Board of Directors

Cathy Daminato

Chair

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Ellen Chesney

Secretary

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Andrew Montgomerie

Treasurer

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Carmond Ng

Director

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Andrew Hazlewood

Director

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Kelly Pollack

Director

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Perry Kendall

Director

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Douglas Nelson

Director

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Ben Milne

Director

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David Patrick

Advisory Member

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Cathy Daminato

Chair

Cathy Daminato is recognized as an innovative, energetic and strategic executive with the ability to motivate and inspire extraordinary commitment and support in aid of health and education initiatives in Greater Vancouver. Over the past 28 years, Cathy has held leadership roles at Douglas College, BCIT, the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

In 2003, she became the first Vice-President of Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Simon Fraser University, tripling the fundraising activity, building endowments and raising significant funds for key capital projects. Most recently under Cathy’s leadership SFU launched and successfully completed its largest fundraising effort to date, the $250 million Power and Engagement 50th Anniversary Campaign, raising $275 million. Cathy’s leadership ability, authenticity, strategic thinking, marketing acumen and communications skills have been critical to her success. As a volunteer she led the creation of a new fundraising management certificate program at BCIT, and served on various boards and committees of the Association of Fundraising Professionals nationally and internationally, including a term as Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Chapter. She has also been a board member of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, the SFU University Trust, President of the SFU Foundation and Friends of SFU Foundation, and a member of BC Pets and Friends.

Cathy was awarded the AFT’s Giving Hearts Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2014 and was a finalist for a Woman of Distinction Award in the Non-profit and Public Service category in 2007.

Cathy holds a B.Sc. (Life Sciences with Honours) from Queen’s University, and MBA from the University of British Columbia and an ICD.D designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto, Ontario.

Ellen Chesney

Secretary

With more than 20 years of senior management experience, including previous positions as the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Chief Communications Officer and VP Communications & Research Administration, Ellen Chesney brings a strong background in health care and strategic management to her current position as Chief Administrative Officer, Research for the PHSA.

As Chief Administrative Officer, Research, Ms. Chesney works with PHSA agencies and research institutes to maximize opportunities for efficiencies and effectiveness in research administration. She also works in collaboration with senior health care and academic leaders to strengthen and advance PHSA’s role as an academic health care organization. Prior to joining the PHSA, Ms. Chesney was the Director of Public Affairs and Communications with Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC.

Ms. Chesney holds an Executive MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business, and a Bachelor of Journalism, High Honours, from Carleton University, and is a graduate of the Queen’s Executive Development Program. She has served as a director on the board of a variety of research institutes, professional associations and non-profit societies. Ellen joined the Foundation’s Board on November 17, 2009, was appointed Secretary in July 2012, Secretary-Treasurer in October 2013, and then Secretary again in April 2016.

Andrew Montgomerie

Treasurer

A career financial services executive, Andrew brings a diverse background of health and human services experience, and a passion for public health to the board. Andrew has spent 15 years at WorkSafeBC, where he is currently Senior Director of Health Care Services, and is responsible for the effective delivery of healthcare to injured workers across British Columbia, as well as the development of innovative medical and mental health assessment and treatment programs to support injured workers in their recovery and return to work, life, and play. Andrew is passionate about physical and mental health and safety, both in the workplace and beyond.

Andrew’s education and credentials include a CPA (CMA) designation, executive studies at the Sauder School of Business, and an undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University. His other community involvement includes serving as Treasurer for his neighbourhood Little League, as well as previous board positions with the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance and British Columbia Kinesiology Association.

Andrew is a strong believer in the importance of public health, and is excited to contribute and learn from the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health’s board. Andrew lives in Vancouver with his wife and four children, where they enjoy hiking, skiing, cooking, and playing board games together.

Carmond Ng

Director

Carmond joined the board on April 11, 2016, as a Director and Treasurer. He is currently Manager, Health Industries at PwC in Toronto, specializing in strategy, finance and accounting. Carmond obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation through PwC Vancouver, providing assurance advisory services for private and public companies in financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. Carmond has work experience in healthcare through Johnson & Johnson as a Financial Analyst and Providence Health Care as a Clinical Research Assistant & Laboratory Technician for the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. His work within precision medicine diagnostics for HIV and HCV patients have been co-authored into several peer-reviewed journals.

Carmond holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University, Diploma in Accounting from the UBC Sauder School of Business, Masters in Professional Accounting from the Edwards School of Business and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a concurrent Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management from the Schulich School of Business.

Andrew Hazlewood

Director

Andrew Hazlewood is the former Assistant Deputy Minister of Population Health and Wellness for the British Columbia Ministry of Health Planning. Mr. Hazlewood began his career in Public Health in 1972 with the Saskatchewan Department of Health. In 1986, he joined the British Columbia Ministry of Health and has held increasingly responsible positions in the public and preventive health field. He was responsible for developing policy frameworks for all health prevention, promotion and protection programs, including specific strategic initiatives targeted towards Women’s and Seniors health issues, Aboriginal Health, HIV/AIDS and Tobacco Issues. Mr. Hazlewood provided direction and leadership on all aspects of British Columbia’s tobacco reduction strategy.

Kelly Pollack

Director

Kelly is a partner in Human Capital Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in workforce development. She is a senior executive with over 20 years’ experience leading not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to HCS, Kelly founded and led the Immigrant Employment Council of BC as its CEO. IEC-BC is the provincial employer-facing organization that achieves the integration of skilled immigrant talent into the province’s workforce.

Kelly brings more than 20 years of experience in developing strategic initiatives to attract and integrate internationally trained talent in BC. She is a sought-after speaker, and a thought-leader and subject matter expert on immigration.

