Board of Governors
Board of Governors
Mary Jo Larson, BA, JD, Chair
Mary Jo Larson is a partner at the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Detroit, Michigan. She earned both her BA and JD from the University of Michigan. Ms. Larson advises large employers on designing and complying with tax and labour laws applicable to retirement plans and executive compensation, and represents them before the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor. She has been named one of the Top 100 Michigan Lawyers and Top 50 Women Michigan Lawyers. Best Lawyers in America recognized Ms. Larson as Lawyer of the Year in ERISA/employee benefits/Detroit, and as a Chambers USA American Leading Lawyer. She is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel. Ms. Larson is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, which honoured her and other members of her class with an “emerging leaders” award to acknowledge their 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 food-waste and hunger in the Detroit area. Ms. Larson’s son, Jordan, and her nephew, Noah Bizer, are Quest graduates.
Peter W. Webster, BA, Chancellor
Peter W. Webster, Chairman of the R. Howard Webster Foundation, has been Chancellor of Quest University Canada since September 2017. As Chair of one of Canada’s pre-eminent family foundations, Mr. Webster has cultivated a deep understanding of philanthropy with a keen eye toward social innovation.
The stated mission of the R. Howard Webster Foundation is to make grants to outstanding Canadian charitable organizations offering unique and inspiring programs or projects for the benefit, improvement and development of Canadian society. In that spirit, the Foundation made an inspirational grant during Quest’s founding era toward the establishment of the University’s library collection.
Chief Dale Harry
Chief Dale Harry (Pekultn Siyam) has served as Negotiator on the Squamish Nation Council for fourteen years. Along with a 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 deep connection to the Squamish 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. He also serves as a consultant for Aboriginal Economic Solutions Inc.
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 BS in Economics from Duke University and a certificate in Markets & Management. He completed his law degree at Duke Law School and spent several years as an Associate in the Finance and Commercial Transactions Department at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle and New York.
Mr. Louie’s legal and business expertise benefited his many public practice clients. His current position at London Drugs involves strategic planning related to business growth and development, and he works both at the company’s main office and in stores across Western Canada.
Claude Rinfret, CPA, FCA, TEP
Claude Rinfret was a senior tax partner in the Vancouver office of Deloitte & Touche LLP Canada, and a partner in its Private Client Tax Services Group. Mr. Rinfret was responsible for monitoring Risk and Reputation matters for the Deloitte Tax practice in Canada from 2008 to 2010; was the managing partner of the Vancouver office from 1999 to 2002; served as partner in charge of International Tax, Paris (France) from 1987 to 1989; and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche LLP Canada. Mr. Rinfret is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and Canada, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He was previously on the Board of the Alzheimer Society of BC and the Hollyburn Country Club. He is currently on the Board of Langara College. Mr. Rinfret earned his Bachelor of Commerce from UBC.
Anna Lippman, BA, MA
Anna Lippman ’13 is a proud Quest alum, and the first to be appointed to its Board of Governors as a full voting member. She holds an MA in Sociology from York University and has a strong background in community services and youth work. Anna currently works as a trauma counsellor for the YWCA and a research assistant for The Centre for Drug Policy Evaluation. Her previous board experience includes acting as Vice-Chair for the Squamish Public Library Board and the Squamish Board of Public Art. She also sits on the Board of Family Services Toronto. Anna’s areas of expertise include policy analysis, board development, and organizational management.
Sheila M. Biggers, BA
Sheila M. Biggers comes to us with more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. She is President & CEO of Junior Achievement BC, a recognized leader in education programs for youth. Previously, she was Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Engagement at the UBC Sauder School of Business, leading a team of 22 advancement professionals. Sheila has also demonstrated her passion for education and supporting youths through the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation, where she is the former chair and a long-standing board member. The foundation runs an alternative education program combining academics, therapy and adventure-based learning to help at-risk youth change their lives. Sheila holds a BA in Sociology and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and is a Master in Public Administration candidate at the University of Victoria.
David Kerr, BA
David Kerr brings more than two decades of experience in executive management, business development, international leadership, fundraising, sales and marketing. He is currently a Managing Director at Allos Ventures, a US-based venture fund investing in early stage technology companies. Prior to joining Allos, David held various executive roles at leading technology companies including CEO of Octiv; executive leadership positions at Groupon and Angie’s List; President of GHX Europe; and CEO of NoInk. David sits on the board at Sharpen Technologies, 120 Water Audit, Docket and previously Jada Beauty. His early career included sales, marketing, research and executive leadership roles with Everypath, Cummins Engine Corporation and the Hudson Institute. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has a son enrolled at Quest.
Senator Yonah Martin
The Honourable Yonah Martin is a Senator of Canada, appointed by The Right Hon. Stephen Harper in 2009. She is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Korean-Canadian parliamentarian in Canadian history. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (since November 2015); and previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Government (2013-2015); and as Deputy Whip of the Government (2011-2013). Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yonah Martin immigrated to Canada in 1972, and has resided in Metro-Vancouver ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Education in 1987 from University of British Columbia and enjoyed a 21-year teaching career (1987-2008) until her appointment to the Senate; and earned a Master of Education in 1996. Martin co-founded C3 Korean Canadian Society (in 2003) and currently serves as Honorary Patron of C3. She is also Grand Patron of Korea Veterans Association Heritage Unit (since 2017) and serves on several regional and national boards and advisory councils. Passionate about youth and young adults, she established a Parliamentary Internship program in 2011; and supports various youth and young adult organizations and initiatives. Married to Doug Martin since 1990, they have a daughter, Kiana Mi-Sun.
Arthur Willms is an educator, economist, and businessman with over forty years of experience in related fields. Taught public school in Alberta, lectured in economics at university and spent thirty years in the global energy business with Westcoast Energy Inc., the last nine years prior to retirement as President. Experienced board member having served in numerous capacities on a large variety of public, private, and non-profit boards. He earned Bachelor degrees in mathematics and education along with a Masters degree in Economics, all from the University of Calgary. He is a passionate supporter of educational, arts and cultural institutions.