Board of Directors

GREG TOOKE (Chair; Appointed December 8, 2015)

Greg Tooke

Greg is a successful leader and relationship builder with over twenty years’ experience in business development, operational management, partnerships, and product/service delivery.

Originally from the UK, Greg has worked with organizations across Europe, Canada, US and Japan from various sectors including technology, non-profit, transportation, construction, and utilities. Initially an engineer, Greg further developed his business acumen by way of an MBA and moved into more senior management positions highly focused on customer and partner development. He has helped both start-up and well established clients with issues as varied as strategic planning, business and partnership development strategies, sales planning, operations, and organizational design.

Greg currently runs his own management consulting business, Light Trail Consulting, which has a focus on working with purpose-driven organizations to develop sustainable revenue growth. Light Trail is also a Certified B Corp, part of a movement of organizations that shares the same philosophies of helping drive a shift toward a future of positive social and environmental change – good for people, good for the planet, and good for profit/purpose. Now based in Vancouver with his family, Greg is an avid soccer player, ongoing supporter of non-profits through volunteer & board work and is also a mentor with the entrepreneurship@UBC program, a program set up to maximize the number of successful ventures coming out of UBC.

FRODE SKULBRU (Vice Chair; Appointed March 28, 2017)

Frode Skulbru

Frode is a business development, finance, and project management executive with experience from all facets of PPPs and other types of airport contractual structures. Frode has 20+ years of international airport privatization experience across five continents, including consortium development, due diligence, transaction project management, financing, and negotiations. Frode has greatly enjoyed an internationally focused career until moving with his family to the Vancouver area, which he now calls home. As a board member at Brightside, Frode provides valuable insight, experience, and connections. He is fluent in English and Norwegian and functional in Swedish.

STEVE DOHERTY (Treasurer/Secretary; Appointed March 28, 2017)

Steve Doherty

Steve is an organizational effectiveness and change management professional with almost 20 years’ experience in the UK, US, and Canada. His first career in the UK involved industrial waste treatment, where he worked in technical roles until becoming the Operations Manager for a department of 50 staff operating nine treatment facilities. In these roles, Steve gained extensive experience managing labour relations, operating and capital budgets, contracts, and public relations. In 1997, Steve moved to Vancouver and transitioned into the HR/change management field. He has worked in multiple roles as an employee/contractor on over 30 enterprise-wide projects including organizational development strategy, performance management, leadership development, HR process redesign, business transformations and organizational change management. His combination of operational background, consulting assignments, management experience and distinctive leadership approach have developed Steve into a practical, personable, yet results driven business partner. 

GENINE McCURDY (Past Chair; Appointed October 9, 2015)

Genine McCurdy

Over the course of her career, Genine has undertaken public consultations on prosperity, capital planning with Transport Canada, grants and loans to private business, and not for profit groups and community relations. Born in Vancouver and a strong “west coast advocate,” she is married with three grown children.

Genine McCurdy built a career over 35 years in the federal public service in industrial development, economic development and infrastructure. She holds a BA in Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration and a Diploma in International Trade. She retired as a Portfolio Director with the Department of Public Works and Government Services in the Engineering Assets Branch- dealing with bridges, dams and other major pieces of infrastructure across the county. Her work in industrial development with the Aerospace, Shipbuilding, and Oceans sectors included collaborative projects with industry, associations and other levels of government, promoting the development of Canadian capability.

VIJA PORUKS (Appointed March 28, 2017)

Vija Poruks

Vija joined Brightside after a diverse career of over 30 years with the Canadian Federal Government, holding senior management positions with Public Works and Government Services and the Canadian Coast Guard.   She began her work life with Bachelor of Science and graduate courses in Business, but has been learning ever since and has specialized training in purchasing and contracting, human resources, industrial relations, and project management. Vija has significant experience with financial and long-range business planning, delivery of complex operations over large geographical areas, conflict resolution and staff relations, and international conferences. As a result, Vija often refers to herself jokingly as a “professional generalist.” After leaving Government, she worked for three years with Vancouver Shipyards Ltd. as a contract specialist, and now works part-time with Transport Canada.

Vija’s personal passion is travel and photography, and although she has already visited over twenty-five countries and been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the tips of the Andes, her future adventure list still remains long.  

JACK WONG (Appointed January 26, 2016)

Jack Wong

Jack is the Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia. The Foundation provides grants to support land use and real estate practices which contribute to resilient, healthy communities, and natural environments. As a funder with a unique mandate in BC, the Real Estate Foundation has approved over $73 million in grants since 1988.

Before being named CEO in February 2011, Jack worked in finance and administration with the Vancouver Board of Trade for ten years. Prior to that, he was a project controller for major real estate development projects in Greater Vancouver. A certified member and fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, Jack holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from UBC.

Jack has an active volunteer life. In addition to Brightside, he is or has been involved with the Immigrant Services Society of BC, the Vancouver Police Foundation, Richmond Museum Society, the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the Society of Management Accountants of BC (Vancouver Chapter), and as a UBC Sauder MBA student mentor. Jack 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. He lives in Steveston with his wife Alanna, and has 2 grown daughters.

SUE DEANS (Appointed June 28, 2016)

Sue Deans

A CPA, CMA, Sue has over 30 years of experience across multiple industries, primarily in general management including finance, human resources, information technology, and facilities. Sue has worked in high-tech, legal, advertising, and crown corporations. In her spare time Sue likes to spend time on the golf course. Along with general board duties, Sue sits on the HR & Governance Committee of the Brightside Board.

WILLA CHOY (Appointed March 28, 2017)

Willa Choy

Willa Choy is a professional auditor with a passion for continual improvement and operational excellence. She holds the designations CPA, CMA, CIA, CRMA, C. Dir and has over 20-years’ experience advising senior management in both public sector and private corporations. 

MARK LESTER (Appointed March 26, 2019)

Mark Lester

Mark Lester is a commercial real estate professional with close to 30 years of experience in that field. Mark specializes in the marketing and representation of unique real estate assets including resorts, comprehensive development sites, forestry and resource lands, private islands, marinas, golf courses and other specialized assets. Mark has a long track record in the sale of all typed of development properties in Metro Vancouver and across western Canada and is the founder and leader of the Unique Properties Marketing Group at Colliers International in Vancouver. As a former city planner and real estate consultant, Mark brings a hands-on understanding of the development market and approval processes in the city and how these forces can impact on Brightside’s comprehensive portfolio and strategic plan. Mark was elected to the Brightside Board as a Director in 2017 after previously volunteering on multiple task force committees.