Board of Directors

Lisa Hudson, Chair

As a philanthropic leader who is deeply committed to advancing child health, Lisa is an influential and passionate advocate for BC Children’s Hospital. She was a governor from 2007 - 2012 prior to joining the board of directors and has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the Foundation.

Lisa is an honorary member of the selection committee for the Hudson Scholars in Pediatric Medicine - a mentored career development program created by the inaugural Hudson Chair in Pediatric Medicine, for which she is the benefactor. Lisa was a member of the Foundation’s Campaign Leadership Cabinet, which spearheaded and led a $200 million campaign to build the Teck Acute Care Centre and establish Child Health BC.

Lisa was national committee regional co-chair for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH’s) 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health initiative. She has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society, Camp Goodtimes, Science World and various organizations in which her children are involved.

Lisa has a BA in anthropology and international development from McGill University. She grew up in Toronto and has lived in Vancouver for over 20 years. When Lisa first moved to Vancouver she worked for large conferences and later founded an environmental management company. Lisa and her husband, Mike, are the proud parents of four daughters.

Appointed: 2012
Board Committee Involvement:
Chair: Governance & Leadership, Child Health Partnerships

David Podmore, O.B.C., Vice-Chair

David Podmore is widely recognized as one of Vancouver's most influential contributors to the real estate industry. Mr. Podmore has been in the business for more than 43 years. He brought years of planning and development experience to the table when he co-founded Concert Properties Ltd. with Jack Poole in 1989. Today, he is Concert's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Podmore currently serves as the Chair of FortisBC Inc. and as Director of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services. He has served as Chair of several community, industry and corporations, and is immediate past Chair of BC Children's Hospital Foundation where he also served as Chair from 2003-2006.

He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of British Columbia, recognizing his long-term service to the community.

Appointed: 2010
Board Committee Involvement:
Member of: Governance & Leadership

    Mike Brankston, Secretary-Treasurer

    Mike Brankston

    Mike is an audit partner and the regional leader for Deloitte’s BC Audit Private practice. Having considerable expertise in a variety of industries including real estate, consumer business, tourism, Mike’s practice also includes working with a number of not-for-profit clients located in the Greater Vancouver area. Professionally and as the father of two young girls, Mike is passionate about community and to ensuring children and their families continue to have access to quality healthcare. Prior to joining the Board, Mike served on the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation finance committee and volunteered at RBC Race for the Kids, the Foundation’s signature run, and the largest family fun run in Vancouver. Before joining Deloitte in 2010, Mike was the Chief Financial Officer for GroupHEALTH Global Benefits Inc. and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Maynards Industries Ltd. Having grown up on Vancouver Island, Mike has lived in Vancouver since 1991, where he and his wife Jill Donaldson enjoy golfing, skiing and taking family vacations with their children. 


    Appointed: 2017
    Board Committee Involvement
    Chair: Finance & Investment
    Member of: Governance & Leadership

    Robin Dhir

    Robin Dhir is a seasoned sales, marketing, and communications executive who has a passion for challenge and community service. He is president of Twin Brook Developments Ltd. which focuses on the development, construction, and management of real estate primarily in the residential market.  Simultaneously, Robin is a strategic advisor with Fasken Martineau. He was a governor from 2012 – 2015 prior to joining the Foundation’s board of directors.

    Robin has been honoured to represent and be a spokesperson for many organizations and causes within the political and philanthropic sectors. He has been able to do this within the mainstream media and additionally within the South Asian Media where he has used his fluency in Punjabi to further the causes of many groups. 

    Robin plays an active role in the community and has also volunteered his time with many organizations within the South Asian Community. Robin’s efforts have been concentrated on fundraising for two very important children’s charities. He is the founding chair of ‘A Night of Miracles’ gala benefitting BC Children’s Hospital. Since 2009, this gala raised $4.2M and has become the go-to, black tie event within the South Asian Community. Robin has been co-chair of the fundraising committee for Junior Achievement of BC, as well as, founding cabinet member for the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Cabinet.  He is a director of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

    Robin was named as BC’s 100 Most Influential Indo–Canadians by the Vancouver Sun. He was selected amongst an accomplished group of young professionals by Business in Vancouver as one of BC’s Top 40 Under Forty. 

    Robin earned his BBA from Simon Fraser University. He enjoys spending time with his three children, wife, and extended family.

    Appointed: 2015
    Board Committee Involvement:
    Member of: Strategic Fundraising

    Darrell Jones

    Darrell Jones, President, Save-On-Foods and the Overwaitea Food Group, embarked on his 40-year career in the food business in Cranbrook, British Columbia as a retail grocery clerk. From there, Darrell joined teams in 23 different stores and communities as he moved progressively through a series of senior operating roles with the Overwaitea Food Group. For the past 14 years, Darrell has been a key member of the Overwaitea Food Group Senior Management Team, contributing to the strategic development of the company with his frankness, charisma and business savvy. In 2012, Darrell was promoted to company President. In just four years at the helm of the company, Darrell has played a key role in aligning his executive team on their shared goals, positioning the company as the leading grocery retailer in Western Canada.

    Darrell channels his passion for the grocery industry into active participation on numerous boards, including that of national procurement organization United Grocers, Inc; not-for-profit supply chain organization GS1 Canada; and food retail trade association the Food Marketing Institute. In his capacity as a member of these organizations, Darrell is a key advocate for the company and representative on both the national and international stages.

