The non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of a group of passionate leaders in the Vancouver community. The Board of Directors govern the Society and provide strategic direction and financial oversight.
David Crerar – Director: David is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His practice focuses on media and defamation, banking and pensions, and fraud investigation law. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law since 2004. Outside of law, his passions are outdoor adventures with his children, as well as long-distance road and trail running. David loves the Vancouver marathon: it was his first marathon, and he has run 18 times. Since then, he has completed over 175 marathons and ultra-marathons, including Boston and New York, the West Highland Way 95-mile race in Scotland, and the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run in California.
Tara Gill – Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair: Tara is a senior manager in the Vancouver audit practice of KPMG LLP, serving clients in the forestry, manufacturing and technology sectors, and works primarily with publicly listed entities in both Canada and the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UBC and worked for a Vancouver software company for a number of years, prior to joining KPMG in 2008 and obtaining her CA in 2010. She was also a volunteer with VANOC during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Tara is an avid runner and triathlete, having completed dozens of races of varying distances, ranging from 10K to 50K, as well as being a two-time finisher of Ironman Canada.
Shelley Grisbrook – Board Chair: Shelley has an extensive background in the fitness industry and is an avid runner both locally and abroad. After having spent several years living in Hawaii, she was recognized in the Elite category for the Honolulu Marathon for eight consecutive years, and was honored to be invited to Ichinoseki, Japan, as an Ambassador of Honolulu in 2007. Other distinguished marathons on Shelley’s resume include Boston, New York, Victoria and Vancouver.
David Lee Fay – Past Chair: David brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to the Society Board of Directors. Following several years in brand management at JM Schneider Inc. and McGuiness Distillers Ltd., he followed his passion for sports and moved into the field of sponsorship marketing. After several years in Toronto and Atlanta, David relocated to Vancouver in 1993 to experience life on the west coast. In 1999 David co-founded Linx Marketing, a sports marketing agency, which currently operates in Vancouver and Edmonton. David has a Business Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Royal Roads University.
Gillian McCombie – Director: Gillian is a senior HR professional with 16 years experience in both the mining and telecom industries. She worked in six different countries at the operational, corporate, and international levels, with a strong background in succession planning, talent management, strategic recruiting, employee engagement, policies and procedures and international service. She recently joined Capstone Mining and is responsible for the overall strategic HR function for the organization. Gillian holds a BA in English from UBC and is pleased to sit on the board of the Vancouver International Marathon.
Dave Doroghy – Director: Dave Doroghy is an International Sports Marketing Executive who has worked on two consecutive winning Olympic Bids. Dave has 25 years of experience in acquiring sponsors for major international sports initiatives around the world and for NHL and NBA Teams. Dave was the Director of Sponsorship Sales for London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. He helped drive sponsorship sales for Vancouver’s bid to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. From 2005 to 2010 He was the Director of Sponsorship Sales for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games where he led the team in raising record-breaking sponsorship revenues. Dave has completed over a dozen marathons including New York and Boston.
Sarah Harper – Secretary: Sarah is an associate at McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP, a boutique business law firm in Vancouver focused exclusively on corporate and securities laws. Sarah assists clients with a broad range of commercial transactions in domestic and cross-border contexts and regularly advises companies on continuous disclosure obligations, governance and general corporate law matters. Prior to studying law at the University of British Columbia, Sarah received a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC with a double major in finance and international business. Sarah is a keen runner and has competed in 4 marathons including the Vancouver Marathon and the Boston Marathon, as well as numerous shorter races.
Tanya Rothe – Director and HR/Governance Committee Chair: Tanya is General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property for D-Wave Systems Inc., where she is responsible for all of D-Wave’s legal and IP matters, including corporate governance. She is a chemical engineer and a lawyer, admitted to both the State Bar of California and the Law Society of British Columbia, and is a registered patent agent and trade-mark agent. Tanya is committed to an active lifestyle, bicycle commuting to work year round and swimming with a local club three times a week, and is proud to be part of the Vancouver International Marathon Society Board where she can support VIMS in promoting the benefits of running in our community and encouraging lifelong fitness.
Paul Jones – Vice Chair: Paul is a financial professional currently leading Business Development activities for a growing mid-tier mining company in Vancouver. Previously, Paul was an investment banker for 12 years with several Canadian and international financial institutions, where he focused on providing advice relating to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, capital raisings, and general business strategy. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 2002. Paul is an enthusiastic endurance athlete and is pleased to be working with the Vancouver International Marathon Society to help deliver world-class events that promote Vancouver’s active lifestyle and vibrant communities.
Kevin Koonar – Director: With over 20 years of experience working across many industries and countries, Kevin has worked at senior levels in marketing, operations, and IT bringing his passion for defining, delivering, and measuring business vision and strategies. Activities include marathons, ironman triathlons, and epic travel adventures with family. Kevin also leads ‘Team Devi’ which has raised over $70K for cancer research (and still counting). Born and raised in Vancouver, Kevin obtained his BBA from SFU, MBA from Royal Roads, is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and is currently a business instructor.
Scott Rintoul – Director: For the past sixteen years, Scott has been a fixture in sports broadcasting, working in television, radio and print. In addition to reporting on a vast array of local sports during that span, he’s had the good fortune of covering a number of major sporting events including multiple Grey Cups & Super Bowls, a Stanley Cup Final and the 2010 Olympics. He’s also been the play-by-play voice of the BC Lions since 2014. An avid team sports athlete for most of his life, Scott stumbled into endurance sports a little over a decade ago when he ran the BMO Vancouver Marathon for the first time. He’s since run the Boston Marathon three times, completed Ironman Canada in Penticton and participated in a variety of running and cycling events.