ANNE GIARDINI, CHANCELLOR, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
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.
J. MICHAEL MILLER, R.C. ARCHBISHOP OF VANCOUVER
Archbishop Michael Miller has been chief shepherd of Vancouver’s 430,000 Catholics since 2009, and has been a prominent part of the city’s religious landscape since Pope Benedict named him coadjutor archbishop in 2007.
In the 40 years since his ordination, he has held a remarkable number of positions, from seminary theology instructor, to university president to the Vatican’s secretary for Catholic education.
Born in Ottawa he attended the University of Toronto and joined the Basilian Fathers in 1966. He received his Licentiate and Doctorate in theology at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University and was ordained a priest by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1975. He holds six honorary doctorates from universities around the world.
Archbishop Miller is a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching and has written seven books on topics including Catholic education, the history of the papacy, and the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II.
Since his arrival in Vancouver, he has established new offices at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre for First Nations Ministry, Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations, Communications, Development, and Stewardship.
Archbishop Miller started the first permanent diaconate program in the Archdiocese, and in 2015 he established the Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater. He has invited the foundation of seven new religious communities of women in the Archdiocese. He re-established the tradition of the Red Mass, and has seen to the formation of a chapter of Legatus.
As well as his positions as Chancellor and board member of St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College, Archbishop Miller is president of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese, sits on the board of governors of Catholic Pacific College, and is a member of the Providence Health Care Society
ANDREA REIMER, COUNCILLOR, CITY OF VANCOUVER
Inspired by Mayor Gregor Robertson's leadership to join Vision Vancouver, Councillor Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. She had previously served as a School Board member with the Green Party from 2002–2005.
In her original campaign for City Council, Councillor Reimer made commitments in three key areas:
- Greenest city on Earth
- City of compassion and opportunity
- City of strong communities
As the lead councillor on the City's award-winning Greenest City Action Plan, Councillor Reimer led efforts to make Vancouver a global leader in environmental action, validated by Vancouver being named the fourth greenest city on Earth in 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal in recognition of her leadership role on this initiative.
PRAVEEN VARSHNEY, VARSHNEY CAPITAL CORP.
Mr. Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991. Mr. Varshney obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and is a FCPA, FCA.
He is a director or officer of various publicly traded companies including Mogo (Co-Founder) and Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. He is also a Co-Founder of G-PAK and former CFO of Carmanah Technologies Corp. which became Canada's largest solar company. He also was Co-Founder of a predecessor of Mountain Province Diamonds who’s Gahcho Kué is the largest new diamond mine in the world & De Beers’ second-largest producer behind its Jwaneng mine in Botswana.
Mr. Varshney is a Toniic member and a long-time member of both EO Entrepreneurs Organization & TiE (Founding Director). He’s also on a number of non-profit boards such as The Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, OneProsper.org and a Founding Member of instrumentbeyondborders.org. He's also an SVP Vancouver Partner, on the Advisory boards of Room to Read - Vancouver, Heart & Stroke Foundation - BC Yukon and The Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation in New Jersey, USA.
Mr. Varshney is also a past recipient of Business in Vancouver's 40 Under 40 Awards.
PAUL KARIYA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CLEAN ENERGY BC.
Paul Kariya is Executive Director of Clean Energy BC. Prior to this he was Executive Director of Pacific Salmon Foundation. Kariya has also worked in the public sector both federally and provincially. He was CEO of the provincial crown corporation, Fisheries Renewal BC and Executive Director of the BC Treaty Commission. Paul holds a BA (Hon) from UBC and a MA and PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts. He is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Western University. Paul serves on a number of boards and commissions, including A Rocha International (Christians in Conservation). Between 2005–2010 Paul was a Commissioner representing Canada on the Pacific Salmon Commission.
SYBIL SEITZINGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Dr. Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a dynamic knowledge network that brings together leading researchers from British Columbia and around the world to study the impacts of climate change and to develop positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation.
Dr. Seitzinger joins PICS from her position as executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) based in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to that, she was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and visiting professor at Rutgers University in the US. She served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography from 2006-2010.
Dr. Seitzinger’s work at the IGBP involved facilitating and integrating the work of scientists and researchers across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe on global environmental change. As a pioneering scientist, her work at Rutgers centred on land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans are affecting it.
Dr. Seitzinger holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been awarded an honorary PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is highly cited, with more than 130 peer-reviewed publications to her credit.