ANNE GIARDINI - Director, Writer and Chancellor of SFU
An executive, lawyer, director and writer, Anne Giardini was president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited from 2008 to 2014 after serving as Weyerhaeuser's General Counsel. A long-time leader within Canada’s resource industry, she served on many related boards including B.C.’s Council of Forest Industries, the Alberta Forest Products Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. She is currently a member of the board of WWF-Canada and Vice Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade.
The author of two novels and the editor of a collection of writing advice, Giardini has been Chair of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and a board member of the Writers Trust of Canada. She is an honorary patron of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.
In 2011, Giardini received the Robert V.A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice, and was named one of Canada's 25 most influential lawyers. Giardini was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2013 and served as a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. In 2014, she was recognized by WXN as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women. In 2015 she received a Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award.
Giardini also served on SFU's Board of Governors for five years before being appointed Chancellor in 2014.
Giardini holds a B.A. in Economics from SFU, LL.B. from UBC, and LL.M. from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall). She has been married to Tony Giardini for 28 years, and they have three grown children.
SUE PAISH - President & CEO, LifeLabs
Sue Paish is the President and CEO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, Canada’s largest provider of community laboratory testing services. As President and CEO, Sue leads LifeLabs 5,400 employees working in BC and Ontario in the delivery of more than 100 million laboratory tests to over 20 million Canadians and 50,000 physicians, annually. LifeLabs supports Canadians to live healthier lives through timely and effective diagnostics and the delivery of meaningful health information and data.
During Sue’s tenure as President and CEO, LifeLabs has emerged as Canada’s leading community laboratory, noted for leading transformation in diagnostics and delivering innovations that are changing how we manage and maintain our health. Some of LifeLabs’ recent and noteworthy achievements include:
- Acquisition of BC Biomedical Laboratories, April 2013
- Acquisition of CML Healthcare Inc., October 2013
- First Canadian lab to provide:
- non-fasting testing protocols, providing patients with more flexibility in when tests are performed
- online appointment booking
- online access for patients to their lab test results which allows patients to monitor, share and discuss their laboratory results with their healthcare provider as part of their overall health management
- Opening of the first private sector purpose-built genetics laboratory in Canada, able to deliver clinically relevant genetic testing to all Canadians
- Awarding of a Genome Canada Grant in partnership with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the University Health Network, to develop the information to design, validate and provide national access to patients needing cancer genomic assays
- First Canadian lab to provide non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to Canadian women; with NIPT expectant mothers can obtain a simple blood test at nine weeks gestation to detect multiple conditions of their fetus rather than waiting for invasive and high-risk amniocentesis procedure.
Prior to joining LifeLabs, Sue was the CEO of Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., where she was responsible for the strategic leadership of Pharmasave’s over 460 community retail pharmacies across Canada.
TAMARA VROOMAN - President and CEO, Vancity
As President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in developing a healthy society—building the well-being of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. This summarizes Vancity’s vision of redefining wealth.
Tamara views the economy as much more than what is written on a balance sheet; it includes the social and natural economies in which we all live. Understanding the interdependence of these three means that Vancity takes a very different approach to banking, ensuring its products, services and advice deliver financial, social and environmental results for the more than 500,000 members it serves. As a financial co-operative, Vancity is ideally suited to operate in an economy that is ever changing because it is through its close connection with members that Vancity sees what is required to meet their changing needs. This ‘member-led innovation’ guides Vancity in its business strategies.
Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model. Vancity was the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, an independent network of the world's leading sustainable banks and banking cooperatives. In 2014, Pope Francis asked Tamara to participate in a Vatican Summit entitled The Global Common Good: Towards a More Inclusive Economy with 70 leaders from around the world. Tamara also spoke about Vancity's model with the Dalai Lama at the 2014 Heart-Mind Summit in Vancouver.
Tamara's achievements at the credit union include leading Vancity to become the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America, the largest private-sector living wage employer in Canada, and one of the first mainstream financial institutions to launch an alternative to predatory payday loans for its members—the Vancity Fair & Fast Loan™.
Prior to joining Vancity, Tamara served as Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia and as Secretary to the Treasury Board and CEO of the Public Sector Employers' Council. She led the successful renegotiation of 100 per cent of expiring collective agreements in the public sector without a strike or mediation, and led the Ministry to two AAA credit rating upgrades. She oversaw the government's annual $100 billion borrowing and cash requirements and developed its $36 billion fiscal plan. Her prior portfolio was as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health, where she balanced the budget and developed the Ministry's financial management plan.
Tamara pursued post-secondary education at the University of Victoria, earning a Master of Arts in History in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in 1991. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2013.
On a personal level, Tamara lends her voice and leadership experience to issues related to women, families and children with a particular focus on issues related to equality, inclusion and empowerment.
LEAH GARRAD-COLE - Creator, Love Child Organics
Leah Garrad-Cole, Founder (and Mom) began by cooking homemade organic meals for her young children, Poppy and Cam. In 2013, based on recipes developed in her home kitchen, Leah and her husband, John, started Love Child Organics, differentiating itself by insisting on only clean, natural, organic ingredients enriched by super foods.
Prior to Love Child Organics, Leah gained a Masters’ Degree in Special Education and for many years taught children with learning and behavioral challenges. Leah believes that feeding children organic foods, free from pesticides, preservatives, artificial colours and refined sugars, is essential for healthy development of the growing body.