Jack Wong

Chief Executive Officer

Tel. ext 104  |  Direct 604.343.2624  |  jack@refbc.com

Jack brings strategic planning, collaborative focus and a low panic threshold to the Real Estate Foundation. Jack believes through recognizing, understanding and acting on interconnections between economy, society, and the natural environment, communities and citizens can adapt and learn.

A certified member and fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, Jack holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from UBC. He is a fellow of the Ford Foundation’s Regional Sustainable Development Program, a member of Lambda Alpha International, and an associate member of the Real Estate Institute of BC.

Jack also has an active volunteer life and contributes his time to the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Vancouver Police Foundation, Richmond Museum Society, Housing Foundation of BC, and Immigrant Services Society of BC. He is also a faculty advisory council member at UBC, SFU & BCIT. Jack enjoys travelling and eating comfort food in his spare time.

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nick Davies

Grants Coordinator 

Tel. ext 106  |  Direct 604.343.2626  |  nick@refbc.com

Nick is a primary point of contact for applicants and grantees, helping them better understand our application, grant and reporting processes. Having spent more than three years working for a large, grant-giving charity in the UK, Nick is experienced in helping people navigate their way through the world of grant funding.

Nick received a BA in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University. He's lived in Vancouver since 2011 and still enjoys exploring this part of the world, getting outdoors to see new sights and meeting new people.  A hike, a view, a craft beer and a swim are some of the recurring elements in his happiest BC days so far.  Learning about the great work people are doing around the province, to try to ensure that our environment and communities develop in a sustainable way, has added to his appreciation of his new home.

 

"I appreciate being part of an organization which supports passionate people across BC, contributing to a shared goal of promoting responsible and sustainable land use. I like to believe that if everyone thinks of the word 'home' in relation to all land, more readily than they think of 'property' or 'ownership', then we're likely to be on a good path (I suspect I plagiarized that - if so, apologies and/or thanks!).”

Hedy Rubin

Grants Program Manager

Tel. ext 102  |  Direct 604.343.2630  |  hedy@refbc.com

Hedy helps organizations access funding from the Foundation by reviewing grant proposals, liaising with applicants about their projects, and making funding recommendations to the Board of Governors.

With a passion for connecting with worthwhile organizations and assisting them to fulfill their missions, Hedy brings strong research and communication skills to the Foundation. She has more than 20 years of experience working in grantmaking and community programs, including 13 years at Vancity. Hedy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from the University of BC. Hedy’s favorite thing to do is to spend time with her three kids.

 

“I love having the opportunity to be involved in a variety of important initiatives taking place in BC and working with the people driving projects that are effecting real change in our communities and the environment.”  

Leanne Sexsmith

Grants Program Manager

Tel. ext 111  |  Direct 604.343.2621  |  leanne@refbc.com

Leanne works closely with the Foundation’s partners, applicants and funded organizations to support innovative, progressive new solutions to land use issues. She is inspired by the many dedicated, creative people working together to contribute to healthier ecosystems and more resilient communities across BC.

Leanne has over 15 years experience in community development, sustainable land use planning and community grants. She is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and has a Masters Degree in Planning from the University of BC (SCARP). Leanne enjoys life’s adventures with her two daughters, and loves travelling, skiing and exploring BC’s mountains and coast.

 

“I feel so fortunate to work with a great team of people in an organization that is able to share resources and knowledge in support of positive change for BC communities.”  

David Hendrickson

Special Projects Manager

Tel. ext 108  |  Direct 604.343.2628  |  david@refbc.com

David once joined an anti-apartheid march led by Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. Later, he wandered through a South African township and was astounded by the lack of running water and dilapidated housing. These events have left an impression on his 20+ year career. He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP, MCIP), a Certified Sustainability Professional (CSP) and has taught community planning locally and internationally. He was an Emerging Leader with the US Congress of Community Economic Development and has extensive international development experience in Asia and Latin America. David received his PhD (Geography) from Simon Fraser University and MA (Policy & Planning) from Tufts University. He is an avid vegetable gardener, cyclist and enjoys puddle jumping with his family.

 

“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.” - Paul Hawken

Stephanie Butler

Communications Manager

Tel. ext 101  |  Direct 604.343.2620  |  stephanie@refbc.com

As a one-person communications team, Stephanie manages REFBC's communications strategy and leads on marketing projects, branding and graphic design, event planning and media relations. She also manages the Foundation's website and social media accounts. In her work, Stephanie is an advocate for clear, simple writing and tidy design.

Stephanie holds a degree in Media Studies and a diploma in Journalism. Before joining the Foundation, she worked in the non-profit and higher education sectors. A Toronto transplant, Stephanie spends her time exploring her new home, expanding her book collection and attending meetups and events. She volunteers with Yaletown House, Ladies Learning Code, the Vancouver Volunteer Corps and the Downtown Vancouver BIA. 

 

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - Gandalf.

Christian Hansen

Compliance & Revenue Analyst

Tel. ext 107 |  Direct 604.343.2627  |  christian@refbc.com

Christian manages compliance to Section 29 of the Real Estate Services Act and liases with financial institutions and real estate brokers. He advises brokers in setting up trust accounts which comply with the Act and answers their questions. With a broad view and interest of the function of financial markets, Christian brings strong statistical and analytical skills. He has a CMA designation and a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University. When not working on Excel spreadsheets, Christian enjoys cycling, running and snowboarding.

 

“It is great to be a part of an organization that works hard for the betterment of the people of BC. My role in compliance increases the Foundation's ability to provide grants and positively impact the lives of people in our province.”  

Noémi Pomerleau

Operations Coordinator (contract)

Tel. ext 103 | Direct 604.343.2623 | noemi@refbc.com

Noémi provides support to both the staff team and the Board of Governors at REFBC. With five years of experience in administration, she has a knack for keeping track of details. Noémi previously worked with Innovative Housing Consultants Inc. and Codename Entertainment, and is a graduate of BCIT’s radio broadcasting program. She also served on the board of the Vancouver Comic Arts Association, and has been an integral member of the team that organizes the annual Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. In her spare time, Noémi enjoys photography, video games and travelling.

 

"The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman

Kimiko Johanson (on leave)

Operations Coordinator

kimiko@refbc.com

Kimiko provides all-round support to the REFBC office and the Board of Governors. Kimiko has over eight years experience working in administration in non-profits, including 2010 Legacies Now, the Rick Hansen Foundation and most recently the New Westminster School District. In her spare time, Kimiko enjoys eating pizza, taking Zumba classes, reading and catching up with friends.

 

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama