Chair, Streetohome Foundation Honourary Chairman, Colliers International
John McLernon is Chair of Streetohome Foundation.
John is Honorary Chair and Co-Founder of the Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Group of Companies. As CEO for 25 years, he developed Colliers from a local Vancouver company to one of the top global commercial real estate service providers operating in some 60 countries. He served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer from 1977 to 2002, and Chairman until December 2004.
He is currently Chair of A&W Income Trust, Village Farms International and City Office REIT. He is also a Director of Canadian Urban Limited, and Mark Anthony Group of Companies.
Vice-Chair, Streetohome Foundation Former CEO, Coast Capital Savings
Lloyd Craig grew up in New Westminster, and graduated from university in 1968. His career was spent in the financial services industry, with the Mercantile Bank of Canada and Coast Capital Savings. Lloyd retired in 2009.
Kevin Bent has more than 20 years of print and online media and marketing leadership experience. He has held numerous senior sales and publishing roles throughout Canada. Most recently as the Executive VP of Western Canada with Postmedia Network Inc. and President and Publisher of the Pacific Newspaper Group, Kevin oversaw the Vancouver Sun, The Province (Vancouver), and Victoria’s Times Columnist, the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal.
Currently, he is involved in the digital media industry where he is leading two new ventures
In addition to the Streetohome Foundation, Kevin is also very active with local boards and charities in Vancouver, including the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (Chair), and BC Achievement Foundation. Kevin is also a director at the Vancouver Foundation.
Vice President, Vancouver –Richmond Community & Employee Engagement, Vancouver Coastal Health
As Chief Operating Officer for VCH Vancouver Community, Laura Case is responsible for a $600 million dollar budget that oversees a wide-ranging portfolio of health care services and programs that are provided outside of the Vancouver acute care setting. This wide and diverse portfolio includes mental health and substance use, adult and older adult, home and community care, housing, infant, child and youth, public health, primary care and residential care. Laura is also responsible for health care services provided in the Downtown Eastside.
In her role as Vice President of Employee Engagement, Laura oversees the human resources portfolio for VCH which includes LEAN process improvement, Human Resource analytics and forecasting, recruitment and compensation, labour relations, Employee Wellness and staff and management development. She is passionate about staff, physician and client led program and system transformation in order to truly develop a culture of collaboration and high performance across the health authority.
Laura began her career in health care in the 1980s as a registered nurse and psychiatric nurse in the Fraser Health Authority. She has provided clinical care in a number of settings, including emergency, mental health and substance use, home and community care. Her leadership experience has spanned clinical operations, community services, systems analysis and performance, and access and utilization.
Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.
She is a leader who feels teamwork – staff and physicians across programs truly working together – is the basis for achieving the best outcomes for patients, clients, and staff
Founder & President, City in Focus
For the past 25 years, Tom Cooper has served as President of City in Focus. Tom has spear-headed this chaplaincy by caring for the soul of the city though dynamic connections with business, political and faith communities of Vancouver.
Most notably, City in Focus organizes an annual prayer breakfast attended by approximately 1,000 people.
Tom is a Minister of Religion ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Tom and his wife Karen, have three children and a grandson, Austin.
Partner, Fasken Martineau
Geoff Cowper, senior counsel and leader of Fasken Martineau’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, has served as counsel in a number of landmark cases both in Canada and abroad.
Geoff was counsel to commissions of inquiry into the BC justice system’s response to the death of Frank Paul, Indian Affairs policy, and provincial securities regulation. He has been counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on cases involving constitutionality of legislation, charter rights, commercial, tort, and administrative law issues.
Geoff served as a Director and Chair of the Legal Services Society (LSS) for three terms. In that period, LSS developed a national and international reputation for its innovative approaches to cost effective access to justice.
Managing Director, Fiore Group of Companies
Lara Dauphinee is a managing director of the Fiore Group of Companies – a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, focusing on food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, and natural resources. In addition to Streetohome, she serves as director of Pure Freedom YYOGA Wellness Inc., The Great Ontario Food Company, The Giustra Foundation, VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation, CKNW Kids’ Fund and sits on an executive committee at the International Crisis Group. She is actively involved in Forum for Women’s Entrepreneurs and co-chairs the annual Pitch for the Purse Competition. Prior to the Fiore Group, Ms. Dauphinee served from 2001 to 2011 as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of British Columbia. Ms. Dauphine has been recognized as BC’s 35 most influential women (2016) and BC’s 100 Women of Influence (2010), and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Ms. Dauphinee is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Executive Vice President, Anthem Properties
Kevin Falcon served for 12 years in various senior cabinet positions in the BC government prior to his decision to retire in August, 2012.
As Minister of State for Deregulation, Falcon led the BC government’s successful effort to reduce unnecessary red tape by more than 40% in its first mandate. He further served for six years as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, overseeing the largest transportation capital program in BC history, including the Sea to Sky Highway upgrade, Canada Line, William Bennett Bridge and the Port Mann Bridge.
As Minister of Health, he led initiatives to improve productivity in the public health care system. While Minister of Finance, Kevin’s financial stewardship received broad financial market support with the Province retaining its AAA credit rating.
Kevin’s leadership has earned him recognition several times in Vancouver Magazine’s annual ranking of the City’s 50 most influential leaders. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his significant contributions to British Columbia and Canada.
Joanne Gassman was with BMO Bank of Montreal for more than 39 years, most recently retiring from her position as the Senior Vice President of Personal & Commercial Banking for BC & Yukon Division.
