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Johnson, Howard (Chair)

Howard Johnson was appointed Chair of the HBT Board of Trustees on April 1, 2017. He was appointed as a Trustee of the HBT Board on March 1, 2014. Howard is President & Chief Executive Officer for Baptist Housing. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in seniors housing and health care in British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. He leads a team of more than 800 team members caring for almost 2,000 seniors in 17 Baptist Housing residences in Victoria, Vancouver and the Interior. Howard was a founding member of the Denominational Health Association and served as president for four years. He currently serves as a board member for the Health Employers Association of BC. He is a past board member of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association.

De Croos, Mark

Mark De Croos was appointed to the HBT Board of Trustees on June 1, 2019. Mark serves as Vice President, Financial and Corporate Services with Northern Health Authority and has over 25 years experience in financial and strategic planning, reporting and analysis. Having joined Northern Health in 2009, Mark oversees financial and capital operations and is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the organization’s fiscal performance and ensuring long-term financial sustainability. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Griffin, Malcolm (Mal)

Mal Griffin was appointed to the HBT Board of Trustees on August 23, 2018. Mal is currently Vice President, Human Resources & Mental Health and Substance Use for Interior Health. Previously, he was Interior Health’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mal has more than 25 years of health-care experience, holds an Executive MBA from the University of Fredericton, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. In 2009, Mal was named one of Computer World's Premier 100 IT Leaders.

Humphries, Richard (Dick)

Dick Humphries was appointed to the HBT Board of Trustees on August 23, 2018. Dick started his career in 1974 with the federal Department of Insurance in Ottawa (now referred to as the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) as an actuarial student working on the actuarial valuations of the Canada Pension Plan. He later transferred over to the position of assistant actuary in the Pension Benefits Division of the Department of Insurance, which is responsible for the regulation of federally regulated pension plans. In January 1987 Dick moved back to Vancouver and joined the benefits consulting firm of Mercer as a consulting actuary. In this capacity, Dick consulted to a number of jointly trusteed multi-employer pension plans in addition to several corporate clients. Dick obtained his MSc degree from UBC in Probability and Statistics and attained his FCIA and FSA designations in 1980. He has served on various actuarial committees, the Finance Committee of the Alzheimer’s Society of BC and is currently Chairperson for the Board of Trustees of the FortisBC Energy Inc. Pension Plan and the COPE – FortisBC Pension Plan.

Monteith, Stuart W.

Stuart Monteith was appointed to the HBT Board of Trustees on September 30, 2016 and currently serves as Chair of the Governance & Stakeholder Relations Committee. Stuart began his career at Manulife Financial, working in Central and Western Canada in the group and pension operations. In 1995, Stuart moved to benefits consulting at Mercer and served in various roles including Western Region Leader, Central Region Leader, National Group Benefits Leader and member of the Canadian Board of Directors. Stuart joined Sun Life in 2008 as the Senior Vice President of Group Benefits and retired in 2016. Stuart obtained his degree from the University of Guelph and has served on several industry related councils. He is a past President of the Make A Wish Foundation of Canada and also served as the Global Chair for Make A Wish International.

Veresh, Tim

Tim Veresh was appointed to the HBT Board of Trustees on June 1, 2019. Tim is the Executive Director of PLEA Community Services Society and a member of the Community Social Services Employers Association. He has over 20 years of senior management experience within the social services sector. Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Federation for Community Social Services, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, the Provincial Association of Residential & Community Agencies and Realize Strategies. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University.

Zacharuk, Christina

Christina Zacharuk was appointed to the HBT Board of Trustees on April 20, 2016. Christina is the President & CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat, Ministry of Finance. Christina joined the BC Public Service in 2004 and moved to the PSEC Secretariat in 2005. She has over a decade of experience in every aspect of public sector bargaining. In addition, she has broad expertise in policy development, including corporate governance, strategic labour relations, executive and exempt compensation across the public sector. In February of 2012, she was asked to lead the transition of the independent College of Teachers to the Teacher Regulation Branch at the Ministry of Education. Two years later, she returned to PSEC to help lead the implementation of the 2014 Economic Stability Mandate. Recently, she led the negotiations with the BC Teachers’ Federation to reach the Memorandum of Agreement with respect to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in November 2016. Christina is a government-appointed director on the boards of the Health Employers Association of BC, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association, the University Public Sector Employers’ Association, and the Crown Corporation Employers’ Association. Christina graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Sociology and she has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with co-op experience in both the federal and provincial levels of government.