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July 15, 2019

New Board Chair, Vice-Chair for The JIBC Foundation

AGM celebrates achievements in 25th anniversary year

Bernie Magnan and Dave MitchellDave Mitchell, right, is the new Chair of The JIBC Foundation's Board of Directors, succeeding Bernie Magnan, left, who is stepping down after five years in the role.


The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) is pleased to announce that Dave Mitchell of Dave Mitchell & Associates is the new Chair of its Board of Directors, succeeding Bernie Magnan who has held the position for the past five years.

Blair Fryer of the City of New Westminster is the new Vice-Chair, while Daniel Whittle of Sealord Capital Corporation is the Board’s new Secretary with the departure of Jennifer Cudlipp at the completion of her three-year term. Gurpal Siekham of Westminster Savings Credit Union will continue on as Treasurer. New to the Board is Louise Nagy of LifeLabs and Kathy Wunder of the Vancouver Police Department. They join incumbents Curtis Campbell of RBC Royal Bank, John Tallon of BC Emergency Health Services, and Magnan of Bernard Magnan and Associates Ltd. who will continue to serve as a director.

The directors were elected at The JIBC Foundation’s Annual General Meeting on June 19 with the appointment of officers taking place at the Board meeting immediately following. The AGM was a celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the 2018-2019 year.

2018 Be The One Gala award recipients

With the support of the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) Office of Development, The JIBC Foundation raised $1.28 million and disbursed $965,649 last year. This included the support of 234 donors, more than half of them first-time donors who made a gift to The JIBC Foundation.

More than 90 additional students will have the opportunity to earn a student award or bursary with the successful completion of the JIBC Future 40 Campaign. Launched at JIBC’s Open House marking the Institute’s 40th anniversary, the campaign led to the creation of 23 new student awards and bursaries, and the creation of an $85,000 endowment. Contributors to the endowment included individual JIBC employees, G&F Financial Group, Manulife Financial, the Joseph Segal Family Foundation, and the Chapter B, P.E.O. Sisterhood, with matching funds provided by The JIBC Foundation.

In honour of JIBC’s 40th anniversary, The JIBC Foundation held the Be The One Gala, featuring the Justice & Public Safety Awards. The gala was attended by 340 guests and raised more than $100,000 in net proceeds in support of tomorrow’s justice and public safety heroes.

2019 Legion donation

One month after the gala, The JIBC Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary. Highlights of the milestone year included providing more than 220 students with awards and bursaries to help them complete their education at JIBC. The Vancouver Foundation awarded The JIBC Foundation with a $300,000 grant, over the next three years, to scale the implementation of the JIBC Rural Disaster Resilience Planning Program.

“It was a remarkable year of giving!” said Tracy Campbell, Director of the Office of Development at JIBC and Executive Director, The JIBC Foundation. “In fact, it was our third-best fundraising year in the history of the organization. However, we couldn’t have achieved this success without the dedication of our volunteer board of directors and, of course, our incredibly generous donors. Their contributions have not only been an investment in our students but also an investment in safer communities and a more just society, and for that we are grateful.”

“I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of past chairs like Bernie Magnan, Bob Stewart, LLD, and Peter W. Webster, LLD and look forward to building on a strong foundation with a rich history,” said Mitchell. “One of the Board’s first priorities will be developing a new strategic plan to focus our efforts in providing the most effective support to JIBC and our future justice and public safety heroes!”


About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

For 25 years, The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) has inspired giving for important needs that enhance education, training, student learning, and applied research at JIBC. These needs most often include student financial support in the form of awards and bursaries, highly specialized training equipment and technology, and funding for innovative new initiatives. The JIBC Foundation is proud to be building meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator.


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