After retiring, Joanne took on a new consulting role with BMO Financial Group nationally, as the Senior Vice President, Women’s Market. In this new capacity, Joanne will continue to promote BMO’s focus on the needs of women entrepreneurs by improving the business and financial information available for women.
Joanne is a member of the Board of Advisors for GroYourBiz, an initiative developed for women entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level and is a member of the Women’s Business Economic Advisory Board.
As well as sitting on the Streetohome Board, Joanne is Chair of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Chair of I am Powerful Council (Vancouver) for CARE Canada.
She holds an MBA from Dalhousie University.
Ida is the former CEO of Vancouver Coastal Health, one of six regional health authorities in BC.
She has extensive executive management experience in healthcare, forestry and natural gas, and has worked in New Zealand, Norway, Ontario and BC.
She sits on the Boards of Fortis Inc. and Fortis BC, Pharmasave Drugs and is a past Director of Shell Canada.
Ida is heavily involved in the community and non-profit sector and, in addition to Streetohome, sits on the boards of Genome BC (Chair), Crofton House School and Snug Cove House Society.
City Manager, City of Vancouver
As City Manager, Sadhu is responsible for oversight of a $1B plus annual budget and more than 7,000 employees for the City of Vancouver, and supports City Council in making Vancouver an even more vibrant and sustainable community.
Among his recent accomplishments, Sadhu helped with the purchase of the Arbutus Greenway, creating an 11km greenway across the city. He is working with Council to replace the aged downtown viaducts with a road network and revitalized neighborhood.
Prior to serving in this role, Sadhu served for seven years as the Deputy City Manager, where he helped to oversee the development and implementation of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan. Current activities include citywide curbside compost collection, public bike share, home energy retrofit programs, water conservation programs, a deconstruction program, green job strategies, electric vehicle infrastructure and district energy strategies among others.
Sadhu is a founder and co-chair (2009-2015) of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a network of over 120 municipal staff focused on greening their cities, representing over 50 million urban dwellers in North America.
CEO, Strand Properties Corporation
John Mackay is a founding principal of the Strand real estate organization based in Vancouver, with operations in California and Atlanta, Georgia. Strand has acquired, developed and financed a diversified portfolio of real estate assets in the residential and commercial sectors throughout North America.
John graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree. He is actively involved in a number of local and international charitable and community organizations.
He is married to his wife Rebecca and they have three children, Michael (29), Christopher (27), and Tara (24).
Dr. Sherri Magee is an oncology researcher who has worked in the field of Cancer Survivorship for the past twenty years and is the author of the book “Picking up the Pieces: Moving Forward after Surviving Cancer”.
Sherri facilitates workshops nationally for cancer survivors and their families and is a frequent speaker at medical and educational conferences.
Sherri is currently the Vice Chair of the Vancouver Police Board and serves on the 58. W. Hastings Advisory Board which is building a medical facility and social housing in the DTES.
Sherri was the past Executive Director of the Hope House Cancer Centre, she co-developed the first private practice cancer rehabilitation program, ‘Back on Track,’ and co-founded the “Abreast in a Boat” dragon boat society for women living with breast cancer with over 200 teams world-wide.
Sherri has served as a board member on the World President’s Organization and Perceptronix Medical Inc.
Alan Peretz is a partner at KPMG where he leads the advisory practice in British Columbia. He also leads the Strategic Growth Initiative Portfolio for the Canadian KPMG firm. Alan has more than 28 years of experience helping clients manage risk by implementing governance, polices, and controls.
Born and raised in Vancouver, he attended the University of British Columbia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a graduate degree in Accounting. Among other designations, Alan is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
As well sitting on the Board of Streetohome, Alan has held volunteer positions with a number of charities including the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of British Columbia and the Yukon, and Saint George’s School Foundation.
CEO, BC Housing
As CEO of BC Housing, Shayne Ramsay is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of housing programs and services. No longer just a provider of housing for low-income British Columbians, BC Housing has expanded its mandate during Shayne’s 15 years in the role to include other responsibilities, including licensing residential builders, home warranty insurance, and housing-related research and education.
In addition to his work with BC Housing, Shayne is currently Chair of the International Housing Partnership, an international organization created to share innovative strategies for the development, operation and sustainability of social housing around the world. The IHP currently comprises 175 member groups from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Shayne also chairs Housing Partnership Canada, which is a member of the International Housing Partnership and also focuses on collaborative solutions and shared experiences in social housing.
Vancouver Police Department
A member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1987, Laurence Rankin has held a variety of assignments.
As an Inspector, Laurence Rankin led the Major Crime Section, General Investigation Section and the Integrated Riot Investigation Team. As a Superintendent, Laurence was assigned to Personnel Services, in charge of Human Resources, Professional Standards, and Training & Recruiting. Upon promotion to Deputy Chief in 2016, he was assigned to the Investigation Division where he is currently responsible for all investigative areas of the Department including Major Crime, Special Investigations, Organized Crime, General Investigations, Forensic Services, Tactical Support and Youth Services.
He holds a Master of Arts (Criminal Justice), and in 2015 he completed the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Global Studies Program during which he studied international approaches to cybercrime. Deputy Rankin sits on numerous local and provincial committees and working groups related to the opioid crisis, management of serious crime investigations, training standards and policy development.
He is the recipient of five VPD Commendations, including two Chief Constable’s Commendations.