Meet our board members
Mark Brand is one of Canada’s most recognized social entrepreneurs. Having successfully created 11 businesses in Vancouver, he has become a prominent example of a new generation of leadership that focuses on passion and purpose. Brand and his teams are determined to breathe new life into marginalized and isolated communities through food, training and meaningful employment. Combining emerging technologies, alternate currencies and historical best practices, they are creating new blueprints to share globally with the intention of bettering the world. Brand has been recruited to speak, mentor and mediate on the topics of social inclusion, community collaboration, and food security from TED talks to correctional facilities, and everywhere in between. He sits on government councils, not for profit boards and business advisory committees bringing the lens of community first, each and every time. It is through his social impact efforts, and love for our neighbourhoods, that Brand has found a unique balance, proving that you can be successful in business while contributing to your community in a long term and meaningful way.
Jennifer Johnstone is President & CEO of Central City Foundation, an organization that has been working to improve the lives of neighbours in need in Vancouver’s inner city since 1907. In the past 25 years, her career in non-profit management and community resource development has included key leadership positions with Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services, Vancouver Status of Women, and Ballet British Columbia. She has also maintained a successful private consulting practice in fundraising and organizational development and is an instructor in the Fundraising Certificate Program at BCIT. An in-demand speaker about non-profit management, social purpose real estate, organizational innovation and inner-city issues, Jennifer is also a leader in the business community for her continued mentorship of women and youth. Jennifer remains passionately committed to social justice and community investment and currently serves as a Board member with a number of local organizations and is the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Chapter.
Franco is a caring and committed leader. He is the co-founding partner of Capital Core Financial, Inc., and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his 13 years as senior financial advisor with the Caligiuri Financial Group. Franco began his career working closely with high net-worth individuals, and continues to share his passion for success by empowering clients with tools to fast-track their financial freedom. In mentoring his team, Franco emphasizes the value of strong relationships and creative thinking. When he is not spending time in his business or with clients, he is a devoted husband and father of three, and a philanthropic friend to the community.
Marissa is a passionate and highly driven leader with over 12 years of experience in the field of finance. As Co-Founder of Capital Core Financial, Marissa helps her clients overcome their emotional limitations around money, and guides them towards a path to sustainable wealth. With a company goal to redirect one billion dollars from CRA to the non-profit, Marissa is on a mission to help people implement charitable giving into their financial plan. Marissa sits on the board for A Better Life Foundation, a non-profit providing food security, education and employment training in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and also involved abroad, sitting on the board for Run For Water and One Girl Can, helping raise funds for clean water projects in Ethiopia, and helping fund education and scholarships for girls in Africa.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Catherine began her career in the television industry working on such iconic shows as Front Page Challenge and Sheri Lewis’ Lampchop. Transitioning to the music industry in the late ‘90’s she then went on to spend almost a decade on the road working with acts such as Sheryl Crow, The Pretenders, The Tragically Hip, Chantal Kreviazuk and Dido.
In 2004, Catherine took her background in television, married it to her rock n’ roll pedigree and started Brand LIVE Management Group with partners Jordan Melville and Paul Runnals. An event management company, Brand LIVE is responsible for some of the Province’s largest public gatherings such as Honda’s Celebration of Light and Canada Day at Canada Place; as well as a thriving meetings and conventions division. As the President of Brand LIVE, Catherine is the driving force in the agency’s growth – in people, revenue and its strategic direction. Her role in business has helped to grow the Vancouver agency into an award winning Production Company. She is a Top 40 Under 40 recipient and in 2012 was named Event Professional of the Year at the National Canadian Special Events Awards.
Catherine sits on the board of Tourism Vancouver, Mark Brand’s A Better Life Foundation as well as The Global Poverty Project. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband of 22 years and their 9 year old son Griffin.
Ryan became President of Teldon Media Group in 2012, and served as Executive Vice President for the company three years prior to his appointment. Over that time, he has brought extensive leadership and innovation to help Teldon’s customers do what they value most: creating superior client experiences.
Under Ryan’s leadership Teldon has completed a top down restructuring that has led to breakthrough results, while firmly establishing Teldon as a leader in personalized marketing programs for clients across North America.
Since 2005 Ryan has also been the President of Alive Publishing Group, where he continues to serve today. Over the past ten years, Alive Publishing has introduced numerous new products and services making it a multi-faceted media company. With the launch of alive Australia and alive Studios, Ryan and his team have taken a trusted Canadian brand and transformed it into a global powerhouse with an audience of over 24 million readers around the world. These new products and services have diversified revenue and generated over 2300% income growth.
Ryan’s accomplishments have been recognized with several honours, including Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Marketers in Canada under 30; a Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40 accolade; and the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing Entrepreneurial Innovation, the youngest recipient to ever receive this award.
Robert G. Heimbecker is a Vancouver based Producer and Actor and owner of Transcendent Pictures Inc. Recent Producing credits include “Mother”, “Counter Act”, “Hard Days, Wet Nights”, “The Timekeeper”, and “Anxious Oswald Greene”. Recent acting credits include “Hard Days, Wet Nights”, “Ties That Bind”, “The Switch” and “Radio Hype”.