Board of Directors

Dr. Daniel Muzyka

Chair
  

Dr. Daniel Muzyka is a professor of management in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He recently retired as president and chief executive officer of The Conference Board of Canada and as vice-president and chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He was previously the dean and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, as well as the dean of the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan. Prior to joining UBC, he was the IAF Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD (France), where he also served as associate dean of the MBA program and director of the 3i Venturelab. Dr. Muzyka was previously a faculty member at Babson College and a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Muzyka has been a board member and consultant to several other business and not-for-profit organizations, including vice chair and a public director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Vancouver Board of Trade (past chair), Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), New Ventures BC and the European Venture Capital Association. Dr. Muzyka chaired NSERC’s Expert Advisory Committee on Partnerships and Innovation. Dr. Muzyka holds a bachelor of arts in astrophysics from Williams College, a master of business administration in corporate strategy from the Wharton School, and a doctor of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School.

 

Wendy King

Vice Chair

Wendy King is responsible for managing the legal function, enterprise risk management and corporate governance at Capstone Mining Corp. She has been practicing law for more than 18 years, 14 of which were spent as in-house counsel, and four in private practice as an international-tax specialist. She is a certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors and served on the Board of Via Rail Canada for five years. She holds a Masters in International Tax Law and a Masters of Business Administration, and most recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Ms King joined Capstone following her role as Senior Vice President Government Relations, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Central 1 Credit Union. Prior to this role, she served as Senior Legal Counsel with Weyerhaeuser Company Limited for 11 years.

Karen Aird

Through her mother Marlene Cameron/Desjarlais, Karen is a member of Saulteau First Nations in Treaty 8 Territory of BC and is currently the Heritage Manager for First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) and a founder/President of the national organization the Indigenous Heritage Circle (the Circle). Karen has worked as an archaeologist and in cultural heritage management for the past 23 years on many projects that convey a strong sense of place in Indigenous landscapes, encompassing the stories, legal traditions and the intangible and tangible elements into Indigenous heritage. Some of the projects that Karen has worked on include acting an expert witness for Indigenous Nations during the Site C Dam environmental assessment; project coordinator for the Secwepemc cultural heritage study; project lead for the Tse’K’wa National historic site; co-author of the FPCC Policy Paper on Recognizing and Including Indigenous Cultural Heritage and a Living Heritage paper with UNESCO Canada and FPCC; assisting with the coordination of three national engagements on Indigenous heritage with Parks Canada; leading a project to decolonize heritage and implement UNDRIP with the Heritage Branch of BC and FPCC; and much more. Karen was appointed to the Parks Canada National Indigenous Advisory Board in 2019.

Nika Collison

Jisgang, Nika Collison, belongs to the Kaay'ahl Laanas of the Haida Nation. She is executive director and curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay and has worked in the field of arts and heritage for more than 20 years. Deeply committed to reconciliation, Nika is a senior repatriation negotiator for her Nation, pursuing reparation and relationships with museums on a global scale; she also serves on the newly formed Canadian Museum Association's National Museums and Indigenous Issues Council. In 2017 she received the international Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology from the Council for Museums Anthropology for her work in repatriation and Indigenous scholarship and was named one of the top 10 Cultural Professionals for 2017 by the BC Museums Association. Nika holds a financial management diploma from the British Colombia Institute of Technology.

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick is the founder and president of Beehive Holdings, Maison Victoria Homes and MdGB Capital. Previously, Mrs. de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick was vice president of Marketing for Big Park Games. Active in her community, she is a board member of Photonics and the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation.

Mrs. de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick is a past board member of PetNet, Allocadia Software, Vancouver General Hospital, the Vancouver Symphony and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

Mrs. de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Literature in Spanish and French from Harvard College.

 

Robert Jawl

Robert is managing director with Jawl Properties Ltd, Victoria, BC’s largest owner, manager and developer of commercial real estate. Prior to Jawl Properties, Robert was an associate with the Blackstone Group involved in the firm’s real estate private equity investment initiatives. Earlier, Robert was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Co.

Robert holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Science in Sustainable Urban Development from Oxford University. Robert is past chairperson of the Urban Development Institute Capital Region and a past director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the Mayor’s Taskforce on Economic Development. Robert is engaged in a range of philanthropic initiatives with a principal focus on youth, education and community wellbeing. Robert lives in Victoria with his wife and two sons.

 

Lenora Lee

Lenora Lee is Partner with KPMG LLP. Active in her community, Ms. Lee is a Director of the Government Finance Officers Association of British Columbia. She is also Chair of the Government Organizations Audit and Accounting Forum for the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Ms. Lee is a Student Mentor for the University of Victoria. Previously she was a Community Fund and Arts & Heritage Committee Member for the Victoria Foundation. Ms. Lee is a Chartered Professional Accountant from the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria.

E. Michael O'Brien

Mr. E. Michael O'Brien recently retired after a distinguished career as a senior executive of the Vancouver Airport Authority where his responsibilities included strategic planning, legal services, corporate secretary, environment, community and media relations. Previously Mr. O'Brien served as Chief of Staff to the federal ministers of health, transport and employment and immigration.

He commenced his career as a barrister, having received his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Mr. O'Brien has served as a director of the Richmond Gateway Theatre and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. At present he serves a member of the Fraser Basin Society and is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation.

Ratana Stephens

Ratana Stephens is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Nature’s Path Foods, Inc., North America’s largest certified breakfast and snack food company. As a role model for women in business, Ms. Stephens’ contribution to the successful growth of her company has been recognized by the business community through a variety of awards, including being named one of Canada’s Top 150 Noteworthy British Columbians. She has also been voted one of Canada’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, and in 2015, one of BC’s 50 Most Influential Women. Active in her community, Ms. Stephens has been a member with both the United Way Lower Mainland and the Women’s Leadership Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters in English Literature from Agra University.

Peeter Wesik

Peeter Wesik is the president of Wesgroup Properties, a family business started in British Columbia more than 50 years ago. Wesgroup is a private real estate organization with a diversified portfolio spanning residential and commercial real estate.

Wesgroup has also invested in the equipment sales and service business under the brand names Williams Machinery and Westerra Equipment, with 8 branches located throughout British Columbia.

Mr. Wesik previously practiced law as a partner at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) and is involved in numerous industry associations including the Urban Development Institute, where he served as a director and chair, and is a former trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery.