Conference Chair Stephanie Kremer
VP Business Development and Institutional Sales
Centurion Asset Management
Stephanie Kremer is VP Business Development and Institutional Sales with Centurion Asset Management, offering private real estate investment to both institutional and retail investors. Stephanie has over 17 years of experience in the financial services and investment industries where she has held various roles. Most recently, Stephanie acted as consultant to Canadian Alternative Investment firms to develop sales and marketing strategies. Prior to that, she was the Institutional Relationship Manager for a Canadian equity firm, with primary responsibility for new business development and client relations. Stephanie began her career at Trimark Investments and subsequently held other progressive roles with one of Canada’s leading banks. Stephanie is currently a member of the Sales Practices committee at AIMA.
West Vancouver Community Foundation
Delaina Bell is the Executive Director for the West Vancouver Community Foundation and brings over 12 years of experience in the non-profit industry. Formerly, she was an Account Director with Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm in Vancouver and London, England. Delaina is also founder of 100 Women Who Care of the North Shore, a giving circle comprised of women who share a common desire to give back and make an impact in the community.
Vice President, Asset Management
Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP
Mr. Cormier joined Bentall Kennedy in 2000. In his current role as Vice President, Asset Management, he has direct responsibility for a portfolio of properties in British Columbia and is actively involved in real estate portfolio management for a number of clients. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy, Michel worked in acquisitions and asset management at Morguard Investments and in investment sales at Colliers International. Michel is an advising representative of BKC Capital Inc. and is the portfolio manager for the Canadian Real Estate Plus fund.
Michel earned a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration (Real Estate) degree at the University of British Columbia and is a CFA Charter holder.
VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation
Brian W Dowling
Brian W Dowling has invested more than 25 years working in advancement and development Services, finance and administration and operations for nonprofit organizations. His management experience includes: technology and information systems, software conversions, gifts and records processing/management, prospect research, document imaging, web sites, online programs, finance, investments, working with senior management teams, strategic planning, boards and committees and other duties that help organizations manage their fundraising, constituent engagement and sustainability. Brian’s current role of Senior Vice President for Finance and Information Systems at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation started in 2008. Brian worked previously at the University of Michigan and was responsible for managing the technological infrastructure, gift processing and records administration for the Office of University Development. This was in support of a $3.1 billion campaign with annual fundraising revenues of $250-$370 million. The database contained over 1,000,000 entities and over 184,000 gift transactions were processed annually. Prior to that, Brian worked at The University of Toronto. The University’s $1 billion plus campaign was Canada’s largest and most successful philanthropic effort in higher education. The database of over 700,000 entities supported a large-scale decentralized advancement operation. Brian also worked at a number of other institutions and businesses in the United States and Canada, where he gained knowledge and perspectives of managing in small, medium and large shops. This experience included multiple system conversions, website development, budgetary and financial responsibilities, operations management and more. He provides consulting services in Canada, the United States, Asia and Australia, has written many articles, is a published author and speaks at conferences and through webinars. He was a founding board member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals and a founding committee member of the BC Blackbaud Users Group. He invests of his spare time in SupportingFundraising.Com | SupportingAdvancement.Com and is an amateur musician.
President & CEO
VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation
Barbara Grantham was appointed as President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in 2013. The Foundation partners with donors to advance Vancouver Coastal Health’s vision to transform specialized, adult health care in Vancouver, for British Columbians. A long-time Vancouver resident, Barbara has more than 25 years’ experience as a successful senior executive and consultant in the non-profit and
philanthropic sectors across BC and nationally. She has held executive positions with
the Vancouver Foundation, Streetohome Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Barbara also has extensive experience as a senior consultant excelling in strategic planning, organizational assessment, project management, board governance, financial sustainability, and public policy issues. Barbara is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and
Awkward Stage Theatre Productions, which helps young adults move thru the awkward
stage to the next stage. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council
of Imagine Canada. She holds a BA degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University,
and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University and lives in Vancouver with her family.
Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia
David Hendrickson is Grants Manager at the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia where he works on land-use issues related to the sustainable built environment, local and sustainable food systems and freshwater sustainability. He is an Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University, a professional planner and teaches sustainable community development.
