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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Karen Brown - Director of Legacy & Estate Giving
As Director of Legacy & Estate Giving, Karen’s role at St. Paul’s Foundation is to assist donors interested in leaving a gift for St. Paul’s in their wills, or through some other aspect of their estate plans. Karen also handles all matters pertaining to estates, under administration, for which St. Paul’s has been named as a beneficiary.
Karen’s training as lawyer, and her abiding curiosity about all things medical, make her exactly the right sort of person with whom donors can talk through their ideas of leaving an estate gift to support St. Paul’s and health care in our community. She joined St. Paul’s in November, 2012 and has three decades experience working with law firms, trust companies and hospital foundations in the areas of will planning, planned giving and estate administration.
Karen is a current member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Vancouver Estate Planning Council. She holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree (English Literature and Philosophy) from Simon Fraser University.
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).
Renee Edwards - Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations
Diana Li - Director, Seniors and Residential Care
Diana Li joined St. Paul’s Foundation in July 2017. In her role as Director, Seniors and Residential Care, Diana leads the fundraising for Providence Health Care’s seniors homes: Youville Residence, St. Michael’s Centre, St. Vincent’s: Langara, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni, and St. Vincent’s: Honoria Conway-Heather as well as Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.
Prior to joining St. Paul’s, Diana held senior management roles at Rick Hansen Foundation and Ronald McDonald House BC. She also served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Burnaby Hospice Society.
Diana studied environmental science and psychology at Queen’s University and holds a certificate in fundraising marketing from BCIT. She is an avid runner, expedition traveller and a member of the AFP Vancouver.
Loretta Lawrence - Director of Campaign, Corporate
Loretta Lawrence’s passion for healthcare has driven her to strive for excellence throughout her career in philanthropy. At St. Paul’s Foundation, Loretta is responsible for all corporate fundraising and annual giving campaigns. She comes to St. Paul’s with more than 15 years of extensive fundraising experience from BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and over 10 years’ experience in the retail sector.
At BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Loretta led fundraising programs for local and national corporate donors, corporate capital campaign fundraising, direct response fundraising, lotteries, tribute giving, and e-philanthropy. She worked with corporate donors to fund programs within the healing and environment project at the new Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital.
Loretta collaborated with children’s hospitals from across Canada to support programs for Children’s Miracle Network where she also participated on committees to standardize best practices and policies for hospital foundations across the country.
Loretta is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and AFP Vancouver’s Mentorship program, providing guidance and support to individuals within the not-for-profit sector. She earned a certificate in Marketing from NAIT and a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University.
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.
Cecilia Tupper - Director, Major Gifts
Tracy Dallas - General Manager, Office of the CEO
Board of Directors
- Chair: Kathryn Young Partner with Boyden Global Executive Search
- Vice Chair: Mr. Mark Blucher President & CEO, Central 1 Credit Union
- 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 Regional Director, Retail Banking, Scotiabank, BC & Yukon Region
- Mr. Brad Cruickshank Chief Financial Officer, Transcan Leasing Corp.
- Ms. Fiona Dalton 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. Patricia Yeo Real Estate Consultant
- Dr. Michael Audain , O.C., O.B.C., LL.D Chairman, Polygon Homes Ltd
- Mr. Mark Cullen
- Mr. Paul Hollands Chairman of the Board, 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. CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
- 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
Meet Our Future Leaders
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 and other Providence Health Care sites. Click here to learn more.