Board of Directors

 
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Jeff Davis - Board Chair

Jeff joined the Greater Vancouver Board of Directors in 2016. He is a District Safety Manager for Kiewit, a global engineering and construction firm . In his role, Jeff is responsible for the occupational health and safety management of major infrastructure projects across Western Canada.  Jeff is a registered CRSP and CSP, with 15 years of leadership and senior management experience in the construction industry. He is currently attending Royal Roads University in pursuit of his MBA.

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Randy Heys

Born in Vancouver and graduated at UBC in Civil Engineering. Randy was the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction, and had about 350 people reporting to him in all areas of construction, equipment buying, trades, drafting and store layout, development work of all kinds, environmental issues and so on.  As a Senior VP there, he had his own responsibilities, but also had extensive interactions with leaders from all other areas of the company, such as HR, finance, retail operations, IT and many others.

Since retiring in 2008, Randy has travelled to and lived in many places, including Mexico, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Thailand and others. After relocating back to Vancouver from Calgary, He started volunteering in the Vancouver Restore.  In August 2014, he led the 2-day “work bee” at the Government Street location to upgrade the exterior of the complex. In November, he went on a HFH Global Village house build week to Guatemala.

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Wilson Chow

Wilson Chow was born and raised in Vancouver.  He studied Human Kinetics and Business at the University of British Columbia, before completing his CPA, CA accounting designation with KPMG. Wilson is currently a senior manager in KPMG’s Vancouver audit practice. Prior to this, Wilson was a swim coach at a local Vancouver swim club for many years. It was here where Wilson realized the importance of the community and the impact it can have on families.  In his free time, Wilson enjoys travelling, is a passionate Whitecaps soccer fan and also volunteers his time with Big Brothers.

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Brent Elliott

With a background that spans the public, development and consulting sectors, Brent is a senior planner with over 20 years’ experience in land use planning, policy writing, site planning, urban design, development management, sustainability, active transportation, green buildings and community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Brent is adept at integrating multiple disciplines and viewpoints and is highly respected for his understanding of municipal statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as his ability to work effectively with senior administrators and elected officials on visionary, policy and regulatory matters.

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Adam Kliewer – Regional Manager British Columbia, Brock White Construction Materials ULC. A dedicated business leader with a history of accomplishing significant growth and executing complex initiatives. I believe in empowering employees and developing key talent for the future of our business. Outside of my busy career; my wife and I have two wonderful young children which consume much of my free time, we’re often found outdoors exploring in the yard, hiking nearby trails, or at a park.

 

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Doug Hamming, Secretary 

In his day job, Doug’s focus is on client and guest experiences. He is an architect specializing in public facilities and projects in which the guest experience is the primary design consideration. With 25 years of experience, Doug’s wide-ranging skills embrace roles from project designer, project manager to architect of record.

Doug is committed to education and mentoring. He is an active member of the CEO’s executive roundtable for the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia, and is a frequent guest speaker on project management at Capilano University. In addition, for the last ten years he has been a sponsor of career mentorship programs for several Vancouver-area high schools.

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 Viktoriya Griffin - Teasurer

Viktoriya Griffin, CPA, CA serves on the Board and Audit and Finance Committee Chair for Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver. Her experience includes providing audit and assurance services for private and public companies with large international accounting firms in Canada and the UK. She is currently leading the CFO services line at Clearline CPA as that’s where her passion and heart are. Viktoriya is also a strong believer in enabling and working together with teams. Originally from Kazakhstan, Viktoriya loves learning about culture through food. She also enjoys travelling with her husband and daughter, who she took on 19 plane rides before the age of one. 

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Jean-Phillipe Picard

 Jean-Philippe (JP) is a professional engineer, project management professional and LEED-accredited professional working as the Managing Director for Western Canada. He has significant experience representing owners in facility construction projects having delivered well over $2B in projects. JP works with owners using a pragmatic approach to define their requirements and implementing the right design and construction strategies with the aim of providing a long-lasting and cost-effective solution to their real estate needs. JP is conversant in all LEED rating systems, including LEED for New Construction, Commercial Interiors, and Core and Shell, and has delivered projects under each rating system.

Some of the marquee projects JP has managed include the $750M TELUS Gardens project; the $400M TELUS Sky; the $60M Ritchie Bros. head office, which won the NAIOP Development of the Year Award; the Speed Skating Oval for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and BC Hydro’s $300M Workplace Transformation Initiative.

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 Glen Grant, Past Chair

With over 20 years of human resource and operations management experience in medium and large organizations, Glen brings a wealth of international experience to his clients. He is passionate about helping small to medium-sized business owners and their managers effectively manage and understand the often-complex world of employees, HR and labour issues.

Glen’s core strength is in helping start-ups, rapidly expanding businesses and introducing HR processes within an organization. Interested in continuing his knowledge base, Glen was one of the first human resource practitioners in Canada to hold a CHRP (Canada), PHR (US), GPHR (international) and new HRMP professional HR designations.

 

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Richard Foster

Richard is an accomplished business professional with over 29 years of extensive experience in Sales & Operations, managing multi-unit businesses and multi-level professionals. A proven and experienced leader in retail through strong strategy and people development with a focus on sales growth initiatives balanced with operational excellence.  He is accountable for 90 locations with a portfolio of over 600 million dollars in sales, and leadership to over three thousand Associates and Managers over multiple provinces and territories.  

Past President of the Clayburn Village Historical Society, currently volunteering with the Fraser Valley Brain Injury association and Special Olympics British Columbia. He has three amazing children and an active physical and learning lifestyle. 

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Almira Bardai

A seasoned, senior communications professional, Almira Bardai has over 20 years of experience creating powerful narratives for domestic and global brands.

Almira is a recipient of Enterprising Woman magazine's 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award, PROFIT and Canadian Business W100: Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs 2016, Business In Vancouver Forty Under 40 2016 Winner and finalist of the 2014 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. She is also a thought leader on issues affecting the PR Industry and has appeared as a commentator in the media. 

Her expertise lies in developing strategic PR/communications and social media plans focused on brand experiences, building brand awareness, and user engagement. She's delivered results-driven campaigns for the likes of Granville Island Brewing, Flight Centre, Nike, Best Buy, Future Shop, Molson, and TELUS. 

Almira co-founded and was Co-CEO of Jive PR & Digital, one of Canada’s top boutique PR and social media agencies, with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. Launching her career as a PR Consultant at one of Canada’s leading PR agencies, Wilcox PR, she spent many years working abroad as Head of Global PR at Cobra Beer and also practiced corporate public relations and communications in Australia and in South Africa. 

Almira is active as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and mentor in organizations, such as Brands for Better, Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Entrepreneur's Organization.

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Christina Burke

Christina Burke is the Director of Learning & Development for Interfor Corporation, the world’s 4th largest lumber manufacturer.  Christina has 15 years of progressive HR experience, with a true passion for building people up and developing programs to support this goal. 

Christina holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph, a Post-Graduate Certificate in HR Management from Conestoga College, and a Master’s of Business Administration from EDHEC Business School based in France.

Christina’s passion for Habitat for Humanity began when she took part in an International Village trip to Nicaragua in 2015.  This trip truly opened her eyes to the needs many families face, and the life-altering benefits the Habitat community provide.  Having developed a passion in supporting the Habitat community, Christina then took part in another build in Guatemala in 2016.  Most recently, Christina has been in contact with Habitat for Humanity for the Greater Vancouver Area in hopes to leverage her background & skills to provide some local support, and assist in improving the lives for some local families.