British Columbia Achievement Foundation Board of Directors


Current Board Members of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation:

Keith Mitchell, Q.C., Chair

Keith Mitchell, Q.C. is chair of the law firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in Vancouver. Called to the Bar in 1972, Mr. Mitchell has built a diversified practice in international trade, corporate, commercial and administrative law and, since 2003 he has been named as one of the leading Canadian trade lawyers. Mr. Mitchell has served on numerous public service boards including the Expo 86 Corporation, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver International Airport Authority, Lester B. College of the Pacific, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Canada Institute Advisory Board and the Asia Pacific Foundation.


The Honourable Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark currently serves as the 35th Premier of British Columbia. She represents the riding of Westside-Kelowna and previously served as the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey (2011-2013), Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain (1996-2001) and Port Moody-Westwood (2001-2005). She has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister of Children and Family Development and vice-chair of Treasury Board. Premier Clark has received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and the 2009 Woman of the Year in BC by the Consumer Choice Awards. She attended Simon Fraser University (SFU), the Sorbonne (France) and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK).


Kathleen Bartels

Kathleen Bartels has been the Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery since 2001 and under her leadership, the Gallery has experienced unprecedented growth in its institutional endowment, its permanent collection and its membership. Kathleen was born and raised in Chicago, earned a BA in Photography at Columbia College and was with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles for 13 years.


Kevin Bent

Kevin Bent is Chief Executive Officer of Rides.ca. Kevin previously served as President and Publisher of Pacific Newspaper Group and Executive Vice President, Western Canada for Postmedia Network Inc. Kevin has a business degree from the University of New Brunswick and is active on the boards of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children Foundation.


Mike Bernier, MLA

Mike Bernier was elected MLA for Peace River South in 2013. Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Mike served as Mayor of Dawson Creek from 2008 until 2011. Mike is the Past President of the North Central Local Government Association and has been active in Peace River economic and development initiatives.


Christopher Gaze, OBC

Best known as Artistic Director of Vancouverís Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Christopher Gaze has performed in England, the USA and across Canada. As the founder of Bard on the Beach in 1990, Christopher has nurtured Bard to become one of the most successful not-for-profit arts organizations in North America. His many honours include induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canadaís Meritorious Service Medal (2004), Honorary Doctorates from UBC and SFU, the BC Community Achievement Award (2007), and the Order of British Columbia (2012).


Carol Henriquez, CM

Carol Henriquez is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Vancouver's Arts Umbrella, a visual and performing arts institute formed to provide accessible arts education to all children. Carol has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, diplomas in Fine Arts from Langara College and the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design) and is an accomplished sculptor. Carol Henriquez is a member of the Order of Canada and has received numerous awards and honours including the Commemorative Governor General's Award and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.


Marvin Hunt, MLA

Marvin Hunt was elected MLA for Surrey-Panorama in 2013. With 25 years of municipal experience in the City of Surrey, Marvin has served in many roles, including as Chair of Metro Vancouverís Waste Management Committee and Chair of Metro Vancouverís Water Committee. Marvin has devoted countless hours to charitable and non-profit organizations in a wide variety of endeavors.


Olga Ilich

A successful real estate development executive, Olga currently serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and previously served as a Director of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, Chair of the BC Assessment Authority and Chair of the City of Richmondís Advisory Planning Committee. In 2005 Olga was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of Tourism, Sport, and the Arts and in 2006 as Minister of Labour and Citizensí Services.
Olga was recognized in 2009 as one of Canadaís Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner.


Wendy John, OBC

Wendy John is a Senior Advisor with Deloitteís National Aboriginal Client Services Practice. Wendy is a leader in the First Nations community and has served as a councillor of the Musqueam Indian Band, Chief of Musqueam First Nation, Regional Chief (British Columbia) for the Assembly of First Nations and the Associate Regional Director-General, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, British Columbia Region. Ms. John has also served as a Lay Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia; as a Board Member of the Canadian Lands Company Limited; as one of Canada's Commissioners of the Pacific Salmon Commission. In 2001, she received the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award for social action, and an Honorary Doctor of Law from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.


C.T. (Manny) Jules, OBC

Manny Jules is a distinguished First Nations leader from Kamloops where he served as Chief for 16 years. He was instrumental in establishing the First Nations property tax authority which led to the creation in 1989 of the Indian Taxation Advisory Board. Manny was appointed its first chairperson and was twice reappointed. Jules retired as chief of the band and from ITAB to lead the drive to establish the First Nations Fiscal Institutions Initiative. He has been recognized with Honorary degrees in 2006 from Thompson Rivers University and UBC in 1997.


Ron Lou-Poy, QC

Ron Lou-Poy retired in 2012 as senior partner of Crease Harman & Company in Victoria. A third-generation Victorian, Mr. Lou-Poy is the Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Victoria. An active member of the Victoria community, Mr. Lou-Poy has been honoured by the City of Victoria for his many contributions including in the areas of fundraising and leadership in the McPherson Foundation, the Victoria Police Board, the Victoria Chinese community, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. He is the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Victoria and the Canadian Bar Association, and BC Branch's inaugural community service award. Mr. Lou-Poy was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2003.


Scott McIntyre, CM

Scott McIntyre is an active member of the publishing community in Canada and has served as Chair of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia and on the governing council of the Association of Canadian Publishers. Scott McIntyre was a founding partner of Vancouver publishing group Douglas & McIntyre. He has served as a member of the Cultural Industries Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade and as a founding member of the Bill Reid Foundation. Scott McIntyre is a member of the Order of Canada and has received an honourary doctorate of laws degree from Simon Fraser University.


The Honorable Coralee Oakes, MLA

Minister Coralee Oakes was elected MLA for Cariboo North in 2013 and was appointed as the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Previously Coralee served for two terms as a Quesnel City Councillor and as a Past President of the BC Chamber Executives. In 2009 Coralee received the BC Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year award. She has served as a Director for a number of local non-profit organizations.


Michael Stevenson, PhD

Michael Stevenson was appointed the eighth President of Simon Fraser University in 2000 and during his ten-year leadership, Simon Fraser University underwent significant expansion and innovation. Dr Stevenson, an accomplished scholar of history and political science, received a PhD from Northwestern University and a post-doctoral Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for his teaching and research in Nigeria. Amongst many community and professional involvements, Dr. Stevenson has served as Chair of the University Presidentsí Council of BC, Chair of the Council of Western Canadian University Presidents, and as a Director on the Vancouver Board of Trade and BC Business Council.


Max Wyman, OC

Max Wyman has written a number of books on the arts in Canada, is a former member of the board of the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2006 completed four years as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. He has taught critical writing and dance history in Canada and Europe, and lectures and consults widely on public arts policy. Mr. Wyman was instrumental in the establishment of the PuSH International Arts Festival in Vancouver. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Simon Fraser University in 2003.




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