Meet the LDS Team

Our Staff

Executive Director

Rachel has a formal education in social geography, communications and law. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with dozens of non profits, charities and companies, including serving as executive director, program lead, staff lawyer, and also in a volunteer capacity on various non profit boards.

She enjoys utilizing her breadth of experience in governance, fundraising, strategy, project management and communications to build capacity within LDS as it continues in a period of strategic growth. Rachel is thrilled to be leading the energetic and committed professionals who make up the LDS team on our journey to ensure no student is left behind. As a parent and as someone who grew up knowing the education system closely, Rachel is passionate about ensuring every child has access to the support they need to thrive in their education and throughout their lives.

Rachel graciously lives, works and plays within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Director of Education

Jenn is a passionate advocate for responsive and transformative education that prioritizes the learner and their needs and goals. She began her teaching and learning career as a kindergarten teacher in the New Westminster School District and has been working in a range of educational settings such as schools, early years centres, and universities in both Canada and Australia for the past 15 years. In her roles as a teacher, teacher educator, professor, and educational researcher, Jenn is keenly aware of the challenges children, parents, and schools alike face in supporting children with diverse ranges of abilities, and the very real struggle this creates for children and families with diagnosed or suspected learning disabilities. Jenn is excited to be using her education and skills to support the exceptional work within the organization and serve its students, families, and the broader community.

Associate Director of Learning Support

Melissa has over ten years of experience providing remedial instruction for children with special needs in both public and private settings, and she is certified to teach in BC schools. While completing her Masters in Education, she taught diverse student populations with Learning Disabilities in a special education classroom. She became very interested in the field of Behaviour Analysis and later worked with several organizations to implement early intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

After seeing the positive impact individualized instruction had on her clients over many years, Melissa decided to create a small school where she focused on the unique strengths, needs and interests of homeschool students. She worked with a team of multidisciplinary professionals to address academic, social, emotional, behavioural and executive functioning goals, while nurturing maximum student engagement through interest-based learning programs. She is very excited to be a part of the LDS team and continue working with specialists, instructors, students, parents and schools to help children and youth become more confident and achieve their full potential.

Learning Support Manager

Melissa joined the LDS team in May 2019, as Learning Support Manager. She completed a B.A in Speech Sciences at UBC, and has a passion for linguistics, and education. With prior experience in remedial instruction and administration within remedial therapy organizations, she has seen the difference that proper support and quality instruction can make in the lives of students with learning disabilities. Melissa is truly excited to be a part of an organization that helps to make learning accessible for all students.

Community Manager

Sarah (she/her) is our Community Manager who brings kindness, positive energy, and a big-picture vision to our team. Sarah has a background in public relations and communications from Humber College and has a BA in Global Development from Queen’s University. She believes in and is excited to be furthering the goals of LDS to impact and support individual lives to help create positive change both personally and in communities. Most recently Sarah has enrolled in a Non-profit management certificate at Simon Fraser University to take a new approach to management and LDS’s reach its vision and mandate.

Recent professional development:

  • Non-Profit Management Certificate  (Simon Fraser University, 2021)
  • Designing for Accessibility: How to Make Your Comms Accessible and Inclusive (Alice Corner, Keela, 2020)
  • The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age (Julia Campbell, Keela, 2020)
  • Respect Your Donors with Gender-Inclusive Data (Jude Shimer, Keela, 2020)
  • Yes! You Can Build A Strong Relationship with Your Virtual Event P2P Fundraisers (Maureen Wallbeoff, Keela, 2020)

Communications & Fundraising Manager

Sierra (she/her) is the parent of an adult child with a learning disability and a former LDS parent. In 2020, Sierra returned to the LDS family, bringing 10 years of experience in writing for digital communications, grants, and fundraising and 15 years of volunteer and paid work with non-profit organizations. She has a BA in History and Sociology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her passion is writing and her literary nonfiction has garnered a National Newspaper Award and a National Magazine Award. Sierra’s other interests include social justice, community building, reading, and crafting.

