- Elizabeth Snow – President
Elizabeth is an active volunteer board member with a deep interest in the arts. She is thrilled to have been elected to the board of the Firehall Theatre Society. She has been on the board of the Eastside Culture Crawl since 2011 and served as Chair since 2012. Previously she has also served on such community arts boards as the Contemporary Arts Society of Vancouver, Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the YVR Art Foundation and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. She is retired from a career with the federal government. She has a BA from UBC and an MA from UofT.
- Jonathan Hanvelt – Past President
Jonathan is a Vancouver-based lawyer, practicing labour and employment law and general civil litigation. While a lawyer by trade, Jonathan comes to the Firehall as an avid fan of the theatre and a deep desire to be involved in it. This desire previously led to him working at Bard on the Beach, sitting on the Board of Horned Moon Productions, and launching a short-lived and entirely unspectacular career as a high school actor. Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in sociology from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria. He also currently sits on the Board of PEDAL, a local cycling organization.
- Jo Swann – Treasurer
Jo is an avid theatre and arts supporter, and a recent retiree from a lifetime career in Information Technology. For her last 24 working years, Jo was co-owner and Vice President of a software development company in Richmond BC, responsible for Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, and Software Implementation. She also held positions in marketing, software development, and product management. Jo has a BA in Art History from UBC and an MBA from the Executive MBA program at SFU.
- Jessica de Boer – Director at Large
Jessica offers 10 years of experience in client service, strategic planning and implementation in the communication industry, often working on complex projects with national and international stakeholders.
She currently works as a Senior Director at leading global communications agency, Edelman. At Edelman, she has worked with international brands including Samsung, Telstra (Australian telco), Dubai Tourism, TELUS, Audi, and PayPal.
Prior to joining Edelman, Jess worked at an award-winning independent Sydney agency where she executed special events, product launches, brand awareness programs, digital promotions and media relations campaigns for a diverse group of clients in the FMCG and travel sectors, including Air New Zealand and P&G.
Jess is an Australian-citizen currently working in Vancouver. She studied communications majoring in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney.
- Molly Martin – Director at Large
- Lindsay Chan – Director at Large
- Erin Windross – Director at Large
- Jennifer Fong – Director at Large
Jenn Fong is an Analyst at WATSON, a board governance consultancy firm. There she provides writing, research, and analytical support and is an integral member of governance evaluations and board reviews for clients of all sectors. She brings her understanding of the dynamics that arise within different governance frameworks and leading practices to the Firehall Arts Centre.
Prior to working at WATSON, Jenn completed her Masters of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and worked for the Ontario Public Service. There she managed grant programs, engaged with stakeholders and oversaw project delivery for the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Jenn also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia.
- Karen Marler – Director at Large
Karen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, studied architecture at the Architectural Association in the UK, and graduated with her professional degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2010 and a Cascadia Green Building Council Fellow in 2014, and is a former member of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel. Karen is a frequent guest critic and thesis advisor for the UBC School of Architecture and has presented HCMA’s work to numerous educational institutions and professional associations.
She has been instrumental in the growth of our practice which employs over 90 individuals and has offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton. Currently, she oversees the financial unit of the practice while being responsible for the delivery of institutional and private sector projects.
HCMA’s work encompasses a broad range of project types, including recreation, education, civic, residential, and cultural. The firm believes that better buildings, created by leveraging the power of design, contribute to better, stronger and healthier communities. This dedication to design excellence has been recognized by several Canadian Governor General Awards, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards, and Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence.
- Donna Spencer – Ex-Officio
- Chris May – Secretary of the Board of Directors
Chris has planned, managed and provided strategic direction for major live events in hundreds of cities, in more than 90 countries on 6 continents. From live concerts, musicals, TV telethons, and special events, to international touring logistics Chris has ensured the successful execution of events selling in excess of 7 million tickets, and free public events attended by millions more. Career highlights include tours with the Dave Matthew Band, Jack Johnson, and Xavier Rudd. Before joining SDI Chris spent 5 years with the incomparable Cirque Du Soleil as Senior Director of Touring Operations responsible for arena touring shows Saltimbanco, Alegria, and Varekai. During his time with Cirque Du Soleil Chris managed the companies first tours to numerous countries. Chris is driven by the belief that audience and artist experience is the key to any successful event, and ensuring unforgettable memories and a world class product has kept him in this industry his entire life.
Chris also leads a global team who develop long term entertainment and major event strategies for a combination of existing and new clients. In addition Chris leads SDI’s delivery and production group, a world class team of 100+ producers, makers, and logistics experts who bring our projects to life each and every day. Chris lives in Vancouver with his Husband Matt, and their son Aphex and believes in giving back to the communities in which we live. Closer to home Chris works extensively with Embers, a Social Enterprise based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that provides employment opportunities in the construction industry to humans with barries to employment, Chris is the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
- Kim Alison Fraser
Kim Alison Fraser brings more than 20 years of marketing communications leadership to the Firehall’s board of directors. With a background in journalism, marketing and public relations, Kim Alison has led teams from the private and public sector, and has spent the last five years as a consultant.
In addition to leadership roles at Microsoft, Warner Music and Telefilm, she has diverse experience in the media and was Executive Editor at Rogers Media and Content Director at Transcontinental Media.
She holds degrees in Communications and Journalism and is currently completing an Executive MBA at SFU. She is a lifelong learner, and has also studied arts marketing, media leadership and data visualization. Ours is the fifth arts board on which she has served.