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

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.

BCAF - Jack Lohman

Jack Lohman, CBE

Since 2012, Jack Lohman has served as the CEO of the Royal BC Museum. Previously, Jack acted as the Chairman of the Board for the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland and was the Director of the Museum of London (2002 – 2012). He also served as the CEO of Iziko Museums in Cape Town, an organization consisting of 15 national museums. Currently, Jack is President of the Canadian Museums Association. He attended the University of East Anglia and the Freien Universitat in Berlin and obtained an MA at the University of Manchester. Jack was granted Honorary Doctorates from the University of Westminster, the University of London (PUNO) and the University of East Anglia. In 2012, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Why BC Achievement? – Jack Lohman

BC Achievement is an alternative way of seeing the world and building a better future by honoring those who inspire us. We believe all of us have capacities that can be mobilized for the benefit of society. Take a look at who we honour…

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 - Sophie Pierre

Sophie Pierre, OC, OBC

Sophie Pierre is an Indigenous leader and served as Chief of ʔAq̓am near Cranbrook for 26 years. She was the Chief Commissioner for the British Columbia Treaty Commission (2009 – 2015) and was instrumental in the formation of the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council in the 1970s and subsequently, served as the administrator for 25 years. Sophie was awarded the 2003 National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Business, which recognized her strong commitment to the economic development of her community. In 2016, she was appointed to the Order of Canada and was named to the Order of British Columbia in 1994. She has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Canada West, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. In 2013, Sophie was awarded the BC Aboriginal Business Individual Achievement Award.

Why BC Achievement? – Sophie Pierre

Excellence in our Province comes in many forms and activities, from business growth to community involvement to incredible works of art. Help us celebrate excellence, be a nominator! 

BCAF - Judith Sayers

Kekinusuqs 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.

BCAF - Rachna Singh

Rachna Singh, MLA

Rachna Singh was elected as the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers in 2017. She is Chair of the Special Committee to Review the Police Complaint Process. Rachna moved from India to Canada in 2001 and chose Surrey to build a better life for her young family. She has worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor, a support worker for women facing domestic violence, and a community activist. Rachna is strongly passionate in human rights and social justice. Rachna has two children and is married to radio journalist Gurpreet Singh.

Why BC Achievement? – Rachna Singh

To celebrate and acknowledge excellence across our diverse province.