Recent Professional Development:

  • Foundations in Diversity and Inclusion Certification (Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, 2021)
  • Building Donor Diversity: Professional Growth that Leads to Broader Communities (Yolanda F. Johnson, Keela, 2020)
  • The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age (Julia Campbell, Keela, 2020)
  • Creating a Non-profit Brand Guide (Keela, 2020)
  • Working with Vulnerable Peoples (2020)

Check out this Mission Makers blog post to learn more about how Sierra is propelled by her experience as a parent!

Family and Student Services Manager

Alice (she/her) joined LDS as Support Coordinator in November 2020. She majored in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, and wrote her thesis on Indigenous Language Revitalization, a passion that was sparked through her year abroad at UBC. Finding a way that applied Linguistics knowledge could help others is what brought her to LDS. Her professional background is primarily in marketing and communications, so she’s excited to use her varied skill set to help move mountains for our students.
Recent Professional Development: 
  • Working with Vulnerable Populations (2020)
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment: Practical Tools for Gender-responsive Poverty Measurement (2021)

Check out this Mission Makers blog post about how Alice is connecting with kids! 

Finance Manager

After obtaining her BA (English) from UBC, Helen began her career booking restaurant meals for Japanese tourists visiting the Canadian Rockies and perfecting her ability to answer the phone and speak one perfect sentence in Japanese while transferring calls. This extended summer job was followed by a 3-year stint at Canada Trust where she accidentally acquired her career path in accounting and finance. She began her official accounting career working for a Vancouver clothing manufacture while acquiring a love of fashion.

After 6 years of focusing on cost accounting, she began a 12 year career with an international skiwear wholesale distributor, and during this time she finished her CPA, CGA accounting designation, renewed her love of skiing, and had her two children. At this point in her career, Helen realized that she wanted to shift her focus from corporate accounting to the non profit sector and she has used her skills to support the financial and accounting needs of various non profit and charitable organizations since. During her time at Ronald McDonald House of BC, Helen led the finance team through the transition from the small 13 family home in Shaughnessy to the 70,000 square foot building on the grounds of BC Children’s Hospital, while acquiring leadership skills in change management.

Both of her children, now young adults, have learning differences, which made traditional education models a challenge, and she understands some of the stress that these differences create for both children and their families.

Assistive Technology Manager

Mike has a BSc in Mech Eng (mechatronics option) from the University of New Brunswick and a MASc in Biomedical Engineering from U of T working in Dr. Elaine Biddiss’ group at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s PEARL lab (Possibility Engineering And Research Lab). Post his Master’s program, Mike also worked at the University of Victoria Assistive Technologies Lab and worked on the James Robotic Butler project.

Mike is very excited to advance the LDS Assistive Technology program including our socially assistive robotics initiative and to advance LDS IT priorities that will enable us to build further capacity and streamline operations to support more students more effectively.

Program Designer — SLP

Lara joined the LDS team as a Program Designer in June 2020. Lara received an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa before pursuing a MSc. in Speech-Language Pathology at UBC. As a speech-language pathologist, she is dedicated to improving communication abilities in people of all ages.

Lara has experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide services for school-aged children with special needs. Her role as an SLP includes helping children and adolescents connect and build relationships by working on social communication skills. She is passionate about delivering quality services that are evidence-informed, compassionate, and fun!

Support Coordinator

Dylan (he/him) has recently graduated from Algonquin College with an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care and has previously completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University. He has worked to develop and maintains therapeutic relationships with children, youth and their families while respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity.  Over the past 10 years, Dylan has worked in both educational and recreation settings which have allowed him to develop and implement a wide range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to facilitate positive change in the lives of children, youth and their families.

Communications Intern

Antra (she/her) joins the LDS team as a Communications Intern. She is currently studying Computer Science with a minor in Commerce at the University of British Columbia and hopes to use her passion and skills in technology to help create a better and more inclusive world for children and youths with learning differences. She is passionate about helping them all realize their potential.

Recent Professional Development:

  • Working with Vulnerable Populations training (2020)

Digital Communications Support

Rie (she/her) is currently studying Communications and Economics at Simon Fraser University. She hopes to use her time at LDS as way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

Educational Program Coordinator

Tyler joined the LDS team in June of 2020 as an Educational Summer Program Coordinator. He recently graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of General Studies in Education. Within his degree program, he completed minors in Business, Learning and Developmental Disabilities, and Social Justice in Education, as well as a Certificate in Liberal Arts.

