Laura Nashman – Chair

Laura is the Board Chair.  She’s been on the CSI Board since 2017 having served as the Chair of the HR Governance Committee and other assignment.  Laura’s strength is governance and strategy.  Laura is also a talented athlete with cycling and golf as her main pursuits, currently.

Laura’s day job is as the CEO of the BC Pension Corporation.  Laura joined BC Pension Corporation as chief executive officer in December 2008. BC Pension Corporation provides pension services for five of the largest pension plans in the province with assets in excess of $160 billion. The Corporation services over 680,000 plan members, 1,000 participating employers and pays out more than $450 million in benefits each month ($5.4 billion/year).

In 2020, under Laura’s leadership the Pension Corporation received Canada Awards for Excellence® (CAE) Platinum certification in Excellence, Innovation and Wellness, after receiving “Gold” recognition from Excellence Canada in 2016 and being named one of BC’s Top Employers several times.

In 2022, Business in Vancouver magazine recognized Laura as one of BC’s most influential business leaders, in 2018, as the public sector BC CEO of the Year and in 2017, she was named one of the Influential Women in Business, this after being identified as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Laura has the designation of Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and serves on several other boards including Gustavson School of Business International Advisory Board, Excellence Canada, and the Conference Board of Canada.

Laura is an active mentor for women leaders and emerging leaders who look to her for guidance and direction on their leadership practice and career development. Laura is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria where her area of research is the impact of sports on women’s career success.

Dan Stefanson – Vice Chair

Dan, current Vice President at Consumer Protection BC and former Executive Director for the Tourism Abbotsford Society, is a professional who uses his expertise in risk management, stakeholder relations, corporate communications, marketing and financial services to contribute to efficient organizational management and strategic direction. During his tenure at Tourism Abbotsford, Dan developed and implemented Sport Town Canada, an award winning community sport hosting program.

Over his 23 year career as a senior executive, Dan has also volunteered as Chairperson for the B.C. Destination Management Organization Association, Treasurer for the Council of Tourism Associations of B.C. and is currently a part-time Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University, teaching strategic management and marketing courses for the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Sherry Tryssenaar – Treasurer

Sherry joined Rocky Mountaineer in February 2021 as Interim CFO, becoming a permanent team member in September of that year. Sherry has over 25 years of finance and executive management experience working in diverse industries. She was recognized as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia in 2019. Earlier in her career she was named BC’s CFO of the Year in the Small Public Company Category (2011) and was recognized as one of BC’s Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver.

Sherry is passionate about giving back to her communities, and has volunteered her time supporting organizations that empower people to enhance their lives and their leadership. She has served as director and past Chair of YWCA Metro Vancouver, Dress for Success Vancouver Society, and Women in Capital Markets, and is a co-founder of the Association of Women in Finance.

Roger Lee – Secretary

Roger is a partner with the law firm of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Since his call to the bar, Roger has developed an extensive practice in trust and estate litigation, often representing various national and local charities and not-for-profits in defending the gifts made to them. He also provides advice to other clients about general commercial litigation and product liability. He has served on numerous boards, including time as the Chair of the national board of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

Roger has been very active in numerous sports through the years, having achieved a mediocre level of ability in many them. He currently races road bikes at various events in the Pacific Northwest, and has endured enough lab testing to gain some insight into the lives of real athletes.

Greg Last – Director

Greg has enjoyed over 25 years of diverse experience in the Real Estate industry, primarily in Vancouver and Toronto. His background ranges from agency and development, acquisitions and dispositions through to property and asset management. The last 15 years have been devoted to overseeing the property management and performance of investment portfolios on behalf of institutional and private investors together with organizational leadership and development.

Greg’s volunteer activities have centered on supporting the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC currently as Chair, and lengthy involvement with alpine ski racing in North Vancouver and as a volunteer during the 2010 Olympics in Whistler.

Stephanie Sloan – Director

Stephanie is a former World Freestyle Skiing Champion and a resident of Whistler for the past 33 years. She has been extensively involved in the Whistler Community as a Real Estate Professional for the past 10 years, a municipal Councillor for 6 years, a founding member of the Public Art Committee, a Whistler Community Art Council Director, a founder of the Stephanie Sloan Women Only Ski Programs, a past President of Dave Murray Enterprises, and a proud mother of 2nd generation Olympian Julia Murray.

