The Journey of an Apple

Did you know that it takes a whole team of caring staff and volunteers, industrial-sized refrigeration units, warehouses, forklifts and trucks to distribute an apple from a local farm to the hands of a child? We created this video to show you how these individuals and equipment contribute to feeding people in your community, and to thank you for supporting our entire operation. It takes more than food!

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.

Ali Zentner

Vice Chair

Ali Zentner

Vice Chair

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. In Lethbridge Alberta, Ali founded the Southern Alberta Obesity Clinic, a multidisciplinary obesity clinic and the first of its kind in the region. In 2004, Ali moved to Vancouver and established her own community-based practice focusing on obesity and cardio metabolic risk management. With a wealth of clinical and practical experience, Ali 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.

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.

Susan Fisher

Director

Susan Fisher

Director

Susan is a senior management consultant who works with organizations to identify and amplify their unique voice, steward their reputation and the relationship between brand promise and stakeholder experience. She works with complex organizations locally, across Canada and internationally. With expertise in communications, marketing and business development, and training in public participation processes and indigenous engagement, Susan will support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank in bringing best practices forward to protect and enhance its reputation.

Susan previously worked with the GVFB as a communications advisor, has volunteered on boards and committees with Taste of the Nation and Endeavour Society, and was a literacy mentor, communications advisor, and fundraising champion for the (Vancouver) Writers’ Exchange.

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.

Chris Kantowicz

Director

Chris Kantowicz

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.

Fiona Macdonald

Director

Fiona Macdonald

Director

Fiona is an experienced director with particular expertise in governance and human resources.  She is a director of The Royal Canadian Mint, where she chairs the Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Committee. Fiona’s past board experience includes: Director of a publicly traded financial services company, RF Capital, where she was Chair of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee, a Member of Audit and Governance and Special Committees; Director of the BC Ferry Authority; and Chair of the BC Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Fiona has a BA and MBA, both from UBC, and has the ICD.D designation.

What Fiona brings in particular to the Food Bank board is: business/financial acumen, which will help with meeting today’s pressing needs while also ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Food Bank; governance best practices, which will help ensure effective stewardship and oversight of what is a very large and complex organization, that provides essential support to many people in our communities; and a deep background in human resource management to ensure we attract, retain and develop our people so that they too can grow and contribute to the Food Bank’s mission of providing healthy food to those in need.

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 at UBC, collaborating with campus stakeholders to provide an inspiring and sustainable physical environment for learning, research and campus life. John is a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from UBC.

John is strongly committed to the GVFBS vision of healthy communities through fair and effective food systems. This aligns with his own work in building a healthy, resilient and sustainable community at UBC. He feels privileged to volunteer as a Director on the GVFBS Board and share his experience in management, planning, projects and operations to help support the GVFBS in its mission of providing healthy food to those in need.

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.

Alfred sits on the board and on the board’s Finance & Audit committee. He began his association with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank by volunteering at the distribution site in North Burnaby.

Patricia Sayer

Director

Patricia Sayer

Director

Patricia, a CPA Candidate, is an accounting and finance professional who has extensive experience in financial management developed through six years of banking and financial management systems testing. She has served in an advisory capacity and as a mentor on issues related to inclusion and education for Indigenous peoples and currently serves as the Treasurer Officer on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Native Housing Society.

She brings strong qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for work that contributes to the progress and strengthening of strategic governance and results in increased fairness and equality for everyone. Having faced food insecurity in the past, Patricia knows it is a complex issue. She is excited to bring her professional experience and personal worldview to the table to help the GVFBS achieve its vision of healthy communities through fair and effective food systems.

Patricia is a proud urban Cree-Métis woman originally from Saskatchewan who is grateful to make her home in Vancouver as a guest on the unceded, ancestral and sacred territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Doug Zabkar

Director

Doug Zabkar

Director

Doug is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working across many industries.  He has worked with all BC health authorities, health research institutes, and private medical and health & wellness organizations.  He is skilled in leadership, business development and growth, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and consulting. Doug is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Omnae Technologies, a cloud-based supply chain management platform company.  He is also co-founder of ChangePain, a multi-disciplinary pain clinic located in Vancouver. He is a past board member and treasurer for the Vancouver Homework Club Society.

Doug is passionate about providing healthy food to those in need. He is keenly aware of the greater health risks that exist, including higher rates of chronic disease, amongst people who are food insecure. He sees this opportunity as a Director with the GVFB as a chance to meaningfully contribute to the overall wellness of people who need our support.

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 Vice President of Operations before accepting the role as Chief Operating Officer, quickly being promoted to Chief Executive Officer for the GVFB. Most recently, he was elected as a Director to the Food Banks Canada Board of Directors. 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 of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Cynthia partners with the CEO to support every aspect of the GVFB as an organization. She leads the Development, Community Events and Communications teams, focusing on revenue generation, donor identification and stewardship, strategy development, community engagement, and telling our story across many audiences including the general public, corporate and individual donors, industry partners and the media. Cynthia also leads our Distribution and Community Agency teams, with responsibility for our front line food distribution to our clients, and the relationships with our 80+ Community Agency Partners who distribute our food through their many community programs.

Cynthia has had a successful career in operations and 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 strategies 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).

Jeanne Lefebvre

Manager of Community Agencies

Terra Paredes

Community Events and Engagement Manager

The GVFB 2020 Impact Report

Our 2020 Impact Report includes highlights and achievements from the past year, focusing on the many ways we provided healthy food to those in need each and every week.

Read More

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.

Learn More

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!

Learn More

Charity Intelligence

Charity Intelligence aims to provide Canadian donors with information to help them make informed and intelligent giving decisions about where their donations will have the greatest impact. Charity Intelligence rates charities on financial transparency, funding needs, cost-efficiency and donor accountability. The GVFB is proud to receive a 4-star rating in 2019.

Learn More
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, people 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 about $2 worth of nutritious, quality food for clients and agency partners