Board Members

Listed below are current board members. For a list of board member terms, click here. For a review of board committees, click here.

For a review of the Board Code of Conduct and Business Ethics, click here.

CLBC Directors comply with all applicable provisions of laws and regulations and Board Code of Conduct and Business Ethics. Directors review and complete the form of declaration in acknowledgement of the Code of Conduct and disclosure of Conflict of Interest on an annual basis.


Thomas P. Christensen, Chair

Tom Christensen-webTom Christensen served as MLA for Okanagan-Vernon from 2001-2009 and was appointed Minister of Children and Family Development, responsible for Community Living BC, from 2006-2009. During his time in government, he also served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Minister of Education.

Mr. Christensen graduated from the University of Victoria with a Law degree in 1994 and was called to the B.C. Bar in May 1995. Born and raised in Vernon, he has been involved in a number of community organizations, having held such positions as President of the Downtown Vernon Association, President of the Literacy and Youth Initiatives Society of North Okanagan and Director with the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He is a former Director and Chair of the Legal Services Society and a former Director of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust. He continues to practice law in Vernon.


David Babych

Dave Babych - webDave Babych is a former league player and assistance coach for the Swiss Elite League, as well as a former player for the National Hockey League, including seven years with the Vancouver Canucks. He is currently an associate director of Player Development with the Vancouver Canucks and a partner with Environmental Mats.

Mr. Babych is currently involved with a number of charity organizations including the Babych Anglers Charity Challenge, British Columbia Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Canucks Autism Network.


Onkar S. Biring

Onkar BiringOnkar Biring is a certified motivational speaker who empowers others like himself who are living with a disability. His goal is to demonstrate that people of all abilities can live full and rich lives in community.

Mr. Biring attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2008, an experience that assisted him to gain employment in a variety of fields. He is fluent in both English and Punjabi.

From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Biring was a member of one of CLBC’s Lower Mainland Community Councils where he gave voice to the perspectives, goals and ideals of self advocates.


Barbara Carle-Thiesson

barbara-webBarbara Carle-Thiesson is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) in Nanaimo, B.C.  Since 2012, Ms. Carle-Thiesson has been a Partner at MNP LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. Prior to joining MNP, she was a partner at Tyce Carle-Thiesson Chartered Accountants and  in predecessor firms. From 1981-1991, she practised as a sole practitioner in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Ms. Carle-Thiesson graduated from Brandon University in 1976 with Bachelor of Science degree in Math. She received her CA designation in Alberta in 1982 and became a Fellow in BC in 2000 and in Alberta in 2001. Active in her community and her profession, Ms. Carle-Thiesson served on a number of boards ranging from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Vancouver Island University, the First People’s Cultural Foundation Investment Committee, and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.  She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 in recognition of her significant service to her profession and her community.


Joanne E. Curry

Joanne Curry - webJoanne Curry has made a career of advancing higher education, engaging with communities, and supporting innovation. She currently serves as the Vice-President, External Relations at Simon Fraser University and has been involved in numerous community and business boards. Currently she sits as a member of the Burnaby Board of Trade, UniverCity, the Metro Vancouver Prosperity Committee, and the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

Dr. Curry holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.


David Roy Everett

David Everett - webDavid Everett is president of the Duncan Group of Properties and has strong background in finance. He has years of experience serving on community boards, including the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Provincial Capital Commission and Langara College.

Mr. Everett is involved in the Vancouver sailing community and a supporter of Paralympic sailing.


Diane E. Friedman

Diane Friedman has more than 20 years experience in corporate finance advisory services, subordinated debt / mezzanine financing, and commercial lending having held senior positions in firms such as Wolrige Mahon, Vancity Capital, Roynat Capital and TD Canada Trust. Diane presently works as a business and finance advisor to private company entrepreneurs and First Nations, helping them raise capital, advising on mergers and acquisition transactions, and assisting with succession planning.

Diane is presently on the board of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia where she is Vice Chair, and Chair of the Governance Committee. Diane is on the board of the Hebrew Free Loan Association where she served as board chair from 2005 through 2014.

Past board service includes the Food Innovation Centre of BC, Jewish Family Service Association, Victorian Order of Nurses (BC), the Association of Women in Finance, and the Women’s Technology Financing Network, the latter of which Diane was a founder.

Diane has a Commerce Degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business (1992) with a major in Urban Land Economics and in 2009 completed the Certificate in Family Enterprise Advising at the Sauder School of Business (UBC), Business Family Centre.


Jane Holland

Jane Holland - webJane Holland served as the advocate for service quality for children with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities to the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation from 1997 to 2015. She has 25 years professional experience in family and individual advocacy, family support and service quality.

Prior to her role with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Ms. Holland served as the executive director of the Family Support Institute.


Daniel Smith

dan-webDaniel Smith is a citizen of the Laich Kwil Tach Nation, member of the Campbell River Indian Band in Vancouver Island and former Chief Negotiator for the Hamatla Treaty Society.

Dan has considerable working experience with local First Nations communities, provincial, national and international Indigenous organizations and provincial and federal governments. He began his career in the commercial fishing, logging and trucking industry, gaining experience in negotiations as an active member of the International Woodworkers of America and the Teamsters Union of Canada.

Dan has worked in senior positions with Canada Employment and Immigration, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Indian Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage. He was elected by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit as one of three members of its Political Executive and Leadership Council. After serving his term, the Chiefs elected him to the BC Treaty Commission as a commissioner. Dan is now retired.

Dan was raised by his grandparents in Wuikinuxv Nation, Rivers Inlet and Campbell River Indian Band and later moved to Vancouver to attend school.


Eileen B. Stewart

Eileen Stewart is a senior human resources professional with extensive experience in all areas of human resource management in both the public and private sectors.

Ms. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University.

Ms. Stewart is a former full-time faculty member at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where she still teaches on a part-time basis. Prior to that she was General Manager, Human Resources, for the City of Vancouver as well as other senior level human resources roles at UBC and BCIT.

Active for many years in the voluntary sector, Ms. Stewart is Board Vice Chair for BC Women’s Hospital Foundation. Past appointments include former Board Chair of the YWCA Metro Vancouver and Science World.


Michael H. Watson

Mike Watson-webMichael Watson is the founding owner of Ignite Management Services Ltd, a management consulting firm that works with organizations to build and execute strategy and to develop executive leadership talent. Ignite also works with trade associations and agencies to assist in the development of appropriate governance practices and board / management alignment. Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial career, Mike was a senior leader in financial services.

Mike has always been active in the community. As resident of North Vancouver, he has coached for both the Lynn Valley Soccer Association and North Shore Girls Soccer. He has served as a Director of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and is past Chair of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, a past Chair and Governor of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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