Board of Directors
ARC’s Board of Directors is composed of members whose expertise guides ARC’s pursuit of a “A World Without Arthritis”. To this end the Board functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to be a world leading arthritis research organisation.
Jocelyn is a Partner and a Managing Director of KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. in Greater Vancouver. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator as well as a registered dealing representative with the OSC. In her practice, Jocelyn has advised clients on divestitures, sourcing of financing, strategic and business planning, project analysis, acquisition investigations, and valuation opinions. Jocelyn has also provided assistance to public sector clients in P3 feasibility assessments, procurement, as well as the financial evaluation of bids, deals structuring and negotiations.
Jocelyn is a former board member of the Massey Theatre Society and an active volunteer over the years in her sons’ many school and sport activities. She was recently introduced to Arthritis Research Canada by a colleague and was intrigued by the commitment and energy displayed by ARC’s scientists, staff and Board members. Jocelyn feels fortunate to contribute her time and energy to support this high achieving team and to help advance ARC’s research and patient support activities.
Don Elkington is President and CEO of the Coast Spas Group of Companies., industry leader in the design and manufacture of innovative, luxury hot tubs since 1990. Together with a contingent of ARC scientists, Arthritis Consumer Advisory Board consultants and human study models Coast Spas developed the most comprehensive therapeutic hot tub available on the market. Those suffering from Arthritis greatly benefit from the innovative advancements integrated into this spa, which still stands as the only true Wellness hot tub in the World.
Don has been associated with ARC since 1999; first as a corporate sponsor and then as a director from 2000-2006.
“We have always believed that hot tubs had a beneficial role in the treatment of Arthritis. Through ARC we gained the opportunity to find out the true needs and wants of actual arthritis sufferers who were able to work closely with our team of engineers through the development and design of the Wellness Spa.”
Since its introduction in 2004, the Wellness series of spas has grown from one to six models and will continue to expand as new innovations are implemented that further improve the hydrotherapy experience.
Rodrigue Lussier joined Fiera Capital in 2010 as Associate Chief Investment Officer, Private Wealth, where his responsibilities included the establishment and review of clients’ investment policy statements. He now oversees the management of Private Wealth client portfolios, and is a member of both the Fiera Capital Private Wealth Investment Committee and the Fiera Capital Private Wealth Management Committee.
Mr. Lussier’s career in the investment industry spans over 30 years. He started his career as an Asset Consultant and Actuary at Towers Perrin. In 1994, Mr. Lussier joined TAL Global Asset Management as Vice President, Investment Management and moved on to Chief Investment Officer of TAL Private Management Ltd. He also held management positions at a major public institutional investor before joining Fiera Capital.
Mr. Lussier has a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Université Laval, Québec and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a past President of CFA Montreal.
Jim Dales has been involved in the mining and civil contracting industries since 1970, including ownership and management of two large mining construction-contracting companies. Jim is a founder of Procon and remains a principal shareholder. Holding dual degrees in Civil and Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta, he guides the corporate governance of the company and oversees the overall strategic direction and operation of the company.
Rahim is a lawyer at TELUS where he assists internal stakeholders negotiate complex, high value agreements for the procurement of strategic information technology assets. Prior to TELUS, Rahim worked at a prominent national law firm where he advised clients on a broad scope of commercial legal matters. Rahim has a Juris Doctor degree from UBC and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from SFU.
Rahim’s past charitable work includes coordinating over 70 lawyers from the firm he worked at to promote literacy on a weekly basis at elementary schools in underprivileged areas of East Vancouver, engaging with children living with life-threatening medical conditions in the lead up to their wish grant from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and providing support on various communications initiatives for the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Canada.
Amanda Girling is CEO of the Janspec Group of companies which includes the Sunstone Group and Oak Tree Manor, an independent living facility. Her background with H.Y. Louie, the Johnston Group, Ernst and Young and the Open Learning Agency brings a broad range of experience to the board of Arthritis Research Canada.
“After seeing the amazing work Dr. John Esdaile and his team are doing I was honored to join the board and assist in anyway to bring attention to their work.”
