Board of Directors

Dan O'Brien, CPA, CA – Chair

Dan O'Brien has been on the Board since 2014. Dan is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and is Chief Financial Officer for a number of publicly listed exploration companies trading on the TSX and TSX Venture exchanges. Dan is also heavily involved with the community and when not traveling to remote destinations on business or working for the Society finds time to coach soccer.

Trevor Young, MBA – Treasurer

Trevor Young has an MBA from SFU and is a partner with the Portal Crane Group. They manufacture cranes and crane parts for local and global clients. Trevor is new to the board but has been volunteering on boards for the past 10 years. He has previously been the President of Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse as well as a Director for Semiahmoo Minor Hockey. When not volunteering on boards, Trevor can be found coaching soccer or helping out in other minor sports.

Steven Fruitman, LLB – Secretary

Steven Fruitman has been on the Board since 2010. Steve is a founding member of the Magellan Law Group and specializes in business law. Steve is a passionate believer in giving back to the community. Besides his work with the Society, Steve participates in the B.C. Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath every year and has been on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Child Development since 2011.

Linda Huh, MD, FRCPC – Co-Chair, BC Epilepsy Society's PAC

Dr. Huh graduated from Medical School at the University of Ottawa and then completed Pediatrics residency (Memorial University) and Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at UBC.  She completed her Epilepsy Fellowship at Yale University and is now an Assistant Clinical Professor at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH).  She currently serves as the director of the BCCH Ketogenic Diet program and the UBC Pediatric Neurology residency program. Dr. Huh’s areas of special interest include medical education, Critical Care EEG Monitoring, epilepsy surgery and the Ketogenic Diet.  She joined the BC Epilepsy Society PAC in 2008 and has been working to assist the society to support the families living with epilepsy.

Stuart Cain, PhD – Co-Chair, BC Epilepsy Society's PAC 

Dr. Cain completed an undergraduate degree in Pharmacology at The University of Glasgow, UK before undertaking his PhD in Neuropharmacology and Neurophysiology at The University of Strathclyde, UK. His post-doctoral studies took place in Dr. Terry Snutch’s laboratory at The University of British Columbia where he is now a basic science Research Associate. Dr. Cain’s research examines the electrical activity that occurs in single neurons and nerve cell networks in the brain to further understand the cause of seizures. This information is used to design and develop new drugs and experimental therapies for the treatment of, and to hopefully work towards finding a cure for epilepsy. Dr. Cain joined the PAC after the BC Epilepsy society awarded funding to support his research, leading to the publication of a number of scientific manuscripts on various aspects of epilepsy pathophysiology.

Katy Fairley

Katy is a shareholder, director and Vice-President, Business Development at Kinetic Construction, a construction manager and general contractor with offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Courtenay. She sits on the Board of the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s Board of Directors and was recognized by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association as “Outstanding Woman in Construction” in 2014. In addition to volunteering in the construction industry, Katy previously served as a Board Member for Headway, Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre.

Katy was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy when she was 17 years old and has been seizure free for 3 years (and counting!)

Carmen Ekelund            

Carmen is responsible for National Accounts On Premise, E&J Gallo Canada. She is an experienced professional in the food and beverage industry. Her extensive expertise in sales and marketing is a great asset to the Society’s fundraising initiatives.

Kasi Lubin

Kasi has worked in a leadership role in the non-profit and event world for the last 20 years. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Zero Ceiling Society of Canada based in Whistler, BC. Kasi is also the co-founder of the Whistler Film Festival and has also held positions with the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, the Whistler Arts Council, the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Kasi is also an active volunteer and held board positions with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, Big Brothers and Sisters, the Whistler Film Festival and the Whistler Arts Council. Kasi joined the BCES Board after relocating to the Lower Mainland in 2017.

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