Prior to IEC-BC, Kelly was the Director of Employment and Language Programs at MOSAIC, one of the largest immigrant serving organizations in Western Canada.

Perry Kendall

Director

Born in the United Kingdom in 1943, Dr. Perry Kendall completed his undergraduate medical training at University College Hospital Medical School in 1968 and interned at the Seaman’s Hospital in Greenwich, before spending a year as Senior House Officer at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1972, he moved to Toronto, Ontario and spent two years working in general practice and at Toronto’s Hassle Free Clinic.

In 1974, he moved to Vancouver and worked for the Vancouver Health Department’s Pine Free Clinic and East Health unit while acquiring a Master’s Degree in Health Care Planning and Epidemiology and a Fellowship in Community Medicine. In 1984, he returned to Ontario and was the Manager, Disease Control and Epidemiology Services with the Ontario Ministry of Health, until 1987. He then returned to BC as Medical Officer of Health for the Capital Regional District, in which capacity he opened one of Canada’s first needle exchange programs. In 1989 he took on the role of Medical Health Officer for the City of Toronto, a position he held for six years during which time he pioneered programs for AIDS/HIV and drug abuse prevention, established Harm Reduction as the official City policy for substance abuse and was involved in developing and promoting the City’s comprehensive tobacco control by-laws.

In 1993, Dr. Kendall spent a year on secondment to the Deputy Minister of Health as Special Advisor on Long Term Care and Population Health. In March 1995, he was appointed President and CEO of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, one of six academic health science centres in Toronto and a WHO Collaborating Centre, a position he held until the Foundation’s amalgamation with three other hospitals to form the Addiction and Mental Health Services Corporation on January 23, 1998. In April 1998, he took on the position of Vice-President, Seniors’ Health, with the Capital Health Region in Victoria. On May 3, 1999, Dr. Kendall was appointed to the position of Provincial Health Officer for the province of British Columbia. During his term as BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Kendall received a variety of awards and recognition. In particular, he was awarded the Order of BC in June 2005, in part for his work on harm reduction, including his pivotal role in establishing North America’s first legally sanctioned supervised consumption site, Insite. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in June 2013 and the BC Premier’s Legacy Award in October 2015. In April 2016 he was appointed to the federal government’s Cannabis Task Force, whose recommendations shaped the subsequent Cannabis Legalization Act. Since his retirement, Dr. Kendall has been awarded the Order of Canada.

Dr. Kendall retired from public service in January 2018 and joined the Foundation board in March 2018. He presently works part-time as a consultant on public health issues and policy. He can be reached at  dr.perry.kendall@gmail.com.

Douglas Nelson

Director

Douglas Nelson is Managing Director of The Discovery Group, a philanthropy and governance consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC. The Discovery Group was founded out of his belief that organizations and their leaders can change the world. Doug understands the complexity of leading organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’

As a philanthropic sector executive, he has led organizations in both Canada and the United States to new heights, raising nearly $1 billion. His focus on the alignment of engaged governance and revenue sustainability has been recognized with awards for governance, culture, advocacy, and innovative granting.

Ben Milne

Director

Ben Milne was born and raised in the lower mainland and went to school in Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam.  His post-secondary education was at Simon Fraser and UBC where he received an M.A. in Women’s Studies and an M.B.A. (HR).

Ben has been involved with the Simon Fraser Students Society where he was on board of directors and was board chair. He also served as a board member at the Pacific Cinematheque and is currently the Treasurer of Action at a Distance dance company and a board member of PHS. The Milne family has a charity, Unbounded Foundation where they support organizations such as Pivot and Union Gospel Mission and also help to fund research on illegal substances.

Ben’s work experience is mainly in Human Resources and Sustainability. He was in charge of all global HR at InterWrap with 1600 employees in Canada, the US, China and India. Currently he works at the family’s office where they have active and passive investments such as Virtuous Pie, Factory Brewing, a hop farm in Pemberton and real estate holdings. He’s a proud father of one daughter and enjoys running and traveling.

David Patrick

Advisory Member

Dr David Patrick is Director of Research and the medical epidemiology lead for antimicrobial resistance at the BCCDC and a professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health.

Dr Patrick is an infectious disease specialist and epidemioligist with a career interest in responding to emerging infectious diseases. He has published on a range of topics included HIV epidemiology, impacts of immmunization on population health and vector-borne and zoonotic disease.

His current focus is on the broad effort to contain the threat of antimicrobial resistance in Canada and around the world. He is particularly interested in an understanding of the drivers of antibiotic utilization in the community and intervening to reduce unnecessary use. His projects include Do Bugs Need Drugs” and Antibioticwise. David joined the board as an advisor in January 2019.

Réka Gustafson

Advisory Member

Dr Gustafson is the Vice President, Public Health and Wellness for PHSA leads the integration of population and public health promotion, planning and prevention across PHSA’s clinical programs supporting the care continuum with a patient-centered approach. In addition, she provides leadership to the BC Centre for Disease Control. Her role also serves as Deputy Provincial Health Officer, where she is responsible for the delegated functions of the BCCDC under the Public Health Act.

Previously with Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr Gustafson served as the Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer and Medical Health Officer for the City of Vancouver. She has lead initiatives that assess and demonstrably improve the health of the population, such as providing leadership for the STOP HIV/AIDS initiative in Vancouver Coastal Health. She also holds a clinical associate professor position in School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Master of Science, Master of Health Science and MD degrees at UBC. She holds a fellowship in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and certification in Family Medicine.

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