Board of Directors

  • Photo of Mira Oreck

    President

    Mira Oreck is the Director of Stakeholder Relations to Premier John Horgan. Prior to working in the Office of the Premier, Mira was the Director of Public Engagement for the Broadbent Institute, Canada’s leading progressive think tank. Previously, Mira served as a senior strategist and organizer on high profile campaigns in the United States and in Canada. As Vice President at Moore+Associates in New York City, Mira managed the production and launch of several campaigns, including the award winning pro-Obama video’s Wake the F*ck Up and Let My People Vote. Previously, Mira served as the Director of Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region and played an instrumental role in the campaigns of current Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson. Mira holds a Master’s degree in Urban Policy from The New School and a B.A. in Sociology from McGill University. She lives in Vancouver with her partner, son and energetic dog.

  • Christianne Wilhelmson, board of directors, PuSh Festival

    Past President

    Christianne Wilhelmson is currently the Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance, a regional marine conservation organization. She leads their government and media relations efforts, along with supporting their strategic campaigns and programs. She has a deep passion for social change and connecting with people across sectors to build a better future for our communities. A strong supporter of the performing arts, Christianne grew up in Ontario amidst seasons at the Shaw Festival and Stratford and trips to Toronto to enjoy the National Ballet of Canada and many other performances. In 1995 she moved to BC to pursue a M.Sc. in ecology at UBC. In addition to being an aunt and godmother, she loves yoga, cooking, baking, kayaking, gardening and sailing with her husband.

  • Paul Hecht

    Vice President

    Paul Hecht has been working in digital media and marketing for nearly 20 years. His work has taken him across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. His extensive travels have taught him to appreciate working with diverse team members from around the world and to value all opinions.

    Paul moved to Vancouver from London (UK) in 2010 and has worked with national and international organizations including: Glacier Media, Disney, Visa, the NHL, and Tennis Canada. He has also volunteered extensively and his work for Athletes for Africa took him to Uganda in 2009.

    Paul is currently working with local start-ups in Vancouver, as well as pushing forward on a start-up of his own. He is also presently mentoring local tech companies on behalf of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC).

  • Treasurer

    Glenn is a CPA currently employed as controller for Still Creek Press in Burnaby and also worked for the MUSIC ’91 series of concerts as the senior accountant. He came to PuSh a few years removed from the position of treasurer of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and still billets performers to support and meet performers (and to earn passes to Fringe shows). He is a member of local writing groups and volunteers as an editorial assistant with Every Day Fiction, a publisher of flash fiction.

    Prior to his accounting designation Glenn majored in music and has a bachelors degree in music education and composition as well as a masters in composition. However, he quit composing and playing for many years, finally returning to play only jazz, which he still does on tenor and alto saxophone and on electric bass. He remains a winning online small stakes poker player, and many years ago performed a combined role as two of the rude mechanicals in a summer theatre production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

     

  • Secretary

    With over 30 years experience in the areas of administration, sales, event management and communications in both the non-profit and corporate sectors, Tory has held positions with the Vancouver International Wine Festival, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Vancouver Aquarium, Culinary Capers Catering, Sport BC, and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. She is currently the executive assistant at the Value Property Group, a commercial property development and management company. Tory has served on the boards of VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver (PAL), the False Creek Racing Canoe Club, Carousel Theatre for Young People, and the False Creek Community Association. She has also volunteered as a committee member for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club’s food and beverage committee, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ national philanthropy day committee. Her hobbies include dragon boat paddling and coaching, gardening and piano.

  • Judith Bosire is a senior consultant at Deloitte where she works as an economist providing economic analysis services to industry and Indigenous groups. Her career and education pursuits have taken her across the world from her homeland in Kenya, to the United States and finally to Canada. Judith has served on the board of Shanti Uganda, a Vancouver-based NGO that supports maternal health in Uganda, where she provided financial analysis expertise. Additionally she served on the  board of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation’s economic development corporation as a key resource in financial matters. Judith holds a master’s in financial economics from the State University of New York and a master’s in International Development from Simon Fraser University. Having lived in New York City and experienced eclectic performing arts and culture, Judith is excited to be part of the PuSh movement in transforming the arts community in Vancouver.

