People

Trustees

Geoff Plant's picture

Geoff Plant is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Geoff is a partner in the Vancouver office of the national law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP, where his practice focuses on public law and policy. During his nine years as a member of the BC Legislative Assembly, he served as Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. more

Bruce Beairsto's picture

Bruce was a secondary educator in the Richmond School District for 37 years, teaching Science, Math and Computer Science before moving into the district office half-way through his career.  He held a variety of positions over the next 20 years, including responsibility for curriculum and for special education, retiring as Superintendent in 2010.  more

Victor Chan's picture

Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan also co-authored the Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights (Riverhead, January 2013). more

Howard Harowitz's picture

Howard is currently working as an independent management consultant. His area of expertise is in strategic planning and implementation and leadership development.  He has assisted numerous organizations in transforming and aligning governance and operational structures for increased success and sustainability.  more

Eric Harris's picture

Eric has practised labour and employment law since 1973. He has been retained to work in a strategic capacity in a variety of different settings, and has represented clients at every level in BC and Canada. Eric is recognized as one of Canada’s leading labour lawyers in The 2014 Lexpert/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. more

James Hoggan's picture

Jim Hoggan is one of Canada’s most respected public-relations professionals and the president and owner of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates. more

Gwyn Morgan's picture

Gwyn Morgan, from Calgary, Alberta, is one of Canada's most distinguished business leaders. more

Martha C. Piper's picture

Dr. Piper received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University (1979), and has served as Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (’79-’85), more

Marjorie-Anne Sauder's picture

Marjorie‐Anne Sauder has been part of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. She was a founding member of the board of directors and continues to serve as a governor. She is also a dedicated volunteer with a devoted interest in the health and education of children. more

Advisory Board

Dalai Lama's picture

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. more

Betty Williams's picture

Betty Williams, along with Mairead Maguire, was awarded the Nobel Prize for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. more

Desmond Tutu's picture

In 1984, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent work to end apartheid and bring equality for the people in South Africa. In 1986 he became the first black person to be Archbishop in the Anglican Church of South Africa. Archbishop Tutu continues to be a world leader in the struggle for human rights. more

Jimmy Carter's picture

See the official Carter Center web site for a complete biography of Jimmy Carter. more

Jody Williams's picture

Jody Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) until February 1998. more

Kim Campbell's picture

Kim Campbell was the first woman in Canadian history appointed Prime Minister, serving as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada from June 25 to November 4, 1993. more

Mairead Maguire's picture

Mairead (Corrigan) Maguire is a Nobel Peace Laureate (l976) Hon. President and Co-founder of the Peace People, Northern Ireland. more

Sakyong Mipham's picture

The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, is one of Tibet’s highest and most respected incarnate lamas.  Sakyong—literally means “earth protector”. more

Rigoberta Menchu Tum's picture

Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation work based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in her native Guatemala. She is the first indigenous person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. more

Shirin Ebadi's picture

See the NobelPrize.org Shirin Ebadi page for a complete biography of Shirin Ebadi. more

Team

Fiona Douglas-Crampton's picture

Fiona has a very diverse background and her experience includes careers as a Gaming Investigator, Stay-at-home Mom, Sales & Marketing professional, and Non-Profit CEO. Her most recent roles have been as CEO of the Minerva Foundation from 2011 – 2013, Acting Director of Fund Development at YWCA Metro Vancouver, and prior to that, as the Director of Membership Marketing Vancouver Board of Trade.  more

Ted Violini's picture

Ted Violini brings a diverse business management background to the DLC. Before joining the Center in 2013,  he worked as a construction project manager specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. His background also includes hospitality management and operations, audit and security in foreign exchange.   It is Ted’s passion for social change that inspired his move to the NGO sector. more

Victor Chan's picture

Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan also co-authored the Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights (Riverhead, January 2013). more

Natalia Angheli-Zaicenco's picture

Natalia Angheli-Zaicenco is DLC Communications Manager.  Before joining the Center, she worked as a journalist, communications consultant and trainer in different parts of the world.  more

Dan Haves's picture

Dan joined the Dalai Lama Center in June 2009 after graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Journalism. Dan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has traveled throughout China and India covering a variety of stories. Originally from London, Ontario, Dan graduated with a BA in Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario. more

Maria LeRose's picture

Maria LeRose is an award-winning television producer and interviewer, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She received her Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology  - with an emphasis on social and emotional development. more

Gordon Matchett's picture

Gordon has a passion for helping charities achieve financial prosperity, while delivering significant mission related outcomes.  He has been an Executive Director, Senior Manager and consultant to a number of charities, including YM & YWCAs, and Boys and Girls Clubs.  After earning an MBA, he took a break from the sector to be a Financial Advisor with a large Financial Institution.  Gordon has educated his own heart by studying with a first nations elder for over a decade and spending two years living and working at a yoga retreat centre.  more