THE BOARD

MURRAY WILSON

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. ROB MCMASTER

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.

ALICE MUI, PH.D.

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 YONG

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.

LORI LOTHIAN (Chair)

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)!

 

JOHN WIENS
John grew up on a dairy farm till the age of 15. Started working immediately after the move at a service station as a pump jockey. After high school went to work in the automobile industry and then home furnishing at Eatons. After marriage in his mid 20`s he became involved in the Ready Mix Concrete and Sand and Gravel business. Becoming a shareholder and at age 30 he and his brother-in-law bought the company and has been in the concrete industry for 45 years. John has served for 5 years on the local school board, over 4 years on the then called Fraser Valley College board, 3 of those as chair. John had heart and kidney transplants 16 yrs ago and last July received a second kidney, given by his daughter Donnell, he is now enjoying good health again. Praise the Lord! “I love LIFE “, enjoying my wife, 4 children and 12 grandchildren.

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EDWARD FERRE
Edward Ferre joined BC Transplant over 20 years ago as an Organ Donation Specialist and has held several clinical and administrative roles in the organization. He has served on several national and international committees, councils and boards including: The Canadian Association of Transplantation (President); Canadian Blood Service’s National Liaison Committee representing Organ Donation and Transplantation; and was appointed to the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation. Originally from the prairies, Ed came to British Columbia in 1987 to study Applied Physiology and has remained in BC ever since. He completed an MBA in 2008 and in 2012 was awarded the credentials of French Wine Scholar.

NIKO LAMBRINOUDIS

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.

DOUG COPLAND

Doug Copland is a partner in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  As a lifelong resident of Vancouver, which is one of the most fortunate things one can be in this world, Doug believes in contributing to the community. Therefore, he enthusiastically jumped at the chance to join the TRF Board.  Doug and his wife live in Point Grey, have three children between them, and enjoy sports, walking with their dog at Spanish Bank (especially at low tide), music, and enjoying food and wine with friends and family.

SANDRA FAIREY

Sandy joined the TRF Board in 2017, becoming the new Treasurer. She is a born Vancouverite and proud Canadian. Her educational background is in accounting and business – holding a Bachelor Commerce from UBC. But, raising 3 sons (2 with health issues) kept her from practising on a professional level after 1986. Sandy spent the years from 1989 – 2010 volunteering on various school committees – usually as Treasurer but several years as PAC Chair. In addition, she was the Registrar for Minor Hockey at the Arbutus Club for several years before she spent 4 years on their Board of Directors and house committees. As her sons attained independence she accepted a position as Board Treasurer for The ONETOONE Literacy Society in 2011 and still continues in that role.

Transplantation is very near to Sandy. In 1998 at age 12, Sandy’s oldest son was diagnosed with Alport’s Syndrome – a genetic x-linked recessive disorder affecting vision, hearing and kidney function. The condition is progressive and in combination with Type 1 Diabetes, the kidneys declined to the point of dialysis or transplant in 2006. Fortunately a selfless relative was a match for a successful transplant. Both donor and recipient recovered well to live full, active lives. Sandy’s youngest son, saddled with the same genetic disorder, received a kidney from his father Peter in 2015, nine years to the day after his eldest brother. They too both live active, busy lives after a brief period of recovery. Miraculous!

When Sandy was approached by Board Chair, Lori Lothian, through a mutual friend in Winnipeg there was no question that she would want to give back and contribute her skills – including expertise in 50/50 ticket sales – to the TRF. Remaining hours in the day are spent with family and friends, biking, cooking, playing tennis, gardening, yoga, recreational bridge and quilting!