Board of Directors

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.

Sharon Kahn | President

Sharon has been a Board member since 2008; she is a retired Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology at UBC, where she initiated the university’s equity and anti-discrimination programs as its first Associate Vice-President, Equity.

Tony Knox | Vice-President

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.

Jodi Norrison | Secretary

Jodi joined the Board in 2013; she is a real estate agent with Macdonald Realty and has extensive experience as a Fundraising & Event Management Consultant.

Spencer Corrigal | Treasurer

Spencer joined the Board in 2013. He is a chartered accountant who works as a manager at Wolrige Mahon LLP.

Stuart Bowyer | Board Member

Stuart joined the Board in 2013, he is currently finishing a Masters Degree at the University of Oxford. He was most recently General Manager, Western Region for American Express.

Chris Guzy | Board Member

Chris has been a Board member since 2006; he is Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Ballard Power Systems.

Judith Phanidis | Past President

Judith has been a Board member since 2003 and served as EMV President, Vice-President, and Secretary; she is a former mental health services professional.

Ingrid Söchting | Board Member

Ingrid joined the Board in 2013. Dr. Söchting is the chief psychologist at The Richmond Hospital and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.

Mark Vessey | Board Member

Mark has been a Board member since 2011; he is Professor of English Literature and Principal of Green College at UBC, an institution which, over the years, has had strong ties with EMV's educational activities.

Fran Watters | Board Member

Fran joined the board in January 2014 and is an employment lawyer currently working for UBC.

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.