Board of Directors

The people that make CIRES possible

Irene Gannitsos - Director

Vancouver Community Foundation, Manager of Strategic Programs

Irene has a broad range of experience supporting and leading different nonprofit organizations, including specific expertise in each of our foucs areas of social enterprise, community owned real estate and impact investing. Irene has also worked in microcredit, through international experiences in Bolivia and Guatemala, as well as domestic examples including inner-city Winnipeg, and as the founding Executive Director of the Immigrant Access Fund in Saskatoon. Her university degrees are in Business and in Rural Planning & Development, and she also had a role with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development doing post-graduate research and coordinating a joint program delivered through a Mexican University in Cuernavaca. 

Mary Clare Zak - Director

City of Vancouver, Managing Director of Social Policy

Mary Clare is the Managing Director of the Social Policy & Projects Division with the City of Vancouver. She has decades of public sector experience at all three levels of government and the not-for-profit sector. Her role at the City of Vancouver is to provide advice to the Mayor and Council on social issues, and to work across government and various sectors to address these issues.

Betty Lepps - Director

Regional Director of Orange Hall

Spanning across her 30+ year career Betty has moved through many different systems working to engage and support the lives of the vulnerable individuals in their communities. Her educational background in social work, leadership and early childhood education as well as her lived experience as a part of a marginalized community has prepared her to take on this new chapter as the Regional Director of Supportive Housing at BC Housing. Since moving to BC from Alberta Betty has hit the ground running co-leading during the Strathcona relocation and steering the Supportive Housing team through a challenging pandemic and housing crisis.

Duncan Wlodarczak - Director

Chief Of Staff, Onni Group of Companies

Duncan is the Chief of Staff to the President at the Onni Group of Companies. He holds a Masters Degree in Urban Studies and has previous experience in the non-profit and private sector, while also serving in a number of roles while working in politics. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an education and research-based non-profit, focused on best practices in the sustainable use of land and excellence in city building. Duncan serves as Chair of ULI BC for his local district council, while also serving as a representative on multiple national ULI Committees. Duncan is active in the community, including serving on the Urban Studies Alumni Association Steering committee, supporting a number of local groups, and remains active in politics at the local, provincial, and federal level.

Leslie Bonshor - Director

VP Indigenous Health, Vancouver Coastal Health