Board of Directors

Rory joins JBCP with many years of experience as a government and industry executive in the agriculture and food sector. He has particular interest in reconciling Canada’s tremendous food production capacity with the reality that far too many Canadian households, including many in Victoria, are food insecure.

Rory has been involved with national and provincial food security initiatives while serving as Executive VP of Government and Industry Relations for Maple Leaf Foods. Prior to that he served with the Canadian and BC governments as a Trade Commissioner in the Canadian Foreign Service, trade policy executive at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and as BC Deputy Minister of Agriculture Food and Fisheries.

With a passion for driving collaboration across governmental, non-profit and private sector organizations, Rory looks forward to helping JBCP grow its community impact.

Catharine Read values the focuses on community connections and building the resilience of community members that underlie the programs and service of the JBCP.  The JBCP has demonstrated its ability to adapt its community programs and services, engage volunteers and thrive in the face of changes over the past 40 years and most recently with the COVID-19 challenges. Catharine has worked for governments and in the private sector.  She has been Chair of an independent tribunal, Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister for the BC government (10 years) and for the Yukon government (10 years).  As a consultant, she has worked for First Nation organizations, including negotiations, governance advice and treaty implementation. Catharine is also on the Board of Our Place Society and she has a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University.

Lauren was born and raised on Vancouver Island where she currently lives with her husband and young children. She has been involved with JBCP on the board and committees for ten years and remains passionate about the organization’s vision and mission. She has experience with working with NPOs in her career and is an active volunteer on boards and committees of non-profits in Victoria. Lauren is a Chartered Professional Accountant and it is important to her to use her skills and experience to give back to the community. Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors and time with her friends and family, especially if it involves physical activity.

Efemena, born in Lagos, Nigeria, brings 6 years of auditing and accounting experience from working at KPMG in Nigeria and Canada. Working with a wide range of local and international clients across sectors, she has gained invaluable insights into their distinct needs and challenges. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Driven by a passion for social impact, Efemena actively volunteers to address SDG 1, “No Poverty,” SDG 2, “Zero Hunger,” and SDG 4, “Quality Education.” She supports initiatives that eradicate poverty, ensure access to nutritious food, and promote quality education.
When not immersed in work or volunteering, Efemena nurtures her creativity through stage play acting.
She is excited to bring her diverse skill set, passion for community service and financial expertise to the JBCP.

Robb Johnstone comes to JBCP from the tech industry, where he works as a content specialist to build software that engages people in donating, volunteering and completing “acts of goodness.” He embraces the values of B Corporations and their dedication to social responsibility.

A former resident of James Bay, Robb devotes much of his spare time to giving back: volunteering at local shelters, performing environmental cleanups, combatting food insecurity and donating blood. He is excited to be a part of the JBCP legacy of building community and connections in James Bay and beyond.

Martin McCann has spent most of the last 45 years involved in non-governmental International Development and Humanitarian response. Starting from being a CUSO volunteer in the rainforest of West Africa to the Chair of the Geneva based organization that sets global standards for Humanitarian Action, he has shown a deep commitment to help create a better and more equitable world. He sees that commitment in the JBCP and aims to make whatever contribution he can to its direction and programmes.

Martin has a BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto and a MA in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia ( UK). He has served on over 15 Boards of Directors in the charity sector and presently also serves on the Board of ChildFund International.

  • Joined the JBCP Board of Directors in December 2021
  • Has +20 years of accounting and finance experience in different industries
  • Bachelor in Accounting, Master of MBA
  • Freelance Accountant and Business Advisor

Dave Yadav lives in James Bay and works remotely in the financial services industry. He values living in a multi-cultural society and the benefits of a multi-generational community. This prompted him to live in James Bay and serve his community.

Dave’s volunteer experience has been in the performing and visual arts as well being as a former director of education with Rotary International. He is passionate about live music and the visual arts and currently volunteers with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Jazz Society and the Harbour Roots and Blues festival. Dave’s international volunteering has taken him to remote regions in the in Peruvian Andes where he installed solar powered lights with non-profit organization Light Up the World.

Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in commerce (B.Com) and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.) both from the University of Alberta and a second Master’s degree in Adult and Community Education M.Ed. from the University of Calgary. A committed lifelong learner, Dave travels extensively to better his knowledge of our world.

David is a lawyer with a broad civil litigation practice and a focus on public law litigation, including constitutional, administrative, Aboriginal, and environmental law. He has appeared in all level of courts in British Columbia, as well as courts in Alberta and Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

David is actively engaged in the legal community. He is a sessional instructor at UVic Law as well as a coach for their environmental law moot team. He is a frequently invited speaker at law conferences as well as law schools.

As a recent transplant to Victoria (from the lower mainland) and a proud father of two young boys, David recognizes the importance of community hubs, like JBCP, particularly for young families. He is excited to be part of an organization that provides such important resources and services to the community, and hopes to be able to contribute to JBCP’s vision of building a connected and resilient community.

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