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Kip WoodwardKip WoodwardBoard Chair<p>Kip Woodward was appointed Chair of the Board of VCH in April 2010. Prior to that, he spent four years as Chair of the Board of Providence Health Care, a faith-based partner in the delivery of health services throughout Vancouver. </p><p>Woodward is president of Woodcorp Investments Ltd., a venture-capital investment firm, and has represented a number of organizations as chair including Brentwood College School, The Nature Trust of British Columbia, Village Farms International and the Keg Royalty Trust Fund. </p><p>Mr. Woodward is a Director of the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation and a past member of the Provincial Judicial Council.</p><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/VCH-Kip-Woodward.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Kip Woodward was appointed Chair of the VCH board of directors in April 2010.
Allan BaydalaAllan BaydalaBoard member<p></p>Allan Baydala was the Chief Financial Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority where he served as a senior executive for more than 10 years. Mr. Baydala also has over 20 years of aviation industry experience, and knowledge of the health care sector gained through his past board roles as Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair, of the Delta Hospital Foundation.<br> <br>Mr. Baydala has served on various industry boards, including the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Tourism Richmond, Tourism Vancouver, Council of Tourism Associations of BC (TIA BC) and the BC Aviation Council. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and was Business In Vancouver's CFO of the Year, Large Public Companies in 2011. <br> <br>Mr. Baydala is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of British Columbia.<br><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/allan-baydala-VCH-fullsize.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Allan Baydala was the Chief Financial Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority where he served as a senior executive for more than 10 years.
Cliff FreginCliff FreginBoard memberBorn and raised in Prince Rupert, Cliff Fregin is Haida from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii and has been extensively involved in aboriginal community economic and business development throughout Canada for over 25 years. During his time as Executive Director of the Gwaii Trust – a partnership between the Haida Nation and the settlers on Haida Gwaii – Cliff managed a perpetual trust fund valued at over $62 million and oversaw the dispersal of approximately $20 million to socio-economic projects on Haida Gwaii.<br>In December 2002, Cliff was hired by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA) as Chief Operating Officer responsible for finance and programs in Ottawa. NACCA is an association of 55 Aboriginal Financial Institutions that provide high risk small business development financing and services to aboriginal entrepreneurs throughout Canada.<br>Since October 2006, Cliff Fregin has led the New Relationship Trust (NRT) as Chief Executive Officer.  NRT is a Trust fund charged with building capacity for British Columbia First Nations by supporting First Nation governance, economic development, education, language revitalization, and youth & Elders initiatives.  It has disbursed over $55 million and has a market value of over $92M. In November 2015, Cliff became Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo). He joined the Board of VCH in March 2016.<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Cliff%20Fregin_2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Born and raised in Prince Rupert, Cliff Fregin is Haida from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii and has been extensively involved in aboriginal community economic and business development throughout Canada for over 25 years.
Howard G. HarowitzHoward G. HarowitzBoard member<p>Howard Harowitz is the Principal of Howard Harowitz Consulting Limited, a management consulting firm. </p><p>Prior to establishing Howard Harowitz Consulting, Mr. Harowitz was Partner at Coopers and Lybrand. He was also President of Rainbow Software and Celcom Security Limited. </p><p>He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from University of British Columbia and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds his Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.</p><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Howard-Harowitz-Vancouver-Coastal-Health-VCH-Board-Directors.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Howard Harowitz is the Principal of Howard Harowitz Consulting Limited, a management consulting firm.
Rowena LiangRowena LiangBoard memberRowena brings over 25 years experience in information technology, finance, project and supply chain management and has served on a number of professional, private and non-profit boards. She retired from her full time executive position at Canada’s largest Credit Union in 2007 and is now devoting her time to board and volunteer work. In September 2010, she was elected to serve on the board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (.CA) and was re-elected for a second term in 2013.<br>At Vancity, she was the Vice-President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. She was also the CEO of Vancity’s wholly owned subsidiary Inventure Solutions Inc. Inventure Solutions is a technology services provider for Vancity as well as a number of other financial institutions in British Columbia.<br>Before joining Vancity, Rowena held management positions at IBM, BC Gas, Westech Information Systems, BC Hydro and Sandwell Engineering. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified General Accountant.<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Rowena_Liang_JPG.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Rowena Liang brings over 25 years experience in information technology, finance, project and supply chain management and has served on a number of professional, private and non-profit boards.
