Board of Directors

The BC Achievement Foundation is governed by a dedicated volunteer board of directors. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds, including business, law, finance, social justice, Indigenous innovation, arts and culture, economics, and public service guides the Foundation’s strategic direction.

Public Board Members

BCAF - Anne Giardini

Anne Giardini, OC, OBC, QC – Chair

An executive, director and writer, Anne Giardini serves or has served on several boards including CMHC, TransLink, HydroOne, WWF-Canada and Pembina Institute among others. She is the author of two novels and co-editor of a collection of writing advice. Anne has been Chair of the Vancouver Writers Festival, a board member of the Writers Trust of Canada and is a past Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. In 2009, she was appointed Queen’s Council and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Anne was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the forestry sector, higher education and the literary community in 2016 and appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2018.

Why BC Achievement? – Anne Giardini

It is a hallmark of successful organizations and societies that they not only recognize achievements but celebrate them. All of us – if we are lucky – have a memory of giving or receiving recognition for an act of creation or collaboration or inspiration or community building. BC Achievement exists to shine light on those whose actions make this province a better place for us all.

BCAF - Kevin Bent

Kevin Bent – Treasurer/Secretary

Kevin Bent is Chief Executive Officer of He 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 Street to Home Foundation and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children Foundation.

Why BC Achievement? – Kevin Bent

As a proud British Columbian, I believe it’s important to recognize and celebrate excellence in our province. This helps strengthen and build community spirit and inspire present and future generations.


y̓lmixʷm Christopher R. Derickson  

Chief Christopher Derickson has been involved in his community for the past 20 years working with youth and has served on community boards and commissions. Chris brings seven years of Council experience prior to being elected Chief in 2019. He is also a founding Partner of Alderhill Planning Inc. where he worked on business development and operations with Indigenous communities and organizations from across Canada. Furthermore, he is an active board member having served as Secretary and Treasurer on the All Nations Trust Company Board of Directors and the Premiers Selection Committee for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship. Chief Derickson previously served two terms as the Chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Chris is a faculty member at the University of Arizona Native Nations Institute, the Banff Centre, and is a lecturer at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He is the recipient of several academic awards and a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 award.

Why BC Achievement? – y̓lmixʷm Christopher R. Derickson

It is an honour to serve an organization which is devoted to recognizing and celebrating the talents and achievements of our fellow British Columbians. The BC Achievement Foundation is an essential part of building positive and vibrant communities throughout our province.

BCAF - Yuri Fulmer

Yuri Fulmer, OBC

Currently serving as Capilano University’s fourth chancellor, Yuri Fulmer is the Founder and Chairman of Fulmer & Company; an investment firm that makes both private equity and venture investments and has a strong history of aligning philanthropy with business in order to create robust communities. Amongst many community and professional involvements, Yuri is the National Chair of the Board of United Way Centraide Canada and Co-Chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. In 2012, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia and received a BC Achievement Community Award.

Why BC Achievement? – Yuri Fulmer

Recognizing extraordinary achievement not only benefits the recipients and their communities but inspires all of us to create a better Canada for all Canadians.

BCAF - Christopher Gaze

Christopher Gaze, OBC – Vice Chair

Christopher Gaze is best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. He hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Tea & Trumpets series and has hosted their annual traditional Christmas concerts for the past twenty seven years. Christopher plays a leading role in British Columbia as an advocate for the arts in general, and his passionate dedication to Bard on the Beach has fuelled its growth into one of the largest professional theatre companies in Canada, drawing more than 1.9 million patrons since he founded it in 1990. His many honours include Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal, Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre and the Order of British Columbia. 

Why BC Achievement? – Christopher Gaze

BC Achievement reaches every corner of British Columbia and recognizes the excellence and the good that the people of our Province do for the betterment of all. Being honoured has a massive impact on individuals, their family and their friends. I am deeply proud to serve on the Board and to play a small role in furthering this noble mission.


