Providing leadership, vision and direction

The KGH Foundation Board of Directors is
a group of outstanding individuals…

and professionals committed to driving excellence in health care forward for patients and families in our region. Together, they provide leadership, direction, and support to Foundation staff and drive strategic partnership to raise funds vital to the acute and long-term care needs unique to our region.

Wesley Shields

Board Chair

FH&P Lawyers LLP
Lawyer

Mr. Shields became the Board Chair in 2019.

Wesley joined the KGH Foundation Board in 2015 and is Chair of the Strategic Development Committee. He also sits on the Executive Committee.

Mr. Shields relocated to British Columbia from his hometown of Churchill, Manitoba. He attended the Fraser Valley College, Simon Fraser University, Queens University and the University of British Columbia. While attending university, Wesley obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, Masters of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor Law degree. He article din Vancouver and became a member of the Law Society of BC in 1990 when he was called to the Bar. Mr. Shields has practiced law in the Kelowna area since that time.

Mr. Shields has been an ardent supporter of a variety of community groups including:

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Against Child Exploitation, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, Kelowna Crime Stoppers, Kelowna Kinsmen Club and many others. He is an occasional lecturer with UBC Okanagan, a Member of the Law Society of BC and the past president of the Kelowna Bar Association.

While his professional and volunteer work keeps him very busy, Mr. Shields enjoys time spent with his wife and two children. He coaches soccer and is active in hockey, golf and outdoor recreational activities.

Darrell Porubanec

Board Vice-Chair

Investment Advisor
Retired

Darrell joined the KGH Foundation Board in 2016, is the Board Vice-Chair and sits on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee..

Darrell graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors from the University of Manitoba in 1977. He retired as an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities after 29 years. Darrell began his career as a Sales Representative and eventually moved to the financial services industry. In 1984, Darrell completed his Chartered Financial Planner designation. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute in 1988. In 1989 Darrell and his family were transferred to Kelowna. He is the former 2008-09 President of the Kelowna Estate Planning Society.

Darrell has been one of the sponsors of B.C. Children’s Hospital Radiothon over the years. He was also involved with the Canadian Cancer Society Gala of Hope from 2008 to 2010.

In 2013 he joined the Leadership Team for the Be a Lifesaver Campaign for the KGH Foundation to help raise $12 million for additional equipment for the new Interior Heart and Surgical Center.

Clare Mallow

Board Director

Kelowna Mental Health Centre
Retired Office Manager

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Patrick Ng

Board Director

NG Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities
Investment Advisor

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Amy Gopal

Board Director

Do Some Good Kelowna
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Dave Cronquist

Board Director

Interior Savings
Retired – Sr. Vice President, Strategy & Organizational Efficiency

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Kyle Recsky

Board Director

Odlum Brown Limited
Associate Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor

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Trina Warren

Board Director

MNP
Regional Managing Partner

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Manik Dhir

Board Director

Epitome Holdings Inc.
Entrepreneur / Managing Director

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Greg Pratch

Board Director

JV Driver Group
Lawyer

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Wendy Creelman

Board Director

Elections Canada
Returning Officer

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Akaljot (AJ) Gill

Board Director

Senior Manager, Ag Risk Management Resources
MNP

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Steven Tuck

Board Director

Forever Young Magazine
Retired Publisher/Owner

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Shauna George

Board Director

Newport Private Wealth
Portfolio Manager

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Allyssa Costerton-Grant

Board Director

UBC-Okanagan
Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Operations

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Allan Hryniuk

Board Director

Peacock Sheridan
Financial Advisor

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Rose Harrison

Board Director

Telus Health Solutions
Director of PrescribeIT

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Dr. Ryan Foster

Board Director

Interior Health
Medical Director, IH Critical Care Network
Critical Care Medicine, KGH

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Nick Egarhos

Board Director

Chief Partnerships and Strategy Officer – Persona Informatics

Dr. Mark Masterson

Board Director

Chief of Staff, KGH

Jaymi Chernoff

Board Director

Executive Director, Clinical Operations, KGH

“People always ask why, but maybe they should ask why not! You get to work with the nicest people, for the nicest people. It’s the best kind of job satisfaction you’ll ever find.”

“I am inspired by how selfless people are – caring for others who they have never met and whose story they may never know.  But yet they give generously to make the situation of others better.  I have so much respect for those who act to make the world a better place.  In the end it all that matters.”

