Welcome to the North Shore Community Foundation. Our Foundation has a proud legacy of giving back to the communities of North and West Vancouver, Lion’s Bay and Bowen Island and is part of a network of over 180 Community Foundations across Canada. Some of these foundations date back decades, while others are more recent. What unites each, however, is a common desire to give back to their respective communities.
The North Shore Community Foundation is no different. Since its establishment in 1988, the Foundation has granted over $1.5 million in financial assistance to a host of worthwhile community programs run by various registered charities here on the North Shore. From an initial endowment of $1,550 in 1989, our funds have grown through the generosity of many donors and benefactors. Today, the assets under management by the Foundation have grown to over $3 million. It is the investment income generated from these funds that allows us to provide grants assistance to deserving groups each year.
Our mission is to accumulate and responsibly administer permanent capital that generates income to fund social, cultural, recreational and educational initiatives that directly benefit the residents of the North Shore.
We invite you to get involved in the work of the Foundation – explore our website to learn more about our work; consider donating or helping as a volunteer, or perhaps even serving as a member of our Board.
Give back, get involved – you will be glad you did and your community will be too!
North Shore Community Foundation
MEET OUR executive TEAM
With a background in commercial banking, Mike has been the VP of Business Development at KPMG for the past 15 years. His wife Shelley and him have raised 4 children in North Vancouver, and are deeply invested in making the North Shore a better place to live. As the President of the NSCF Board, Mike combines his creative vision with a strong business acumen and passion to make a difference in his community. One can find him enjoying the North Shore outdoors in his spare time. In his next life, he would want to come back as himself, but with all the life lessons he has learned thus far.
Tim McMorran is a community leader and banker with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector. He currently leads the commercial banking business for Envirovision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, prior to which he was Market Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC. In his free time, Tim can be found enjoying the wonderful outdoors with his wife and two children, as well as coaching sports. He brings a practical sense of direction and stability to the NSCF as Board Vice President. In his next life, he would love to come back as Ricky Gervais and "call it the way it is!"
Executive Committee Member
Shannon is an award winning digital marketer and 2 time entrepreneur with a successful exit. She enjoys swimming, hiking and spending time with her friends on a sunny patio. Originally from Toronto she moved to the west coast five years ago to embrace a less stressful lifestyle and has never looked back. Shannon has a very strong background in software and has been working with the North Shore Community Foundation to elevate and modernize their digital footprint. If she could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) she would choose Jesus, so she could hear his lessons and stories first hand.
A third-generation North Shore resident, Brett and his wife currently live in the historic and hip waterfront community of Lower Lonsdale. Working at Intracorp as Director of Finance, he lends his money savvy to the NSCF by serving as the Board Treasurer. An avid runner, Brett spends his free time training on the North Shore trails. In his next life, he would want to come back as a dog, because “it would be so fun!”
MEET OUR DIRECTORS
With over 25 years in the banking and financial sector, Aly is currently the VP at Ernst & Young LLP. He is an avid golfer and frequently enjoys the wonderful golf courses the North Shore has to offer. As someone who loves to travel and experience new cultures, it was no surprise that when asked if he could have dinner with anyone in the world (dead or alive) he picked Anthony Bourdain!
Jordan is the Director of Marketing and Commercialization at Finning International and lives in Lynn Valley with his wife and two young daughters. In his spare time, he and his family make use of all the perks the North Shore has to offer including skiing, mountain biking, hiking, as well as visiting local libraries and community centers. In his next life, he would love to come back as his great grandfather James Gladstone, who was the first status Indian to be appointed in the Senate of Canada before status Indians had the right to vote in federal elections!
Recently retired from serving as the Director of Finance and Operations at Miles Industries Ltd., Chris spends his time pursuing his philanthropic and artistic pursuits, which include the NSCF, music, art, acting and gardening. Him and his wife enjoy spending time with their grown children. If he could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) he would pick Michelangelo.
