St. Paul's Foundation's Leadership Team is comprised of our Senior Management Team, Board of Directors and Governors Council. Links to photos and biographical information for some of our Leadership Team members can be found below.
The senior management team, from left: Dick Vollet, Chris Fisher, Ivone Martins, Shelley Sainsbury, Broek Bosma and Sarah Burgess.
The senior management team, from left: Dick Vollet, Chris Fisher, Ivone Martins, Shelley Sainsbury, Broek Bosma and Sarah Burgess.
Senior Management Team
Dick Vollet - President and CEO
Dick Vollet is President and CEO of St. Paul’s Foundation, a registered charity that raises funds to support world-leading patient care, research and teaching at St. Paul’s. In his role, Dick works with community leaders and a committed team of staff and volunteers to build meaningful relationships that support the exceptional care and innovations delivered by physicians, staff and researchers at St. Paul’s.
Dick came to the Foundation in September 2012 with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of executive roles. He has held a number of senior positions within the private sector, including Vice President of Operations of London Drugs, and played a part in executing the 2010 Winter Games as Vice President of Mountain Operations for VANOC. He most recently held the position of President & CEO of StreetoHome Foundation.
In addition to his role with St. Paul’s Foundation, Dick is a member of Imagine Canada’s Advisory Council, working with nonprofit leaders across the country to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching and defining our nation.
Chris Fisher - Vice-President, Operations & CFO
As the Vice President of Operations and CFO of St. Paul’s Foundation, Chris Fisher is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s office and all of its financial activities. His responsibilities include the preparation of timely and accurate financial information and analysis for the Foundation, the Board of Directors and external agencies.
After completing his Chartered Accountant designation at KPMG, Chris spent 20 years in the private sector in a number of senior positions. Before joining the Foundation in 2008, he was the CFO of the Nettwerk Music Group.
Chris has been on several volunteer Boards of Directors, including The Richmond Society for Community Living and Voices
Broek Bosma - Chief Development Officer
As the Chief Development Officer, Broek Bosma leads all fundraising initiatives and campaigns for St. Paul’s Foundation.
Prior to starting with the Foundation in March 2016, Broek held executive positions with several non-profit organizations throughout Canada including Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and most recently as Associate Vice President of External Relations at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Broek studied music at the University of British Columbia and at Zurich University of the Arts before working as a conductor for almost a decade. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Northern BC, Broek transferred his leadership skills to the non-profit sector where he continues to engage with the community and focus on building the future of health care in BC.
Ivone Martins - Chief Innovation Development Officer
As the Chief Innovation Development Officer of St. Paul’s Foundation, Ivone is developing and leading the fundraising efforts for the establishment and ongoing operations of the Office of Innovation at Providence Health Care (PHC) and Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI). Ivone’s leadership in fundraising will support the Office of Innovation in its efforts.
Ivone joined the Foundation in 2008 with over 18 years experience in fundraising in the health and education sectors in British Columbia and Alberta, with leadership roles at institutions such as the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. As well, Ivone has more than 10 years of related experience and learning in the community development and social services sectors, including community engagement as a social planner and program manager, as well as post-graduate education in intercultural and international community development.
Sarah Burgess - Marketing and Communications Director
At St. Paul’s Foundation, Sarah Burgess leads the marketing and communications team to tell the story of exceptional care and innovations delivered by physicians, staff and researchers at St. Paul’s, informing and inspiring the community about the impact of St. Paul’s locally, nationally and around the world.
With more than 17 years of experience in marketing, writing and PR, Sarah leads teams to deliver IABC award-winning integrated communications programs involving media relations, social media outreach, stakeholder relations, community relations, website and digital development, brand development, traditional print collateral and publications.
Prior to joining the Foundation in the summer of 2015, Sarah worked with Vancouver’s top communications and marketing agency, Edelman, for ten years, providing strategic counsel and communications support to local, national and international clients.
Sarah earned a certificate in public relations from Langara College and studied cultural anthropology at the University of Victoria. She is a former board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (2005-2012).
Shelley Sainsbury - Director of Campaign
As Director of Campaign at St. Paul’s Foundation, Shelley Sainsbury is responsible for the planning, management and implementation of all aspects of a capital campaign. Shelley has a deep connection to St. Paul’s through its caring support of her family as well as being born there.
Shelley comes to St. Paul’s with more than 13 years of fundraising experience combined with an extensive background in sales and marketing. Working with a variety of not-for-profits in both a professional and volunteer basis, Shelley’s passion for philanthropy, specifically in health care, has always been a driving force for her career.
Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Shelley held various for-profit sales and marketing positions before taking a position with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. For nine years, she was a part of growing and developing key fundraising strategies and events which continue to bring the community, corporations and individuals together to raise money for the Foundation.
Following her tenure at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, she worked in all aspects of fundraising including government grants, corporate sponsorship and creating annual and event fundraising campaigns at Rick Hansen Foundation and Vancouver International Film Festival.
Board of Directors
- Chair: Kathryn Young Partner with Boyden Global Executive Search
- Vice Chair: Mr. Mark Blucher President & CEO, ICBC
- Past Chair: Mr. David Poole Senior Management Consultant, Scotiabank
- Treasurer: Mr. Ivor Luk Financial Advisory Managing Partner, BC, Deloitte
- Secretary: Mr. Bill Maclagan, Q.C. Office Managing Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
- Dr. Ron Carere Vice-President Medical Affairs, Providence Health Care
- Ms. Peggy Chiu Senior Manager, Multicultural Banking, Scotiabank, BC & Yukon Region
- Mr. Brad Cruickshank Chief Financial Officer, Transcan Leasing Corp.
