Wayne Henderson

President and Chair

Wayne had over 30 years of experience in providing sophisticated Corporate Debt and Capital Markets solutions to an extensive array of public and private clients in Canada and the U.S.A prior to forming his own consulting company. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Henderson Capital Group Inc. Wayne’s past experience includes Managing Director of CIBC World Markets, Investment Banking and Vice President, Corporate Banking CIBC. Earlier assignments with CIBC included Head of Corporate Risk Management for BC. Mr. Henderson spent twelve (12) years on Retainer with PwC as a Special Consultant until 2015.

Meghan Murtha

Vice President

Meghan is In-House Counsel (Development) with Wesgroup Properties. Prior to joining Wesgroup, Meghan was a commercial real estate lawyer with a large national law firm, where her practice focused on real estate developments, transactions and leasing. She has previously served on the boards of several non-profit arts organizations in Vancouver and has volunteered with non-profit organizations focused on food security, homelessness and the arts.

Meghan joined the Board in 2018 and currently chairs the Board’s Real Estate Committee.

Joel Abramson

Joel Abramson

Director

Joel is the Chief Strategy Officer of Fully Managed Technology and a recognized thought leader in the field of Managed Services. In 2002, he founded Packetsafe Networks, a boutique Managed Services brand in the field of IT which was acquired by Fully Managed Technology in 2012. In 2018, Joel successfully led the acquisition of Fully Managed by Careworx in Ottawa, and now together the newly formed “Fully Managed” offers managed IT and modern workplace solutions, Enterprise Services, and Senior Care Services. Fully Managed proudly provides support and strategy to over 5,000 facilities across North America. Demonstrating his passion for growth, Joel continues to lead the expansion of Fully Managed, now one of the largest and fastest growing technology services companies in Canada.

Inspired by a 20+ year career in Gastown, Joel has served as a board member of the Gastown Business Improvement Society. In 2016 he was recognized by Business in Vancouver as one of their Top Forty Under 40 recipients, and in 2018 was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2020 he was recognized as one of the top 50 Best Executives in Canada by The Globe and Mail in its November issue of Report on Business Magazine. He is the co-captain of his young family which is comprised of two young daughters and a wife in Wealth Management. Together they are active travelers, renovators, boaters, diners, and adventure seekers.

John Bennett

Director

John spent 20 years in the Financial Services industry. He retired in 2015 from Mackenzie Investments where he was the Senior Vice President of Sales for the BC region. John and his sales team were responsible for generating over 700 million in annual sales. A dedicated volunteer, John was the board chair for Habitat for Humanity Vancouver region for 3 years and continues to work for Meals on Wheels in the Strathcona area as well as helping in the kitchen at the Union Gospel Mission.

Franco Ferrari

Director

Franco has supported The Bloom Group for over 20 years as volunteer, donor and board member, with a particular interest in the organization’s hospice and housing services. He is thrilled to recently join the Board again and continue to support the strategic ambitions of the society and help it realize its full potential.  Franco is former VP of Strategic Development for the Pattison Sign Group. He is the current President, and board member since 1994, of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, the presenter of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the largest music event in Vancouver.

Debra Finlay

Director

Debra Finlay is a partner in the McCarthy Tetrault Business Law Group in Vancouver. Her practice is primarily focused in the areas of private company mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law. In addition to negotiating and settling complex commercial transactions in various areas of business law, she also has experience with project development work for domestic and international clients in the energy, marine terminalling, transmission and forestry sectors. In connection with such project development work, Debra has provided advice on commercial arrangements with First Nations including drafting and settling commercial agreements with First Nations.

Am Johal

Director

Am Johal is Director of Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Institute for Social and European Studies (MA), and the European Graduate School (PhD). He has served on the Vancouver City Planning Commission, on the boards of numerous organizations including the Or Gallery, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Vancity Community Foundation, Impact on Communities Coalition, and is an Associate with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and SFU’s Institute for the Humanities. He has previously worked on the Vancouver Agreement with the provincial government and has been an advisor to two BC cabinet ministers. In 1998, he co-founded UBC’s Humanities 101 program based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.

Andrea Johnston

Director

Andrea is the CFO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, a leading supplier of biomass products to the global renewable energy market.   Andrea enjoys developing teams to advance the use of renewable and sustainable energy sources and technology to help us better manage energy and precious resources.  Prior to joining the Pinnacle team to drive the 2018 initial public offering, Andrea was CFO for the Natural Resources industry group for Dassault Systemes, Europe’s second largest software company.  She was previously CEO of an energy technology start-up that she sold to Areva T&D. Andrea is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), Chartered Business Valuator, and Certified Public Accountant (Delaware).  In 2016 she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Literature).

Christopher Johnston

Director

As the Strategic Sales Director, Western Canada, with Horizon North Modular Solutions, Chris brings a wealth of experience from the construction industry, specifically in housing projects for seniors and affordable housing. Prior to Horizon North, Chris held the positions of Director of Business Development with Stuart Olson Construction for the Northern Alberta Buildings Group, and also Business Development Manager and Regional Sales Manager at the Dayton Superior Corporation.

Passionate about finding solutions to the housing affordability crisis in our communities, Chris also currently sits on the Board of Directors at Dickinsfield Amity House in Edmonton. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Resource Industry Suppliers Association as their Vice-President, as well as Junior Chamber International (JCI) as Director of Chapter Development and as Director of Training and Development in past years.

As a testament to Chris’ professional success, and even more so his commitment to improving the community and those around him, Chris was selected as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2018!

April Lawrence

Director

April first worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood as a volunteer in 1997. Her work with harm reduction then set her on a career path she still follows as a Senior Consultant for Change Management with Fraser Health. Harm reduction taught her the importance of supporting people to make any changes they themselves identify as important, as opposed to just doing what we think they should. This idea followed her through her Master’s degree from UBC in Community Planning and into her paid work.

Chan-Seng Lee

Director

Chan-Seng Lee is Vice President, Finance and Administration with Partnerships British Columbia Inc., a corporation responsible for supporting the public sector in meeting its infrastructure needs by providing leadership, expertise and consistency in the procurement of complex capital projects. He is responsible for finance, risk management, information technology, human resources and administration for Partnerships BC. He brings over 15 years of experience in finance, risk management, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory reporting, information technology, human resources and administration and corporate governance to the Company.

Mr. Lee is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a current member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and Canada as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the British Columbia Public Service Pension Plan.

Vanessa Mountain

Director

Vanessa has worked extensively with over a dozen indigenous and indigenous serving organizations as a consultant and trainer, supporting the management, administration, and procurement of services for their communities. The founder of Mountain Business Connections, she is also a Senior Procurement Advisor for BC Hydro and serves as a Trustee for the St’at’imc Trust.

Morris Nord

Director

Morris recently retired as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Client Development at Pacific Blue Cross, the largest health insurer operating in British Columbia. An experienced director, he most recently as the Board Chair for the Arts Club Theater Company, which has three stages, annual revenues of $14 million, and a large capital expansion budget of $13 million. Morris currently is a Director of the Arts Club Foundation, which is responsible for the management of the Endowment Funds and the Arts Club properties. Morris is an accredited director, and holds the ICD.D designation.