Our board of directors is a group of experienced and innovative leaders in management and administration, health care, education and research.
Tim Manning, OBC, ICD.D
Tim Manning is a retired Executive of RBC Royal Bank with more than 40 years of 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, a Governor of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Athletic Foundation and a member of the BC Chapter Executive for the Institute of Corporate Directors. For his active role in the community, he was awarded the Order of BC in 2017, the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal and the H.E. Miskiman National Leadership Award - Junior Achievement of Canada in 2013, and is a member of the Mississauga Hockey Hall of Fame.
Term of appointment: October 11, 2010 - December 31, 2023
Committee membership: ex-officio Audit, Cultural Safety & Humility, Finance and Operations, People & Governance, Quality & Safety, and Research & Academic Development committees
Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Lyle Bassett
Ken Bassett is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and is co-managing director of the UBC Therapeutics Initiative, with a specific focus on assessing the clinical efficacy of prescription drug therapy. He also directs an international research program in ophthalmic epidemiology in the Department of Ophthalmology. He continues to practice medicine with a Doctor of Medicine degree from UBC and a PhD from McGill University.
Term of appointment: January 15, 2018 - December 31, 2023
Committee membership: member of the People & Governance, Quality & Safety, and Research & Academic Development committees; Chair of the Research and Academic Development Committee.
Donisa Bernardo recently retired as financial secretary for the Hospital Employees’ Union, having held the position for 12 years and served on its Provincial Executive since 1998. Bernardo sits on the Municipal Pension Plan as a trustee since 2001. In 2014, she was appointed by the Municipal Employees Pension Committee as primary trustee, representing all unions on the MPP Board. She currently serves as chair of the Benefits Committee, and as a member of the Appeals Committee and Governance Committee. Bernardo started her health-care career as a pharmacy technician in 1984. She has been active in various groups, always promoting social justice and feminist issues.
Term of appointment: December 24, 2018 - December 31, 2022
Committee membership: member of the Audit and People & Governance committees
Gary Caroline is a lawyer with over thirty years of expertise in labour, employment, pensions, administrative, human rights and international public law. For the past several years, he has had a deep interest in methods and processes for fighting corruption both here and abroad. Gary's innovative thinking and pragmatism are grounded in his many years of obtaining creative solutions in the labour relations context. He is often called upon to offer strategic advice and to lead negotiations for major collective agreements including in the health care sector. He has been successful in transferring that experience to cases where his clients have been wrongly detained by foreign governments. He is proud of the work he did around the release of Mohamed Fahmy from Egypt, Abderrahmane Ghanem from Algeria and many others. Gary is also the president of the international consultancy firm The Ofelas Group Inc. Providing free legal advice and representation to community groups and individuals has been a hallmark of his dedication to the human and civil rights of others. Currently he represents several Iranian journalists and human rights defenders seeking asylum in Canada. Gary is also a board member of the Mayne Island Recycling Society.
Bill Chan currently sits on the Board of Directors of Vancity Credit Union, Canada's largest community-based credit union with over 560,000 members and $33 billion in assets. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Governance and Risk Committees. Bill has over 25 years of executive management experience with Encorp/Return-It depots, responsible for recycling in Metro Vancouver and throughout communities in BC. He directed, managed, and led a dynamic team to deliver a convenient, effective recycling network of Return-It depots for beverage containers, consumer packaging and end-of-life electronic products. Bill's career path has focused on environmental (recycling and waste management, impact investing), social (diversity and inclusion, product stewardship) and governance (stakeholder engagement, cybersecurity, and data protection). His formal education includes a Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CGA) and a MBA from Asia Pacific University. He has also completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors (2020).
Julia Dillabough is currently a Manager of Community & Service Excellence for TELUS, and the Owner & Operator of J3 Adventures. She volunteers for the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce as a Director. She was involved in launching the Quesnel Pride Society and has played hockey at the elite level, where she was captain of the team at the University of Regina during her final year, and also played in Europe. Julia has a passion for healthy living, supporting mental health initiatives, and encouraging people to live their best lives.
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, 2022
Committee membership: chair of the Audit committee; member of the Finance and Operations and Research & Academic Development committees
Joanna (Jo) Gislason is a lawyer with expertise in human rights, labour and employment and administrative law. Jo was managing partner of a boutique law firm in Vancouver for ten years before founding her leadership consultancy in Victoria. She has a BA with an emphasis in organizational psychology and cultural studies, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Law in administrative and constitutional law from Osgoode Law School, where she also completed the certificate program in Tribunal and Board Adjudication. She also holds certificates in mediation (Harvard University and US Department of Justice), leadership coaching (New Ventures West) and restorative justice (Simon Fraser University).
Wii Esdes, Sandra A. Martin Harris
Sandra Martin Harris is from the Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Laksilyu, Little Frog Clan and is a member of the Witset First Nation.
Since 2007 Sandra has worked as a community developer and social development advisor at the Gitksan Government Commission. Sandra loves community development work, community and watershed planning. Sandra is also an Indigenous Focusing Complex Trauma (IFOT) practitioner working with health, social and justice front-line workers. This work helps her share teachings about intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, supports for first responders, suicide prevention and debriefing supports to front-line staff using a body-centred and land-based approach.
Term of appointment: December 31, 2018 - December 31, 2022
Committee membership: chair of the Cultural Safety & Humility committee, member of the People & Governance and Quality & Safety committees
Dr. Kerry Jang
Dr. Kerry Jang is a professor of psychiatry at UBC, where he teaches in the medical school and conducts research on the causes of mental illness and urban health. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer review papers, several chapters and three books. In 2008, he was elected to Vancouver City Council and served for a decade before retiring from political life. During his time on council he initiated programs to assist the homeless and mentally ill, including establishing lower-barrier shelters, the Healthy City Strategy, modular housing and local responses to the opioid and overdose crisis.
Term of appointment: December 31, 2018 - December 31, 2022
Committee membership: chair of the Quality & Safety, and Research & Academic Development committees, member of the Cultural Safety & Humility committee.
Gloria Morgan is a former Federal Adjudicator with the Indian Residential School Independent Process. She has worked in many areas including as a RCMP Officer, Lawyer, and was Chief for two terms of Splatsin Indian First Nation. She has served and continues to serve on several local and provincial boards and committees. She is a Member of the Board of Governors and Chair of Okanagan College. She was a Board Member of Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Teaching Center and volunteers on many occasions for the Splatsin First Nation. She is currently a member of the North Okanagan Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee. Ms. Morgan received her Law Degree from the University of British Columbia.
Gary Pooni is the president of Brook Pooni Associates and has held planning roles with the Vancouver Port Authority, Brown and Associates Planning Group and the City of Calgary. He chairs the Urban Development Institute liaison and membership committees in New Westminster. Pooni served on the boards of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, the Indo Canadian Friendship Society and the Urban Development Institute. Pooni holds a master's degree in planning from the University of Calgary.
Term of appointment: September 26, 2017 - December 31, 2023
Committee membership: secretary of the Board; member of the Audit, Cultural Safety & Humility, and Finance and Operations committees
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: December 31, 2015 - December 31, 2022
Committee membership: Chair of the Research & Academic Development committee; member of the Cultural Safety & Humility, and Quality & Safety committees; Chair of the People and Governance Committee
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: December 31, 2015 - December 31, 2022
Committee membership: chair of the Finance and Operations committee, member of the Audit committee.