We are thankful for the time, energy and thoughtful deliberations of the volunteer selection committees. One external committee adjudicated the non-profit, private, and public sector awards. Together, these individuals have wide-ranging experience in private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as impressive breadth and depth of expertise in a range of land use issues across British Columbia. A committee of the three most recent past chairs of the Foundation (not currently serving on the Board of Governors) adjudicated the Land Champion award.

Main Selection Committee

Ed Grifone is a Senior Consultant and Partner at CTQ Consultants Ltd. in Kelowna. He has 30 years' experience in the field of municipal planning and land development.


Gordon Harris is President and CEO of SFU Community Trust, where he leads the development of UniverCity, an award-winning sustainable community on the Burnaby Mountain endowment lands of BC’s Simon Fraser University.


Cheeying Ho is the founding Executive Director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability. In this position she works with communities across Canada on sustainability planning and implementation, and policy development.


Tamim Raad is Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at TransLink. His expertise is in strategic and urban physical planning with a focus on sustainable transportation.


Amber Zirnhelt is the City of Campbell River’s Sustainability Manager and a registered professional planner. Her work focuses on community sustainability planning, energy planning, waste reduction and environmental management.

Land Champion Award Committee

Jack Hall spent much of his career in senior management with provincial government corporations and ministries that deal with crown lands. He is now semi-retired but does maintain an independent consultancy. Jack served on the Real Estate Foundation board for six years.

Stephen Mullock has over 30 years' experience in real estate as a REALTOR®, member and director of various organizations including the Real Estate Institute of BC and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board. Stephen served on the Real Estate Foundation board for six years.

Eileen Smith has over 40 years' experience in real estate, including managing a large brokerage firm and serving on several industry boards. Eileen served on the Real Estate Foundation board for five years.