Meet Our Future Leaders
Stuart Louie (Board Advisor) - Governor, London Drugs
Stuart is a Director of St. Paul’s Foundation’s Board of Directors and Governor of London Drugs Ltd.
Ivor Luk (Board Advisor) - Financial Advisory Managing Partner, B.C., Deloitte
"I love St.Paul’s because two of my sons were born there. Amazing things happen at St.Paul’s on a daily basis, performed by incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff."
Ivor is the Treasurer of St. Paul’s Foundation’s Board of Directors and Financial Advisory Managing Partner, BC, with Deloitte.
Jonathan Lai (Chair) - Project Manager, Vandy Developments Ltd.
"I love St. Paul’s because it is a multi-faceted hospital, rooted in the Catholic faith, serving the diverse needs of this city particularly the marginalized population of the Downtown Eastside who suffer from mental health & addictions, and HIV/AIDS. I have witnessed this faith-based approach to medicine when my 91-year old grandmother was admitted to the orthopedic ward a few years ago. The nurses were amazing! With the largest nephrology department in the province and the second busiest emergency ward in the region, St. Paul's has been caring for citizens for over a century."
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jonathan oversees the development and construction of his family’s residential and commercial real estate projects within Metro Vancouver. He is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Business and has completed the BCIT School of Construction’s certificate program in Architectural & Building Technology.
On top of being a St. Paul’s Foundation Young Leader, he is currently a Director on the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation Board and co-chair for the 2015 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala. He sits on the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Catholic Charities Advisory Board, which manages the Men’s Hostel and The Door is Open shelters.
Jonathan has also developed a serious passion for wine, which has led him to become the Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommelier’s BC. Chapter. For the past eight years, he has been a volunteer for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, one of Canada’s premier food & wine events.
In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys a good game of golf or tennis, running with his Labrador retriever named Rudy, and collecting enough wine to last him into his older years.
Ludovic Siouffi (Vice Chair) - Investment Advisor, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management
“I love St. Paul’s because of the hospital's relentless efforts to make our community and this world a better place!”
With years of professional and personal financial market experience, Ludovic works with his clients as a dedicated Investment Adviser. With an overwhelming number of advisers in the industry, Ludovic offers a fresh perspective by providing comprehensive and tailored investment solutions. The goal is simple, provide clients with the highest quality advice to help each client achieve peace of mind.
Mike Mackay - President, Strand Development Ltd.
"I love St. Paul's because it is an institution that is emblematic of health care excellence and, in being such, serves as a bastion of hope where, seemingly, there may be none."
Mike is the President of Development at a local real estate company, Strand Development, which specializes in acquisitions, finance and development. He has also represented his country in rugby on a provincial and national level.
From serving meals at soup kitchens to securing financing for micro-finance loans in Columbia, some of Mike’s most rewarding life experiences have been realized through volunteer opportunities, including with Youth With A Mission in Guatemala; as a Clinton Foundation intern serving in New York City and Africa; and teaching inner city youth at Harambee Christian Center in Pasadena, California.
Realizing the importance of organization, planning and leadership in the success of volunteer initiatives, he serves on the boards of two local, youth-oriented charities: Youth Education Farms and Face of Today, as well as with St. Paul’s Foundation’s Future Leaders.
Lindsay Nahmiache - Co-Founder and Partner, Jive Communications
"I love St. Paul’s because they make me feel like a person and not a number."
Lindsay co-founded Jive Communications, an award-winning boutique PR agency in Vancouver and Toronto, to help companies use their words more effectively. She believes that words matter, and if you can use them well you can change your community, your life and the world.
Jonathan Cooper - Chief Operating Officer, Holborn Holdings
“I love St Paul’s because my first son, Austin, was born there; my wife and I will always be grateful for the highly professional and personal care we received from the nurses, doctors and staff.”
Jonathan is Chief Operating Officer of the Holborn Group. A respected Vancouver-based real estate development company, Holborn’s core business lines are property development and asset management. Holborn has extensive global experience and a reputation for high quality, innovative communities and people-minded results. Holborn’s diverse portfolio of projects and real estate holdings throughout British Columbia include retail, residential, office and hotel properties.
In his role, Jonathan implements the Principal’s vision across all facets of Holborn’s operation, including development, customer care, design, construction, asset management, marketing, financing, and legal. Prior to joining Holborn, Jonathan was the Vice President of Operations for Macdonald Real Estate Group, Inc. (MREG), a diversified real estate services and investment company
Leon Ng - President and Founder, LNG Studios
"I love St. Paul's because the hospital is actively embracing the community and working with those who need help the most."
