BCPIAC's Board of Directors consists of community advocates, service providers and legal professionals who are passionate about anti-poverty and creating systemic legal advances benefiting low and fixed income BC residents.

Jonathan Chapnick


Jon Chapnick is the Senior Advisor, Workplace Mental Health at UBC. He is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs.

Krisha Dhaliwal

Krisha Dhaliwal


Krisha Dhaliwal is an immigration lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia with a particular interest in equality rights, anti-discrimination work, and access to justice issues for immigrant communities, racialized people, and women.

Matt Granlund


Matt is a legal advocate at the Women’s Contact Society in Williams Lake, BC. Matt has degrees in Arts and Laws from the Australian National University.

Lisa Heddema


Lisa Heddema is the Chair of the BCPIAC Board. She is a senior tax lawyer with a background at a national law firm and big 4 accounting firm.

Rose Henry


Rose Henry is a First Nations activist and educator who works on social justice issues affecting all communities.

Iglika Ivanova

Vice Chair

Iglika is an economist and public interest researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, one of BCPIAC’s partners in the Climate Justice Project.

John Lawford


John is Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Ottawa.

Diane Phillips


Diane Phillips is co-founder of Newton Advocacy Group, past-coordinator of the Surrey Access Network and Peoples Empowerment Program.

Audrey Schwartz


Audrey Schwartz is an anti-poverty advocate in Prince George, BC. She has been Executive Director of Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP) since 1987.