Being a Board Member for the Association of Women in Finance is a rewarding opportunity for any woman in finance wishing to obtain Board experience. The Association's Board positions are dynamic in nature and require the ability to work on several projects simultaneously, including assisting other Board members when called upon. These positions require energy and a positive attitude, as well as a time commitment. And what do volunteer Board members get in return? Involvement in a high caliber organization, an opportunity to develop professionally by taking on projects outside one's normal scope of work, lifelong friendships and valuable business networks. This is also a chance to give back to your community!
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The AWF's Board of Directors is currently comprised of eighteen volunteer directors. They are:
Kristy Todd Millar, Senior Account Manager, Commercial Real Estate, HSBC Bank Canada
Kristy Todd Millar has over 10 years of experience in the finance industry. She is currently a Senior Account Manager in Commercial Real Estate at HSBC Bank Canada. She and her team provide comprehensive real estate financial services, servicing some of Metro Vancouver's leading real estate developers. Her team manages a portfolio of over $500Million in loans. Kristy is a graduate from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta in 2006.
Kristy previously held the position of PEAK Vice Chair on the AWF board (2014-15), PEAK Chair (2015-16), and Vice-President (2016-17).
Louisa Lun, CPA, CA, Senior Manager, EY
Louisa is a Senior Manager with EY and leads external audit engagements in providing assurance services of annual audits, quarterly financial statements reviews for large public and private clients in a variety of industries. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia as well as CA and CPA (Illinois) designations.
Louisa previously held the position of Events Co-Chair on the AWF board (2014-15 and 2015-16) as well as Events Chair (2016-17).
Rikki Senghera, CPA, CA, Partner, Audit, KPMG
Catherine Kim, Barrister and Solicitor, Boughton Law Corporation
Catherine is an associate in the Tax Group at Boughton Law. She advises clients on both tax planning matters as well as tax disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Catherine’s prior legal experience includes practising corporate/commercial and estates law and her practise includes implementing reorganizations and other tax-driven corporate transactions, advising individuals, including owner-operators of small and medium-sized enterprises, on business succession, estate, and tax planning considerations such as estate freezes and trusts. She also advises not-for-profit organizations on applications to become registered charities under the Income Tax Act.
Catherine completed both her Bachelor of Arts (2007) and Juris Doctor (2012) at the University of British Columbia. She joined Boughton Law as a summer articled student in 2011 and was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2013.
Floria Mah, Manager, Finance at Port of Vancouver
Scholarships & Bursaries
Floria holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Toronto. Previously, Floria has held both the PEAK Chair and PEAK Vice Chair Director positions (2016-17 and 2015-16) and has been on the Nominating Committee for the annual PEAK awards.
Melanie Bradley, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Strategic Initiatives - Women on Boards
Melanie is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Melanie focuses her legal practice on advising public issuers and underwriters in a variety of sectors, including in the area of mining and mineral exploration. She provides advice on corporate financing transactions; mergers, acquisitions, takeover bids and reorganizations; and mining joint ventures. Melanie also regularly advises issuers with respect to public offerings and private placements, particularly issuers whose securities are listed in more than one country. In addition, Melanie provides commercial and regulatory advice in the financial services sector.
Melanie graduated from the Faculty of Law at UBC in 2003 and from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois in 1996. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2004. Melanie is an Adjunct Professor (Close Corporations) for the UBC Faculty of law, a member and gender Diversity Officer for the Law Society of BC’s Justicia Project and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Securities Law subsection. Melanie previously held the position of Events Director, Fireside Chats on the AWF board (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17).
Amber Sutherland, Senior Account Manager, Corporate Banking, HSBC Canada
Kat Kawczak, CPA, CA, CBV, CFF, Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, EY
Kat is a Manager at Ernst & Young where she provides valuation services to public and private corporate, and individual clients for financial reporting, tax, deal and litigation purposes. Kat has over 7 years of professional experience spanning audit, corporate tax and business valuation in a variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, retail, public services, metals and mining, and oil and gas.
Kat obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Calgary.
Previously, Kat held a position on the AWF Communications and Marketing Committee (2016-17).
Elly Bahrami, Lawyer, Financial Services Group, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Elly Bahrami is an associate in the Financial Services Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Elly focuses her practice on debt financing, commercial lending and bankruptcy & insolvency.
She has been involved in large corporate finance transactions, including multi-jurisdictional lending transactions and syndicated loan transactions, as well as small- and medium- market lending transactions, with particular focus on asset-based lending, real estate financing and film financing. She has also been involved in various insolvency-related matters, including restructurings, bankruptcies and receiverships under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Previously, Elly held the position of PEAK Marketing & Communications Director (2016-17).
Vivian Lee, Senior Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services, RBC
Vivian is a Senior Account Manager in Commercial Financial Services at RBC and brings with her international and domestic experience in the finance industry. Vivian has worked closely with a number of clients in BC and Singapore, including domestically at HSBC, Farm Credit, and Coast Capital and internationally at Citibank N.A. Singapore. Over the course of her career, Vivian has worked with various industry segments, actively providing solutions and sound financial advice. She is also passionate and active in the triathlon community.
Jennifer Hunt, Vice-President, Real Estate Investment Network; and Partner, Aliara Consulting
A results driven communications and real estate investment professional, Jennifer brings influential leadership skills with excitement and diversity.