Clare Mallow

  • Clare joined the KGH Foundation Board in 2014. She is Chair of the Auxiliary Advisory Committee and sits on the Planned Giving and Governance Committees.

    Clare retired in 2002 as Office Manager at Kelowna Mental Health Centre (Interior Health).

    Clare has been an active member of the Kelowna Auxiliary for 40 years and is honoured to be a Life Member and Past President twice of the Auxiliary. She has served on the Provincial Board of Hospital Auxiliaries representing the Okanagan/Mainline Region as well as Health Care Junior Volunteers in BC. Clare volunteers in the ‘Perking Lot” at KGH and serves as a TELUS Ambassador in Kelowna involved in many varied community events.

    Additionally, Clare volunteers with Adaptive Adventures/CRIS Group. This non-profit group takes disabled people out in specialized equipment to accommodate their disability so they can enjoy exciting outdoor adventures.

    Clare’s hobbies include piano and music, biking and gardening. Clare was born in the South Okanagan but has lived in Kelowna for 42 fabulous years.

  • Patrick Ng

  • Patrick joined the Board in 2019 and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Finance and Administration Committee.

    Patrick has been working within the financial services industry for over 25 years. Born in Vancouver, his family relocated to the South Okanagan town of Oliver when he was very young. He graduated from Southern Okanagan Secondary in 1994, and continued his post-secondary studies at UBC Okanagan, where he attained his Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations.

    In his spare time, Patrick is also committed to making his community a better place. He likes to donate his time, help fundraise & raise awareness for such groups/causes as the Third Space Life Charity, The United Way, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, The KGH Foundation, The BC Cancer Society and The Kidney Foundation of Canada BC/Yukon.

    Patrick is an avid sports fan, and can be found supporting the Kelowna Rockets and the Okanagan Sun whenever he can. He is a proud corporate sponsor of the Okanagan College Men’s and Women’s Coyotes Basketball teams.

  • Amy Gopal

  • Amy joined the Board in 2019. She sits on the Governance Committee.

    Amy is a dynamic, results-oriented professional with over 10 years of broad-based experience and visible achievements in business development, start-ups, and strategic business partnerships across various industries, including, but not limited to, health and beauty, manufacturing, and hospitality.

    Amy is a creative thinker with exceptional leadership strengths; resourceful team player characterized by innovative entrepreneurial spirit.

    Amy has completed a Master in Business Administration and Master in Global Management.

  • Dave Cronquist

  • Dave joined the Board in 2018, is the Chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Executive Committee.

    Prior to his retirement, Dave was with Interior Savings Credit Union for 25 years in various capacities, and including Senior Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Efficiency. In this capacity, Dave was responsible for strategic planning activities, as well as centralization departments supporting branch activities. He also led the Lean continuous improvement initiative aimed at eliminating inefficiencies and improving productivity and customer satisfaction.

    Dave has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Calgary and an MBA from Royal Roads University.

    Dave was heavily involved with YMCA of Okanagan on the Board of Directors from 2007-2017. He held the Board Chair position for two years, chaired the Governance Committee, sat on the CEO Compensation Performance Review and Compensation Committee, and participated in various contract negotiation task forces. Dave continues to sit on the Finance Committee as a non-Director, as well as coaching with the YMCA Junior Triathlon Kids program.

    Previous community board work has been with the Downtown Kelowna Association and the Fat Cat Children’s Festival. Dave is also part of the Kelowna Jaycees (Junior Chamber) serving as president in 2002 and being honoured with JCI Canada Fellowship award.

    Dave loves the Okanagan, spending as much time as possible outside biking, golfing, hiking and lounging on the beach.

  • Kyle Recsky

  • Kyle joined the KGH Foundation in 2018 and sits on the Finance & Administration Committee.

    Kyle graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honors) with a Major in Management Information Systems (MIS). While attending UBC, Kyle played four years of Varsity Volleyball for the UBC Thunderbirds.

    Kyle spent nine years in Vancouver working in a range of roles with a start-up company serving vertical markets including jet scheduling, global fulfillment, knowledge management, web traffic optimization and bioinformatics. He then spent four years working in healthcare analytics.

    He is now an Associate Portfolio Manager with Odlum Brown Limited. Kyle believes in building solid, long-term relationships with his clients based on trust and open communication. Working with a wide variety of clients from individuals to business owners, from tradespeople to professionals, Kyle enjoys taking the time to get to know his clients.

