Meet the members of RHF’s Board of Directors, Accessibility Certification Advisory Committee, and School Program Advisory Committee below.
Rick Hansen Foundation Board of Directors
Tamara Vrooman, Chair
Tamara is President & CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union. Before joining Vancity, Tamara served as BC’s Deputy Minister of Finance from 2004 to mid-2007, and as Secretary to the Treasury Board, as well as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health. Tamara lends her voice and leadership experience to issues related to women, families and children with a particular focus on issues related to equality, inclusion and empowerment. Tamara was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2019.
Lyall Knott, QC, Past Co-Chair
Lyall Knott is a native Vancouverite and was educated at the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a B.Com (’71), and LL.B (’72). He graduated with a Master of Laws from University of London in ’73. In 1985 he was appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel. He has served on a number of corporate and charitable boards including EXPO 86 Corporation, Vancouver Port Corporation, Canada Place Corporation, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Child Foundation and UBC Foundation. He currently serves as the British Columbia Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, is the Honourary Consul for the Republic of Tunisia in British Columbia and Yukon, and is a Fellow of Royal Roads University.
George Gaffney, Past Co-Chair
George retired from the Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario, in December 2000 where he was responsible for the overall management of the Bank’s consumer and business operations in the province. In addition to sitting on the RHF board, George is Governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade.
Eric G. Watt, FCPA, FCA, Treasurer
Eric is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Fellow Chartered Accountant and an ICD.D of the Institute of Corporate Directors. As a Senior Audit Partner at KPMG LLP, Eric provides financial expertise to many clients and represents the firm in the community, including at various industry associations. In addition to his significant professional accomplishments, Eric is greatly committed to effecting change through volunteer work in the community.
Perry Goldsmith, Secretary
Perry is the Founder and Owner of Contemporary Communications Ltd., a public relations agency, and is also the founder and past owner of the National Speakers Bureau. An active member of his profession and community, Perry has served on the boards of the National YMCA, Vancouver YMCA, Vancouver Art Gallery, and American Marketing Association (BC division). He was also the past president of the Public Relations Global Network and a founding Director of the Chinese Entrepreneurs Society of Canada.
President & CEO Trans Canada Trail (TCT), Deborah has more than 30 years’ experience in government, health care, education, and the arts. Prior to joining the TCT, she was Senior Vice President, Communications and Community Relations for the Calgary Health Region, and President & CEO of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2012 Deborah was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her commitment and dedication to the TCT legacy project and other charity work.
Ida is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Fellow Certified General Accountant, and was a founding partner of Kesteloo and Chong, CGAs. She first entered politics as a municipal councillor for the District of Saanich in 1993. During that time she was also appointed a regional district director for the Capital Regional District. Most recently, Ida served as an MLA for the Province of BC representing the Oak Bay-Gordon Head constituency from 1996 to 2013, and serving on Cabinet for 10 years.
Sally is the Founder and Managing Director of Kaldor Brand Strategy and Design. She has guided the firm’s strategic and creative development since establishing it in 1996. Prior to starting Kaldor, Sally built a reputation for creating effective brand marketing materials for advertising and marketing campaigns, web design and corporate communications in a variety of design firms in Canada and her native England.
Amanda Hansen shares Rick’s determination to turn dreams into reality. With a passion for children’s issues, she served as director of the Rick Hansen School Program from 2002-06; was honorary spokesperson and board member for Kids Help Phone (BC); and co-host of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Amanda is currently working as the sole charge physiotherapist at Richmond Lions Manor, a residential care facility where she works with an aging population and on a specialized Alzheimers unit.
Kimberly is a Partner at Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP, where she represents executors, trustees and beneficiaries in a variety of estate and trust-related disputes. She also acts as counsel on cases involving product liability, negligence, and complex jurisdictional and cross-border disputes, and provides advice on litigious matters relating to the administration and regulation of charities, not-for-profit organizations and other tax-exempt organizations. Kimberly is a graduate of Queen’s University and was called to the bar in 2000.
Tod is the CEO and Team President of NHL Seattle, a pending NHL franchise. Prior to joining NHL Seattle, Tod was the COO of the National Football League (NFL) from 2015-2018. Tod’s previous experience in the NHL includes his time as CEO of Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment which includes the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning, and the CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment overseeing all aspects of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, National Basketball Association's Portland Trailblazers, the Rose Garden, Qwest Field and Washington Event Center.
Professor Nelson is the founding Executive Director of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Queensland, and Chair of Prostate Cancer Research at Queensland University of Technology. She was also a founding scientist of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, and chair of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative. Colleen serves on the Scientific and Medical Advisory of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Canada and as International Strategic Adviser for Prostate Cancer Canada. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Smart Futures Premier’s Fellowship.
Suki is the President & CEO of CRS Group of Companies. He has over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry during which he has worked with organizations including the BC Government, Sun-Life Financial, RBC Bank, CIBC, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Volkswagen, BMW and others. The Sekhon family has supported numerous charities over the past 20 years including the BC Children’s Hospital, Variety Club, Special Olympics BC, BC Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House BC, Whitecaps Foundation, and more.
Greg is the President and CEO of PIC Investment Group Inc., a privately held venture capital investment company, where he is responsible for investment management, operational management, growth and profitability of the PIC Group and its subsidiaries. In addition to his work on the RHF Board, Greg serves on several charitable organization boards including the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Edwards School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and many others.