Board of Directors

Lauren was born and raised on Vancouver Island where she currently lives with her husband and young children. She has been involved with JBCP on the board and committees for ten years and remains passionate about the organization’s vision and mission. She has experience with working with NPOs in her career and is an active volunteer on boards and committees of non-profits in Victoria. Lauren is a Chartered Professional Accountant and it is important to her to use her skills and experience to give back to the community. Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors and time with her friends and family, especially if it involves physical activity.

Mary moved to James Bay almost 30 years ago. Working at the legislature as Research Director, and later Executive Director, for the government caucus in the 1990’s and the opposition caucus in the late 2000’s, she supported MLAs in strategic planning, communications, and community outreach. As a small business owner for several years, Mary developed citizen engagement strategies, managed a public opinion research program to inform meaningful policy development, and delivered training and facilitation workshops for clients. From 2011 to late 2019, Mary lived in Iraq, Libya and Algeria working with political parties, civil society organizations and elected officials to help strengthen their democratic participation. Throughout her career in politics and international development, volunteer engagement and motivation to build stronger communities has been a consistent thread. She looks forward to continuing this endeavor with the James Bay Community Project.

Marley Gibbons is Chartered Professional Accountant and senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP and has had the great fortune to work closely with many local charities and not-for-profit organizations throughout her career. Marley’s experience as a CPA has led to her advising in a variety of areas including accounting and financial reporting; assisting in developing internal controls and operational improvements; as well as helping to address challenges such as risk management. She is very thankful for the opportunity to take the technical skills and experiences she’s gained in her career to give back to the community. Marley currently also sits on the Executive & Finance Committee of the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society and past appointments include Treasurer of the Wear 2 Start Society and volunteering for numerous other community events. On the weekends, you’ll find Marley out enjoying our beautiful island with her husband as well as their golden retriever Indie.

Philip Calvert is Canada’s former ambassador to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. He served for 34 years in Canada’s foreign service, with 3 assignments to Beijing, the last one as Deputy Head of Mission. At Global Affairs he served as Director General for North Asia, Director of the Technical Barriers to Trade Division, and Deputy Chief Negotiator for Canada during China’s accession to the WTO. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Alberta’s China Institute, and an Associate at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria. Raised in Prince George, BC, and studied at UBC, York University in Toronto, and the University of Washington.

BIOGRAPHY

Colleen graduated from the University of Victoria (BA 1982 and LLB 1985) and practiced in Vancouver with a focus on commercial and construction litigation and professional negligence claims until her move back to Victoria in 2018. She started mediating in 1998 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2006. Since 2011 she has worked exclusively as a mediator, arbitrator and trainer a wide range of areas including business and construction disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, wills & estates litigation, and professional complaints.

From 2003 to 2007 Colleen served as President of Mediate B.C. and taught Mediation Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. She also acted as Manager of the Small Claims Court Pilot Project launched in 2007 for the Dispute Resolution Office of the Ministry of Attorney General. Since moving to Victoria she has taught Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law.

A frequent presenter, Colleen has written and spoken extensively on litigation and alternate dispute resolution and taught the annual Fundamentals of Mediation course for CLE. Since 2003 she has provided negotiation consulting and training to clients around the world with ENS International based in Sydney, Australia, a global consulting network in over 48 countries and 10 languages.

EDUCATION

  • LL.B., University of Victoria, 1985
  • B.A., Honours, University of Victoria, 1982

APPOINTMENTS

  • Tribunal Member, B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal (2015 – 2017)
  •  Board member, B.C. Health Professions Review Board (2013 – 2015)
  • Board member, West Vancouver Community Foundation (2013 – 2016)
  • Past National Chair of the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (“LEAF”), Director and Vice-President of West Coast LEAF, President of the B.C. Dispute Resolution Society (now Mediate B.C.) and executive member of the CBA (BC Branch) Women Lawyers Forum

Simon lived in Victoria from 2002 to 2007 doing a B.A. in Political Science at UVic and working for the BC Legislative Assembly before heading east to do a law degree at Queen’s and subsequently working in Toronto. He and his wife returned to Victoria in 2018 and he works as a civil litigator with Pearlman Lindholm in James Bay.

Paul Green is the Product Manager for CanAssist at the University of Victoria. With a background in electrical design and specializing in power electronics, he is charged with understanding the needs of the marketplace and the assessment and articulation of the value to key stakeholders associated with projects. Paul has a passion for developing innovative technologies that aim to improve the well-being, quality of life and independence for people across the disability spectrum. He is passionate about cycling, good coffee, and family.

Peter Jong is a Financial Planner with Desjardins Financial Security. Previously he was a Managing Partner with Desjardins and a Director of Advisor Development with Freedom 55 Financial. Active in his community, Peter has sat on the University of Victoria Alumni Association Board for the past ten years. During this time, he served as both President and Vice-President. Peter also currently sits on the Insurance Council of BC Board and on a review committee for FP Canada. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Peter is a Certified Financial Planner from FP Canada. He also holds his Chartered Investment Manager and Fellow of the CSI designations from Canadian Securities Institute.

Quinn was born and raised in Victoria, and graduated from University of Victoria in 2019. He works for the provincial government doing research and communications. Active in the community, Quinn sits on the board of the Hallmark Society and is the treasurer of Attitude Theatre, and also volunteers with the youth centre at Quadra Village Community Centre. In November of 2021, Quinn was appointed by Victoria City Council to the city’s Heritage Advisory Committee, and also serves as a volunteer member of the Downtown Land Use Committee.

Catharine Read values the focuses on community connections and building the resilience of community members that underlie the programs and service of the JBCP.  The JBCP has demonstrated its ability to adapt its community programs and services, engage volunteers and thrive in the face of changes over the past 40 years and most recently with the COVID-19 challenges. Catharine has worked for governments and in the private sector.  She has been Chair of an independent tribunal, Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister for the BC government (10 years) and for the Yukon government (10 years).  As a consultant, she has worked for First Nation organizations, including negotiations, governance advice and treaty implementation. Catharine is also on the Board of Our Place Society and she has a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University.

  • Joined the JBCP Board of Directors in December 2021
  • Has +20 years of accounting and finance experience in different industries
  • Bachelor in Accounting, Master of MBA
  • Freelance Accountant and Business Advisor

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