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.
Dan Parlow is a lawyer, entrepreneur and adventurer. He is currently a Partner at Kornfeld LLP, practising business and property development litigation. In addition, he is the co-founder of an ecommerce business, mytripjournal.com and an avid traveler.
After being introduced to ARC by a colleague Dan was impressed by the dedicated staff, research scientist and
Board Members. Dan joined the Board in 2010 and hopes to make a difference by providing legal advice as well as funding, operations, strategic planning and business. Dan is driven to make a difference in the lives of
others. When referring to ARC he says, “I believe the work ARC does is of great service.”
Besides his interest in Arthritis Research Canada, Dan sits on the Board of Directors and the governance
committee of Operation Eyesight Universal, which provides eye care, and blindness prevention services in India
and sub-Saharan Africa. He also serves as an Advisor of the Vancouver Learning Centre, a partnership of
excellence in learning, and of independent consumer protection watchdog BadScienceWatch.ca.
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.
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.
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.
Martina is a Principal at Mercer Consulting and has worked in their Health & Benefits business in the Vancouver and Toronto offices. She partners with larger public and private sector clients consulting on health and benefit plan issues including disability and drug plan management and group benefit cost containment strategies. Through her involvement on Mercer’s national drug committee she is very familiar with cost containment strategies and solutions that are being introduced by the Canadian insurance industry, particularly with respect to biologic drugs.
Martina is also a member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board and serves as a liaison with the Board of Directors. Having been diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at a very early age, she is intimately aware of the importance of collaboration in pursuing advances in arthritis research.
Amanda Girling is CEO of the Janspec Group of companies which includes the Pemberton Music Festival, 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.
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 and the Canada-Japan Society. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Board for Retirement Concepts and Chair of the Board of the Transportation Investment Corporation. He is regularly called upon as speaker, radio commentator and as a university lecturer.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Rogers is President and Managing Director of Strategic Real Estate Ltd., one of Canada’s leading tenant mandate commercial real estate firms. Joe leads an active life pursuing his passions which include business, aviation, travel, skiing and other outdoor activities. He values his ability to remain active, and sees the research undertaken at ARC as critical in allowing others to do so as well.
Joe agreed to join the ARC Board after getting to know some of the research and clinical contributors on the ARC team.
“I have rarely if ever been more impressed than I am by the intelligence, passion, dedication, and total commitment evidenced by the entire team at ARC, from the research scientists to the support staff, senior management, and Board members. The multi-disciplinary approach incorporating prevention, treatment and a quest for a cure, combined with visionary leadership will continue to yield increasingly impressive results in reducing the suffering endured by so many people with arthritis.”
Joe is excited to have the opportunity to personally contribute to the ongoing success of ARC.
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.”