IWF Board Members Vancouver
Meet our current International Women’s Forum Vancouver Board Members.
Nancy has recently retired from her role as Managing Director in the Vancouver office of Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge where she was accountable for helping to grow the firm’s business in BC. Prior to joining Knightsbridge, Nancy was Senior Principal with KPMG where she led the Career Transition practice for five years. She spent her first nine years with Knightsbridge as Managing Director, Western Region, responsible for managing and growing the offices in Western Canada. Nancy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and was a Certified Management Consultant. She is a Director of The Vancouver Club and chairs their House Committee. Nancy is the current President of IWF British Columbia and has been appointed to the IWF Board of Directors.
The managing director of the newly merged Beattie Tartan Integrated Communications and founder of The Tartan Group , Deirdre has been a communications professional in Canada for over 20 years, expanding her communications strategy firm into global markets since launching her own company in 2001. A respected communications strategist, Deirdre’s nickname alternates between the ‘connector’ to ‘ the communicator’. Together with Beattie, Deirdre has created a formidable digital-led PR, marketing and creative team and is looking forward to expanding beyond Tartan’s expertise in tourism to work with clients across various industry sectors including health, retail, education, real estate and technology. Deirdre's goal is to turn Beattie Tartan into the most admired creative communications company in Canada- guided by the team at Beattie Group, Laurna Woods and Gordon Beattie.
Janice is the CFO of the LMS Group of Companies and Board Chair of the Land Title and Survey Authority. She provides strategic financial management and senior financial expertise in her capacity as CFO, as a board member and as a consultant to private companies. Janice is a Chartered Accountant and active in the community and in supporting her profession. She served as President of the Vancouver Chapter of Financial Executives Institute, on several professional committees for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and as a board member for Legal Services Society, Caravel Investments and Junior Achievement.
Director-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Carol is a Principal in the international firm, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. Areas of practice include hospitals, universities, airports, public buildings, mixed use retail developments and corporate facilities. Carol has over 40 years of experience in planning and design, and her interest in design education has been reflected in teaching appointments at two universities. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder, a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), a Registered Interior Designer (RID) in BC and a LEED Accredited Professional. Carol was President of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). She has served on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) and has been inducted into the College of Fellows of three professional associations. Carol currently serves as Vice President of Interior Designers of Canada and has an honourary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
As President & CEO of Technical Safety BC, Catherine oversees the safe installation and operation of complex technical systems including electrical, gas, elevating and pressure systems across British Columbia and works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. One of BC’s senior leaders in the engineering and technology sector, Catherine has consistently delivered game-changing strategies that use technology innovation for public good. A “futurist,” she is building Technical Safety BC’ place in the algorithmic economy using predictive insights to create long-term, sustainable social and financial value, as she steers the organization towards its vision of Safe technical systems.
Judy is the Chair of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. She held the role of City Manager of the City of Vancouver from 1999-2008. Judy is the past chair of BC Assessment, BC Housing Commission ,UBC Alumni Association , and The Institute of the Public Administration of Canada. She is a UBC graduate, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Capilano University. She is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Service and a member of the Order of Canada.
Chair, Mmembership Committee
Patra de Silva is a senior business executive with extensive experience in product development, manufacturing and marketing. She is the president of Natures Botanicals, a nutraceutical company which manufactures and markets dietary herbal supplements, pet remedies and natural personal care products. Being a student of Ayurveda, Patra is a strong proponent of a holistic lifestyle. She is an innovator in the pet industry and is the president of NHVNaturalPetProducts.com, a B to C e-commerce site for pet products. Patra has been involved in infrastructure development projects with the government of Sri Lanka. She has worked with, and represented, leading cosmetic companies and major U.S. retailers where she was involved in product design and procurement. Patra is a passionate advocate for women globally and is involved in mentorship programs for female entrepreneurs, and foundations which help educate young mothers in places such as Kenya and Sri Lanka.
Evi Mustel, President, Mustel Group Market Research helped found the company in 1980 and has been instrumental in building the firm into one of Western Canada’s largest and widely known research companies. A hallmark of Evi’s expertise is high-level, “big picture” analysis and creativity in finding novel approaches and efficient research solutions. Evi has extensive experience conducting research in virtually every sector of business and has specialized expertise in public affairs, customer satisfaction, communications, advertising, retail, real estate development and product testing research. As a highly respected researcher in our community, Evi has addressed large groups about research topics and appears regularly on television and radio to provide insight into the issues of the day. Evi is Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade (past chair of the Board’s Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Committee), and past director of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and EasyPark. She is a recipient of the 2016 Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Awards.
Chair, Communications Committee
Mary is a Principal with Devonshire Advisory Inc since she retired in 2015 as a partner with KPMG’s Management Consulting practice where she was leader of the People and Change service line in Vancouver. She also led KPMG’s Women’s Initiative in the GVA to work with KPMG women to increase their profile, and connect with other leaders in the marketplace. Mary continues to provide advisory services to clients throughout BC. Her practice focuses on business performance improvement including governance, strategy, and organization development. In addition, she provides continuity planning services for family businesses as they transition to the next generation.
Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and a member of its Inquiry Committee.
Lucille Pacey is immediate Past President & CEO of Arts Umbrella, Canada’s visual and performing arts institute for young people ages 2 to 19; where 85% of the students who participate in the classes do so through free outreach, bursary and scholarship programs. Previously, as Vice-President of the Open Learning Agency, she directed operating responsibility for the Open University, Open College, Open School and the Knowledge Network (the public educational television service in British Columbia). Prior to joining Arts Umbrella she consulted with the Reed Midem Organization based in Paris, where she helped launch an international market for educational services and products. Lucille holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. Lucille has served as President of the Canadian Association for Distance Education, was the founding President of the non-profit society Art Starts in Schools and is past Chair of the CANARIE Board, Canada’s Network for Advanced Research. Presently she chairs the National Culture Days Board; sits on the Emily Carr University Board and the Vancouver Biennale Board. She is consulting in the areas of Board governance, strategic organizational review and structure.
Co-Chair, Member Engagement
As Principal of Lighthouse Leadership Ltd., an executive coaching and leadership development company, Michelle brings a performance-focus approach to her work with a diverse group of business and community leaders. Prior to the founding of her company in 2002, Michelle was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for a leading international investment firm. This background in communications continues to play a significant role in her work with executives, professionals and not-for-profit leaders. She has served on a variety of boards including Ronald MacDonald House, Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver YWCA, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Center Foundation, Vancouver College, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Advisory Board and is a former Board Chair for The Minerva Foundation for BC Women. Currently, Michelle serves on the Council of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.