Business Leader; Community Advocate; Health and Fitness Advocate
Michael Bentley is President of SierraSil Health Inc. a natural health products company with a proprietary mineral patented as a Nutritional Supplement for Osteoarthritis. Michael is a Member of the Board of the Canadian Health Food Association, which recognized him with its John Holtmann Industry Leadership Award. Optimyz Magazine twice named Michael one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers and he recently served as a Judge for Canada’s Top Trainers on behalf of Impact Magazine. Michael is an experienced board member of public and private companies as well as non-profits and industry associations. He has previous experience in consulting and work in different functional areas including Human Resources, Sales, Marketing and Operations Management. Michael has a BA from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University. He and his wife Lesley live in Vancouver.
Dr. Jack Taunton is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has had a clinical practice in sports medicine at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre where he was the director for over 25 years after co-founding the Centre in 1979. He was the director of the PGY3 Advanced Skills in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the Department of Family Practice at UBC.
He is very involved in clinical and exercise medicine research with a keen interest in overuse injuries, injury prevention, concussions in sport and cardiac disease in athletes. He is a member and co-founder of Sports Cardiology BC.
Jack was the Director of Medicine and Director of Sports Medicine for Fortius Sport and Health. He is on the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. He was the Clinical Advisor to the Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project for Parachute Canada and Chief Medical Officer - ITLS Training Centre – GEMS-ERT: Global Emergency Medical Services – Emergency Response Team -- Terranova International Safety Canada Incorporated.
Thirty years ago he co-founded Sportmed BC while president of the Sports Medicine Council of Canada. He was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and CMO for Canada at the Sydney Olympics, two Pan American and two World Student Games. Jack works with distance runners, cyclists, triathletes and other athletes both as doctor and coach. He was the Women’s Team Physician and Association Coordinating Physician for Field Hockey Canada for over 25 years. Jack was the Team Physician for the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA Team during its time in Vancouver. He was co-founder of the Vancouver Marathon, the Vancouver Sun Run and most recently the UBC Grand Prix of Cycling and is the co- director of the Port Coquitlam Grand Prix. He was the CMO for the IOC –affiliated 1st Regional Masters Games in Vancouver (Americas’ Masters Games August 2016.
In 2016 Jack and two others initiated the establishment of a sports medicine clinic in Uganda, requiring considerable fund raising. In May 2017 he and a team including an administrator, two physicians, a physiotherapist and an orthotist travelled to Uganda, examined over 100 athletes, completed two days of education for local physiotherapists and physicians and established traineeships. Groups continue to travel to Uganda on a yearly basis. Fundraising is an integral part of this initiative. He has been a competitive runner, completing over 60 marathons. He has been inducted into the Sports Halls of Fame for BC, Burnaby, and Simon Fraser University.
Chris was a tax partner at KPMG for many years, establishing the firm’s Estates & Trusts practice. Currently in charge of PPI Advisory’s Planning Services Group, he continues his passion for collaboratively working with private business owners in achieving their estate and succession planning goals. Chris currently chairs the Canadian branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Chris has been blessed in growing up in a household where both parents provided wonderful examples of an active life. He played several sports through his teen years, ending up focusing primarily on basketball where he played at the intercollegiate level, as well as participating at the Canadian Junior Championships, and in various post collegiate leagues for 30+ years. Chris continues his parents’ great fitness legacy, having coached his children and other youth in various sports for 35 years, and is now helping the next generation, his grandchildren, incorporate fitness into their everyday lives. He stays active with tennis, pilates, paddle boarding, skiing, and more.
Donna’s career spans two continents, sparked by studies in Chinese history. She spent over a decade in Taiwan and served as marketing manager for its most prestigious business club and largest camera manufacturer. Later, she represented a leading private Swiss bank in Taiwan. After taking her Masters in Science from Stanford Business School, she started her own consulting business. Returning to Canada in 1997, she held the role as Director of Asian Banking for Canada Trust. Out of the office, Donna is also a Certified Personal Trainer and combines a love for nature and sports with a delight in seeing others enjoy physical fitness.
Founder of the Canadian Health and Fitness Institute, John has experience in law, politics, business, diplomacy, land development, and health and fitness. He has spent much of his life promoting the value of physical activity as core to a healthy personal and community life.
John served as M.P. for the riding that hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With CHFI Advisors Pierre Lafontaine and Phil Marsh, he created the Parliamentary Fitness Initiative. With then-Senator Nancy Greene Raine, he quarterbacked the National Health and Fitness Day Act. 500 local governments have already proclaimed National Health and Fitness Day, the first Saturday in June each year. John serves as President of the Canadian Health and Fitness Institute and Director of the National Health and Fitness Foundation.
In professional life at Pan Pacific Solutions Limited, John provides strategic advice in the areas of government relations, media, and communications. John is married to Donna, whom he met in Taiwan. Their three wonderful children are Shane, Jake, and Meimei.