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.
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.”
Jordan is a partner with Kornfeld LLP, where his practice is primarily focused on corporate and commercial matters, with an emphasis on real estate related transactions. He regularly provides legal advice to clients engaging in real property financing, acquisitions and sales, development, leasing, property taxation and related general corporate matters. Jordan’s practice also covers general corporate commercial law with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance and financing, banking and insolvency law and public utilities law.
Jordan joined Kornfeld LLP as an associate in June 2011 after completing his articles with the firm, and was admitted to the partnership in July 2016. He has an LLB with First Class Honours from The City Law School at City University in London (UK) and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal.
Born in eastern Ontario, Jordan has lived in Montréal, Zug (Switzerland), Sydney (Australia) and London (UK), and he is now proud to call Vancouver his home.
Jordan is honoured to join the board and looks forward to lending his skills to assist in the excellent work Arthritis Research Canada is doing.
Rodrigue Lussier was welcomed to the Board in 2016 and is our first board member located in the province of Quebec. Rodrigue 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 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.
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.
Joy MacPhail was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Economics and then attended the London School of Economics in England. She graduated from the LSE in 1978 with a Diploma in Trade Union/Industrial Relations Studies.
For the next 13 years, Joy worked as an economist and negotiator in the union movement in Ontario and British Columbia.
In 1991 Ms. MacPhail was successful in her first attempt at electoral politics when she was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Vancouver-Hastings in British Columbia. She was re-elected in 1996 and 2001, before retiring from politics in 2005.
During her political career she held many significant portfolios: Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Minister of Health, Minister of Education, Government House Leader, and Leader of the Opposition, among others.
Joy MacPhail is an owner (with her husband) of OUTtv, the world’s longest airing and most successful Gay and Lesbian TV network.
She was appointed as Vice Chair of the Independent Commission on Mobility Pricing in May of 2017.
She was appointed as Chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC in July of 2017.
In September of 2019, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia appointed Ms MacPhail as Chair of The Expert Panel on the Future of Housing Supply and Affordability.The Expert Panel will complete their work and provide a report to the Ministers of Finance of BC and Canada by the end of 2020.
MacPhail is Chair of the Grant Selection Committee of Face the World Charitable Foundation and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Adler University in Chicago. She is a director on the board of Covenant House Vancouver.
She completed her terms as director of Delta Hotels Ltd.and Silverbirch Hotels and Resorts Ltd. in September 2014
She is a public speaker, both nationally and internationally.
Naz Panahi is a Director of Arthritis Research Canada since 2013. Naz is a CFA charterholder and has an MBA (Finance) from McGill University. She is Vice-President at Pan City Enterprises Inc. Her focus is investment and portfolio risk 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 causes very dear to her. She has significant fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. She was the founder and 6-time Chair of Arthritis Research Canada’s signature event, ARThritis Soirée. Naz built the vision, goals, fundraising strategy and concept of the fundraising event. Naz is very honored to have been awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2016. She co-chaired numerous times the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s Night of a Thousand Stars gala and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Ball. She represented Canada on the fundraising task force for the global charity, Operation Smile, working on optimizing the fundraising strategy. She co-chaired BC Cancer Foundation’s virtual fundraising event, Hope from Home. Naz loves teamwork and enjoys motivating and encouraging her team to reach their upmost potential by leveraging their strengths to achieve the vision and goals of the project at hand. Inclusiveness, gratitude and camaraderie are so important to her leadership approach. She continues to be involved in several fundraising efforts and campaigns for her favorite charities.
PHOTO: Malcolm Parry / Vancouver Sun
Diagnosed with arthritis at 11, Samantha has been living, and often thriving, with the chronic disease for much of her life.
Joining the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board in 2019, Samantha draws on her personal experience navigating pediatric, youth and adult health care, as well as her professional experience working in the charitable sector, to advance the mission of Arthritis Research Canada from the patient perspective.
Samantha graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction from Capilano University in 2013, where she was honoured with the Dean’s Award for her graduating class. She is currently completing a Master of Business and Environment degree at the University of Waterloo, while also acting as Executive Director for the Elements Society, a non-profit dedicated to delivering action-oriented environmental education programs.
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.