Margo Gram – Chairperson
Margo has lived in the City of North Vancouver for the past 23 years with husband Kevin and adult sons Fraser and Carson. She worked for the North Vancouver Recreation Commission for 11 years as Coordinators of the Harry Jerome and Delbrook Rec Centres and 14 years as the Cultural Services Coordinator of Centennial Theatre, retiring in 2012.
She has her BA in Recreation and an MA in Community and Regional Planning. Both before and after working with the NVRC, Margo worked as a planning consultant with PERC Recreation Consultants.
Margo has served on various not-for-profit boards, and is currently past chair of the BC Touring Council.
Greg Celmainis – Past Chairperson
Greg Celmainis is an entrepreneur with a passion for operating and managing growth in start-up companies. As a believer in fostering and supporting Canadian-owned and operated business, he also works to direct and manage private-equity investment for start-up and early stage companies. He has sat on the Board of Directors of private and public companies and on the Board of Trustees for an Educational society.
Greg is actively involved with his sons’ minor hockey and lacrosse programs. He has been a certified hockey coach since 1991 with a focus on having fun and achieving success through enthusiasm. He is proud that one of his alumni players is currently playing defence on a National Hockey League team. Greg is block watch captain for his neighbourhood. Greg is happily married with three very active sons
Andrew Muller – Vice Chairperson
Andrew lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two children. Andrew has extensive experience as a senior human resource professional in a number of sectors ranging from health care, consumer packaged goods, construction, energy, and commercial services. Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and graduate degree from Queen’s University.
An outdoor enthusiast, Andrew is focused on health and well-being at the individual, family and community level. he was active in coaching his children’s soccer and is looking to give back to the wonderful community he is proud to call home.
Elissa Dykes – Treasurer
Elissa resides in North Vancouver with her husband Harvey and her daughter Emmanuella.
Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Elissa moved to the lower mainland to obtain her Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She joined Wolrige Mahon Chartered Accountants and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2007. After working four years in public practice, she accepted the position of Controller at Backun Musical Services Ltd., a manufacturer of musical instruments.
Elissa joined the Board in April of 2014. Being new to the area she is looking forward to establishing roots and a community in North Vancouver.
Jeanne Douglas – Secretary
Jeanne Douglas has lived on the North Shore with her husband, Bill, since 2001. Her daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren also live in North Vancouver and she is very involved in supporting their activities.
Jeanne has been a professional in the Information Systems and Technology sector. Prior to retirement, she was a senior executive at TELUS and ISM-BC. She has also managed branch offices for a consulting firm in Western Canada and worked in such diverse industries as oil & gas, insurance, manufacturing and university administration.
Jeanne has always worked in the community as a volunteer with many not for profit organizations. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women. Most recently she was on the Board of Directors as Director of Administration for the North Vancouver 2015 55+ BC Games.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.
Lisa is Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement for North Vancouver’s Neptune Terminals. She has been a communications professional for 25 years, working for both boutique and national public relations agencies, a BC crown corporation and a non-profit organization, as well as running her own successful consultancy. At Neptune, she manages the company’s relationships with its non-profit community partners, neighbours, elected officials and other stakeholders.
Lisa is a lifelong British Columbian has lived in North Van for 20 years with her three children. She is very active in her local community, currently serving as a director of North Shore Neighbourhood House, North Shore Community Resources, and on the United Way Lower Mainland’s Campaign Cabinet.
Peter lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two young sons. Since 2003 he has practiced law as a labour and employment lawyer, originally at a large national firm for nine years, and since 2012 at Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould in Vancouver. He has previous undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia and Concordia University, and has worked and volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations. When not working he happily expolores the Lynn Canyon trails, coaches little league and aspires to surf.
Isabel Gordon, MBA, CPA, CA
Isabel has been the Director of Financial Services for the District of West Vancouver since 2015. Prior to that, she was the Director of Finance of the City of North Vancouver. She has over 30 years’ experience in municipal finance.
At the District, she has introduced many innovations, including a District-wide asset management program financed by a dedicated Asset Levy. She is also an advocate for natural capital accounting, along with ecosystem service-linked fees and taxation. Her most recent project is the development of an inventory of the District’s natural capital assets in order to bring natural, social, and economic capital into alignment in the District.
While at the City of North Vancouver, she was instrumental in setting up Canada’s first municipal district heating utility (the Lonsdale Energy Corporation), and in the rejuvenation of the Shipyards areas of the City, and the North Vancouver Civic Centre and Library complex in the heart of the City.
