Board

Read about the BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre Foundation board, who are dedicated to changing the tide on women’s health.
Karim Kassam - Chair
February 6, 2017 1:18am
Karim is Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Ballard Power Systems. He has extensive international experience, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, across a range of sectors, including commercial real estate, government and retail. Karim sits on the Board of the Chrysalix Energy Limited Partnership and was previously a member of the Vancouver Economic Development Commission. He has an MBA from Queens University and completed the Executive Leadership Development program at Harvard Business School.
Eileen Stewart - Vice Chair + Secretary
February 6, 2017 1:25am
Eileen is the former chair of the Women’s Health Research Institute – the research arm of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. She has a strong background in looking out for the interests of women – spending 7 years on the board of the YWCA of Vancouver, including time as Chair. Eileen owns a human resources consulting practice, and in her (not so) spare time, she teaches Ikebana (Japanese flower design).
Warren Beach - Vice Chair
January 31, 2017 4:01am
Warren Beach is the Chief Executive Officer of Hold it All Inc. He is an accomplished finance executive with over 24 years of experience in senior financial roles. He started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and was Chief Financial Officer of Sierra Systems Group Inc., and most recently TimberWest, Western Canada’s largest private timber and land management company. He served on the Cabinet of the United Way for 7 years, serving as Cabinet Co-Chair in 2011, and is currently also a Board Member of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Vancouver. Warren is a dedicated cycling enthusiast.
Marina S. Matei - Treasurer
February 6, 2017 1:22am
Retired Vice President and senior institutional portfolio manager at Phillips Hager & North Investment Management, and former director at the western Canadian operations of a major national consulting company. Since moving to Vancouver in 1982, Marina has been involved with the Boards of the Green Thumb Theatre for Children, and the Vancouver Playhouse. She has volunteered with a variety of local community organizations including the United Way and the BC Cancer Foundation.
Dee Brown
February 6, 2017 1:10am
Dee joined the TELUS Community Investment team in November 2012 to lead the creation of the local and regional cause marketing programmes, national marketing campaigns and communications strategies. In this time Dee has led and developed a high performing team and developed and launched multiple campaigns that showcase the philosophy of We Give Where We Live.  Dee grew up in Wellington New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University, Wellington, with a first class Bachelor of Commerce and Business degree with honours in Marketing.  Dee also completed the International Executive Programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Dee now resides in North Vancouver with her husband and their three children and loves to ski, travel the world, spend time with friends and eat great food.
Cheryl Davies
October 18, 2017 2:59pm
Cheryl is the Chief Operating Officer at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, one of the largest maternity hospitals in Canada and the only facility in BC devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and their families. With a background in nursing and adult education, she has over 20 years of experience in women’s health leadership from community to hospital settings. She is a passionate advocate for women’s health, reproductive rights and social justice and is an active international health volunteer in her spare time. She believes firmly in the strength of servant leadership and the importance of honouring women’s values and voices in health care planning and system improvement.
Jill Diamond
February 6, 2017 1:14am
Jill Diamond is the Executive Director of the Diamond Foundation, a private family foundation established to improve the quality of people’s lives in Greater Vancouver. Prior to joining the foundation, Jill ran a marketing communications consulting business and worked in advertising, direct marketing and the design industry in Los Angeles and Vancouver.  Jill is committed to giving back to her community and supporting those in need. She has served on many boards including that of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Big Sister’s Honourary Board, Jewish Family Service Agency and B.C.Womens Newborn ICU Campaign Cabinet.  Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies at University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Dr. Ellen Giesbrecht
February 6, 2017 1:15am
Ellen is Senior Medical Director, Acute Perinatal Programs at BC Women’s Hospital.  Prior to taking this role, she spent seven years as Head of the BC Women’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  In May 2013, Ellen received her Canadian Certified Physician Executive designation, a national certification recognizing excellence in leadership through education and leadership assessment.
Kevin Howlett
February 6, 2017 1:17am
Kevin Howlett is Air Canada Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and is responsible for the strategic direction of Air Canada’s regional operations and the relationship with current and future regional carriers operating on its behalf. With over 35 years of related experience in the airline industry Kevin is based in Vancouver, and also works to strengthen regional business and community relationships. Educated at the University of Prince Edward Island and Dalhousie University, Kevin holds the CHRP designation, is a member of the Conference Board of Canada, and FETCO. In addition, he is a board member of APDC and a member of ACELD International Advisory Council.
Dr. Deepak Manhas
February 6, 2017 1:21am
Dr. Deepak Manhas is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and a clinical neonatologist with the Division of Neonatology, BC Women’s Hospital. He was elected as Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine with the Division in July 2016. Dr. Manhas completed his Pediatric Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Sub-Specialty at the University of British Columbia. He has strong interest in neonatal resuscitation and pursued a third year fellowship training of neonatal resuscitation and simulation in Portland after completion of his training with UBC. He is currently completing his Masters of Medical Education with Maastricht University, Maastricht, NL. He is chairman of the Neonatal Resuscitation Committee.
Jennifer Randall Nelson
February 6, 2017 1:22am
Jennifer is a Senior Communications Consultant with Bloom Communications, which she has operated for the past eleven years. Her clients include the Vancouver Public Library, the YMCA, the Canadian Cancer Society, Downtown Vancouver BIA, the City of Burnaby, UBC, Vancity, among numerous others. Her passion for her community, however, led to her creating a non-profit organization, BabyGoRound, which is dedicated to providing families in need with equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children, assisting close to 900 families per year. During her career, Jennifer has volunteered her time to many worthwhile causes and events. Jennifer is committed to giving back to her community and supporting those in need.