Chair, Streetohome Foundation
Kevin Bent is an exceptional business executive, with over 20 years of Print and Online Media and Marketing leadership experience. During this strong tenure, he held numerous senior Sales and Publishing roles throughout Canada. Most recently 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.
Kevin has been very active with local boards and charities in Vancouver, including Vancouver Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Achievement Foundation and Streetohome Foundation.
Kevin currently drives one of two of the family SUV’s, a Toyota 4Runner and Chevrolet Tahoe. His favourite cars include a BMW M5, Bently Continental GT, 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280sl and an early 1950’s Chevrolet or Ford pick up.
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.
Vice-President, Vancouver Community, Vancouver Coastal Health
In his role as Interim Vice President, Vancouver Community for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Bob Chapman is responsible for providing leadership support to the operations team and community health services through a number of community health centres and programs including home health, mental health, substance use, primary care and long-term care. Bob’s keen passion for community care and ensuring that VCH community services continue to meet the changing needs of our clients is evidenced in the support he has provided over his many years with VCH.
Since joining Vancouver Coastal Health in 1999, Bob has assumed a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Director, Vancouver Community; Director, City Centre; Program Lead for Older Adult & End of Life Care; and Director of Long Term Care & Assisted Living.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia.
Partner, Fasken Martineau
Geoff Cowper has served as counsel in landmark cases involving public and private disputes. Geoff was the chair of the inquiry that reported on reforms to criminal law administration and has been counsel to commissions of inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, federal Indigenous 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 has served the community in various roles involving healthcare, young offenders, homelessness, the environment and social policy.
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 Director and Strategic Advisor, Homelessness, BC Housing
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.
CEO, Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird Entertainment
Jennifer Twiner McCarron is an award-winning producer, who was named CEO of Atomic Cartoons in 2016 and CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment in 2018. Under her leadership, Atomic has grown from 25 artists to currently more than 1,200 with studios in Vancouver, Ottawa and Los Angeles. She continues to hold both CEO roles, overseeing Thunderbird’s overall business, as well as a team of more than 1,400 people across its brands, including Atomic and Great Pacific Media.
Dr. Sherri Magee is an oncology researcher who has worked in the field of Cancer Survivorship for the past 25 years and is the author of the book “Picking up the Pieces: Moving Forward after Surviving Cancer”. She facilitates recovery workshops for survivors and their families across Canada.
Sherri is currently the Chair of the Vancouver Police Foundation and has served as Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Police Board and on the Advisory Board of 58 W. Hastings (Chinatown Foundation) 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.
City Manager, City of Vancouver
Paul Mochrie is presently serving as acting city manager pending Council’s appointment of a permanent incumbent to that role.
Paul previously held the position of deputy city manager and provided oversight for a portfolio of direct service and corporate support departments, including Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services; Development, Buildings, and Licensing; Arts, Culture, and Community Services; Technology Services; and Human Resources.
Paul joined the City in May 2011 as the general manager, Human Resource Services, and assumed the role of deputy city manager in October 2015.
Paul brings to the City broad public sector experience, including time working with the provincial government, regional health authorities, and employers’ associations. Prior to joining the City, he worked with the BC Ministry of Health and led the development and management of commercial relationships between the PharmaCare program and pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, and pharmacy wholesalers.
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.
Regional President, British Columbia, National Bank of Canada
Darwin Schandor is the Regional President, British Columbia, National Bank of Canada where he provides strategic leadership and support for 250+ employees committed to a successful client experience and growth story. He joined National Bank in 2016 and helped launch Private Banking 1859, which has successfully positioned itself as a Euro-Style Family Office Boutique for high-net-worth clients and their families. His career spans 30 years in the financial industry and he is excited to shape the future evolution of banking and wealth management.
Passionate about being involved in the community, Darwin currently serves on the Board of Directors for WorkWithUs as well as Streetohome. He has also spent time volunteering as a hockey coach and previously served on the Board of the North Shore Winter Club.
Darwin grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, journeying west to BC in the late 80s to complete his business degree at the University of British Columbia. In 2007, he graduated from the very first cohort of the UBC Sauder Business Family Advisor Program, now recognized as the Family Enterprise Advisor designation. A proud Canadian family man with a passion for living life, Darwin loves playing hockey, fitness training, hiking, and seeking adventure on his global travels.
Vancouver Police Department
Past Chair, Streetohome Foundation (2008-2023)
Honourary Chair, 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.