About Us

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Cheryl Shkurhan

Chair

Cheryl Shkurhan

Chair

Ms. Shkurhan is Director, Policy & IT at the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. OBSI is a national non-profit organization providing independent and impartial dispute resolution services for Canadian banking and investment consumers. Cheryl is responsible for the development and implementation of OBSI’s information technology platform and operational policies, as well as providing strategic direction on operational plans, risk management and project management for key initiatives. She also acts as OBSI’s Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Cheryl has extensive experience in the financial services sector, having held positions in both banking and investment sectors, including several years as Chief Compliance Officer at a mutual fund dealer before joining OBSI. She has a BA in economics, previously practiced as a Certified Financial Planner, and held the Chartered Investment Manager designation through the Canadian Securities Institute.

Anita Braha

Director

Anita Braha

Director

Anita Braha is a lawyer, who has practiced principally in the human rights, labour and privacy labour areas since 1988.

She is an experienced Board Chair and Director with large financial entities. She is past Chair of Vancity Credit Union, a $27 billion dollar financial institution. She is Vice-Chair of Stabilization Central Credit Union, a statutorily mandated credit union with stabilizing authority for 42 credit unions in B.C. She was Vice-Chair of Central 1, a 2nd Tier, $14 Billion dollar member-based, financial institution, with statutory responsibility to provide mandatory liquidity to the credit union sector in B.C. and to provide fee-based wholesale financial and trade services across Canada.

She is President and a founding member of the Galiano Loan Fund Society, which provides loan guarantees to community members for personal and small business development.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from York University, Ms Braha received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1983 and her L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall in 1986. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1988 and in British Columbia in 1990. She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms Braha has taught Labour Law, Political Science and Women’s Studies courses at Capilano College. She edits the Annotated British Columbia Human Rights Code for Canada Law Book

Dave Hogberg

Director

Dave Hogberg

Director

Dave Hogberg is a retired senior military officer, having spent 35 years serving Canada, at home and abroad, as a member of the Canadian Forces Medical Services. Post-retirement from the Canadian Forces, Dave entered the not-for-profit community, serving as Executive Director of the Hospice at May Court (a palliative/end of life facility in Ottawa), and finally working with the National Military Cemetery, also in Ottawa.

Dave sees his active involvement with the GVFBS as a natural extension of his working life of service to others, and a continuing desire to help those in need. In addition to his responsibilities as Board Director, Dave serves as a Coordinator for two GVFBS Community food hubs in the Downtown location.

Chris Kantowicz

Board of Director

Chris Kantowicz

Board of Director

Chris Kantowicz is the Chief Operating Officer for Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery. In this role, Chris has helped grow the company’s membership to include thousands of Canadians across five provinces who support the company’s ambitious goals of bringing greater transparency and social justice to the Canadian seafood industry.

 

Chris has had a varied career in leadership roles in the performing arts, academia and the food sector. He has an MBA with a focus on both Strategy and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Stage Management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

John Metras

Director

John Metras

Director

John Metras is Associate Vice-President, Facilities at the University of British Columbia. John and his team are responsible for the planning, development and operation of institutional facilities and utilities infrastructure at UBC, collaborating with campus stakeholders to provide great spaces for learning, research and campus life. John has over 20 years of experience in facilities development and operations including his previous positions as Managing Director, Infrastructure Development and Director, Plant Operations at UBC. He has played an integral role in helping UBC evolve into a global leader in sustainability, working on a wide range of initiatives including the Campus as a Living Lab program, the 20-Year Sustainability Strategy, LEED Platinum and Gold certified building projects and the development of the Brock Commons Tall Wood student residence. John has a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Anita Palepu

Director

Anita Palepu

Director

Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, FRCPC, MACP is a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of British Columbia. She is the Physician Program Director for the St. Paul’s Hospital Medicine Program and attends on the Clinical Teaching Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital. She conducts her research at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences and has a research program that falls under the broad umbrella of urban health research with particular interest in vulnerable populations such as individuals who are homeless or vulnerably housed and people who use substances. She is also the UBC Postgraduate Medical Education Faculty Lead for Health Advocacy. She is passionate about the social determinants of health and recognizes the importance of the social and physical environments in shaping people’s lives. Food insecurity has far-reaching implications on health and social well-being and hopes that she can help alleviate this in our community.

