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.

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.

Chamkaur Cheema

Chamkaur Cheema

Treasurer

Chamkaur Cheema was a DI team manager for 14 years and has served on the Board since 2010. Until his retirement in 2019, Chamkaur spent 20 years as an Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Entrepreneurial Leadership degree. In addition to his teaching duties, Chamkaur served in a variety of other capacities including the University Senate, Departmental Chair and several administrative and faculty committees.

In addition to BCOMA, Chamkaur also serves on the boards of Insurance Council of BC, Knowledge Network, and KPU Foundation. He is currently the Principle of Chip Properties, a holding company that specializes in small multi-family apartments.

With past positions in consulting, finance, real estate, technology, business development and retail, Chamkaur has developed a broad base of experience and knowledge in strategic planning, finance, governance and marketing. Many of these roles overlapped which gives him tremendous insight into simultaneously managing multiple projects with diverse stakeholders.

Chamkaur earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. 

Gerald Fussell

Gerald Fussell

Past President

Gerald W. 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 8 years and has successfully led 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 8 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 19 top 20 finishes at the Secondary Level in the past 7 years[1]; as well as, second, third, and fourth place finishes when representing Canada at the last two Beijing Invitational Tournaments.  He is the Principal of Lake Trail Middle School in the Comox Valley.

[1] 1st (2018 – Improvisation), 2nd (2012 – Improvisation), 4th (2013 – Improvisation), 4th (2015 – Structural), 5th (2017 Engineering and Improvisation – Middle Level), 7th (2014 – Improvisation), 8th (2012 – Middle Level Fine Arts), 9th (2013 – Fine Arts), 9th (2014 – Fine Arts), 10th (2011 – Improvisation), 11th (2018 – Engineering; 2014 -Technical), 12th (2014 – Structural), 16th (2015 – Fine Arts), 18th (2013 – Project Outreach; 2017 – Fine Arts), 18th (2015 – Scientific)

Nancy Waterman

Nancy Waterman

Member at Large

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.

Elaine Jong

Elaine Jong

Member 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.

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.

Ersagun Elacmaz

Ersagun Elacmaz

Member at Large

Ersagun Elaçmaz, EIT is an aspiring engineer who is attentive towards innovation and technological ideas that have added-value to its end product or to society. He obtained his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Thermofluids. He first started Destination Imagination in 2007 in Turkey and attended two Global Finals two times. He has been volunteering at BCDI since 2010. Education, creative problem solving, and technology management are other causes that he volunteers his time. Currently he is working as a mechanical systems engineer at International Water Guard, a company that provides variety of solutions for aircraft water systems.

Ethan Plato

Ethan Plato

Member at Large

As a participant of Destination Imagination, Ethan was a three-time provincial champion and two-time global finalist. Ever a proponent of “if it doesn’t say you can’t, you can,” he is a firm believer that creative problem solving is the key to addressing the global and local challenges of today. A lawyer by trade, he helps little governments solve big problems. Ethan also serves on the Board of the Hollyburn Sailing Club as the Training Officer running community-based sailing lessons. Ethan holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (French Immersion) from the University of Ottawa and a JD from the University of Victoria. He has worked for all levels of government, not-for-profits, the private sector and has lived in Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

Gabi Guerrero

Gabi Guerrero

BC Affiliate Director

Gabi is a former professional tennis player who proudly played for the Peruvian national tennis team. She holds a business degree from the Ricardo Palma University located in Lima Peru, a Business Management Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in BC, Canada,and has many years of international management and marketing experience.

As an immigrant to Canada, Gabi has had to live a lot of the principles of Destination Imagination, embracing challenges, taking calculated risks, overcoming adversity and creative thinking to name a few. One of her goals is to continue to support and encourage the participation of the many diverse populations within our province. Gabi is fluent in 4 languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese and German.

In 2016 Gabi was the recipient of the Ethel Tibbitt’s Award and Scholarship by the Richmond Community Foundation. Gabi has also been two times recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement” Award from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Regional Directors

Andrew Ferneyhough

Vancouver Island

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