  • A creative and resourceful development professional, Jessica Bouchard has enjoyed almost two decades of fundraising success in both the public and private sectors. She has worked as the lead fundraiser for the largest arts organization in Western Canada; crossed over to the private sector and successfully raised a real estate private equity fund of $120 million; and is currently the associate director of Presentation House Gallery, which, under her leadership, is close to the end of its capital campaign for its new home, The Polygon Gallery, set to open on Vancouver’s north shore waterfront this fall. Jessica is passionate about raising money for the arts, and is past president of Electric Company Theatre and a former member of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s fundraising committee.

  • For over 20 years, Deena Chochinov has worked as a consultant, coach, and counsellor with people and organizations seeking meaningful change. Trained by world-renowned leaders in the fields of psychology, facilitation and organizational development, Deena advises socially responsible businesses, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. She coaches executives and their leadership teams with a focus on emotional intelligence, organization strategy, human resources and change/transition management. Deena also blends her training and experience in family therapy and management consulting to serve the unique needs of family enterprises. She is committed to supporting family businesses on a strategic level, while ensuring that healthy interpersonal dynamics support a firm’s continuity and prosperity. Deena has a master’s in counselling psychology, is a registered clinical counsellor and a Family Enterprise Advisor™.

  • Prem Gill is chief executive officer of Creative BC. The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing. Prem has been named one of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally. Before Creative BC, Prem spent eight years with TELUS, most recently in the role of director of production and original programming. Prem is currently vice chair of the National Screen Institute and sits on the board of directors for Advantage BC. She is on the advisory board of the Women in View Festival.

  • Harry Gray has over 30 years of experience in the post-secondary and health industries where he has worked in a variety of executive administration roles. During his career he has been responsible for human resources, occupational health and safety, facilities management, security, IT, purchasing and emergency management.

    Harry holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School Business.

    Harry has served on the board of Covenant House Vancouver, where he was Vice Chair and chaired the HR & Governance committee.  Additionally, he has served on the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board and as a board member for the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals.

  • Michael Heeney, is a nationally and internationally recognized city builder, architect and urban strategist with over 25 years experience guiding organizations and leading diverse projects. Michael joined Surrey City Centre Development Corp as President and CEO in 2017, after over two decades as an architect and principal at Bing Thom Architects. He has played a leadership role on many theatre projects  including the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC) and Arena Stage (Washington, DC). In addition to his professional contributions, Michael is committed to his community: he has been involved in various arts, cultural and business organizations throughout the region. Michael is passionate about enhancing communities through innovative urban design and architecture and sees the importance of creativity and culture in contributing to the health and vitality of urban centers.

  • Tevia Jeffries is a partner with Dentons Canada LLP. In addition to her degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, Tevia has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Commonwealth Scholar. Prior to joining Dentons, Tevia practised at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in New York. Her practice focuses on corporate restructuring and insolvency law, with a particular interest in cross-border restructurings. She is on the Vancouver committee of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, an organization committed to the connection, promotion and success of women in the insolvency and restructuring field. Tevia has always been involved in the arts, in particular dance and theatre. While in school and while pursuing her law career, Tevia trained, performed, taught, and competed in various forms of dance, including ballet, ballroom dancing and Brazilian samba. She now regularly performs in the Lawyer Show, an annual, all-lawyer musical production to raise money for certain theatre groups in Vancouver, and irregularly performs elsewhere when she gets the chance.

  • Jessie Johnston, board of directors, PuSh Festival

    Raised in Vancouver’s theatre community, Jessie took a decade-long detour around the world before returning home in 2008. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and SFU’s Master of Publishing program, she has worked primarily in publishing, including roles with National Geographic Traveler magazine, Journalists for Human Rights (in Ghana), and Vancouver 2010’s Cultural Olympiad. After a three-year detour into web development—as a project manager with Agentic Digital Media—she is now in the early stages of launching Asparagus, a sustainable lifestyle magazine. Beyond work, Jessie sings in the City Soul Choir, takes hip hop at Harbour Dance, and is a long-time leader of the Peace Meal project, a diverse group of volunteers serving lunch monthly in the downtown east side. When not mucky in her garden or rapt at a local show, Jessie spends down time exploring the globe and visiting her many homes away from home.

