The Board of EMV is primarily a volunteer governance and fundraising body, providing direction and leadership to management. The Board’s strength and effectiveness derive from its being well-informed about the financial, artistic, and organizational affairs of the Society; motivated in its support of the Society; and representative of EMV’s membership and audiences.
Fran Watters | President
Fran joined the board in January 2014. She is a lawyer employed as the Program Director of the Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) and Academic Leadership Coach at the University of British Columbia.
Chris Guzy | Past-President
Chris has been a Board member since 2006; he splits his time between Vancouver and Yunfu, China where he is Chief Technology Officer of Guangdong Sino-Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Company.
Ron Kruschen | Treasurer
Ron Kruschen joined the Board in 2019. He is a partner at Partner at API Asset Performance Inc. and is also the Vice-President of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.
Ilia Korkh | Secretary
Ilia joined the Board in 2016 and has been in the position of secretary since 2018. He is a senior associate lawyer at EY Law LLP, specialising in the field of international tax planning. His interest in early music goes back over a decade, when he first started attending EMV concerts.
Sherrill E. Grace |Board Member
Sherrill Grace joined the English Department at The University of British Columbia in 1977. She was appointed to the rank of Full Professor in 1987, and she served as Associate Dean of Arts for 3 years, as a UBC Senator for 9 years, and Head of the Department of English at UBC from 1997 to 2002. Professor Grace’s teaching and research interests lie in the areas of 20th century Canadian Literature and Culture, Drama, Biography and Autobiography, and Interdisciplinary Studies in the 20th Century Literature, Art, Film, Theatre, and Music. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in January 2014.
Tony joined the Board in 2010; he is a lawyer specialising in corporate, mining, and aboriginal law. He has considerable experience with not-for-profit organizations.
Melody Mason | Board Member
Melody Mason joined the board in April, 2016. A sociologist and economist who worked for many years with the World Bank on finance, economics and social issues, she has been on the board of a large university, is active with environmental and social justice committees and is on the board of another charity in Vancouver. She has an MBA from Wharton and an Economics and Sociology degrees from London University. Since retirement, Melody has rediscovered the joys of music, particularly choral, early and chamber music. She is very proud to be working with such wonderful talent in EMV.
Johanna Shapira | Board Member
Johanna Shapira (BA (UVic), MA Anthro (Goldsmiths, University of London), PgDip (Roehampton). Raised in Vancouver, Johanna has recently returned after 25 years in New York, London and Singapore where she developed her love for music, dance and art. She spent 10 years as a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy and Mather New York as a Director of Strategic Planning, and 10 more as Director of Ethnographic Research with Ipsos UK, working in London, Europe and China. Also in London, Johanna trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at Roehampton University, working with the NHS and in private practice in London and Singapore. She is currently working as a research consultant and indulging her love of all things Vancouver. She has been a life-long lover of early music and a supporter of both Early Music New York and Handel House in London.
Vincent Tan | Board Member
Vincent Tan (BS AteneoManilaU; MBA UChicago) joined the Board in November 2015, and presently chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. His working career was largely with Ayala Land, Inc., a listed diversified property developer active in Asia and elsewhere on the Pacific Rim but owned by shareholders worldwide, where his career concluded with service on that company’s Board of Directors until April 2016. His interest in early music dates from the mid-1970s, when he played woodwind instruments including krumhorn and cornamuse with the Old Town Renaissance Consort in Chicago. Aside from music, his other passions include sustainable community development, in which field he received a certificate from SFU in 2009.
José Verstappen | Artistic Director Emeritus
A recipient of the Order of Canada, Early Music America's Howard Mayer Brown award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, José has been the driving force behind the success of Early Music Vancouver for over thirty years. Under his leadership, Early Music Vancouver has gained international acclaim as the largest presenter of early music in Canada, and as one of the most active and innovative organizations in its field in North America.