Board of Directors

Kahir Lalji

Kahir Lalji

President

Kahir Lalji is a seasoned leader working in the Non-Profit and Civil Service sector for the last 12 years. Kahir has extensive experience serving under-represented and under-privileged populations and works based on the principles of Community Development. With years of Non-profit experience under his belt, Kahir currently works as the Provincial Director of Population Health with United Way of the Lower Mainland. Kahir was the Affiliate Growth Director for Destination Imagination British Columbia for over 2 years and served as a board member for an additional 2 years before being elected President of the Board in April 2019.

Kristen Bystrom

Kristen Bystrom

Vice President

Kristen has been involved with Destination Imagination since 2011 and has had many roles including team member, team manager, appraiser, improv challenge master, and for the last five years, score room master. Notably, she supported Destination Imagination Canada in setting up the first national virtual tournament in 2021.

Kristen works at Yelp as a data science analyst and is currently completing her masters in business administration for technology management part time at Simon Fraser University. She also has a Bachelor of Science in statistics and computing science from SFU. Her previous work experiences include Statistics Canada, George & Bell Consulting, Electronic Arts, and lululemon. She is also currently serving as a board member for the non-profit startup Haiven which is working on tech products to support victims of intimate partner violence. She is a hackathon enthusiast, bookworm, and musical theater aficionado.

Maryam Labani

Maryam Labani

Affiliate Director

Maryam has been an active leader in non-profit organizations over the past six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, majoring in Communication. Maryam’s background specializes in communications and marketing, working in a variety of roles such as internal communications, digital communications, and social media management. 

Through Maryam’s experiences, she has developed a passion for learning and enriching the lives of those around her. She has a keen eye for finding creative solutions and optimizing workflows and processes. As the Affiliate Director for Destination Imagination BC, Maryam plans on finding new ways the enrich the lives of the students in the program and help share DI’s mission with more students across the province.

Iris Kalbfleisch

Iris Kalbfleisch

Treasurer

Iris Kalbfleisch is the founder and president of Devonshire Innovation Partners Inc., a Vancouver-based management consultancy firm to C-level officers to help build innovative thinking capabilities that will transform their businesses to what they envision them to be.

Currently, she has also taken on the challenge to work with the innovative team at Life360 Innovations. A Vancouver-based company that imagines, manufactures, and distributes medical devices and products. The Contino® medical devices for bladder problems in men are their flagship products.

Iris first became involved with Destination imagination in 2015 when she was researching creative problem-solving frameworks. Since that time, she has been involved as a team manager getting kids involved in DI learning the creative process to solve STEAM problems approaching the challenges as a team.

Charlotte Anthony

Charlotte Anthony

Secretary

Charlotte Anthony is a teacher at West Point Grey Academy. She received her honors B.A. from McMaster University, B Ed from Queens University and M .Ed from Framingham State University. She teaches with a focus in STEM and first became involved with DI in 2001. Impressed with the interdisciplinary and student centred approach, she has continued her involvement as a Team Manager, school coordinator, regional and provincial appraiser and member of the Board of Directors.

Angela Brooks

Angela Brooks

Member at Large

In the over 20 years Angela has worked within the Aging space, her passion for serving older adults continues to grow. As a member of the Population Health team for Healthy Aging, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Angela is working on a number of projects that connect older adults and the broader community through education and collaboration. She welcomes dialogue to challenge our thinking and develop better solutions through supporting the use of technology and innovation to better serve our Aging population. Prior to her current role, Angela’s experience spans running her own consulting company; working for a large multi-national; as well as a grass roots not-for-profit Seniors Centre. Angela is the Vancouver Chapter Ambassador for www.aging2.com as well as a support group facilitator for family carers in the community, www.alzheimer.ca. With an educational background of psychology and gerontology, her interest in aging trends as well as the reality of raising a young family constantly challenges her to rethink how we can enhance serving multi-generations in a cooperative and community-based manner.

Sara Aghvami

Sara Aghvami

Member at Large

As Director of Best Buy Health, Sara leads a team committed to enrich Canadian lives through technology. In her role, Sara develops strategies and business models through partnerships with academia, health care providers, senior living/living care organizations, clinicians, and researchers to drive positive benefits for consumers, businesses, and communities. With more than 25 years’ experience in retail and leadership, Sara is an expert in solutioning, technology commercialization, omnichannel logistics, service offerings, customer experience, and humanizing processes. As a humanist, Sara is a believer in next generations’ abilities and is passionate about mentoring and coaching youth – as the developers of the future. Sara believes staying human and relevant in any industry drives business success and community trust – she is motivated by creating meaningful changes.

Amaan Fazal

Amaan Fazal

Member at Large

Amaan has been a critical thinker from a very young age.  As a young boy, he would find creative ways to convince his parents he didn’t need a nap, or he would think of different ways to avoid going to family dinners.  As he grew up, he found different outlets for his critical thinking. For example, in grades 8 and 9 Amaan participated in Destination Imagination tournaments which left a long-lasting impression.  After graduating with a BBA in Marketing Management from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Amaan joined the team at Jelly Digital Marketing & PR.  He works with a dynamic team to amplify brands with a combination of digital marketing and public relations.  Amaan’s hobbies include going to the gym, reading books, and drinking coffee – lots of coffee.

Hannah Arthurs

Hannah Arthurs

Member at Large

Former military brat turned BC-er, Hannah graduated from Simon Fraser University in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. While she likes to use her degree to talk about bad movies, she has been working in marketing and creative for globally recognized yet locally fostered companies such as Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and The Magnolia Hotel & Spa for four years and counting. With over a decade with DI, Hannah started her journey as a participant in the Improvisational Challenge for three years and, since 2019 is the Improvisational Challenge Master for British Columbia.