New Board 2023
The Atira Women’s Resource Society has appointed new members to its Board of Directors following its Annual General Meeting on December 3, 2023.
“We are really pleased to have such a high caliber of professionals join Atira’s Board of Directors,” said Catherine Roome, Interim CEO. “Atira’s work is more important than ever as a result of the overlapping crises we face in British Columbia.”
With 20 years of real estate development experience, Elva is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Anthem. Elva Kim is the Chief Operating Officer of Anthem Properties Group and the President of Anthem Realty.
A core member of Anthem’s executive team, she is responsible for big picture decisions and advisory for all aspects related to the Anthem experience. Driven by a passion for excellence, she ensures Anthem’s character, voice and values are accurately reflected across all areas of the business, contributing to the qualitative and quantitative growth of the organization. As President of Anthem Realty, she oversees a dedicated team of 100+ sales, marketing and homeowner care professionals, who bring Anthem’s extensive portfolio of residential and land communities through their project life cycles. Elva has more than 21 years of real estate experience and has been involved in sales, marketing, community and product positioning, development, communications, closing services, retail and design of thousands of homes across British Columbia, Alberta and California. She is passionate about her community and has served on the Board of Directors for Atira Women’s Resource Society for more than 4 years, most recently as Chair of the Board. 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.
Taha is currently the Senior Strategic Business Advisor (Acting), Office of the Executive Vice President Finance, Supply Chain and Technology and Chief Financial Officer for BC Hydro.
A strong background in finance and strategic management, Taha is a trusted advisor, analyst and relationship builder. Taha is passionate about making a positive impact to our communities, environment, and climate.Taha is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds an MBA specialized in strategic management and finance, and a BBA specialized in accounting.
A governance professional with experience leading boards, shaping strategic direction, and implementing transformational change, Amy is a curious and thoughtful leader with a strong grasp of risk management.
She believes strongly in Atira’s mission of ending all forms of gendered violence. With expertise spanning executive, legal, regulatory, Indigenous collaboration and partnerships, innovation, communications, and people and culture, built over two decades in the private, public and not-for profit sectors, she is a consensus-builder and team player. A practicing lawyer, she also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D). Amy is the current Chair of Atira’s Governance, People & Culture Committee and was a member of the Atira Board Task Force which was wound up in November 2023. She is also the Board Chair of the Alzheimer Society of BC and the Corporate Secretary at BC Hydro.
Anne is a seasoned senior Executive with 30 years of leadership experience, most recently in the position of Chief Operating Officer with Pacific Blue Cross, which is the largest provider of health, dental, and travel, benefits in BC.
Prior to assuming this role Anne has held leadership positions in the area of Human Resources and Labour Relations, both at Pacific Blue Cross and Canadian Airlines. Anne possesses a strong understanding of Board Governance and Oversight. In addition to serving on the Board of Coast Mountain Bus Company, Anne also serves on Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society, and Canadian Mental Health Association North and West Vancouver Branch and also has her ICD.D certification (Institute of Corporate Directors). Anne graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Industrial Relations.
Living on the streets for approximately 15 years has made Hilary experience many situations regarding violence, sexual assaults, abuse of all kinds and extreme trauma. Through all of that violence, she did lots of soul searching to create a different person than the one that was on the streets.
Hilary created the generous and caring side of herself, and deeply committed herself to paying it forward to the community that helped her to leave the streets behind. She believed in fighting for the well-being and dignity of those living in poverty, and her significant involvement in the community demonstrates this fully. Hilary is passionate in her fight for the rights of people struggling on low incomes, those who are homelessness, and those dealing with addiction or mental illness. She fights for the social inclusion of people in poverty at all levels of government, and within businesses and not-for-profit societies. She works to be a voice for those who cannot speak and works behind the scenes to create change to better people’s lives. Hilary can attest to the fact that she is a person of action. She does the right thing for the right reasons for people. She uses her life experiences of incarceration, prostitution, sex trafficking, addictions, mental health, poverty and homelessness to energize and move forward in efforts to make things better, to connect with those who actually have the powers to change things. Hilary is in for the fight regarding the rights of women and gender diverse peoples in respect to housing.
Jama is CEO of The Growth Spark, a Canadian-incorporated WBE Canada Certified consulting firm. After 20 years working for big technology companies, including SAP, Business Objects and Xerox, she founded The Growth Spark in 2020.
Jama was inspired by her experience as a corporate leader, mother, and immigrant, fuelled by her passion for economic development for all. A seasoned and solutions-driven executive with 20+ years of experience leading global digital transformation programs for an array of enterprise software, hardware, and service industry products and services. Applies a strategic and people-driven approach to align cross-functional and partner needs across ideation, design, adoption, scaling, and revenue generation of large-scale programs and projects.
Jessie has held several executive roles in the private and public sectors and has amassed substantial global experience in delivering innovative and transformative strategy and results in rapidly changing, complex organizational operating environments across a multitude of industries and disciplines.