Alfred Romann

Director

Alfred Romann

Director

Alfred is a journalist and economist. He is the founder and managing director at Bahati, an editorial content production agency, and a director in public relations consultancy Paradigm. Alfred has worked in Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia and has written extensively for international publications and multinational organizations on issues of economics, finance and development. Alfred studied journalism at Centennial College (Toronto) and economics at Harvard University (Cambridge). He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from Argentina, Alfred has lived and worked in Argentina, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone. He now resides in Burnaby with his wife and son.

Danielle van Jaarsveld

Director

Danielle van Jaarsveld

Director

Danielle van Jaarsveld is the E.D. MacPhee Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business where she is the Division Chair for the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management Division. Since joining the UBC Sauder School of Business in 2004, she has taught in the undergraduate, graduate (e.g., PhD, IMBA, and MBA), and executive programs.

Professor van Jaarsveld’s research explores the changing nature of work and its implications for unions, organizations, managers, and the low wage workforce. She has engaged in comparative international studies of management and employment relations to understand the impact of globalization and restructuring on service workplaces, service workers and the unions representing them. She has written extensively on human resource practices and their influence on firm performance. Her award-winning research is published in both Management and Industrial Relations journals.

In October 2018, the BC Ministry of Labour appointed Danielle the chair of the independent Fair Wages Commission and she is currently leading the Commission’s research on the Living Wage. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Danielle received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her PhD and M.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations.

Ali Zentner

Director

Ali Zentner

Director

Dr Ali Zentner received her undergraduate medical degree from McMaster University and completed her Internal Medicine Residency with an extra year of Cardiology training at the University of Calgary. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr Zentner began practising Internal Medicine in Alberta in 2001. In Lethbridge Alberta, she founded the Southern Alberta Obesity Clinic; a multidisciplinary obesity clinic and the first of its kind in the region. At the same time, she served as co-director and co-founder of the Southern Alberta Heart Function Clinic and operated a busy Internal Medicine and Intensive Care practice.

 

In 2004, Ali moved to Vancouver and established her own community-based practice focusing on obesity and cardiometabolic risk management. She has become a national leader in the field. Dr Zentner was the Medical Director of the Live Well Exercise Clinics from 2013 until 2018. Live Well is a unique prevention clinic which offers medically supervised exercise-based programs in the Lower Mainland and expanding across the country. As medical director, Ali was instrumental in establishing these programs and bringing them to the mainstream.

 

In 2015, Ali became the Medical Director of the Vancouver Island Bariatric Program and built the program into a multidisciplinary bariatric program which now supervises the bariatric surgeries of over 200 patients annually. After three years as director, she moved on to establish a similar bariatric program within Fraser Health region. With a wealth of clinical and practical experience, Dr Zentner built Revolution Medical Clinic and serves as its Medical Director. Revolution is the realization of almost two decades in practice in Obesity and Metabolic Medicine.

 

Dr Zentner has over 7 years of experience in media medicine on the local and national stage. From 2011-2013 she served as a medical correspondent for CBC and The Live Right Now Campaign. From 2013-2016 she was the medical correspondent to Global National News. Ali is the author of, The Weight Loss Prescription: A Doctor’s Guide to Permanent Weight Reduction and Better Health for Life. (Penguin Canada, 2013).

 

Ali is also an avid runner, triathlete and long distance walker. In 2011 she gave up her car and now commutes everywhere by bicycle or on foot.

 

Ali is proud to be a part of the Board of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. She is passionate about healthy communities and highlighting the impact of food insecurity on one’s health. This organization really is her passion project and Ali is honoured to be a part of it.

 

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”- Gandhi

David Long

Chief Executive Officer

David Long

Chief Executive Officer

David has worked internationally in Switzerland, Great Britain and Australia before settling in Canada in 1996. A classically trained Chef, David was the Captain of the Irish Culinary Team that won Gold at the Hotelympia competition in London, England. David has successfully led many teams and made a bold career change from the kitchen to the CEO office in 2005. From 2005 to 2010 David led one of Canada’s most prestigious private member’s clubs, the Terminal City Club, through a $6 million renovation, on time and under budget in preparation for the spectacular 2010 Olympic Winter Games.David has held senior positions across a variety of disciplines including Executive Chef, Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and a Vice President Operations before accepting the role as Chief Operating Officer, quickly being promoted to Chief Executive Officer for the GVFB. Always a passionate, engaging leader he builds high performing teams and has a proven track-record of bringing fun and inspiration to any organization.

Cynthia Boulter

Chief Operating Officer

Cynthia Boulter

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Cynthia works closely with our CEO to support every aspect of the GVFB as an organization. She leads the Development, Community Events and Communications Team, focusing on revenue generation, donor identification and stewardship, strategy development, community engagement, and telling our story across many audiences including corporate and individual donors, industry partners, and the media. Cynthia also works closely with our entire leadership team including Operations and Community Food Hubs to ensure we are doing our very best to meet our clients’ needs, and make the most efficient use of our donors’ dollars.

