Get to know our leaders
President & CEO
Since March 2021, Malcolm Berry has led the team at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as president & CEO—bringing with him a proven track record of philanthropy and leadership accomplishments in pediatric health care.
Malcolm previously served as chief development officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. During the four years he spent there, Malcolm was instrumental in driving the hospital foundation’s strategy focused on rebuilding and growth, overseeing its first fundraising campaign in over a decade, and increasing the organization’s revenue by more than 45 per cent.
Prior to this, Malcolm spent over 10 years at SickKids Foundation in Toronto in many roles—most recently, as vice president of major gifts, where he oversaw major gifts, gift and estate planning, stewardship and donor relations.
An active community volunteer, Malcolm has also served in leadership roles with The Woodmark Group, a North American organization of premier children’s hospitals, and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
Malcolm has a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University. In his personal time, Malcolm’s passions include coaching and watching hockey, wine (especially Australian varieties), theatre, music and his family.
“I am deeply committed to helping every child, family and pediatric health care provider achieve their loftiest goals and highest hopes. Why? Because in doing so, we will be helping our broader society achieve theirs.”
Raquel de Munain
Associate Vice President,
People & Culture
As associate vice president of people and culture, Raquel de Munain is responsible for a broad range of activities, including recruitment, recognition, employee relations, onboarding and orientation, compensation and training and development. She also spearheads many innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing the culture at the Foundation—which has been named one of BC’s Top Employers for over 12 years in a row.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Raquel was a people solutions consultant with Central 1 Credit Union, the trade association for credit unions in BC and Ontario. Before that, she was a human resources manager with OpenRoad Auto Group and with Mount Seymour Resorts.
Raquel has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She is also a member of the Charted Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Management Association and holds a CPHR designation.
“A strong culture is integral to advancing our quest to transform the lives of kids and families through exceptional care—and I’m honoured to lead this work.”
Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer
Maria is responsible for overseeing Corporate & Community Philanthropy and Events at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Her portfolio focuses on relationships with BC and national corporations and organizations, on building partnerships with key communities that reflect the rich diversity of the province, and on engaging support through our signature galas and events.
Maria has grown with the Foundation for more than 20 years and has experience in virtually every area of the organization. Her collaborative leadership and people management experience—working to recruit, build, coach and mentor staff and volunteer leadership—has contributed to the success of numerous fundraising campaigns.
“It is amazing to see the overwhelming support from our philanthropic partners who embrace our vision and mission for the children and families of this province.”
Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer
Lillian oversees Individual Giving Philanthropy, Donor Relations and Research & Prospect Management at the Foundation. Her team is responsible for ensuring our individual donors and family foundations are engaged and informed as full partners in our quest to innovate and greatly advance child health.
Lillian joined the Foundation in 2011 as the director of Donor Relations and led the development of a comprehensive program prior to joining the executive team in 2013. In addition to her overarching responsibilities, she is actively involved in partnering together with the Chinese community’s philanthropic efforts.
Having served over 10 years with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation as its director of Donor Relations, Lillian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. She has worked extensively with community philanthropists and leaders across our province.
“The resilience of children and their families propels us to do our very best to ensure every child has the best chance for a healthy childhood.”
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Akash joined BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in January 2021. As vice president and chief financial officer, he oversees all strategic and operational financial activities. Akash is also responsible for the lottery operations and management of the investment portfolio for the Foundation.
A seasoned financial veteran, Akash brings nearly two decades of experience in finance, treasury management, corporate reporting and internal controls. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as vice president, finance at BlueShore Financial; treasurer and CFO at BC Teacher’s Federation; and director of finance & corporate controller at BCAA.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He received his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in 2003.
“As a father of three boys, all of whom were born on the hospital campus, I am inspired by the opportunity to help build a healthier future for generations to come. I can’t think of a better place to be a finance executive than right here, where I have a front-row seat in observing world-leading experts as they create a difference for future generations.”
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Surina joined BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2016. As Vice President of Marketing & Communications, she oversees brand stewardship and strategy, and leads a team of marketers, writers and designers who help inspire support for one of the most recognized and highly regarded institutions in the province through powerful storytelling.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Surina spent over a decade in advertising at Wasserman & Partners. While there, she played an instrumental role in strengthening the brands of many iconic BC-based companies—with a focus on marketing to drive positive social change.
Surina holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
“I have the privilege of observing what happens at BC Children’s—both the extraordinary people working to advance research and care, and the families whose lives are forever changed by it. I am humbled and inspired by the tenacity and the resilience of both.”
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Joanne joined the Foundation in late 2014 and helped to establish its Strategic Partnerships department.
Joanne and her team work closely with key clinical, research and operations leadership and partners at BC Children’s Hospital and its Research Institute to understand the areas or initiatives where philanthropy can play a role and are responsible for creating fundraising opportunities and proposals that inspire support. They also monitor donor-funded initiatives to ensure impeccable donor accountability and stewardship.
Prior to joining BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Joanne spent eight years with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation where she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Projects.
“The incredible work that is done each and every day by the dedicated medical experts at the Hospital and Research Institute is truly inspiring. It is a privilege to help bring their vision to life through the impact of philanthropy.”
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