  • Sudha Krishna has over 20 years of experience spanning journalism, TV, music, digital media, marketing and fundraising for media companies and non-profit organizations. Sudha started his career at the CBC, as a reporter and producer, covering everything from news and politics to the arts. As the senior producer of CBC’s national, multi-platform variety show and web community, ZeD,  he received an Emmy nomination in advanced new media technology. He also worked as an associate vice president of digital for Asia TV USA, a division of India’s largest media company, Zee TV, in New York City. As an entrepreneur, he has launched his own tech startups and worked for other startups, from music to online journalism to social media. After his return from New York City in 2015 Sudha joined Simon Fraser University as senior director of digital engagement. Most recently, he is a professor of professional practice in the faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

  • As Advisor to the CEO at Vancity, Canada’s largest community-based credit union, Paula Martin is accountable for ensuring awareness of Vancity’s values-based approach to banking and leveraging its relationship with the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, as well as other national and international organizations. Previously Paula served as Senior Vice President of Member Engagement overseeing marketing, communications, and digital and community engagement and as VP of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, providing communications counsel to the Vancity Group’s executive leadership team and Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining Vancity, Paula was Director of Public Affairs for the University of British Columbia, where she oversaw internal and external communications, issues management, media relations, and community relations. Paula also has a background in journalism—as a producer for CBC Radio national current affairs and a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press. She studied journalism for four years at Ottawa’s Carleton University School of Journalism and is professionally accredited through the International Association of Business Communicators.

  • Photo of Stephanie Mayor

    Stephanie Mayor is an associate lawyer with Black Gropper, a boutique labour law firm. She provides specialized and strategic legal advice on labour and employment, human rights and administrative law matters, and represents clients before courts and administrative tribunals. She has also previously acted as in-house counsel for the British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal and the British Columbia Labour Relations Board. Stephanie received her law degree from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and English from Queen’s University. During school, she worked as Pro Bono Coordinator for the Victoria chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada, and volunteered with the University Association of Women and the Law; the University of Victoria Anti-Discrimination Committee; Together Against Poverty Society; Pivot Legal Society; and the West Coast Legal Education Action Fund. Outside of law, Stephanie has been active in the arts community. She joined a community-based chorus staging original musicals, acted in the Lawyer Show, and performed as lead singer for a local band.

  • Cory is a writer, performer, director and producer. She is also the Theatre and Events Services Coordinator at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby where she is the Artistic Director for the Shadbolt’s theatre season, directs the Artist-in-Residency program and manages events and concerts in Deer Lake Park. Cory was one of the founding members and co-artistic director of La Luna Productions (1998-2007) and has worked as a freelance theatre publicist and production manager for such Vancouver-based companies as Ruby Slippers, Neworld Theatre and Boca del Lupo. Cory is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and she has just completed her MA in Graduate Liberal Studies program at SFU. Her thesis project was her play, Hoarding Paradise, about a woman with compulsive hoarding disorder.

  • Nicki Sharma headshot

    Niki Sharma is a lawyer that practices aboriginal law. Her practice focuses on aboriginal rights and title, governance, environmental conservation and residential school claims. From 2011-2014, Niki was elected as a Park Commissioner for the City of Vancouver, where she served as Chair of the Board. During her term in office, she acted as the Park Board liaison to the Arts and Culture Policy Council that advocated for policies to support art and culture in the city. Niki is excited to serve on the Board of the PuSh Festival, a festival responsible for delivering such thoughtful, beautiful and profound performances to this city.

  • Born and raised in Vancouver, Rodger possesses all of the attributes for a career in the performing arts except for talent. Having accepted this minor shortcoming, he now spends his working days crunching numbers, analyzing spreadsheets and writing reports. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Rodger is currently Senior Manager, Tax Services at the international accounting firm, EY. Originally trained as an economist, he holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria.

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