Board of Directors
Sport BC is governed by a board of directors consisting of 6 board members with extensive sport and/or professional backgrounds.
Carey Dillen, Chair
Carey is the President of YYoga and joined Sport BC’s Board in 2010. Carey previously worked for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games as Vice-President Finance & Comptroller where she managed the start-up, growth and dissolution of the organization over 5 years. She also worked as an advisor to London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Over the years, Carey has worked in senior leadership roles with Boston Pizza International, TitanStar Properties Inc, Mountain Equipment Co-op and KPMG LLP. In addition, Carey has served since 2010 on the Board of BC Athletics and on the Boards of AllSport Insurance Ltd. and for sport and healthy living and has previously been a player, personal trainer, competitive dancer and coach.
Heather Holden, Vice-Chair
Heather is an energetic and accomplished Wealth Manager at UBS Bank (Canada), leading a team providing global investment advice to high net worth families. Prior to becoming an investment specialist, Heather earned a PhD from the University of Waterloo in satellite remote sensing and worked as a professor at the National University of Singapore. Heather has enjoyed serving on Boards since 2005. She was elected to the Vancouver Park Board and served as Chair of the Board. During her time as a Park Board Commissioner, she’s particularly proud to have prioritized government investment in sports infrastructure. She has also served on the Boards of the BC Crown Corporation, The Pacific Carbon Trust, The Vancouver Public Library, The Nature Trust of BC, and Big Sisters.
Learning is one Heather’s biggest motivators in life, as evidenced by getting her commercial pilot’s license in her early 20s, the perpetual professional development courses in governance and finance she enjoys, and her daily ritual of learning a bit of Spanish while walking the dog. Heather has been a proud volunteer Big Sister since 2006. In her leisure time she rows competitively, scuba dives when she can, and squeezes in as much yoga as possible to keep her inner gymnast alive. She has travelled extensively,
Greg White, Director-at-Large
Greg has volunteered in sport and the community as vice-president of Triathlon BC, president of Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club, a triathlon official, director of 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships, chair of Vancouver Sport Network, chair of Athletics branch council, chair of BC Athletics and chair of Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services advisory committee. For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, he managed a team of international client services volunteers. Previous to the Olympic Games, he supported the Telus Vancouver & Victoria community boards as part of the Telus community affairs team. As an age group athlete, he has participated in marathons, ultra-marathons and Ironman distance triathlons. He attended Trinity Western College and the university of British Columbia. He works with a BC non-profit housing society and lives in Vancouver.
*Note: Board meeting minutes can be found under “Resources”.
Michael Berkeley, Director-at-Large, Finance and Audit
Mike brings over 10 years’ experience in senior finance positions across the technology and natural resource sectors to Sport BC. Most recently, he was Corporate Controller for Avigilon Corporation, a position he held for three years before moving to his current role as Finance Lead on Avigilon’s SAP project implementation team. Mike’s passion for sport was fostered in the Scottish Highlands where he learned to ski, competed internationally on the Scottish Alpine Ski Team and coached other young athletes. Now an avid cyclist and runner, Mike is a member of Cycling BC and rides for the Wedgewood Cycling Team. Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Edinburgh.
Debbie Pyne, Director-at-Large
Debbie Pyne, a resident of Richmond, BC, has long been an advocate of sport and recreation and has worked over the years to provide opportunities to athletes, coaches and volunteer leaders throughout her 27 year career in sport. She is currently the Managing Director of Player Development for British Columbia Golf, and in 2004, she was instrumental in creating one of the first player development divisions in Canada for a provincial golf association, providing services and programs to all age divisions and genders.
In her previous position as the Executive Director of the BC Ladies’ Golf Association, Debbie assisted with the amalgamation process of the British Columbia Golf Association (BCGA) and British Columbia Ladies’ Golf Association (BCLGA), to establish one unified voice of 70,000 members in 2004.Debbie’s extensive background as a former Director of Municipal Parks and Recreation for 12 years, provided her the acumen to spearhead and create “Playground to Fairway”, a first ever province-wide elementary school golf program, introducing over 80,000 children, to the sport of golf since 2007.
She has lead British Columbia Golf in establishing one of the best girls and women’s performance programs in the country, winning over 30 national titles in a 10-year span, and working hand-in-hand with coaches to capture every gold medal for golf in the Western and Canada Summer Games since golf’s entry into the multi-sport games.
In 2010, Debbie was named to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport (CAAWS) Most Influential Women’s List in Sport in Canada. She has chaired ProMOTION Plus, a provincial organization solely dedicated to advocating for girls and women in sport and physical activity in BC, and has served on their Board of Director’s for 12 years. In 2012, she became an Honorary Member of the Board. Debbie is a past Board Member of Sport BC, serving on the Board from 2013-2015 and was a committee member on the 48th Athlete of the Year Organizing Committee, Nomination Committee and the Member Services Committee for Sport BC. She brings with her a renewed commitment and passion to enhancing services to the membership of Sport BC and the sporting community of British Columbia.
Blair Lowther, Director-at-Large
Currently a lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP. His legal practice ranges from negotiating complex transactions to advising in relation to general commercial and governance matters. He has extensive experience in advising athletic organizations, societies and event hosts. For example, he has worked with Golf Canada, City of Vancouver (Sports & Major Events), City of Calgary (Sports & Major Events), Pink Bike and Canada SCORES. He has also provided legal advise to Sport BC in relation to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2016 Americas Masters Games and certain governance matters. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English, Economics & Spanish) and Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia