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.
Retired Vice President & Investment Counselor
RBC Phillips Hager & North Investment Counseling
2019 Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
Julia Kim retired in 2017 from a highly successful career in investment counselling that spanned over 25 years. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of Vice President & Investment Counsellor at RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel.
Julia joined Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. in 1996 and became a partner in 1999. During the 21 years she worked with the firm, she provided investment counselling and individualized investment management services to countless private clients and not-for-profit clients. Prior to that, Julia worked as a private banker for RBC.
Julia graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and received her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997. She also recently completed a yearlong fellowship through Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, which helps leaders develop the skills to tackle new challenges in the social sector.
Julia was appointed to the Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee of the Board in September of 2018. She has also served as the chair of the board of governors of Simon Fraser University and on the boards of the Vancouver Opera, The Minerva Foundation, YWCA Vancouver and Family Services of Greater Vancouver.
Vancouver has been home for Julia and her husband Demas for the past 25 years, where they delight in spending time with their daughter and son, as well as extended family. They also love traveling the world and exploring places far and near.
“There is nothing more important than ensuring the safety and healthy development of our children. I believe passionately in the power of research to achieve this through innovation, leadership and collaboration. It is exciting to support this vision through the work being done at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.”
Board Committee Involvement:
Member of: Governance & Leadership and Finance & Investment
Partner, Deloitte LLP
Mike is an audit partner within 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. Before rejoining Deloitte in 2010, Mike was the Chief Financial Officer for GroupHEALTH Global Benefits Inc. and served as President and Chief Financial Officer for Maynards Industries Ltd.
Professionally and having two daughters, Mike is passionate about community and to ensuring children and their families continue to have access to quality health care. 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. Mike has also helped coach one of his daughter’s soccer team for the past three years.
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 daughters.
Mike was inspired to join the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation board as he wanted to give back in a meaningful way with an organization that is impactful to the community. As a director, Mike is able to do his part in supporting BC Children’s Hospital Foundation vision of ensuring that children and families within British Columbia continue to receive exception medical care and family support.
Board Committee Involvement:
Chair: Finance & Investment
Member of: Governance & Leadership
Regional President, British Columbia
RBC Royal Bank
As Regional President, British Columbia, RBC Royal Bank, Martin Thibodeau leads a team of over 4,000 employees in BC dedicated to providing financial advice and services to over 1.5 million personal, small business and commercial clients.
Martin joined RBC over 30 years ago and has held several senior management positions that led him to travel across the country, notably as Regional President, Quebec; Regional Vice-President, Eastern New Brunswick and P.E.I.; Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Quebec Headquarters; Regional Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Ontario; and Vice-President, Canadian Banking, Toronto.
An energetic, inspiring and authentic leader, Martin is very committed to his community and has dedicated his time and skills in service to numerous organizations. Martin is the United Way British Columbia’s Campaign Cabinet Chair and a Governor of the BC Business Council. He sits on the Board of Directors for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Science World, Ocean Wise, Peter Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, and Urban Development Institute, and is part of the CABGU Board for BC & Alberta. At RBC, Martin has an immense passion for serving as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Leadership Council.
During his career, Martin has received several distinctions and recognition from his peers, including being honoured by Ben Gurion University for his commitment to Sustainability and Climate Change. He received the Alter-Ego Award presented by the Association des femmes en finance du Québec, the Global Citizen’s Award presented by RBC, the Pytagore Award from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, the Performance Award from ESG-UQAM, and Personality of the Year, Financial Institutions from Finance & Investment.
In his spare time, Martin can be found golfing and skiing the local mountains with his wife, Caroline, with whom he has three children. A graduate of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Martin holds an MBA from the School of Management at the Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG-UQAM).
“The stories RBC employees and clients share with me about their children or families who have been helped by BC Children’s Hospital, inspired me to join the board of directors. I want to ensure BC Children’s Hospital has the resources and support to continue to be the best place for children and youth in need of world-class treatment and care.”
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
Domain Securities Corporation
Sophia Alibhai serves as Assistant to the Chief Compliance Officer for Domain Securities Corporation (DSC), an Exempt Market Dealer issuing mortgage securities. She helps to oversee DSC compliance with BC securities legislation and crafts compliance policies that are approved by the Board of Directors.
Sophia graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Geography and Learning Disabilities. She worked as an elementary school teacher for the Surrey School District and later taught at the British School in Tokyo, Japan.
For many years Sophia has served as a volunteer focusing on leadership at the schools of her children and Arts Umbrella, which included duties such as community programming, management of funds entrusted by parents and organizing fundraisers and galas. She has volunteered with the Ismaili community as a field teacher, where she educated other volunteer teachers on teaching practices and curriculum.
The Alibhai family has supported many community causes such as the Aga Khan Development Network, Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Coast Mental Health, I’m a HIPpy organization, Canuck Place, Pearson College, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Sophia lives in Vancouver with her husband Shamir and their three children. She enjoys theatre and loves to travel to explore new cultures.
She was inspired to join the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation board because her family had first-hand experience with a child who has used many of the resources that BC Children’s provides. She’s hoping that she can give back to a community that has given her family hope for the future.
“I’m passionate about child health care because children are the future leaders of tomorrow. They deserve world class care to combat childhood illness.”
Appointed: September 2022
Founder & President
As Founder and CEO of Thrive Digital, Jonathan leads a team of 125 employees who plan, build and execute online advertising campaigns that reach millions of people. Since it was founded in 2011, Thrive has managed $3.5 billion in marketing budgets—helping companies like Uber, lululemon, Square and Salesforce grow their business through paid customer acquisition campaigns, data science and more. Jonathan is also a General Partner at his investment firm, Occasional Ventures.
In addition to serving as a Marketing Advisory Board Member for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, he has contributed his expertise as an Advisory Board Member of Digital Communications at Simon Fraser University and the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and holds a Senior Management Certificate in Web Development and New Media from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys immersing himself in the arts, frequently visiting galleries, museums and shows. Jonathan also strives to make a meaningful difference in the community by being actively engaged in philanthropy. Family time is a cornerstone of his life, providing moments of joy and connection amidst his other focus areas.
“As a parent, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that BC Children’s Hospital can make on both kids’ health and the well-being of their families—it fosters miracles within our community every day. Serving at the Foundation is an opportunity to not only support a vital institution, but also, to promote better patient outcomes across the province.”
Chief Financial Officer
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
Kelly Blankstein joined A&W Food Services in November 2020, the second largest burger quick service restaurant in Canada. As the organization’s Chief Financial Officer, she provides executive leadership to the legal and finance functions, the technology and data and insights teams, as well as the corporate owned Ottawa based restaurants.
A Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience, Kelly has deep expertise in finance, risk management, corporate strategy, and digital and technology transformation. Prior to joining A&W, she was Controller for the Western Canada portfolio at Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. During her 10-year tenure, she oversaw all operational accounting and reporting, budgeting, cash management and capital spend in the portfolio. Kelly has also held senior financial roles at CHC Helicopter and KPMG Audit.
Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. She was appointed to the Foundation’s Finance and Investment committee in 2021, which oversees all finance-related matters, including monitoring of investments and endowment performance and management.
“As one of our society’s most vulnerable groups, children need strong advocates. The Foundation’s work in ensuring that children receive the best possible health care, irrespective of where they come from, deeply inspires me.”
Give Canada/Spectrum Marketing
As Principal and Founder of Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation, Dale Boniface has raised in excess of $750 million in new revenues for various public sector organizations.
Dale 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.
He is also passionate about giving back to the community, using his expertise as a senior 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 and he and his wife Pam have four adult daughters. In his free time, he enjoys travel, cycling, hiking, and is a passionate fly fisherman.
Dale is inspired by Eva Markvoort (1984 – 2010), a Cystic Fibrosis patient of at BC Children’s Hospital. Eva was an extraordinary person and he believes we can all do our part to make a difference and leave a legacy. In Eva’s words:
“A mark on the world, a difference, some proof that I had been here, something to say I mattered, that when my body left this world, my soul had made its imprint.”
Managing Broker, Regent Park (Keylink) Realty & Vice President
Managing Broker & Owner, Regent Park (Keylink) Realty
Vice President, Chinese Real Estate Professionals Association of British Columbia
Chris Chan has gained over three decades of experience in real estate after a career in the investment banking and IT industries, with a focus on residential and commercial sales, rental property management, business sales and real estate development. As the Managing Broker & Owner at Regent Park (Keylink) Realty, Chris leads a team renowned for its comprehensive real estate sales & marketing and management services. He also holds the position of Vice President of the Chinese Real Estate Professionals Association of British Columbia.
Chris’ unwavering commitment to his work has earned him numerous accolades—notably, the 2015 Realtors Care Award from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and the MLS Lifetime Medallion Membership Award. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Master of Business Administration and the Property Management and Real Estate Broker Certificates from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Beyond his professional and educational accomplishments, Chris is deeply dedicated to community service. Alongside his wife, Stella, and son, Arthur, he co-founded the Young Ambassador Program to support BC Children’s Hospital in 2010. The program has raised over $3 million in cumulative donations, while also empowering hundreds of youths with invaluable leadership, organizational and fundraising skills.
In addition to his philanthropic endeavours, Chris actively contributes to various boards, serving on the Board of Directors at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges at the University of British Columbia and D2D Destiny Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation and has volunteered as a Committee Member of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Chinese-Canadian Rise for Kids (previously called Miracle Weekend) since 2010.
“We are a former patient family and have received years of excellent health care from BC Children’s Hospital. Our family strongly believes it is a privilege to help others and that ‘to give’ is always better than ‘to take.’ By doing so, we can build a strong community today for a better tomorrow.”
Darrell Jones, President of Save-On-Foods and the Pattison Food Group, embarked on his 47 plus-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 Save-On-Foods.
For the past 21 years, Darrell has been a key member of the company’s 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. During his time at the helm of the company, Darrell has played a vital role in aligning his executive team on their shared goals, positioning the company as the leading grocery retailer in Western Canada on a path of rapid expansion. He is a recipient of the Golden Pencil Award – the highest distinction in the grocery industry – for his outstanding contributions to the grocery industry by the Food Industry Association of Canada in 2017.
Darrell channels his passion for the grocery industry into active participation on numerous industry boards and is a key advocate for the company and representative on both the national and international stages. In recognition of his commitment to community, Darrell was honored by Rotarians with a Paul Harris Fellow and in 2017 received an Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. More recently in 2021, Darrell was inducted into the Grocery Hall of Fame along with several others for his lifetime contributions to the grocery industry.
In 2021, Darrell was named president of the newly-formed The Pattison Food Group, a Jim Pattison business comprising food, drug, wholesale and specialty retail operations with more than 30,000 employees and more than 280 stores.
Darrell has culled a wealth of experience over more than 47 years with the company, and he enthusiastically leads an increasingly diverse team of more than 22,000 people known for innovation, customer service and industry leadership in more than 150 Western Canadian communities.
“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of kids because children are our future. At Save-On-Foods, we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve and that means partnering with amazing organizations like BC Children’s Hospital to give all children in B.C. and the Yukon opportunities to thrive, thanks to the best pediatric care available.”
Board Committee Involvement:
Chair: Governance & Leadership
Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, and Client Relationship Manager
Vanessa Flockton is a member of the Senior Leadership team at Nicola Wealth, a firm dedicated to serving the complex needs of high-net-worth families, entrepreneurs, and professionals. She oversees a team of over 140 financial advisors, associates and insurance specialists who manage over $13 billion in assets.
Vanessa also serves as an active financial advisor, providing strategic advice and customized financial plans to professionals, business owners and high-net-worth individuals.
She graduated with Great Distinction from the Bachelor of Commerce program at McGill University, alongside a minor in Chinese Languages and Literature, during which she spent time studying in China.
Vanessa has been part of the financial services industry since 1994, starting as a Commercial Account Manager at HSBC Canada. She moved on to roles in Human Resources and Operations and later became a Branch Manager and Financial Advisor. She is proud to be a senior sponsor and member of the Nicola Wealth Women’s LEAD Initiative, as well as a board member for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Vanessa is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and holds the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation. She is also a member in good standing of the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) and the Financial Advisors Association of Canada (Advocis).
Vanessa is a regular contributor to media publications including the Globe and Mail and Wealth Professional.
“I have personal experience with BC Children’s Hospital and understand firsthand how lucky we are to have a world-class hospital in this province. I was thrilled to be asked to join the board and have the opportunity to give back to an organization that does incredible work and was there for me and my family at a critical time in our lives.”
Kinross Gold Corporation and Bear Creek Mining Corporation
A highly respected leader in the mining industry, Catherine McLeod-Seltzer has over 25 years of experience in building successful mineral companies.
Catherine is currently the Chair of Kinross Gold Corporation, the third largest North American primary gold producer. In addition to this role, she is an active member of Kinross’ Corporate Responsibility and Technical Committee and its Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Catherine is also a Founder and Chair of Bear Creek Mining Corporation and a Co-Founder and Director at Lucara Diamond Corp.
Catherine was given the “Award for Performance” in 1997 by the Association of Women in Finance; was named “Mining Man of the Year” by The Northern Miner in 1999; was named one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by the Financial Post in 2011; and appeared on The Women in Mining UK’s list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” in both 2013 and 2016.
Catherine and her family are long-time supporters of BC Children’s Hospital. In 1992, her father, Don McLeod, served as the Chair of Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s fundraising campaign in support of the hospital. Inspired by his legacy, Catherine, her husband and two sons all fundraise on behalf of BC Children’s.
“My family, over three generations, has always been passionate about the incredible difference that BC Children’s Hospital makes in our community, and I look forward to continuing this legacy of ensuring that the children and families of our province receive world-class care.”
Appointed: June 18, 2020
Chief of Pediatric Medicine
BC Children’s Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre
Dr. Steven Miller is the Chief of Pediatrics and Hudson Family Hospital Chair in Pediatric Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre. He is Professor & Head of Pediatrics and the Annabel McCreary Chair in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is an adjunct scientist at SickKids Research Institute and scientific co-director of CHILD-BRIGHT, a pan-Canadian network focused on improving the life outcomes for children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families.
As the Chief of Pediatrics at BC Children’s, Dr. Miller is dedicated to developing programs that help clinicians, researchers and educators work even more closely together to advance health care for children.
Dr. Miller started his medical career by attending medical school at McGill University. He trained in pediatric neurology at Montreal Children’s Hospital, then moved to the University of California, San Francisco to train in neonatal neurology. From there he was recruited to BC Children’s Hospital in 2005 and worked as a clinician scientist with a focus on neonatal neurology.
Seven years later Dr. Miller moved to SickKids hospital in Toronto, and during his time there he came to realize the impact of bringing together people from different disciplines with a common purpose of supporting better outcomes for children and their families.
In 2022 Dr. Miller returned to BC Children’s Hospital. He’s motivated by the opportunity to advance the outstanding care BC Children’s provides, noting the critical connections between the hospital, a leading children’s health-focused research institute, a global research-intensive university and the provincial government are already in place.
When he’s not working, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time in the beautiful outdoors of BC with his wife, Dr. Mina Matsuda-Abedini, children Hana and Sam, and dog Coco.
“Kids are 20% of our population and 100% of our future. It’s going to take all of us working together to foster their health. “
CEO & Founder
Nature’s Path Foods
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.
“I’m honored to serve on the BC Children’s Hospital Board to help make a difference in the lives and wellbeing of children. As a mother and grandmother, I know that children – all children – are our future, our hope, and it’s our passionate duty to provide them the best health care on the planet.”
Fasken, BC Region
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.
“Our children are our future. They are both our greatest asset and our greatest responsibility. Helping ensure the best medical care possible is available for kids and their families is what inspires me to join the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation cause.”
Emeritus Past Chair
We are proud to honour exceptional past board members who have created a lasting legacy of transformative service and leadership at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Emeritus Past Chair is an honorific title in recognition of a person who has served as Chair and completed a full standard membership term as a Director with distinction and excellence as they provided extraordinary leadership to the Foundation.
As a philanthropic leader who is deeply committed to advancing child health, Lisa has been a long-standing, influential and passionate advocate for BC Children’s Hospital. She was a governor from 2007 to 2012 prior to joining the board of directors and has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the Foundation in her leadership role as Board Chair from 2018 to 2021. Lisa was also 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 continues to tirelessly devote herself to child health in a number of ways. Just one example of her dedication is her role as an honorary member of the selection committee for the Hudson Scholars in Pediatric Medicine—a mentored career development program created by the inaugural Hudson Family Hospital Chair in Pediatric Medicine, of which she is the benefactor.
Lisa also plays a dual role at Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of their Governance Committee.
Lisa’s community service has included serving as the 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 also 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. She and her husband, Mike, are the proud parents of four daughters.
“Ensuring children have the very best access to healthcare is essential to their future. It is our responsibility to invest, advocate and make sure children’s voices are heard”.
Board of Directors
Years of Service
2012 – 2022
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