Doramy Ehling, Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Doramy Ehling leads the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) in its’ vision to create an inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential.
Prior to her appointment as CEO in December, 2018, Doramy held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for 11 years and supported the development of several innovations including the Rick Hansen Institute and the RHF Accessibility Certification™ program.
Previous to joining the Rick Hansen Foundation, Doramy held several positions within the Government of Canada at Canadian Heritage, which included portfolios within Sport Canada, and the 2010 Federal Secretariat for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
An active volunteer in the sport community over the past 30 years, Doramy has served on the Boards of Volleyball BC, Sport BC and the Sport Medicine Council of Canada. Currently Doramy is Chair of the Volleyball BC Board of Directors and the Host Committee of the National Women’s Volleyball Training Centre.
France Gagnon, Chief Financial Officer
France Gagnon is the Chief Financial Officer and the VP of Operations. France holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from SFU and she is also a CPA, CMA. She has over 15 years of experience working in the not for profit sector.
Before joining the Foundation, France held senior financial positions at various not for profit organizations such as Raincity Housing and Support Society, Burnaby Family Life, Variety the Children’s Charity and New Vista Housing Society. France was born Quebec and is fluent in French. France is driven by her passion for making a difference and developing best practice as well as transparency in the not for profit sector.
Brad McCannell, Vice President, Access and Inclusion
Brad McCannell is the Vice President of Access and Inclusion at the Rick Hansen Foundation, where he is responsible for the content and integrity of the Foundation’s Accessibility Certification™ program (RHFAC) and supporting training. Brad also helps the Foundation support disability causes nationally.
As a leader in the field of accessibility for the past 27 years, Brad has extensive experience in the practical application of universal design across the whole built environment, providing accessibility consultations globally. Projects include the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the International Paralympic Committee’s technical working group on accessibility (Bonn, Germany), Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport, Naussau International Airport, along with many Vancouver area landmarks including Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, Richmond Olympic Oval, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Island University, the Vancouver Convention Centre(s), BC Ferries, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others.
Brad is also a member of the Accessibility Standards Canada Board, which is tasked with the development of accessibility standards for the federal government of Canada, in collaboration with industry and the disability community. He also provides recommendations for accessibility standards via the International Standards Organization - Technical Management Board’s Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility, in addition to addressing and monitoring key issues in the industry.
Brad uses a wheelchair and service dog on a daily basis.
Amanda Basi, Acting Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Amanda Basi is Acting Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). Amanda helps realize the RHF’s mission by providing strategic oversight to RHF’s program initiatives: Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC), Rick Hansen Foundation School Program (RHFSP) and Awareness Initiatives.
Before assuming the role of Acting Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Amanda was Director – Accessibility Certification, providing strategic and operational direction to RHFAC to launch and develop the program since 2017.
Amanda brings a global outlook, having worked and studied across 5 continents. Before RHF, she worked in London and Singapore, managing cross-functional teams and developing external networks to deliver high-level global summits for the oil & gas sector and infrastructure industries with a geographic focus on Asia, Europe and Africa.
Amanda has a law degree from UBC and a business degree from SFU.
Mike Reid, Vice President, Resource Development
Mike is a seasoned senior fundraising executive with over 22 years of diversified experience in the not-for-profit sector, and expertise in significant private sector revenue generation.
Currently, Mike is the Vice President of Resource Development at the Rick Hansen Foundation. As a key member of the Foundation’s Senior Executive Team, Mike is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s Resource Development department. Mike’s portfolio also includes all individual and corporate major gifts, through both sponsorships and donations, along with overseeing all government relations, community giving and special events in support of the Rick Hansen Foundation and its respective programs and initiatives.
Mike received his Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia with a concentration in Physical Education. Prior to joining the Rick Hansen Foundation, Mike was the President and CEO of his own private security firm which employed over 300 staff and specialized in event security, personal protection and private investigation.
Mike lives in Richmond, BC and has two beautiful sons.
Sarah McCarthy, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives (Maternity Leave)
Sarah McCarthy is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Rick Hansen Foundation, where she is responsible for leading the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program. She brings national and international experience to this role, previously working for an association management consulting firm where she served as Executive Director of several non-profit professional healthcare organizations. Sarah has an MSc in pharmacology and therapeutics and an MBA in strategic management from the University of British Columbia.
Laura McBride, Director, Marketing
Laura leads the Foundation’s marketing and communications team in the development, execution and evaluation of integrated marketing and communications activities that increase awareness of accessibility, engagement in our programs and initiatives, and demonstrate the impact of the Foundation’s work. As a Past President of the BC American Marketing Association with over 20 years of experience building brands and a passion for accessibility and inclusion, Laura’s goal is to inspire all Canadians in the movement towards a world for everyone, everywhere.
When she’s not driving her son to sporting activities or managing his teams, Laura can be found on the yoga mat or studying for her CFRE.
Jill Wurflinger, Director, School Program
Jill Wurflinger is a professional community and volunteer leader with regional, national and international experience. She is highly motivated by mission and community impact – evident in her track record at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Organizing Committee and national charities, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Canada and St. John Ambulance. Jill specializes in increasing organizational capacity through engaging highly skilled volunteers in ways that test the boundaries of typical volunteer roles.
In her volunteer time, Jill is an international high performance Para Rowing coach for FISA/World Rowing who leads training camps and competitions to develop Para rowers from countries all around the world. She has ongoing coaching relationships supporting both coaches and athletes in 8 countries on 4 continents.
When not working or coaching, Jill and her family of 4 enjoy every kind of skiing, travel and being on the water. You can often find Jill turning the pedals on her road bike as an excuse for looking for great coffee and Belgian waffles!
Janet Wortsman , Director, Accessibility Certification
An established leader in organizational effectiveness, project planning and program design, including execution and evaluation, Janet Wortsman is located in Toronto. She recently joined the RHFAC Team as Director, Accessibility Certification and is responsible for advancing the RHFAC program by providing day to day management for a team of technical experts, providing oversight to internal and stakeholder committees, responsible for content development, training design and development, business development, outreach and public engagement.
Before joining Rick Hansen Foundation, Janet's experience covered a diverse cross section of industries, ranging from private, public, government and not for profit sectors. She has worked at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Stewardship Transformation, Financial Services, and Retail. She has been a small business owner for both private consulting and a start-up e-learning company serving the Caribbean Financial Services Community. Throughout her career she has successfully provided guidance and project implementation execution support for company start-ups, mergers and divestitures.
Janet has an EMBA from Athabasca University and a BA from University of Toronto with a focus on Sociology.
Orsa Papaioannou, Director, Office of Rick Hansen
Orsa works closely with Rick Hansen to develop his leadership initiatives as Founder of the Foundation. She leads the Office of Rick Hansen team in supporting the Founder in engaging his time where it has maximum impact as an advocate for change. Orsa brings over 15 years of international and national program management experience in the non-profit sector. She is particularly adept at simplifying complex organizational challenges and providing innovative and sustainable solutions. In her spare time, Orsa can be found in the spin studio or island hopping in her home country of Greece.