Our Strategic Committees

Fundraising Committee

James MacInnis

(Committee Chair)
Lawyer & Partner, Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

James MacInnis

(Committee Chair)
Lawyer & Partner, Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

James is a lawyer and partner with Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP. He joined the Kidsafe Board in September 2014 after serving on the Golf Committee. James is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

James’ litigation practice is focused on commercial and business disputes.  He contributes to the legal profession as an author and editor of several legal publications, as well as serving as a faculty member for continuing legal education courses. Prior to practising law, he was the law clerk to the former Chief Justice of British Columbia, the Honourable Allan McEachern. 

James views the best part of volunteering with KidSafe as getting to meet the kids through the year at KidSafe events.  The children’s natural humour and curiosity never fail to remind him why all of this is so worthwhile. Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, as well as cycling, squash, and following the ups and downs of FC Barcelona.

Cece Angus

CIM, Wealth Advisor, Scotia Wealth Management

Cece Angus

CIM, Wealth Advisor, Scotia Wealth Management

As a centralized source for all financial management, Cece helps her clients fully understand their investment picture and provides tailored financial advice to empower them to grow, protect and transfer their wealth. Cece’s investment process is rooted around transparency, integrity, objectivity, risk management and diversification.

As a designated Chartered Investment Manager and a background in financial services, Cece brings a strong acumen and an established process to enrich her clients personal understanding of their past investment experience, current financial situation and future life goals. Cece helps investors make choices aligned with their intentions and guides them through any surprises that are bound to come along.

Aleem Bandali

Partner, MNP Corporate Finance Inc.

Aleem Bandali

Partner, MNP Corporate Finance Inc.

Aleem Bandali is a Partner with MNP Corporate Finance in Vancouver.   With MNP, Aleem assists clients with divestitures, acquisitions, raising equity and debt restructuring.  Aleem moved back to Vancouver in 2008 after beginning his career in the United States after completing his law degree and MBA at the University of Oregon.  Aleem and MNP are both great supporters of KidSafe’s golf tournament.

Teri Christopher

Event Manager, TLC Event Management

Teri Christopher

Event Manager, TLC Event Management

Teri Christopher has been a member of KidSafe’s Fundraising Committee for a number of years. A graduate of UBC and Ryerson, she is a professional event manager through TLC Fundraising Event Management and has been responsible for organizing a number of significant events. Teri is also a Director of the Mary and Gordon Christopher Foundation, which has been a strong supporter of KidSafe for many years.

Shafin Diamond Tejani

CEO, Victory Square Labs

Shafin Diamond Tejani

CEO, Victory Square Labs

Shafin Diamond Tejani is an entrepreneur who founded his first internet start-up from his university dorm room at the age of 19. Since then, he has launched over forty start-ups in twenty-one countries, generating more than $100 million in revenues. His most recent success is Victory Square Labs, which provides funding, mentorship and sources to startups in the web, mobile, gaming, and film spaces. Since its inception, Shafin and his team at Victory Square Labs have helped raise over $75 million for school programs and community organizations, and awarded over $250,000 in scholarships.

Shafin is a member of Social Venture Partners Vancouver, a network of philanthropists who donate time, expertise, and funding to non-profits, and is the anchor funder of KidSafe’s KidLink youth transition program.

In December 2014, Shafin was awarded the 2014 BC Angel Investor of the Year award by Angel Forum for his inspiring contributions. In 2015, Shafin was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award for Business Leader in the region of British Columbia and the North. He kindly dedicated his award to KidSafe.

Mario Furlan

Senior Vice President & Regional General Manager, Canadian Western Bank

Mario Furlan

Senior Vice President & Regional General Manager, Canadian Western Bank

Mario Furlan is Senior Vice President & Regional General Manager with Canadian Western Bank, where he has also served as Vice President of Real Estate Lending since January 2009. Canadian Western Bank has been a supporter of KidSafe’s Summer Break Program for several years, and through Valiant Trust also sponsors our annual golf tournament. You will recognize Mario from many KidSafe events like our Pancake Breakfast and Gift Wrapping Party, where he is well-known as one of our hardest working gift wrappers!

Curtis Johansson

Partner, CAI Private Equity

Curtis Johansson

Partner, CAI Private Equity

Curtis Johansson is a Partner at CAI Private Equity. His responsibilities include sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. Curtis is currently a Director of GeoStabilization International LLC and a board observer of Feeney Brothers Excavation LLC, Tervita Corporation, and White House Design Company Inc.

Prior to joining CAI in 2006, Curtis worked at RBC Capital Markets in both Calgary, Alberta and London, England.

Curtis received a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Trevor Riback

Associate, Parallel49 Equity

Trevor Riback

Associate, Parallel49 Equity

Trevor Riback is an Associate with Parallel49 Equity – a leading private equity firm based in Vancouver and Chicago that invests in profitable, well-managed, middle-market companies in the U.S. and Canada. Trevor is a key member of the firm’s investment transaction team.

Prior to joining Parallel49 Equity, Trevor worked in the Corporate Finance group at MNP, a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada, as well as the Deals and Tax groups of PwC, an international assurance, advisory and tax firm.

In addition to his involvement with KidSafe, Trevor is a mentor with the UBC Sauder School of Business, SFU Beedie School of Business and Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL).

Trevor obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Rosanna Tallarico

Lawyer, Mogan Daniels Slager LLP

Rosanna Tallarico

Lawyer, Mogan Daniels Slager LLP

Rosanna is lawyer at Mogan Daniels Slager LLP in Vancouver and represents clients in commercial, M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions and other business law matters.  Rosanna is from Vancouver and a graduate of UBC.  She joined the Committee in 2015 and is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to KidSafe.

Our Strategic Committees

Finance Committee:

Jonathan Wong (Committee Chair) – Senior Manager, KPMG Canada
Ryan Yuan – CPA, Assistant Manager, Collins Barrow Chartered Professional Accountants

Golf Committee:

 Teri Christopher (Committee Co-chair) – Event Manager, TLC Event Management     Sylvia Kerfoot (Committee Co-chair) – Community Marketing Advisor & RBC                     Olympian, RBC                                                                                                                                           Cece Angus – Wealth Advisor, Scotia Wealth Management                                                   Tim Charles – Manager, Business Advisory Services, WorkSafeBC                                         Eva Christopher – Director, Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation                                         Ashley Dawson – Associate, Executive Recruitment, Boyden                                                       David Doyle – Four Seasons Lawn & Garden Care                                                                       Vicki Hamill                                                                                                                                               Keith Jensen – Advisory Partner, BDO Canada                                                                               Debbie McLean                                                                                                                                      Trevor Riback – Associate, Parallel49 Equity                                                                          Jordan Rourke – Assistant Golf Professional, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler                    Eric Southam – First Vice President, BPS Wealth Management at CIBC Wood Gundy        at  Bentall                                                                                                                                                        John Teti – Co-owner, West Coast Liquor Company                                                            Anuja Varshney – Independent Fundraising Professional                                            Stephanie Williams

People Development Committee:

Kris Kotzer – Talent Acquisition Manager and HR Business Partner at Allnorth Consultants Limited

Program Committee:

Carla Alexander (Committee chair) – Community Social Service Work Program Coordinator, Douglas College
Moreen Cobb – Principal (retired)
Ralph McKnight – Family Service & Pre-arrangement Advisor, Ocean View Burial Park & Dignity Funeral Homes
Lynne Stanger – Director of Communications & Marketing, St. John’s School
Dr. Alana Cook – Registered Psychologist