A proud Vancouverite, Leon Ng is a Founder, Executive Producer, CEO, and philanthropist.
His vision, passion and global perspective have driven his rise in BC’s business, technology, media and philanthropic communities, landing him a spot on Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2015.
Leon brings over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the real estate marketing and technology space. He founded four companies in the real estate space, and is an active influencer in the real estate industry. His first business, The Real Estate Channel, remains to be Canada’s only 24/7 real estate television network. LNG Studios is an architectural visualization company specializing in creating immersive emerging visualization tools for the real estate industry. He is a partner in iShot, a luxury real estate photography/videography service provider. He is also a partner at Periphery Digital, a Chinese real estate digital marketing agency.
Actively involved in the community, Leon is on the board for the Future Leaders of St. Paul’s Foundation and on the advisory board for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. His previous charitable endeavors include supporting the BCSPCA, Children’s Wish Foundation, and Kids Help Phone.
His vision, passion, and global perspectives, elevates his work as a business leader who is passionate about supporting the community. Leon’s aim is to always elevate those around him, so they may do the same.
Tyler Smyrski - Partner, Yellow Point Equity Partners
"I love St. Paul's because they care. The people there are compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated to helping our community. I want to contribute and help them do what they do great."
Tyler is a Partner at Yellow Point Equity Partners, one of western Canada’s leading private equity firms. Yellow Point invests in mid-market companies with the goal of making them better by leveraging capital, strategic expertise and relationships.
Tyler currently sits on the Board of Directors of Remcan Projects, CBV Collection Services and Bravo Oilfield Safety Services, three of Western Canada’s fastest growing companies. He is also the President of the Vancouver chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.
Prior to joining Yellow Point, Tyler qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, earning a silver medal for placing second in British Columbia on his final qualification exam. He is a Chartered Business Valuator, has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and completed the Advanced Strategy Program at the University of Chicago.
Tyler spends most of his free time outdoors, going golfing, beaching and hiking from spring to the first snowfall. In winters, he is dreaming about the summer.
Jessica Taylor - Lawyer, Singleton Urquhart
Jessica is a lawyer with Singleton Urquhart in Vancouver. She has experience in health law, constitutional law, administrative law, employment law, and general litigation. In 2012, Jessica worked for the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. She has worked on a Charter challenge pertaining to private health care. Her articling year focused on health law, including professional regulation and medical malpractice defence.
In addition to trial experiences at both the provincial and superior court level, Jessica has appeared with senior counsel before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and the British Columbia Securities Commission.
Jessica is also a member of the Board of Directors of GenerationChild, and has served as a Board member for the Vancouver General Hospital Ethics Board and the Penticton Hospital Ethics Board.
Matt Ilich - President, Kern Properties
Matt has over 15 years of investing experience and is responsible for trade execution, equity research, fund due diligence, and idea generation for the team. Matt works directly with our clients to build well diversified portfolios that align with their long term goals and objectives. Matt has also developed an extensive network of professionals who can assist clients with all of their financial needs.
Prior to joining the team in 2007, Matt worked as an assistant project manager with a real estate development company dealing with leasing, construction process, and real estate market analysis. Previous to that, Matt was a constituency assistant to Premier Gordon Campbell. Matt earned a BA (Politics) from UBC in 2005 and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2011.
Matt is always keen to give back to his community and served on the board of the Richmond Hospital Foundation from 2008 – 2014, serving as the foundation’s treasurer and vice-chair during his tenure. When not at the office, Matt enjoys jogging, travelling, and spending time with his family.
Meagan Conn - Project Manager, Breakfast Club of Canada
I love St. Paul’s because… our health, the health of our loved ones and our communities is all we have. Health does not discriminate, neither should our health care providers and I believe this is paramount to St. Paul’s and their mission. If you’ve ever been treated or visited a patient at St. Paul’s, you know this.
Meagan Conn (nee Prokopanko) graduated from Concordia University with majors in Political Science and Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies combining an interest in public relations and dedication to her community. While working for the Vancouver and Montreal offices of one of Canada’s leading Public Relations firms, her work with non-profit clients lead her to her passion, currently working as Advisor, Marketing and Media Relations for Western Canada and Ontario for Breakfast Club of Canada. This experience is supported though Meagan’s involvement on strategic boards and special event committees for a diversity of charitable initiatives including mental health, childhood hunger, education and the arts.
Zeeshan Hayat - Co-Founder & CEO, Prizm Media
"I love St. Paul’s because the hospital is leading from the front against the fight with the opioid crisis in our city"
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Zeeshan Hayat is a mobilizing force in the Muslim community and community at large. Born in Pakistan, he immigrated to Canada after his mother passed away, and was a raised by his grandparents, who taught him the importance of giving back to his community.
At the age of 24, after only two years of incorporating his business, Zeeshan began looking for opportunities to give back to those less fortunate and began an initiative called 100 Meals a Week. Through this initiative, he and his family personally handed out meals to the most vulnerable in Vancouver East side’s Skid Road. What started out as a small personal project has given out over 70,000 meals, and distributed thousands of blankets, socks and waterproof sleeping bags for those who aren’t fortunate enough to find shelter in the winter months. As the need increased in Vancouver’s homeless community Zeeshan built a partnership with The Tian-Jin Temple and co- established Vancouver Outreach which now serves over 3,000 meals a month.
In 2010, along with a handful of individuals in the Muslim community Zeeshan set out to create the technical foundation of what became the Muslim Foodbank, which is now one of the busiest food banks in Western Canada.
Zeeshan is a Director of Islam Unravelled, which aims to educate and facilitate the correct understanding of Islam/Muslims in Western society through cultural sensitivity training and professional workshops. He is passionate about promoting intercultural relations and diversity and inclusion in not only the workplace, but through Islam Unraveled he has jointly developed its interfaith dialogue initiative, which includes forging relationships with Translink, MOSAIC, RCMP Hate Crimes Unit and open houses at the Al-Jamea Mosque (BC’s first mosque) and QA sessions at other places of worship.
Zeeshan is a member of BC Muslim Association, Director of Islam Unraveled, Member of Pakistan Canada Association, Supporter of the Muslim Foodbank, is a Mentor for SFU’s MBA student connections program, a Volunteer with JABC and a speaker and panelist for entrepreneurial, religious and community events.
Jenn Duff - Corporate Director Clinical Integration & Transformation, Providence Health Care
I love St. Paul's because it’s a value based organization that continues to lead through patient and family engagement in building, creating and providing health care services to and for patients and families.
Jen is a leader in the health industry with a 17-year track record spanning across acute and community health, local and provincial governments, community not-for-profits, and both private and public sectors. She currently holds the position of Corporate Director, Clinical Integration and Transformation with Providence Health care in addition to working on a temporary secondment to the Ministry of Health leading the provincial implementation of injectable opioid agonist treatment.
Named Business in Vancouver’s (BIV) Top 40 Under 40, she has demonstrated ability to manage large health, clinical, quality, change, capital and technology-related projects including the ability to successfully lead teams of up to 250 employees and a $26 Million budget. She has held roles in progressively expansive roles in the past including leading Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as Regional Director for Mental Health & Substance Use.
Jen has an Executive Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University including the completion of the Americas MBA for Executives completing terms at Simon Fraser University, University of Sao Paulo, Institute of Management and Technology, Mexico City, and Vanderbilt University to specialize in corporate social responsibility (CSR), global competition, innovation in health care and developing new ventures. She additionally has a Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columba.
Ben Rough - Director BMO, Capital Markets
Ben Rough is a Director, BMO Capital Markets, in Vancouver, Canada. While Ben has a diversified corporate banking portfolio he also specializes on the Mining Industry.
A career in banking commenced in 2004, while completing post graduate studies Ben began working for the Australian bank group Suncorp Metway Ltd in Personal Banking and Insurance. Later in 2006 Ben moved to London, England, where he joined the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and worked in the Commercial Bank as a Portfolio Manager, specializing in Financial Institutions. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of an Associate Director, Real Estate Finance Group, Major Corporate Banking. After moving to Vancouver, B.C. Ben began working for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), working within the Commercial Bank Diversified Industry Team. Ben began work with Wells Fargo in April of 2012 to help establish the Wells Fargo office in Vancouver. In April 2012 Ben joined Wells Fargo to help establish its first office in Vancouver and then spent the next six years building Wells Fargo’s corporate business across Western Canada.
