Board of Directors

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is overseen by a Board of Directors elected by its members at the Annual General Meeting. The Board is accountable to its members, the community and its donors. The expertise of the Board in key areas such as HR, finance and food operations guides our direction and helps us to be accountable to our strategic goals. They meet monthly to review our progress, discuss how we can maximize our resources, while empowering the management team and staff. Our current Board of Directors are as follows:

Stephen Deedes-Vincke

Joe Chan

Joe Chan


Joe Chan has practiced law at Richards Buell Sutton LLP since moving to Vancouver more than a decade ago.  Prior to that move, he lived and practised in Calgary. Through all of that time – and now – Joe has advised on business law and securities/corporate finance matters for a broad range of clients, including TSX/TSXV/CSE listed public companies, resource companies, real estate investment companies and trusts, technology ventures, restaurants, artists, writers, not-for-profits, and others.

Joe has experience providing his clients with sensible, practical advice on a wide array of transactions, ranging from business “start-ups”, to the “exit” sale of businesses, and everything in-between. He has also worked on securities law matters, assisting clients through their IPOs, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, plans of arrangement, and ‘go private’ transactions, as well as a broad range of cross-border transactions.

Outside of his legal work, Joe has written about food, music and art for numerous publications, was the publisher/editor of a monthly arts/culture magazine, and a co-editor/writer for two food websites.

Charles Cook


Charles Cook has been with Discovery Capital since March 2001. As a partner, Charles identifies and structures investments for BC Discovery Fund, and works with the management of portfolio companies to assist in creating value, typically as a member of the Board of Directors. With nine years of investment banking experience prior to joining Discovery, Charles particularly assists the portfolio companies of the Fund in structuring financings and in completing acquisition and divestiture transactions. As a CPA, CMA, he is also CFO of the Fund, and responsible for its financial management, securities compliance and capital raising activities.

Prior to joining Discovery Capital, Charles was a director of Dundee Securities, providing investment banking services in Alberta and British Columbia, prior to which he worked in a similar role in the Vancouver office of Goepel McDermid Securities (now Raymond James Canada).

Michael Longinotti

Director and Treasurer

Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently CFO of Rx Networks Inc. He joined the GVFB board in 2015 for a one year term and is serving as Treasurer.

Mike has 30 years experience in financing and operations in public and private companies. He was CFO of Silent Witness just prior to its sale to Honeywell, and served on the board of Digital Payment Technologies for six years as the Chairman of its audit and compensation committees. Previously, he worked in the resource industry and was treasurer and controller for Cominco. Mike holds a Bachelors of Science in Geology and Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Anita Palepu


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.

Warren Wong


Warren Wong is the Executive Vice President of Talent & Culture at Appnovation Technologies www.appnovaton.com, where he is responsible for the company’s global talent organization, acquisition, engagement, and development strategies in support of the company expansion as a world leader in helping enterprises and governments with Digital and Agile transformation using open technologies.  Also under Warren’s vision and leadership his mandate also includes corporate citizenship and community engagement. 

Warren is a strategic human capital and business leader whose passion is to transform, enable and inspire organizations. Warren has more than a thirty years of experience and success in influencing hyper growth and emerging organizations ranging from local start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with operations in North America, Europe and Asia.  Local companies that have benefited from Warren’s passion and innovative leadership include Elastic Path Software plus international organizations such as eBay and Microsoft. 

Warren is a 1984 Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Arts, Communications graduate. After graduating, Warren was one of the first recipients of the province’s Certified Human Resources Professional (“CHRP”) designation, which he helped develop the program requirements for as a member of the Professional Development Committee with the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association.

A lifelong Vancouverite, Warren has generously given his time to a variety of community and civic events including the 1986 World Exposition, 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2011 Grey Cup Festival and the City of the 2011 Vancouver civic election. Earlier in Warren’s career he was a board member for Psoriasis Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society including being a member of many advisory committees including the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Human Resources Management program.   

Warren joined the GVFBS Board as a Director in June 2012 and sits on the Human Resources and Governance committees at the GVFB.   Warren is presently also a Board Director with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  In addition, Warren is a member of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association’s (“BCTIA”) Talent Advisory Council and a board advisor with Vertical Bridge Consulting.

Warren is an avid cyclist and is a member of the Glotman*Simpson Cycling Club riding to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.  For more information about Warren visit his LinkedIn profile at http://ca.linkedin.com/in/warrenwong

Ali Zentner