Cynthia has had a successful career in operations an client services, people leadership and team building, business development and key account management, product development and P&L management, working with some of Canada’s most respected organizations across several industries. Her experience includes companies such as Morneau Shepell, TELUS, Accenture Business Services for Utilities/BC Hydro, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Mackenzie Financial Corporation.

 

Craig Edwards

Director of Operations

Craig Edwards

Director of Operations

Craig Edwards is the Operations Director at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB). In his role, he leads all aspects of the Operations Department including overseeing each area of the warehouse and logistics and is dedicated to all aspects of the work undertaken by the GVFB. He has designed process and product flows, both manual and digital, for inbound, internal and outbound product movement and has a proven track record building meaningful business relationships across the entire sector of the food industry. Craig strives to run a “well-oiled machine”, always looking to make improvements and efficiencies in operations. He is excited to apply his 17+ years of experience gained in not-for-profits and with international logistics companies, to the unique intricacies of the food-banking world.Craig brings empathy, candour and transparency to his work to get the very best results from the Operations Team.

Greg Douglas

Director of Development

Greg Douglas

Director of Development

As Director of Development Greg works with a small but dedicated team to achieve organizational fundraising objectives required to meet the needs of an expanding Food Bank client base while developing strong and meaningful relationships with donors.
The generous donors who support the Food Bank are a critical and integral part of our organization whom we appreciate, value and respect. We aim to build on these relationships through sharing the significant impact their donor dollars are making, delivering excellent and responsive service to our donors and being highly accountable to donors for each dollar received.
Greg has been involved in development for over 25 years working in many well-respected non-profits including United Way of the Lower Mainland, BC Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. He was an early adopter of online and multi-channel fundraising and brings this approach and experience to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. He enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge and help guide and mentor younger, emerging fundraisers who will continue to serve our community for years to come.

Harriet Jeffery

Human Resources Manager

Harriet Jeffery

Human Resources Manager

Harriet is the Human Resources Manager at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition across a variety of industries in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Harriet enjoys working with dynamic leaders and partnering with businesses to execute strategies that simplify work, engage people and deliver results.

In her hands-on and people-centred role heading up our Human Resources department and Volunteer Program at the GVFB, Harriet is responsible for implementing our HR strategy and fostering a positive organizational culture. She contributes to a dynamic, highly-engaged, productive team environment within the leadership group and is focused on continuous improvement, interdepartmental relationships and operational excellence. Harriet provides strong day-to-day leadership and bridges communication, collaboration and teamwork across the organization.

Harriet is best known for her ability to be a trusted partner focused on business results, innovation and people. A passionate and approachable person who has an intuition and insight that drives her personally and professionally in every pursuit.

Jacqueline Liu

Controller

Jacqueline Liu

Controller

Jacqueline is the Financial Controller and leads the Finance Department at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB). In her role, she manages accounting and financial control and reporting functions, and establishes financial strategy to promote the long-term growth of the GVFB. She focuses on automating financial processes to maximize efficiency, strengthening internal controls, increasing reporting transparency and the digitalization of accounting data.

Jacqueline has held management and leadership positions in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Her experience includes companies such as Sun Life Financial, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA).

Michelle Kotowski

Manager, Community Food Hubs

Jeanne Lefebvre

Manager of Community Agencies

Terra Paredes

Community Events and Engagement Manager

Mike Trelenberg

Manager, Warehouse Operations

The GVFB 2019 Annual Report

Want to learn all about how we work to support the community through the power of food? We invite you to check out our 2019 Annual Report for all the details.

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Financial Statements and Annual Reports

None of our work would be possible without your support in donating food, funds, and time. Learn more about how we allocate these funds to have the largest impact on the community.

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Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society Membership

Are you interested in advancing and supporting the activities of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society? Become a member and have a say in how your Food Bank serves the community!

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GVFB Food Purchases

Eggs and Milk

Every month the GVFB purchases 56,600 eggs and 5,400 litres of milk!

Who does the GVFB support?

Food Bank Clients

The GVFB shares food with people from all walks of life. Working families, folks on disability, children and seniors are just some of the people who need access to quality, nutritious food to live their best lives.

Monetary Donations Go Furthest

Buying Power

For every $1 donated, the GVFB can purchase up to $3 worth of nutritious, quality food for clients and agency partners