Aaron Wilson
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Aaron Wilson

President

Aaron is an Associate at Mandell Pinder LLP and a member of the Musqueam Indian Band. His legal practice includes research, litigation, and strategic advice related to a wide variety of Aboriginal rights, title, and governance issues. Aaron joined the YVRAF board in 2019.

Alana Lawrence
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Alana Lawrence

Vice President

Alana Lawrence is the Advisor to the CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority driving the organization’s overall strategic objectives. She joined YVR in 2008 and has held various roles leading the Communications, Public Affairs, Indigenous Relations and Government Relations teams. Alana plays an integral role in upholding and delivering upon the historic Musqueam-YVR Sustainability & Friendship Agreement. Alana joined the YVRAF Board in 2020.

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Ian Burgess

Treasurer

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Janice Hicks

Secretary

Janice Hicks is a Principal Interior Designer with Stantec Architecture. Stantec has a longstanding relationship YVRAF through their support of the Scholarship program and many events over the years. Janice joined the YVRAF board in 2014 and is currently on the Executive Committee in the role of Secretary. Design and art are a part of Janice’s daily life, and she works closely with Indigenous artists, incorporating their works into many of her architectural projects.

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Roger Holland

Past President

Roger is a Partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP and Co-Chair of the Corporate Commercial Group, which he has helped build during his two decades with the firm. Outside of the firm, Roger spends his time with his wife and twins, volunteering on four not-for-profit boards, performing hits from the 1990s with his rock band, and staying fit on his bike and at the gym. Roger joined the YVRAF Board in 2016 and served as President from 2018-2021.

Stewart Anderson
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Stewart Anderson

Board Member

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Brenda Crabtree

Board Member

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Larry Garfinkel

Board Member

For the past eight years, Larry has served as Board Vice Chair and as Chair of the Programs Committee. Larry is the founder and CEO of Native Northwest, a company that produces merchandise, books and educational resources that feature authentic Indigenous art. Larry has been a social worker with street entrenched youth, on a variety of non-profit boards and is now focusing on supporting Indigenous youth through the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund.

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Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas

Board Member

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Ts̱ēmā Igharas

Board Member

Ts̱ēmā is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Tahltan Nation. She uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her mentorship in Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan, her studies in visual culture, and time in the mountains. Tsēmā holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD) and an MFA from OCAD University. She is a three-time YVR Art Foundation award recipient, received the Emily Award for outstanding ECUAD alumni in 2018, and is a 2020 Sobey Art Award winner. Ts̱ēmā joined the YVRAF Board in 2022.

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Hannah Turner

Board Member

Hannah Turner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information, at UBC where she researches the connection between cultural heritage and technology. She examines systems of classification and categorization in museum ethnographic collections, and experiments with how emerging technologies can be used to represent cultural heritage in order to facilitate repatriation. Hannah joined the YVRAF Board in 2020.

Personal Website: http://hannahtrnr.com

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Connie Watts

Board Member

Connie Watts is the Associate Director, Aboriginal Programs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator, educator and designer of Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. Born and raised in Campbell River, Connie has a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr.

Her award-winning work is often rooted in forms and knowledge drawn from First Nations cultures, while her sculptural objects incorporate modern fabrication and design techniques. She has shown nationally and internationally. Connie’s Interior Design and Management projects include the interior of the Songhees Wellness Centre and managing the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics’ Aboriginal Art Program. Connie has been affiliated with Emily Carr Board of Governors, the British Columbia Arts Council, the First Peoples Cultural Council, the Vancouver Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery, among other institutions. Connie joined the YVR Art Foundation Board of Directors in 2020.

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Susan Jackson

Executive Director

Susan joined the YVR Art Foundation in 2012 as its first Executive Director. She has served in many leadership and consulting roles in the arts and nonprofit sectors over the past 20+ years, including an appointment as Chair of the BC Arts Council from 2017-2020. Susan holds a BA from the University of Victoria and an MBA from UBC.

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Bridgette Badowich

Program & Administrative Coordinator

Bio coming soon.