    Darrell has culled a wealth of experience over his 40 years with OFG, and he draws on his experience to enthusiastically lead an increasingly diverse team of more than 16,000 people to innovation and industry leadership.

    Appointed: 2016
    Board Committee Involvement:
    Member of: Marketing

    Mike Lam

    Mike Lam has been a partner and co-founder of LLN Partners, CPA (previously known as Lam Lo Nishio, Chartered Accountants) in Vancouver since 1991. He was born in Hong Kong and lived in Malaysia before coming to Canada in 1972.  He is a graduate of the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and Western University (MBA).

    Mr. Lam has been active in community service for more than 20 years with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, Sun Yat Sen Garden, SUCCESS and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

    For the past 14 years Mike dedicated most of his volunteer time to BC Children's Hospital Foundation and chaired several campaigns/committees.

    Appointed: 2013
    Board Committee Involvement:
    Member of: Finance & Investment

    Raymond Li

    Raymond W.C. Li is a Senior Private Banker, International Private Banking in the Vancouver office of RBC Wealth Management. He is responsible for providing comprehensive financial planning and banking services for high-net-worth clients. He draws on RBC's global network of specialists as well as his own expertise in banking, lending and trust structures to meet the complex needs of clients primarily from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    Mr. Li began his financial services career in 1986 as the internal auditor of a large Canadian retailer. He joined RBC in Vancouver in 1991, serving as an Account Manager until 1995, when he was appointed Market Development Manager, Asian Banking. In 1997, he became a Branch Manager, and met or exceeded growth targets through 2005, when he moved into International Banking, concentrating on the non-resident Asian market. He was appointed to his current position in 2010.

    Mr. Li holds a Bachelor of Sciences and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto, and is also a designated Personal Financial Planner. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, he is active in the Chinese community organizations in Vancouver, particularly BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

    Appointed: 2014
    Board Committee Involvement:
    Chair: Strategic Fundraising

    Donald R. Lindsay, O.B.C.

    Donald Lindsay is president, CEO and a director of Teck Resources Limited. Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Lindsay was president of CIBC World Markets and led the bank's Investment and Corporate Banking, and Asia Pacific divisions. He is a graduate of Queens University with a bachelor of science (Hons.) in Mining Engineering and Harvard Business School with a MBA.

    From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Lindsay chaired BC Children's Hospital Foundation's $200-million capital campaign, the Campaign for BC Children, supporting the construction of the Teck Acute Care Centre and the delivery of care to children across the province through Child Health BC.

    In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal and was honoured with the Diamond Jubilee medal again in 2013. He received the Kathleen Beaumont-Hill Award, presented to distinguished alumni, from Queen's University in 2012. A year after, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In 2014, he received a British Columbia Community Achievement Award, the CIM Award and he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia.

    Appointed: 2014
    Board Committee Involvement:
    Member of: Governance & Leadership 

    Dr. Erik Skarsgard

    Dr. Erik Skarsgard is the chief of surgery at BC Children's Hospital and professor of surgery at the University of British Columbia. He is a graduate of the UBC medical school and received training in pediatric surgery at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, followed by specialized training in fetal surgery at the University of California San Francisco. After seven years on the surgical faculty at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California, Dr. Skarsgard joined BC Children's Hospital in 2001. In May 2012, he was appointed Chief of Surgery.

    Dr. Skarsgard is co-chair of the Centre for Surgical Research at UBC, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He serves on the boards of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons and the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He has also served as the hospital representative on the BC Children's Hospital Miracle Weekend executive.

    Appointed: 2012

    William Westeringh, Q.C.

    Will has worked with leading international law firm Fasken Martineau his entire career, serving as the Managing Partner, BC Region, for the past 12 years. He acts as counsel in a variety of industries, and has appeared in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of BC as well as in The Supreme Court of Canada. Having advised a variety of community and professional services groups over the course of his career, including the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s A Night of Miracles, Will is currently active on the boards of Southpointe Academy, Law Courts Inn Society, Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame and Western Canada General Counsel Awards. Will received his BA and LLB from the University of British Columbia and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012. An avid traveller and sports enthusiast, Will also enjoys family time with his wife, Karen, and their three children on their 10 acre poultry farm.

    Appointed: 2017

    Jane Young

    As Vice President of Corporate Relations at Peterson, a leading real estate firm, Jane Young has mastered the art of blending her diverse skills and experiences to provide value in both private and non-profit ventures.

    A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jane has since moved away from the pharmacy sector. Jane joined Peterson in 2003 when the company was comprised of only 30 employees. Today, as she assists in overseeing a team of over 200 across Canada, Jane views her achievements with grace and humility. Throughout these years, she has developed impressive strategies to support Peterson's ever-expanding organization.

    While she excels in the corporate sector, Jane, also manages to balance a busy family life with a demanding schedule as a community activist. As a mother of triplets, she calls herself a "frequent flyer" of the hospital as all three of her children have been treated at BC Children's Hospital. Jane and her family have a strong tradition of philanthropy.

    Appointed: 2016
    Co-Chair: 2017 For Children We Care gala

Dale Boniface

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Ratana Stephens

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Martin Thibodeau

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