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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors sets our strategy and direction and manages risk, allowing our association to continue to thrive and support our tech community.

We are grateful to have the following leaders volunteer their time and expertise as our Board of Directors:

Elizabeth Barnard (she / her)

Board Chair

Vice President, People Operations

OSI MARITIME SYSTEMS

Elizabeth is the Vice President, People Operations at OSI Maritime Systems.      

She is a seasoned HR Professional with over 15 years of experience in many diverse industries. Prior to OSI Maritime, Elizabeth was Director of HR for D-Wave Systems, Director of Global HR at Blast Radius, and also worked for Inimex Pharmaceuticals and BC Research. She is a true generalist at heart; and brings with her expertise in Leadership and Organizational Development, Community Engagement, and Immigration.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BFA in Theater Management and has a Diploma in HR Management (Honors) from BCIT.

Raj Chahal (she / her)

Board Vice Chair

Director, Human Resources

Sophos

TAP NETWORK

Raj has over 20 years' experience in Human Resources, serving public and private sectors in various industries including high-tech. In her current role as a Human Resources Director at Sophos Canada, a global leader in software security, Raj works in partnership with global senior management to implement and facilitate HR programs in areas such as organizational effectiveness, performance management, and employee engagement.

Prior to Sophos, Raj has held various HR positions in public health, transportation, call center, and high-tech industries. Her drive is to empower team members to achieve career and business objectives.

Raj holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Management Certificate in Human Resources. Raj has been a proud member and active participant of TAP Network for the past 15 years.

Tammy Carlin (she / her)

Board Secretary

Manager, Human Resources

Smith Bros. & Wilson (BC) Ltd.  

In Tammy's position as Manager, Human resources at Smith Bros. & Wilson (BC) Ltd., a Western Leader in Building since 1897, she oversees People Functions supporting processes and practices and the overarching employee experience.

Prior to her position at SBW,  Tammy was the Director of Talent Operations at Wildbrain Studios, the Human Resources Director and Communications at Vancouver Native Housing Society and has also held roles supporting technology in the energy sectors within both British Columbia and Alberta.

A BC Native (Interior Salish), Tammy has deep roots in BC's indigenous community having mentored students, women and those returning to the workforce, partnering with non-profit, social enterprise, government and private organizations that support non-barriered equal opportunities.

Daniel Berardo (he / him)

Director, People & Culture

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS of BC 

Daniel is currently the Head of People & Culture at the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.  Previous to his current role, Daniel has held global executive-level HR positions at various Vancouver tech companies.  He was the VP, People at Hyperwallet, a PayPal Service for 4 years, and was the Head of HR for 4 ½ years at Absolute Software, a global software security company.  Daniel has also held senior People & Culture roles with Activision at Radical Entertainment in Vancouver, and Sledgehammer Games in San Francisco. Daniel has been active in TAP Network since 2006, including co-founding and Co-Chairing the HR Strategy SIG. He joined the Steering Committee in 2013, and worked in the programs and events portfolio for the association until 2018. Daniel has been a Board Member of TAP Network since 2016.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Management Certificate in Human Resources (Honours) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  

 

Lindsay Chan (she / her)

VP, Corporate Communications

Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Lindsay is an outstanding communicator with more than 15 years of experience in the technology, government, and not-for-profit sectors with a focus on media relations, thought leadership, and delivering compelling stories to the audiences that will best resonate for her clients. She brings a great reputation for her client work, but also for her commitment to being a supportive team leader and mentor for those around her. Lindsay supports a number of regional corporate communications files and works closely with H+K’s national Technology Sector team supporting tech clients both in the region and across Canada.

Prior to joining H+K, Lindsay spent four years as a VP at NATIONAL Public Relations working with impact-driven and technology B2B and B2C companies in telecom, enterprise, e-Commerce, cleantech, health IT, and consumer tech. She also spent nine years at Innovate BC, the Crown Agency mandated with supporting BC’s tech sector, where she led communications, marketing, and events, including overseeing the #BCTECH Summit, a marquee tech conference attracting more than 5000 attendees as well as media from around the world.

Lindsay is passionate about advocating for women in technology and leadership roles. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Tech + People Network (TAP Network) and the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum. She is a graduate of UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

 

Robert Lewis (he / him)

Founder 

Tech Talent Canada & Techcouver

Rob is an experienced and entrepreneurial founder with a demonstrated expertise of implementing engaging products and platforms for traditional and digital media industries. He is keenly focused on bringing communities of people together to share knowledge, content and capabilities to advance their careers. To that end, Rob founded two new online communities in 2019. Tech Talent Canada connects Canada's fastest-growing companies with top tech talent from around the world. Techcouver provides real-time reporting and analysis of emerging technology news in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.

Previously, Rob was Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes from 2007 until the technology news site was acquired in 2018.

When he's not plugging tech talent into opportunities, Rob can be found chasing pucks around the ice, climbing Grouse Mountain, and relishing his hometown Vancouver with wife, daughter and son.

Laurie Murdoch (she / her)

VP, People & Organization

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

Laurie is an executive leader in the VFX and Animation industry with over 25 years of Human Resources and Operations experience. Laurie joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2015 as the Vice President of People & Organization (HR).  Previously she was the Director of Human Resources and Recruiting at Digital Domain and was also instrumental in the opening of the Moving Picture Company in Vancouver in 2005.  Her focus and strengths are in the areas of immigration, recruitment, employee relations, leadership, employee development, training, compensation and benefits. She currently provides Human Resources services to the Film/Television and Entertainment sector.

Laurie has a CHRP Designation and received her Human Resource Management Certificate thru BCIT. She is also a Registered Immigration Consultant and has completed the Diversity and Inclusion Award of Achievement Program at the University of British Columbia.  Laurie has been a long-term volunteer with TAP Network and is a past council member at CPHR BC & Yukon.

 

Allison Rutherford (she / her)

Board Director & Founder

TAP NETWORK

Allison served as the first-ever Executive Director of the TAP Network, and was one of its founding members in 1990. She has been dedicated for more than 20 years championing the success of the BC tech industry, and promoting the strategic value of HR in these companies. Prior to leading the TAP Network, Allison held the positions of Director of Human Resources with Scientific Atlanta, at Nexus Engineering and the NEXUS Group of Companies, with responsibility in both Canada and the US. She also provided Human Resources consulting services to a variety of small to mid size technology companies.

Allison was the recipient of the HRMA 2007 Award of Excellence, which recognized the HR Professional of the Year in BC. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree from UBC, and a Diploma in HR from BCIT. 

Stephanie Hollingshead (she / her)

CEO

TAP Network

Stephanie is the CEO of TAP Network. She grew up on the land of the Syilx/Okanagan people and now lives and works on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. As a business executive with many years of international human resources experience with technology and professional services industries and board director experience with the not-for-profit sector, Stephanie is passionate about building community. Prior to her position with TAP Network, Stephanie was Vice President, Human Resources for Sierra Systems, a Canada-wide information technology and management consultant firm and Chair of the Board for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. She currently volunteers as a director for The Eastside Cultural Centre, as Vice Chair of the Board. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. In 2021 Stephanie was awarded  Women of the Year Award: Community Builder from BC Business. Serving as Chair of the TAP Network Steering Committee from 2007-2009, Stephanie has been a proud member of the association for the past 25 years.

 

 

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