    Born in Calgary and raised in Kelowna, Kyle spent 18 years living in Vancouver and has now returned to the Okanagan with his wife to raise their two children. They spend the majority of their free time chasing their kids around hiking and biking trails, ski hills, hockey rinks and soccer pitches.

  • Trina Warren

  • Trina joined the Board in 2018, is the Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee and sits on the Executive Committee.

    Trina Warren, CPA, CA, is MNP’s Regional Managing Partner for the Thompson-Okanagan region and a member of the firm’s Assurance Services group. Trina leads the offices in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops and delivers comprehensive assurance and taxation solutions to owner-managed companies, including those in the construction sector.

    With more than two decades of experience in public practice, Trina advises on a range of issues, helping clients identify objectives and opportunities, as well as challenges and providing tailored strategies that lead to continued success.

    Trina is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2001. Committed to giving back to her community, she has volunteered for various organizations, including Hospitals of Regina Foundation, Wascana Golf and Country Club, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Regina.

  • Manik Dhir

  • Manik joined the Board in 2020. He was previously an adhoc member of the Finance and Administration Committee and will continue to serve on this committee in a director capacity.

    Manik is a local business owner and entrepreneur. He has a Master of Management Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management from SFU. Manik also has a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from BCIT.

    He truly believes in the power of giving back and has volunteered his time and efforts to the Five Rivers Community Services Society and the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

  • Greg Pratch

  • Greg joined the Board in 2019. He currently sits on the Finance and Administration Committee.

    Greg is on the legal team for the JV Driver Group. Before joining the JV Driver team, Greg was a partner with Pushor Mitchell LLP for 10 years. Prior to moving to Kelowna, he practiced at a large Alberta firm in Edmonton. Greg has always practiced in the area of civil litigation with a particular emphasis in personal injury and employment law.

    On a more personal note, Greg has witnessed first-hand the importance of health care services and how vital it is to have quality programs, services and equipment available for patients and their families when they are faced with illness and injury.

    When not busy with work or with his volunteer commitment to the Board, Greg spends time with his baby daughter and wife – enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer.

  • Wendy Creelman

  • Wendy joined the Board in 2019 and is a valued member of the Governance Committee.

    She is an organizational leadership professional with expertise in promoting active lifestyles and social well-being. Wendy has a specific focus on creating environments that foster employee engagement, resilience, and health while maximizing business objectives.

    Wendy also works as a Returning Officer for Elections Canada.

    Wendy believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered for many local, provincial and national organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Senior Games, Kelowna Arts Foundation and many others.

  • AJ Gill – Director

  • Akaljot (AJ) joined the KGH Foundation Board in 2017, is Chair of the Strategic Development Committee and sits on the Executive Committee.

    AJ has extensive leadership experience within both the public and private sector, and as General Manager with the BC Ministry of Agriculture and as partner of Blue Grizzly Investments, a small real-estate company. He is Senior Manager, Ag Risk Management Resources with MNP

    AJ is one of the founding Directors of the Hope and Heal Foundation, a local charity established to raise funds in support of the early detection and treatment of cancer. In the two years since its inception, the Hope and Heal Foundation has raised over 100k for the BC Cancer foundation.

    AJ is also actively involved locally with DIPP Sport Foundation that promotes teamwork, confidence, and a healthy active life style for youth.

    When not busy with work or volunteering, AJ enjoys walking the Knox Mountain trails and spending time with his young family.

  • Steven Tuck

  • Steven joined the Board in 2018 and sits on the Planned Giving Committee.

    Steven Tuck holds degrees from McMaster University B.A. (Hons.), York University B.B.A. (Hons), Okanagan University College (D. Litt.) and did graduate studies at the University of New Brunswick and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

    He is President Emeritus of the Okanagan College Foundation, previously President of Sunshine Dreams for Kids (B.C. Interior Chapter); Wendy’s Dreamlift Days; Director, Cops for Kids; Director, Kelowna Rotary Club Foundation; Advisory Board, Seton House of Prayer; and many other community organisations in the Okanagan.

    Steven has received recognition for community service in many forms: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal,Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Kelowna Man of the Year, B.C. Community Achievement Award, Doctor of Letters (OUC) and the newest National Honour, The Sovereign’s Medal, which was recently instituted by Governor-General David Johnson.

