Nancy McKinstry has a high profile in B.C.’s business and nonprofit communities. She has served on corporate, university and non-profit boards, and spent more than two decades with Odlum Brown Ltd., where she became the first woman to be appointed as director. McKinstry is the Chair of ICBC and on the board of Simon Fraser University, the Investment Dealers Association’s B.C. district, and the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, with whom she is a founding member and past chairwoman. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the B.C. Institute of Technology in 2003 and an honourary doctor of laws degree from SFU in 2004. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2005.
Leslie Van Duzer is the new Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC. Leslie completed her graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and practiced architecture in San Francisco and Vienna prior to her academic career and has taught at numerous schools in the United States, Canada and Europe. An expert in early-modern European architecture, Van Duzer is co-author of four books: Adolf Loos: Works in the Czech Lands; Mies van der Rohe: Krefeld Villas; Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision; and Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos. The two building monographs were awarded the architects’ journal Top Ten Books of the Year award in London. Van Duzer has published extensively in international journals and lectured throughout Europe and North America.Her forthcoming book, The Art of Deception (co-authored with professor of education, magician, illusion designer and brother Eric Van Duzer), investigates the psychological and physiological underpinnings of misperception.
Sapna Dayal After a twelve year career as a Chartered Accountant working in public practice, Sapna has been focusing her energy the past three years in leading imagine1day in its work to support a shift in the global perception of Ethiopia, while creating a charitable model wherein contributions made in the spirit of fun, personal development and human connection, result in equitable and sustainable exchanges of culture, value, and innovation. Traveling to some of the most remote areas of Ethiopia, she sits with women, children, elders, religious leaders and government representatives to strategise and implement projects intended on replacing aid and dependency with education and possibility. Most recently she has begun to combine elements of adventure, community stewardship and historical exploration, by leading journeys to this magnificent country to open and share her personal experiences with others.
Graeme Berglund is one of the founding members of The Cheaper Show in 2001. Graeme oversees the creative direction, works collaboratively from the live event design to the curation. Graeme is a local artist represented by the Douglas Udell Gallery in Western Canada and has shown internationally with White Walls Gallery in San Francisco and the Toronto International Art Fair. He performs in the music project Illiterature, is a published writer and an active member of the arts community in Vancouver. Graeme is a member of Lifetime Collective and the Arts Editor for The Lab Magazine. Graeme Berglund and others host a monthly dinner sponsored by Nuba called Thieves that promotes the connectivity of creative individuals in Vancouver. Graeme is a co founder of The Cartelera Talent House in Jan 2007 which houses 14 multi-disciplined artists in Mount Pleasant.
Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, has toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe. She has received international praise for her 14 releases on the Skylark, CBC and Centaur labels in repertoire ranging from Bach to Barber. Jane has been a jury member at international piano competitions and is Professor of Piano and Chamber Music as well as Distinguished University Scholar, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and with members of the Juilliard Quartet and other eminent musicians. She has collaborated with international artists in Canada, Europe, the USA and Japan, over the past thirty years.
Andrew J. Petter is currently President of Simon Fraser University. He was formerly the dean of the University of Victoria’s law school. He served briefly as Attorney General of British Columbia under the NDP government of Ujjal Dosanjh. Petter has written extensively about the role of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its effect on government powers and decision making.
David Granirer is a counsellor, stand-up comic, speaker and the author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst can lead to Happiness and Success. David has taught Stand Up Comedy to recovering drug addicts and cancer patients, and is the founder of Stand Up for Mental health a project teaching stand up comedy to people with mental illness.Granirer got the idea for stand up for mental health from watching students in his Langara Stand up Comedy Clinic course.”There’s something incredibly healing about telling a roomful of people exactly who you are and having them laugh and cheer” David was the subject of the Global TV documentary Laughing Through the Pain as well as the CBC Passionate Eye documentary Cracking Up.
Dr. Michael Krausz, a trained psychiatrist, became a founding director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg in the mid 1900’s. In this position he was also responsible for the German heroin trail and a few other European research projects as the European Cocaine Project. For several years he was the Editor in Chief of “European Addiction Research” and “Suchttherapie”, two well-established scientific journals. Dr. Krausz was a founding member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine and is serving on the board of Section of Addiction of the World Psychiatric Association, among other positions. Dr. Krausz was awarded Providence Health Care BC Leadership Chair in Addiction Research in 2005.
Terry McBride is the current CEO and co-founder of the Nettwerk Music Group, including Nettwerk Productions, Nettwerk Management, who manages Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk One, and Artwerks. Since 1984, Nettwerk has released over 500 albums and sold over 150 million copies worldwide In 2004, McBride became interested in yoga and launched a chain of wellness centers called Yyoga. In 2008, he re-launched Nutone Music with a repertoire of devotional chant, world and mantra music to compliment his wellness and yoga studios. McBride’s latest endeavor, Polyphonic, will invest directly into artist businesses, offering an alternative to the traditional label-driven investment model of the music industry. Polyphonic will seek to partner with artists and their management, providing the capital to enable them to operate their own businesses, retain their own copyrights and take a fair share of any profits that are generated.