Denise Turner, Chair
Denise Turner has been working full time for the Turner family business since 1995. Drawing on her 15 years experience in the financial services sector, she has been responsible for finance, legal and contract negotiations for various privately- and publicly-owned real estate-based companies, as well as all day-to-day operations of a property management and real estate development company. Most recently, the Turners founded a private investment firm which specializes in commercial real estate acquisitions in Canada and the US. Ms. Turner has served on several boards of directors in the past including eight years as Vice Chair of the Board of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority; Board Chair of the YWCA of Vancouver; Board Chair of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland; Vice Chair of the BC Aviation Council; and a Director and Trustee of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies. She currently serves on the Honorary Advisory Board of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and is a recipient of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee Award for outstanding service to British Columbia and to Canada.
Mark Duncan is a Professional Engineer and is currently President of AeroEdge Consulting Inc. specializing in strategic transportation, security and aviation assignments. Previously, Mr. Duncan was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) in Ottawa. In this position he was responsible for a budget of $1.93B over five years as well as leading a dedicated team and establishing the requirements of a new Federal Crown Corporation. Before that Mr. Duncan was Regional Director General for Transport Canada in Pacific Region with responsibility for regulatory oversight of aviation, marine, rail, security and safety aspects of all modes of transportation in BC. He has also served as Deputy General Manager of Toronto-Lester B. Pearson Airport and had project management responsibility for the public private partnership of the $500M Terminal 3 development. Active in his community, he is a board member of the BC Corps of Commissionaires and Vice Chair and Secretary of the British Columbia Aviation Council. Mr. Duncan holds his Masters Degree in Public Administration. He attended Royal Military College and flew with the Armed Forces in Halifax. He has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program.
Norah Flaherty is a Management Trainer and Small Business Consultant with Flaherty & Associates. Previously she was a Consultant with PharmaLibri Publishers Inc. and a Consultant with Maden Training Systems, both in Montreal. Active in her community, Ms. Flaherty has been involved with the advisory committee to the Community Living BC Board as a parent of a child with a developmental disability. She has also served on the board of the École Française Internationale de Vancouver and has also held various Executive positions on the Parent Advisory Committees of the Vancouver School Board. Ms. Flaherty is an active member of the Autism Society of BC and with a working group for the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Committees. She volunteers her time with the Disabled Ski Association of BC and established the BC Transplant Society Dragon Boat Program. Ms. Flaherty holds her Bachelor of Education and her Master of Science in Renewable Resources from McGill University and her Master of Business Administration from Concordia University.
Darryl Harand from Kelowna is a self-advocate who has a long history in working at the local and provincial levels of the developmental disability community. In addition to his position on the CLBC Board, Darryl also sits on the Provincial Advisory Council as a Board Member Representative. He formerly sat on the board of the BC Self-Advocacy Foundation and was a Society Liaison for the Kelowna and District Association for Community Living. Darryl remains very active in assisting and supporting people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves. He has also worked on editing documents and publications into plain English to make it accessible for people with limited language skills. In addition to his work in the community living movement, Darryl likes to keep up with current events. He follows politics from around the world right down to the municipal level.
Elizabeth is a Kwakiutl First Nation lawyer whose practice areas cover treaty negotiations, aboriginal law, wills and estates, corporate/commercial, residential school claims, intellectual property and personal injury. She is also a professor at Thompson Rivers University, and has a long history of volunteerism in community. Among other endeavors, she currently coaches skiing on weekends, and is a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee of the Law Society of BC. Elizabeth is a mother of two young children and lives in Williams Lake, BC.
Roberta Kjelson spent 34 years in leadership positions in the public and private sectors including 25 years with British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC). She recently retired from BCLC as Manager, Internal Communications and Strategic Projects, following a career focused on strategic communications and public affairs. Roberta has had extensive involvement in the Kamloops community through the B.C. Games for Athletes with a Disability, the Kidney Foundation of B.C., the Kamloops 1993 Canada Games Society and other organizations. Roberta currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kamloops Art Gallery. Roberta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of British Columbia and is a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal for significant contribution to her community.
Ernest Malone retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2005 as the Chief Superintendant, Corporate Management Officer for BC and the Yukon. He was a member of senior management and responsible for managing the RCMP budget of approximately $750 million and developing the 5 year Strategic Plan and multi-year Asset Management Plan. Mr. Malone received the Member’s Order of Merit award from the Governor General of Canada for Leadership in Change Management. Mr. Malone is a member of the Board of Directors of ECOMM and is a member of the Governance and Audit Committees of that organization. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of Certified General Accountants of BC. Mr. Malone is also the past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Oral School for Deaf Children. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and is a Certified General Accountant.
Jan Marston has spent more than 25 years in the natural gas and energy sector in a variety of senior management and executive roles, working for companies such as Terasen Gas, BP/Amoco Petroleum, and Sceptre Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, Alberta and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, California. She has also received the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation. She uses her time and knowledge to participate in a variety of community and professional associations; currently serving on the board of directors for Women’s Health Research Institute and Community Living BC, where she is the Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committee.
John McCulloch was until recently Managing Partner of the oneworld airline alliance, the global headquarters of which was located in Vancouver from 2000 until 2011. Prior to that he was with the HSBC banking group initially as Vice President of Marketing in Hong Kong Bank of Canada, and then as Head of Group Marketing in London (UK). Prior to joining HSBC, he spent 15 years with the Swire Group based out of Hong Kong and Japan, working primarily in the airline industry with Cathay Pacific Airways. He has a law degree from Cambridge University, and has lived or worked in most countries in the Asia Pacific region, travelling extensively, particularly for his work with oneworld. His wife Yuko is Japanese and has a doctorate from Oxford University, specializing in Developmental Psychology. They immigrated to Canada, where two of their children were born, out of admiration for Canada’s approach to the inclusion of disabilities and sense of community. Their son Charlie is special needs and has recently transitioned out of the public school system into the adult community. John now runs his own consulting and business advisory business, devoting more time to volunteer activities. These include board membership of PLAN (Planned Life Advocacy Network) and Tyze, a social enterprise providing networks of care for those in danger of isolation and loneliness. He is also President of Bard on the Beach Shakespearean society.
Arn van Iersel
Arn van Iersel is semi-retired after a 31 year career with the Province of British Columbia, having served as Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, as Comptroller General, and as Auditor General. Active in his community, Mr. Van Iersel is a member and Chair of the Canadian Policy Research Network Audit Committee, the Environment Canada Departmental Audit and Advisory Committee, the Certified General Accountants Association, and the Financial Management Institute. His previous memberships include the PSAB-Deputy Ministers of Finance Joint Working Group as Co-chair, the Public Sector Accounting Board, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, the Whistler Land Corporation, Duke Point Development Ltd., the Certified General Accountants, the Financial Management Institute of Victoria, the Senior Financial Officers Council as Chair, the Executive Financial Officer’s Council, and the Public Sector Accounting Board. Mr. Van Iersel holds his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Calgary and he is a designated Certified General Accountant.