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Board of Directors

Our board of directors is a group of experienced and innovative leaders in management and administration, health care, education and research.

Tim Manning

Board Chair

Tim Manning.jpgTim Manning, ICD.D, is a retired executive of RBC Royal Bank with over 41 years experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Manning was born in Montreal, Quebec and graduated from Stanstead College and Bishop's University. He has been involved in a number of community organizations/boards and is currently a member of the CREC Commercial Fund LP, past chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Athletic Foundation. For his active role in the community, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal and the H.E. Miskiman National Leadership Award - Junior Achievement of Canada in 2013. Mr. Manning has also been very active in hockey having served as the national chair of Hockey Canada's Initiation program, a director and past chair of the Hockey Canada Foundation, a director of the Greater Toronto Hockey League and is a member of the Mississauga Hockey Hall of Fame.
Term of appointment: October 11, 2010 - December 31, 2019 
Committee membership: ex-officio Audit, Finance, Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access committees

Lorianna Bennett

Lorianna Bennett is a co-owner and principal of Paul & Company Lawyers in Kamloops. She obtained a Bachelor of Science (Animal Biology) degree from Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and her law degree from the University of Alberta. She practices primarily in the areas of family law and personal injury. Alongside her work, Lorianna is actively involved both within and outside of the legal profession. Within the profession, she is past president of the Kamloops Bar Association, past chair of the member services committee for the Canadian Bar Association, BC branch (CBABC) and a past elected member to the CBABC provincial council for the Thompson-Okanagan/Yale district. Active in her community, Lorianna sat as director and vice president of administration for the Kamloops & District Crime Stoppers Society, and as director on the TRU Foundation Board. Currently, she sits as director for Venture Kamloops. She is a professional member of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, and is an advocate for anaphylaxis education. Lorianna also chairs appeals for the Health Professions Review Board of British Columbia. She was a recipient of the 2005 Canadian Bar Association Community Award, and the 2010 recipient of the TRU Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service.

Term of appointment: July 7, 2016 - December 31, 2017 
Committee membership: member of the Audit and Finance committees

Dr. Donald Brooks

Dr. Donald Brooks is the director of SPARC (Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity) at the University of BC (UBC), 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 10 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 BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (formerly 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 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access and Research committees

Ida Chong 

Ida Chong is a former provincial Minister, having served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation; Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development; Minister of Science & Universities' Minister of Regional, Economic & Skills Development; Healthy Living & Sport; Small Business, Technology & Economic Development; Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative; Minister of Community Services; Minister of Advanced Education; and Minister of State for Women's & Seniors' Services. In addition to her role as Minister, she also served on the Cabinet Committee for Climate Action and BC's Treasury Board. A native of greater Victoria, Ms. Chong first entered provincial politics in 1996. Active in her community, she has volunteered her time with a number of not-for-profit groups and served as municipal councillor for the District of Saanich, from 1993-1996. Before entering politics, she was senior partner in an accounting practice based in Saanich, catering to small- and medium-sized enterprises. While no longer in active practice, she proudly retains her credentials as a Certified General Accountant, having won a number of awards for her work in this field, including being named in 2006 a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, a national designation for exemplary service.

Term of appointment: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Committee membership: member of the Audit and Finance committees

Sukhjit (Suki) Kaur Hayre (Gill)

Suki Gill is a Partner at Smythe LLP and has held progressively senior roles since joining the company in 2001. She specializes in assurance services to publicly traded companies in the resource industry, as well as private companies across a number of industries in both Canada and the US. Having grown up on a raspberry farm in Abbotsford, Ms. Gill also focuses her private practice on the farming and agriculture industry, chairing the Firm’s Farming & Agriculture Industry Group. In her community, she is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade. Ms. Gill holds a Charted Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and has a Bachelor of Technology in Accounting from BCIT.

Term of appointment: March 31, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resource, and Quality & Access committees

Robert Kiesman

Robert Kiesman is a business owner and corporate lawyer who specialized in mergers and acquisitions for eight years with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Vancouver. Mr. Kiesman spent 10 years working as a deep-sea commercial fisherman off the northwest coast of BC. He is an active part of his community, having served as a member of the Vancouver Airport Authority's environmental advisory committee and currently serving as board chairman of the Steveston Harbour Authority which manages Canada's largest commercial fishing harbour. Mr. Kiesman holds his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Trinity Western University and Fishing Master (Class III) Certificate from the Canadian Coast Guard.

Term of appointment: February 11, 2015 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: Board secretary, chair of the Audit committee and member of the Finance committee

Chief Clarence Joseph Louie

Clarence Louie is Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band and CEO of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation. He was first elected band chief in 1985 after completing Native American Studies programs at the Universities of Regina and Lethbridge. Since then, he has been dedicated to creating self-reliance for the band through strong, diversified economic development while preserving traditions and building on lessons of the past. He is actively involved in many boards such as the Aboriginal Business Canada Board. Chief Louie was awarded the Aboriginal Business Leader of the Year - All Nations Development Corporation in 1999 and the CANDO Award for Economic Developer of the Year Award in 2000. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access and Research committees

George Peary

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-plus decades across western Canada and the Yukon Territory. Mr. Peary 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 & Cancer Centre. Mr. Peary is now working as a sessional instructor in the department of business administration at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). He recently completed a full semester assignment for UFV teaching at their campus in Chandigarh, India.
Term of appointment: December 12, 2012 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: chair of the Research committee, member of the Audit and Finance committees

J. Pauline Rafferty

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. She was appointed as a member of the Order of British Columbia in 2016.
Term of appointment: December 31, 2012 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: chair of the Governance & Human Resources committee and a member of both the Research and Quality & Access committees.

Allan Ritchie

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 - December 31, 2017
Committee membership: vice chair of the Board, chair of the Quality & Access committee, member of the Governance & Human Resources committee

Sharon Stromdahl

Sharon Stromdahl retired from Northern Savings Credit Union in Prince Rupert where her roles included senior VP & chief operating officer and interim President. In her community, Ms. Stromdahl served as an advisory member of the Credit Union Solutions Centre, director of the Career Resource Centre and advisory claim member for CUMIS Insurance. She holds a managing sales culture certification from BDS Certification Vancouver, a certificate in business owner development from Newport Marketing School, and has studied sales coaching and financial analysis at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and business administration at Northwest Community College.
Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018 
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access and Research committees

David J. Turchen

David J. Turchen is a partner and licensed chartered professional accountant (CPA) with the Abbotsford office of MNP LLP, one of Canada's leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firms. Growing up in a family with a physician, he began his accounting career in the health care sector in the United States. He has a wealth of experience in auditing, consulting and providing tax support to hospitals, nursing homes and medical clinics. Mr. Turchen serves as chair of the Abbotsford Hospice Society. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Youngstown State University in Ohio.
Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019
Committee membership: chair of the Finance committee, member of the Audit and Research committees
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