Institutional Investment Strategist
Russell Investments Canada Limited
Adam Hornung is an Institutional Investment Strategist for Russell Investments’ Canadian institutional business. Adam is a client portfolio manager to Russell’s Canadian fiduciary solutions clients and provides consulting advice on all aspects of investment programs including governance, strategy, investment policy, asset class structure and implementation. With over a decade of experience, Adam is responsible for supporting clients on all aspects of their investment programs including governance, strategy, investment policy, asset class structure, manager selection, and investment implementation. Prior to joining Russell in 2012, Adam was manager of the Treasury department at M.R.S. Trust Company, where he was responsible for corporate wide investment and risk management initiatives. As the primary investment manager of the corporate securities portfolio he focused on assessing and reporting on corporate wide risk, including credit, capital, liquidity, and interest rate risks. In this role, Adam also provided guidance in assessing new business initiatives as they relate to asset and liability management, and overall corporate risk management.
United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island
Victoria Hospitals Foundation
As the Executive Director Melanie has helped to raise over $114.5 million since joining the Victoria Hospitals Foundation 22 years ago.
She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.
Melanie currently sits on the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council of Foundation Executives and the B.C. Medical Services Commission, and until recently she served on the MedicAlert Foundation Board of Directors. Melanie is a past President of the BCIT Alumni Association and was a volunteer Big Sister through Big Brothers and Big Sisters for 10 years. She is a regular speaker for the UVIC Peter Gustavson School of Business MBA and undergrad programs on values based leadership.
She was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2003 and received a British Columbia Community Achievement Award in 2008.
Senior Vice President
Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
Peter heads our Strategic Exchange initiative at Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group. He has over 20 years of investment experience in Canada, the US and the United Kingdom spending his earlier years in consulting, which included leading two of the major Canadian firms and then moving to the investment management business in 2008 when he established a new investment operation for a Canadian insurance company. He joined Connor, Clark and Lunn Financial Group, as Senior Vice President, Institutional Strategy in 2011.
Lizanne Ross Onder
VP, Institutional Sales
Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
Lizanne Ross Onder
Lizanne is a member of the institutional sales team, responsible for sales in Western Canada. Lizanne has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry, having previously worked at Legg Mason Canada and Brandes Investment Partners. Lizanne has a B.Comm, Finance/International Business from McGill University and is a CFA charter holder.
President & CEO
Rick Hansen Foundation
Catherine Ruby is the Chief Financial Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute.
Catherine provides strategic financial leadership and is responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, contract and grant management, reporting, compliance and accountability.
Catherine has 15 years’ experience working with the Not-For Profit sector. She has a passion for achieving financial sustainability through diversified revenue models and driving efficiencies which allow the organisations to deliver the greatest impact possible.
As Director of Finance for the Rick Hansen Institute, Catherine established a finance function in a start up, fund constrained organization. Prior to that she was an Audit Manager with KPMG LLP, where her clients included not-for-profit organizations, health authorities and large private companies.
As a designated CPA, CA, Catherine is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Married with two sons, Sam and Eoin, Catherine lives in North Vancouver and volunteers as PAC Treasurer for their school.
Director Impact Investing
The Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (Sauder S3i)
Jana is a social finance professional committed to leveraging business and investment as a tool for positive social and environmental impact. Her background includes roles of Investment Manager for one of Asia’s first impact investments funds based in Hong Kong and co-founder of Synergy Social Ventures, a nonprofit organization providing early stage funding to social ventures in Southeast Asia and experiential philanthropy education to next generation philanthropists and investors.
Jana is currently Director, Impact Investing at the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where she previously led a social venture accelerator program. Jana leads research initiatives and works with industry partners to support the growth of impact investing activity. She also acts as Advisor to the Pacific Impact Investor Network, Canada’s first impact investor network made up of family offices and foundations.
The Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (Sauder S3i) is focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability, through research, incubation, and application. Sauder S3i defines social innovation as a new approach that fosters initiatives that contribute to solving existing social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental challenges. This encompasses concepts such as social enterprise, social finance, and strategic corporate social responsibility.
Chief Investment Officer
Excel Funds Management Inc.
Christine has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. She joined Excel Investment Counsel Inc. in September 2012 and assumed the role of portfolio manager of the Excel Emerging Markets Fund in January 2013. Prior to joining Excel Investment Counsel Inc., Christine was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff + Associates in Toronto, a pre-eminent wealth manager serving high net worth private clients and institutional investors, where she co-managed a top-quartile $1 billion Canadian equity portfolio. Previously, Christine started her career with CIBC Wood Gundy in Edmonton. Subsequently, she was an investment banker with TD Securities in Toronto, focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Christine has in-depth knowledge of emerging markets acquired through her extensive travel and numerous due diligence trips. She speaks several languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. When managing money, she uses a disciplined bottom up Growth at a Reasonable Price (GARP) approach to achieve strong risk adjusted returns for investors. Christine holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta. She is also a CFA charter holder.