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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Perry Goldsmith secrétaire

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.

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Deborah Apps

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.

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Ida Chong

Ida is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) 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.

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Sally Douglas

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.

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Amanda Hansen

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.

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Brian Hesje

The past CEO and retired Chairman of Fountain Tire, Brian earned a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alberta, his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, and is a Fellow to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Brian is the board chair of ATB Financial, and is a board member of Alberta Innovates and four private companies. He was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.

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Kimberly Kuntz

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.

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Tod Leiweke

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.

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Colleen Nelson

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.

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Suki Sekhon

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.

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Louise Turner

Louise is the COO of Pacific Health Innovation eXchange (PHIX). She began her career as a civil servant in the British government negotiating international trade deals. In Canada, Louise applied her deal-making skills to international mergers, acquisitions and corporate venture capital investments for Newbridge Networks Corporation and other high-tech businesses. Louise has a BA (Hons) from Liverpool University, an MBA from Cranfield University, and is a Certified Executive Coach. 

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Greg Yuel

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.

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification Advisory Committee

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Nancy Bestic

Program Manager, CSA Group
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Dave Button

Vice President, Administration, University of Regina
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Charles Champagne

Vice President, Operations, Retail, Ivanhoé Cambridge
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Darryl Condon

Architect, HCMA Architecture and Design
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Mona Lamontagne

Architect, National Capital Commission
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Lachlan MacQuarrie

Vice President, Real Estate Management, Oxford Properties Group
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Ana Madariaga

Manager Workplace Standards, Corporate Real Estate, RBC
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Muneesh Sharma

Director of Government Affairs, Building Owners & Managers Association of BC
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Stanis Smith

Executive Vice President, Stantec
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Kim Somerville

Manager, Community Social Development, City of Richmond
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Mathur Variem

Director Occupational and Life Safety, Cadillac Fairview
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Ron Wickman

Architect, Ron Wickman Architect

Rick Hansen Foundation School Program Advisory Committee

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Michael Chechile

General Director, Lester B Person School Board
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Lisa Damoff-Murphy

Teacher, Duffin’s Bay Public School
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Pat Duncan

New Westminster School District 40
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Anna Grumbly

Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, Student Achievement and Supports
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Steve Gardner

Principal of Leadership Development, York Region District School Board
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Julian Hanlon

Executive Director, Canadian Catholic Trustee Association
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Gregg Ingersoll

Superintendent, Anglophone East School District
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Kendra Lindala

Safe Schools Consultant, Halifax Regional School Board
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Kim Marshall

Principal, St. Jerome Elementary School
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Shauna Press

Special Education teacher, Grapeview Public School
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Thelma Sambrook

Principal Malvern Junior Public School
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Susan Schmidt

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Pembina Trails School Division
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Souhail Soujah

Principal, Porter Creek Secondary School
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Shauna Stanyer

Teacher, Holy Cross Secondary School
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Gary Strother

Superintendent of Education, Calgary Catholic School Board
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Linda Ward

Principal, Bloorview School Authority
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Anna-Marie Bitonti

Director of Education, Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board

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