OUR PEOPLE

Diverse Backgrounds and Experience

The Project Change Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors. Collectively, the group brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in management, operations, human resources, marketing, fundraising, media and communications, and legal affairs. Every year we provide free advisory support and mentorship to help our recipient organizations achieve their goals.

Judy Adams

Judy Adams

Judy Adams has 30+ years of experience in the service and hospitality sector and is known to be a results-oriented executive. Recently, Judy joined Absolute Spa Group as President and enjoys taking highly successful and respected brands to the next level. She has had the pleasure of working in executive roles at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels, and Coast Hotels. She also has non-profit and board experience, including working as the Managing Director of the BC Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Society, and serving as co-chair of the YVR Golf for Kids Foundation for two years. Judy has completed various executive education courses at Royal Roads University, where she has been accepted into the Executive Coaching Graduate Program starting January 2019.
Gordon Johnson

Gordon Johnson

Gordon Johnson has spent 30+ years in hospitality management and has a stellar reputation for driving excellence in market and financial performance. His accomplished background includes hotel openings and brand transitions, primarily with Delta Hotels and Resorts where he spent the majority of his career. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President for Delta in British Columbia overseeing eight properties. Gordon is a big picture thinker with a dynamic leadership style, who values innovation and creativity, strategic planning, relationship management, and company culture. He has served in leadership roles for various organizations including Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Calgary, and the Vancouver Hotel General Managers Association. Gordon has a Bachelor of Hospitality from Vancouver Community College and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from the University of Guelph.
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Dr. Joe Kelly is an educator, consultant, and innovator in sustainability and social change. He has 20 years of experience providing consulting and advisory services to a wide range of businesses, governments and non-profit organizations. From 2009 to 2019, Joe served on the Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada. He teaches university courses and corporate workshops on how to think and act like a change-maker. Additionally, he has written numerous articles for mainstream media outlets and academic journals, and has presented to audiences around the globe. He holds a doctoral degree in resource and environmental management, and bachelor and master’s degrees in statistics. Personally, Joe is actively involved in community service and has led several volunteer committees and initiatives.
Emily-anne King

Emily-anne King

Born and raised in Vancouver, Emily-anne has always had a passion for her local community and an interest in philanthropy. She is a long-time volunteer with the Union Gospel Mission and a weekly family volunteer at Canuck Place. In 2012, Emily-anne left her job as a legal assistant to pursue her passion, the Backpack Buddies Program, which now provides healthy meals to more than 2,000 at-risk children every month. In 2017, she took the position as Executive Director of Quiet Cove Foundation, a local charity which aims to address large-scale social issues with innovative solutions.
Elizabeth Mah

Elizabeth Mah

With a business degree, a law degree, and some luxury hotel service training in her back pocket, Elizabeth founded Paperclip Law, a company created with clients and culture in mind. Clients walk away without any of the aftertaste that they expect after seeing their lawyer: they fully understand their choices, they don’t feel looked down upon, and they have the peace of mind that they made the legal decisions that were best for them, their family, and their business. Elizabeth is also a director of the Lower Lonsdale Business Improvement Association, and has served on the boards of the Canadian Mental Health Association — North and West Vancouver Branch, the North Shore Neighbourhood House, and the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Community has always been and will be a big part of her value system.
John Nicholson

John Nicholson

From Houseman to Vice President, John Nicholson has worked in every position a hotel has to offer and in every type of property. John began his career at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary, eventually finding his way to Vancouver where he discovered his niche in marketing. He quickly established himself in senior management roles with companies like Kimpton Hotels and Pinnacle International. Today, John is Vice President, Hotels & Restaurants for the respected Listel Hospitality Group where he oversees the Listel properties in Vancouver and Whistler, as well as three award-winning restaurants and other assets. John was a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 award. He currently serves on the boards of the West End BIA and Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and is a past board member of the Vancouver Hotel Association and Tourism Vancouver.