Driven by his passion for inclusive education, Tyler is excited to use his academic background and experience working within educational environments to help support LDS and its goal to ensure all students with learning differences get the support they need to succeed.

Communications Specialist

Trista has been working with LDS since November of 2019. A writer, editor, and graphic designer, Trista has over 12 years of experience in print and digital content creation. 

Trista moved to Vancouver after spending eight years in Shanghai, China, where she worked as a magazine editor and in marketing communications. As a freelance publishing professional, she’s worked with a variety of businesses and organizations in Vancouver.

She has a BA in History and International Development, a diploma in Publishing, and a certificate in Creative Writing.

Our Instructors

Our team of caring Instructors have many years of experience in education. We take pride in matching each student with an Instructor who is best suited for their learning needs and goals.


Aime (she/her) started with LDS in the summer of 2020 with summer camps. She has over 7 years of experience working with children with special needs. She worked in the school district as an Education Assistant and currently works in the district as an Applied Behaviour Analysis Support Worker. She also holds a Creative Writing Associates degree. She currently tutors one on one with children at LDS both online and in person. She enjoys being creative and building rapport with students to make lessons unique and meaningful for the students that she teaches. 

Recent Professional Development: 

  • Working with Vulnerable Populations training (2020)


Anisa is a BC Certified teacher with a strong background in Chemistry and Math. She is working on completing her Diploma in Special Education from UBC. Anisa has worked with students at all levels, from elementary through to high school, and she has taught a wide range of subjects including Chemistry, Math and English. Her favorite subject to teach is Math. She teaches because she loves the “Ah Ha’’ moments and enjoys seeing students achieve success. In addition to keeping busy with teaching, Anisa is kept on her toes by her two daughters who are also navigating learning online. As both a parent and Instructor, Anisa offers a unique perspective on setting children up for home learning success.


Anotidaishe is an instructor with a great passion for seeing students reach their full potential in all aspects of their life. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University and has a background in Learning and Developmental Disabilities. She loves to teach math skills, reading skills as well as writing. Ano is excited to be a part of the awesome LDS team that is making a lasting difference in the lives of students. She is excited to be supporting students from all types of backgrounds with specific individualized instruction that meets their learning needs.


Baylee (she/her) is a BC-certified educator currently working as a grade six classroom teacher with the VSB. Baylee holds a Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Science from Quest University, and both a Bachelors of Education and a Diploma in Guidance Studies from UBC. Baylee has taught in both New Zealand and Canada and has experience in both independent and public school settings. Baylee is passionate about working with a range of learners and she looks forward to learning, growing, and working alongside those at LDS! 


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Carol has worked with children around the world. She homeschooled her own children, taught at an ex-pat school in Mexico, was a Children’s Pastor in England and has been a Special Education Assistant in New Westminster. After completing her Orton-Gillingham Tutor Training she joined LDS and is loving helping her students move forward.


Corrine (she/her) holds a Bachelor is Arts degree in History from The University of British Columbia, and is currently working toward completing her Bachelor of Education. A full-time tutor for several years, Corrine comes to LDS with a strong background in Orton-Gillingham tutoring and early phonics support. Corrine believes in making the learning environment friendly, fun, and accessible to all students. She feels strongly about finding the best teaching method for each individual learner, so they may feel a strong sense of accomplishment when understanding a new concept.

In addition to her work with LDS, Corrine tutors at The Looking Glass Foundation, a residential home for youth and young adults struggling with eating disorders and mental illness. In this role she uses her previous experience in university admissions to help the residents with resume and cover letter writing, and career and future planning.

Corrine loves to teach social studies, history, early phonics, and reading comprehension. She is thrilled to become a member of the LDS team.


Cynthia is a certified BC teacher. Working in the classroom has allowed her to explore working with a variety of different learners. She is most passionate about working with students with learning challenges because she enjoys helping students discover new strategies to further their learning. The most rewarding part about working with students is being able to help them find their confidence when they realize what they are capable of.


Ella joined LDS on October 2020. Ella is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UBC and is set to graduate in December 2020. Her degree is focused on learning, child development, and progress assessments.

