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
John Jasmins, President
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Persuad, Board Member
Ryan is a research and analytics thought leader, with over18 years of experience in consumer 7 stakeholder insights. Over his career, Ryan has helped shaped customer strategies using data driven insights across companies in a variety of sectors, including Apparel, Alcohol, Gaming, Government, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, Automotive, Financial, Not for profit, Telecommunications, and Utilities. He has lead hundreds of quantitative and qualitative initiatives across these sectors. Ryan is also the founder and Lead Insights Officer at Unity Insights, a social purpose insights consultancy focused on supporting brands with their data and strategy needs.