- Ms. Dianne Doyle President & CEO, Providence Health Care
- Dr. Mark Edwards VP Community and Government Relations, Teck Resources Ltd.
- Mr. Joe Gallagher CEO, First Nations Health Authority
- Mr. Eric J. Harris, Q.C. Partner, Harris & Company LLP
- Ms. Debra Hewson President & CEO, Odlum Brown
- Mr. Paul Hollands President & CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada, Ltd.
- Ms. Katherine Liu Accountant, Martin & Henry Chartered Accountants
- Mr. Stuart Louie Governor, London Drugs
- Mr. Michael Mjanes Vice-Chair Associate, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
- Mr. John Montalbano Principal of Tower Beach Capital Ltd
- Dr. Paul Man Vice President of Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care; President, Providence Health Care Research Institute
- Mr. Bob Rai Pharmacy Owner, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
- Mr. Tom Shepansky Founding Partner, Rethink Canada
- Ms. Denise Wong Chartered Professional Accountant
- Ms. Patricia Yeo Real Estate Consultant
- Mr. Peter Webb Senior Vice-President Development, Concord Pacific Group
- Dr. Michael Audain , O.C., O.B.C., LL.D Chairman, Polygon Homes Ltd
- Mr. Mark Cullen
- Mr. Paul Hollands President & CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada, Ltd.
- Mr. John C. Kerr, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D Principal Owner & Managing General Partner, Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club
- Ms. Alice D. Laberge Corporate Director
- Dr. Peter Legge, O.B.C., LL.D Chairman & CEO, Canada Wide Media Ltd.
- Ms. Sue Paish, Q.C. President & CEO, LifeLabs
- Mr. Geoff Plant, Q.C. Partner, Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP
- Mr. Gary Segal Vice President, Kingswood Capital Corporation
- Mr. Sam Sullivan, C.M. Vancouver False-Creek MLA
- Mr. David A. Thompson
- Mr. Hari B. Varshney, FCA, O.B.C. President, Varshney Capital Corp
- Mr. C. (Kip) Woodward President, Woodcorp Investments Limited
St. Paul’s Foundation’s Future Leaders are a group of young professionals working together to make a difference in the community. Their mandate is to raise awareness and support for the innovative programs and ground-breaking research at St. Paul’s.
Ludovic Siouffi (Vice Chair) - Portfolio Manager
“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.
Stuart Louie (Board Advisor) - Governor
Stuart is a Director of St. Paul’s Foundation’s Board of Directors and Governor of London Drugs Ltd.
Ivor Luk (Board Advisor) - BC Financial Advisory Managing Partner
"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.
Claire Allen - Senior Producer
"I love St. Paul's because my brother and I were both born in the hospital, and because St. Paul's medical teams are at the forefront of medical research and continue to make significant health breakthroughs that work to benefit the global population."
Claire Allen is a Senior Producer at CKNW 980 where she produces the midday Simi Sara Show. Claire is a graduate from the University of Victoria. She has worked in television, in the music industry and overseas for LiveNation UK, where she assisted with the production of large-scale music festivals.
Aside from her interests in production, she volunteers extensively for a number of causes, especially those involving animals. Claire has close ties to St. Paul’s, as she was born there, and looks forward to being a part of the revitalization of the hospital.
Jonathan Cooper - Chief Operating Officer
“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
Matt Ilich - Portfolio Manager
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.
Jonathan Lai - Development Manager
"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.
Kenneth Lee - Land Acquisitions
"I love St. Paul's because of their novel and innovative ways of bringing awareness to today's most relevant and challenging health topics. They aren't afraid to engage and embrace issues that most people find difficult to discuss."
Born in Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Kenneth is a land acquisitions associate with a boutique brokerage. His previous experience in real estate development allows him to support developers in the evaluation and identification of strategic site opportunities. In addition, Kenneth serves as a real estate advisor to his family’s group of companies.
He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Queen’s University and a Master of Management from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Apart from being a St. Paul’s Foundation Young Leader, Kenneth actively volunteers his time mentoring students with an interest in real estate in the Master of Management Program at UBC. He also provides support to the program’s team throughout the year.
Mike Mackay - Director
"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 Young Leaders.
Lindsay Nahmiache - Co-Founder and Partner
"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.
Leon Ng - President and Founder
"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 has lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Toronto, bringing a global perspective to his work. As a successful creative media entrepreneur and creator of North America’s largest Real Estate Television Network, Leon taps into his network of industry partners to lead award-winning multimedia projects.
In 2009 Leon founded LNG Studios, which has quickly risen to become one of Canada’s premiere architectural visualization and animation studios with cutting edge 3D laser scanning and immersive technology. Through his broadcasting network, Leon has provided programming for many lower mainland communities as well as fostered new talent and provided support, training and production services to non-profit organizations.
He has a B.A. in Film from Queen’s University and is an alumni at the New York Film Academy and Vancouver Film School. Along with being a St. Paul’s Foundation Young Leader, Leon also serves on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.
Tyler Smyrski - Partner
"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
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.