With nearly two decades of integrated communications and management experience combined, Jennifer’s values and strengths have proven to bring success to a range of companies, from large corporations such as Canadian Pacific Railway, VANOC, Ford, and UPS, to non-profit organizations, such as Breakfast Club of Canada and Feeding America, to boutique and smaller start-up companies, showing her adaptability. With sound leadership and management education and experience, Jennifer has delivered annual revenues of up to $120M, managed $10M budgets, and has spearheaded change management initiatives, with a focus on Lean theories. Jennifer’s passion to support women led her to founding non-profit networking groups and events such as Women on Track and Fashion for your Future while providing volunteer support for organizations such as the YWCA.
When it comes to playtime, Jennifer enjoys being an internationally certified sailing captain to feed her love of adventure and travel.
Dayna Hui, CPA, CA, Partner, Assurance, PwC LLP
Dayna Hui is a Partner in PwC Canada’s Financial Services Assurance practice working in the Vancouver office. Since joining the firm in 2001, she has developed extensive practical experience and professional knowledge working in the asset management, pension and benefit, and insurance industries.
Throughout her professional career working with PwC in Canada and the Cayman islands, Dayna is focused on providing assurance solutions over financial reporting and reports on controls at service organizations of asset managers and investment funds, pension and benefit plans, and insurance entities.
Sheena Hoskin, Senior Client Relationship Manager, Scotiabank
Sheena is a Senior Client Relationship Manager with Scotiabank’s Commercial Banking team in Vancouver. Sheena provides financing and banking solutions for mid market companies including structuring credit arrangements to manage cash flow and growth, implementing cash management solutions, and setting up products to manage risks such as commodity price or currency fluctuations. Sheena also has experience working with national and institutional clients, financial institutions, and syndicated loan structures. She has a BComm from the Sauder School of Business (UBC) and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University).
Outside of work and AWF, Sheena enjoys hiking, skiing, and travel. Previously, Sheena held a position on the Major Events Committee (2016-17).
Emily Kerr, Vice President, Business Banking Trainee, Bank of Montreal
Events Director, Major Events
Emily is currently in training to assume a leadership role as VP, Business Banking with Bank of Montreal. As an experienced sales leader, Emily is known for consistently delivering an exceptional client experience and business results through a highly motivated team of sales professionals. Prior to joining BMO, Emily held both client facing and leadership roles with RBC’s Commercial Financial Services team. Her experience spans pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and financial services. Emily holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Simon Fraser University. Emily is known as a change leader and advocate for diversity and inclusion. Outside of work, Emily enjoys golf, running and music.
Emily previously held the same position on the AWF Board (2016-17).
Teresa (Terri) Dickson, CFP, FMA, CIM, FCSI, FEA, Associate Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor, Dickson Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities
Events Director, Fireside Chats
Terri Dickson is a Wealth Advisor and Associate Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities. For 20 years, Terri was the manager and co-owner of a successful dental clinic.
Making positive change happen is something that Terri is passionate about. A five-time Paul Harris recipient with Rotary, she currently sits as a board member with Biathlon Canada where she chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. She has 25 years-experience as a board member at the local, provincial and national level for a wide variety of non-profits and charities. Her team at Dickson Wealth Management works with many non and social profit enterprises.
Terri has three daughters, a brand-new granddaughter and a husband who allow her to frequently indulge her travel habit and often accompany her on her explorations around the world. Terri and her team strive to ensure everyone they work with is financially secure, by providing comprehensive wealth management and discretionary portfolio management, as well as access to tax, estate and risk management planning for both personal and business needs.
Parveen Walia, CFP, CFA, Investment Advisory, TD Wealth
Events Director, Fraser Valley
Parveen holds the highest distinction in the investment management profession — the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation. As an Investment Advisor with TD Wealth in Langley, she uses a comprehensive process and works collaboratively with other professionals to insure her clients maximize the probability of achieving all of their financial priorities. In addition, she holds the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation and offers over 20 years of practical experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Parveen is active in the community and currently volunteers with Junior Achievement of BC and Chilliwack Minor Hockey. Outside of work, she is an avid news buff, and loves to travel. Parveen is an Investment Advisor with TD Wealth and provides holistic financial planning and investment advice to high net worth individuals and business owners.
Parveen previously held the same position (2016-17).
Karen Sawatsky, CPA, CA, Senior Manager, PwC LLP
Fraser Valley Events
Karen Sawatsky is a senior manager in the assurance practice at PwC LLP where she delivers commercial focused services to a wide range of businesses and organizations. Her experience includes public and private companies, as well as public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Her specific industry experience includes manufacturing, wholesale/retail, construction, insurance, financial services, healthcare, food production, municipalities, media, and transportation/logistics. In addition to delivering high quality and efficient assurance services, Karen also advises on technical accounting issues under IFRS, ASPE, PSAS and ASPNO. She has extensive experience advising clients undergoing complex transactions as well as providing insight on a wide variety of taxation, internal controls, governance and process improvement issues. Karen is also actively involved in practice leadership where she has led business transformation initiatives focusing on quality and efficiency optimization. She has also led teams focused on student recruiting, staff performance and development, and Women In Leadership initiatives.
Jennifer McCracken, Senior Manager, BDO Canada Limited
Fraser Valley Events
Jennifer McCracken is a Senior Manager in the Financial Restructuring group of BDO Canada. She is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee with experience in corporate and consumer restructuring engagements, including court appointed receiverships, bankruptcies and proposals to creditors. Jennifer is a graduate from the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia and obtained her designation as a Chartered Insolvency Restructuring Professional in 2009.
Jennifer actively volunteers for the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and is a regular presenter on insolvency and restructuring matters.