Board of Directors

 

Jennifer Podmore Russell  

Jennifer Podmore Russell

Jenn is a Director within Deloitte Real Estate in Vancouver, leads the Real Estate Advisory practice, and focuses her practice on the creation of real estate strategies and governance structures which accomplish her clients wider business or corporate objectives. Her experience involves a broad range of traditional and non-traditional real estate transactions and development including office, retail, industrial, residential, cultural, leisure and hospitality.  Prior to joining Deloitte Jennifer successfully ran an independent consulting firm based in Western Canada.

Jennifer is a mother to one lovely daughter and with the support of her husband believes in the importance of being an active member of the community. In addition to Atira she serves on the Boards of NAIOP and MIABC and is the co-chair of the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
     
Sue Werner  

Susan Werner

Sue has worked in various senior financial roles for local entrepreneurial companies from watches to trains, from biotech to wine and entertainment, and brings her financial expertise and spirited enthusiasm to the board.

Outside of her career, Sue thrives on mountain biking, skiing, boating and traveling abroad.  She also volunteers as Treasurer for a smaller non-profitand is involved with the Association for Women in Finance, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and has mentored students as part of a program with the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Most importantly in her view, Sue had been looking for a chance to give back to the community and Atira has been extraordinarily rewarding and meaningful.  She looks forward to continued growth at Atira, as we help to improve the lives of women in need.

     
 

Hannah McDonald

Hannah is an associate with Ratcliff and Company, a North Vancouver based law firm. Her legal practice focuses on the economic development of First Nations across Canada, with the protection of Aboriginal rights and title interests, environmental conservation, and culture and tradition. She advises on land and resource issues including land claims, the negotiation and implementation of resource sharing agreements, Aboriginal rights and title, matters under the Indian Act, First Nation governance issues and various corporate matters. Hannah is a member of the Métis Nation of B.C., with her family originating from the Esketemc First Nation. 

Hannah graduated from the University of British Columbia Law School in May, 2010 and holds an undergraduate degree in Communications and a Certificate in Copywriting, both from Simon Fraser University.

Hannah is also an active volunteer in the community; as well as being a director at Atira, she serves on the BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration Gala Committee, is a director at Compass Community School, and volunteered for the federal Liberal campaign for MP Jody Wilson-Raybould. She previously served as an executive on the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum, on the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee and on the ICSC Next Generation Committee.

     
 

Sonia Gallimore

Sonia has been a leader in the charitable and not-for-profit sector for more than 30 years, serving as a CEO for 28. She retired from kidsLINK (in Ontario) after building the organization into a dynamic, progressive, financially strong and effective not-for-profit business, each year serving over 10,000 children and youth who had or were at risk of significant struggles with mental wellness as well as 2,000 of the professionals who educated and supported them. She has also held leadership and advisory roles in education and was an advocate for individualized learning approaches. She pioneered bringing a number of new methodologies to the child, youth and family services sector in Ontario and Canada; and continues to donate her time to leaders of charities and nonprofits so they may adopt effective business models, good governance and earned income strategies as means of furthering their missions.  Sonia brings post-graduate training in business leadership, a Masters degree in social work, entrepreneurial spirit, strategic thinking, expertise in governance and extensive executive management experience to her professional and volunteer roles.  She is passionate about holistic wellness and integrative healthcare, learning, indigenous cultures and encouraging ceremony and ritual into family life. For fun she dances, hikes, goes on kayaking trips and backpacks in New Zealand.

     
 

Brooke Hurford

Brooke is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.  Brooke spent several years in public practice at a major Canadian accounting firmand has recently held a role in the treasury department at the Bank of Montreal. She has extensive experience providing financial reporting and corporate services to public companies.

     
 

Deb Jack

.A 1965 graduate of McGill University (Arts), Deb was a Probation Officer in B.C. for 36.5 years, 22 as a local manager.

She has been involved in a wide variety of volunteer positions over the years both connected to her work, the Board of YM/YWCA in Victoria and various positions including Presidency of the B.C. Corrections Association; and in the community as a parent and later a general member of the community, often serving in an executive capacity.

Deb has served on Atira's Board since the mid 1990s; since 2005, Vice-President of White Rock/Surrey Naturalists; and since 2004, President of Surrey Environmental Partners.

She is affiliated with a number of organizations which focus on retired persons and seniors' issues. She recently became a Grandmother and has added that perspective to her commitment to contribute to the community.

Deb is honoured to be the recipient of the following awards: 2012, Good Citizen, City of Surrey; 2011, Outstanding Individual, Recognizing Leadership in Environmental Stewardship, City Awards, City of Surrey; 2005, Silver Community Spirit Award, Burns Bog Conservation Society, Celebrating Women and the Spirit of the Cranes.

     
 

Kay Sinclair

Kay first became a member of the Atira Board in 2000.

Kay works for a public sector union and is a strong supporter of the role that social programs play in making our society more equal and just. Kay is a strong advocate for women's rights, human rights, and the union movement. Kay brings experience in governance and labour relations.

     
 

Sandra Krenz

Sandra is a Client Executive within the Real Estate Division of BFL CANADA Vancouver, providing insurance expertise to the strata and property management industry and also responsible for promoting education, professional development and industry awareness within the strata segment.  Sandra has been in the Insurance industry for many years contributing her experience and knowledge in various products starting in Jamaica and continued her passion in Canada.  

She completed a Supervisory Management certification, holds the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker and Canadian Risk Management designations and previously a Registered Insurance Broker in Ontario.  

Sandra is an Associate Member (Alternate) and volunteer on several committees at PAMA (Professional Association of Managing Agents), offering her expertise and decision-making skills. She is passionate and committed to the insurance industry, education and client service, and to giving back to the community. She is particularly dedicated to Atira’s Mission, Vision and Values, which are close to her heart. 

 

Elva Kim

With 16 years of real estate development experience, Elva is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Anthem. Elva provides leadership and direction for Sales, Marketing, and Homeowner Care for the company’s extensive residential portfolio in British Columbia, Alberta and California. This includes more than 10,000 homes that are complete, in design or currently under construction, from master planned mixed-use residential and multi-family to townhome and single family communities and managing a dedicated team of 30-100 people at any given time. As a leading member of Anthem’s Corporate Communications and Giving team, Elva is also responsible for brand management and outreach programs which are designed to reflect Anthem’s corporate persona and values.

Elva holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and her real estate education is from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

     
 

Randene Neill

Randene spent 20 years working as a broadcast journalist, before making the leap to the corporate world in 2016.  She is the director of communications and corporate marketing at Anthem, a real estate development, investment and management company.

Her passion is helping make the world is a fair and equitable place, where everyone has a shot at making a positive contribution to society, and everyone has the right to a home.

A recent addition to the board of Atira, she is a strong advocate for women’s rights, which are human rights.

Randene has a BA in Political Science from UBC and a broadcast journalism diploma from BCIT.