Leadership


Margaret Hope

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Marg holds a master’s degree in speech education and is the only Canadian woman ever to receive international accreditation as a professional speaker. She is a consultant, coach, educator, and mentor. Her skills are relied on by individuals, leaders in industry, and government. Marg specializes in helping people feel comfortable with their verbal communications.

She coaches speakers privately, speaks at conferences, and teaches a variety of courses for various professional development programs. Marg teaches at Simon Fraser University and for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada BC (CPABC). Her clients include lawyers, accountants, bio-tech firms, insurance companies, investment teams, healthcare professionals, scientists, and more. She is also a volunteer trainer for United Way and currently heads a project providing virtual leadership training for officers of remotely situated clubs and organizations.

Most impressive of all is her insatiable appetite for new learning experiences; acquiring new skills while sharing her gifts with others. It is Marg’s empathetic nature and generosity that often directs some of the decisions at the Foundation.

Donald Mackenzie

DIRECTOR

Donald is a global business leader and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience building and managing businesses around the world. In Hong Kong, he was Director of the Deak International Foreign Exchange and was a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post as well as a commentator for Radio TV Hong Kong. In London, he founded Corporate Foreign Exchange Plc, a business that he grew to over 120 offices across the UK and throughout continental Europe before merging with Eurochange Plc, creating a network of over 300 locations. In London, he was also a regular commentator for BBC, CNN, and SKY News on Foreign Exchange and related finance topics.

On returning to Canada, he launched Mebhin Consultancy, working with several business leaders in a variety of industries in Western Canada. His most recent venture is as co-founder of Bodewell, a leading property management company in Vancouver B.C.

He is a genuinely relationship focused businessperson whose successes have stemmed from building excellent relationships and delivering unrivaled service.

Donald has a genuine passion and understanding of the people and organizations the Foundation supports.

Stan Chan CPA, CMA

DIRECTOR

Stan is a seasoned finance professional, with over 35 years’ experience at Lions Gate Industries, starting out as Financial Controller and quickly becoming Chief Financial Officer. As a key member of the Lions Gate team, working alongside Carl Vanderspek since 1985, Stan has a true appreciation for the origins as well as the values of The 625 Powell St. Foundation.

While working as CFO at Lions Gate, to complement his designation as Certified Management Accountant (now CPA), Stan attended SFU in the evenings, where he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to Lions Gate, Stan worked in a variety of industries; including hospitality, minerals exploration, equipment sales, and manufacturing.

Growing up in the Vancouver Strathcona Chinatown area Stan enjoyed and benefited from the facilities and services offered by charities, such as the First United Church and Union Gospel Mission both whom we support today. Stan understands firsthand the benefits and importance that these organizations can provide to our community.

Stan generously shares both his expertise and experience with The 625 Powell Foundation continuing with Carl and Margaret’s visions for helping important charitable organizations, helping those who help others.