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.  Currently, Geoff is Counsel at Gall, Legge, Grant & Munroe LLP. 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

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

Ted Lau's picture

Ted Lau completed a communications degree at Simon Fraser University. He is co-founder and CEO of the Ballistic Arts Asylum, one of Metro Vancouver's most respected web marketing companies. His work in the community includes: Membership Chair for EO Accelerator Vancouver; President for the Federal Liberal New West-Coquitlam EDA; Founding Member of the Next Leaders Council (BC Business Council) and; Board Director at the Douglas College Foundation. more

Terry Wong's picture

Terry Wong, CFA, is Vice President, Treasury at VanCity Savings Credit Union. He holds a BBA in Finance and Economics, which he completed at Simon Fraser University. Since 2014, he has worked on the Dalai Lama Center's Finance and Audit Committee, and joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. In his community work, Terry works for economic empowerment, especially through the education of children. 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

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

Maria LeRose's picture

Maria LeRose is Director of Programs at the Dalai Lama Center and Moderator of Heart-Mind 2015. She is also 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

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

Angela Lee's picture

Angela completed a degree in English Literature at SFU, while minoring in Publishing and Communications. She is a passionate educator, most recently graduating from the UBC Bachelor of Education Program, English Secondary Cohort. After completing a short practicum at the Dalai Lama Center, showcasing her care and interest in advocating for emotional well-being, as well as her social media savvy, she was offered a position to be part of the team. more

Dave Samis's picture

David brings over a decade of experience in educational publishing and non-profit management to the Center, including extensive work in youth program development. As a consultant, he has developed projects for a number of clients, including BC Hydro, Simon Fraser University, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Premier Agendas, BC Teachers Federation, American Educational Research Association and the United Nations BC-RCE on Education for Sustainable 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