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 $4 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. He and his wife Shelley 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!"
A third-generation North Shore resident, Brett and his wife currently live in the historic and hip waterfront community of Lower Lonsdale. Working as a Senior Manager at KPMG, 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!”
Micheline Cromar, Corporate Secretary
Micheline Cromar is a Regional Manager at MD Financial Management. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience across various financial organizations. 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.
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!
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!
A North Shore resident 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.
Angie is a solicitor at North Shore 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. 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
Sohail Kamal is the GM of North Shore Sports Medicine, with 15 years of experience building a team to help folks on the North Shore live the best lives they can live. His focus is on building and supporting the most dedicated, community-minded physiotherapy, kinesiology, and massage therapy team on the North Shore. He also has a strong interest in mentoring staff and members of the community and takes pride in shaping those around him. He has lived on the North Shore for over a decade with his wife and two children. An avid sportsman, he enjoys backcountry skiing and hockey, and dabbles in the occasional triathlon, especially those that feature an open water mass start.
Richard Walton, Director
Richard Walton is a retired CPA who also served 13 years as Mayor of North Vancouver District. He currently serves as a director of the Fraser Basin Council, and the BC Land Title and Survey Authority. E-Comm 911. He holds a BA from UBC, an MA from SFU, and the ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a long term resident of Vancouver’s North Shore and continues to be active in community affairs.