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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

Chair

Stephen Deedes-Vincke is an IT Manager at TELUS Communications and before joining TELUS, worked for IBM in the United Kingdom. Stephen has accumulated over 30 years of IT Management experience with a strong focus on leading and supporting people. Stephen has volunteered at the Food Bank helping with warehouse food sorts since 2005. He organised a monthly volunteer team from TELUS and coordinates the yearly “TELUS Days of Giving” at the Food Bank providing over 300 volunteers and 15,000 hours during the summer months.

Through his volunteering and mentoring efforts at the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.  Stephen helps new immigrants to find work in the Information Technology Sector.

In a broader context of food security and sustainability, Stephen works as a Ranger with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project to promote pollinators in our local environment. Pollinators, including butterflies, are needed to create one out of every 3 mouthfuls of the food we eat. Community involvement is an essential part of the process at the Foundation.

Stephen completed the Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations course at the Sauder School of Business in 2012.

Charles Cook

Director

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

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.

Warren Wong

​Director

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

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