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Sharyn (Dawn) Dawn Black

Dawn Black is a former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and Member of Parliament. Prior to that, she worked as a sales representative for the Poul Moellar Agency and as an accounting clerk for the Vancouver Art Gallery and Traveller’s Insurance. Active in her community, she volunteers for the Stephan Lewis Foundation and a board member of the Broadbent Institute. She has worked with several international organizations such as UNDO, NDI and OSCE. She was also Board Member of the Legal Services Society. Ms. Black graduated from Fairview Commercial High.


Sheila Allison Bouman

Sheila Bouman is the Chief Executive Officer of viaSport, where she is committed to working with partners across sport, health, education and community to champion changes so that more British Columbians can thrive in sport. Prior to viaSport, she worked with executive teams as a consultant then as a senior leader in Cogeco Peer 1, a global technology company. In addition to receiving accolades from Achievers, Glassdoor and Best in Biz, Ms. Bouman was recognized as a 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction nominee for her ability to drive innovation and strategic direction. Ms. Bouman serves as Chair of the Minister's Tourism Engagement Council. She has previously served as a Director on viaSport’s Board of Directors, an Elected School Trustee on the District 44 School Board, and as President of the Board of Directors for the BC Organization Development Network. She was also a volunteer with the District of North Vancouver’s Community and Social Services department. Ms. Bouman holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.


Linda Ellen Hannah

Linda Hannah serves as Regional Vice-President of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in British Columbia. She began her career as an interpreter for Parks Canada in Yoho National Park. She went on to spend more than two decades in the provincial governments of Alberta and British Columbia, assuming increasingly senior responsibilities related to sustainability and environmental management. She served as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for BC Fisheries and worked in the Premier’s Office as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the implementation of the Nisga’a Treaty. Ms. Hannah has worked as Executive Director of large non-profit organizations. She has served on several boards in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She was previously an elected member of the Senate at the University of Victoria and was a Member of the BC Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. Until recently she held the Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance at the University of Guelph. In addition, she has consulted widely in the private sector. Ms. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, as well as an Master of Arts and a PhD from the University of Victoria.


Joel Christian McKay

Joel McKay is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, a regional development corporation focused on building a stronger economy in Northern British Columbia. Prior to his role of CEO, he was a Director at Northern Development Initiative Trust. Mr. McKay worked as a Reporter, and then later as an Assignment Editor for Business in Vancouver Media Group. Active in his community, he is a former volunteer organizer for the Governor General's Leadership Conference and Chair of Media Relations for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. He was also an Officer Cadet of the Rocky Mountain Rangers B Company. Mr. McKay holds a Bachelor of Applied Journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program at the University of Toronto.


Douglas Abel Neasloss

Doug recently served as Chief Councillor of the Kitasoo Band Council. Mr. Neasloss is a keen student of Kitasoo/Xai'xais history and culture. Beginning his career as a bear viewing guide and Cultural Interpreter, he has spent 12 years becoming intimately familiar with Kitasoo/Xai' Xais Territory. As the Marine Use Planning Community Coordinator, He spent 6 years with the community, writing a marine use plan for their territory. He later moved on to become the Kitasoo/Xai' Xais Resource Stewardship Director and an elected Councilor. Active in his community, Mr. Neasloss serves as a Board member for Nature United, the Grizzly Bear Foundation, Coastal First Nations and CCIRA. In addition, he is the Executive Director of Spirit Bear Research Foundation and the Chairman of the Kitasoo Band Council.


Nicole L. Vaugeois

Nicole Vaugeois was the Associate Vice President of Research at Vancouver Island University. She formerly held an Endowed Chair position as the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development at VIU and was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the World Leisure Centre of Excellence in Sustainability and Innovation. Active in her community, she is currently a Board member of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (Canadian Chapter), the BC Rural Network and Innovation Island. She formerly served on the Board of Tourism Vancouver Island and held an appointment to BC's Tourism Research Taskforce. Ms. Vaugeois holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Tourism Planning from CHN The Netherlands and a PhD from Michigan State University.


Penny Roberta Wilson

Penny Wilson is currently the chief marketing officer for Hootsuite. In this role she leads the company's global marketing, growth and customer support organizations driving market leadership, brand awareness, demand generation and the creation of memorable customer experiences. Ms. Wilson has more than 30 years of experience in senior marketing and executive leadership roles. Her previous roles include acting as a chief marketing officer for Juniper Networks, a chief marketing officer for Macromedia, and a president & chief operating officer for Extend Media. Active in her community, she is serving as a board of director for the HR MacMillan Space Centre. In addition, she has served for Ainslie Wear, Grand NCE, Tagga Media and the British Columbia Technology Industries Association. Ms. Wilson holds her Bachelor of Computer Science and Business (Honors) degree from the University of Guelph.