Micheline Cromar is the Advisory Leadership General Manager at BlueShore Financial. With over 20 years of leadership experience across various financial organizations, she has most recently been engaging Branch Managers and Advisors to cultivate valued client relationships and offer customized advisory services to meet financial goals. She relocated to the North Shore from Toronto in 1999, and happily transitioned into the West Coast lifestyle of beachcombing and hitting the slopes in the same day. She enjoys skiing, hiking, boating, and playing the piano, and loves to catch up with her 3 grown-up children. If she could have dinner with any person, she would pick Kamala Harris, to hear in her own words her inspirational journey to become the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S. history and ask her what she aspires to do next.
A Private Equity Partner by profession, David has been instrumental in shaping the NSCF’s strategic plan and is very involved with the Marketing committee. He lives on the North Shore with his wife and 3 young children. In his rare spare time, he enjoys playing squash, swimming, skiing and is also an avid reader. If he could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) he would pick Alexander the Great!
Angie is a solicitor at North Shoer Law LLP, practicing in Corporate, Wills & Estates, and Real Estate Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Angie had a career as a journalist, which took her across Canada and the United States and to the Middle East. Angie was also a small business owner, having established two Bean around the World Coffee houses in North Vancouver. As much as Angie would like to say she was "born and raised" on the North Shore, she was, in fact, born in Vancouver and spent the first few weeks of her life there. But, as a sagacious 1-month old, she decided to make the move over to the North Shore and never regretted it! In her spare time, Angie enjoys hiking the local trails, visiting the art galleries, and reading. She's working (but has a long way to go) on her sailing and cross country skiing skills. If she could have dinner with any person, living or dead, it would have to be Leonard Cohen.
A North Shore for the past 47 years, Raf has recently retired from a long career as Director of HR at Bordon Ladner Gervais LLP. In addition to lending her unique skill set to the NSCF, she enjoys reading and taking yoga classes, as well as spending time with her family. Given a choice, she would love to have dinner with Oprah.
Alexander Izzo is a Business Strategy Consultant, with more than 20 years of experience developing business and marketing strategies for a global technology company. Working in the industries of Government, Healthcare, Banking, Finance, and Oil and Gas he has focused on delivering client solutions in Business Services, Business Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive computing and Business Process optimization. His focus is on delivering programmatic and integrated business and marketing strategies of technology solutions to drive exception customer growth. Originally from Toronto, he has settled in the North Shore with his wife and 2 children and spends time coaching in the NVFC, NSGSC, and WVFHC, as well as snow boarding, playing golf and enjoying the North Shore life. In his next life, he would love to come back as an extrovert because that would be a nice change, or Luke Skywalker because Skywalker became a living legend, and was remembered as one of the greatest Jedi in galactic history.
MEET OUR team
Living on the North Shore since immigrating to Canada 15 years ago, Ira considers herself a “wearer of many hats”, working with the Foundation, the North Shore School District as well as the teaching Zumba classes with the NV Recreation Commission. In her rare spare time, she can be found taking dance classes, reading, or on local trails with her husband and 3 young children. If she could have dinner with anyone, it would be Maya Angelou.
Born and raised on the North Shore, Courtney was brought on to be our Social Media intern in early March of 2019. Courtney graduated in January 2021 with a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree.
When she is not volunteering with the foundation, Courtney works with our Executive Board Member, Shannon DeSouza, at her digital marketing business, Marketing 4 Moms. Courtney also grooms her own side photography business and often takes photos at our events. If she could have dinner with anyone, it would be Jane Austen.
Born and raised on the North Shore, Jessica graduated from Capilano University in June 2020 with a Bachelor of Communications Degree. She loves getting involved and volunteering her time in the community to gain as much professional experience as possible. In the future, she has a vision of joining a not-for-profit organization to assist with their marketing, fundraising, and events. When she is not volunteering with the foundation, she works at Magnolia Communications as a Communications Coordinator. If she could have dinner with anyone, it would be Tanya Rad because she unapologetically herself and an inspiration for women to be true to themselves.