Annual General Meeting 2016

Annual General Meeting 2016

Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Membership of InspireHealth Society

DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Suite # 200 – 1330 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC


  1. Approval of the 2015 AGM Minutes
  2. Receipt and approval of the President’s Report
  3. Approval of audited financial statements for fiscal year ended Mar 31, 2016
  4. Appointment of the auditor
  5. Election of the Board of Directors for the 2016 / 2017 fiscal year
  6. Approval of the 2016/2017 signing officers

Proposed Directors for 2016 / 2017

Re-election is for one, two or three year terms.

Matt Heemskerk, Chair

Matthew Heemskerk practiced law for nine years at a Vancouver law firm.  During his first five years as a lawyer he specialized in aviation law, municipal law and personal injury litigation. He changed practice areas when friends working in the natural health industry purchased a business.  Thereafter, he practiced corporate commercial law and intellectual property law. He was counsel to a major Olympics organization, video game companies and entrepreneurs in the health food and supplement industry.

In 2008, Matt had a grand mal seizure and was eventually diagnosed with brain cancer and received treatment at the BCCA and InspireHealth.  After surgery and treatment, Matt went through a period of rehabilitation and refocused his life.   He now works at the Lawyers Assistance Program of British Columbia as an Associate Director providing the legal community with confidential education and support for concerns such as anxiety, depression, career transition and addiction.

In his personal life, Matt enjoys exercising, hockey, skiing, and healthy eating. He is married to his beautiful wife, Ingrid and they have a son Aidan.

Matt believes that every cancer patient should receive the level of care and support that he encountered at InspireHealth. In 2014, he joined the InspireHealth Board of Directors and is now serving as Chairperson.

Gerry Gramek

Gerry Gramek has been a professional Realtor with Century 21 here in Vancouver for the past 24+ years.  Gerry is trained through the Justice Institute in both negotiation and mediation; his expertise as a Realtor has earned him prestigious designations as both a Master Medallion Club Member with the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, and a Centurion Award Winner, an international ranking with the largest real estate company in the world. 

At the start of his career, Gerry was involved in a middle management position at three local Vancouver hotels.  Wanting a change, he moved up to Cassiar in northern BC, very close to the Yukon border.  He was involved in setting up a successful employee assistance program in this very remote community.

When he returned to Vancouver after 13 years in the North, he became the Sales Manager for Vancouver Harley-Davidson before launching his successful real estate career.

Gerry has had the privilege for the past number of years of serving on the board of the Vancouver Alano Club.  Alano is a worthwhile not-for-profit organization that assists people with substance abuse issues.

In fulfilling his role as a volunteer in his community, he also has acted at various times over the past 10 years as Chairman on two separate strata councils.

Gerry has greatly enjoyed volunteering at InspireHealth over the past six years.  It has given him an opportunity to partially repay the immeasurable benefits that he gained through attending InspireHealth as a cancer “thriver”.  InspireHealth has provided to him, and he believes provides to others and to everyone whom they touch, a critical element in cancer recovery.

Harj Dhaliwal (Standing for election)

Harj Dhaliwal is currently the Associate Dean, Marketing Management, at BCIT. He brings many years of academic and managerial experience to this position and as a result to InspireHealth. In addition, Harj is the elected President of the Central City Breakers Football Club in Surrey and the elected Chair of the Surrey Metro Soccer Association representing close to 7,500 youth soccer players in the Surrey area.

Harj brings a wealth of experience in the areas of marketing and management to his role at InspireHealth. Harj holds a MBA in entrepreneurship and a PhD in Leadership and has served in various leadership roles at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and BCIT over the last 15 years.

Leona Kolla (Standing for re-election)

Leona Kolla brings 25 years of leadership experience working in four provinces in the private, non-profit and government sectors, along with expertise in organizational development, leadership development, succession management, executive coaching and facilitation.

Past positions include Vice-President Development, Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation; Associate Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Economic Development; and President, Edmonton Convention and Tourism Authority. Leona has led major change initiatives, reorganizations, downsizings and expansions, as well as planned and implemented key strategic priorities in highly sensitive, political environments. Change, renewal, and exploration of new paths and approaches are the hallmark of her life and career. She holds degrees from Royal Roads University, the University of Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan.

Leonard Schein

Leonard Schein (now retired) is the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas which operated the Ridge Theatre, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, and the Park Theatre. He is also a retired Registered Psychologist. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Coast Mental Health Foundation and Ecojustice. He has served on many Board of Directors including the Canadian Cancer Society (Chair of the British Columbia and Yukon Division), Vancouver Economic Development Commission, BC Film, BC CHILD Foundation, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Cambie Village Business Association, Karen Jameson Dance Company, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Society, and Alliance Atlantic Cinemas. He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, British Columbia Community Achievement Award, Westside Business Person of the Year, and the Achievement Award for Contribution to the British Columbia Film Industry.

Shakeel Velji

Shakeel Velji is Chief Financial Officer with The Cowell Group, a market leader in the premium retail automotive industry, as well as real estate development. Shakeel’s experience encompasses financial, business and strategic leadership across organizations with revenues from $10 million to $1 billion, and spanning industries including technology, professional services, retail, real estate and hospitality. He is a member of the institute of Certified Public Accountants (US), a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK), and has an MBA from Queen’s University.

Authentic success to Shakeel is fulfillment of a meaningful purpose while creating stakeholder value, achieved through diligence, focus and inspired leadership. Shakeel has had both his parents and one of his best friend’s battle cancer, and so it is close to his heart. Shakeel practices yoga and meditation, and strives to apply a holistic, simple and balanced approach to life.


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In the event that you are not able to attend the Annual General Meeting in person, please appoint a proxy to vote in your place by completing this proxy form.