Board of Directors
The Society is governed by an independent Board of Directors. Our Board is a group of volunteering community members committed to provide the best care to our seniors. Current members possess expertise in a variety of areas that encompass health care, law, finance/accounting, quality improvement and risk management.
Steve is an RBC financial planner with over 20 years of experience in financial services industry. He is well-versed in investment management, financial planning, credit and financial statement analysis.
He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. As a life-long learner, he pursued a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation, and was awarded it in 2004. He also has his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In 2015, Steve completed an Executive MBA at Queen’s University. The MBA program has given him a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning and many other leadership skills.
Both of his parents reside at Little Mountain Place. He is looking forward to helping the residents and tenants of Little Mountain Place, Adanac Park Lodge, and Little Mountain Court, and continuing to uphold the high standards our residents expect and deserve.
Carmen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) currently working in public practice as an audit manager. Her practice is focused on publicly-traded companies in the energy, resource, technology, and life sciences sectors. She also works with the CPA Western School of Business and CPA Canada as a facilitator and marker for candidates enrolled in the Professional Education Program.
Carmen currently serves as a board member at her local community centre society. She also volunteers her time with Providence Health Care and St. John’s Ambulance. She looks forward to sharing her passion and experiences to serve the communities at Little Mountain Residential Care & Housing Society.
Judy has over 30 years of experience as a health care leader primarily in community health, home care and long term care.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Nursing (B.N.) from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.
She has served on the Board of Little Mountain Residential Care and Housing Society since April 2013. Judy is committed to improvements that enhance the quality of life and quality of care for people who require supports to live independently and for those who require 24-hour or end-of-life care in our community.
Vanessa has 25 years of healthcare experience having worked across the healthcare system with diverse populations from acute care, mental health, home and community care, and primary health care, leading change. She cares deeply about supporting independence, well-being, and individual choice in defining quality of life. She is a leader who is curious, thoughtful, and collaborative and brings these strengths and skills to serve the community of Little Mountain Residential Care & Housing Society.
Vanessa worked as a physiotherapist (BScPT) in hospital care for ten years. After obtaining an MBA in Melbourne, Australia she moved to Vancouver in 2004, working in roles focused on healthcare system change in various Health Authorities. Vanessa is a Director of Strategic Change and Improvement at Provincial Health Services Authority.
Bob has over 40 years in healthcare leadership including roles as a hospital CEO, a regional Chief Operating Officer, President of western Canada’s largest community clinical laboratory, Chief Project Officer the BC Children’s and Women’s Redevelopment and CEO of a 275-bed faith-based campus of care for seniors. Bob is now the Executive Director of the Denominational Health Association and the Catholic Health Association of BC where he continues to work with faith-based health care providers. Bob spent 6 years on the Board of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, including two years as the Chair. He has also been involved in youth sports for both soccer and hockey and currently serves as a board member of the Canadian Association of Long Term Care.
A native of Saint John, NB, Bob completed his undergraduate studies at S. Mary’s University in Halifax and his MSc in Health Care Planning from UBC.
Ginger has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (University of Toronto) and Masters of Health Science (McMaster University), and has worked as a public health nurse, nurse practitioner and health care leader over the past 45 years in a broad range of clinical programs across the care continuum including acute, community, long term and primary care sectors.
She has previous experience serving on non-profit boards in professional (College of Registered Nurses of BC; RN Foundation of BC) and health related (Yaletown House Intermediate Care Facility; Progressive Housing Society) organizations.
Ginger is a collaborative visionary professional who brings a systems and people orientated approach to program development, and she is specifically passionate about seniors and palliative/hospice care and creating holistic, integrated and family centered approaches to enhancing the quality of life for our seniors.
Brendan is a lawyer practicing at the Vancouver law firm Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Business Law Group, with a focus on providing general counsel to small and medium-sized businesses and societies, as well as assisting in corporate and real estate transactions.
Brendan studied law at the University of British Columbia, where he was heavily involved in university governance. He served as a senator in UBC’s Senate from 2011 to 2013. During this time, Brendan held a position on the Law Students’ Society executive, and was a member of UBC’s Appeals of Academic Standing Committee, Student Appeals on Academic Discipline Committee, and the UBC President’s Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct. In his past career, Brendan worked in the information technology sector.
Ken was born and raised in Vancouver and is a lifelong resident. He graduated from the Realty Appraisal program at Vancouver Community College Langara in 1978. Since then, he has worked in the field of appraisals, banking and real estate.
He is currently a principal of Gateway Appraisal and Consulting Group Inc. that he and his partners founded in 2000.
He has been on the board of Little Mountain Residential Care & Housing Society since 2013. As part of the baby boomer generation, he found many parents of friends were in need of assistance in finding suitable and affordable care. The opportunity arose at Little Mountain to contribute to giving back to the community.
Tracey Mactavish is a co-founder and principal of MOTIV Architects inc. – a community focused design practice that is dialed-in to the community of East Vancouver and to the greater Vancouver region and the need for affordable and viable design solutions for accommodating our resident population in their everyday activities of living, working and playing. Her practice focuses on assisting community organizations and non-profits to achieve their development goals with a clear design focus – while maximizing community and neighbourhood connections to achieve a greater good beyond a project’s physical boundaries.
Tracey has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and is active in mentoring architectural interns within the local community as well as critiquing design studios at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC. Tracey brings over 20 years of architectural experience to the Board and is specifically interested in the future development of the Little Mountain properties to achieve the larger vision of the Society focused on the target population of their services.
Kate is a lawyer who currently holds the position of Director, Inquiry & Discipline (in-house legal counsel) at the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Her practice focuses on the regulation of health professionals. Previously, she worked at a boutique law firm practicing in the areas of regulatory and administrative law.
Kate has obtained a law degree and a B.A. (Hons.) in psychology, both from the University of British Columbia. Kate grew up in the lower mainland and looks forward to giving back to the community through serving on the Board.
Dennis earned a Doctorate in Business Administration (Kingston University) in 2011 and a Master of Science degree in Financial Management (Middlesex University) in 1998. His doctoral research explored Corporate Governance, Leadership and Sustainability. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a member of The Chartered Management Institute, Canadian Institute of Management, institute of Corporate Directors, and Association of Business Executives. Dennis is presently Professor of Business Administration & Entrepreneurship at Greystone College, Vancouver.
His executive and mid-tier corporate, public sector and non-profit experience spans incorporated and non-incorporated organizations in the UK and Canada. His former employers include the London School of Economics, Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Lord Chancellor’s Department, Tomorrows Company, Diabetes UK, and the London municipal authorities of Croydon and Newham.Dennis is passionate about helping people and communities thrive. He has been board director at several non-profit boards. The focus of these non-profits includes community cycling, youth mentoring, social housing, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and health promotion.