From a young age she knew that she desired to work in the field of education, specifically with children with learning challenges. This passion was ignited by her own experience with a tutor that specialized in working with children with learning disabilities. She wants to be able to pay it forward due to how impactful her experience was. She is eager to help students meet their full potential by providing extra support for students in whatever form that may be.


Emma holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with a minor in Psychology from UBC. She recently returned to UBC, and is currently completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy. With years of experience working in the field of education and adaptive recreation, Emma is passionate about empowering children and youth to be independent and confident in their skills. She is excited to provide equitable learning opportunities and individualized support to her students with the LDS team!


Erin comes to LDS with a background in childcare, support work, and youth education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from UBC. After gaining experience in administrative positions in the non-profit and start-up sectors, she has chosen to work with children in an effort to help them reach their full potential. In addition to tutoring at LDS, she is a program leader for youth education programs.


Gabe joined LDS in the fall of 2020. Originally an aspiring mathematician, he has turned his sights to education and looks forward to building on his experience as a tutor and teaching assistant. Gabe is passionate about inclusive and accessible pedagogy — particularly as it relates to mathematics, a subject with a history of traumatizing and exclusionary teaching practices. He finds this especially unfortunate because mathematics can be an incredibly uplifting subject, full of elegance and beauty.

At LDS, he seeks to help students of all backgrounds achieve their mathematical goals, whether that be adding fractions or integrating functions. He is also excited to support students in reading and writing, and to learn more about doing so in an effective, learner-focused way. A favourite quote of his comes from the mathematical physicist Michael Atiyah: “I always try to understand why things work. I’m not interested in getting a formula without knowing what it means. I always try to dig behind the scenes, so if I have a formula, I know why it’s there.”


Hiu has 15 years of combined experience as a BC Certified Teacher, RCM Music Teacher and Volunteer Tutor at the BC Dyslexia Centre. Growing up in Vancouver, he attended UBC and completed a BA in English, BEd and TESL Diploma. Hiu is also certified as both an IDA Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist and AOGPE Associate Member. Hiu takes great joy in tutoring children with learning differences, and is excited to be involved with LDS. In his spare time, Hiu can be found travelling with his wife and two children, or going flat out on some racetrack.


Jennie is a BC certified teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She loves to teach early reading skills, Language Arts, writing and math. Jennie is excited to be a part of the LDS team, where students receive one-to-one, personalized instruction, and where teachers are provided with ongoing professional development and resources to provide the best support for their students.


Jennifer has over 10 years of experience working with children and has been working at LDS as a tutor for the past 7 years. She holds a B.A. in Geography from UBC. Jennifer enjoys building a bond with her students and increasing their confidence so they can feel successful in school.


Jessie is an experienced psychometrist with a demonstrated history of working in the field of mental health. She holds a B.A honours degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. She has worked with children and adolescents with learning and mental health challenges in many different settings. She is currently working towards obtaining her masters in school psychology. Jessie enjoys motivating her students to feel empowered and hopes to help them discover their unique strengths. Jessie’s favourite quote is: “What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden, and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it is what makes you great.” – Emma Stone


Originally from Scotland June moved to Vancouver in 2019. She is a linguist (a French and Italian speaker) who is passionate about helping students with learning differences and she specializes in students with specific learning disorders. Trained originally as an Elementary teacher, she has a wealth of varied teaching experience in ESL (ELL) and Remedial Teaching to children and young adults. She trained as a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 and she taught at a large High School in Cheshire as a 1:1 remedial teacher for the last 10 years. She’s delighted to become a member of the LDS team.

Check out this Mission Makers blog post about how June is providing a transformative learning experience for students!


Kaleigh has been working with children and adults with disabilities for 7 years. She holds an Arts degree with a major in Drama and a minor in Psychology. She later attained a degree in Education from the University of British Columbia in 2018. Before her educational work, Kaleigh has been a Program Facilitator, Inclusion Aid, and has volunteered with organizations such as California’s, The Miracle Project. (A fully inclusive theater, film, social skills, and expressive arts programs for individuals with autism and all abilities).

Kaleigh’s goals for the future include providing more opportunities for kids with disabilities to take part in drama and the arts. Whether that be in schools, summer programs, or the acting industry. She believes in inclusion and promoting the accurate storytelling of all. She is excited to be part of the LDS team. 