    He enjoys travel writing and has been included in press tours to Mexico numerous times and was one of 7 writers invited from North America to tour Moscow and Russia in 2003.

  • Shauna George

  • Shauna joined the Board in 2020 and is a vital member of the Strategic Development Committee.

    Shauna’s career has been dedicated to working in the investment management industry, first as a buy-side equity analyst in Toronto working with institutional clients such as pension plans, endowments and foundations and since 2011, exclusively as a discretionary portfolio manager working with high net worth individuals and families in British Columbia. Throughout her career, I have been fortunate enough to have also gained experience pertaining to many other areas of the investment management such as: designing portfolio management and securities trading strategies; working with consultants to complete and submit RFPs; investment performance and attribution analysis; creation and delivery of Investment Policy Statements; and business development/marketing.

    Outside of the office, Shauna is active in the Kelowna community as a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, involvement with the Kelowna Estate Planning Society, and in her current capacity as President of the CFA Society Okanagan, a member society of the leading global association for professionals in the investment industry.

  • Allyssa Costerton-Grant

  • Allyssa joined the Board in 2019. She currently sits on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Governance Committee.

    Allyssa is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Operations with The University of British Columbia Okanagan. As a Master of Management graduate student, and with years of professional communications experience behind her, Allyssa is driven by a passion for contributing to the community of Kelowna. Allyssa’s unique background enables her to provide valuable insight and guidance in a variety of strategy, communications, community engagement and operational matters.

    Building relationships in the community is an important part of Allyssa’s personal and professional background. She is currently a longstanding volunteer and organizing member of several community organizations.

    Allyssa’s professional experiences is complemented by her various personal pursuits. Whether she is the runner or the run organizer, Allyssa believes in supporting events that bring people together to build relationships and community.

  • Allan Hryniuk

  • Allan joined the KGH Foundation Board in 2015 and sits on the Strategic Development Committee.

    Allan is the Managing Partner who brings 27 years of industry experience to the table. Allan works with Incorporated Professionals and Business owners creating comprehensive financial plans for them and their practice or business.

    Allan graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Physical Education majoring in business. After graduation, he joined a major insurance company as an advisor before moving on to become a training consultant and then spent 11 years as a Branch Manager for that company.

    Allan brings his wealth of knowledge to the Peacock Sheridan Group. Outside the office, Allan is a Board member for KGH Foundation and has spent 17 years as Co-Chairman and Trustee for the Sandman Harvest Foundation. He spent the past 12 years dedicating his time to the youth of Kelowna coaching baseball and hockey

    Allan continues to be active and takes full advantage of living in the Okanagan by golfing, skiing, playing hockey, boating, and keeping busy with his family all year round.

  • Rose Harrison

  • Rose joined the Board in 2020. She is a valued member of the Strategic Development Committee.

    Rose brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding strategic planning and development specifically in healthcare with a focus on physician engagement. Very recently, Rose accepted a new position as the Director of PrescribeIT with Telus Health Solutions.

    She loves working with organizations who want to meaningfully engage physicians toward improved quality care and health system performance.

    Rose has an impressive CV and an extensive list of clients that she has worked collaboratively with including Alberta Health Services, City of Hope Medical Center (Los Angeles), Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and, of course, Interior Health.

  • Dr. Ryan Foster

  • Ryan joined the Board in 2020 and is a member of the Strategic Development Committee.

    Dr. Foster and his family moved to Kelowna to pursue a career in critical care medicine and to enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer in 2009. Since that time, he has worked largely within critical care at KGH, but also has done general medicine and critical care locums throughout Interior Health including Cranbrook, Trail, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops. Ryan has been the medical director of critical care at KGH for many years now and continues to be the medical director of the IH Critical Care Network.

    When not involved in the clinical or leadership activities described above, Ryan finds time to both mountain and road bike (above average), downhill and cross country ski/ski tour (mostly average), and golf (very much below average, bordering on poorly); but his family is always his top priority.

    Through his work with the Foundation, Dr. Foster hopes to continue the storied tradition and the hard work of important, relevant, patient focused fund-raising projects and campaigns here at KGH. He will provide a unique and helpful clinical lens to some of the discussions and philanthropic project development in order to help move KGH further along its growth as a truly tertiary, academic, patient-focused health care center of excellence within Interior health.