Chris is a technology entrepreneur with 25+ years experience at the intersection of business, technology and innovation. He is currently Vice President, Business Innovation and Partnerships for GeoSim Systems, Ltd, a Tel Aviv-based company creating high-precision, high-resolution, 3D digital replicas of cities. He has served as Innovation Lead at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in initiatives involving identity management, privacy and the border and immigration security domain; VP of Business Development at Visiphor Corporation; and Account Executive at Electronic Data Systems (now HP). He is an Advisor to CloudMask, Corp.
Chris’ commitment to the refugee cause originates in his gratitude and appreciation for personal acquaintances with direct experience of political imprisonment, exile, and asylum.
Chris holds a BA (History/Economics) and MA (History) from the University of British Columbia.
Martha is a physician who has work with marginalized people in hospitals both in Canada and other countries. With this experience she brings her expertise and care to Kinbrace. Locally, she’s worked with various clinics and health initiatives that focus on vulnerable populations, including the development of health education programs for women’s transitional housing in Vancouver. In 2012, Martha worked in Zambia on the pediatric ward of a rural hospital with a focus on malnutrition care.
Currently, she works as an emergency physician at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals in Metro Vancouver where she treats patients facing acute illness - work she finds meaningful and challenging. Martha has an interest in end-of-life care, and is involved in advance care planning in the community.
She obtained her medical degree (MD), including her training in Family Medicine (CCFP) and Emergency Medicine (CCFP-EM), from the University of British Columbia.
A member of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, Martha brings a critical, compassionate voice to the Kinbrace board, and a desire to serve people in Canada’s refugee protection system. With her husband John, Martha lives in New Westminster. She loves playing violin and going for a run in the great outdoors.
Beth is a Partner at ChangeCraft, where she advises organizations around the world on maximizing their strategic and operational impact. Her 15 years of experience in organizational development, human rights and international development spanned a range of organizations, including an India-based venture philanthropy fund (Dasra), Partners for Democratic Change, Amnesty International and Sarvodaya.
Her life’s journey has taken her from her roots in California to India, Washington DC, Boston, and Sri Lanka. In 2008, Beth and her husband Chris unpacked and settled in Vancouver, and now live here with their sons, Obie and Emmet.
Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Religious Conflict and Conflict Resolution from Harvard Divinity School. She was drawn to Kinbrace because of its rare combination of organizational authenticity, compassion and impact.
Luke is President of the Pacific Group of Companies. Pacific Restaurant Supply and Pacific Stainless Steel specialize in the design and build of the leading hospitality commercial kitchens and bars across BC and Alberta and are currently expanding into commercial real estate. Luke prides himself on creating and implementing Innovation, Vision and Culture company-wide. He has been involved with numerous entrepreneurial ventures including a recent addition that mirrors his own practice in natural health – Glory Juice Co. - a locally-sourced organic juice bar.
Luke is an avid traveller who has ventured throughout Europe and Central America. He is a local Vancouverite who believes in living a healthy lifestyle, both physically and spiritually. The values at Kinbrace mirror Luke’s passion for hospitality, growing relationships and ensuring everyone has the chance to thrive.
Lesley met her first refugee “client” at the student clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School. Three decades later, she continues to be impassioned by refugees and refugee law. Early in her practice, Lesley realized there is a conundrum in refugee law: those who are most in need of protection are often the least able to articulate that need due to the effects of trauma. Over the years, Lesley has served on the board of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), chaired the Refugee Lawyers Group in Vancouver, worked for several years as the UNHCR’s Regional Legal Officer in Vancouver (in this role, she helped launch READY Tours), and served on the Executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL).
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Nelson Mandela
Photos by Joel Krahn and Mark Janousek