Urban Academy Board of Directors

A visionary board is made up of a wide variety of people from all walks of life with a rich and diverse skill set. With backgrounds ranging from finance and business to the arts and service, the Urban Academy Board is no exception. Our passionate Board of Directors are committed to upholding our commitment to innovation and excellence. Through strategic guidance and expertise, our board ensures that Urban Academy has a strong, stable leadership group behind it.

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Abigail Shu

Abigail Shu is a physician dedicated to the development and growth of Urban Academy. She has a strong passion for childhood education and has been committed to various school initiatives including the Gala Committee and Parent Auxiliary.

Children at UA: 2

Karim Merali
Vice Chair

Karim graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (SFU) and Occupational Therapy (UBC). After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years, he found his passion in the education field, where he currently owns and operates a number of supplemental learning centre’s in the Lower Mainland.

Children at UA: 2

Joanne Ward

Joanne Ward is a successful business consultant with over 20 years experience in management and executive roles. She has served as a Director, CFO and Corporate Secretary of both public and private corporations.

Joanne is passionate about volunteering in the Urban Academy community, having served on PAX, and as Volunteer Coordinator.

Children at UA: 1

Rory Langran

Rory holds professional CTP (Certified Treasury Professional – AFP) and DMS (Derivatives Market Specialist – Canadian Securities Institute) designations, has been involved with multiple Boards, and has experience in both Canadian and International banking.

Children at UA: 2

Elizabeth Fletcher
Member at Large

Elizabeth has over 30 years of experience in financial services delivery, and senior management. Now retired, she served as Chief Financial Officer of a publicly regulated utility company and also managed large utility infrastructure projects. Elizabeth has also actively supported the non-profit sector, acting as a director for several organizations.

Kimberly Grant
Member at Large

Kimberly is a business lawyer with a focus on the solicitors’ side of corporate, commercial and real estate matters. She strongly believes that the giving of one’s time and effort is important and has been involved in various volunteer opportunities at UA since joining in 2016, including sitting as a member of the Finance Committee. 

Children at UA: 1

Jaki Laga
Member at Large

Jaki has 20 years experience in sales and marketing. She is currently responsible for sales and marketing at LAGA Sports, a Canadian manufacturer of custom team wear located in Burnaby, BC.

Jaki has been involved in volunteerism at Urban Academy in various capacities since 2012.

Children at UA: 2

Heather Hall
Member at Large

Heather graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies, but chose a fulfilling career in Law Enforcement. She has been an active volunteer in the UA Community for many years, including a prior term of service on the Board of Directors and also serving as Chair of the Gala Committee. Heather brings a passion for leadership development and quality education.
Child in UA: 1

Bruno Jury
Member at Large

Bruno is a Real Estate Entrepreneur & Developer with a special interest in Sustainability. He strongly believes in making a difference for future generations by promoting a well balanced approach to education where children can learn and grow in harmony with nature. 

Children at UA: 2

Wade Carson
Member at Large

Wade is CEO of a large naval architecture company. He has previous board experience with two companies and is passionate about strategic development and systems management. Wade believes strongly in Urban Academy’s values of empowered learning, community involvement, and innovative leadership and is committed to supporting their success in the Urban Academy community.

Children at UA: 2

Steve Chen
Member at Large

Steve is the head of a national debt and equity capital group, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is passionate about volunteerism, creating a strong community at UA, and currently holds a number of Board positions.

Children at UA: 2

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Board Nominations Invitation

At Urban Academy we’re always seeking innovative, motivated, and community minded individuals to be appointed to our Board of Directors for a renewable two-year term.

All Candidates must:
  • Understand and support the Urban Academy Vision, Mission and Values
  • Be prepared to contribute 10 – 15 hours per month in Board and committee work
  • Be prepared to sign a confidentiality and Board Commitment Agreement upon appointment to the Board.
Ideally candidates will possess skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Board or Executive Director roles
  • Business Development experience in an Independent School or non-profit environment, either as a volunteer or paid employee
  • Community Engagement/Communications
  • Financial Management or Accounting
  • Fundraising/Advancement work
  • Legal or Strategic Management
  • Marketing/Public Relations work

Individuals may nominate themselves, or be nominated by another person providing that person has the prior consent of the prospective candidate.

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