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Meet the Governance Team
Sanjeet Rana

Sanjeet Rana

Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Vancity (BWT Co-Chair)

Sanjeet Rana

Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Vancity (BWT Co-Chair)

Sanjeet Rana

Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Vancity (BWT Co-Chair)

Sanjeet has over 18 years of experience in the Financial Services industry at Vancity where she has worked in many roles across the organization, applying her knowledge and expertise in order to support the organization’s vision of building healthier communities. Sanjeet spent 2 years within the Digital Solutions & Business Technology Division as Business Integration Lead. During that time, she was able to work collaboratively with the business to develop integrated solutions with accelerated delivery, enabling the differentiated member experience. Prior to her role within Business Integration Services, Sanjeet held many positions within Community Member Services such as Branch Manager and opening the newest location in Richmond, Branch Portfolio Manager, where she lead and support key strategies/priorities such as the Prototype Sustainment Plan, Small Business Strategy along and the Retail Lending Portfolio. In her current role as Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Sanjeet is looking for innovative ways to strengthen and grow Vancity’s relationships with women investors through the delivery of a new initiative that reinforces the organization’s brand and business model.

Sanjeet is also a board member for Richmond Society for Community Living where she has committed to developing and maintaining high quality service for people with a developmental disability and their families in the Richmond community.  In her spare time you can find Sanjeet spending quality time with her family and living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Tara Williams

Tara Williams

Consultant IT Solutions Planning, Vancity (BWT Co-Chair)

Tara Williams

Consultant IT Solutions Planning, Vancity (BWT Co-Chair)

Tara Williams

Consultant IT Solutions Planning, Vancity (BWT Co-Chair)

Tara has over 13 years of experience in the Financial Service Co-operative sector. She has broad experience including Human Resources, Product Management, Project Management, Digital Marketing,  and Operations. Tara has been involved at the volunteer level with BWT since 2019 as a lead for the Mentorship program where her team has grown the program significantly since then.  

 

Tara has a Masters of Management degree from St Mary’s University which specializes in Co-operatives and Credit Unions. She uses this knowledge to support the Business Development of startup Co-operatives and also as Board President of the Co-operative Management Education Student and Alumni Co-operative and HR Lead for Terminal City Glass Co-operative. In her spare time you’ll find Tara building capacity in the co-operative sector through leading education programs and working with new co-operatives, leading half marathon training groups or training for triathlons. 

Kristina Hleb

Kristina Hleb

Director, Global Project Management Office, TELUS International (BWT Co-Chair)

Kristina Hleb

Director, Global Project Management Office, TELUS International (BWT Co-Chair)

Kristina Hleb

Director, Global Project Management Office, TELUS International (BWT Co-Chair)

Kristina leads an international team supporting global delivery of client implementations, complex expansions and internal enablement projects supporting the CCO organization. She also works closely with business development in pursuit of new business opportunities. Kristina’s career at TELUS started in 1999  in IT Support and Unix System Administration. Since then she has gained extensive experience leading global cross-functional teams, customer relationship management, process improvement/development, team development and project management. Kristina is passionate about innovation, team culture and development and delivering the best in class quality of service.

Kristina is excited to join the BWT team as a governance co-chair as BWT closely aligns with her values on culture, diversity and inclusiveness.  Kristina is also the Global Connections prime for TELUS International, as well as a member of the TELUS Connections in Vancouver. She feels very fortunate to be able to participate in our TELUS Days of Giving, CSR and Connections events globally. In her spare time, Kristina loves to travel and be active outdoors.