Both at the District and at the City, the financial documents produced received the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) ‘Distinguished Budget Award and the Award for Financial Reporting, in every year that Isabel was Director. She contributed to the City of North Vancouver’s award-winning ‘100 Year Sustainability Vision’, and wrote one of the first Fiscal Sustainability chapters to appear in a municipal Official Community Plan in Canada.
She has made many presentations on municipal finance to students in university-level Public Administration programs, at GFOA conferences both in Canada and to GFOA International, at the Municipal Officer Training Institute, and to numerous professional planning and engineering groups.
She is a passionate believer in the need to transform government finance through a sustainability lens.
Jennifer Hooper has 26 years experience working in Indigenous economic development in government, private industry, First Nations Bands, Tribal Councils and education institutions. Over the years, Jennifer has developed a deep understanding of BC’s 203 First Nations communities, Tribal Councils, Metis organizations and urban Aboriginal communities. She has a strong understanding of First Nations socioeconomic, cultural and legal issues as they pertain to business. She has worked both independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams to build lasting relationships with Indigenous communities across BC and into Alberta.
Early in her career Jennifer worked as a development officer for a federal government program called Aboriginal Business Canada. She gained experience assessing business plans and financial projections of Indigenous communities from across BC that wanted to establish or expand business ventures. Many of these businesses and clients she helped are now mature successful Aboriginal companies.
After twelve years as civil servant, Jennifer decided to set out on her own to provide economic development support to the Indigenous community. For 5 years she successfully worked on special projects for First Nations, non-profits, education institutes and private clients. In 2008, she landed work on major projects that involved many First Nations communities in BC and Alberta. For 8 years Jennifer worked on major projects and traveled extensively, developing a deep knowledge of over 100 Aboriginal communities in BC and Alberta. She presented complex information to indigenous audiences, and managed various multi-disciplinary teams to design and deliver workshops across BC and Alberta on technical and scientific aspects of projects.
Since 2016, Jennifer has worked for the BC Government helping Indigenous businesses to expand into international markets. This role has her working with government, financial institutes, investors, international businesses and Indigenous entrepreneurs to increase the numbers of companies successfully exporting. This is an interesting and exciting role that brings value to the Indigenous community and showcases Indigenous culture to the world.
I moved to Canada in 2001 to study Economics at Carleton University. After graduating with highest honours, I moved to Vancouver and completed a Master’s in Economics at UBC.
My professional experience is in banking and business consulting. I have worked at two large banks, as an account manager and investment consultant, at a venture capital fund, focusing on due diligence and acquisition, and in Executive Education at UBC, as a program coordinator. More recently, I have been working as an independent business consultant in financing and operations.
I live near Ridgeway Elementary School with my husband Isaac and our four children.
Although raised primarily in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Brent found his way to Vancouver in 1982 to finish his undergrad and never returned to Saskatchewan. Instead, he went on to law school at the University of Victoria. After graduating from law school in 1989, Brent returned to Vancouver and joined the law firm of Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau) and has been practicing law with the firm since that time.
Brent has lived in West Vancouver for the past 28 years with his two children.
Brian Martin lives in North Vancouver with is wife and family. With a strong sense of civil duty, Brian Martin served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years, holding a variety of key leadership and communication positions throughout that time.
Despite moving every four years with his family, Brian has always been active in the local communities he has lived in and is a strong believer that it takes an active community to be a healthy community. He has been a Vice-President of a not-for-profit daycare in Yellowknife and was very active in kid’s sports as an assistant, coach or team manager.
Brian is now focused on growing strong roots on the North Shore and giving back to the communities that have helped him and his family feel at home.
Cliff Stewart, P.Eng., IDC.D
Cliff Stewart is Vice-President, Infrastructure at the Port of Vancouver. He leads a multi-discipline team to deliver large port-related infrastructure projects. He has been a consultant in the marine transportation industry, general manager at major container terminal operator DP World Canada, and VP Operations at Centerm Container Terminal.
Cliff currently serves on the Board of the Royal Canadian Marine Research and Rescue, a charity that serves the coastal and lake communities in British Columbia, proving year round rescue service and promoting boating safety for children and families. Cliff is a professional engineer and a past director of the BC Maritime Employers Association.
He currently resides in North Vancouver with his wife and daughter.