Leadership

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Claire Conde

President/Chair

Claire is an experienced Nurse and Mental Health Clinician who has enjoyed a 24 year career within Healthcare, Education, and Corrections. Holding the value of volunteerism as a firm personal belief, Claire has volunteered in a variety of areas such as hospice care and youth mental health initiatives, and has served on a number of committees and Boards. Claire was motivated to establish The Forward Foundation along with her son Christopher, after seeing the difference connection made to his experience with incurable illness.

Karen PooN

Secretary

Karen is a freelance illustrator and visual development artist in the animation and social gaming industry. Having worked for clients such as Teletoon, Hasbro, and Disney, she thrives in creating visual concepts that embody story, humor, and emotion. Karen believes art to be a powerful way to bridge gaps in our society and bring people together, especially those
impacted by illness. She hopes to extend those values through the Forward Foundation and is excited to contribute her creativity to the team.

Adrian Wan

Director

Adrian is a corporate lawyer at Fasken and advises entrepreneurs, corporate clients, and not-for-profit organizations on mergers and acquisitions, organizational structuring, and commercial matters. Prior to practicing law, Adrian owned and operated a wholesale and distribution of BC produce business. Adrian has a history of community involvement in a variety of
areas such as coaching youth sports and serving on a number of boards for non-for-profit and business organizations. He looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm and legal and business acumen to the Forward Foundation.

Christopher Cayford

Director

Christopher’s background extends from client service management in sport, to leading recruitment teams in the construction industry. He graduated as a trained Firefighter and Medical First Responder prior to being diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2017. A true belief in the importance of giving back has lead him to volunteering with organizations such as the Canucks Autism Network, Jumpstart BC, and serving as the Vancouver Chair of the Ledcor Cares Campaign. Inspired by the immeasurable love and support from his own village during his 5 year fight against cancer, Christopher co-founded the Forward Foundation as a vehicle to strengthen the spirits of those facing their own journey with a terminal illness through incredible connective experiences.

Danielle Lacroix

Director

With a Masters Degree in Sports Business Management, Danielle has held leadership positions in a variety of sport organizations including professional sport, college athletics, community sport and recreation, and was involved with the 2010 Olympic Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Danielle values being active in the community, giving back, and creating meaningful experiences; she has been involved in many volunteer and philanthropic capacities including coaching youth sports, Big Sisters Canada, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and The Cayford Gala. Danielle brings passion and expertise in event management and strategic planning to the Forward Foundation and is inspired to share the positivity and strength of character of her friend, Chris Cayford.

Lily Ayala

Director

Lily is an accomplished businesswoman and holds a degree in business management. As owner of Divine Décor, she specializes in event design, planning, and floral. Lily has contributed to the delivery of some of Vancouver’s largest charitable initiatives, such as the BC Children’s Hospital Gala, the Cayford Gala, and fundraising events for the BC Cancer Agency, to
name a few; in addition to serving on the Boards for The Richmond Hospice and Funding Hope. Lily has witnessed the impact that special experiences can have on an individual fighting a terminal illness and thus was inspired to share
Christopher Cayford's legacy of kindness and connection through the work of the Forward Foundation.

Mark Starkey

Director

Mark has a track record of leading high-performance teams for community impact initiatives and global brands, alike. A former Nike Executive and founder of TEDxVancouver, Mark now leads one of Nike’s leading digital agencies, Victory Creative Group and volunteers for Forward Foundation, TEDx, Kayak for a Cure and The Vancouver Basketball Academy. Mark’s passion and role will remain around strategic business planning and brand & service development for the Forward Foundation.

Marie Hui

Director

Marie is an experienced marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in strategic development and execution of marketing plans, client relationship management, branding and positioning, market research and analysis, and budget management. She is proud to bring her business and marketing acumen to Forward Foundation as one of the Board of Directors, with the dedication to helping terminally ill individuals live while they're alive.

Louise Warner

Secretary

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Chrissy Benz

Director

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Claire Conde

President/Chair

Claire is an experienced Nurse and Mental Health Clinician who has enjoyed a 24 year career within Healthcare, Education, and Corrections. Holding the value of volunteerism as a firm personal belief, Claire has volunteered in a variety of areas such as hospice care and youth mental health initiatives, and has served on a number of committees and Boards. Claire was motivated to establish The Forward Foundation along with her son Christopher, after seeing the difference connection made to his experience with incurable illness.

Karen PooN

Treasurer

Karen is a freelance illustrator and visual development artist in the animation and social gaming industry. Having worked for clients such as Teletoon, Hasbro, and Disney, she thrives in creating visual concepts that embody story, humour, and emotion. Karen believes art to be a powerful way to bridge gaps in our society and bring people together, especially those impacted by illness. She hopes to extend those values through the Forward Foundation and is excited to contribute her creativity to the team.

Louise Warner

Secretary

Louise’s professional experience includes working with youth who have experienced trauma for Surrey Street Youth Services and Urban Native Youth Association, and she was the community liaison for the North Shore Adult Homeless Shelter. She is now a successful businesswoman who runs the largest private daycare organization in North Vancouver and Squamish. Volunteer experience includes North Shore Hospice and Oncology as a pet therapy team with her dog Paisley, Board positions with VPD Victim Services Unit, North Shore Disability Resource Centre, and with all three North Shore municipal authorities to establish a homeless youth shelter. As a mother of 3 daughters, and a breast cancer survivor, she is honored to bring her business acumen, but most of all, her compassion for those less fortunate to the Forward Foundation.

Adrian Wan

Director

Adrian is a corporate lawyer at Fasken and advises entrepreneurs, corporate clients, and not-for-profit organizations on mergers and acquisitions, organizational structuring, and commercial matters. Prior to practicing law, Adrian owned and operated a wholesale and distribution of BC produce business. Adrian has a history of community involvement in a variety of areas such as coaching youth sports and serving on a number of boards for non-for-profit and business organizations. He looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm and legal and business acumen to the Forward Foundation.

Christopher Cayford

Director

Christopher’s background extended from client service management in sport, to leading recruitment teams in the construction industry. He graduated as a trained Firefighter and Medical First Responder prior to being diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2017. A true belief in the importance of giving back lead him to volunteer with organizations such as the Canucks Autism Network, Jumpstart BC, and he served as the Vancouver Chair of the Ledcor Cares Campaign. Inspired by the immeasurable love and support from his own village during his 5 year fight against cancer, Christopher co-founded the Forward Foundation as a vehicle to strengthen the spirits of those facing their own journey with a terminal illness through incredible connective experiences.

Chrissy Benz

Director

As a sport development and event director, Chrissy has worked with a variety sport organizations, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games, 2009 World Police & Fire Games, 2008 North American Indigenous Games, 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 NORCECA Continental Olympic Volleyball Qualification Tournament. She is currently the Team Manager for the Women’s National Volleyball Team with a passion for building communities through sport.

Danielle Lacroix

Director

With a Masters Degree in Sports Business Management, Danielle has held leadership positions in a variety of sport organizations including professional sport, college athletics, community sport and recreation, and was involved with the 2010 Olympic Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Danielle values being active in the community, giving back, and creating meaningful experiences; she has been involved in many volunteer and philanthropic capacities including coaching youth sports, Big Sisters Canada, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and The Cayford Gala. Danielle brings passion and expertise in event management and strategic planning to the Forward Foundation and is inspired to share the positivity and strength of character of her friend, Chris Cayford.

Lily Ayala

Director

Lily is an accomplished businesswoman and holds a degree in business management. As owner of Divine Décor, she specializes in event design, planning, and floral. Lily has contributed to the delivery of some of Vancouver’s largest charitable initiatives, such as the BC Children’s Hospital Gala, the Cayford Gala, and fundraising events for the BC Cancer Agency, to name a few; in addition to serving on the Boards for The Richmond Hospice and Funding Hope. Lily has witnessed the impact that special experiences can have on an individual fighting a terminal illness and thus was inspired to share Christopher Cayford's legacy of kindness and connection through the work of the Forward Foundation.

Mark Starkey

Director

Mark has a track record of leading high-performance teams for community impact initiatives and global brands, alike. A former Nike Executive and founder of TEDxVancouver, Mark now leads one of Nike’s leading digital agencies, Victory Creative Group and volunteers for Forward Foundation, TEDx, Kayak for a Cure and The Vancouver Basketball Academy. Mark’s passion and role will remain around strategic business planning and brand & service development for the Forward Foundation.

Marie Hui

Director

Marie is an experienced marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in strategic development and execution of marketing plans, client relationship management, branding and positioning, market research and analysis, and budget management. She is proud to bring her business and marketing acumen to Forward Foundation as one of the Board of Directors, with the dedication to helping terminally ill individuals live while they're alive.

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