Board of Directors
Honourary Patron - Beverley McLachlin
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to mid-December 2017. In the summer of 2018, Ms. McLachlin became a Member Arbitrator at Arbitration Place.
Ms. McLachlin works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally. She brings to those forms of dispute resolution her broad and deep experience for over 35 years in deciding a wide range of business law and public law disputes, in both common law and civil law; her ability to work in both English and French; and her experience and skill in leading and consensus-building for many years as the head of a diverse nine-member court.
Arthritis Research Canada’s Board of Directors is composed of members whose expertise guides the organization’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 the organization’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 Arthritis Research Canada’s research and patient support activities.
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.
Don Elkington; retired CEO and Founder of Manufacturing and Global Distribution Companies is known as a leader in the design and innovation of luxury consumer goods products since 1990; a recipient of Platinum status as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.
Mr Elkington is President and founder of DERT Holdings Inc. with investments in the Commercial real estate sector.
Elkington’s involvement with Arthritis Research Canada dates back to the organization’s very beginning in 1999. He was instrumental in visioning the creation of an arthritis research center to conduct innovative research by finding new and practical solutions to save and improve the lives of those with arthritis.
As a successful business leader, Elkington’s business acumen has been an invaluable asset to Arthritis Research Canada. Serving nearly 20 years in varying volunteer capacities Elkington’s leadership, commitment and philanthropic support has been integral to Arthritis Research Canada’s growth and evolution.
Elkington has continually challenged the status quo and inspired the Arthritis Research Canada team to be their best and then do better. His influence and impact is evident in the world-class arthritis research facility that exists today.
“In one way or another, arthritis touches us all. Yet, arthritis continues to be an invisible disease and, in some cases, a silent killer,” says Elkington. “Every day the world-class team of scientists at Arthritis Research Canada works on research that matters to you and me — finding answers and saving lives. I’m honored to help make arthritis research a priority.”
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 the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University (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, previously 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.
Pauline’s career has been a unique blend of brand strategy, marketing, advertising, digital and finance. As Partner, Strategic Clarity at Crux, she helps organizations achieve clarity and alignment on their distinctive value proposition, brand, vision, enterprise culture or employee value proposition. Her passion is to help clients get to the crux of the matter, seek alignment and mobilize to move forward. Prior to Crux, she was Vice President at Wasserman + Partners Advertising where she provided strategic leadership for many agency clients. Previously, she created and ran a successful digital marketing and web development company for multinational advertising agency BBDO. Pauline’s first career was in investment banking where she achieved the responsibility of Vice President, Corporate Finance at Nesbitt Thomson.
Pauline is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of The Polygon Gallery, and is also a Board Member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. She has served on the Board of the British Columbia Wine Institute and has been a Trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Pauline has an MBA from McGill University and a BA in Economics (Honours) from the University of Victoria. She also holds diplomas in French language and business from the Sorbonne in Paris.
After serving for 17 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 the University of British Columbia (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.
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.