Dr. Michael Groves
Dr. Michael Groves
Grant Advisor - PH.D.

Michael Groves is an Assistant Professor in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the California State University Fullerton.  He holds a PhD (2012) in Chemical and Material Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MSc in Physics (2007) from Queen’s University, and a BSc in Physics (2004) from the University of British…

Dr. Patrick O’Brien
Dr. Patrick O’Brien
Financial Advisor

Dr. Patrick O’Brien is Chartered Investment Manager and financial planner with RBC Dominion Securities providing a full financial advocacy for his clients. He helps them reduce taxes, effectively manage investments/insurance and plan for retirement or independent incomes, estate and business sales or succession. He holds designations for options, financial planning (FMA), and insurance. He writes articles on financial topics for…

Dr. Naoko Ellis
Dr. Naoko Ellis
Grant Advisor - Ph.D., PEng

Naoko Ellis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a Ph.D. (2003) in Chemical Engineering from UBC; M.E.Sc. (1993) in Chemical Engineering from the Western University; and a B.Sc. in Chemistry (Honours) in 1991 from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Association…

Emily Pledge
Emily Pledge
Member at Large

Emily and Tyler became friends during high school in Maple Ridge. They bonded over music, athletics, nature, humour and often spent time together at Harrison Lake, star gazing and swimming. Following graduation Emily moved to Vancouver where she earned a Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging. She is a Professional Photographer and published artist who has been working in the photo…

Carl McBeath
Carl McBeath
Member at Large

Born in Maple Ridge, Carl attended Maple Ridge Secondary School where he became friends with Tyler. After graduating, Carl graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. as well as from BCIT with an Associates Degree  is graphic design. In 2011 Carl, his brother Sean, and Tyler started the Rain City Riders cycling team to fundraise for charity.…

Sean McBeath
Sean McBeath
Member at Large

Sean was born and raised in Maple Ridge BC, where he got to know Tyler through his brother Carl. Sean graduated with a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia with the support, mentorship and friendship of Tyler. More recently, Sean has received his Masters of Applied Science at UBC, researching…

Dawn-Marie Barreira

Dawn-Marie Barreira currently works as an energy consultant at CLEAResult and is a graduate student in the Clean Energy Engineering program at the University of British Columbia. Through her work and studies, she is strongly committed to reducing energy consumption by promoting energy efficient technologies and optimizing energy use. Dawn-Marie met Tyler while undertaking her undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering…

Laura Stark
Laura Stark
Director

Laura grew up in Saskatchewan, and after several years in Alberta and Minnesota she moved to B.C. with her husband, Michael, in 1985. Her career experience spans over 30 years, in telecommunications senior management, and customer service. Now semi-retired, she enjoys part-time employment at a local gift gallery, and pursues her two passions – spending time with family, and creating…

Eric D. Rush
Eric D. Rush
Director

Eric was raised in Maple Ridge, BC. Eric completed his Chief Officer examinations while working on various ships internationally and later domestically. In 2014 Eric altered his career course closer to home where he now works on vessels within B.C. waters. Eric feels compelled to honour the ideals and vision of his best friend in committing to the Tyler Lewis…

Graham T. Lewis
Graham T. Lewis
Director - DVM, DACVO

Graham was born in New Brunswick and raised on a family dairy farm. Following high school graduation, he attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College then was admitted to the Ontario Veterinary College where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. He practiced general veterinary medicine in Alberta and Maple Ridge, British Columbia. In 1979 he entered specialty studies…