Daniel NocenteDaniel NocenteBoard memberUntil September 2012, Mr. Nocente was Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking with National Bank Financial Inc.  Previously, he was Vice Chairman and BC Geography Head with RBC Dominion Securities.  Mr. Nocente currently sits on the Vancouver Coastal Health Board and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He is also currently Chairman of Savary Gold Inc., a gold exploration company with assets in Burkina Faso, Africa.  In addition, he has served as Director and Audit Committee member of Carmanah Technologies Corporation, Director and Audit Committee Chair with Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc., Chair of St. Paul's Hospital Foundation, Chairman of the Nature Trust of BC, Vice Chair and Director of Providence Healthcare, Director and Head of the Governance Committee with the Arts Club Theatre Company, and was a member of the YMCA Cabinet.  Mr. Nocente holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a Master's degree in Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC and has completed the Leadership in Professional Services Firms course at the Harvard Business School.<br><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Daniel-Nocente.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Daniel Nocente, until September 2012, was Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking with National Bank Financial Inc.
Vi NguyenVi NguyenBoard member<p>The director of grants and community initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation, Nguyen has served on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. She is experienced in the community development and non-profit sector, worked as a youth development worker, and holds a master’s degree from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.<br></p><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Vi-Nguyen.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />The director of grants and community initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation, Nguyen has served on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. She holds a master’s degree from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
Wendy AuWendy AuBoard member<p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">Assistant city manager with the City of Vancouver working on the City of Reconciliation initiative, and Downtown Eastside and Chinatown community projects, Au has worked with the Olympic Inner City Inclusivity Commitments, the Vancouver Agreement and the Shanghai Expo Vancouver Exhibition. She received the 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Non-Profit and Public Service and the Connecting the Community Award. In 2017, Au received the city manager’s City Service Award.<br></p><img alt="Wendy Au" src="/PublishingImages/Wendy-Au.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant city manager with the City of Vancouver, Au has worked with the Olympic Inner City Inclusivity Commitments, the Vancouver Agreement and the Shanghai Expo Vancouver Exhibition.
Dr. Margaret McGregorDr. Margaret McGregorBoard member<p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">Dr. McGregor is a family physician and health policy researcher with a focus on health care for seniors. McGregor is the director of community geriatrics in the University of British Columbia’s department of family practice. She is a research associate with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, and with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.<br><br></p><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Margaret-McGregor.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Dr. McGregor is a family physician and health policy researcher with a focus on health care for seniors. McGregor is the director of community geriatrics in UBC’s department of family practice.
Sze-Mei YeungSze-Mei YeungBoard memberSze-Mei Yeung is a partner of the law firm of Richards Buell Sutton LLP, and the Chair of the RBS Intellectual Property and Asia Pacific Practice Groups. She represents clients in the areas of technology, intellectual property and corporate-commercial law, with a focus on licensing and technology transfer agreements, copyright issues, franchising and acquisitions.<br>She is actively involved with the Association of Chinese-Canadian Entrepreneurs, the Canadian Association of University Solicitors, the Licensing Executives Society and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. She also speaks on intellectual property and technology commercialization issues to organizations including University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, The Canadian Institute, ACCT Canada’s Innovation Leaders Forum and the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Sze-Mei-Yeung-Vancouver-Coastal-Health-VCH-Board-Directors.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Sze-Mei Yeung is a partner of the law firm of Richards Buell Sutton LLP, and the Chair of the RBS Intellectual Property and Asia Pacific Practice Groups.

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