the Canadian Bar Association and was a founding Director of the Continuing Legal Education Society. Additionally, Mr. Sadler was appointed as Chair of the Interim Governing Council of the University of Northern BC (UNBC) and occupied that position during the institution’s construction and start up. He was later named a "Friend of UNBC" and granted an honorary doctorate of laws. Mr. Sadler was also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Prince George and received a Community Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association.