Our Board of directorsWho We Are
Gerald is educated in business administration, with over 25 years as a builder and developer. He is the president and chief executive officer of Hartwig Industries, a boutique real estate….
development and property investment company that also invests in start-up companies. Gerald balances an active portfolio of commercial properties, quality developments, and several companies with a healthy West Coast Lifestyle of kiteboarding, rock climbing, surfing, sailing, martial arts, cycling and skiing. Gerald has endured twelve concussions through adventurous activities. He is passionate about helping the community through his first-hand experience of living through concussions and rehabilitation. An active community supporter, Gerald has volunteered on boards and committees such as SPCA, Oak Bay Sea Rescue, Visions Victoria, Victoria Construction Association, Western Pacific Bank Advisory Board, Victoria Cycling Committee and many more. Gerald enjoys mentoring, goal setting, and helping others discover a path to a fulfilling life. In his spare time, he continues to live an active lifestyle and is enriched by spending quality time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and rescue dog.
Trevor Jones grew up in Victoria BC. He graduated with honors from the University of Victoria B.Com Program in 2004…..
Trevor Jones grew up in Victoria BC. He graduated with honors from the University of Victoria B.Com Program in 2004, obtained a CA, CPA with KPMG in 2007 and a US CPA with DMCL in 2010. Trevor joined Terapeak (Canada) Inc. in November 2010 and completed the sale of Terapeak to eBay Inc. on December 22, 2017 as it’s CFO/COO. Currently employed by LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. where he serves as CFO, Trevor is also Co-Founder & CFO of Icekap Therapeutics Inc. where they design, manufacture and distribute a patented migraine relief device and other wellness products. Trevor also volunteers with Scouts Canada, is an avid cyclist, husband and father to 2 young boys.
Barbara is a Physiotherapist and Co-owner of Ergo Rehabilitation Inc., a company that provides case management services and cost of future care reports for injured clients…..
She has also worked extensively in home and community care rehabilitation services, providing assessment, treatment and education for clients, families and caregivers. She has treated brain injured clients of all ages in both home and residential settings over the 40 years of her career. She has volunteered on the Board of the community medical equipment loan service for the Western Communities since its inception 14 years ago. Her life is enriched by her children, four grandchildren and her garden.
Varun is a recent Bachelor of Commerce Graduate from the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. After working for various law firms, Varun developed compassion and understanding for those affected by various brain injuries. He has also developed an understanding and commitment to sustainability via the Gustavson School of Business and a Co-op term at the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Varun grew up in Victoria and is dedicated to the community and prides himself in volunteering his time in any way he may be able to. Recently completing an internship with Colliers International and having been a volunteer at VBIS, Varun will provide business and operational input to the board.
Adam came to VBIS in 2019, bringing with him expertise in the tech industry. Getting his start…
Adam Harnden came to VBIS in 2019, bringing with him expertise developed during a long career in the tech industry. Getting his start in gaming, Adam worked us way up from soldering circuit boards back in 1998 to becoming the youngest assistant producer in the industry just three years later. In 2006 he founded his own company, The Adam James Group, a digital marketing consultancy specializing in bespoke marketing solutions for locally run businesses.
As a brain aneurysm survivor himself, Adam is honored for the opportunity to contribute to VIBS; he is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of other people working through the complexities of brain injury. Adam lives in Victoria, where he splits his time between business ownership, philanthropic work, and raising his young daughter.
Natalie Benson was born and lived in the UK for the first part of her life, before moving to Montreal QC…
Natalie Benson was born and lived in the UK for the first part of her life, before moving to Montreal QC, then subsequently to Victoria BC. Natalie completed her BComm at Royal Roads University while working in group homes supporting integration for a diverse group of people with cognitive, behavioral, and genetic challenges or a combination thereof. Post-grad she stayed at the group home part time, while training as bilingual agent for the Federal Government in 2005 and worked in a combination of Federal offices across BC until 2008. In that year, she began her first of 7 years as a Public Trustee Case Manager, managing the North Island/small island territories including Powell River. In 2015 she completed her MBA and left the Trustee’s office to partner with her husband to develop, then subsequently acquire their family business which has been locally owned and operated in Victoria for more than 40 years. With a mixed background of social service and construction, Natalie is passionate about supporting new business and entrepreneurship, as well promoting work life balance and peer support for women in construction/manufacturing. Natalie currently works alongside her husband in Victoria, takes a handful of clients annually for private small business coaching, and is mother to two astonishing, bright, and active children. Resonating with the challenges of navigating invisible disabilities both from work and personal experience, Natalie is delighted to assist VBIS, and to re-join a community advocating for under-represented populations.
A 3rd generation Victorian, Shannon has been in the marketing and community engagement industry for 30 years…
She has worked with great teams at local pillars of the community including Payless Gas, C-FAX 1070 and the Times Colonist. Her dynamic career has also seen her, along with her family, bring the BCHL hockey franchise then known as the Victoria Salsa to the city and more recently help manage the PR and marketing for 10 Acres Restaurants and Farm. Today she has her own small marketing, PR event planning business where she enjoys working with like-minded, community conscious organizations in the city she is so proud to live in.
Tyler is responsible for execution of Colliers business strategy on Vancouver Island and the Okanagan…
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