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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.

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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