Amanda is also a director and past executive director of the Turner Foundation. Started by her parents, the Turner Foundation is a sustainable charity for the children of Africa. Working in Mtito Andei, a small town in Kenya, the foundation has provided access to clean water, which in turn funds an orphanage of approximately 100 children who now have access to school and an education. The foundation has been instrumental in making a difference and sustaining it for of thousands of children and adults.
Following over 10 years of patient involvement with research at Arthritis Research Canada as an Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB) member and co-chair, Lianne is pleased to join the Arthritis Research Canada board as a patient representative.
After 10 years of involvement with the BC Lupus Society, Lianne joined Arthritis Research Canada to represent and advocate for lupus, a low profile disease among the the arthritis group.
In addition to the patient voice, Lianne brings a varied background of business, investment management, music and arts to the Arthritis Research Canada table.
It is an honour to continue to be involved with such a high caliber and distinguished research organization.
After serving for seventeen years as a Member of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, Colin chose not to seek re-election in 2013. During his time as an MLA, he served as Deputy Premier (2009-11), Minister of Finance (2004-05 and 2008-11), Minister of Health (2001-2004 and 2010-11), Minister of Economic Development (2005-2008) and Minister Responsible for the 2010 Olympics (2005-2009).
Colin is currently the President of AdvantageBC, a non-government organization dedicated to promoting British Columbia as a place for international business.
He serves on several other not-for-profit boards including Chair of the Fraser Basin Council, Honourary Governor of the Vancouver Foundation, Jack Austin School of Asia Pacific Business Studies at SFU, the China Council at UBC and the Canada-Japan Society of BC. He is also the past chair of the Board of the Transportation Investment Corporation.
His work with the Haida led to his formal adoption into the Eagle Clan and was given the Haida name of “Nang K’ang.gudang.as”.
As an avid runner, Colin ran his first marathon in 2002 with Joints in Motion to raise money for arthritis research.
Naz Panahi is a CFA charterholder and has an MBA (Finance) from McGill University. Prior to joining City Square Property Holdings Inc. and the commercial real estate industry, Naz’s focus was financial asset management. She is very passionate about leaving a positive, sustainable impact and has therefore devoted a significant amount of her time volunteering in leadership roles with many fabulous charitable organizations. Health and education are areas that are very dear to her.
Julie Ruehle was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and is a philanthropist and a real estate investor who lives primarily in San Diego, California with her husband and twin daughters. Julie has completed a highly successful career in Finance including setting up and managing Internal Audit functions at major US corporations. Having obtained her BBA in Accounting from University of Houston in 1991, Julie started her career with a big accounting firm and continued onto specializing in internal audit (focusing on compliance with SEC regulations, scalability in a growth environment, etc.)
In 2009, Julie obtained her MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu and started her boutique financial advisory firm (Ruehle CFO Advisory) with her husband focusing on early stage companies in the technology sector preparing for IPO. Concurrently, Julie founded another company, Ruehle Realty, a real estate investment company focused on luxury homes and condos across the US. She has been the Managing Director of that company establishing metrics and dashboards and applying them to purchases, sales, and overall strategy and managing the day to day finances. Julie and her husband have their private family foundation (Julie & Bill Ruehle Foundation) focusing on animal protection and safety, health issues and children’s welfare where she serves as the Executive Director as well as the Chairman of the Board. Furthermore, she has been volunteering in committee roles of other charities focusing on animal rescue as well as fostering animals in her home.
Julie and her husband have developed an affinity for Vancouver and consider it a second home.
“I am honored to be involved in the worthy cause of Arthritis Research to benefit the people of Vancouver and all of Canada. Having suffered from an auto immune disease myself and having many family members stricken by Arthritis, the mission of ARC is very close to home for me.”
Stephen Schwartz is a partner with Burns Fitzpatrick LLP and has been practicing law since 1986.
He has been representing clients in the areas of personal injury, insurance litigation, commercial litigation and wrongful dismissal for more than 30 years both at trial and appellate levels. He represents individuals, partnerships, corporations and insurers, including ICBC, in a variety of disputes.
Stephen has extensive experience and expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate litigation and serious personal injury claims, including advising on claims in excess of available coverage.
He has lectured occasionally at Continuing Legal Education seminars on topics within his practice area.
He has been associated with Burns Fitzpatrick since 1988 and a partner of the firm since 1996.