SCI BC’s Board of Directors oversees the strategic, financial and operational sustainability of the organization. Our volunteer board members are all knowledgeable business professionals and five of them * are living with a spinal cord injury.
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Tony joined the SCI BC Board in 2011 and is a member of both the Audit and Governance Committees. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon. Prior to joining CPHR BC & Yukon in 2014, Tony was President and CEO of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada for 11 years. A graduate of McGill University, Tony has chaired the board of the Direct Sellers Association of Canada, been a member of the board of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, and the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada. He is a member of CPA BC and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and holds the ICD.D director designation. Tony is also the Chair of the BC Audit Council for Local Government.
Aleem is a Managing Director with MNP Corporate Finance in Vancouver. He delivers a broad range of services, including assisting clients with divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, raising equity and debt and capital restructuring. He has worked with clients on transactions ranging between $3 million and $13 billion in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Aleem has a Master of Busii6ss Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Oregon College of Business, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC. He has also completed the Mergers and Acquisitions program at Harvard Business School. Aleem volunteers his time to a number of organizations such as the alumni UBC Board of Directors, as a board member of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, and as a member of the fundraising committee for KidSafe, ln October 2015, Aleem was named to Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, which highlights the achievements of B.C.’s young entrepreneurs, executives and professionals. Aleem was elected to the SCI BC Board in 2019.
Don Danbrook *
Don is a peer and dedicated volunteer; he has served on the Finance Committee of the SCI BC Board since 2011 and joined the Board in 2012. He is a CPA/CGA and his career has included a decade with the Canada Revenue Agency and establishment of a real estate development corporation. Don holds both real estate and mortgage licenses. In 2010, Don was certified by Stanford University to train leaders in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at the University of Victoria.
Bernie has been a member of Spinal Cord Injury BC’s Board since 2002 and he serves on the Finance Committee, as well as chairing the Audit Committee. He has also made a tremendous contribution for over two decades as a board member (now Past Chair) of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, a major funder for this organization. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and Trust and Estate Practitioner, as well as President of his own financial consulting company. In 2011, Mr. Fahy was presented with a community service award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in recognition of his dedicated contribution to these organizations, as well as others benefiting our community and people in need.
Harry joined the SCI BC Board of Directors in 2019. He was raised in Edmonton and graduated with Business and Engineering Degrees from the University of Alberta. He then joined Lockerbie & Hole Contracting Ltd and earned professional engineering status in 1986, buying into the firm 6 years later and moving to Vancouver in 1993 as the District Manager. He spent 5 years in Toronto, successfully expanding the business in central and eastern Canada, before returning to Vancouver in 2005 to assist with taking the company public. Harry resigned in 2007 to purchase and operate Petrokleen, a fuel polishing company, the revenues for which he successfully expanded five fold in the following 10 years. Harry resides in West Vancouver with his family and has served on the Advisory Board for Headwater Equity Partners (2011), as a Board member for ZenGot Services Inc. (2018), and on the board as well of the Mulgrave Independent School (2011-2017). He is very active in sports as a participant and previously as a coach for youth sports in his community as well.
Terry LeBlanc *
Terry sustained a spinal cord injury in 1978 while vacationing in BC and returned here from his native Nova Scotia in 1994. Terry has a background in teaching at BCIT, but for many years his focus has been his volunteer work with the SCI BC Peer Program and a myriad of other organizations supporting and serving people with disabilities. Terry is a strong advocate for accessibility and human rights, and is a very active and valued mentor for our peer program. He has served on the SCI BC Board of Directors since 2005 and is a member of the Programs Committee, as well as the Lions Paraplegic Lodge Society Board.
Scott McCloy (Vice Chair & Treasurer)
Scott joined the SCI BC Board in 2008. He recently retired from his position as Director of Government, Community and Media Relations for WorkSafeBC, with over 30 years’ experience in this field in both the public and private sectors. Scott remains very active in the community following his retirement and currently holds two executive positions on the SCI BC board, serving as both Vice-Chair and Treasurer. He chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Additionally, Scott is a member of the Board of the Lions Paraplegic Lodge Society.
Edward Milligan * (Chairperson)
Ed joined the SCI BC Board in 2000 and has served as Chairperson since 2010. A professional engineer, he is Owner and President of West Shore Constructors. Prior to accepting the role of Chair, Ed’s board contributions included advocacy work as well as participating on the Lions Paraplegic Lodge Board. Ed is also a director of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, as well as Co-Chair of Spinal Cord Injury Canada’s Board of Directors.
Dianna has worked as an occupational therapist since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1992. She subsequently obtained a Masters Research Degree in Occupational Therapy through Dalhousie University. Over the years, she has been involved in providing direct treatment and case management services to children and adults, as well as working in driver rehabilitation. Dianna has been qualified as an expert and has testified in BC Supreme Court and BC Human Rights Tribunals. Dianna also holds a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, and practices at D.R. Robertson Injury Law. Dianna is dedicated to helping injured people get their lives back. She joined the SCI BC Board of Directors in 2015 and chairs the Governance Committee.
Tom Romano *
Tom sustained a spinal cord injury while working as a logger in 1994. He was involved as a volunteer with the Association’s service delivery in the Fraser Valley and then joined the Board of Directors in 1999. Tom is a passionate advocate for architectural accessibility and a very active community volunteer. He is also an avid golfer and is always enthusiastic about broadening opportunities for others with disabilities to participate in the sport. Tom is a member of the Programs Committee and has also contributed to initiatives supporting the development of accessible housing.
Jessica Vliegenthart *
Jessica joined the SCI BC Board in 2017. After acquiring a spinal cord injury at the age of 21 and rebuilding her life, Jessica chose to become an advocate for injured people and now practices personal injury law. Having navigated the system first as a patient and now as a lawyer, she understands the deep frustration and stress that follows an injury. As such, Jessica believes strongly in empowering her clients, ensuring their ability to focus on their recovery while she passionately advocates for their rights. After her spinal cord injury, she represented Canada in wheelchair basketball, winning bronze at the 2010 World Championships and capping off her career playing in the London 2012 Paralympics. Now retired from international sport, Jessica spends her free time enjoying her home town of Kamloops with her husband and young son, where she is very involved in community. She and her husband Jon co-founded the Kamloops Adapted Sports Association (KASA), the first multi-sport adapted sport organization in BC. Jessica is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada, the Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award from the UVic Faculty of Law and the Terry Fox Gold Medal from SFU.