Sheila is a highly motivated and strategically-oriented executive leader with a proven track-record in leading successful organizational transformation efforts. She has both operational and Consulting experience, having held executive positions at companies such as Bell, EY, Cap Gemini and ICBC. She is also a corporate board Director at BC Assessment and UBC Sauder School. She is currently the President of Tranmotion Services, a BC based boutique Consulting firm specializing in Information Technology, Change Management and Business Transformation, offering services from strategy to implementation.
In 2015, she co-founded VanWIT given her passion for this sector and as way to contribute back to the community. Sheila is a Professional Engineer, member of APEGBC. She also holds the ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation. She is a frequent speaker at Technology related events.
Shelley leads IBM’s healthcare and public sector technology transformation initiatives in BC, Canada and globally. She helps clients turnaround and implement large projects with diplomacy –providing governance and strategic insights at every stage.
Prior to joining IBM, Shelley was a senior executive in the BC Government holding a variety of strategic, financial and operational portfolios including Transformation, Human Services, Crown Corporations, Shared Services, and Economic Development and Trade.
Shelley holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Queen’s University and is a Certified Professional Accountant. She sits on the Board of Directors for the BC Assessment Authority. She is also a mentor to the business students at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
Sandra Horvath – 2016 President
Sandra is the Sr. Director of Business Development for Sage Software. She is dedicated to supporting the growth of small business in Canada through Sage and helps foster innovation through strategic alliances.
Sandra is passionate about encouraging diversity and engagement in the tech sector and served as past president of Vancouver Women in Technology in 2016.
Sandra actively participates in numerous boards and committees, including SFU’s Business Technology Management advisory board, in addition to mentoring graduating students and new entrepreneurs. Sandra has an MBA in Management of Technology from SFU, an undergraduate degree in marketing and a Diploma of Technology (Operations & Supply Chain Management) from BCIT.
Current Board Members
Joanne Hausch (Chair)
Joanne is a founding member of VanWIT and chair of the board. As a tax partner with Deloitte LLP, Joanne specializes in tax advisory for technology companies. She is recognized for her leadership in tax, particularly related to government investment in innovation incentives. She has published papers, articles and reports with the Canadian Tax Foundation, Thompson Reuters, CCH and CPA,BC.
In the community, Joanne brings her financial skills and passion for building community to leadership positions in organizations such as VanWIT that help connect people. She has been on the board of Family Services of Greater Vancouver since 2009 and served as Board Chair from 2012 to 2014. She also founded StreetMeals and established the StreetMeals Scholarship Fund, raising over $250,000 to support young adults with a history of homelessness who are working towards post-secondary degrees and diplomas.
Maryam Zargar (Vice Chair)
Maryam Zargar is a business lawyer. She delivers counsel to individuals and companies across all industries, with emphasis on the Technology industry. Maryam draws on her experience to provide strategic advice on formation, growth and financing, managing intellectual property portfolios and planning and implementing an exit. Maryam also acts as outside general counsel to her clients. She frequently holds director and advisor positions with for-profit and non-profit organizations. She joined the board in 2016 as a founding member and currently holds the role of 1st vice-president.
Catherine Boivie (Vice Chair)
Catherine Boivie is the Managing Director, Principal at the Strategic Technology Leadership Corporation. Previously, Catherine has led the advancement of the strategic value of information technology as a business enabler at Vancity Credit Union, Pacific Blue Cross, and CAA British Columbia. She currently serves on several Boards, including those of the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS), Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), the Burnaby Board of Trade, MedicAlert Canada, Artsclub theatre, and is also the Executive in Residence at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. She holds a BMath degree from University of Waterloo, a MEd and PhD from University of Toronto. She joined the board in 2016 and currently holds the role of 2nd vice president.
Renee Chau is a project manager with the Strategy and Enablement team at TELUS where she oversees the capital management tools and maintenance governance initiates within the BTO area. She was fortunate to have many amazing mentors before and after graduating from Simon Fraser University and makes an effort to give back to others through various community initiatives such as coaching for case competition teams and serving as founding chair for the Burnaby Young Professional Network at the Burnaby Board of Trade. She joined the Board in 2017.
Jennifer joined VanWIT as a Project Manager through pm-volunteers.org in September of 2015 to project manage the start-up of VanWIT as a non-profit society. At the conclusion of the formation of the society, Jennifer joined the board at VanWIT and works closely with the marketing and promotional team to organize VanWIT’s events. As a woman working in technology, she has a firsthand appreciation of the unique opportunities and challenges facing Vancouver.
Professionally, Jennifer works in the evolving sector of eHealth and is a project manager working on integration of technology into clinical care to enhance and support the health and wellness of British Columbians. She joined the board in 2016.
Dianne is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Raymond James Ltd. She has 25 years experience in a variety of Information Technology Management and Executive roles. Dianne is a passionate achiever who inspires excellence with a personal goal of growing leaders who grow leaders. Personal leadership is key driver in her career and personal success.
Dianne has an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Athabasca University. She has also maintained her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation since 2001. Dianne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada.
Shari Wallace is CIO for the City of Burnaby with responsibility for IT strategy, business transformation projects, asset lifecycle management and day-to-day operations. Prior to assuming this role in 2013, she served as Director of Strategic Planning & Program Management for the City of Vancouver. Shari worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in a variety of roles, including acting CIO, applications development and support, service management and director of the corporate IT group.
Prior to joining municipal government, Shari spent 15 years in the private sector in a number of IT positions across a wide-range of industries including telecommunications, banking and oil and gas. She is also involved with a number of boards, committees and volunteer organizations. She joined the VanWIT board in October 2017
Specializing in marketing within the technology industry, Farrah is an active member of Vancouver’s tech community. She enjoys planning events that connect and inspire women in tech. Joining the marketing committee during VanWIT’s launch, her volunteer work for VanWIT also included creating VanWIT’s logo and website.
Farrah is a Marketing Campaign Manager at Sage Software, where she is responsible for customer marketing campaigns and programs across Sage’s mid-market customer base in Canada. She can relate to the experience of working for a large, global software company, as well as working for a local tech startup. Previously, Farrah was the Marketing Manager at IPS, a fast-growing Canadian cyber security company, which was successfully acquired by Deloitte.
Farrah also serves on the volunteer marketing committee for Kids Help Phone, where she assists with marketing for fundraising events including the Walk So Kids Can Talk and Homes for the Holidays. Farrah graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Commerce (BCom) – Marketing Option.