Jessie’s career started off in technology and telecommunications and has led to various multi disciplinary leadership positions driving organizational transformation through strategy, technology, operations, culture change and program delivery work. She has held senior roles with the Government of Canada, Finning International, the City of Vancouver, and HSBC Group. She is currently working on driving complex projects and providing executive advisory services through her private consulting practice, Adcock Capital and Advisory Services. Jessie speaks English, French and Punjabi, holds a BA and MBA, has completed professional training in project and product management disciplines and recently received the ICD-Rotman ICD.D certification.
Margaret Lucas currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Victoria Airport Authority and is their Chair, Finance & Audit Committee. She is a Director on the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and is Chair of the Infrastructure, Planning and Development Committee and the Ogden Point Master Plan Committee.
In 2003 she led the transformation team for the restoration of the Hotel Rialto. In 2009 she was awarded the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award for her work and community spirit. In 2012, she received a University of Victoria Distinguished Alumni Award. Margaret is currently the Executive Director, Business Development for PARC Retirement Living. Margaret has served on many civic boards and committees including a Governor on the Camosun College Board of Directors, Chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, board member on the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, and a director for Victoria Civic Heritage Trust. Margaret was an elected Councilor in the City of Victoria from 2014 to 2018. She cares deeply about her community, is not afraid to get involved, and she brings a strong business acumen and understanding of regional perspectives to the Board.
Michelle Yung is a commercial real estate lawyer with Bennett Jones LLP, where her practice is focused on commercial leasing transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, financing, and on the re-zoning, subdivision, development and building permit processes.
Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Michelle served as in-house legal counsel to a leading commercial real estate owner, operator and developer with a Canadian portfolio of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties valued at around $31 billion. There, she advised on commercial leasing, procurement and property management. In the community, Michelle has served on the board of directors of The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, a not-for-profit cultural organization operating the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and Commercial Real Estate Women Vancouver (CREW Vancouver), a non-profit association seeking to advance the achievements of women in the real estate industry. Michelle regularly volunteers as a clinician for Access Pro Bono Society of BC. She also served for a number of years on the organizing committee for Arts Umbrella's annual fundraising gala.
Miriam has been a director of Atira Women’s Resource Society for 16 of the past 18 years and has been on the board of APMI since its inception in 2002.
Miriam first became a member of the Atira Board in 1996 and has stepped down three times and returned, in accordance with Atira’s bylaws.She is the communications officer for the Health Sciences Association, holds an undergraduate degree in the arts and a journalism diploma. She has a background in community newspapers and communications both in the public and private sector. She is the mother of three and an active member of her community, volunteering with minor hockey and numerous other organizations. Miriam lives on the shared traditional lands of the Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and other Coast Salish peoples. Her pronouns are she/her. Active in BC’s union movement, she has been the Director of Communications and Member Organizing at the Health Sciences Association of BC for the past 20 years and has a background in government communications and as an editor and reporter in community newspapers.
Morgane Oger, born in France in 1968 and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, is a long-time technology innovator and leader, and advocate for human rights.
A graduate of UBC in Mechanical Engineering with a decade of submarine engineering and international finance technology consulting behind her, Morgane Oger is currently working as a Technology Manager in Vancouver for a publicly traded international electronics retailer. Morgane's personal experiences have fueled her passion for creating a more equitable society and for advancing good governance and transparency. During the last decade, Morgane has been actively contributing to Canadian and International public policy and governance through her volunteering in the leadership and as a representative of a number of nonprofit and non-government organizations. Morgane founded the Morgane Oger Foundation, driving social change and fostering inclusivity through legal challenges, education, and advocacy. Morgane's dedication extends to public service, having run for various elected positions in Vancouver, reflecting her commitment to community development. A recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Morgane made significant strides in human rights through landmark cases like Oger v Whatcott. As an openly transgender woman, Morgane's advocacy has been pivotal in promoting equality and safety for all.
Sarah Wang is a VP of AI at Mastercard. She leads initiatives of AI application in fraud system products and services, enhancing customer satisfaction and business efficiency.
Sarah’s expertise centers around software development, data science, business intelligence, and artificial intelligence alongside extensive financial industry experience. With 15 years being in a leadership role, Sarah has demonstrated a consistent ability to lead and innovate in both corporate and startup environments and the strength in merging technical acumen with strategic business planning. Her commitment to community involvement is reflected in her 9-year tenure as a career mentor aiding new immigrants in their professional journeys and cross-cultural skill development.Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Information and Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an Executive MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from China Agricultural University.
Sienna is the Director of Marketing at Third Space. Sienna holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and has spent the last 8 years working in real estate development marketing.
In this role, Sienna is responsible for overseeing the corporate brand and marketing strategy for the entire residential and commercial real estate portfolio. Sienna was raised in a remote community of Skidegate on Haida Gwaii and is a member of the Haida Nation. Her Haida name is NangK’uuyas, which translates in English to ‘precious one’.
Atira has welcomed the following new members to its Board of Directors (hyperlinked to LinkedIn profiles):
|Atira Womens Resource Society (AWRS)
|Atira Property Management Inc. (APMI)
|Atira Womens Arts Society (AWAS)
|Atira Development Society (ADS)