IWF Board Members Vancouver

Meet our current International Women’s Forum Vancouver Board Members.

Nancy Laughton
Nancy Laughton
President

Nancy Laughton is Managing Director in the Vancouver office accountable for helping to grow the Knightsbridge business in B.C. Prior to joining Knightsbridge, Nancy was Senior Principal with KPMG where she led the Career Transition practice for five years. She spent her first nine years with Knightsbridge as Managing Director, Western Region, responsible for managing and growing the offices in Western Canada. Nancy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is a Certified Management Consultant. She is an active member of the BC Human Resources Management Association for which she has chaired many committees.
Deirdre Campbell
Deirdre Campbell
Vice-President

Deirdre is the Managing Director, Canada Beattie Tartan. She has been a communications professional in Canada for over 20 years, expanding her boutique communications strategy firm into global markets since its launch in 2001. A respected communications strategist, Deirdre’s nickname alternates between the ‘connector’ to ‘the fixer’. In building her Victoria, BC-based company, which now has offices and affiliations in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and Portland, her defining mission for Tartan is for it to become invaluable to the global tourism industry and to the clients it serves. Tartan has an enviable client retention record, thanks to this commitment to high ROI and mantra to give the clients what they need beyond what they want.
Connie Fair
Connie Fair
Secretary-Treasurer

Connie Fair is the President and CEO of the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA). She reports to the LTSA’s Board of Directors and is responsible for the executive oversight of the company. Connie joined the LTSA from the role of CEO, BC Assessment, where she helped that organization earn a reputation as one of the world’s leaders in property assessment. Prior to joining BC Assessment, Connie worked as a real estate consultant, and as Director of the Real Estate Division within the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration from UBC. Connie is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Canada and was awarded an honorary designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada to recognize her work within the professional appraisal community. In 2012, she earned her designation as an Institute-Certified Director through the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2012, Connie was also named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the WXN and in 2015 she received the accounting designation of CPA, CMA.
Judy Rogers
Judy Rogers, CM
Past President

Judy Rogers operates her own consulting firm providing advice to private, public, crown corporations and not-for-profit agencies bringing expertise in government affairs and communication, relationship building and managing diversity in the workplace. Judy held the role of City Manager of the City of Vancouver from 1999 to 2008. Currently, Judy is chair of two crown corporations; BC Assessment Authority and BC Housing Commission. She is Past Chair of the UBC Alumni Association. She is on the Board of Educating Girls in Rural China. She is Past President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, a member of the International City Management Association and the Local Government Management Association of BC. Judy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She’s a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Service in BC. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws.
Patra de Silva
Patra de Silva
Director-at-Large

Patra de Silva is a senior business executive with extensive experience in product development, manufacturing and marketing. She is the president of Natures Botanicals, a nutraceutical company which manufactures and markets dietary herbal supplements, pet remedies and natural personal care products. Being a student of Ayurveda, Patra is a strong proponent of a holistic lifestyle. She is an innovator in the pet industry and is the president of NHVNaturalPetProducts.com, a B to C e-commerce site for pet products. Patra has been involved in infrastructure development projects with the government of Sri Lanka. She has worked with, and represented, leading cosmetic companies and major U.S. retailers where she was involved in product design and procurement. Patra is a passionate advocate for women globally and is involved in mentorship programs for female entrepreneurs, and foundations which help educate young mothers in places such as Kenya and Sri Lanka.
Evi Mustel
Evi Mustel
Director-at-Large, Membership Committee

Evi Mustel, President, Mustel Group Market Research helped found the company in 1980 and has been instrumental in building the firm into one of Western Canada’s largest and widely known research companies. A hallmark of Evi’s expertise is high-level, “big picture” analysis and creativity in finding novel approaches and efficient research solutions. Evi has extensive experience conducting research in virtually every sector of business and has specialized expertise in public affairs, customer satisfaction, communications, advertising, retail, real estate development and product testing research. As a highly respected researcher in our community, Evi has addressed large groups about research topics and appears regularly on television and radio to provide insight into the issues of the day. Evi is Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade (past chair of the Board’s Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Committee), and past director of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and EasyPark. She is a recipient of the 2016 Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Awards.
Mary O’Callaghan
Mary O’Callaghan
Chair, Communications Committee

Mary is a Principal with Devonshire Advisory Inc since she retired in 2015 as a partner with KPMG’s Management Consulting practice where she was leader of the People and Change service line in Vancouver. She also led KPMG’s Women’s Initiative in the GVA to work with KPMG women to increase their profile, and connect with other leaders in the marketplace. Mary continues to provide advisory services to clients throughout BC. Her practice focuses on business performance improvement including governance, strategy, and organization development. In addition, she provides continuity planning services for family businesses as they transition to the next generation.

Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and a member of its Inquiry Committee.
Lucille Pacey
Lucille Pacey
Chair, Membership Committee

Lucille Pacey is immediate Past President & CEO of Arts Umbrella, Canada’s visual and performing arts institute for young people ages 2 to 19; where 85% of the students who participate in the classes do so through free outreach, bursary and scholarship programs. Previously, as Vice-President of the Open Learning Agency, she directed operating responsibility for the Open University, Open College, Open School and the Knowledge Network (the public educational television service in British Columbia). Prior to joining Arts Umbrella she consulted with the Reed Midem Organization based in Paris, where she helped launch an international market for educational services and products. Lucille holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. Lucille has served as President of the Canadian Association for Distance Education, was the founding President of the non-profit society Art Starts in Schools and is past Chair of the CANARIE Board, Canada’s Network for Advanced Research. Presently she chairs the National Culture Days Board; sits on the Emily Carr University Board and the Vancouver Biennale Board. She is consulting in the areas of Board governance, strategic organizational review and structure.
Michelle Rupp
Michelle Rupp
Chair, Member Engagement

As Principal of Lighthouse Leadership Ltd., an executive coaching and leadership development company, Michelle brings a performance-focus approach to her work with a diverse group of business and community leaders. Prior to the founding of her company in 2002, Michelle was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for a leading international investment firm. This background in communications continues to play a significant role in her work with executives, professionals and not-for-profit leaders. She has served on a variety of boards including Ronald MacDonald House, Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver YWCA, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Center Foundation, Vancouver College, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s Advisory Board and is a former Board Chair for The Minerva Foundation for BC Women. Currently, Michelle serves on the Council of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.