Meet Our Board

As advocates for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, the Board engages the community in meaningful philanthropy that supports priority needs of the hospital, new research and advancements in care to improve the lives of our patients and their families.

Moira Jenkins

Board Chair

Meet Moira

Moira brings a wealth of financial and community leadership experience to the Foundation. Moira has recently retired after 44 years with RBC, and past 15 years leading the Commercial Financial services team for Vancouver Island North. Moira is busy in her retirement serving on the boards of the Nanaimo Port Authority, the Nanaimo & District Museum, as well as Chair for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

Moira has resided in Nanaimo since 1996 with her husband David, and raised their three children who all attended Vancouver Island University and two doing post degree work.

Greg Scott

Past Chair

Meet Greg

Greg is a Branch Manager for the Coastal Community Credit Union. He grew up in Nanaimo and is committed to supporting NRGH as it builds healthier communities. Greg serves on the Board of Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, Runners of Compassion and is on a committee for the Downtown Nanaimo Improvement Association. He joined the Run for Life Committee in 2009 and continued as Chair and Co-Chair in 2011-2015.

Greg has an unwavering connection to the Community and joined the Foundation Board because it “positively impacts all individuals who utilize the healthcare system on Central Vancouver Island”. Besides bringing energy, focus and passion to his role on the Foundation Board, his proactive approach is a valuable asset to the Foundation!

Tony Harris

Vice-Chair

Meet Tony

Tony was born and raised in Nanaimo British Columbia and is of the sixth generation Harrises to call the city home. He started his first business at seven selling peanuts and candy from a 25¢ vending machine in his father’s car dealership.

After graduating from Brentwood College School he completed a BA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Post-graduate work included graduating class president from the National Automobile Dealer’s Association Dealer Academy followed by graduating from Babson College Entrepreneurship and Leadership Executive Education.

One of Tony’s early ventures was CanRepel Products Inc., which sold products throughout North America in partnership with TerraCycle.

Tony’s career with the Harris Auto Group spanned fifteen years; formerly the Managing Partner of Harris Mitsubishi and Harris Mazda Tony remains a proud partner in award winning dealerships Harris Kia, Harris Mazda and Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Tony is the Chair and CEO of Billy Goat Brands Ltd. a venture capital and incubation firm focused on plant based protein, functional foods, and food technology.

He is a real estate developer and investor. Tony Harris Developments has a number of mixed-use and multi-family projects at various stages in the development cycle. The company’s multi-family mixed-use development LEGASEA won the 2019 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards Mixed Use Building of the Year as well as the overall Judge’s Choice Building of the Year.

Tony is a philanthropist and community builder. He is the Vice Chair of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. He is a passionate and vocal advocate for a new tertiary hospital in Nanaimo. Tony founded the Tom Harris Charity Classic which has raised over $500,000 for the Tom Harris Community Foundation in honour of his late father. His charity street hockey tournaments, beginning in 2005, were a jumping off point for his community work.

Tony ran for Member of Legislature – Nanaimo for the BC Liberal party in the 2018 Nanaimo by-election.

He is a husband a father of three.

Michael Smith

Treasurer

Meet Michael

Mike retired as a Partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2005 and moved to Nanoose Bay on the Island in early 2005. His professional career association with the lumber industry brought him to Nanaimo and many other locations on the Island. He has a daughter and two young grandchildren living in Nanaimo.
He has recently joined the Foundation Board because as a senior and a grandfather, he is keenly aware of the need for quality healthcare in the region and the continual need for the community to help fund this care, and he wants to assist in such efforts.

Mike has always been an active contributor to his community and has considerable board experience in non-profit organizations. He has also served on corporate boards in his retirement. He will bring extensive financial knowledge and board governance experience to the Foundation Board. He also sees himself as a representative for his age group in healthcare matters.

He enjoys retirement and the flexibility it gives to enjoy a variety of other pursuits including hiking, golf, any kind of card game, and interacting with his grandchildren.

