Mr. Murray Wilson joined the TRF in 2015. In addition to being a most grateful recipient of a liver transplant, he is also a farmer, engineer and a corporate & government investment banker. Much of his career has involved dual appointments in Canada and the UK with various global executive responsibilities. He has held senior executive positions in energy, mining, technology and music industries including, Royal Bank of Canada Group and TD Securities. He has been actively involved in a number of not-for-profits. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board – City Music for Berklee College of Music, Boston, and was Chair of the Governance Committee for Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Since his own liver transplant Mr. Wilson has become increasingly involved as a technical layman in the science of transplant medical research and practice in both Canada and the UK.
Dr. McMaster is affiliated with the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia and is Executive Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
He received a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) that was followed by a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His research interests are in the areas of molecular immunology, parasitology and transplant immunology and is co-lead on a multi-million initiative “Biomarkers in Transplantation” with funding from Genome Canada/Genome BC and the Prevention for Organ Failure (PROOF) Center of Excellence Centre. He is actively involved with national and international granting agencies including the World Health Organization, Canadian Institutes of Health Research where he serves as the as Scientific Officer for the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Peer Review Grant Committee, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, having served as Chair of the Research Advisory Council. Dr. McMaster is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and was Head of the Department, 2000-2010. He is a member of the Executive Management Team of the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network and a member of the BC Health Research Council.
Dr. Mui obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1991, and is currently a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, UBC. She is also a member of Transplantation Immunology Group in the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Her lab focuses on understanding the intracellular pathways that regulate immune cell function, and translating that knowledge to therapeutics that can be used to treat inappropriate activation of the immune system (such as in organ transplantation). Work from her lab has led to development of an anti-inflammatory drug that is currently in clinical trials in humans.
Elaine has spent the past two decades as a reporter, producer and anchor in various television newsrooms across Canada and is currently at Global BC, the country’s top local news station. Originally from Biggar, Saskatchewan, she spent most of her childhood growing up in Regina and is proud to be a prairie girl at heart. Elaine graduated from the Journalism Program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and has since worked in Ottawa, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver. Elaine is especially passionate about sharing stories involving BC’s sick children and their families. Her daughter Addison was the first infant to receive a heart transplant at BC Children’s Hospital in 2011. She and her husband, Global BC anchor Aaron McArthur, know first-hand the unique issues these families face. They are dedicated supporters of transplant research and launched the Addison Fund in 2013 to focus on pediatric research.
Colin is a chartered accountant and partner of the public practice accounting firm of Yip & Associates. He has served on the TRF board for three years. As a two-time liver transplant recipient, he is passionate about the value of transplant research for recipients. Prior to his work with the TRF, he was a public speaker for liver patient support groups, president of the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa ownership group and strata council and board member, treasurer and chair of the finance committee at St. John’s School. Currently, he is a member of the York House School finance committee and a volunteer coach with Thunder Volleyball.
Lori joined the board in 2008, six months after her husband Tom Bradley received a liver transplant, and has been Chair since January, 2013.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Lori and Tom have lived in Vancouver since 1991. A lawyer by training, Lori retired from the practice of law in 1998 to pursue academic studies. Since receiving her Masters of Law from UBC in 2002, Lori has devoted her time to a variety of projects including teaching in the Faculty of Law and working with Tom to build their firm Steadyhand Investment Funds. Prior to joining the board of TRF, Lori was a longtime member of the board of The Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC, serving as Chair from 2003 to 2006.
Lori’s motivation in joining TRF was to ‘give back’ to BCT in recognition of the wonderful care and support she and Tom received through their difficult transplant journey. Since that time, she has come to realize (first hand) the difference research makes to the lives of transplant recipients, and has become committed to the work TRF does in supporting the development of new knowledge about transplant and the research community here in BC.
In her spare time, Lori enjoys reading, gardening, golfing and trying to keep up with Tom in various athletic pursuits including skiing (snow and water)!
Kristoffer Gurlesky joined the TRF Board as Treasurer shortly after moving to Vancouver in 2011. He provides financial reporting guidance and helps oversee the stewardship of TRF’s assets. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Kristoffer went on to earn his CA designation while working for Ernst & Young LPP’s Toronto office. Currently he is a senior marketing and business development manager at Vancouver’s Kindred Construction, a mid-size construction company that focuses on residential, commercial and institutional market sectors. Kristoffer has fully embraced the West Coast lifestyle – his many hobbies include surfing, skiing, cycling and writing music on the guitar. He is proud to be part of a passionate Board that is dedicated to improving the lives of organ transplant recipients.
Guy Lapierre is an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with Global Securites in Port Coquitlam, and has over 20 years’ experience assisting clients in their efforts to build wealth. Guy, an alumni of the University of Alberta, has lived in BC since1990. In 2009 when diagnosed with chronic kidney disease brought on by undiagnosed hypertension, he and his family were confronted with the reality of a 5 to 8 year wait for a kidney unless a living donor was found. Fortunately, his sister Tiffany Fassnidge was a match and after securing permission from the Queen as she was an active officer in the Naval Reserves the transplant occurred in September, 2009. Guy is active in the transplant community and, in addition to his work with TRF, he is Chair of the Working Committee for the New Challenge Campaign at the Kidney Foundation.
Niko Lambrinoudis is one of Vancouver’s most successful real estate professionals. He has spent more than two decades building his business as a Realtor® by putting his clients first. Niko is a broker/owner of TRG-The Residential Group Realty with offices in Kitsilano and Yaletown. As a huge supporter of community, he has always donated to a number of charities, but organizations dedicated to helping children have been closest to his heart. His inspiration for joining the TRF Board is Addison, a heart transplant recipient at the age of three weeks. Niko wants to make a difference for patients like Addison, and also help raise the profile of the TRF within the business community. He lives in Kitsilano with his wife and their two sons. The oldest is in his 4th year at UBC and the youngest – a 3rd degree black belt – has just graduated from high school.