Recent Professional Development: 

  • Working with Vulnerable Populations training (2020)


Kimberly (she/her) has been working in the field of education for many years and in various capacities.  After obtaining her Bachelor of Education (primary specialization) from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Arts (English major) from the University of Victoria, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Canadian Arctic and as an elementary school teacher in Napa, California.  Further, she has taken on roles in educational publishing and has had the opportunity to learn from some of the leading Canadian educators.

Kimberly is thrilled to be working directly with children again as that is, indeed, her passion!


Just starting his fourth year with LDS, Larry (he/him) has a Master’s Degree in science and engineering and previously taught night school math and chemistry at Sierra College in California. Later Larry became a certified flight instructor and worked extensively with youth cadets in aviation training. After retiring from engineering management Larry wanted to be involved again in teaching youth so he completed the initial training to be an Orton Gillingham Certified tutor in 2019. In addition to teaching at LDS, he has volunteered as a youth mentor for non-profits including Covenant House Vancouver. Also, he volunteered in his community at the Kitsilano Community Centre by leading English Conversation Circles for non-English speaking youth and adults.    Larry enjoys seeing his students thrive and discover they really can do what seemed so difficult until receiving instruction especially tailored to their learning needs.  He says, “Nothing compares to working with students once they find their confidence when they realize how capable they really are”. Now Larry teaches only using the LDS RISE at Home program which allows students to work virtually via their secure online systems.

Recent Professional Development:

  • Training for conducting student assessments using the DIBELS Administration and Scoring (2020)
  • Self-Regulated Strategy Development for writing instruction (2018)
  • Helping Early Literacy Practice Strategy (2020)
  • Working with Vulnerable Populations training (2020)


Missy (she/her) is a BC-certified teacher currently working as a grade seven classroom educator with the Vancouver School Board. Missy holds a Bachelor in Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education UBC with a focus in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program from UBC. Missy has taught in Germany and has experience in both middle years and secondary settings. Most specifically, Missy is passionate about empowering learners to reach their personal level of success and looks forward to joining the LDS team.


Naslishah is an Orton Gillingham tutor who works in LDS’s in-school program. Previously, she has worked at Vancity Credit Union as a Health and Wellness She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UBC and a Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma from Langara College. She is also a Virtues Project Facilitator who believes that we can change the world by using the language of virtues within our communities. She loves working with children and is passionate about helping them achieve their highest potential. She loves encouraging students to take ownership of their own learning by providing them with simple and effective strategies to enhance their reading and writing.


Rachel joins LDS with a range of experience from summer camps to community inclusion, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is excited to provide personalized support, form relationships of trust, and help students build confidence.

Check out this Mission Makers Blog post about Rachel’s holistic approach to remedial instruction! 


Scott has been working with people with learning disabilities in a variety of settings for the past 25 years following his training at Douglas College. His areas of expertise include, precalculus, chemistry and physics. He hopes to act as a bridge for people to unearth gifts and talents yet to be discovered.

Our Board

Shoreline West Asset Management, President and CEO

Greg has worked in a variety of areas including investment management, capital markets, energy, power, and natural resources industries. For the past 12 years, Greg has managed an investment fund in Vancouver. Greg holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Caltech. Greg is currently a director of Learning Disabilities Society, Social Venture Partners and Vancouver College.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys outdoor recreation activities with family and friends including hiking, trail running, mountain biking and skiing.

Greg is privileged to work with the inspiring staff and instructors at Learning Disabilities Society to support children and youth with diverse abilities. Greg shares the LDS vision to transform individual learning and life outcomes and collectively effect system change with significant and profound societal impacts. Greg draws inspiration from the many heart-warming daily stories of dedication, perseverance, and bravery that shape LDS and its community.

LDS Vice-Chair Susan Aitchison

Susan Aitchison

Vice Chair

DialoguePro Consultants, Partner

Susan has been on the LDS Board of Directors for eight years, six of which she has acted as Chair of the Board. She has been an integral part of building LDS’s unique identity of being the sole providers of customized and measured LD remediation for all LD kids regardless of ability to pay.

She has a background as a trainer, mediator, and is a partner in DialoguePro Consultants, who provide training in The Learning Dialogue—an interpersonal communications tool they developed. Susan also has two grown children with learning disabilities and as a result has worked relentlessly to help provide services for families who would otherwise not be able to access support for their children.