Ben completed a Bachelor of Business degree, Majoring in International Business and Marketing, at the Queensland University of Technology in 2003. Subsequently, he went on to earn a postgraduate Bachelor of Business Honours Degree, majoring in Marketing with an emphasis on Relationship Banking. While working in England, Ben also completed a Bachelor of Science in Financial Services, Majoring in Corporate Banking, at the University of Manchester.
In addition, Ben enjoys volunteering his time as the Chair of the Risk Management, Vancouver Chapter. The group meets frequently to plan and implement innovative networking events, seminars and mixers for members and finance professionals within the finance industry throughout Vancouver.
Crystal Hung - Managing Broker, Icon Marketing Inc.
When Crystal was a student at UBC’s Sauder School of Business from 2004-2008, she performed marketing research, marketing, sponsorship, events and PR work for numerous non-profit organizations, professors, and local businesses. Since 2008, Crystal has been in the real estate industry helping clients invest and grow their portfolios.
Today, she owns Icon Marketing, a real estate services and sales firm where she expanded from one project to over twelve projects in a short three-year period. Her firm currently manages $500M in assets for clients. Crystal is known for her talent in business development with strengths in marketing, product positioning, branding, and sales. Outside of work Crystal loves helping people through mentorship and coaching. She enjoys impacting others by sharing stories of overcoming obstacles and providing actionable advice.
She is deeply inspired by the profound impact that the St Paul’s Foundation has had upon friends and family. She shares a deep commitment with her physician husband in achieving better quality and access to health care. She aspires to influence her network in furthering the Foundation’s long history of innovation and leadership in serving the health care needs of British Columbians.
Jocelyn M. Bellerud - Barrister & Solicitor, Owen Bird
I love St. Paul’s because of the initiatives they take to develop innovative and leading-edge programs in a variety of specialties. I am deeply appreciative of the services and care provided by St. Paul’s staff, which I have witnessed both personally and in our community.
Jocelyn is a lawyer and shareholder with Owen Bird Law Corporation in Vancouver, a highly successful Vancouver law firm founded in 1969. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, wealth preservation management and succession planning for family businesses.
Jocelyn was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queens University and moved back to Vancouver in 2004 to attend law school at University of British Columbia. In addition to serving as a St. Paul’s Foundation Future Leader, Jocelyn is active in the tax and succession planning community in Vancouver, including serving on the advisory boards of the Family Enterprise Xchange, the CBABC Business Law Executive and the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors.
Michelle J. Chang - VP Finance, Native Shoes
I love St. Paul’s because they have amazing staff that do amazing work every day to support those that need it without judgment and with compassion.
Michelle is the VP Finance at Native Shoes, a Vancouver based shoe company making beast free shoes. She has extensive experience with overseeing large accounting and finance teams in growing organizations with experience in construction, P3’s, and private education. Previously, she was a commercial lender and articled to be a Chartered Accountant. She has also sat on the Board of BC Ultimate as Secretary and Vice-President.
Michelle is an avid ultimate player, balloon animal artist and former dumpling eating champion.
Flora Teng, M.D. - Interim Physician Program Leader for Maternity Care, St. Paul’s Hospital; and Interim Co-Department Head, Ob/Gyn, PHC.
I love St. Paul’s because when you are there, whether as a patient, a staff member, or a visitor, you are treated like family.
Flora Teng is originally from Taiwan, but her family has travelled extensively and now currently resides in Surrey, BC. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University, followed by a Master of Public Health at Yale University. She went on to obtain her Medical Degree and OB/GYN specialty training from the University of British Columbia. She earned the Dr. H.A. Henderson Memorial Medal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2009 and was recently awarded the Robert M. Liston teaching award for medical student teaching.
She has a passion for research and has conducted clinical and health services research in cardiovascular health, infectious disease, and obstetrics and gynecology. In May of 2012, Dr. Teng conducted a qualitative study on the role of embarrassment in HPV self-collection in Uganda. She continues to be involved in global health and is dedicated to the health of women in Canada and around the world.
Dr. Teng is an enthusiastic and compassionate physician who strives to provide excellent and comprehensive care to her patients. She believes that education, prevention, and empowerment are the keys to health. Dr. Teng has an interest in minimally-invasive gynaecologic surgery, high-risk obstetrics, and family planning.
Dr. Teng provides family planning services at the CARE Program at BC Women’s hospital. In addition, she provides maternity care and gynaecologic services at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver. She is currently the Interim Physician Program Leader for Maternity Care at SPH and the Interim Co-Department Head of Ob/Gyn.