Board of Directors

Hugh Bulmer (Chair)
Bill Cox (Secretary-Treasurer)
Lauren Elliott
Dr. Kate Hennessy
Geoffrey J. Howard
Harriet Man 
Dr. Bruce Miller
Janet Morley
Stephanie Chan

Vancouver Museum Society Board of Directors Bios

Hugh Bulmer, 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.

Geoffrey Howard
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.

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.