Kevin Riley


Amazon, Senior Accounting Manager

Kevin is an actively licensed Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and has served as the Treasurer for the LDS Board for over four years. Previous to his experience with LDS, Kevin worked with numerous non-profit and charitable organizations in a volunteer capacity. Kevin is from Vancouver and currently lives in Seattle.

He is passionate about providing governance to LDS from a financial perspective, ensuring the organization maintains a strong financial position from which it can deliver the services needed for all of our students. As someone who has seen the positive impact the right support can have for a child with a learning disability, Kevin is excited to see LDS continue to expand and provide services to more children in need.

BC Supreme Court, Retired Justice

Wendy is a retired justice of the BC Supreme Court and was a founding partner of Harris & Company, where she was a leading practitioner in the area of school law for over 30 years. She was appointed to the BC Supreme Court in 2013 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2008. She was called to the BC Bar in 1980 and has an LLB from the University of BC; an MA from the University of Toronto; and a BA from the University of BC.

Wendy taught education law to graduate school students at the University of British Columbia from 2004-2011 and 2018. She has been a frequent lecturer at school boards, universities and professional organizations. She has written extensively on legal issues related to schools. Wendy served as President and Executive Board Member of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education (CAPSLE) and was an active member in this national organization since its inception. She received an honorary lifetime membership in CAPSLE in 2014.

University of British Columbia, Professor and Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education

Nancy Perry worked as a classroom and resource teacher in school districts in British Columbia, Canada, before obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1996. Today she is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education and Professor of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. There, she teaches courses in two program areas—Human Development, Learning, and Culture; and Special Education—and supports students in a B.Ed. cohort that focuses on promoting self-regulated learning (SRL) in the middle years. She is a recipient of UBC’s Killam Teaching Prize and the Robbie Case Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Educational Psychology in Canada.

Her research has two main goals: (a) understanding how children’s develop self-regulated learning (SRL); and (b) working with teachers to design activities and structure interactions with students to support SRL. Dr. Perry is a main contributor to our understanding that young children can and do regulate for learning and how classroom tasks, instructional practices, and interpersonal relationships influence their SRL. She is also a leader in the development and use of assessments that reveal children’s self-regulation in situ. Dr. Perry is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), has served as President of Division 15, Educational Psychology, of APA, and the Canadian Association of Educational Psychologists, as Associate Editor for the Journal of Learning and Instruction, and on editorial boards of the top journals in Educational Psychology, including the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, Journal of Learning and Instruction, and Metacognition and Learning.

Hamlet Abnousi


NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics Inc., CEO and Co-Founder

A Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA) with a significant transaction history in corporate finance, Hamlet obtained his Bachelors of Science in Analytical Chemistry and Cell Biology from UBC before pursuing his CPA at Deloitte. As founder of Abnousi Corporate Finance and Abnousi Capital, Hamlet worked to build and commercialize technologies that improve lives.

In 2012 he launched SciTech Global Ventures, an incubator for companies addressing global issues in medtech and, in 2016, assumed the role of CEO at NovoBind, one of the companies incubated by SciTech. Hamlet has since been focused on the development and execution of NovoBind’s global ambitions. With his passion for science and business, he dedicates his efforts, both professional and philanthropic, to projects that have significant impact.

Joyce Wagenaar


Communications Consultant

Joyce joined the LDS board in November 2020. She is a communications and public affairs professional with 20 years of progressive experience and is recognized for effectively managing the public perception of an organization’s reputation through strategic advice, issues management, media relations and proactive public awareness initiatives.

Joyce has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Simon Fraser University located in British Columbia. She is trained in public engagement and has a Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association of Public Participation as well as having a Certificate in Digital Marketing from Red Academy.

Lauren Minogue


Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd., Vice President

Lauren Minogue is a Vice President at Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital. She works with a diverse range of clients including families, business owners, and foundations. She engages her passion for helping families preserve and steward their wealth over successive generations, while also supporting clients as they journey towards achieving their life goals. Lauren is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria. She’s an active supporter of her local community. Lauren currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Social Venture Partners Foundation and for the Learning Disabilities Society. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, running the seawall and hiking the North Shore mountains.
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