Wendy Stephen, Q.C. – Director

Wendy is a barrister employed by the B.C. Prosecution Service. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1983. Prior to joining the Prosecution Service, she practiced as an employment and labour lawyer. She obtained her Masters degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England in 1986.

Wendy has long been active in professional and community work including as President and Vice President of the British Columbia, Canadian and International Associations of Prosecutors and as President of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Greater Vancouver. Recently, Wendy assisted ViaSport BC in developing a Universal Code of Conduct for sports in British Columbia. She regularly teaches lawyers, police officers and other justice officials on a wide variety of topics including ethics.

Wendy’s expertise as a barrister and her dedication to the legal profession was recognized in 2001 when she was honoured with an appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

While at Cambridge, Wendy coxed for the Gonville and Caius Rowing Club. She grew up on horse back and thoroughly enjoys golf but has long recognized that she does not possess athletic ability. She loves to watch most sports and admires the skill and commitment true athletes bring to their endeavours.

Shannon Susko – Director

Shannon has more than twenty-five years of experience building and leading high-growth companies. She co-founded, served as CEO for, and led the sale of two companies less than six years apart: Subserveo Inc. and Paradata Systems Inc.

Shannon now coaches CEOs who aspire to replicate this success using her strategic execution framework, which is known as Metronomics. In June 2011, Shannon established a business focused on coaching CEOs and leadership teams worldwide. She also co-founded Metronome Growth Systems, which is a cloud-based business platform centered on Metronomics’s best practices for high-growth businesses, CEOs, leaders, and business coaches. In July 2018, Shannon founded Metronome United, now known as Metronomics United Coaching, which now has over eighty coaches worldwide who are dedicated to implementing Metronomics business operating systems powered by 3HAG to strategically impact high-growth companies and their teams.

Shannon was recognized by the Universal Womens Network Game Changer award in 2022. She was recognized as one of Canadas Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2018, 2020, and 2022 and was awarded Canadas Top 40 under 40 in 2001. She received the Sarah Kirke Award for Canadas Leading Women Entrepreneurs in 2006. Shannon was named Deal Maker of the Year in Vancouver in 2011 and was in the top three midmarket deals on Wall Street that year.

Shannon has Bachelors degrees in Commerce and Computer Science from Saint Marys University and a Masters in Computer Science from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She is married with three children and resides in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia.

Anthony Wright – Director

Anthony Wright is Regional Vice President of Indigenous Wealth at RBC Royal Trust, where he is responsible for the administration of a wide range of Indigenous Trusts. Working closely with First Nation and other Indigenous clients across B.C. and Alberta, he is a trusted partner in the development and implementation of wealth management plans. Anthony joined RBC in 2016, after earning a law degree from the University of Victoria and articling at a national law firm in Vancouver. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Exercise Science at the University of British Columbia, was a member of Canada’s field hockey team and competed in the European Hockey League winning the Championnat de France.

As the third generation of his family to represent Canada in an Olympic games, Anthony continues to be an advocate for sport at the community level and nationally, having participated in a number of Canadian Olympic Committee programs and served as a Director of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and on the board of directors nominating committee for Hockey Canada.

Guy Elliot – Director

Mr. Elliott was an audit partner in the Vancouver office of KPMG LLP for over 25 years until his retirement in June of 2022. He was responsible for financial statement and internal control audits for numerous public and private companies and non-profit foundations, including companies listed in Canada, the United States and internationally. He has extensive experience in financial reporting, internal controls, financing and related securities filings and compliance in Canada and the United States.

Mr. Elliott is a CPA.CA and a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director (ICD.D) designation and has a BA from Simon Fraser University.

Melanie Matthews – Director

Melanie Matthews is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and has over 12 years of experience of providing audit and assurance services, working in multinational environments and working with major publicly listed companies in Canada and the United States. With an emphasis on collaboration, trust and quality, Melanie is committed to helping clients navigate through the demands of regulatory compliance changes, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, complex accounting issues and rise of new regulations.

Melanie is a former member of the Senior Women’s National Softball Team, having represented Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as competing in three World Championships. Melanie was inducted into the World Baseball Softball Confederation Hall of Fame and the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 2019.

Melanie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 2013.