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Meet the Board

Our Board of Directors are community and corporate leaders who are passionate advocates for child health. Their time, influence and expertise compels us to innovate and ensure your donations have the greatest impact.

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

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

Dale Boniface is recognized in Canada for his success in achieving multi-million dollar corporate partnerships, strategic alliances, and transformational leadership gifts that empower the work of diverse organizations, including not-for-profit educational and health organizations.

As Principal and Founder of Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation, Dale has raised in excess of $750 million in new revenues for various organizations.

He is also passionate about giving back to the community, using his expertise as a volunteer to help prominent organizations like Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with leadership gift generation.

A graduate of the University of Victoria, Dale began his career at Xerox, advancing from there to Director, Corporate Sponsorships for Canada’s 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, during which time he was part of a global corporate team that raised in excess of $178 million. From there, he went on to Coca-Cola, managing all aspects of the company’s involvement in the 1988 Olympics.

Dale lives in Vancouver, BC, and he and his wife Pam have four adult daughters. In his free time, he enjoys fly-fishing, cycling, hiking, and travel.

Appointed: 2018

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 $4.2 million 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 one of 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, 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 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).

Mike 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 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.

Raymond 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.

Raymond 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

Don Lindsay is president, CEO and a director of Teck Resources Limited. Prior to joining Teck, Don 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, Don 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 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

Ratana Stephens is known as the “heart and soul” of Nature’s Path Foods, a company she founded with her husband more than 30 years ago. As Co-CEO and Co-Founder, she is proud to have seen Nature’s Path grow to become North America’s largest independent certified organic breakfast and snack food company, while it remains firmly rooted in its mission of leaving the earth better than it was found. 

Ratana is committed to opportunities that meet the needs of people and the planet, and hopes to inspire future leaders to be socially conscious and powered by values. Dedicated to serving as a role model for entrepreneurial women, Ratana has been named one of Canada’s top ten female entrepreneurs and one of B.C.’s most influential women, earning numerous awards from prominent business and Indo-Canadian publications.   

Her passion for the community has led her to serve on multiple boards, including the board of directors for the United Way BC Lower Mainland and the Royal BC Museum; the Advisory Council for the UBC Gender and Diversity in Leadership Initiative, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Advisory Council for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual A Night of Miracles South Asian gala. 

Ratana and her husband Arran are parents of three daughters and a son, who are passionately involved in various aspects of Nature’s Path, and are proud grandparents to seven grandchildren.

Appointed: 2018

As Regional President, British Columbia, RBC Royal Bank, Martin Thibodeau leads a team of 4,000 employees in BC dedicated to providing financial advice and services to more than 1.5 million personal, small business and commercial clients. During his 30 years with RBC, he has held a number of senior management positions that has taken him all across Canada, including Quebec, New Brunswick and P.E.I., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

An energetic, inspiring and authentic leader, Martin’s commitment to his community fuels his dedication to supporting a number of organizations. Martin is a Governor of the BC Business Council and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Society. He heads the Centraide/United Way campaign for financial institutions, and is outgoing Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation.

Martin has received several distinctions and recognition from his peers, including the Alter-Ego Award presented by the Association des femmes en finance du Québec. 

A graduate of Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Martin holds an MBA from the School of Management Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). During his free time, he enjoys golfing and skiing with his wife, Caroline, with whom he has three children.

Appointed: 2018

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

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 & 2018 For Children We Care Gala

 

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