Leadership Team Providing direction and operational excellence
An effective Board is vital to the operation of any not-for-profit organization. The British Columbia Borstal Association is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is instrumental in the following capacities:
1. Determining the organization’s mission, vision and values
2. Developing current and future leaders, both Executive & Board
3. Ensuring financial longevity through it’s fiduciary responsibilities (fund acquisition, budgeting, audits, financial oversight)
4. Determining and monitoring the organization’s programs and services
5. Serving as strategic planning partners, setting policy and direction
6. Ensuring legal and ethical integrity and accountability
Adam van der Linde, President
Based in Victoria, Adam van der Linde CD is Roper Greyell’s point-person for its many Vancouver Island clients. Adam brings a very diverse background to his general employment and labour practice, where he brings his particular experience to workplace investigations. A member of the Canadian military from 2005 to 2020, Adam has provided legal advice to Canadian Armed Forces in almost all provinces and territories, as well as providing counsel on complex international issues overseas in Europe, Africa, and Asia. His fluency in English and French also saw him advising on complex police investigations and conducting criminal prosecutions across the country, while appointed the lead prosecutor in a Quebec office. Prior to joining the Armed Forces, Adam taught English, French, Latin, and Social Studies at elite high schools in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
Stephen Bath, Vice President
Dr. Stephen Bath is the current Vice-President of the BC Borstal Board of Directors and has been a Board Director since 2014. He was active on the sub-committee to develop the new trauma focussed program of education and clinical counselling services. Dr. Bath is also a Member of Common Room and Standing Committees of Cecil and Ida Green College UBC. Dr. Bath is the Owner of Trustmark Research. His career spans over 30 years of broad experience with hundreds of successful marketing and social sciences research projects.
Andrew Chan, Secretary
Andrew is a senior manager with a Metro Vancouver public safety agency and has over 20 years of professional experience in the criminal justice industry. Andrew has worked collaboratively with public and private industry groups to support individuals who have been impacted by trauma throughout their lives. With extensive managerial experience working in the public sector, Andrew possesses a variety of executive skills including Human Resources Administration and Critical Incident Response Management.
Vivian Xu, Treasurer
Vivian Xu is a Controller at a private college that educates and supports Red Seal plumbing & welding trade apprentices throughout BC. In addition to acting as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director, she oversees the finance and administrative departments. Vivian enjoys being an active strategist through effectively managing resources and improving operation processes to build long term success and sustainability. Vivian is passionate about giving back to the community by serving on various NPO boards.
Bruce Kirk, Executive Director
A seasoned leader highly regarded for vision, enthusiasm and teamwork; an innate ability to identify opportunities, develop innovative solutions and manage change through positive, productive partnerships resulting in maximum performance of mission-driven organizations.
Bruce has a long history in psychosocial services with training in Critical Incident Stress Management. He’s committed to organizational and personal excellence with expertise in operations management, donor relations, strategic planning, service delivery and community engagement. He is regarded by colleagues and supervisors for his compassion, exceptional effectiveness and dedication to the BCBA mission.
Al Leong, Board Member
Al Leong is an award-winning technology strategic marketing executive, board director and advisor with 28 years’ experience. He manages investor relations and fundraising for clients. He has raised USD $31 MM and is well connected to blockchain influencers, investors and financial executives worldwide. Al has a passion for social causes and community development. He is a former Board Director for the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association Toronto, and was a member of the Marketing Hall of Legends Canada, Human Rights Campaign Atlanta, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He was a Board Director heading up in governance finance, fundraising and marketing for Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers and AIDS Vancouver. He also sat on the marketing steering committee for Vancouver City Savings Credit Union. Al earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, with a triple major in global management, strategy consulting and technology innovation, a certificate in Managing Complex Product Development Projects from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration in Marketing from the University of British Columbia.
Greg Duly, Board Member
Greg is President of Concorde Enterprises, a firm providing professional services to non-governmental organizations focusing on short and intermediate term gap fillings roles at the executive level. Thus far Greg has undertaken assignments in Afghanistan, Hong Kong and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to this, Greg worked for more than 30 years with Save the Children and Care International as Country and Regional Director managing teams of up to 2,000 staff across 19 countries in Asia and Africa. Greg led multiple humanitarian responses across Asia including Save the Children’s the 2004 Tsunami, the 2009 Nargis cyclone, the 2014 Haiyan cyclone, the 2015 Ebola response in Liberia and also the Ebola response in the Congo in 2019. Greg oversaw the implementation of Save the Children’s Juvenile Justice programme in Uganda from 1999 to 2002. Greg is experienced at running large organizations in complex, fast changing settings, leading strategy planning, risk management, institutional fund raising, donor relations and talent development.
John Jasmins, Board Member
John is a problem solver, known for his tireless work ethic and critical thinking skills. John brings over 16 years of professional experience working in public safety, strong communication skills, and a long history of successful community collaboration. Passionate about working with vulnerable groups, John’s work with high-risk youth has been featured in an episode of the national CBC documentary “Keeping Canada Safe.” He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University and completed his Master of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
Parveen Mann, Board Member
Parveen Mann is a seasoned human resources professional with over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of complex, multi-stakeholder, public sector environments throughout BC. Helping people and organizations achieve success can be traced back throughout her career. Whether it’s working at Community Social Services Employers’ Association for over 14 years, supporting student success at Capilano University, or promoting strategic human resources services to WorkSafeBC operations, Parveen is committed to making a positive contribution in the lives of others. Parveen has experience in over 50 labour negotiations with a variety of unions. Her current specialization is in creating engaging workplaces by aligning employees to the strategic and corporate vision. Prior to her current volunteer work with the BC Human Resources Association, Parveen was the Vice Chair at Harbourview Daycare. Parveen is delighted to direct her expertise to support BC Borstal in its effort to reduce the impact of crime in our communities through support and assistance to everyone touched by traumatic events.
Amanda Hrgovic, Board Member
Amanda Hrgovic is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 15 years of diverse experience. Amanda first obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and started her career as a Disability Case Manager. She later discovered her love for Business, specifically Finance and Strategic Leadership, and decided to pursue her Chartered Accountant designation. Amanda brings expertise in financial reporting and analysis, real estate analysis, real estate proformas, financing affordable housing projects, budgeting and forecasting, compliance, risk management, and continuous process improvement to support strong internal controls. Amanda is currently part of the Leadership Team with Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. Amanda is passionate about BC Borstal's mission to support community safety and wellness by providing root cause treatment, intervention, and prevention of trauma.
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