Annette Simbabure

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS

Annette has 26 years of experience in Information Technology, spanning Systems Administration, Project Management, Service Management and leadership roles, with a passion and focus for delivering results. Annette has implemented programs, frameworks, and governance models that drive productivity, improve customer experiences, and strengthen the reputation of the organization she represents. Annette’s current role at TELUS is Director, Information Systems, responsible for the delivery of IT Infrastructure projects that support TELUS Health and Payment Solutions. In addition to her role at TELUS, she is also the Board Chairperson for Umoja, a non-profit organization supporting immigrants and refugees in successfully integrating into Canadian society.  Annette believes in living life to the fullest and wants to be able to use her skills and abilities to make positive contributions to the situations surrounding her.  She joined BWT to support her personal development, expand her network, and to apply her skills, expertise, and passion for diversity and inclusion so that together we continue to help each other and the women around us network, develop and grow.

Erin Fawcett

Erin Fawcett

Senior Project Manager, Coaching & Learning Solutions, Telus

Erin Fawcett

Senior Project Manager, Coaching & Learning Solutions, Telus

Erin Fawcett

Senior Project Manager, Coaching & Learning Solutions, Telus

Erin has worked at TELUS since 2013, starting on the Community Investment team, first managing large scale events like TELUS’ national Pride campaign, and then moved into managing their Vancouver/LML based charitable partnerships and the Vancouver Community Board. She is now a Senior Project Manager on the Coaching & Learning Solutions team, managing a portfolio that includes their national TELUS SmartHome Security and TELUS Health.

Erin’s also been a middle school teacher, worked two Olympic Games in corporate training and worked for not for profits organizing fundraising events. While these may seem like a surprising variety, it’s her passion for learning, community and people that weaves a common thread across her career and what ultimately led her to a company like TELUS that embodies those three things.

It’s also why Erin, in addition to her day job and being a Governance Prime with BWT, volunteers as a Board Member on the NYE Vancouver Board, and is a member of her team’s Diversity & Inclusiveness council at TELUS.

Erin returned to us from maternity leave in January 2021, having spent the whole of 2020 with her adorable baby son Emmitt. And while she adores him and is grateful for the time she got to spend with him, she is thrilled to be back at work and back with BWT.

Michelyn Smythe

Michelyn Smythe

Internship Experience Program Program Lead, SAP

Michelyn Smythe

Internship Experience Program Program Lead, SAP

Michelyn Smythe

Internship Experience Program Program Lead, SAP

Michelyn (she, her, hers) is the SAP Internship Experience Program Lead for Canada. With the Intern Program, her focus is on finding, retaining, and growing a wide variety of next-generation leadership for SAP. And to do this, she is interested in fostering and changing who we view as leaders and what values they bring, to make SAP the best place for creative, radical innovation.

In addition to developing programs for interns at SAP, she is involved with a task force that is focused on increasing gender diversity in development and technical expert roles, an initiative to define a distinct Indigenous pillar within the EDI strategy, and a community of practice for accessibility initiatives.

Michelyn has been with SAP just over 3 years, but has worked in many tech companies around Vancouver for the past 20+ years, in project management and operations roles. It was through her volunteer work with the Immigrant Employment Council of BC that she got interested in coaching, developing, and helping resources find their perfect role.

She is very excited to represent SAP in the BWT organization, and to bring about lasting improvements for all.

Sarah Spratley

Sarah Spratley

Program Manager, SAP

Sarah Spratley

Program Manager, SAP

Sarah Spratley

Program Manager, SAP

Sarah is a Program Manager with the SAP HANA & Analytics organization in Vancouver.  She has been with SAP for 9 years and spent 22 years with IBM before that in various technical, project management, and management roles.  Sarah has worked for many years to support women in technology and is a mentor with the UBC Computer Science tri-mentoring program.  She is currently working with a team in Vancouver to find new ways to increase the diversity of the organization through both hiring and retention initiatives.

