Our Directors & Members

Tim Bray is a Canadian software developer, environmentalist, political activist and one of the co-authors of the original XML specification. He worked for Amazon Web Services from December 2014 until May 2020 when he quit due to concerns over the terminating of whistleblowers. Tim has a distinguished record of being arrested at the TransMountain pipeline protest in 2019.

Jacquie Forbes-Roberts, retired as General Manager of Community Services for the City of Vancouver, was responsible for a wide range of departments, including planning and permitting, social and cultural services (as well as theatres and other city facilities) . A former Co-Director of Planning for the City, Jacquie has many years of experience working with the public and private sectors, non-profit agencies, and community groups in the delivery of policy, projects and services. She currently serves as a director of the Heather Heritage Society and is part of a volunteer effort to improve conditions in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Dr. Soudeh Jamshidian is a passionate leader, experienced in crafting multi-stakeholder and creative solutions for addressing environmental and social justice challenges. She is the director of education and international relations at IISAAK OLAM Foundation. Soudeh is supporting Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) by collaborating with the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership, development and management of the IPCA Knowledge Basket, and IPCA Certificate Program at Vancouver Island University. Soudeh is supporting FCF for developing strategies to collaborate with Indigenous communities and possibly establishing a co-managed IPCA in False Creek.

Zaida Schneider is interested in marine sustainability and its relation to human wellbeing. He has been an educator with postings in two Indigenous communities and a couple of universities, with a focus on media arts. A retired TV journalist, Zaida covered national politics, technology, and social issues.

Kira Leeb is  a scientist, most recently executive director, Data, Surveillance and Intelligence, COVID-19  for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Australia. With over 25 years management experience, including 15 years senior management with progressive emphasis on corporate strategic and leadership development as well as staff and budget management, Kira now has the distinction of being False Creek Friends Society’s very first member and has taken a leadership role in operationalizing its goals.