Our Vision, Mission and Values



Using imagination to create a better world.


We provide programs and experiences that empower learners to develop the skills and creativity to improve their lives and communities.


Innovation – Challenging the impossible.

Collaboration – Working together to achieve incredible results

Risk-Taking – Braving the unknown and having the courage to fail.

Diversity – In people, places and thinking.

Life-long Learner – Be curious…always


Board of Directors

Gerald Fussell


B.A., B. Ed., M. Ed., has a Masters Degree from the University of Victoria in Curriculum Leadership.  Gerald has chaired the 21st Century Leadership Committee in his school district for the past 5 years and has successfully lead initiatives to improve assessment practices, collaboration, communication skills, creative thinking, critical thinking, gifted education, literacy, numeracy, and resilience.  He has also been involved with Destination Imagination for the past 6 years.  He started his district’s initial team, Cannon Fodder, and led the development of the program so that this year more than 1,000 students were involved in DI district wide.  Destination Imagination is seen as a key catalyst in the district for changing educational practices.   In addition to improving participation rates, teams from the Comox Valley have successfully participated at Global Finals with 13 top 20 finishes at the Secondary Level in the past 5 years [1]; as well as, second, third, and fourth place finishes when representing Canada at the last two Beijing Invitational Tournaments.  Presently, Gerald serves as the President of the DI Board of Directors in British Columbia, Canada, and is the District Principal Supporting Innovation and Technology in the Comox Valley.

[1] 2nd (2012 – Improvisation), 4th (2013 – Improvisation), 4th (2015 – Structural), 7th (2014 – Improvisation), 8th (2012 – Middle Level Fine Arts), 9th (2013 – Fine Arts), 9th (2014 – Fine Arts), 10th (2011 – Improvisation), 11th (2014 – Technical), 12th (2014 – Structural), 16th (2015 – Fine Arts), 18th (2013 – Project Outreach), 18th (2015 – Scientific)

Jean Smart

Vice President

Nancy Waterman


Nancy Waterman has been involved in creative problem solving for over 20 years. Since her start in the program as a team member in high school she has hardly paused for breath.  After competing at Globals twice including part of the first University-level team from BC, she switched to volunteering for BCDI and hasn’t looked back.  Nancy has worked as an Appraiser, a Regional Challenge Master, and an Affiliate Challenge Master, responsible for one of the Challenges at the provincial level.  She has also volunteered as an Appraiser at Global Finals.  In her professional life, Nancy exercises her left brain as a manager of financial analysis at a Lower Mainland credit union. She holds a CPA, CGA designation and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from UBC.

Charlotte Anthony


Charlotte Anthony has been creatively coaching Destination Imagination for over 15 years and has successfully managed 25 teams through regional, provincial and global competitions.  Charlotte has served as an appraiser at regional and provincial tournaments and currently sits on the BCDI Board of Directors.  As a coach, an appraiser or a Board member, she genuinely looks forward to each year’s set of challenges.  When she’s not playing with paperclips, straws and duct tape she is also a teacher of 25 years and can be found teaching Creative Problem Solving at West Point Grey Academy.

Elaine Jong

Members at Large

Elaine Jong has been involved with DI as an appraiser for the past 12 years and is currently a member-at-large.  She is a mother of two and an electrical engineer.

Steve Cuccione

Members at Large

Steve has been on the board of Directors since 2011. He is the IBM Canada K-12 Education Manager for British Columbia and has 25 years experience in the Education sector. While employed at IBM for more than 37 years he has earned several awards and has worked in many Management capacities including Financial, Marketing and Administrative positions prior to leading IBM’s B.C. Education Division. Steve has and continues to serve on Career advisory Boards with school districts here in BC, has been on the board of directors for The Learning Partnership of BC, was an advisor to students in  Junior Achievement and also serves as a director with the BC Children’s Hospital’s Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Lab and Foundation.

Chamkaur Cheema

Past President

Chamkaur Cheema has been a team manager for the past 13 years and is the past Chair of BCDI. He is an Instructor with the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In addition to his teaching duties, Chamkaur serves on the University Senate. Active in the community, Chamkaur is a member of the Insurance Council of BC board, and serves as a member of the CPABC Investigative Review Panel. He holds his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. His career has spanned a number of industries including real estate, financial services, high tech and retail.

Regional Directors

Joan Vyner

BC Affiliate Director

Kahir Lalji

BC Affiliate Growth Director

Zachary Forrester

Fraser Valley

Brent Cross


Jeff Taylor

Vancouver Island

Haida Gwaii

Theresa Verdeil

Powell River

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