Board of Directors
Trevor Young, MBA - Chair
Trevor Young has an MBA from SFU and is a partner with the Portal Crane Group. They manufacture cranes and crane parts for local and global clients. Trevor is new to the board but has been volunteering on boards for the past 10 years. He has previously been the President of Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse as well as a Director for Semiahmoo Minor Hockey. When not volunteering on boards, Trevor can be found coaching soccer or helping out in other minor sports.
Dan O'Brien, CPA, CA – Treasurer
Dan O’Brien has been on the Board since 2014. Dan is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and is Chief Financial Officer for a number of publicly listed exploration companies trading on the TSX and TSX Venture exchanges. Dan is also heavily involved with the community and when not traveling to remote destinations on business or working for the Society, he finds time to coach soccer.
Shaun Rodgers – Secretary
Shaun Rodgers has dedicated both his personal and professional life to supporting and increasing the capacity of youth for over 3 decades. He worked for a number of years as a high school counsellor, providing social, emotional, and academic support services to students with a variety of needs. He has compassionately volunteered countless hours and years to critical efforts in locating missing teens in both Vancouver and Surrey. Today Shaun works as a high school Math teacher, building capacity and inspiring students day after day! Shaun brings to the Board the perspective of lived experience, as he has epilepsy.
Dr. Harinder Dhaliwal, MBBS, FRCPC – Chair, BC Epilepsy Society's PAC
Dr. Harinder (Harry) Dhaliwal completed medical school from Armed Forces Medical College in India and then completed his Neurology Residency Training from University of Calgary. He then completed his fellowship in Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology and Critical Care EEG from Yale University and now has joined Fraser Health as a Neurologist and Epileptologist. His goal is to start an Epilepsy surgery program, ketogenic diet clinic as well as a critical care EEG program based at Surrey. His research interests include critical care EEG research. He joined the British Columbia Epilepsy Society Professional Advisory Committee in 2020 for advocating for improving quality of life and improving resources for patient with epilepsy.
Steven Fruitman, LLB
Steven Fruitman has been on the Board since 2010. Steve is a founding member of Magellan Law Corporation and specializes in business law. Steve is a passionate believer in giving back to the community. Besides his work with the Society, Steve participates in the B.C. Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath every year and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Centre for Child Development.
Kasi has worked in a leadership role in the non-profit and event world for the last 20 years. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Zero Ceiling Society of Canada based in Whistler, BC. Kasi is also the co-founder of the Whistler Film Festival and has also held positions with the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, the Whistler Arts Council, the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Kasi is also an active volunteer and held board positions with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, Big Brothers and Sisters, the Whistler Film Festival and the Whistler Arts Council. Kasi joined the BCES Board after relocating to the Lower Mainland in 2017.
Jacci was born in Cape Town, South Africa and obtained a degree majoring in Political Science at the University of Cape Town. Jacci then joined Seeff Properties, one of South Africa’s oldest established and largest real estate organizations. She was promoted throughout the Organization over a 10 year tenure, eventually becoming a Director of Property Management. In the year 2000, Jacci emigrated to Canada where she continued to work in the Real Estate industry in Vancouver. Jacci has always taken a strong interest in giving back to communities with her extensive charity work. She has successfully Chaired and worked on committees for special events and fundraising initiatives in Vancouver. Jacci joined the BC Epilepsy Society in 2019 as a member of the board. Epilepsy is a cause that is close to her family’s heart.