Board of Directors
Founder of Amplify & Employee Experience Programs Manager at UBC
Nick founded Amplify in 2018 with the vision of bringing together changemakers from all walks of life to amplify the impact we are able to create in our communities. He served as President of Amplify for 3 years, and now continues his commitment as Chair of the Board.
Nick is a recent graduate from UBC Sauder School of Business and currently works at UBC as the Program Manager of Employee Experience, where he oversees campus-wide onboarding and employee engagement initiatives for over 2,500 new staff annually at the Point Grey campus. Prior to returning to UBC, he was the People & Culture Coordinator and Employee Experience Specialist for about 2 years at ARC'TERYX, supporting people operations at the ARC'One facility and then at their Head Office in North Vancouver.
VP Brand at SOLE/ReCORK & Founder/President at Brands For Better Foundation
Karla (she, her), is the VP of Brand at SOLE/ReCORK/CO2negative, and Founder/President of Brands for Better Foundation, a not-for-profit volunteer-driven initiative out of Vancouver that aims to unite local brands for positive impact in the community. Karla is a creative strategist, people person, networker, marketer, community activator, strategic thinker, culture builder, planet-first designer, brand expert, muralist, event planner and advocate for positive change.
She believes that by bringing people together, sharing experiences and giving back, you can inspire and change the way people think—for better. Karla uses her skills as a connector, visionary, brand expert and full-service designer to accelerate, activate and amplify creative visions.
Counselling Psychology at UBC & Infantry Soldier at Canadian Armed Forces
Dawei graduated with a BCom Hons in Finance and Sustainability from UBC, while simultaneously serving in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry soldier. During his contributions in the army, he was involved in a critical traumatic incident that left him physically disabled and neurodivergent. No longer able to serve in the same capacity, he currently volunteers in the Intensive Care Unit of Royal Columbian Hospital, acts as an instructor for newly-enlisted soldiers, and teaches navigation, map and compass in the military.
Dawei is also pursuing a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, with goals of becoming a therapist specializing in trauma, working with individuals on their souls. His involvement with the Institute for Veterans Education and Transition, Veterans Transition Network, and Canadian Armed Forces reminds him of the impact that one human being can have on the reduction of another’s suffering.
Business & Career Life Education Teacher at Collingwood School
Having taught over 2 decades in the public school system, Sylvia is a seasoned educator with extensive experience in building business programs, launching impact-driven organizations and counselling in the post-secondary arena. She is also a faculty advisor for UBC’s Faculty of Education, mentoring teacher candidates during their practicums. Sylvia is guided by her philosophy and mission to create opportunities for youth and build community wherever she goes. She continues her quest to help young people find their fit in the world by seeking out inclusive opportunities in the community where they could further develop and refine their skills and knowledge while learning more about themselves.
Indigenous Resource Worker at Government of Canada & Speaker for Headstrong
Gabrielle (Sunshine is a proud Cree Nehiyaw woman from Treaty 8 Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, and currently resides in Treaty 6 Edmonton (Amiskwaciywaskihikan). She has over 12 years of community action experience in the not-for-profit sector in various capacities. Within that experience, she has 6 years of delivering project management experience in the social services and not-for-profit sectors. Her passion is in serving Indigenous populations, and creating a bridge between Non-Indigenous and Indigenous populations so that we can live in harmony together.
Sunshine believes that youth are the leaders of change in our communities across Turtle Island (Canada), and by empowering youth we are empowering our collective futures. Youth have creative, refreshing, and vibrant ideas that can help create a better world for all of us.
Corporate Finance Associate at MNP LLP & Co-Founder at Lighter Foodprint
Theo currently works as an Associate for MNP Corporate Finance, where he provides mergers and acquisition advisory services to companies in a range of industries, with a focus on acquisitions, divestitures, and due diligence. Prior to this, Theo worked as an associate at PwC with a focus in the consumer goods and technology sectors. Theo also obtained his CPA and Masters in Professional Accounting.
Theo also sits on the board of the SPARK Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing quality life education to youth in Metro Vancouver. He is also an advisor to Lighter Foodprint, a non-profit organization he helped co-found which educates the public on carbon emissions from food systems.
Principal, Finance & Strategy at NexHealth
Josh (he/him/his) is currently Principal, Finance & Strategy for NexHealth. The premier patient experience platform for patients, doctors, and developers, NexHealth recently closed $125 million in a Series C financing round. This latest capital brings the company to a $1 billion valuation. Prior to the world of Silicon Valley, Josh was an investment banker in Vancouver for Scotiabank and Gravitas Securities advising a spectrum of companies on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.
Raised in Vancouver and a proud graduate of UBC, Josh was first exposed to the power of youth having been involved as Co-President of the UBC Marketing Association and at the REVEAL Business Case Competition. As a direct result of these experiences, Josh strongly believes in the power of experiential learning and the role of youth as society's main agents of change and progress.