Helping British Columbians tackle critical social issues, through local love.
A healthy, caring, inclusive community.
We strengthen vital connections that support people in need in our local communities.
United we are stronger: we’re United Way British Columbia!
As of October 1, 2023, nine organizations across the province have joined together to become United Way British Columbia – one organization, united to ensure communities in BC’s North, Interior, Lower Mainland, and Central & Northern Vancouver Island thrive.
More than ever before, BC communities need help addressing critical social issues. As a unified provincial organization we have consolidated our resources to respond to urgent needs in real-time in order to drive positive, lasting change in our local communities.
The unified organization serves over 4.5 million British Columbians, delivering resources and support to the people who need it most. Our areas of focus include Urgent Response, Children & Youth, Seniors, Poverty, Mental Health, and Food Security.
Local giving, local results
Dollars raised locally, stay local. That’s our continued promise to you. Four Regional Councils exist to represent and drive the mission of United Way British Columbia in local communities and regions. Made up of multi-sectoral representatives – including community members and labour – the Regional Councils provide leadership, guidance, and help us identify opportunities for impact in local communities.
United Way British Columbia Senior Leadership oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and manages ongoing relationships with United Way stakeholders, including donors, investors, sponsors, volunteers, and employees.
Michael McKnightPresident & CEO
Jeff CalbickChief Operating Officer
Tamara IsaakChief Financial Officer
Katharine HarroldChief Revenue Officer
Irene ChaninChief Social Enterprise Officer
Dan NielsenChief Transformation Officer
Tanjeet KalsiManager, Office of the President & Board Governance
Meet Our Board
Robin DhirBoard Chair
President, Twin Brook Developments Ltd.; Strategic Advisor, Fasken
President and CEO,
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
BDO Canada LLP
Rudy KerklaanBoard Past Chair
New Westminster & District Labour Council
Senior Director Programs and Policies for Indigenous Markets,
RBC Royal Bank
Superintendent of Education/CEO, Yellowknife Education District No. 1 – Yellowknife
Chief Financial Officer,
Partner, Accounting and Assurance, MNP LLP
North Okanagan Labour Council
Crux Strategic Clarity
Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council
Canadian Labour Congress
HR West Consulting
Managing Partner, Board Director, Boyden Canada
Co-Founder and CEO,
Variational AI Inc.
VP Customer Experience and Public Affairs,
Launch Financial Services Society
Working together to strengthen our community
United Way British Columbia’s Campaign Cabinet consists of over 30 executive leaders from a variety of industries and sectors across BC.
By providing their extensive experience, expertise and knowledge to help us strategize and attain our goals – both financially and socially – the Campaign Cabinet is crucial to the success of the annual fundraising campaign.
Every year, this hugely talented and influential group generously gives their time to help us raise millions of dollars to strengthen vital connections to help those in need in the communities we call home.
Chris O’RileyCampaign Cabinet Chair
President & CEO, BC Hydro
Lisa DoolingCampaign Cabinet Vice-Chair
Director, People & Community, Neptune Terminals
Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver
Senior Vice President – Pacific Region, TD Canada Trust
Vice President Engineering & GM Vancouver Operations, Westport Fuel Systems
Vice Chair and National Assurance Leader, Deloitte
Chief Financial Officer, Seaspan
Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia – Okanagan
Partner, Lakes, Whyte LLP
Secretary Treasurer, ILWU Canada
President, Capilano University
President, Klohn Crippen Berger
Vice President, Water & Wastewater – Canada, WSP Canada Inc.
President, IT | IQ Tech Recruiters
Regional Vice President, BC Yukon, Scotiabank
Directing Business Representative, Northwest District 250, International Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Chief Information Officer, BCLC
Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte
Vice President, Commercial Financial Service, RBC Royal Bank
Vice President, Assurance & Advisory, Teck Resources
Associate Vice President, External Relations, Simon Fraser University
Vice President, Community, Government Affairs & HSEC Systems, Teck Resources
North America Business Development Leader, Cummins
Vice President, Energy Supply & Resource Development, FortisBC
Chief Executive Officer, BC Financial Services Authority
Vice President & District Manager, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
Organizing & Membership Development, Unit 4 Assistant Business Manager, IBEW 258
Area Director for Lower Mainland East, Employment and Social Development Canada
Managing Partner, Dentons
Chief Information Officer, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Senior Vice President & Chief Mobility Officer, BCAA
Regional President, BC, RBC Royal Bank
Vice-President, External Relations and Community Engagement, Langara College
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
The GenNext Task Force is a group of passionate young professionals, using their expertise to engage the next generation of philanthropists.
GenNext aims to connect like-minded individuals to learn more about the needs in their community and create a lasting impact for those who are most vulnerable.
Director, Strategic Partnerships, ChopValue
Owner & Founder, Workshop Recruiting & Consulting
Specialist, Partnerships & Content – Evo Car Share, BCAA
Corporate Controller, Calibre Mining Corp
Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Since our inception, United Way British Columbia (“United Way BC”) has been rooted in community and we recognize the critical work required to ensure we continue to evolve as an organization that not only works to serve, but also reflects the diversity of our communities. As such, we have started the process of transformational change by embedding the guiding principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) into our organization and the work we do within community.
Justice. We believe that justice is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers are removed so that all individuals and communities have equal access and opportunity to thrive in all aspects of life. In conjunction, United Way BC is committed to unravelling and dismantling white supremacy by challenging and re-focusing our current approaches to community engagement, funding, and internal practices.
Equity. We welcome all people — regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, identity, postal code, health and ability status, or any other consideration. All people deserve absolute dignity, value, and opportunity to participate justly, fairly, and fully in all dimensions of life in order to reach their full potential.
Diversity. We believe that each individual and/or group of individuals bring a unique perspective, lived experience, and identity. We celebrate the differences that contribute to United Way BC’s collective impact.
Inclusion. We strive to ensure each community member, donor, volunteer, partner, advocate, and employee has equal access and opportunity to contribute toward creating healthy, caring, vibrant communities.
What does this mean for United Way British Columbia?
This means we are committed to actively ensuring that the work we do, and how we do it, recognizes the right of all peoples to be unique, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such.
What is our commitment?
Our vision is a healthy, caring, inclusive community and we are therefore committed to continual growth, action, and accountability.
Where are we in the process?
While we are in the early stages of this process, we hope to achieve a clear path forward in embodying these JEDI principles. This is an evolving journey as we learn more and move to align our practices with our stated values.
We recognize the communities in which we work
At United Way BC, we dedicate ourselves to fostering understanding, respect, and an acknowledgment of the rich histories of the lands and waterways we traverse. Our mission guides us across vast and diverse territories, each with its unique tapestry of languages, governance systems, traditions, and cultural heritage. The relationship with these lands and waterways has been stewarded by Indigenous communities since time immemorial, long before the establishment of contemporary boundaries, and we humbly recognize that many of these territories remain unceded.
We also acknowledge that the following list of Nations is a work in progress, a testament to our ongoing process of improving our learning and understanding. Our commitment is to honor the cultural distinctiveness of each community as we continue to pursue improved and lasting partnerships built on the foundations of respect, humility, and open dialogue.