Board of Directors
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 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 was a DI team manager for 14 years and is a past Chair of DIBC. He recently retired as an instructor with the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Chamkaur taught in the Entrepreneurial Leadership program with a specialization in business development and strategy.
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. His current and past board experience also includes the Insurance Council of BC, CMABC, Leadership Vancouver, and the Langara College Foundation Board.
Chamkaur also has substantial experience in several other industries including; finance, real estate, technology, retail marketing, and consulting. In addition to his role as an educator, he is the Principle of Chip Properties, a holding company that specializes in small multi-family apartments.
He holds his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
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; 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.
 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)
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.
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.
Member at Large
A highly engaging, certified professional facilitator, Iris provides leadership to high performing teams. She brings strategic innovative thinking into corporate war rooms and is successful in assisting clients resolve a broad range of complex business challenges. Certified in the Outthinker Process® methodology, Iris designs and facilitates impactful strategic thinking sessions. These sessions produce unique strategic options that create competitive advantage and breakthrough performance. The workshop sessions have proven to be highly effective at helping clients build up their innovation capabilities that unlock new growth opportunities that their competitors would not see or be able to copy quickly.
As a volunteer, Iris is also committed to leading and inspiring the next generation of innovators. She is a Team Leader for Destination Imagination at WRCA. Destination Imagination (DI) is a global non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization with the purpose to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
In the capacity as a board member at WRCA, Iris sits on the Capital Campaign committee and is also the Chair of the Marketing Communications committee. She is honored to have had the privilege to serve as a board member and would be honored to continue on for another three years.
Iris is married to John and they have lived in South Surrey for 13 years. They are blessed with two boys, Christian (CJ) in grade 7 and Harrison in grade 2.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.