Katherine Xilinas

Katherine Xilinas

Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

Katherine Xilinas

Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

Katherine Xilinas

Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

Katherine is a Partner with KPMG Law LLP and KPMG Canada’s Indirect Tax practice in Vancouver. She has 18+ years of experience assisting clients with their indirect tax and customs planning and advisory needs, as well as representing them before the Canadian taxing and customs authorities, the BC Supreme Court, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Courts of Canada and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Katherine serves a broad base of clients in various sectors, including energy, retail, technology and real estate, as well as charities and NPOs. Katherine currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Laws – Taxation program at the UBC Allard School of Law. She also sits on the Executive of the national Commodity Tax Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association and is a participating member of the GST Leaders Forum, a group of 25 leading indirect tax practitioners from across Canada.

Allison Blackler

Allison Blackler

Executive Director, KPMG

Allison Blackler

Executive Director, KPMG

Allison Blackler

Executive Director, KPMG

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Janice Chuang

Janice Chuang

Vice President, Infrastructure Investments, Ledcor

Janice Chuang

Vice President, Infrastructure Investments, Ledcor

Janice Chuang

Vice President, Infrastructure Investments, Ledcor

As Vice President, Infrastructure Investments, Janice leads the financing strategy for Ledcor’s Infrastructure pursuits, liaising with senior business unit leaders on new and existing opportunities while also building relationships externally with Ledcor’s key advisors, clients and partners. She also oversees all aspects of treasury, equipment finance and corporate finance for the Ledcor Group. Janice is a seasoned finance professional with over 14 years of experience working in various facets of finance, including investment banking, commercial / corporate banking and investment management.

Janice is excited that Ledcor has chosen to be a member company of the BWT organization as this showcases Ledcor’s commitment to further develop and enhance Ledcor’s I&D strategy, which is significant for a construction company. As such, Janice is pleased to accept the BWT governance co-prime role on the Governance Committee and looks forward to supporting the organization to continue to stir up new conversations, create impact and ultimately initiate positive changes to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment for all.

Stacey Norman

Stacey Norman

Vice President, Talent, Ledcor

Stacey Norman

Vice President, Talent, Ledcor

Stacey Norman

Vice President, Talent, Ledcor

Stacey is a 25-year human resources and business professional with experience across multiple companies in the energy industry spanning local and global operations. In her current role as Vice President, Talent at The Ledcor Group of Companies, Stacey leads the Talent Centre of Expertise (COE) within Ledcor’s large, complex organization operating across North America. Partnering with HR professionals and leaders to meet business goals, Stacey and her team design and deliver programs across the full talent spectrum - performance management, succession planning, career and leadership development, talent acquisition and recruitment, and learning solutions.

As Ledcor continues on its path to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace, Stacey is excited to support the company on this journey and was pleased to accept the BWT governance co-prime role. Stacey is passionate about supporting and developing women in business and is actively involved in mentoring professional women informally and formally through programs led by organizations such as CPHR Alberta.  Stacey currently lives in Calgary with her husband and two teenagers, and is planning to relocate to Vancouver in the near future.  When not at work, Stacey loves to travel and spend time outdoors golfing and hiking.

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Managing Director, Customer Sales & Service, Accenture

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Managing Director, Customer Sales & Service, Accenture

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Managing Director, Customer Sales & Service, Accenture

Naomi has over 26 years of experience in consulting primarily focused on changes that enable an improved customer and employee experience. Naomi has assessed customer service operations, designed and implemented new solutions and enabled new capabilities that help her clients achieve their business objectives. Naomi is currently a Managing Director in Accenture’s Customer Sales and Service practice working with clients in industries such as utilities, public service, insurance, and travel. She is proud to be the executive sponsor of Accenture’s International Women’s Day event in Vancouver for the past 4 years. When not at work Naomi can be found watching her son’s baseball games, chauffeuring her daughter to various dance venues, enjoying hot yoga, and walking around the neighborhood. Naomi is excited to be part of BWT as she is passionate about helping women achieve their individual potential - to succeed in business, build their personal networks, grow outside their comfort zones, be empowered, bring their full, unique selves to work, find the right work-life balance, get promoted – achieve their goals.