Carol Anne Lee, OBC

Carol Anne Lee is chair and co-founder of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. With long standing family ties to the history of Chinatown, she is strongly committed to the revitalization of the area. She serves on several other boards and organizations including UBC Properties Trust, the Harvard Business School Canadian Advisory Board, the Faculty Advisory Board of Sauder Business School, Rideau Hall Foundation and is chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation Innovation Committee. She was also a member of federal Finance Minister Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia, an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from BCIT and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  In 2021 Carol received the Order of British Columbia.

Why BC Achievement? – Carol Anne Lee

It is an honour to be involved in an organization that celebrates the incredible contributions and achievements of our fellow British Columbians. It is wonderful to recognize accomplishments that inspire us all. Building stronger, more inclusive communities across BC is so important for the future of our province, now more than ever.

BCAF - Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre, CM, OBC, LLD (Hon.) – Past Board Chair

Scott McIntyre is best-known for his role as co-founder, publisher and CEO of the pre-eminent Canadian publishing house Douglas & McIntyre. His career embraced over 40 years of government relations and industry association work, including 20 years as an advisor to the Federal government for the Cultural Industries during all of Canada’s recent trade negotiations. His many Board positions have included the Writer’s Trust of Canada, the BC Arts Council, the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Bill Reid Foundation, the UBC School of Journalism, and the Association of Canadian Publishers. He is currently a Board member of the Vancouver Institute, the Global Reporting Centre, Green College, and the Museum of Anthropologyall at UBC, and PEN Canada. Recently awarded the Order of British Columbia, Scott is a Member of the Order of Canada and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from SFU.

Why BC Achievement? – Scott McIntyre

Honouring British Columbians of exceptional cultural and social achievement is a compelling mandate, one that makes an important contribution to the province. I am enormously proud of having been involved with BC Achievement since its establishment in 2003.


John Montalbano

John is former CEO of RBC Global Asset Management, Canada’s largest investment management firm and among the 50 largest in global rankings with over $400 billion in assets under management. John is currently Principal of Tower Beach Capital Ltd., a private enterprise focused on venture capital investments. He serves on numerous boards including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Aritzia Inc., AbCellera Biologics Inc., the Asia Pacific Foundation, St Paul’s Hospital Foundation (Chair)The Vancouver Police Foundation (Past Chair) and WindMill Microlending. John holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Bachelor of Commerce, with Honours, from University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Leslie Wong Fellow of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Emily Carr University. 

Why BC Achievement? – John Montalbano

It is important to highlight and celebrate the achievements of those that make our communities stronger. Humility and celebration are not mutually exclusive, nor necessarily conflicting. We have much to celebrate within our communities.

Walter Pela

Walter Pela

Walter Pela is KPMG’s Regional Managing Partner leading BC’s largest and oldest professional services firm with over 1,350 team members in 12 offices across the Province. He also serves on KPMG’s National Clients & Markets Committee, overseeing client service and market development across Canada. With a 30-year career at KPMG, Walter enjoys leading conversations with clients, business leaders and organizations on the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of digital transformation, business model disruption, and changing environmental, social and economic dimensions affecting businesses and their broader stakeholders.  Walter has been recognized as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA), as a Champion honouree by the Association of Women of Finance, is part of the President’s Group representing BC’s Accessible Employers, currently sits on the Executive Committees or Boards of the Business Council of British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver Area Board of Trade, the Pacific Autism Family Network, and is a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and past Finance Committee Chair of UNICEF Canada. 

Why BC Achievement? – Walter Pela

British Columbia is built by truly remarkable people doing incredible work in varied fields throughout the province. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated, and their achievements amplified, inspiring all of us in our ambitions to make an impact.

BCAF - Judith Sayers

Cloy-e-iis Judith Sayers, OC

Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation; she was elected President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in September 2017. Judith has worked as a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor at the Peter Gustavson School of Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She was the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation for 14 years and Chief Negotiator for 15 years. Judith’s educational background includes a business and law degree and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. She has an extensive background of practicing law for 18 years in both Alberta and British Columbia, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title. A champion for sustainable development in Indigenous communities, Judith was appointed an officer to the Order of Canada in 2018.

Why BC Achievement? – Judith Sayers

I really enjoy being able to work with BC Achievement to identify people to honour in the various areas we do awards. It is such positive work setting the stage to find people we can hold up and say to the world, “this is what they have achieved.”

