Board of Directors

Meet the members of Board of Directors

Pat Frewer, Board Chair

After practicing law for five years, Pat shifted his career to focus on real estate, financing and development. He established Seniorhome and his development consultancy to the retirement and care homes sector more than 25 years ago. His clients and projects have covered the full range of funded and private-pay service programs, as well as ones for for-profit and non-profit operators, ultimately specializing in the seniors’ retirement and care facility sector. He has served on several non-profit boards over the years. Pat studied Commerce and Law at the University of Alberta. Pat has been part of the Phoenix Board since 2004.

Pat Frewer, Board Chair

Pat Frewer, Board Chair

David Longpre, Vice Chair

As Principal of DALON Urban Reality Advisors, David has accumulated more than 28 years of experience in commercial real estate and land development since graduating from UBC in 1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Urban Land Economics. David has spent nearly all the ensuing years to date in Commercial Real Estate, Project Management, and Land Development and has had past professional roles as a Mortgage Broker, Real Estate Managing Broker, Director and President of a publicly traded Company. He commits boundless energy to all projects and takes satisfaction in seeing final products where the benefits flow to both the project investors and to the public. When not at work David is an avid runner and road bike enthusiast who loves to spend time with his wife and two teenage children in South Delta. David has been a board member since 2010.

David Longpre, Vice Chair

David Longpre, Vice Chair

Darren Fairbrother

Treasurer,
Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

The values of fairness and family have influenced Darren’s career path. Since 1997 Darren has worked in co-operative and sustainable banking. In Darren’s current position at Vancity, he uses a balanced approach: seeing the big picture and communicating it clearly combined with initiating and navigating the details to meet and exceed the outcomes. As the VP of Enterprise Risk Management Darren is accountable for ensuring Vancity has effective risk management practices, controls, and management oversight that strikes an appropriate balance between value creation and value preservation of member and organizational benefits. Prior to his current role, Darren worked within Vancity’s finance division in a number of different roles encompassing asset liability management, budget development and performance reporting, retail pricing, regulatory compliance, economic capital modeling, corporate insurance, and special projects. Darren is known for providing leadership in accounting expertise while delivering mentorship and coaching activities that drive employee engagement. People and flexibility are Darren’s cornerstones for success. Darren joined the Phoenix Board in 2016.

Darren Fairbrother, Treasurer

Darren Fairbrother, Treasurer

Elain Duval

Chair, Governance & Human Resources Committee

Elain brought her passion for improving communities to her career as a developer of non-profit and co-operative housing. She worked at Columbia Housing Advisory, a developer of non-profit co-operative housing for 10 years, the last few years as executive director. After a several years working in the public sector in the City of Vancouver’s Housing Centre, she became a development manager for Progressive Homes Ltd, which specialized in developing and building non-profit housing. During this period, Elain also co-authored a report, after extensive consultations throughout BC, for the Province of British Columbia, which included recommendations for solving the affordable housing problems of the time. She became aware of the valuable work the Phoenix Society does when she acted as a development consultant for the Phoenix Centre. Her extensive governance experience includes serving 10 years on the Board of Vancity, three of which she acted as Chair of the Board. She served as a Governor of the Real Estate Foundation for nine years, as well as on the board of directors for PavCo, a crown corporation. Elain joined the Phoenix Board in 2016.

Elain Duval

Elain Duval

Ajay Riarh

Chair, Social Innovation and Development Committee

As is Regional Manager, Community Business & Investment for Van City Savings Credit Union, Jag has learned how a financial institution can create positive impact in our communities. With more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry, his skills support the Phoenix Society where he has been a board member since 2016. In addition to being passionate about building engaged teams, Jag wants to discover how he can be a better global citizen. Having seen first-hand, the destruction that an addiction can cause, he is eager to have his life experiences contribute to the board. Jag resides in Coquitlam with his wife and two children and enjoys the outdoors.

Ajay Riarh

Ajay Riarh

Jag Gill

Board Director

Jag is a leader with Vancouver City Savings Credit Union and has learned a great deal about how a financial institution can create positive impact in our communities. With more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry, his skills will support Phoenix Society as a community based organization. In addition to being passionate about building engaged teams, Jag wants to discover how he can be a better global citizen. Having seen first-hand, the destruction that an addiction can cause, he is eager to have his life experiences contribute to the board. Jag resides in Coquitlam with his wife and two children and enjoys the outdoors.

Jag Gill

Jag Gill

Ann Wilson

Board Director

Ann Wilson is the co-founder of the Phoenix Society and was the Director of Program Development for the Society until February 2017. A passionate animator for social justice she is dedicated to pioneering socially innovative initiatives at individual, group, organizational and institutional levels of change. Ann has more than 20 years of experience developing successful cross-sector responses to citizens marginalized by homelessness, addiction, unemployment and poverty. She strongly believes that citizens can recover and fully participate in the social, economic and political life of the community. Ann joined the Board in March 2017 as a full voting member.

Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson

Michael Wilson

The co-founder of the Phoenix Society and former Executive Director of the Society, Michael is a trusted leader in the non-profit sector. Michael is a passionate social justice advocate innovating at individual, group, organizational and institutional levels of change in community based projects that improve the lives of marginalized citizens. He has proven ability to mobilize and sustain partnerships with three levels of government, community foundations, cross-sector partners and private donors to create integrated services designs that are cost effective, efficient and sustainable for communities. Michael is recognized for his visionary leadership on socially innovative cross-sector initiatives, social entrepreneurship and community-capacity building efforts. His work in responding to complex problems of homelessness, addiction, crime, unemployment and poverty is informed by a vision of a vibrant, healthy, inclusive and sustainable city for all citizens. Michael joined the Board in March 2017 as a full voting member.

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson