BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Daniel R. Birch, BA, MA, PhD, DLitt, FRSA
A British Columbia native, Dr. Birch received his Bachelor of Arts (Classical Studies and English) and Master of Arts (History) at the University of British Columbia, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught briefly at Berkeley before returning to BC where he spent his career in a variety of leadership roles, first as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Associate Vice-President of Simon Fraser University where he also served some months as Acting President, and then as Dean of the Faculty of Education and, subsequently, Academic Vice President and Provost of the University of British Columbia, a post he held for twelve years. Following an early retirement from UBC, Dr. Birch spent a decade with Janet Wright & Associates, recruiting leaders for institutions in the public and not-for-profit sectors. For six years he co-chaired the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer and is an active consultant to the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the Ministry of Advanced Education. In 1992, he was awarded the FRSA (London), and the following year, received a Cree name—Mitehe (Heart)—in recognition of twenty years of support for the development of First Nations programs in universities, support which led to the establishment of UBC’s first Aboriginal graduate programs and the opening of the First Nations Longhouse on the campus.
Peter Englert, PhD
(President & Vice-Chancellor)
Chief Dale Harry
Chief Dale Harry (Pekultn Siyam) has served as Negotiator on the Squamish Nation Council for fourteen years. Along with earning certification in the Governance Essentials Program for Directors for Not for Profit Organizations from the University of Victoria, Chief Harry’s educational background includes studies in business, criminology, political science, and geology. Chief Harry has a dynamic connection to the community as demonstrated in the many boards and organizations he has been associated with including Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Squamish Credit Union, Squamish Nation Peacekeepers, Aboriginal Education Council School District #48, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and Squamish Valley Development Corporation. Chief Harry was born and raised in Squamish and resides on the Squamish Reserve with his wife and two children. Currently he is a consultant at Aboriginal Economic Solutions Inc.
Mary Jo Larson, BA, JD
Mary Jo Larson is a partner at the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Detroit, Michigan. She earned both her BA and her JD from the University of Michigan. Ms. Larson advises large employers on designing and complying with the maze of tax and labor laws applicable to retirement plans and executive compensation and represents them before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor. During her career, she has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Michigan Lawyers and Top 50 Women Michigan Lawyers by Michigan Super Lawyers. She is also a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel and has been recognized as a Chambers USA American Leading Lawyer and as Lawyer of the Year in ERISA/employee benefits/Detroit by Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Larson is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, which awarded her and several members of her class their “emerging leaders” award to recognize the group’s work to overcome racial divisions in the city. She also serves on the Board of Forgotten Harvest, one of the largest food rescue organizations in the world, dedicated to eliminating both food waste and hunger in the Detroit area. Ms. Larson’s son, Jordan, is a recent graduate of Quest, and her nephew, Noah Bizer, is a current Quest student.
Stuart D. Louie, BA, JD
Born and raised in British Columbia, Stuart Louie returned to the West Coast in 2010 to join the London Drugs leadership team, continuing his family’s legacy of overseeing the operations of the 105-year-old retail company. Mr. Louie brings a wealth of educational and business experience with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University and a certificate in Markets & Management. He completed his law degree at Duke Law School and spent the next several years as an Associate in the Finance and Commercial Transactions Department at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine in both Seattle and New York. Mr. Louie’s legal and business expertise assisted his many public practice clients. His current position at London Drugs has him involved in strategic planning specifically related to business growth and development while working both at the company’s head office and in stores across Western Canada.
Ian Worland, BA, LLB
Ian Worland graduated from the University of British Columbia with an LLB in 1995 and has practised law in the fields of tax and estate planning since his call to the Bar in 1996. In the course of his practice, Mr. Worland advises clients in personal and corporate tax planning, corporate reorganizations, estate planning, charitable gift planning, and international tax and trust planning. This work also includes advising clients on tax issues arising in connection with the acquisition or sale of a business, divorce, separation, variations of trusts and wills, and flow-through share financings. Mr. Worland has successfully represented clients in courts of all levels, including the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Federal Court—Trial Division, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is currently chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Canada) (STEP). Mr. Worland is an enthusiastic cyclist and hockey player, and is active in coaching his children in hockey.