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Chartered Professionals
in Human Resources

Board of Directors

Susan Ryan, FCPHR – Chair

Susan RyanCombining a strong background in finance and human resources management, Susan Ryan holds the CMA, CPA and Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designations—and has been a driving force in both professions. Holding that the two professions are not only complementary, but inextricably tied, Susan has spent much of her career in senior management roles within the Yukon Government and the non-profit sector. Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2003, Susan has managed administration, HR and finances alike as the Chief Financial Officer for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. Since stepping onto the CPHR BC & Yukon Board in 2013 and becoming Chair in 2017, she has remained steadfast in the pursuit of acquiring Tier-One recognition of the HR profession. In honour of her outstanding efforts, Susan was recognized with the Fellow CHPR in 2018. As a strong believer in giving back, Susan has volunteered most of her adult life as a Board member for various Boards, most notably as a Governor for Queen Margaret’s School on Vancouver Island, a Board member for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and as a Board member for the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA). She was also recently appointed to the Credit Counselling Society Board of Canada.


Marni Johnson, CPHR – Vice Chair

Marni Johnson
Marni Johnson is Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at BlueShore Financial, a full-service financial institution with branches throughout BC’s Lower Mainland and Sea-to-Sky Corridor. Marni has been BlueShore’s HR executive since 1996, throughout its evolution from a community credit union to a highly sophisticated financial boutique with an award-winning culture. With over 25 years in financial services, Marni provides overall leadership and strategic direction in the areas of human resources and corporate affairs. She is responsible for ensuring a highly competent, engaged and productive workforce, and for creating corporate and internal communication strategies to maximize employee commitment and achieve corporate goals. She also oversees BlueShore’s processes and framework for governance, strategic planning, legislative affairs, and corporate social responsibility. Marni holds an MBA in Marketing and BSc in Mathematics and Economics. Prior to her career in Human Resources, Marni spent several years in Marketing management roles in the consumer packaged goods, financial services and telecommunications industries. Marni is currently a Trustee of the BC Credit Union Employees’ Pension and Benefits plans and Treasurer of the Board of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. Marni is a regular speaker at industry events, conferences, and in business media.


Susan Alley, CPHR

Susan AlleySusan Alley is a senior executive with over thirty years’ experience in corporate and consulting human resources management in both unionized and non-unionized environments. She has significant experience providing strategic and practical solutions to both internal and external clients in a variety of industry sectors including financial services, hospitality, real estate, retail, health care, manufacturing, government, professional services and high tech. Susan had her own small business consulting practice for five years and she was a faculty member at BCIT. She currently sits on the Board of the Working Opportunity Fund.


Barb Bahry, CPHR

Barb BahryBarb is Vice President, Organizational Development at Odlum Brown Limited, a British Columbia based independent, full-service investment firm. In this role Barb is responsible for defining, aligning and executing the performance management, compensation and rewards, leadership development, and succession management strategies to align employees with the firm’s culture, vision and strategy. Her passion is in leadership, coaching and organizational effectiveness. Barb’s career mosaic comprises several different industries including both private and public companies in the technology, professional services, retail and management consulting sectors. Her volunteer history includes Ronald McDonald House, BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, United Way and Ovarian Cancer Canada.


Gordon Chan

Gordon ChanGordon is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has been in Public Practice for over thirty seven years. He is currently the senior partner of Chan Choi & Company, a Public Practice accounting firm in Victoria. Gordon enjoys working with small and medium sized business owners in accounting, taxation, business and management consulting and provides consulting in starting up and selling businesses. He currently served as a member of the Accounting Policy Advisory Committee for the Province of BC since 2009. In addition, he serves on three strata councils as the Treasurer or President. Previous board experience includes CGA BC and CGA Canada Board from 1992-2000. He served as President of CGA BC in 1998. In addition, Gordon have served on more than 40 committees, advisory groups and task forces for CGA BC and CGA Canada from 1985-2014.


Rita Ferrara

Rita FerraraRita is the Executive Director of Human Resources with the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. In her role she is accountable for the strategic planning, direction, development, and implementation of a comprehensive range of human resources programs and services. As a senior HR practitioner in a unionized, public sector, quasi-crown corporation, her position is accountable for establishing an effective labour relations environment, leading collective bargaining, succession planning, employee recognition and social responsibility programs that support BC communities. Rita’s passion for giving back and service includes work with CPHR BC & Yukon, BC Children’s Hospital and the Short Term International Medical Mission Abroad (STIMMA) Organization. She’s excited to expand her work with CPHR BC & Yukon to include the current drive to evolve the Association and the HR profession.


Lisa Fuller, CPHR

Lisa FullerLisa’s background includes working for large complex organizations within healthcare and gaming sectors in British Columbia providing strategic human resource management and project management on large organizational and change initiatives. She has 20 years progressive HR experience in all aspects of HR, within union and non-union environments. Lisa believes in fostering and building strong relationships with all stakeholders and partners she works with. She is committed to the growth of herself and her profession by being very involved with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC and Yukon, volunteering in her community on multiple boards and committees, and traveling abroad to do philanthropic work. She enjoys all outdoor activities such as running, skiing, biking and hiking.


Stephanie Hollingshead, CPHR

Stephanie HollingsheadStephanie is Vice President, Human Resources for Sierra Systems, a top-tier Canadian IT and management consulting firm. She is responsible for the development and execution of Sierra Systems’ human resources strategy, including employee engagement, talent and succession management, total rewards, leadership capacity and employee development. Prior to joining Sierra Systems, Stephanie held several human resources roles at Creo Products Inc. an international technology product company. She has over a decade of experience volunteering on community and professional association boards and is currently Chair of the Board for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and approximately 20 years of international human resources experience in the technology and professional services industries.


