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Governance

Meet our Board and Council Members

Coast Mental Health is governed by a volunteer board of directors whose collective range of experience and expertise guide our strategic direction. Coast’s work would not be possible without the philanthropic funding provided by the Coast Mental Health Foundation and its board of directors. Our social enterprises, Café 335, the Transitional Employment Program and Landscaping with Heart, are under the stewardship of the Coast Social Enterprises Council, composed of members of both boards and other skilled volunteers.

We are deeply grateful to our board and council members for generously sharing their expertise, talents, insight and time to help create a community where people living with mental illness can thrive and contribute. 

Kathleen Kennedy Strath

Chair; CEO, Kinsmen Lodge

Kathleen has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Kinsman Lodge, a care facility home to 157 seniors. 

Her extensive experience in finance and leadership, and her desire to support Coast Mental Health’s commitment to improving lives of individuals faced with mental health challenges, make her an invaluable asset to the Board.

Kathleen Kennedy Strath

Chair; CEO, Kinsmen Lodge

Kathleen has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Kinsman Lodge, a care facility home to 157 seniors. 

Her extensive experience in finance and leadership, and her desire to support Coast Mental Health’s commitment to improving lives of individuals faced with mental health challenges, make her an invaluable asset to the Board.

Susanne Haine

Vice Chair; CSEF Chair; Independent Human Resources Consultant 

Susanne is a focused, goal-oriented leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, facilitation, change management, leadership development, financial management, board governance, labor relations and progressive people practices. 

With her skills and experience in business, human resources, and board governance, Susanne assists the Board and the Coast Social Enterprise Foundation Council in accomplishing their strategic directives.

Robert McLeod

Treasurer; Principal, IFC Consulting

Rob received his commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and after articling at KPMG, received his Chartered Accountancy designation. As a result of his management experience at KPMG, Rob wanted to be part of running a business and accepted a position as USA Controller at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where held a number of senior management positions over 17 years.

His ability to focus on the big picture while understanding the nuances of the operation and forecasting and strategic planning makes him an asset to Coast’s board.

Robert McLeod

Treasurer; Principal, IFC Consulting

Rob received his commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and after articling at KPMG, received his Chartered Accountancy designation. As a result of his management experience at KPMG, Rob wanted to be part of running a business and accepted a position as USA Controller at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where held a number of senior management positions over 17 years.

His ability to focus on the big picture while understanding the nuances of the operation and forecasting and strategic planning makes him an asset to Coast’s board.

Jennifer Clarke

Secretary; President, JPC Strategies Ltd. 

Jennifer is the President of JPC Strategies Ltd which provides project management, policy advice and communications services for public and private sector clients.

Having previously served on the Coast Mental Health Foundation Board, Jennifer is very supportive of the Coast Mental Health mission and continues to contribute her time and efforts as secretary of this Board.

Sandra Yuen Mackay

Design Development Team Member, Vancouver Coastal Health.

Despite adversity and a mental illness diagnosis in her teenage years, Sandra completed a Fine Arts Diploma at Langara College and a BA in art history at the University of British Columbia. Her memoir My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness gives others hope, builds awareness and reduces stigma.

In 2012, Sandra received the Courage to Come Back Award in the mental health category, and was chosen for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming obstacles and becoming an artist, writer, advocate and speaker on mental health issues. 

Sandra Yuen Mackay

Design Development Team Member, Vancouver Coastal Health.

Despite adversity and a mental illness diagnosis in her teenage years, Sandra completed a Fine Arts Diploma at Langara College and a BA in art history at the University of British Columbia. Her memoir My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness gives others hope, builds awareness and reduces stigma.

In 2012, Sandra received the Courage to Come Back Award in the mental health category, and was chosen for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming obstacles and becoming an artist, writer, advocate and speaker on mental health issues. 

Catherine Dahl

CEO, Beanworks Solutions Inc.

Catherine brings her expertise as CEO of a small financial workflow software business into her service on this board, as well as the Coast Social Enterprises Foundation Council, where she serves as the Treasurer and Secretary.

She has helped private and public, profit and non-profit organizations develop successful strategic initiatives as well as business and financial process improvements in financial roles. 

Margaret Perry

Healthcare Administrator, WorksafeBC (retired); Independent Management Consultant

Margaret has more than 15 years of executive leadership and governance experience on a regional health board. She provided leadership in the development of the Board Reference and Policy manuals and has acted as a Board Resource to Coast Mental Health Foundation and the Coast Foundation Society.

She has lent her expertise to a number of Coast Mental Health committees and boards.

Margaret Perry

Healthcare Administrator, WorksafeBC (retired); Independent Management Consultant

Margaret has more than 15 years of executive leadership and governance experience on a regional health board. She provided leadership in the development of the Board Reference and Policy manuals and has acted as a Board Resource to Coast Mental Health Foundation and the Coast Foundation Society.

She has lent her expertise to a number of Coast Mental Health committees and boards.

