Tamara is President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR). Previously she was President & CEO of Vancity and was BC’s Deputy Minister of Finance from 2004 to mid-2007. In addition, she was 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. In 2020, she was appointed Chancellor, Simon Fraser University.
Eric is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant and an ICD.D of the Institute of Corporate Directors. As a former Senior Audit Partner at KPMG LLP, Eric provided financial expertise to many clients and represented 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. Eric is the chair, Audit & Finance Committee.
As Executive Vice-President of Finance and Operations of Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF), Annette oversees the organization's finance, investment and administrative activities, and is responsible for all regulatory compliance. She has been instrumental in HCF’s role as a social finance market builder, aligning more of its assets with its mission and multiplying its impact locally, nationally and internationally.
Annette holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. Over the course of her 35-year career as a chartered professional accountant, she has worked in public accounting and in the private sector, and has led her own consulting practice. She has served as a director of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) and the Vancity Community Investment Bank, She is a director of the Atkinson Foundation Board and a member of the National Impact Investment Practitioners Table.
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.
Lisa is a multiple sclerosis warrior who is passionate about finding opportunities and breaking down barriers to ensure everyone can participate in work and play. She was formerly the SVP of Enterprise Services at Vancity. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Powersmart and Customer Care for BC Hydro. Lisa has also served as the Chair of the Board of the YWCA-Metro Vancouver and Chair of the Finance Committees of the Canadian Sport Institute -Pacific and the Vancouver Community College Boards. Lisa is a CPA.
Rod Graham is a Senior Corporate Executive with extensive experience in sectors including financial/investment, modular construction, manufacturing, automotive and resource services. As Chief Executive Officer and President of First Industries Corporation and First Truck Centre, Rod has full responsibility for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations of both companies.
As the former CEO of Horizon North, Rod is proud that the company became part of the solution to improve the level of accessibility and inclusiveness in the construction sector.
As a committed community member, Rod has been on a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards, including the Business Council of Canada, the Dean’s Advisory Council at Thompson Rivers University, the Young Presidents Organization and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. Rod was also previously on the Board of Directors for First Industries Corporation.
Rod holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program.
Rob has worked on both the client and agency sides of the marketing & advertising business. He was with Unilever for 14 years before moving to Molson Coors in 2000 as VP Marketing and subsequently VP Global Advertising Director. Rob joined TAXI Canada in 2004, and has been CEO since 2008. Under Rob’s leadership, TAXI has grown exponentially and internationally, while being named 2010 Agency Of The Decade in Canada.
Rob’s passionate interest in design has led him to become a partner in Castor, a multi-disciplinary industrial design firm based in Toronto, and Beau Lake, a waterside luxury company featuring high-end peddle boats and paddle boards.
Rob is a past Board member and Vice-Chair of the Covenant House Board of Directors and recently, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) Curatorial Committee for Modern and Contemporary. He serves on the Advisory Board of Alibi Media as well as Ethnicity Matters.
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 semi-retired from her position as sole charge physiotherapist at Richmond Lions Manor (Vancouver Coastal Health), a residential care facility where she worked with an aging population and on a specialized Alzheimers unit. She is also happily spending her time with family, especially their precious grandsons.
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.
Kimberly is the chair of the RHF Governance-HR Committee.
Ryan Peterson is VP, Accelerate Solutions at Unity Technologies Inc.. In this role he leads Unity’s professional services practice in games and verticals, helping transform industry through the adoption of real time 3D (RT3D) in their digital transformation.
Ryan was formerly CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Advanced Technology Group™, prior to its acquisition by Unity in May of 2020. Under Ryan’s leadership as CEO, Finger Food saw tremendous growth, transforming from a small basement start-up to a multi-million-dollar company with 200+ employees that focused on AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Robotics, games and IoT. The company created impactful and elegant cloud, web, mobile, machine and advanced-interface solutions built on top of emerging technologies.
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 Sekhon is the President & CEO of CRS Group of Companies, which has a diverse portfolio of real estate holdings in Western Canada. Suki attended the University of British Columbia before obtaining a Marketing Real Estate Diploma from BCIT. He is currently a member of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Board member of the Rick Hansen Foundation and Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC).
Over the years, the Sekhon family has been supporting several community organizations, including BC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House BC, Coast Mental Health, Special Olympics, Athletics for Kids and many other BC charities.
Stanis Smith is a well-known thought leader on issues relating to building design, the built environment, and corporate governance. He has lent his vision and expertise to building projects around the world in the educational, entertainment and transportation sectors, and as an architect is committed to designing accessible spaces that can be enjoyed, appreciated, and utilized by everyone. He is a passionate advocate for sustainability and accessibility, and has spoken on those and other topics at many international conferences.
Stanis’s career highlights include being the CEO of Architectura, one of Canada’s leading architectural firms, and being an Executive Vice President at Stantec, a 22,000-person global architectural and engineering design firm.
Stanis is past chair of the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Committee (RHFAC) that is tasked with advising Foundation staff on the design, scope, development and distribution of the RHFAC program. In addition, Mr. Smith is a Board Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.
Greg is the President and CEO of PIC Investment Group Inc., a Family Office based in Saskatchewan, where he is responsible for investment management, operational management, growth and profitability of the PIC Group and its Operating Companies and equity investments. In addition to his work on the RHF Board, Greg serves on several charitable organization boards including the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club, Lead Governor of the CFL, the Edwards School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, Gordie Howe Sport Complex and many others.
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