Board of Directors

John Atkin

President

John Atkin is a civic historian and author who has an insatiable curiosity about the history of the city of Vancouver. He has published five books – Heritage Walks Around Vancouver (1992), Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood (1994), Vancouver Walks (2004), Skytrain Explorer (2005) and The Changing City (2011) — as well as numerous articles on heritage issues. John has appeared regularly on television and radio, including for CBC and CTV, was featured in the 1994 Vancouver documentary Glowing in the Dark, and curated a Vancouver Museum exhibition titled City Lights: Neon in Vancouver.

A longtime volunteer at the Garden, John has aided extensively in developing its tours and in providing an accurate interpretation of Chinatown’s history. As a heritage consultant, he co-wrote the application for Chinatown’s national historic site status, in which the Garden was a prominent feature. John is a board member and co-chair of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, and his famous walking tour of the Garden’s neighbourhood focuses on revealing the real Chinatown—“not the myths of opium dens, tunnels and other nonsense.”

Looking to the future, John hopes that his extensive knowledge of heritage buildings will be of use as the Garden moves forward with its application for inclusion on the heritage register. He also wants to ensure that the Garden plays a significant role in the future of Chinatown as the area continues to evolve. Board duties aside, when he can find the time, he wants to continue to indulge in one of his favourite activities: taking to the Garden on a sunny day to sit, read and draw.

Stella Boyland

Vice President

Stella Boyland is an architectural designer with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Architecture from UBC. She works with natural materials: ceramics and organic textiles, creating beautiful understated designs which are harmonious and beautiful to contemplate. Stella is one of the co-founders of The Aviary, Vancouver’s first coworking studio and shopfront dedicated to supporting independent architects, designers, and creatives.

Stella’s favourite place in Vancouver is Chinatown. Aside from the beautiful oasis the Garden provides, she loves the old Hong Kong style cafes which remind her of her childhood.

Terry Yung

Vice President

Terry Yung has spent the last 20 years dedicating his time and skills to a wide variety of causes, including S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, the Vancouver Cambie Lions Club, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. His contributions have ensured that new Canadians fulfill their professional aspirations, that youth have opportunities to become future leaders, and that neighbourhoods are safer and more connected.

Terry is a recipient of the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship and a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Warren Wong

Secretary

Warren Wong is presently, the Executive Vice President of Talent & Culture at Appnovation Technologies, where he is responsible for talent organization, acquisition, engagement, and development strategies in support of the company’s global expansion as a world leader in open technologies and services. His mandate also includes corporate citizenship and community engagement.

Warren is a strategic human capital and business leader whose passion is to transform, enable and inspire organizations. Warren has more than thirty years of experience and success in influencing hyper growth and emerging organizations ranging from local start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Local companies that have benefited from Warren’s passion and innovative leadership include Intrawest, Burntsand Solutions and Elastic Path Software; international organizations include eBay and Microsoft.

Warren is a 1984 Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Arts, Communications graduate. During his time at SFU, he was the co-founder and President of the SFU Autosport Club. After graduating, Warren was one of the first recipients of the province’s Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, for which he helped develop the program requirements as a member of the Professional Development Committee with the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association.

A lifelong Vancouverite, Warren has generously given his time to a variety of community and civic events, including the 1986 World Exposition, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2011 Grey Cup Festival, and the 2011 City of Vancouver civic election. Earlier in Warren’s career, he was a board member for the Psoriasis Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society, and sat on many advisory committees including the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Human Resources Management program.

Besides his role as Secretary on the Garden’s board, Warren is presently a board director with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, sitting on both the governance and nominations committees, and is an advisory committee member at Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting. Additionally, Warren is a member of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association’s Talent Advisory Council and a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission.

Married for thirty-one years with two adult children, Warren is an avid cyclist, having cycled on two Ride to Conquer Cancer rides and three GranFondo Whistler rides, and is a member of the Glotman*Simpson Cycling Club, riding to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.

