Brightside Community Homes Foundation
#300 – 905 West Pender Street,
Vancouver, B.C.
V6C 1L6

P: (604) 684 3515
F: (604) 684 3677

Jai Djwa

Jai Djwa BA, MFA, is the founder and principal of the digital agency Agentic Communications Inc.  Jai is a creative technologist and strategist with more than 25 years of experience. Jai’s credentials offer a unique blend of technologist and facilitator as he is an accomplished presenter and knowledgeable speaker on technology as well as an award-winning digital strategist and user experience expert. He […]

Atiya Mahmood

Dr. Atiya Mahmood is an Associate Professor at the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. She has a PhD in Architecture/Environment-Behaviour Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her training is in environmental gerontology and her research focuses on health and built environments for older adults with a specific interest in neighbourhood environments, mobility/walkability, active […]

Judy Farhat

Judy Farhat is the lead manager of development at Western Canadian Properties Group. She has a background in design and management of complex high-rise residential, mixed use, and commercial projects at Westbank Corp. Judy is also the co-founder of BC Placemakers Association (BCPA), a for-impact organization that focuses on research, design, management and construction of […]

Frank Chong

Frank Chong was appointed as Chair of the Brightside Community Homes Foundation in March 2022.  Currently, Frank Chong is the Senior Vice-President, Risk and Finance, at Stabilization Central Credit Union. In his current role, Frank works closely with credit unions on issues pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, risk management, governance, strategy, and regulatory compliance. Frank […]

Darren Sauer

Darren Sauer is a leader in the construction management and property development industry, with over 15 years of experience in this dynamic and challenging area. As the Director of Development with Wales McLelland Construction focused on business development and preconstruction, he strives to understand clients’ and stakeholders’ needs and objectives, leading and driving projects forward. […]

Aran Clarke

Aran Clarke is Vice President, People Experience at Concert Properties. She is a seasoned human resources professional with deep experience with change management and transformation projects and initiatives. Her passion is people and supporting leaders and organizations to align their people related strategies with future organizational goals. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and […]

Willa Choy

Willa is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Director who believes that everyone has the potential to be their personal best when they are well supported and are given opportunities to grow.  She is a seasoned audit professional with over 25 years auditing experience and is a regular advisor to both Management and the […]

Mark Lester

Mark Lester is a commercial real estate professional with over 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 […]

Jack Wong

Jack recently retired in March 2020 as the Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia. 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 […]

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 […]


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