Our Board

Board of Directors

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.


Ela Esra Gunad


Ela is a human rights and social justice advocate. She has worked with a variety of local and international organizations as an educator, campaigner, strategic partnership and fundraising lead. Continue Reading Ela Esra Gunad

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Matt Granlund

Vice Chair

Matt the Vice Chair of the BCPIAC Board. He 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. Continue Reading Matt Granlund

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Audrey Schwartz


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

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Rose Henry


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

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John Lawford


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

Nadine Nakagawa


Nadine Nakagawa is a creative writer, a community-builder, and an advocate and is Director of the BCPIAC Board. Continue Reading Nadine Nakagawa

Board of Directors

Tovah Paglaro


Tovah Paglaro is a Director on the BCPIAC Board. Continue Reading Tovah Paglaro

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Diane Phillips


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

Elton Simoes


Elton Simoes is an accomplished Arbitrator, Mediator, Negotiator, Consultant, Non-Executive Director, and Business Executive and is a Director on the BCPIAC Board Continue Reading Elton Simoes

Stephen Portman


Stephen Portman’s work has always been to advance a rights-based analysis to the challenges posed by needless poverty and is a Director on the BCPIAC Board. Continue Reading Stephen Portman