Introducing the 2013 Board of Directors!
January 21, 2013
Tom Stulberg ? President of Fireworks Marketing Group Inc.
With more than 20 years experience in the event marketing industry, Tom combines a strong design and technical background to produce award-winning events both nationally and internationally. Under
Tom?s leadership, Fireworks Marketing Group has grown to four offices in Japan and Canada and has been instrumental in building the company?s reputation for design and production management
Tom has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carleton University. He currently sits on the board of MPI BC and has served on the board of the International Special Event Society, Northwest
Chapter and is a member of CSES, MPI and the ARA. He is an occasional lecturer on event production, event marketing and event design at BCIT, Langara, Emily Carr and the Vancouver Community College.
John Hammond ? Director in the Vancouver office of Towers Watson
John leads the Executive Compensation practice in Western Canada. John has consulted with boards and senior management on executive and director compensation issues for over ten years. He is an
expert on corporate governance issues surrounding executive and director compensation. His clients span privately held, publicly traded and public sector organizations and he has specific experience
in financial services, forest products, mining, oil & gas, retail, and utilities.
John is a frequent speaker on executive and director compensation and the governance of executive pay. He is a member of the BC Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Prior to joining
Towers Watson in May, 2006 John spent eight years with a prominent Canadian human resource consulting firm, most recently as a principal and head of their Vancouver office. Previous to consulting,
John spent several years in corporate and commercial banking with a major Canadian financial institution. John holds a BA from the University of Victoria and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business
at the University of Western Ontario.
Kerry Slater ? Project and Events Manager at Curve Communications and mother of two
She has extensive experience managing a wide range of clients ? and children. Whether she?s planning a small promotional event or a large and comprehensive gala; keeping designers, clients, and
colleagues on task and on time; writing, editing, or prettying up a report; or coordinating the smoothest 4-year-old?s birthday party ever seen, Kerry takes pride in her attention to detail.
Especially proud of her work on the Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards, Kerry has taken this annual event to new heights, with double the original attendance numbers and a significant increase
in sponsor loyalty. The Children?s Festival is the ultimate blend of her two worlds and she?s delighted to be involved.
Kathleen M. Bourchier, ABC ? Owner/operator of Kathleen Bourchier Strategic Communications
Kathleen is a communications consultancy specializing in corporate communications and issues management. She was formerly Vice President and General Manager of Optimum Public Relations, which she
joined in 2001 after acquiring more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications management with Alcan Inc. (now Rio Tinto Alcan), one of Canada?s leading multinational companies.
Kathleen specializes in strategic communication planning, reputation management, crisis communication, issues management, environmental communication, community investment, marketing and events
management, and employee communication. She is a sought-after speechwriter, having written for some of Canada?s leading CEOs. She also has extensive experience in communications research and in
public and First Nations consultation processes associated with resource industry applications in British Columbia.
Karen Boykiw ? Realtor
Karen has been a realtor for the past 12 years in Miami Beach, Florida and BC. She has a 9-year old daughter and a 7-year old son. She is an active member in our community. Supporting the arts has
always been important to her and she looks forward to the opportunity to help the Festival and admire the great work they do.
Lisa Cohen ? Small business owner in Vancouver
Prior to opening her own business she was involved in the film/television and media sector for more than 12 years. She has worked primarily in marketing and was a national Internet marketing
specialist for a Canadian media outlet. She has also held numerous positions in the non-profit field. Her interest and work focus primarily revolves around fundraising and trending.
Sarah Hancock – Dancer, brand strategist
grew up in the UK where she trained as a dancer until her early 20?s and was actively involved in arts education at the drama centre run by her father. Being engaged in theatre and education
through performing arts from an early age she has a passion, understanding and genuine dedication to supporting and advancing the promotion of the arts to younger generations.
Her 17-year career has focused on brand management strategy and development for a wide range of clients from large corporations to rock bands. As a highly experienced manager, business owner and
team leader she moved to Vancouver in 2007 and joined the team at VANOC with responsibility for brand integration and all design and management of all internal and public-facing publications and maps
for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Paul Hippel ? investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities
He is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for a public accounting firm as well as in the investment banking division of a Canadian bank. He has served on various boards within the community
including the past year with the Vancouver International Children?s Festival. He is a father of three young children and appreciates the value of arts in children?s lives.
Yasmin Lalji ? Montessori teacher
Yasmin is a trained as a Montessori teacher with Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has been a Montessori teacher, in Vancouver and Victoria, for the past 13 years. Yasmin’s past and
present civic responsibilities include: Board Member, West Vancouver Child Development Centre; Volunteer, S.A.R.A.W. (Student Assisted Reading and Writing Centre); Volunteer, Nature Conservancy of
Canada; Volunteer, Aga Khan Foundation; Member of Super Heroes Committee, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Christina Pyra ? Lawyer, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP, practicing in the Business Law Group
Chrisina advises domestic and international clients in a variety of sectors, including insurance, technology, natural resources, energy, and consumer goods and services. A graduate from the
University of Windsor School of Law, she began her practice in Toronto, after which she assumed a role in Latin America managing a team of lawyers and compliance officers in nine countries.
Although a prairie girl at heart, she loves being proximate to the mountains and ocean ? taking every opportunity to experience new and exciting adventures. Christina has two beautiful nieces with
whom she looks forward to sharing the excitement of the Festival. She is thrilled to be considered for its Board and looks forward to becoming involved with such a fabulous festival and devoted group
Teresa Sutherland ? BA, Principal, Amacon
Teresa joined Amacon, her father?s Real Estate Development and Construction Company in 1987, after spending time in both China and Hong Kong, where she worked for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. As
one of the principals, Teresa has worked in the family business for over three decades, and has held roles in leasing, development, finance, marketing and construction. Teresa oversees the company
projects in Asset Portfolio Management, working alongside her four siblings in preserving what their father built from the ground up, while expanding their company growth.
The mother of five, Teresa has been an enthusiastic patron of the Festival for years and feels strongly about the impact the Festival has on building an appreciation for the arts in young
audiences. With a Bachelor of Arts, and over 30 years experience as a business leader, Teresa has a very strong passion in encouraging children and the importance of having art in their lives.