Board Members

Listed below are current board members.

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.


Michael J. Prince, Chair

Dr. Prince, who lives in Victoria, is the Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Human and Social Development. His current research interests include trends in Canadian social policy; federal- provincial relations; trauma of veterans; pension reform; aboriginal governance; and disability politics and policy issues.

Dr. Prince is also a disability rights advocate, media commentator and award-winning author of over 250 publications. As a policy consultant, Dr. Prince has been an advisor to various federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal government agencies; four Royal commissions; and to a number of parliamentary committees federally and provincially.

In 2007, Dr. Prince received a President’s Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living, in recognition of “exceptional contribution to Canadians’ understanding of public policy that builds an inclusive and accessible Canada.” In 2011, he received the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award. In 2012, Dr. Prince was presented a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his public services. Dr. Prince was named Academic of the Year in 2014 by the Confederation of Faculty Associations of British Columbia.


Jake Anthony

Jake Anthony, who lives in Burnaby, is an advocate for persons with disabilities and has a lived experience with a disability. He is professional actor, advocate and acting instructor with City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. He has been an advocate for persons with disabilities for over a decade, teaching Burnaby’s only fully inclusive theatre class for people of all diverse abilities since 2013. Previously, he worked for three years as a media arts correspondent for posAbilities Association of BC, promoting inclusion and diversity in the arts community.

Mr. Anthony has served on the Boards and committees of non-profit organizations, such as Inclusion BC, Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. He also sat on the City of Burnaby Access Advisory Committee and is a past member and chair of the TransLink Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee.

Mr.  Anthony is a graduate of the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts.


Onkar S. Biring

Onkar Biring is a self-advocate and lives in Surrey. He 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.


Katherine Bright

Katherine Bright is a family member (aunt) and lives in North Vancouver. She is a consultant, executive and board director with two decades of experience in working with privately held enterprises, non-profit organizations, public companies and Crown corporations. She has taught courses across the globe in areas of strategy, succession planning, organizational development, governance and business growth.

Starting with a career in social work, her roots are in community and child services. Throughout her career, she has continued her commitment to public policy, governance and stewardship. In addition to running her consulting practice, she serves in a federal appointment as the vice-chair of the Pacific Pilotage Authority board of directors and as an independent director on a private family enterprise board.

Ms. Bright holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.


Barbara Carle-Thiesson

Barbara Carle-Thiesson lives in Lantzville and 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.


Nelson Chan

Nelson Chan is a family member (cousin) and lives in Victoria. He is the chief financial officer for the Capital Regional District, Capital Regional Hospital District and Capital Region Housing Corporation. He has extensive experience in strategic investment and business transformation in both public and private sectors. He serves on the boards of the Government Finance Officers Associations of B.C. and Royal Roads University.

Mr. Chan holds a Master of Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University and a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. Mr. Chan is a chartered professional accountant and certified management accountant in Ontario and British Columbia.


Marnie B. Larson

Marnie Larson lives in Richmond and is the chief executive officer at StarGarden Corporation, responsible for operations in Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand. She has over 20 years of experience in the software industry, specializing in human capital management, human resources, payroll and time and attendance software solutions. Active in her community, she serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau Lower Mainland and served on the boards of Wired Woman and the Simon Fraser University (SFU) MBA Alumni Association.

Ms. Larson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from SFU Beedie Graduate School of Business.


Julia Louise Payson

Julia Louise Payson lives in Vernon and is the executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association (Vernon and District Branch), where she works with a team to improve mental health for all. Previously, she was secretariat director of the Community Action Initiative and executive director of the John Howard Society of British Columbia. She is a board director for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, where she promotes safe and affordable housing throughout the province. She has worked internationally in emergency medical aid in Sudan, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.

Ms. Payson volunteers as a board consultant with Vantage Point and as a board development committee member for the BC SPCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.


Simon Andrew Philp

Simon Andrew Philp is a family member (father) and lives in Victoria. He is a market vice-president of commercial banking, leading teams on Vancouver Island and throughout the B.C. central Interior, northern B.C. and the Yukon for CIBC. He has spent over 20 years in financial services working with private and public companies, public sector entities, First Nations governments and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Philp has served on a number of boards, most recently as a co-chair of the governance board for the unification of the B.C. accounting profession. He has volunteered as a representative and board member for technology industry organizations, universities, business associations, arts groups and land trusts in both Canada and the U.S.  Mr. Philp obtained the CFP designation in 2000 and CMA (now CPA) designation in 2002.


 

Patti Sullivan

Patti Sullivan lives in Victoria and began her career in child care with children with developmental challenges in Montreal and in northern Manitoba as director of a youth centre.  She has worked in CEO/ED roles in diverse sectors that include community health, youth development, social housing, business and cultural amenities development.

She is currently a management consultant and Chair of the Capital Regional District’s Arts Advisory Council in Victoria. Ms. Sullivan has served on boards that include Volunteer Victoria, BCALM, Law Society of Manitoba, CPHA, CMHA and as Board Chair of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Child and Family Services of Central Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  She is a YWCA Woman of Distinction (Business and the Professions category). Appointed Complaints Review Commissioner by the Law Society of Manitoba, Ms. Sullivan served as the first non-lawyer chair of its Complaints Investigations Committee. She holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg and Social Work Diploma from Dawson College.