Board of Directors

The Children’s Foundation is governed by a volunteer of Board of Directors

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+ Steven Mah, President

Steven had a long and successful career at Telus where he held positions in Marketing, Sales, Project Management and Engineering. Steven brings his diverse experience as well business acumen to the board table.

 
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+ Elizabeth Demner, Director

Elizabeth is a community volunteer of long standing. She has served on the boards of St. George’s and Crofton House schools, and was President of the Junior League of Greater Vancouver. She has been President of The Children’s Foundation for 13 years, and she is very proud of her association with this outstanding social-profit agency.


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+ Simon Chen, Treasurer

Simon is a senior manager in KPMG's tax department and has been with KPMG since 1999.

 
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+ Alina Gerrie

Dr. Alina Gerrie is a hematologist/oncologist at BC Cancer and Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She completed her medical degree and internal medicine training at the University of Toronto, followed by a hematology fellowship at UBC, with specialization in leukemia/lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation. She earned a Master’s of Public Health degree from Harvard University. Dr. Gerrie brings her passion for public health to The Children’s Foundation and is honored to serve on its board.


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+ Amanda Demner

Amanda Demner is a lawyer with Vancouver Airport Authority, the private, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Amanda practices corporate governance and privacy law, advises on conflicts and ethics, and drafts organizational policies. Prior to working at YVR, Amanda practiced commercial real estate law at a leading international law firm.

 
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+ Barbara Constantine

Barbara Constantine is a business management and community engagement professional with a strong media background. She served as a TV host with CBC, CKVU (now City TV), and Knowledge Network, and produced large-scale events and projects for the City of Vancouver (Olympic and Paralympic Operations) and BC Children’s Hospital (Children’s Miracle Network Telethon). Her commitment to youth includes volunteer involvement with Big Sisters, Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, United Way and Variety Club, and she is proud that her son and daughter also volunteer with youth. Barbara is honoured to lend her skills in support of the outstanding services the Children’s Foundation provides to children and families in the Lower Mainland.


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+ Danny Lee

Danny is the Director of Strategy & Operations for SAP's Analytics development organization. He's responsible for overseeing the daily operations and formulating long-term business strategies for the global organization, as well as working with strategic customers across all industries. He received his BBA from Simon Fraser University and MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Prior to joining The Children's Foundation's board, he worked as a consultant for the foundation during his time at Sauder. Danny is humbled to be supporting and serving The Children Foundation and its mission.

 
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+ Laura DeVries

Laura DeVries is a labour and employment lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She received her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2013, and was a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada from 2013-2014. Laura has served as a mentor with the YWCA Mentoring Program for high school students interested in a career in law and worked and volunteered with community development organizations in Malawi and Uganda. Laura is honoured to support the important work of the Children’s Foundation.


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+ Naomi Giberson

Naomi is a community curator built for companies that benefit health, habitat and the human spirit. She applies her background in Neuropsychology, Business Development and Social Impact to her work in the venture capital space. A passionate advocate for science, preventative health, mental wellbeing and equality, Naomi invests in and supports Digital Health and Social Impact companies. With a long-term interest in mental health and supporting vulnerable members of our community, Naomi first worked with The Children's Foundation on a pro-bono consulting project during her Master of Management at Sauder. Naomi then joined the Board to continue to support The Children's Foundation in its life-changing work.

 

+ Loa Fridfinnson

Loa Fridfinnson is an entrepreneur and marketing specialist operating her agency, Activ8 Corporate Relations + Training for over twenty years. Loa designs, implements and manages marketing, PR and digital media projects and campaigns that support the growth of her clients’ brands, market share, industry presence and thought leadership.

Loa is also an educator in the areas of entrepreneurship, sales and marketing having developed and taught a 15-course business curriculum to Indigenous adults and youth since 2011. She is a marketing instructor at BCIT, speaks at industry events and has been a guest lecturer for UBC’s Sauder School of Business MBA Program and SFU’s Entrepreneur of the Year Program.

Loa is a mentor to youth in the community, volunteers for causes such as Big Sisters, StartUp Canada and New Ventures BC, and is honored to contribute her skills and expertise to the advancement of The Children’s Foundation.


 
 

+ Amy Foreman

Amy Foreman (she/her) is currently living and working on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Katzie, Tsawwassen, Stó:lō, W̱SÁNEĆ, and Kwantlen First Nations. Amy is privileged to hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she found a passion for the process of researching, writing, and presenting findings.

Amy moved into the non-profit space where she worked at WE Charity as a WE School Program Manager and then was the Dating Violence Prevention Program Specialist at YWCA Metro Vancouver. Ultimately her love for research and writing and her passion for equitable, participant-driven programming led her to Reciprocal Consulting where she is excited to contribute to their work in research and evaluation.

Amy is honoured to be invited to share her skills and insights into a space filled with passionate, action-oriented leaders who are dedicated to supporting the important and life-changing work happening at The Children's Foundation.