About

Board of Directors

Geoffrey Howard (Chair)
Hugh Bulmer (Past Chair)
Bill Cox (Secretary-Treasurer)
Lauren Elliott
Dr. Kate Hennessy
Harriet Man 
Dr. Bruce Miller
Janet Morley
Stephanie Chan
Kyle Barker
Jill Tipping
Jill Turner

Vancouver Museum Society Board of Directors Bios

Geoffrey Howard, Chair
Mr. Howard is a partner of the law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson, specializing in the areas of employment and labour law and civil litigation. He is the leader of the Employment and Labour Group for the Vancouver office. Mr. Howard has extensive experience in representing both employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship including employment disputes in the courts and tribunals. He provides employment advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including executive employment and severance agreements. He practices in both official languages.

Hugh Bulmer, Past Chair
Mr. Bulmer is Vice President of Maynards Antiques and Fine Arts — auctioneers and appraisers based in Vancouver. Formerly a director of Phillips Auctioneers in London and Chairman of Margam Castle Sculpture Park in Wales, UK, he is currently an expert with the Canadian Antiques Roadshow and a regular contributor with Global TV News as an expert appraiser. He is also a board member of “Endeavour for Sport and the Arts.”

Bill Cox, Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. Cox is a senior partner with the Vancouver chartered accounting firm of BDO Dunwoody. He specializes in audit and accounting services to not-for-profit organizations. His practice includes general audit and accounting, financial modeling, information technology/internet security, and internal control review and analysis. He has also served on several other boards.

Lauren L. Elliott
Ms. Elliott works in a corporate governance role with the Aurora Resource Group, a sophisticated, business development incubator focused on the mineral resource sector. She has degree in history from Simon Fraser University, another in justice from Royal Roads University, and a law degree (LLB) from the University of London (England). She is a committee member of the Katherine Swynford Society (UK). Ms. Elliott has travelled extensively throughout Europe and North America as well as to Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and South Africa, always focusing on the history and culture of the region.

Dr. Kate Hennessy
Dr. Hennessy is an assistant professor specializing in media at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. She has an MA in the Anthropology of Media from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. Her research includes exploration of the role of digital technologies in making museum collections accessible to the public. She has worked with First Nations and Aboriginal communities in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to collaboratively develop virtual museum exhibits and archives of cultural heritage.

Harriet Man
Ms. Man is a chartered accountant and a tax partner in the real estate group of KPMG LLP. She became a member of the Board of Directors at the May 2011 AGM. She is a mother of two and firmly believes contributing back to the society through volunteer work. She is previously a treasurer and a board member of BC Centre for Ability. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling with her family.

Dr. Bruce Granville Miller
Dr. Miller is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He received a BA from Brown University and a PhD from Arizona State University. He's the author of five books on Aboriginal law and politics and served for three years as editor of Culture, the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Association. His long-term fieldwork is with the Coast Salish of British Columbia and Washington State. He is currently studying the use of oral histories of Aboriginal peoples in the courts of Canada, the US, and Brazil. He has served as an expert witness in Canadian and US Aboriginal litigation. He and his wife live with their two sons in Kitsilano.

Janet Morley
Ms. Morley is the Coordinator of Vancouver Heritage Fairs and has been so since 2007. She is also a long-time docent with the Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Stephanie Chan
Stephanie is the founder and owner of Home to Home, an eldercare planning and transition assistance business.    Before starting her business, she was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Ballard Power Systems.  She has a B.Comm and an LLB from the University of British Columbia, and her legal practice focussed on corporate and securities transactions, multi-party negotiations, and corporate governance. In 2007, she decided to leave the practice of law to start her business which focusses on helping seniors with care management, downsizing, and lifestyle changes. In her business, Stephanie also helps executors in fulfilling their duties in handling the estate.  Stephanie has served on several other non-profit boards, and is currently on the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon.

Kyle Barker
Kyle is the founder of Broadside Media, Inc., a marketing and web development company, and co-founder of Electrum Group, Inc., a corporate governance and investor relations firm for junior venture companies listed on the TSX Venture & Canadian Securities Exchange. He holds a Masters in Business Leadership (2008) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (1999). Kyle worked abroad for Thomson-Reuters in London, England, before returning to Vancouver to found Broadside Media. In 2011 he was featured in Small Business BC’s “Success Stories” and awarded a government grant by Western Economic Diversification Canada. In his work with various local junior venture companies, Kyle has played a key role in forming strategic alliances and raising capital in excess of $40 million. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Western University’s School of Business teaching Strategic Leadership. 

Jill Tipping
Jill Tipping is Vice-President Operations and CFO for Schneider Electric Solar business, one of the leading global Solar equipment companies.  She has a MA in Economic and Social History from St Andrews University and a MSc in Management from Stanford University. Jill started her career with Deloitte where she spent 10 years in the London UK office. In 2006 she joined Burnaby-based Xantrex Technologies Inc as Director of Finance and played a pivotal role in the strategic sale of Xantrex to Schneider Electric in 2008. Post-acquisition she led the integration of Xantrex to Schneider Electric and following promotion to Vice-President in 2009 supported the business through a period of significant growth and development.  Jill is a strong advocate and supporter of BC's Technology sector. An inspiring leader with a powerful reputation for change management Jill  was nominated for the Association of Women in Finance’s PEAK award for Excellence in the Private Sector in 2014.

Jill Turner
Jill is a fine art specialist at Masters Gallery Ltd. concentrating on important historical Canadian art. She has previously worked for years at a leading Toronto auction house as a decorative art and antiques specialist, and later at Maynards Inc. as a fine art and antique appraiser and auctioneer. Additionally she has conducted private appraisal work, including projects for public institutions and for the Canadian Cultural Property Review Board. She has had certification in the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice [USPAP] and has completed coursework with the International Society of Appraisers [ISA]. She has an MA in Fine and Decorative Art from the University of Manchester through Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and an honours BA with a double major in History and Art History. She has auctioneered at various charity events, and provided art related assistant to various charitable organizations.