Meet our board members
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Born on the Downtown East Side then raised in White Rock, Krystal has seen both ends of what living in Vancouver can be. Having a very uniquely blended family, she was exposed very early on to the importance of treating others as equals.
A scholar concert pianist with a background in psychology, Krystal unexpectedly found herself in the growing Tech industry. Moving from a very structured and corporate environment at different organizations, she is now the Director of Corporate Relations at iQmetrix. A wearer of too many hats to count, she helps foster a collaborative and unique culture that has become recognized across North America. Krystal loves to cultivate experiences that bring people together and encourage individuals to realize what they are capable of.
Often found traveling, Krystal continually brings to light the ways that companies and individuals can come together to support philanthropic initiatives not just in our community but create a global impact abroad.
MARK BRAND is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. He is determined to breathe new life into our struggling and disjointed communities through his work in social impact business and as an educator, facilitator, and speaker.
Five years ago, Brand realized his dream of becoming the owner of Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher shop, and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013, he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Almost 100,000 tokens have been redeemed, filling 100,000 empty stomachs, and creating interactions between those who have, and those in need.
In addition, more than 1 million meals have left Save On’s doors to feed those who struggle, in partnership with his charity A Better Life Foundation. ABLF works with community agencies, marginalized individuals, and governments to create tangible waves of change.
Brand is a graduate of THNK School of Leadership, a fellow at Stanford University, a staunch supporter of B Corp, and an advisor to corporations and individuals working to make real change. It is through his philanthropic efforts, systems design, and love for his community that he has found a unique balance in business and purpose.