Krista Blaiki

Partner, Ernst &Young

Krista brings some 30 years’ experience in financial accounting and leadership and management with a strong focus on real estate and construction. She is a passionate supporter of Coast’s mission and advocate for those living with mental illness.

Warren Todd Trippel

Lead Peer Support Worker, Coast Mental Health

In spite of living with a bi-polar mental diagnosis, Todd has overcome many obstacles and challenges in life to provide an excellent example for those suffering from mental illness. 

Todd is now a Lead Peer Support Worker in Coast’s Riverview Programs and facilitates group sessions and promotes the Coast Mental Health services. He brings his experience and perspective as a consumer and staff member of Coast.

Warren Todd Trippel

Lead Peer Support Worker, Coast Mental Health

In spite of living with a bi-polar mental diagnosis, Todd has overcome many obstacles and challenges in life to provide an excellent example for those suffering from mental illness. 

Todd is now a Lead Peer Support Worker in Coast’s Riverview Programs and facilitates group sessions and promotes the Coast Mental Health services. He brings his experience and perspective as a consumer and staff member of Coast.

Shurli Channe

Support Staff Member, University of British Columbia (retired); Coast client

Shurli is a retired UBC staff member with 32 years of tenure serving in higher education sector, having worked in undergraduate medical and postgraduate surgical programs.

She is passionate in helping dispel the stigma and myths of mental illness and to follow, advocate, and advance consumer-oriented support services and wellness programs. Shurli wishes to give back what Coast Mental Health as given to her.

Byron Thom

Associate Director, IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital

As Associate Director of the IT Venture Fund at BDC Capital, Byron guides entrepreneurs in building their technology companies. A former entrepreneur with a background in law and engineering, he co-founded Optigo Networks Inc. – a venture that revolutionizes connectivity in intelligent buildings.

Previously, Byron served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing subsidized and supportive housing to persons affected by mental health issues and the trauma associated with homelessness.

Byron Thom

Associate Director, IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital

As Associate Director of the IT Venture Fund at BDC Capital, Byron guides entrepreneurs in building their technology companies. A former entrepreneur with a background in law and engineering, he co-founded Optigo Networks Inc. – a venture that revolutionizes connectivity in intelligent buildings.

Previously, Byron served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing subsidized and supportive housing to persons affected by mental health issues and the trauma associated with homelessness.

Jennifer Duff

Corporate Director, Clinical Integration & Transformation, PHSA

Jennifer brings 14 years of experience in progressively senior leadership roles in complex public institutions and health with responsibilities including operations, strategic planning, business planning, finance, process improvement, project management and change management.

Her experience spanning across health, local and provincial governments, community not-for-profits, and both private and public sectors brings invaluable advice to this board.

Christopher Bettencourt

Partner, McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Christopher’s legal practice at McQuarrie Hunter LLP includes land development, real estate and conveyancing, commercial leasing, and corporate commercial law.

It was through a volunteer experience at Big Brothers of Canada that Christopher became aware of how supported individuals can flourish and is why he is passionate to help through his volunteer activities with Coast.

Christopher Bettencourt

Partner, McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Christopher’s legal practice at McQuarrie Hunter LLP includes land development, real estate and conveyancing, commercial leasing, and corporate commercial law.

It was through a volunteer experience at Big Brothers of Canada that Christopher became aware of how supported individuals can flourish and is why he is passionate to help through his volunteer activities with Coast.

Coast Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors

Leonard Schein

Chair; retired, former president, Festival Cinemas

A retired Registered Psychologist, Leonard is also the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas.

He is also currently an active volunteer on the Board of Directors of Ecojustice, Pembina Institute, Canadian Cancer Prevention Centre Foundation, Inspire Health, and Food Stash Foundation. He has received numerous national and local awards for his philanthropy and community achievements.

Leonard Schein

Chair; retired, former president, Festival Cinemas

A retired Registered Psychologist, Leonard is also the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas.

He is also currently an active volunteer on the Board of Directors of Ecojustice, Pembina Institute, Canadian Cancer Prevention Centre Foundation, Inspire Health, and Food Stash Foundation. He has received numerous national and local awards for his philanthropy and community achievements.

Elaine Reynolds

Vice-chair; Principal, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers 

Elaine was a founding principal of Legacy Tax and Trust Lawyers and is now of counsel to the firm. She was awarded the PEAK award for Knowledge and Leadership by the Association of Women in Finance and received the Leaders in Learning Award from CLE for her contribution to legal education.  

Elaine is passionate about Coast’s mission and devotes her time to governance, the trust program and planned giving.   

Bill Steele

Treasurer; CPA, independent financial consultant

Bill is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years experience holding senior roles in finance and real estate. Bill is a dedicated volunteer who gives his time and expertise to numerous non-profits, such as the Osteoporosis Society of BC (chair) and the VanDusen Botanical Gardens (treasurer and executive member).

Bill believes that Coast is the best advocate and care provider for mental illness BC and that his vision and experience can be used to help Coast achieve even greater heights.

Bill Steele

Treasurer; CPA, independent financial consultant

Bill is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years experience holding senior roles in finance and real estate. Bill is a dedicated volunteer who gives his time and expertise to numerous non-profits, such as the Osteoporosis Society of BC (chair) and the VanDusen Botanical Gardens (treasurer and executive member).

Bill believes that Coast is the best advocate and care provider for mental illness BC and that his vision and experience can be used to help Coast achieve even greater heights.

Andrea Scott

Secretary; CEO, skoah Franchising Inc., chief kulture officer, skoah Inc.

Andrea is the co-owner of skoah Inc and CEO of skoah Franchising Inc., a Vancouver-based company with 15 locations across Canada and the USA.

A mother of four, Andrea is a former elementary school teacher who went on to run her own sales and marketing company and PR and communications consultancy company. She is also a mentor of women in business and volunteer with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. She received the Veuve Clicquot Canadian Business Woman Award (2016) and has twice been a YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominee.

Roger Lee

Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Roger practices civil litigation with a focus on estate matters. He has developed a keen interest in the charitable sector which led to his involvement with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

That has led to serving on several not-for-profit boards, including Coast Mental Health Foundation. He hopes to help maintain and strengthen the Foundation’s already robust governance structure and help raise more funds to assist Coast’s mission.

Roger Lee

Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Roger practices civil litigation with a focus on estate matters. He has developed a keen interest in the charitable sector which led to his involvement with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

That has led to serving on several not-for-profit boards, including Coast Mental Health Foundation. He hopes to help maintain and strengthen the Foundation’s already robust governance structure and help raise more funds to assist Coast’s mission.

Susan Rhodes

Health Management Consultant

Susan has worked in the health care administrative field for the past 25 years which includes consulting for various health authorities and other non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program development and facilities planning.  

She is passionate about Coast’s work and the need to raise funds to allow this work to expand, bringing her management knowledge and experience in the health care field to her work on the Board.

Andrew Rigg

Regional Director, Western Canada, Scotia Wealth Management, Private Investment Counsel

With experience as a lawyer before entering the world of finance and wealth management in 1997. Since that time he has held a number of positions both as an advisor and in progressively senior management. 

Andrew joined the Coast Mental Health Foundation Board in 2016 in order to help raise both awareness and funding for services for those suffering from both mental health and addiction issues.

Andrew Rigg

Regional Director, Western Canada, Scotia Wealth Management, Private Investment Counsel

With experience as a lawyer before entering the world of finance and wealth management in 1997. Since that time he has held a number of positions both as an advisor and in progressively senior management. 

Andrew joined the Coast Mental Health Foundation Board in 2016 in order to help raise both awareness and funding for services for those suffering from both mental health and addiction issues.

Gail Shimoda-Klassen

Director, Western Canada, Citi Private Bank

With an MBA from Dalhousie University, Gail brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry where she has held a number of senior management positions.

She has also held various positions with not-for-profit causes from chairing fundraising activities to leading a team to help refurbish a schoolhouse for underprivileged children.

Susan Thom

Principal, Thom Communications

Susan is an award-winning communicator with over 40 years of experience in strategic communications. She retired in 2012 after 36 years in senior corporate communications positions with both the federal and provincial governments to begin her “next chapter”.

During her 19 years with BC Housing, she worked closely with Coast and joined the Foundation Board as Governor and Chair of the Coast Communications Committee (2012-16).

Susan Thom

Principal, Thom Communications

Susan is an award-winning communicator with over 40 years of experience in strategic communications. She retired in 2012 after 36 years in senior corporate communications positions with both the federal and provincial governments to begin her “next chapter”.

During her 19 years with BC Housing, she worked closely with Coast and joined the Foundation Board as Governor and Chair of the Coast Communications Committee (2012-16).

Tracey Wade

Communications & Fundraising

Tracey has an extensive TV news, media, and writing background and, in addition to her work at Coast Mental Health, devotes herself full-time to charitable causes such as BC Children’s Hospital, the BC SPCA, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, and Whistler Animal Galore. 

Tracey has been involved with the Courage to Come Back Awards for over ten years.  Her goals are to end the stigma around mental illness and foster meaningful development of programs at Coast while continuing to apply her talents in fundraising and event management.

Janai York

Publisher; Real Estate Weekly

Janai York brings over 18 years of advertising and sales experience in a multi-media landscape and has a proven track record of providing innovative and strategic media solutions through digital and traditional media platforms.

Janai leads the operational direction of the Real Estate Weekly, Western Investor and the New Home Development category for Glacier Media in the Lower Mainland. She brings tremendous insight into digital and traditional media and how to expand Coast’s media reach. 

Janai York

Publisher; Real Estate Weekly

Janai York brings over 18 years of advertising and sales experience in a multi-media landscape and has a proven track record of providing innovative and strategic media solutions through digital and traditional media platforms.

Janai leads the operational direction of the Real Estate Weekly, Western Investor and the New Home Development category for Glacier Media in the Lower Mainland. She brings tremendous insight into digital and traditional media and how to expand Coast’s media reach. 

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