Leslie Sundby

Governance Chair

Meet Leslie

Leslie Sundby is currently the Chair of the BSN at Vancouver Island University. Originally from Oakville Ontario, she has lived in Nanaimo since 1998.

Leslie received her BSN from the University of Victoria and her Masters in Nursing from University of Alberta. Leslie is also on the Board of Directors of Two Worlds, Nepal – working with partners to operationalize and evaluate the strategic plan for palliative care in Nepal. She has done volunteer nursing in both Guatemala and Nepal. Leslie has two children, Aly and Ben.

Philip Birrer

Director

Meet Philip

Philip was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2015. His motivating energy has been a welcomed addition to the Foundation. Philip was born in Switzerland, but raised in Campbell River. He moved to Nanaimo to attend VIU. After earning his Bachelor of Business degree Philip pursued a career in Accounting; obtaining his designation, he is a founding partner of Birrer Sangret LLP. Philip joined the Foundation’s Board after participating in several events that supported healthcare on the Island, and therefore the Foundation; including his role on the founding organizing committees for the Dinner of Lights and Ride for Life.

He has also volunteered for the Mid-Island Velo Association, the Nanaimo Velodrome Association, and the Businesses for a Better Nanaimo. Philip enjoys the networking aspect of fundraising, as well as the strategic planning possible with a Governance Board. Yet, when he boils it down to his inspiration Philip simply says, “I want to make progressive equipment possible for everyone”.

Toni Wheeler

Director

Meet Toni

Toni is a dedicated health care professional with over 25 years experience working as a Registered Nurse in acute care and seniors health settings . Further to this, as a lifelong learner, she earned an MBA in 2012.

She has served on several boards in Saskatchewan and is a committed community volunteer. Toni relocated to Nanaimo in 2015 and is very excited she has joined the Hospital Foundation Board.

Heather Popple

Director

Meet Heather

Heather joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in October 2015. A Queens University educated Botanist, Heather specialized in orchids. Thereafter, she engaged in a purpose-driven career at OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System – a pension fund) ensuring pension contributions and counselling individuals as they neared retirement. Originally from Ontario, Heather and her family have lived in various locales including a lengthy span in Romania.

Heather has also spent her lifetime sharing her talent and vision with not-for-profit organizations that are meaningful to her. She has taught power skating, volunteered in hospitals (notably on the volunteer Board at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto which included serving as head of the Emergency Department Volunteers), and in numerous positions in elementary and secondary schools. After moving to BC Heather served extensively on volunteer Boards. Including Fairwinds Community Association, PROBUS (Professional and Business), and the Canadian Federation of University Women. Thanks to her plethora of experience, Heather is an exceptional addition to the Board of Directors.

Ryan Wenner

Director

Meet Ryan

Ryan Wenner is a Director at the Wenner Group, a technology integrator founded by his grandfather in 1945. From a very early age he had a passion for technology and entrepreneurship following in his father’s footsteps and joining the family business in 2005. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Wenner Security and the technology and automation division of the Wenner brand which has become one of the largest luxury residential integration companies in British Columbia with locations in Nanaimo and Victoria. Ryan is a strategist, leader and visionary changing the way people interact with technology at home.

Outside of business, Ryan spends time with his beautiful wife Alicia, their baby William, family, friends and his goldendoodle Charlie. Ryan is a proud director of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation supporting the hospital where his son was born and his mother worked as an RN for 37 years. As a member of the board, Ryan is completely invested in the vision and mission of the Hospital Foundation and looks forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the Foundation.

Greg Phillips

Director

Meet Greg

Greg Phillips is a partner with Johnston Franklin Bishop Lawyers in Nanaimo. Greg is a trial lawyer, representing clients at all levels of court, arbitrations, mediations and tribunals. Since moving to Nanaimo in 2009 he has often contributed to various boards and organizations in the area, having served as the Chair of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North, Governor of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Director of the Nanaimo-Ladymith Schools Foundation.