Our Directors & Members

Manuhuia Barcham grew up on a marae (traditional Maori village) on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. A new arrival as an associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Manuhuia is a designer & futurist; he was the inaugural Director for the Centre for Indigenous Governance and Development at Massey University, New Zealand. His recent work has looked at the governance of indigenous organisations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Manuhuia skillfully chairs FCFS board meetings.

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.

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Eugenia Bertulis is an Assistant professor and co-lead of the IxD Program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has worked with Microsoft, HP, Nike, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, P&G, and the Province of BC. Products she has designed sell in 140 countries around the world. She is currently working on a PhD at SFU on affect and design for more-than-human-centered interactions.

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.

Bob Peart is a biologist and educator living in Victoria. He has specialized in the fields of parks management, land use planning and environmental education for nearly 40 years with government, the non-profit sector and as a self-employed consultant.  In recognition of his work and volunteer contributions Bob has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the J.B. Harkin Conservation Medal.

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.

Deborah McFadden is a retired physician-scientist, most recently Head of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. Deborah is an environmentalist, a swimmer and kayaker, and is committed to realizing the full potential of an ethically developed, vibrant marine environment in False Creek.