Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team implements the activities from our strategic plan, works towards our goals and embodies our values. Get to know our leaders:

Cynthia Kinsella

Chief Development Officer

Cynthia Kinsella is the Chief Development Officer at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. In her role, Cynthia leads Development and Communications at the GVFB, and is a member of the executive team. As CDO she focuses on revenue generation, donor identification and stewardship, strategy development, community engagement, and communications across many audiences including corporate and individual donors, industry partners, the media, as well as the GVFB staff and volunteers.

Cynthia has had a successful career in people leadership and team building, business development, key account management, operations and client services, 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, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Mackenzie Financial Corporation.

David Long

Chief Operating 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 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.

Craig Edwards

​Operations Director

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.

Diane Collis

​Food & Education Director

Diane grew up in a large, extended family in a northern BC farming community. Economically poor but resource rich, her family ate simple, whole food items that were mostly raised or grown on the farm. Food and food skills were shared and passed down through the generations. Cooking, eating and preserving food together was a regular extended family activity.
For the past 20 years, Diane has been involved in capacity-building food programming in Vancouver and beyond – from farmers markets to good food boxes, to community gardens and meal programs.

Community kitchens, bringing people together to share food skills and knowledge, friendship and fun, has undoubtedly been her greatest passion — both personally and professionally.
In her position as Food and Education Director for the Food Bank, she brings a clear understanding and respect for the important role healthy, safe and nutritious food plays to positively fuel our lives and feed both our stomachs and souls.

Her 15 year participation with the BC Food Systems Network has broadened and deepened her commitment to a systems-wide approach to community and environmental health and wellness.

Iryn Vekay

​Finance Director

It is my honor and pleasure to work for the Food Bank as the financial leader since 2011. Over the years, the financial and accounting staff have focused on improving our internal control procedures and accountability around donor gifts (money and food), financial projects and program management, and the implementation of new computerized accounting and fundraising systems.

I immigrated to Canada over 16 years ago with a PhD in Management Accounting, working for businesses and non-profit organizations in management and executive positions. In 2007 I became a Canadian Certified Management Accountant (CPA).

For two years I was a Board Member of the KidSafe Project Society, sharing with other directors the excitement to serve and provide vulnerable children with a safe place to go when school is out. Also, to support Vancouver history, it is my pleasure to volunteer for the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

My physical activities help me to keep my brain sharp, so you can catch me cycling or walking on the Vancouver Seawall, hiking or snowshoeing. I also love to travel around the world and locally.

Will Shields

​Facilities & IT Manager

I come from a lifetime of giving back in both the for-profit and non-profit communities.

I am a ticketed, heavy industry tradesman with many years of standard and industrial first aid experience, community and planning commission management.

When I joined the Food Bank in 2001, I had a few years of resort/food and beverage management experience. I promised to stay for two years to help the Food Bank rebuild its Food Runners program. The two years turned to 12 as I put learned skills to work laying the foundation and then building the program.

At the same time, based on my industry experience, I always had large parts of facility management on the side of my desk. So after years of it trying to tip my desk over, I transitioned to managing the Food Bank’s facilities and IT full time.

This makes for full days as I take care of the operation of our building and compounds, security issues, telecommunications and our fleet of 13 units. I also co-chair the Food Bank’s Health and Safety Committee.