Ken Wu

Treasurer

Born and raised in Suzhou, China –the city known for the classical gardens after which Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is modeled– Ken is inspired to bring cultural and economic collaboration between China and Canada.

Ken received his Bachelor of Commerce at UBC and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Having started his career in finance, Ken brings over ten years of professional and entrepreneurial experience from both the public and private sectors. He previously served as Manager at the BC Ministry of International Trade and Multiculturalism, Asian Market Manager at CIBC Commercial Banking, and Senior Analyst at Pacific Mergers and Acquisitions.

Currently, Ken is the founder and principal of Charleswood Capital, a boutique private equity firm with a focus on strengthening established local small to medium-sized businesses with a system to facilitate founder transition, optimize operation, and foster sustained growth.

Ken is fluent in English and Mandarin. He and his wife live in East Vancouver with their puppy Hachi.

Ted Lee

Board Member

Ted was born in Malaysia, and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1981. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and later obtained his Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University (on Vancouver Island). Today, Ted is Tourism Vancouver’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Commercial Director – the latter of which is responsible for the front-line visitor servicing, Tickets Tonight box office operations and commercial projects.

Ted’s employment roles—both of which focus on championing the Vancouver visitor experience—mean he is uniquely positioned to contribute to the Garden’s growth. Ted sees the Garden as a uniquely valuable component of Vancouver’s cultural scene, and he intends to strengthen its links with the tourism community.

On a personal level, Ted values the Garden for providing him with a link to his Chinese heritage. Through his work as a trustee, he hopes to foster further understanding between Chinese and non-Chinese cultures, both locally and internationally.

Rosalind Breckner

Board Member

Ros Breckner has been involved with Vancouver community projects for decades. Having spent time in Alberta and Ontario, she arrived in the city in the 1972, and quickly became involved with food co-ops, housing co-ops and a small credit union. Alongside various other endeavors, Ros helped found the East Van bakery Uprising Breads, which continues to thrive to this day.

It was with a view to ensuring the viability and sustainability of these community projects that, in her late thirties, Ros went to study accountancy. She was awarded the bronze medal in her graduating class. With the skills she gained, Ros came to learn how successful organizations manage relationships with local government, and helped many non-profit groups to flourish.

Ros took her first guided tour of the Garden in 1986, and has been a member ever since. Despite having retired, she also continues to be an active member at both Strathcona Community Gardens and the Strathcona Resident’s Association, a volunteer at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, and the treasurer for her strata. She also spent a number of years on the board of Vancouver Native Health.

During her time as a member of the Garden, Ros has witnessed drastic changes in the character of nearby neighbourhoods, and wants to ensure that the Garden responds positively to these shifts. Ros is focused on balancing the Garden’s role as both a community resource and a major tourist destination, and wants to inspire a sense of pride and connection in the residents of Chinatown, Strathcona and the Downtown Eastside.

C.D Alison Bailey

Board Member

Alison holds a BA, MA and a PhD in Chinese literature (modern and pre-modern), and has researched, taught and published on Chinese literature, language, culture, and history for more than two decades. For the last seventeen years, her academic home has been UBC’s Department of Asian Studies and the Institute of Asian Research. Alison is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese and in reading classical Chinese; she also lived and worked in Beijing for nearly four years, and returns frequently for work-related trips.

As former Director of the Centre of Chinese Research (CCR) at UBC (2003-2011), Alison organized large numbers of public events, including international conferences, talks, seminars, film showings, art shows, and musical performances. During her tenure, the CCR became one of the most active centres at UBC, with over 25 events per academic year. Alison also served as director of China Links: Professional Seminars at UBC (2010-2012) – a training program in China promoting engagement with North American business, government and NGO representatives.

Alison believes that the Garden provides a haven of beauty and quiet energy that is at once symbolic of Vancouver and BC’s long-standing links with Chinese communities, and evocative of the aesthetic traditions of Chinese garden culture. She has spent many pleasant hours in the Garden over the years, and is honoured to be helping guide its future path. She enjoys the ways in which nature, music, art, and performance all intermingle in the Garden, and over the coming years wants to continue to explore the promotion of traditional Chinese activities. Alison also hopes to engage those new Chinese communities currently unfamiliar with Chinatown and the Garden.

Inge Roecker

Board Member

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Inge Roecker is an Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Today, Inge lives in Vancouver’s Chinatown, where she operates as principal architect of ASIR architekten, a critical architectural practice that focuses on cultural context and sustainable building.

Inge’s research is focused on sustainable forms of urban habitation and their relationship with evolving social and cultural forces. This expertise has led to her involvement with several organizations in Vancouver and Chinatown specifically, including the Garden, Heritage Vancouver, and the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. She has led community outreach design studios in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Revitalization Program to explore the possibilities of transforming the historic district into a contemporary neighbourhood.

She is also the co-founder of the interdisciplinary research collective, living lab, which centers its inquiry and work on her interests in urban living and urban communities. The social, cultural, and material significance of her practice’s work has been recognized internationally through awards, publications, and exhibitions.

 

Joe Chan

Board Member

Joe is a partner at Richards Buell Sutton LLP, British Columbia’s oldest law firm with over 145 years of history. He advises on business law and securities and corporate finance matters for a broad range of clients, from public companies to non-profit entities, across an equally broad range of industries.  Joe chairs Richards Buell Sutton LLP’s Asia Pacific practice group, as well as its securities law practice group.

Though Joe hails from Calgary, he has been living in Vancouver for quite some time. In Calgary, he was intimately involved in supporting the local arts and cultural community, including serving on the board of directors at CJSW FM 90.9, the community radio station based at the University of Calgary, from 1995 to 2006. Since moving to Vancouver, he has been a co-editor/writer for two websites, provided pro-bono legal advice to local Chinatown-based organizations, and served as a director at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Joe is a supporter of Chinatown and all that it offers, and hopes to use his skills and experience to serve the Garden, and Chinatown as a whole, in an effort to preserve its legacy and ensure its future going forward.

Doug Halverson

Board Member

Doug Halverson has a life-long attachment to Chinatown: visiting its safe streets as a child; eating in its alley restaurants as a student; surveying housing conditions in adjacent Strathcona as a planning assistant in the ‘60s; lamenting the deteriorating streets with friends running businesses in the district in the ‘90s; and serving as a trustee of The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society from 2004 to 2011 – two of those years as president.

With a graduate degree in Sociology and membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia, Doug worked in turn for the City of Vancouver, the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the now-past firm of Urban Programme Planners.  In the early 1980s, he joined Westcoast Transmission (now a unit of Enbridge) in the pursuit of northern pipelines.  He helped to open the BC natural gas industry to indigenous peoples.  He retired as a vice-president of Duke Energy in 2003.

Doug has served on numerous non-profit committees and boards, including the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business, The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, and the Advisory Board to the Vancouver Chinatown Heritage Foundation’s 58 West Hastings housing project.

Stephanie Li

Board Member

A long-time Vancouver resident of Chinese-Canadian heritage, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and went on to complete the General Management program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Currently, Stephanie is the Co-Founder and Principal for Spotlight West Communications. She has also worked in both private and non-profit sectors with extensive experience in major gift fundraising and external relations, having worked on multi-million dollar campaigns for BC Children’s Hospital and UBC.

Stephanie is an engaged and active member of her community. Aside from the Garden, she was on the Board of Directors for Chimo Community Services, a past mentor for the Arts Co-op Students’ Association Mentorship Program, and is a member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).

Fluent in Cantonese, Stephanie has also worked and travelled in Asia. It was during various visits to classical gardens in China where her appreciation for them was first kindled. She joined the board of Trustees because she sees the Garden as an oasis of calm within an increasingly developed neighbourhood, and one of the spaces in the city that most effectively mixes both culture and tourism. She wants to share her love for Chinese culture and is committed to helping build a bridge between Western and Asian culture through the activities of the Garden.

Zen Shane Lim

Board Member
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