Government Appointed Members

BCAF - John Horgan

The Honourable John Horgan

John Horgan was sworn in as Premier of British Columbia on July 18, 2017. He began his service as an MLA in 2005, when he was elected to represent the riding of Juan de Fuca on Southern Vancouver Island. He has been re-elected three times, most recently as MLA for the new riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca in 2017. He became leader of the BC NDP in 2014. Raised with a strong sense of family, Premier Horgan is a proud husband and father. He and his three siblings were raised by his mother in Saanich, after his father passed away when he was very young. He grew up playing sports and was a natural leader at school, on the basketball court, and in the lacrosse box. As a youth, Premier Horgan benefited from a strong public-school system and a caring community that lifted up his family in times of need. His experience of the power of public services to transform lives and open up opportunities inspired him to work to make British Columbia better for everyone.

Why BC Achievement? – Premier Horgan

BC Achievement gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the best and brightest in British Columbia. Honouring inspiring individuals for their contributions to our communities encourages others to step up and do the same. BC Achievement fosters a spirit of generosity and selflessness throughout our province.

The Honourable Lisa Beare

The Honourable Lisa Beare

Lisa Beare was first elected as the MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows in 2017 and re-elected in 2020. She is the Minister of Citizens’ Services and previously served as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (TAC). As Minister of TAC, Lisa worked to promote and strengthen B.C.’s dynamic tourism industry and the vibrant arts, culture and sport community, to ensure that these sectors continue to thrive throughout the province and are valued and respected internationally. She currently also serves as a member of the Legislative Review Committee, the Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives, and the Cabinet Committee on Economy.

Lisa grew up in Maple Ridge and is raising a young family in the community. She previously worked as a flight attendant and a commercial pilot. Lisa demonstrated her commitment to good governance early on, with a diploma in local government management from the University of Victoria.

Long a passionate advocate for social causes and a committed volunteer, Lisa got her start in politics in 2014 when she was elected as a local school board member. Her time on the school board and her own experiences as a mother led her to become an advocate for quality public education for all British Columbians.

Why BC Achievement? – Lisa Beare

The BC Achievement Foundation recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of people in this province. The Foundation highlights the best among us, and in doing so, inspires a spirit of excellence that helps build strong and prosperous communities. I’m proud to serve on the board of the Foundation and delighted to have the opportunity to exemplify those whose remarkable achievements contribute to our growth and success as a province.


Kelli Paddon, MLA

Kelli Paddon was elected MLA for Chilliwack-Kent in the 2020 provincial election. She is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives.

Prior to running for provincial office, Kelli dedicated her career to supporting families and people in the community living sector. Kelli served as a community support worker, youth employment counsellor, instructor, and a leader in policy and government relations for Community Living BC.

She has also dedicated her time to volunteering in the community for local groups that support youth and victims of crime.

Kelli is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive community where everyone is accepted and respected, and she is committed to amplifying the voices of those she serves.

Kelli lives in Chilliwack with her husband and their two children.

Why BC Achievement? – Kelli Paddon

The amazing and diverse people of B.C. are the heart of our province. The BC Achievement Foundation gives well deserved recognition to incredible British Columbians and, in turn, inspires us all to explore our own excellence.

BCAF - Rachna Singh

Rachna Singh, MLA

In addition to the honour of representing Surrey – Green Timbers as the MLA, Rachna is proud to serve as the BC’s Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. She has been a longtime trade-unionist and an activist – her activism spans from fighting for Human Rights of people, gender equality, to bringing justice and dignity to the lives of the underprivileged, which she has continued in her capacity as an elected official. Prior to her election as an MLA in 2017, she served as the staff National Representative for Canadian Union of Public Employees, and has also worked as a psychologist and a counsellor. Most of all, though, she is the proud mother of two brave and intelligent children, and the wife of a journalist and activist.

Why BC Achievement? – Rachna Singh

To celebrate and acknowledge the incredible work of British Columbians, in various fields, across our diverse province. BC Achievement honours excellence and serves as an inspiration to all of us to strive to do the same.