Geoff Howard

Geoff HowardGeoffrey is Associate Counsel at MEP Business Counsel, where he provides strategic and practical advice on employment and labour law and represents clients in employment-related litigation. Geoff has extensive experience representing both employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, employment policies, compliance with employment legislation, termination of employment and human rights issues. He also advises and represents clients in disputes over post-employment competition. Geoff has served as a director of Prostate BC, a director and Chair of the Vancouver Museum. He is currently a Lead Partner, board member and active member of the Opportunities Committee for Social Venture Partners, a charitable venture capital fund offering major funding and skills to charities working with vulnerable children and their families. Geoff has served on the executive of the Riding Association for a provincial party and is a passionate policy advocate provincially and federally. Geoff is also a leading member of the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE). A long time active member, including past member and Chair of the Coastal Vancouver Advisory Committee, Geoff joined the Board of CPHR BC & Yukon in June, 2017.


Kevin Howlett, CPHR

Kevin HowlettKevin was appointed Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations for Air Canada in May, 2016. In this role, Kevin has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of Air Canada’s regional operations and the relationship with current and future regional carriers operating on Air Canada’s behalf. Additionally, Kevin has oversight for all relationships between the airline and federal, provincial and municipal governments, and he also works to strengthen the airline’s North American regional business and community relationships, Based in Vancouver, BC, Kevin is Air Canada’s senior executive in western Canada.


Gordon Orlikow, CPHR

Gordon OrlikowGordon Orlikow is a leader of Korn/Ferry International’s Industrial practice in Western & Central Canada, with special emphasis in the mining, energy, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. He also leads the firm’s market-leading Canadian Human Resources Center of Expertise across all sectors. Before joining Korn/Ferry, he held senior human resources executive roles with some of North America’s best known companies in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Gordon is active in the community. He is Chair of the Board of Athletics Canada (the governing body for track and field in Canada and responsible for Canada’s national team) and a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. At the local level, he chairs the human resources committee of his municipal government. Gordon holds a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).


Cheryl Pelletier, CPHR

Cheryl PelletierCheryl is presently the Director of Human Resources at Nisga’a Lisims Government. With over 16 years of HR management experience, Cheryl’s career includes posts in both union and non-union environments, in BC Provincial Government, the Post-Secondary Education sector, and in First Nations Government. Cheryl’s career is distinguished by commended performance and proven results in HR administration and her professional contributions have garnered provincial and national recognition. Cheryl has been a member of CPHR BC & Yukon since 2008, and obtained her CPHR designation in 2010. An active volunteer, Cheryl has been a contributor to various CPHR BC & Yukon initiatives in recent years including the Association’s rebranding project and Annual Conference Steering Committees. On the personal side, Cheryl and her husband enjoy ‘living local’ in Terrace. Avid fishers and gardeners, they share their acreage property with two golden retrievers, three cats, two horses and an abundance of chickens.


Caroline Schein, CPHR

Caroline ScheinCaroline is Vice President, Human Resources for Vancity, a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 523,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. Prior to Vancity, Caroline has held senior leadership roles in hospitality and retail in a variety of areas such as: operations, sales, marketing, advertising, training and human resources. She is a dedicated leader, who is adaptable in times of uncertainty, has the ability to remain focused on measurable deliverables leading to a legacy of successful high profile projects. Her passion for developing people and reputation for creating innovative HR and operational practices has been recognized within the teams and organizations she has been involved with. Caroline has an MBA specializing in leadership and a PhD in Human and Organization Systems.


Kristi Searle, CPHR

Kristi SearleProprietor of peoplebiz Consulting Inc. Kristi Searle is a certified HR professional and business strategist with decades of experience in internal and external management and advisement, as well as high-level membership on industry panels, boards and executive committees. Kristi has led her team to excel as a strategic partner to systematically optimize organizational efficiencies, best practices and the people-profitability correlation. Displaying strong resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities are equaled only by her willingness to roll up her sleeves and drill deep. peoplebiz partners with medium, large and Fortune 500 companies across sectors, providing a spectrum of contingency and retainer-based services that impact profitability and corporate culture for lasting gain. Kristi has specialized expertise with Corporate, Indigenous/First Nations, Government, Not for Profit, High Tech, Engineering, Health and other business sectors. Kristi is an avid volunteer and currently sits on the CPHR Validation Assessment Committee and Dress for Success Vancouver Career Specialist and Workshop Planning Committee.


Laura Thurnheer, CPHR

Laura ThurnheerLaura is currently the Chair of the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. In this role, Laura acts as the Business faculty representative working with her fellow faculty, administration, community partners and students. In addition, she is a Professor of Business Administration teaching in the areas of Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, and Tourism. As an active member of her local business community she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and currently is a Director with the British Columbia Wine Authority and Kelowna Community Resources. In 2012 Laura was elected by her peers as their faculty representative on the Okanagan College Board of Governors.


Anthony Ariganello, CPHR – Ex-Officio

Anthony AriganelloAnthony became CPHR BC & Yukon’s CEO in 2014. For the previous 11 years, he served as president and CEO of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada), a self-regulating association of 75,000 accounting professionals and students. During this period, CGA-Canada achieved international recognition as a leading accounting designation. Previously, Anthony was president of Montreal-based Avon Canada, and also held senior-level financial positions including that of controller at Nortel Networks.

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