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Board of Directors

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

Board Chair

Tim Manning.jpgTim 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, 2020 
Committee membership: ex-officio Audit, Finance, Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access 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, 2019 
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources and Quality & Access committees

Lorianna Bennett

Lorianna Bennett is a co-owner and principal of Paul & Company Lawyers in Kamloops. She obtained a Bachelor of Science (Animal Biology) degree from Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and her law degree from the University of Alberta. She practices primarily in the areas of family law and personal injury. Alongside her work, Lorianna is actively involved both within and outside of the legal profession. Within the profession, she is past president of the Kamloops Bar Association, past chair of the member services committee for the Canadian Bar Association, BC branch (CBABC) and a past elected member to the CBABC provincial council for the Thompson-Okanagan/Yale district. Active in her community, Lorianna sat as director and vice president of administration for the Kamloops & District Crime Stoppers Society, and as director on the TRU Foundation Board. Currently, she sits as director for Venture Kamloops. She is a professional member of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, and is an advocate for anaphylaxis education. Lorianna also chairs appeals for the Health Professions Review Board of British Columbia. She was a recipient of the 2005 Canadian Bar Association Community Award, and the 2010 recipient of the TRU Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service.

Term of appointment: July 7, 2016 - March 31, 2019 
Committee membership: chair of the Research committee, member of the Quality & Access committee

Donisa Bernardo

Donisa Bernardo recently retired as the financial secretary for the Hospital Employees Union and served on its provincial executive for 20 years. Bernardo sits on a number of committees, including the Municipal Employees’ Pension Committee, which appointed her to the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees in 2014 as primary trustee. Bernardo started her health-care career as a pharmacy technician in 1984.

Term of appointment: January 2, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Sandra Harris

Sandra Harris is a program developer and advisor for social development at the Gitksan Government Commission. Harris is strongly committed to community development and lifelong learning. Born and raised in the Bulkley Valley (Smithers), she belongs to the Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Laksilyu, Little Frog Clan and carries the hereditary name, Wii Esdes. Harris has lived in the Skeena Watershed, in Gitxsan territory for almost 20 years. Harris is also an Indigenous Focusing Complex Trauma practitioner working with health, social and justice frontline workers. This work helps her to share teachings about intergenerational trauma and grief and loss, supporting first responders, suicide prevention and debriefing supports, connecting to Indigenous strengths and resilience.

Term of appointment: January 2, 2019 - December 31, 2020

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 125 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: January 2, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Sukhjit (Suki) Kaur Hayre (Gill)

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, 2020
Committee membership: member of the Audit, Finance, and Research committees

Robert Kiesman

Robert Kiesman is a business owner and corporate lawyer who specialized in mergers and acquisitions for eight years with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Vancouver. Mr. Kiesman spent 10 years working as a deep-sea commercial fisherman off the northwest coast of BC. He is an active part of his community, having served as a member of the Vancouver Airport Authority's environmental advisory committee and currently serving as board chairman of the Steveston Harbour Authority which manages Canada's largest commercial fishing harbour. Mr. Kiesman holds his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Trinity Western University and Fishing Master (Class III) Certificate from the Canadian Coast Guard.

Term of appointment: February 11, 2015 - December 31, 2020
Committee membership: Board secretary, chair of the Audit committee and member of the Finance committee

Chief Clarence Joseph Louie

Clarence Louie is Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band and CEO of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation. He was first elected band chief in 1985 after completing Native American Studies programs at the Universities of Regina and Lethbridge. Since then, he has been dedicated to creating self-reliance for the band through strong, diversified economic development while preserving traditions and building on lessons of the past. He is actively involved in many boards such as the Aboriginal Business Canada Board. Chief Louie was awarded the Aboriginal Business Leader of the Year - All Nations Development Corporation in 1999 and the CANDO Award for Economic Developer of the Year Award in 2000. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2020
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources and Quality & Access committees

Gary Pooni

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 22, 2017 - December 31, 2019
Committee membership: member of the Finance and Audit committees
 

Allan Ritchie

Allan Ritchie is currently vice-president of Western Canada operations for Spectra Energy Transmission. He previously served as vice-president of field services, vice-president of pipeline & field services, and vice-president of field operations at Duke Energy, as well as vice-president of operations at Westcoast Energy Inc., pipeline & field services divisions (Calgary) and vice-president of process operations (BC). Mr. Ritchie holds a BSc from the University of Lethbridge. He currently resides in Fort St. John.
 
Term of appointment: July 26, 2005 - March 31, 2019
Committee membership: vice chair of the Board, chair of the Quality & Access committee, member of the Governance & Human Resources committee
 

Sharon Stromdahl

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: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2020 
Committee membership: member of the Audit, Finance and Research committees
 

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: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019
Committee membership: chair of the Finance committee, member of the Audit committee
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