Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are committed to furthering the vision of accessible hospice care for members of the Vancouver community. They apply their knowledge, dedication, and expertise in their respective fields to ensure we have a solid foundation upon which to better serve the needs of patients and families.
Salima Remtulla, Board Chair
Salima Remtulla is a finance executive with international experience directing corporate strategy and building high-performance teams. She is Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel, a role she transitioned into in 2015 when she returned to Vancouver after 15 years abroad. Previously, Salima was the COO of Global Private Investing at the D. E. Shaw Group; a pre-eminent hedge fund based in New York City. She is a graduate of Yale University and a Palmer Scholar of the Wharton School of Business, from which she holds an MBA.
In the community, Salima is also on the Board of Directors of both LIFT Philanthropy Partners and the BC Business Council. She has previously served on a strategic Think Tank in the Ismaili Community and on the Royal Columbian Hospital’s Redevelopment Cabinet. Her interest in hospice care began when she took a semester off from college to participate in her grandmother’s final stages of caregiving. She was also a hospice volunteer with the Metropolitan Jewish Health System in New York.
Chelsea Dill, Director
Chelsea is a communications and operations generalist with an interest in building the most effective organizations possible. For more than 12 years, she has been helping businesses streamline workflows and enhance communications. She is also well-versed in brand management, corporate sponsorship, investor relations, change management, employee engagement, event management, and traditional and digital marketing.
Originally from the BC Interior, Chelsea is a ‘digital native’ and worked on her first website development project at the age of 16. Motivated by that experience, she attended the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies. Since then, Chelsea has lived and worked in Calgary, Dubai and now Vancouver.
Neil Perk, Director
Neil is a successful entrepreneur and business leader. He is co-owner, Vice President and CFO of a leading geological consulting firm based in Vancouver. As owner and manager of a growing company for nearly a decade, Neil has experience in all aspects of business and specific interests in strategy, operational leadership and financial oversight. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria (B.Sc. Earth Science) and McGill University (MBA).
Neil became interested in volunteering in the not-for-profit sector while completing an expansion project for the Centre Philou, a pediatric respite center in Montreal. Through his recent experience supporting his grandmother’s end-of-life care, Neil developed a personal connection to the comfort and dignity provided by hospice care.
David Gruber, Director
David Gruber joined the VHS Board of Directors in November 2019. A native of Washington, DC, David moved to Canada after high school to pursue architecture studies at McGill University. After a brief career as an architectural journalist, he attended law school at the University of Victoria and was called to the BC bar in 1997 and the Ontario bar in 2000. He is currently a partner with the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP, where he practices litigation and arbitration with a focus on corporate, commercial and insolvency disputes. David also sits on the boards of Wall Financial Corporation, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (where he serves as Director of Administration), and the Turnaround Management Association Northwest Chapter. David’s personal interest in hospice care stems from an experience of helping to care for a father with ALS.
Kathryn Nicholson, Director
Kathryn, a retired Clinical Counsellor, Registered Nurse and Music Therapist, worked in cancer and hospice care for over 35 years. She was also on the faculty at Capilano University for several years, where she still occasionally lectures as an adjunct professor. As Vancouver Hospice Society’s first Clinical Counsellor, Kathryn developed and delivered the first grief and bereavement programs at VHS. These programs have gradually expanded to include MAID and now COVID-19 related counselling for patients and families living in the Vancouver area. Kathryn has also been involved in ongoing VHS volunteer and fundraising activities over the years. She is a keen and proud supporter of VHS and is happy to offer her experience and expertise as a VHS Board member.
Pat Richardson, Director
Pat joined the VHS Board of Directors in 2019. She is an RN who recently retired from a career primarily devoted to specialized palliative care in a variety of settings; including hospices, palliative care units, community/home based palliative care, and liaison – connecting patients and families with community resources. Her connection to hospice/palliative care began in 1970 with the death of her mother. She describes it as being a time when death, dying and loss were rarely discussed, and also a time when the development of a philosophy of palliative care and services was dawning in Canada. She says it has been rewarding to see the advancement of care for people and their families over the decades, and she is pleased to be part of Vancouver Hospice Society and the continued advancement of Hospice.
Bruce Gregg, Director
Bruce is an experienced CIO with a demonstrated history of working in the post-secondary, transportation, insurance and healthcare industries. He has driven broad, cross-functional initiatives to promote information understanding and trust, and to actively support business objectives. Bruce is skilled in reinsurance, risk management, catastrophic risk analysis and project management. He is also highly involved in the community. In addition to his work with VHS, Bruce serves as Director of Rep Hockey at Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association and is a strategic technology and social media advisor to several not for profit organizations.