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Board of Directors

Partnerships BC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors that ensures the operations of the Company reflect the interests of the Shareholder. The composition of the Board reflects the unique mandate of the Company, with Directors drawn from both the public and private sectors.

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Board of Directors

Partnerships BC is governed by a Board of Directors that ensures the operations of the Company reflect the interests of the Shareholder. The composition of the Board reflects the unique mandate of the Company, with Directors drawn from both the public and private sectors. For more information, please see the Board Resourcing and Development Office website at: http://www.brdo.gov.bc.ca/.

Dana Hayden is an accomplished and experienced C-suite executive who provides expertise for private and public organizations through Hayden Consulting Services. Her areas of focus are natural resource development, international trade, property development and governance. Dana is currently Chair of the Board of Partnerships BC and a Director on the boards of TimberWest and the BC Parks Foundation. Prior to establishing Hayden Consulting Services, Dana spent 30 years in British Columbia’s public sector where she held six Deputy Minister positions in natural resource and economic portfolios and served as President and CEO of the BC Pavilion Corporation, Destination BC and the BC Lottery Corporation.

A dedicated public servant, Julian Craig Paine was most recently the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in the Ministry of Natural Gas Development. Prior to this role, he held ADM posts in the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations. He also held Executive Director roles in the Ministry of Forests and Forests Renewal BC. Julian began his career in the BC Public Service as a Treasury Board analyst. Active in his community, Mr. Paine is on the crew of the RCM Search and Rescue. Julian completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

Roberta Joyce Stewart is a Partner with Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP practicing in the areas of real property, wills and estate planning, estate administration, commercial loans, incorporations and corporate transactions and buying and selling businesses. She is an active member of the Prince George community, serving as Director of the MS Society (British Columbia and Yukon Division). Roberta has served as President and Director of the Prince George Crime Stoppers Association and as Member of the Prince George Estate Planning Council. She holds her Bachelor of Laws and Commerce in Finance and Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Steve Lornie has enjoyed a 40-year career in BC’s construction industry as a company owner and manager. His two general contracting companies, Fairmile and Stonecroft, built many industrial and commercial buildings around the province. Steve was active in the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association for a number of years, as a Director, Treasurer, and Chair. Now retired from the industry, he and his wife Christine own and operate Okanagan Crush Pad Winery in Summerland.

During her more than 30 years with HSBC Bank, Susan held a variety of executive management positions working with the banks domestic and international sectors in the areas of Risk Management and Governance, Compliance, and Corporate Sustainability. Her successes include establishing HSBC’s initial Enterprise Risk Management framework, transforming the Retail Banking and Wealth Management business in her role as Chief Risk Officer, and developing initiatives to deliver on HSBC’s 100% renewable energy objectives for Canada. Susan is an experienced director with extensive audit, risk, and governance expertise.  For twelve years, she Chaired the Audit Committee of the Royal Canadian Mint, a multi-billion dollar Crown Corporation, before being appointed the Chair of the Board.  The Mint has international dealings with four business lines: Canadian coin circulation; Foreign Circulation; Bullion Products and Refinery Services; and Numismatics.  During her term she stewarded the organization’s strategic plan to  deliver record revenues while ensuring an effective risk management culture.   She also served as a Board Director of the Mutual Fund Dealer’s Association, an SRO regulating over 100 mutual fund dealers and 82,000 advisors, and served on the Audit Committee and Regulatory Issues Committees.
Susan remains committed to community leadership serving on the Boards of non-profit organizations, most recently as a Director and Audit Committee Chair of the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a sustainable reforestation initiative.  She also served as Audit & Finance Committee Chair of Coast Mental Health, Chaired the Youth Exchange Committee for the Semiahmoo Rotary Club, is a Leadership Vancouver graduate and a Canada Board Diversity Council, Diversity 50 award recipient.
Susan holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and has her Canadian Securities and Institute of Corporate Directors certification (ICD.d).

Mary was fortunate to spend nearly all of her childhood growing up in the West Kootenays and is grateful for experiences at university, travel and work experience in Canada, France and China, to learn from different cultures and pick up language skills. Mary’s family was able to return to the West Kootenays in 2009, and at that time started two businesses. These businesses gave Mary excellent experience in start-up and operations as well as skills in property management. financial services, customer relations, business accounting, and much more. In 2014, with the strength of her well-run property business to carry us through start-up, her husband Roger and Mary started Austin Engineering Ltd. Mary is proud of the growth of our company and the excellence of our team here in Trail, as well as grateful for our reputation with our clients. She is passionate about the promotion and continued economic growth of our Lower Columbia Community, as well as the volunteering roles she plays within the greater Columbia Basin. In her downtime Mary enjoys trail running, learning the guitar, hiking local mountains and coaching kids in soccer and skiing.

Eric Denhoff is a Consultant for E.A. Denhoff and Associates Ltd. Previously Mr. Denhoff was a Special Advisor, Market Access for the Government of Alberta in the Office of Premier. He also was a Deputy Minister of Environment, Parks and Climate Change and Deputy Minister Climate Change Office for the Government of Alberta. Active in his community, Mr. Denhoff has served as a Director for the Greater Victoria Hospital Society, Hospice Victoria, Fair Trade Canada, and the Energy Council of Canada.

Kristi Simpson is the Associate Vice President, Financing Planning & Operations at the University of Victoria. In this role she has a wide variety of responsibilities including campus and capital planning, sustainability, university budgeting, pension services, investments, financial reporting and insurance and risk management. Over her almost 17 years at UVic she has planned, financed and overseen a variety of construction projects totaling over $250M. She is currently leading the planning of three major projects on campus including a new student housing and dining project with a budget over $228M. This project will be the largest Passive House project in North America once complete in 2023. She is currently the member of 4 Boards: a trustee for the UVic Combination Pension Plan, chair of the UVic Investment and Administration Committee for the Staff Plan Pension, a member of the investment committee of the Victoria Foundation and chair of the Canadian University Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (CURIE).

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